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Alison Rowat

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Gary Lineker: My Grandad's War (2019) Although it sounded like it was going to be a sort of Who Do You Think Your Grandad Was?, the program was more nuanced than that.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 83% The Report (2019) It could have been near impenetrable, but everything comes across loud and clear.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A nicely executed farce with, as an added bonus, the sight of Juliette Binoche's actress character starring in a TV cop drama.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Spread the word - this is an ace political thriller.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 53% Farming (2019) Farming makes for a harrowing watch, but Idris is a star in the making, and Beckinsale is terrific as a Tilbury mommie dearest.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) While I'm all for movies that come in around the 90 minute mark, this simply felt unfinished.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 80% Abominable (2019) The humor is delightfully rude and the abominable snowman is a big cuddly charmer.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
No Score Yet Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True Story (2019) The Private Eye editor...showed that fake news is as old as newsprint.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Disclosure: The Seduction Game (2019) Just goes to show what bigger things from short films can grow.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) In this stirring biopic, Renée Zellweger channels Garland with uncanny exactness, but above all with love and sympathy.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) For all the film's faults and manipulations, I was not bored for a second, and that is due to Phoenix, who gives his all as only he can.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Overall, this bird fails to fly.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra aims for the stars but proves more of a firework than a rocket blast.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Funny, surprising, and poignant in all the right places, The Farewell is the kind of film you will be glad to say hello to.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) A rocky horror show indeed.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 98% Rojo (2019) A slow burn piece but peppered with moments of rich humor and real tension, and what a treat to see Alfredo Castro turn up as a private detective.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Swinton Byrne is astonishingly good...Burke's performance as the hard to like, easy to love Anthony makes the central relationship seem all too believable...Hogg, with her genius for showing rather than telling, does the rest.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 50% The Informer (2020) The convoluted story takes an age to get going and we are never quite sure whether to root for the hero or hope he gets caught.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A quiet, quirky delight that treads softly, often beautifully, between melancholy and joy.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
No Score Yet Train Your Baby Like a Dog (2019) Everyone had been Tango'd, and peace had broken out, at least for now.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The awkward, gangly nature of the piece is a large part of its charm.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 91% The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) (2018) From the producers of The Secret in Their Eyes, this fast-paced, twisty political thriller has deservedly won many awards in its native Spain, and further afield.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 86% Animals (2019) A fine idea, best friends growing apart, but my goodness this is painfully dreary.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) It is done respectfully and lovingly, with the occasional criticism that he could be demanding.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
2/5 31% The Current War (2019) There is no getting away from the fact that large stretches of dialogue are taken up with explaining what each inventor was trying to achieve. It takes a particular talent to make electricity generation interesting and such skill is not in evidence here.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 83% Of Fish and Foe (2019) Tense, provocative but impressively balanced, Of Fish and Foe shows green issues are not always black and white. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
100% 8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2015) Much of it contains footage never seen before, and it is a story that will never grow old.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 100% Only You (2018) Two terrific performances from O'Connor (God's Own Country, The Durrells) and Spanish actor Costa (Victoria) and the occasional drag can be forgiven.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Memorable, certainly. Enjoyable? Hardly.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn takes a more, er, creative approach to the genre, though you may be left thinking it should not have bothered.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The big laughs are slow to arrive but they do make an appearance, and the joke spread spans all the ages, with lots of Easter eggs for the most dedicated fans.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) It is not just the music and performances that are worth a celebratory jig in the aisle. What also refreshes in this look at the wilder days of Elton John is the way it unapologetically settles scores.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) The movie slowly conforms to type as the end draws near, with the usual lessons being learned, hugs dispensed, all the stuff you really have seen so often before. But at its best, Booksmart is a delight.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 89% Arctic (2019) Arctic is a tightly scripted, surprisingly moving picture that knows when to be quiet, and when to scare the snowballs out of an audience.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The former Matrix star has charisma to burn. By the time two hours are up, Wick is once again living up to the Latin in the title, desiring peace but preparing for war.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Boy, do directors Joe and Anthony Russo ensure the tale of space good and evil goes out with a hugely entertaining bang. Queries are answered, plot points tied up, justice is done.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley is terrific, giving her character layers upon layers, and the music by Jack Arnold is toe-tappingly good, even if you are normally allergic to C&W. All in all, you'd be Patsy Cline crazy to miss this one. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 81% Mid90s (2018) This is a very impressive piece by Hill, well paced, gorgeously shot, with an eye for detail and an ear for authentic speech. Above all, he has chosen well in a young cast who give it their all, Suljic and Na-kel Smith in particular.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) A brisk, slick if unsubtle take on King that should please a new generation of horror fans who enjoyed the last adaptation of the master's work, It.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) The Easter holidays approach and first of the family blockbusters to show face is this cheeky, refreshingly enjoyable if overlong take on superhero movies.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) While Peele's script is laboriously specific about the back stories of the lead characters, he is frustratingly ambiguous when it comes to burnishing the nuts and bolts of the social commentary underpinning the slaughter. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes and Adele Exarchopoulos, playing Nureyev's French girlfriend, turn in fine performances, but roses and raptures, please, for Ivenko, who is not only as beautiful as Nureyev, and dances sublimely, he can act, besides. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Poignant, beautifully shot (as you would expect), and brutally honest in parts, Minding the Gap has surprises in store, becoming genuinely gripping the deeper Liu digs. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Holly might be a suburban mother but experience has made her a streetfighter in spirit. Never mind Ben, Roberts is back. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 90% Benjamin (2018) Amstell has written a genuinely funny script that oozes self-deprecating charm. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 58% Fisherman's Friends (2019) It struggles as a film because you can see every twist coming a mile off, each character is two-dimensional at best and not enough is made of the fabulous seaside location.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) All three [actors] are on outstanding form, with Cruz in particular putting her character through the wringer.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 94% Beats (2019) Macdonald, a Royal Conservatoire graduate, is terrific from start to finish. Remember the name.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 88% What They Had (2018) Inevitable heartache is deftly balanced with humour to dissipate tension. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) Solid performances all round though, particularly from Clarke, the soldier nursing a epic grief the best he can.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019