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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Jones, however, is The Aeronauts' secret weapon. From Rogue One to On the Basis of Sex, she's developed a knack for delivering mildly silly dialogue with complete sincerity. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 Midway (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The film may be packed with recognisable faces, but these are hollow characters, all placed on some arbitrary scale of machismo. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Scorsese's signature camerawork goes down like a glass of fine whisky, as smooth and as elegant as you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/5 After the Wedding (2019) Clarisse Loughrey For all of After the Wedding's narrative twists and turns, there's nothing here that feels close to earth-shaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The strength of Brittany Runs a Marathon is that it doesn't claim to capture a universal experience. It tells one woman's story -- and it tells it well. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Doctor Sleep is too busy being tossed between the triadic worlds of Kubrick, King, and Flanagan. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's less of a rallying cry against gentrification than a rumination on the kind of pained acceptance those who suffer its effects must face. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 The Addams Family (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Sure, The Addams Family may not reach the ghoulish heights of its predecessors, but the key ingredients are still thankfully there. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 Official Secrets (2019) Clarisse Loughrey [Knightley's] smart not to play Gun as the noble martyr, but merely as an ordinary, frustrated citizen who makes a split-second decision. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Clarisse Loughrey A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is an utter delight -- proof that good storytelling and strong craft are what matters, however familiar the packaging. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
B+ F (2010) Anthony Quinn As a tribute to master-scaremonger John Carpenter this is promising... EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 () Kuba Shand-Baptiste While Nyong'o herself is engaging and genuinely invested in the things she learns, it's the stories of the people that are the most absorbing. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Adam White It feels especially singular - as dizzying, baffling and heartfelt as something from one of our last scuzzy enfants-terribles could ever be. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Perfectly fine. At times, it's even quite good. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Adam White By the time the film reaches its abrupt conclusion, complete with vast CGI zombie horde, Double Tap has long abandoned any sense of explicitly needing to exist. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Maleficent may have offered a sharp, original take on a well-worn story, but its sequel just feels like more fantasy fluff. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Chris Harvey Aaron Paul slips into the character as if he has never been away. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Real love may be fleeting, but as Portrait of a Lady on Fire explains, art and memory are immortal. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The Day Shall Come may draw from reality, but it fails to reflect it back to us with enough force to make us stop in our tracks. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Abominable strives for originality and, often, achieves it. But it's also never quite daring enough to veer off the beaten path. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 The King (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The King doesn't give itself an easy task, certainly, but it also doesn't need to spend so much of its time convincing us of its own seriousness. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Clarisse Loughrey [Ang] Lee may not be short on tricks up his sleeve, but Gemini Man is far from an ideal home for them. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's an ingeniously constructed film, which is thoroughly modern in its language and filled with so many twists it will make your head spin. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Clarisse Loughrey You can almost smell the salt and grime. This is sensory, claustrophobic filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Good Posture (2019) Clarisse Loughrey [Dolly] Wells's strength is in her characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Judy ... is happy to let [Renée] Zellweger take centre stage. Thank god, because it's the performance of a lifetime. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Clarisse Loughrey Hotel Mumbai is thoughtful and considered in its approach - more so, at least, than we usually expect from glossy adaptations of international tragedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's all poeticism without a sense of humanity, since the characters themselves aren't written as people, but as broad statements. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 The Informer (2020) Clarisse Loughrey The Informer features an unnecessarily complicated web of conflicted loyalties and loose motivations. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it's one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 () Sean O'Grady Certainly if you want to understand what is happening in Hong Kong today, it is essential viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Clarisse Loughrey There's little nuance in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's horror-comedy take on class warfare, but it's Weaving's touch of pure anger that makes it feel like more than just your average shlocky gorefest. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 () Sean O'Grady The access secured by filmmaker Patrick Forbes was breathtaking, and the lack of restraint among the Tory parliamentarians quite stunning to behold. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Clarisse Loughrey For Sama is one of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict ever put to film. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Clarisse Loughrey A lean, fierce take on the nature of female empowerment in an inherently corrupted world. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 Rapid Response (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Rapid Response helps, in a small way, to deglamourise the dangerous thrill of the racetrack. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
4/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Although this is an entirely fictional story, it's still laced with the small snippets of experience that elevate it beyond a simple, feel-good fantasy. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kambole Campbell Mangold does well to maintain a sense of peril as well as make the 24 Hours of Le Mans race something that's visually compelling and exciting, even to those not enthusiastic about the sport. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Downton Abbey is so suffocatingly in love with the royal family that it borders on monarchist propaganda. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 Radioactive (2020) Kambole Campbell Radioactive is disappointingly paint-by-numbers, and often laughably ill-conceived. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Kambole Campbell The story of Vogel and Rogers' connection is conventional, but [Director Marielle] Heller imbues it with delightful creative flourishes that set it apart from how a standard biopic might tackle this particular story. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Soderbergh's storytelling style is jaunty and fast moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Untouchable (2019) Olivia Petter Where Untouchable excels... is in capturing the complexities surrounding sexual assault. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's an admirable attempt, and there's a lot of artistry on show here, but there's no escaping how truly unwieldy the final product is. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Geoffrey Macnab What do you get when you take a poor, mentally unstable loner and you treat him like trash? The answer given in Todd Phillips's ingenious new feature is Batman's arch nemesis, the Joker. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Geoffrey Macnab In spite of all the jargon and the hardware, this is an intimate family melodrama at heart. Thanks to Pitt's performance and Gray's delicate direction, it turns into a very moving one. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Under the direction of theatre veteran Adrian Noble, it's an often stiff and unadventurous affair. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Clarisse Loughrey The director's take is straight, and earnest in tone, but the film is inevitably undone by [James] Frey's own fabrications. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 Crawl (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Crawl could really do with some sense and structure to go along with all these earnest emotions. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The film... is a loving and faithful adaptation, even if it gets lost in its attempt to wrap the whole thing up in a neat metaphor. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019