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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 () Kevin Maher The resulting performances - lively, giddy and authentic - define the movie, while the lovely upbeat ending sweetens an otherwise stinging social critique. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Western Stars (2019) Kevin Maher It is a beautiful film, undercut only by the conspicuous nature of Springsteen's coal-black hair (he's 70 years old, for god sake!) and his apparent penchant for bright orange make-up. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 () Kevin Maher The film is anchored by some dynamic dance sequences and a couple of quirky scenes with a flame-thrower. But I couldn't quite shake the feeling, though... that the film was afflicted with a slightly pervy sheen. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Kevin Maher I blubbed quietly throughout the entire movie. Although that could have been the sleep deprivation. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Ed Potton El Camino, which Gilligan wrote and directed, is a powerful and unshowy epilogue to an expertly told saga. It's slow, yes, and not overburdened with action, but pace and spills are not what turn Gilligan on. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Kevin Maher There's a fascinating tension at the heart of this whistleblower drama about dubious intelligence operations on the eve of the 2003 Iraq war. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Ed Potton Witty and surreal, yes, savagely satirical and often chilling, but it's not really rolling-in-the-aisles material. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 Gemini Man (2019) Kevin Maher Roll up. Roll up. See it now. See it once. And never see it again. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Ed Potton Yet the Miyazaki-style magic and gentle subversion of Jill Culton's film stops it from feeling like an extended tourist promo. The 12ft dandelions are a delight. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kevin Maher Directed by James Mangold, with a slavish appreciation of formula, it's the perfect movie event of the year. If that year was 1955. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 American Woman (2018) Kevin Maher It's smartly directed by Jake "son of Ridley" Scott, and the supporting cast, including Christina Hendricks as Debra's wiser older sister, are equally robust. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Kevin Maher Well, what did you expect? It was hardly going to be a disaster. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Kevin Maher Eddie Murphy is the best he has been in years (at least since Dreamgirls), playing the comedian and blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore in this affectionate, funny, but soft-focus biopic (no warts, no all). EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 () Carol Midgley [Andrew] Graham-Dixon navigated the story most entertainingly, veering between disdain and astonishment that a bespectacled little conman brazened it out for so long. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Kevin Maher There is some savvy subtext in Rian Johnson's writing, about old money and Trump-era values, but mainly this is exceptional cinematic froth, and murder at its most mirthful. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 () Carol Midgley Hislop was variously playful, concerned, droll and exasperated in an intelligent film that treated viewers as if we have a brain, which makes a nice change. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
() Liam Fay Smart satire is supposed to sting and singe its targets, not tickle them pink. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
() Liam Fay [Mark] Cousins is an astute commentator but his TV essays are an acquired taste, due to his mannered delivery and pretentious weakness for fancy-pants French phrases. Here, however, his affectations were kept in check. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
5/5 () Kevin Maher It features five of the most compelling, neatly drawn and slightly terrifying female protagonists committed to film. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 () Kevin Maher It was oddly formulaic and tame. For a film about assisted dying, it rarely came to life. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 The Report (2019) Kevin Maher [T]he film... is merciless in exposing the brutality and almost comic ineptitude of the CIA's so-called EIT programme (it didn't work). EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Little Monsters (2019) Kevin Maher The film is a hoot, and boasts unexpectedly rich character work... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Kevin Maher [A]n exquisite heartbreaker... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Kevin Maher The story, if not the entire film, is indeed great. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Kevin Maher It's stunningly shot, soaked in sylvan shadow and with a bravura slow-mo finale worthy of Brian DePalma at his best. The child cast, often blank-eyed and emaciated, are uniformly excellent too. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Kevin Maher It's smart stuff, great writing and a fitting conclusion to a superlative historical portrait. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2018) Kevin Maher A five-star subject gets a two-star review thanks to the fatal, formal drudgery that transforms this biographical documentary, despite some meaty ideas, into a lurching mass of archive snippets and am-dram reconstruction. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/5 () Kevin Maher This deeply dopey Second World War thriller, set in the snowscapes of Norway, takes an initially intriguing premise and runs it straight into an insuperable wall of ineptitude. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019) Ed Potton Benjamin and Gabe Turner's documentary is an unashamed lovebomb, with Stevie Wonder and Little Richard laying it on thick, and much back-slapping between Gordy and his best friend, Smokey Robinson. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Good Posture (2019) Ed Potton Yes, it's another tale of agonised yet essentially comfortable creatives living in nice houses, but one that's elevated by canny writing and layered performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/5 () Carol Midgley The more films like this... the better. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 The Last Tree (2019) Kevin Maher The journey is familiar, but it's Amoo's artistic touches, often in wistful slow motion, that make the difference. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Ed Potton [A] delicious romp with a game heroine that never takes itself too seriously, and has some pointed things to say about the class system. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Kevin Maher This new film, alas, needed a director with a steadier focus and less ambition. More coherence, less dazzle. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Kevin Maher It's profoundly preposterous, often snortingly stupid, but also strangely enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 () Kevin Maher Alas, don't let the glamour fool you. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 Sea of Shadows (2019) Kevin Maher [M]ostly this is swooping cameras, rousing soundtrack score, and the fist pump of pleasure. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Ed Potton There was a point to all this foulness; Pasolini was commenting on the dehumanising effect of fascism, with reference to Proust, Nietzsche and Dante's circles of Hell. You'll still want a shower afterwards, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 Skin (2018) Kevin Maher The actor does his best with a threadbare character. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Ed Potton It's a tense and sometimes moving directorial debut for Maras, an Australian who until now has specialised in shorts. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Kevin Maher Ah, poor wussums. The Goldfinch is the kind of movie that you want to pick up and cuddle, and stroke its befuddled head, and say: "There, there, it's all right, you did your best. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 High Noon (1952) Ed Potton Few westerns have conveyed fear so potently as Kane tries to persuade the townsfolk to stand against Miller and his gang, while the clock runs down in real time. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 The Kitchen (2019) Kevin Maher It's a tonal mess, occasionally parody-poor (a hilarious amount of deadpan funeral scenes) and frequently makes no sense, especially when Moss's mousy Claire becomes a bloodthirsty killing machine. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Kevin Maher You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Kevin Maher He has destroyed an entire battalion of Vietnamese troops, he defeated the Russians in Afghanistan and he decimated the Burmese military machine. Now the iconic super-soldier John Rambo faces his greatest enemy yet: audience apathy. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Only You (2018) Kevin Maher You will believe. You will be moved. You will not laugh. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 Ad Astra (2019) Kevin Maher It doesn't help that Pitt... is at his most blank and monotonous here, delivering his least effective performance since Louis the reluctant bloodsucker in Interview with the Vampire. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 () Joe Clay A deeply personal and troubling documentary. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 Midnight Cowboy (1969) Kevin Maher A marvel. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1/5 Nomis (2018) Kevin Maher It's defined by a constipated performance from Cavill and a debut screenplay from the film director David Raymond that's so titter-inducing and derivative that it appears to have come straight from the Spike Jonze satire Adaptation. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019