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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Ed Power Everyone tries. Unfortunately, the leads appear to believe they're in three very different films. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
1/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Tim Robey Rambo, and his films, have never been in the business of holding back, but it's unclear where, as entertainment, this calculated plunge into hate and rage really gets us these days. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 The Farewell (2019) Tim Robey Wang's family story is modestly affecting and deserves an audience, but if it does prompt thoughts about weighing up the importance of emotional truth, they mainly come afterwards. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Nomis (2018) Tim Robey As far as you can work out, the film isn't aiming for slippery Lynchian dream logic or head-scratching dead ends, just stumbling into that arena through sheer confusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Tim Robey For Sama... is acutely personal and intimately authored. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Tim Robey Watching it is like settling into a reupholstered armchair which still creaks in the same old places. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Tim Robey It's all about a society manoeuvring to stay at the dinner table while getting its unsavoury elements thrown out, and finding ways to stop them ever coming back. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Tim Robey Hader's wonderful ability to meld humour and horror, using each to animate the other, is the best special effect that money can buy. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 The King (2019) Robbie Collin Historical epics are rarely light on their feet, but The King sets new standards in the field of galumphing: the film moves like a rhinoceros through porridge. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Robbie Collin Superhero blockbuster this is not: a playful fireman's-pole-based homage to the old Batman television series is one of a very few lighthearted moments in an otherwise oppressively downbeat and reality-grounded urban thriller... EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Tim Robey Zellweger rises smartly to the occasion. Perhaps there's a few too many of those tight little Bridget Jones moues she's fond of... but her particular stamp on this role makes more and more sense as the film goes on. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 () Robbie Collin The film pours out its catharsis like concrete: you have to wait for it to set. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Robbie Collin Emotionally, the film operates in a classic Gray area, with barely perceptible eddies that build to a mighty existential wrench. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Robbie Collin Marriage Story may often resemble a tug of war between its stars, but it's on both of their sides. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 The Mustang (2019) Tim Robey The Mustang could have held more surprises, but as a landscape study - "Prison, with horses" - it's ruggedly stunning. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 The Informer (2020) Tim Robey The Informer is one of the year's more pleasant genre surprises: a clenched fist of a crime thriller in the mode of The Departed or The Town, in which every element is just a notch smarter than you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Tim Robey This is far from the syrupy, audience-coddling portrait that a higher-budget picture would almost certainly have inflicted on the material. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Tim Robey It cushions itself with needless amounts of nagging music, and winds up giving us a dainty little tour of the Lowry museum in Salford, where we can presumably expect the DVD to be sold until kingdom come. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 () Robbie Collin A keenly observed, wit-stippled drama of extended family life... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 1922 (2017) Rebecca Hawkes In cinemas, it might have been overshadowed by flashier rivals, but perhaps, on demand, this slow, but winningly bleak little tale will find the audience it deserves. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Tim Robey Crawl isn't Jaws, any day of the week, but it's crunchy Friday-night nonsense that knows what it's doing. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Tim Robey Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Tim Robey Angel Has Fallen is almost worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
5/5 () Jasper Rees The story of both atrocities was carefully stitched together from every perspective: witnesses, rescuers, those who survived and the relatives of those who didn't, all in different ways were still scarred and bereaved. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Robbie Collin There might not be a pleasanter surprise in cinema this year - really! - than this live-action adaptation of Dora the Explorer, the long-running Nickelodeon cartoon. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Robbie Collin On paper, the role couldn't feel better suited to Stewart: alas, the film isn't sturdy enough to support it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 Transit (2018) Tim Robey While the voltage of the film starts sputtering out, there's still value to Petzold's ideas, and on a scene-to-scene basis he's capable of back-pocket inspiration like few others. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Tim Robey Good Boys has a simple pitch - Superbad for tweens - and proceeds to run it into the ground with an impressive lack of forward thinking. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
1/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Robbie Collin It feels like exactly what it is: an ugly, interminable, devoid-of-substance advert. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Robbie Collin The Art of Racing in the Rain feels like such a jumble of half-formed ideas and grudging creative concessions that I was astonished to learn at the end that it had been adapted from a book, and not a month-long argument in a writers' room. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Tim Robey Blinded by the Light succeeds in lowering your defences with a distinctively Chadha-esque blend of modesty and gumption - like most of her better films, it shouldn't work, but it does. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Tim Robey Grainger, so promising for so long, nails this performance with everything she's got, and deserves to have it noticed. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Ed Power It is pleasantly manic while its vividly bright colours, swirling like a party pack of Smarties upended over your head, will appeal to your own little birds. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Ed Power Ridiculous to the nth percentile and a turbo-powered hoot to boot. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
() Rupert Hawksley A series of misjudged jokes about the Paris terrorist attacks proved that Boyle is best ignored these days. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Tim Robey Using personal photos and brief snatches of home-video footage, [Broomfield] has tenderly delved into the Leonard-Marianne relationship and assembled one of his most poetic, beguiling films. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 () Tim Robey Destined to form an idle televisual backdrop while families one day slip into a Yuletide coma, it ain't horrible, but it ain't historic, either. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2017) Tim Robey The Current War heaves itself around... but still fails to illuminate its subject at all well - squinting at footnotes, and weirdly failing to see the wood for the trees. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 The Chambermaid (2018) Tim Robey Lila Avilés, making a remarkable feature debut, brings us a study of work that has an exacting purity. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 The Great Hack (2019) Gabriel Tate The Great Hack worked best as a prologue to a looming crisis that should be of concern to us all: how can electoral laws be deemed fit for purpose when democratic processes are at the mercy of apparently unaccountable, amoral tech giants? EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 () Gerard O'Donovan With so much of its focus aimed back at an awestruck Earth, this film didn't have quite the same heart-wrenching immediacy as 8 Days to the Moon and Back (BBC Two) but it didn't fall far short. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 () Michael Hogan Thirty years since their initial success, the Eighties pop sensations have finally been clutched to the nation's hearts. A Night In With Bros (BBC Four) proved a surprisingly engaging, highly entertaining victory lap. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 () Gabriel Tate Sarwar's conclusion - strict regulation but not an outright ban for fear of driving the practice underground - felt about right, and consistent with a measured examination of an overlooked topic. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Robbie Collin It's a sad quirk of timing that a film about romantic outsiders should feel like part of the herd, but a brighter spotlight would not have done it any favours. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Robbie Collin An accessible, comparatively straightforward documentary memoir in which the great director rummages through her extraordinary oeuvre as if pulling down boxes from the attic. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Gwen (2018) Robbie Collin Imagine Thomas Hardy with more jump scares and you've basically got it. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013) Patrick Smith A natural performer, he reeled off his observations and diatribes with absolute precision, not an "um" or an "ah" in sight. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Marc Maron: Too Real (2017) Ed Power Too Real is passable time-filler - no matter that, halfway through you may be seized by the desire to switch off and listen to one of his podcasts instead. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Pavarotti (2019) Rupert Christiansen Those who want their image of Pavarotti left intact will enjoy the film; others will feel that a chance to put the record straight has been evaded. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016) Ed Power She's provocative, with a delivery so forceful that, even, when the punchlines don't land, she somehow makes you laugh anyway. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019