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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Report (2019) Tim Robey Powered above all by Driver's mournful integrity, The Report is workmanlike, treats us like adults, and does everything it's doing pretty well. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Robbie Collin For all its feints and innovations, Frozen II knows its audience inside out, and wants to ensure every last subdivision leaves feeling both seen and satisfied. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Tim Robey Simply put, it's a lot dumber than Dunkirk, but never as pandering as Pearl Harbor. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Luce (2019) Tim Robey It's Spencer's performance that ends up packing most of the film's heat. Where the other characterisations dither or flip-flop, hers deepens, intensified and shaken by the war of ideas. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 Driven (2018) Robbie Collin Nick Hamm's period biopic attempts to turn this tall-sounding tale into American Hustle on wheels: alas, the results have all the dramatic horsepower of a mobility scooter. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Robbie Collin Golding and Clarke's chemistry is snuggly rather than sexy, but they make an appealing screen couple - and Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and Spy, keeps their comedic rapport tripping along pleasingly at all times. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 The Good Liar (2019) Tim Robey It contains precisely zero good lies, and no one's much good even at the bad ones. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Krampus (2015) Tim Robey It's passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 Promare (2019) Robbie Collin The film is nearly two hours long and passes in what feels like 45 seconds. It is wildly entertaining and blaringly ridiculous, and I want to watch it every night for a week. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 Weathering With You (2019) Robbie Collin Perhaps more than any other filmmaker working in the field today, Shinkai understands that beauty can be addictive, and he makes sure to keep his audience dosed up. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) Robbie Collin It leaves you with the sense that the art form's boundaries have been nudged a little wider as you watched. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 After the Wedding (2019) Tim Robey Something about the story feels patly subservient, as if the film had no urgent issue to address but some good actors available to emote on cue. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Tim Robey Flanagan's real coup is taking us on an imaginative ride, making head-spinning sallies through space, and not feeling cramped by a single source of inspiration but embracing the lot. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Tim Robey If there were ever any doubt that Ozon, that impish provocateur, was the man to handle it, the career-topping urgency of his filmmaking sweeps it away inch by inch, sequence by methodical sequence. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Tim Robey The whole film lifts and sighs as a lament for vanished birthrights, while coaxing these characters to cherish what they have. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 Black and Blue (2019) Tim Robey The so-so editing can't always keep pace, but the guts of the story seethe away and keep you glued. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Robbie Collin If you can overlook just how glibly the game board has been reset... what follows has much to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/5 () Clair Woodward However, the programme offered more than a look at showy weddings, and segued into a study of how new wealth is seeing young people trying to break away from their parents' traditions in China and Hong Kong. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Tim Robey The Peanut Butter Falcon gets two cheers... for its redemptive warmth and a troupe of actors unfailingly bringing out the best in each other. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Tim Robey The pacing of the action beats is capricious, and the comedy fairly dawdling. It's also pamperingly lowbrow and disengaged, with barely one satirical zinger. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Tim Robey Rønning, who served his Hollywood apprenticeship on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, seems to be enslaving himself to franchises which dictate the most anonymous job possible. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 () Robbie Collin Rocks is a film about youthful potential and the miracle of watching it flower in unpropitious soil. It's a pleasure to behold. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Robbie Collin As with her superb recent adaptation of the literary-forgery memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Heller has a flair for making this kind of material feel nothing like a routine biopic. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Robbie Collin It would be unchivalrous to put a date on when De Niro was last this good. But he's sensational - giving a grippingly subtle, internalised performance that melts through the de-ageing process as if it were no more than make-up. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Ed Power El Camino didn't need to exist - but for fans who craved extra Jesse Pinkman in their lives, it hits the spot. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 Official Secrets (2019) Tim Robey Official Secrets does its baseline job if you needed the story of Katharine Gun retold and vaguely dramatised, but it's dreary entertainment. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Tim Robey The film lacks speed... and can feel like an indulgent rummage in car-history ephemera, albeit a smart, colourful and certainly expensive one. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Robbie Collin An almost surreally abrasive thrill right now, it feels like a time capsule for film-loving generations to come - providing they can last until the end of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Ed Power Where Abominable may fall down is in the nuts and bolts of charming your little ones. The dialogue is flat, the slapstick flabby. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Tim Robey The Day Shall Come isn't prime Morris, but it's definitely not a total bust, either. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 () Tim Robey Without doubt, the Winterbottom-Coogan partnership had its glory days. But Greed is not good. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 American Woman (2018) Tim Robey American Woman seems to be nudging its way above decent almost from the start, and just keeps nudging: while the inspiration to put it over the top is never quite there, the consistent effort is gratifying. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 () Michael Hogan It was a high-stakes tale of deception and desire. A ripping yarn with a moral twist in the tale. Just a shame it was self-indulgently spread over 90 minutes, rather than 60 or 75. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Ed Power It's a slab of silliness that commits a terrible error: it takes itself seriously. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Tim Robey Every time you think you've guessed what's up the writer-director's sleeve, you both have and haven't: the layering, feints, and decoys fox you exactly as he's hoping. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Helen O'Hara Unfortunately, this fictionalised take on a famous flight gives us spectacle without substance, floating out of the memory as soon as it passes off the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
1/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Robbie Collin Despite the subject's supreme candidacy for mockery, it somehow fails to land a single meaningful hit. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 () Robbie Collin For all the narrowness of its brief, it may be the most beautifully complete film you will see all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Good Posture (2019) Robbie Collin The film's core - Lilian's reluctant trudge towards adulthood, and her relationship with the half-there, half-not Emily - does feel excitingly fresh and unique. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Robbie Collin The script feels like it was tested in a wind tunnel - while the use of farce as the plot's default register makes a virtue of the rush to get through everything that remains. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Tim Robey It's not pretty, but it's bloody good fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Tim Robey Tartt's book has been put through a grater, then reassembled into a wet prestige patty of a picture, all dainty set dressing and limp psychology. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Robbie Collin Hotel Mumbai seems so determined to act like a bog-standard fictional siege thriller that you find yourself wondering why it isn't one. It might not have been all that memorable, but it would have felt considerably less grubby. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
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