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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Mnemophrenia (2019) A challenging and thoughtful interrogation not just of the role of technology in our lives now and in the future, but on how we engage, perceive, feel and remember more broadly.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2019) Blood Quantum seamlessly balances two very different things; it's proudly and unambiguously political, while simultaneously being just a banger of genre film.‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
91% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is that rare gift of a film where all the elements combine in perfect harmony, a timely reminder that a great genre film doesn't need to transcend genre as much as it needs to deeply love, respect and understand it‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
75% The Wretched (2020) The Wretched is a strikingly polished feature debut that's a thoroughly fun way to kill an hour and a half.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
95% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) A White, White Day is a masterclass in balance, contrast and restraint, as profoundly moving as it is refreshingly bereft of cliché.‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
82% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) Watching The Platform in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hard to conceive the film as anything less than a desperately needed and profoundly urgent humanitarian manifesto.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
39% The Roads Not Taken (2020) Potter's lesser efforts - of which The Roads Not Taken is sadly one - are still undeniably superior to the vast bulk of movies being made today. ‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) The Whistlers is a clever but never smug exploration of the power of language itself, simultaneously demonstrating how the genius of the Romanian New Wave continues to take new and exciting forms.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Superb performances and a taut, emotionally intelligent script take what in other hands could be pedestrian genre fare and turn Blood on Her Name into something both thoughtful and memorable.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet I Am Fear (2020) I Am Fear may not be perfect, but it sure as hell gets points for trying to say something meaningful about the world at a time when so many others are pretending it's business as usual.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
87% Depraved (2019) A tragedy as much as a horror film, Depraved is a contemporary love letter to Mary Shelly's legacy‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
88% The Long Walk (Bor mi vanh chark) (2019) It is in The Long Walk that Mattie Do reveals the depths of her talent, the extent of her humanity and the potential to even further consolidate her status as one of the most important Asian filmmakers working today.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
86% Tommaso (2019) Poetic, moving and unflinching in its honesty, Tommaso is Ferrara's finest film since his criminally underrated magnum opus 4:44 Last Day on Earth.‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) An understated, fierce masterpiece that deserves to be remembered as one of the finest films of 2019.‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
100% Rock, Paper and Scissors (Piedra, papel y tijera) (2019) Masterfully directed, perfectly cast and immaculately paced, Rock, Paper and Scissors is further evidence that when looking for the contemporary epicentre of exciting, fresh work in the horror genre, we need look nowhere further than Argentina‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
72% The Other Lamb (2020) An impressive English-language debut for one of Poland's most compelling contemporary filmmakers, The Other Lamb is engrossing, thoughtful and unhesitating in its ideological messaging.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
85% Sea Fever (2020) As both writer and director Hardiman demonstrates a steady hand as she captains the film throughout what in generic terms is thrilling yet rather pedestrian ocean-monster science fiction territory.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
82% Homewrecker (2019) Homewrecker is a horror-comedy of manners that places the myth of the assumed sisterhood and our feeble submission to politeness under a hilariously critical microscope.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
90% Swallow (2020) Brave, challenging and desperately needed right now, Swallow is a perfect film about facing our imperfections.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
94% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) In Recorder, Wolf paints a compelling portrait of a woman whose unambiguous hoarding tendencies made it difficult to identify her enormously valuable media archival project as anything beyond yet another obsession‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn is a love-letter to the long-held focus across film noir on masculinity in crisis, but through Lethem's source material and Norton's deep engagement with it, something genuinely fresh explodes out of seemingly familiar material. ‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
91% Clemency (2019) Clemency is a compelling character portrait of a woman caught within a perfect storm of ideological volatility; as both witness and part of the machine, it is her very professionalism that places her humanity in crisis‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
100% Der Bunker (2015) An absurd, disturbing film that is simultaneously both funny and tragic, Der Bunker is that rarest of treasures: a one-of-a-kind.‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
63% Resin (Harpiks) (2019) Resin finds Borgman working in wholly unique territory in terms of tone and style.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) A deeply poetic and profoundly moving cinema experience.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3/5 75% I Am Woman (2019) I Am Woman unites Moon's solid direction with Cobham-Hervey's earnest performance to transcend its sometimes-corny dialogue to present a sincere, heartfelt love letter to one of the most iconic figures of second wave feminism.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
86% Come to Daddy (2020) Wild, weird and yet nothing less than wholly sincere in its focus on the father-son relationship at the core of the film, Timpson's brilliant debut feature reveals an unambiguously great filmmaker‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Entwined (2019) Entwined speaks through old laws and old fears to profoundly contemporary anxieties about the environment and how it can be wilfully misunderstood by those in power, a fatal error at any moment in history‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
60% Climate of the Hunter (2019) Climate of the Hunter never sacrifices its smarts for fun (or vice versa), but with its dazzling visuals and hypnotic descent downwards into a seemingly inevitable chaos, the film's delights are ultimately as sensorial as they are intellectual‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) A deliberately clinical, even cold film about the horror of synthetic happiness, Little Joe is an impressively stylish film that puts the demands of idealized happiness under the microscope in uncomfortable, disturbing ways.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Pelican Blood is one of the year's most fearless films, not merely because of what it dares to tackle subject-wise, but how determinedly it adheres to its own free spiritedness right until its very final moments.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) It demands we think about power, difference and violence in ways we do not necessarily expect a heavily branded mainstream blockbuster to do so.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
86% Color Out of Space (2020) While Cage's trademark hysterics are guaranteed to either charm or annoy, Color Out of Space is much more than a star vehicle; it speaks to contemporary anxieties about the environment in a psychedelic vision truly Stanley's own.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
100% Simple Women (2019) Simple Women is ultimately a moving and intelligent exploration not of the phenomenon of stardom itself, but of the complex mechanics that underpin our own capacity to invest such deep emotional feeling into the act of being a fan.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
5/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) True History of the Kelly Gang issues a sharp bolt of electricity directly into the heart of this well-worn legend, granting it an intoxicating energy that speaks well beyond the hackneyed 'wild colonial boys' clichés of yore.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% Flatland (2019) Flatland is both literally and metaphorically a wild ride, but an unrelentingly sincere one that speaks with intelligence and kindness of its three central women characters, warts and all.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
63% Radioactive (2020) Compelling, creative, thoughtful and undeniably beautiful, Radioactive confirms Satrapi's status as one of the most original and important filmmakers working today.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
73% Disco (2019) Disco is a riveting film about being denied support by those who feign to offer it but fail, and the opportunities available to a young woman whose options are limited and shrinking rapidly.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is driven by a powerful performance by Clark, and on all counts a comfortable contender for horror film of the year. ‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
34% Seberg (2020) For those of us for whom her work means so much, we deserve better. Kristen Stewart deserves better. And most of all, of course, Jean Seberg deserves better.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi's critique of the normalization of hate and the destruction of innocence is hardly subtext, and that Jojo Rabbit renders this palatable in a multiplex-friendly popcorn movie at this particular moment is nothing less than masterful.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child is a dense, intelligent film that soars by combining a robust critique of colonialism (both in its past and present manifestations) with a moving coming-of-age story about a young Haitian girl a long way from home.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is marked by a determined vision to reveal the abuses, exploitations and humiliations rife in the contemporary British labor market for those who struggle to survive on its outskirts, and he does so with immense compassion‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Bacurau is a wild, weird ride, and while maybe not for everyone its fearless politics is strengthened by its filmmakers' determinedly playful approach to genre experimentation. ‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) With Pain and Glory Almodóvar and Banderas remind us just how magical and enduring their professional relationship - past and, we can only hope, future - has been.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Alien Crystal Palace (2019) Alien Crystal Palace functions beyond binaries of good and bad film, of high and low art. Dombasle instead demands we marvel at the magic of the moving image itself‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The success of Parasite is not merely marked by great filmmaking and an intriguing storyline, but deep within its foundations lies an overwhelming understanding on Bong's part of how bigotry operates at an almost molecular level.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A film for the senses as much as the mind and heart, Portrait of a Lady on Fire continues to solidify Sciamma's status as one of the most exciting and accomplished filmmakers working in Europe today.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
80% Little Monsters (2019) Abe Forsythe's sophomore feature Little Monsters is a gift.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) At times passive, passionate and often frequently ambivalent, the power of Take Me Somewhere Nice lies in just how confidently Sendijarević allows her protagonist the right to her contradictions, without feeling the need to justify them.‐ The Blue Lenses
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019