London Evening Standard

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's going to make a lot of money. It will also have millions of people counting the hours till Frozen 3. I. Just. Can't. Wait. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's not rocket science but it's jolly pleasant to go with the flow. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) David Sexton A brand new classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 The Good Liar (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The Good Liar offers an antidote to prejudice of all kinds, via sights and sounds best described as rainbow-hued. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Loach, clearly still buzzing from the success of I, Daniel Blake, is having the time of his life. Don't miss this. You'll be sorry if you do. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) David Sexton For the most part, the adaptation and abbreviation from the book is smart and deft. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The men behind The Last Black Man in San Francisco aren't trying to be cool or sleek. That's the last thing on their minds and probably explains why they do such a fine job of standing out from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) David Sexton It's a ride. Sometimes a ride is what you need. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
5/5 Monos (2019) David Sexton Monos is gorgeous, but it is also lucid as hell. And it all happens at lightning speed. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The bottom line is that Maleficent 2 takes a brilliant character and doesn't completely bugger things up. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Official Secrets (2019) David Sexton [H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan If this is something of a tall story, though, it's an irresistible one, with Pesci and Harvey Keitel (in a small role) especially sharp. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) David Sexton The Day Shall Come has a disappointingly similar approach, while tackling a much less edgy and altogether easier-to-trounce subject. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1/5 Gemini Man (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Obviously, the dire dialogue doesn't help, but what blunts Smith's performance and makes the film itself hell to watch is the innovative, ultra-high-frame-rate which renders actors, objects and even the air somehow flimsy and weird and fake. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Johnson, on temporary sabbatical from the Star Wars universe after The Last Jedi, has used his time well. Murder he wrote - and what a writer he is. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 Saint Maud (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Saint Maud, like Ari Aster's Midsommar, is a law unto itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan If you're looking for a wild ride, here it be. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Alistair McKay Werner Herzog makes a pilgrimage inspired by the adventurer. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Good Posture (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan As it happens, nothing much happens. Wells's film, basically, is missing a middle act. Still, if you're willing to overlook that teeny-tiny flaw, you'll emerge feeling stoked. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Just concentrate on Judy's emotional journey, though, and you'll be fine. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) David Sexton Also, Dickens's female characters are much improved, so all hail this showcase for the talent of Iannucci, a sly reminder that it's possible to be both a national treasure and a thorn in the establishment's side. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Nikki Glaser: Bangin' (2019) David Ellis Glaser is a lot: period jokes, bestiality, prostitution... Still, she's about fun, and when she's on, she's on. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 Skin (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan This film's saved by the Bell. But only just. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan [A] witty, endlessly suspenseful US slasher movie that critiques privilege and entitlement. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) David Sexton The Goldfinch is dull, shapeless and unconvincing. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Moss, somehow, retains her dignity but McCarthy and Haddish are made to look like amateurs. I'm a fan of both women. Get me outta this kitchen. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Come the apocalypse, Rambo will almost certainly still be spilling blood. "The war inside never ends!" And neither does this bloody franchise. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Panic and self-doubt are at the heart of [the] movie... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's meant as a compliment when strong females are called ballsy, but it would be truer to say that J-Lo's extraordinary creation is vagina-y. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan You leave understanding why for Al-Kateab the past is something she wants to live with every day. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) David Sexton It is in the end a reassurance machine, showing us that a clear-cut class system can only be even more treasured by those at the bottom than those at the top. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Embrace this little masterpiece before it disappears. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 Seberg (2019) David Sexton Unfortunately, the film built around [Stewart's] performance is a dud, heavy-handed in its script and awkwardly sententious about the cause of Black Power. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) David Sexton [A] thoroughly enjoyable film. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) David Sexton This scrappy, episodic movie ends with Streep stripping off her disguise to harangue us on what it means that democracy's checks and balances have failed so badly. But then this whole film is an indignant lecture. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton Ridiculous! Yet it's strangely revealing how little enhancement cinema needs, how powerful such minimalism can be in revealing human perplexity. It's probably not one for Netflix, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It Chapter Two isn't better than Chapter One. It's certainly not scarier. Here's the thing, though: when it counts, it's every bit as thrilling. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) David Sexton Nobody who sees this new film will ever need any other version. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Demetrios Matheou While more modest in scale, this might be the most humane addition to the genre since The Shawshank Redemption. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) David Sexton The absolute specificity of this story makes it universal too. It's the best British film for a long time. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 The Dreyfus Affair (2019) David Sexton It's an absolute masterclass in how to make an historical film. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) David Sexton Marriage Story is a fearsome cautionary tale, long and painfully detailed, a divorce horror story to put alongside Kramer vs. Kramer. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) David Sexton Gravity, Interstellar or even First Man this is not, despite the contributions of cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema and composer Max Richter. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Untouchable (2019) William Moore [T]his documentary is more than a portrait of one monstrous man. It's a polemic against the complicit silence that accompanied years of alleged sexual misconduct, abuse and bullying. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 L'homme fidèle (2018) Demetrios Matheou The result plays like a short story - deftly detailed, efficient, full of telling vignettes, perfectly formed. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Demetrios Matheou Aja gleefully embraces the imperative of every horror film - that the dispensable characters have to die horribly so that we understand completely the consequences for the protagonists. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
() Alastair McKay Some optimism is required to allow for the possibility that the chaos of Woodstock offered a template for anything, but, if you inhale deeply, the film just about achieves this microcosmic ambition. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan [Y]ou simply can't look away. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Here's a beautifully acted, non-lascivious film about sex, drugs and peer pressure. Repeat after me: every good boy deserves fanfare. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan [F]or a movie so clearly doubling as product placement, it's also fun, a cartoon (bookended by live-action sequences) which allows talented actors to riff on unexpected themes. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019