Alistair Ryder Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 92% The Vast of Night (2020) One of the most impressive American directorial debuts in some time, tipping its cap to sci-fi classics while creating a more intimate take on the genre.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
4/10 92% Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) (2019) As its mystery becomes increasingly overblown, spanning continents yet relying on overbearing contrivances that tie everything back to one small town, it became hard to view it as anything other than a self serious Euro cousin to Life Itself.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
6/10 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) The documentary is frustratingly always scratching the surface, despite having access to all but one of the researchers who took part. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
8/10 91% Ema (2019) If Marriage Story was a tale of separation that didn't want you to take sides because both were good natured people, then Ema is the thrilling inverse: a story of an estranged couple that draws you in due to their antagonism towards each other.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/10 70% Butt Boy (2020) Butt Boy isn't the worst film of 2020 - but it won't be far from the bottom.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
80% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) Takes a premise that could easily be adapted as a straight thriller and transforms it into a character drama of considerable empathy, albeit one that never excuses its protagonist.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
No Score Yet The Lawyer (Advokatas) (2020) Zabarauskas' film is about how stereotypical signifiers of identity can often overshadow characteristics that speak to a person's true self. But The Lawyer ends up becoming as simplified as what it was setting out to subvert.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
5/10 91% Togo (2019) It ticks the box of being something children can watch with their grandparents when visiting them, before fading from memory on the car ride home.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
86% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Unlike many other filmmakers who transition between languages for the first time, Kore-eda's style of filmmaking hasn't got lost in translation, but it's an awkward fit for such an inherently melodramatic premise. ‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
88% Onward (2020) If you're still won over by the Pixar formula, chances are you will still be moved by Onward. But for me, it was the first sign that even their deeply personal stories are showing signs of fatigue due to how familiar they all now feel.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
6/10 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) By opening with a disclaimer that everything we'll see isn't real, Kurzel effectively gives himself an excuse to make something we have no reason to invest in. It succeeds in terms of pure style, but will fade from the memory.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
7/10 90% Dark Waters (2019) While it may look exactly like a director for hire gig on the surface, Dark Waters is based on a true story that echoes the same themes that have haunted Haynes' films throughout his career.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
7/10 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Those expecting a train wreck on the level of Cats will walk away disappointed - it's a frequently fun family film that will leave younger audiences delighted, and surprise older ones convinced it was a disaster in the making.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
7/10 81% Mr. Jones (2020) Mr. Jones deserves plaudits for taking a true story about a journalist caught in one of the most hostile environments on earth, without falling victim to the many clichés of depicting the behind the scenes lives of journalists onscreen.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Lena Waithe is a polarising figure for a number of reasons, and her screenplay only gives fuel to her detractors, simplifying the politics and the characterisations down to the cinematic equivalent of a hashtag.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
8/10 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Jewell isn't the sort of man who easily fits the mould of a hero, and Eastwood takes delight in deconstructing just what it means to be one, and how our unconscious biases as to what a hero truly is cost an innocent man his reputation.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
5/10 89% 1917 (2020) If Mendes made 1917 without the gimmickry, he could have made something special that effectively honoured the true story. Instead, this is a mere technical exercise that everybody will forget about as soon as awards season is over.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
2/10 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Many filmmakers have made excellent comedies set during the Third Reich - Waititi is the rare one to be out of his depth in finding humour in the material, and offering anything meaningful to say about the mob mentality of authoritarianism.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
21% Cats (2019) You will likely hate Cats, but you won't regret watching it. It's a bad studio movie for the ages - and when soulless Disney franchises and remakes are dominating the box office, we should embrace an unprecedented disaster like this while we can. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
91% Weathering with You (2020) Makoto Shinkai may have been described by several writers as an heir to Hayao Miyazaki, but Weathering with You suggests something altogether different: he's the John Hughes of science fiction.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/10 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It's easy to understand why Motherless Brooklyn was a passion project for Norton, but it's unlikely any viewer will be as enthusiastic about watching it as he was about trying to make it for the last 20 years.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (2018) Jonathan Agassi has said seeing this footage saved his life and made him become sober. It's not hard to see why.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) If you can appreciate how it structures the different paths of two families across two decades, then you'll love the balance between the intimate and the epic. For me, this was a distancing tool, and it was hard to carry on with this wayward Son.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
7/10 96% The Irishman (2019) On a first viewing, I was surprised by how cold I felt towards it, as it never manages to find equal balance between familiar Scorsese crime riffs and something far weightier.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
7/10 92% Monos (2019) There are a number of reasons to seek out Monos - but the more you think about it afterwards, the more you'll wish it had something deeper to say below the surface.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
6/10 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts only takes off when it relishes in disaster movie tropes - and comes crashing down to earth whenever it tries to do anything more.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/10 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) At once a formulaic crowdpleaser and something far more insidious, repeatedly and problematically conflating the subject of body positivity with the need to lose weight.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 91% Monsoon (2019) A slow burner, but it lingers in the memory long after.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/10 44% The Addams Family (2019) It's one of the most cynically made, indifferently written and performed studio films I've seen in quite some time.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon's film is far from perfect, but it's hard to deny its importance, especially when it's helped to obtain the justice its protagonists have long been fighting for.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
78% Rose Plays Julie (2019) One of the best screen depictions of the internal struggle of being adopted, perfectly realising a character's permanent sense of existential displacement, and constant worries that she's not living the life she was intended for.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
72% Vivarium (2020) Pitched somewhere between a particularly creepy episode of Inside No.9 and the episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia where Mac and Dennis move to the suburbs, Vivarium is a strange (and understandably divisive) horror satire.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
94% Divine Love (2019) For all its tangible glimpses into a near future dictated by the religious right, the dystopian world building can't make up for an unfocused character study at the centre.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/5 100% Moffie (2019) It's not perfect, but the visceral impact of its depiction of homophobia during this era cannot be understated.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The finest film yet from the Safdie Brothers, and one that rewards any audiences who remain after the audacious, abrasive opening. Well, "rewards" might not be the best word for it - you'll definitely need a stiff drink and a sit down afterwards.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/10 89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is consistently jarring, attempting to make the audience view both cardinals as fun, and more down to earth, than assumed, even as their values are repeatedly shown to be questionable at best, abhorrent at worst. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
4/5 92% And Then We Danced (2020) And Then We Danced is so much more than a coming of age love story - and is all the better for it. ‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
9/10 97% Knives Out (2019) More so than The Last Jedi, Knives Out firmly establishes Johnson as one of the most reliable filmmakers working in the mainstream today, subverting the expectations of popcorn entertainment without detracting from the simple pleasures.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
6/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) If you like the silliness of 90s action movies, then you will almost definitely be a gemini fan.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
41% Wasp Network (2019) Proves that Assayas' weakest films are better than the best films of most directors.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) As a charming study of a woman unexpectedly running for office, The Perfect Candidate is never anything less than enjoyable - but as a political drama, it falls flat.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
98% The Garden Left Behind (2019) An important reminder of the violence and oppression faced by trans women of colour on a daily basis.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Killing Patient Zero (2019) It should join the book upon which it is based as a key text for people researching this period of history.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet From Zero to I Love You (2020) It's that rare thing - a high stakes romcom.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Lemebel (2019) An enrapturing look at the life of an LGBT icon, told with an intimacy that feels like catching up with an old friend.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
20% The Dark Mile (2017) Even without the descent in to cult-territory, this would still be an effectively and disturbingly bleak effort for its portrayal of a failing relationship.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 94% Rafiki (2019) It's such a sweet natured and widely accessible story of love amidst adversity that the idea of any censorship board watching this and getting outraged is hilarious. It makes a film like Love, Simon look like Stranger by the Lake in comparison.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
81% Love, Cecil (2018) There's no denying the talent of Cecil Beaton, nor the scale of his influence to this day. But whether you leave the documentary having warmed to him is another question altogether, and is part of what makes Vreeland's film such an intriguing watch.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet At the End of the Day (2018) It's unashamedly aimed at the mainstream American audience, with a mission to change hearts and minds - but when the film has a message like this (as obvious as that message may be), that's not necessarily a bad thing.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
94% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) Millions of people worry about trying to get the perfect body - Côté's film goes one step further to ask how far you would go to not just obtain it, but maintain it in the most image conscious environment imaginable.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019