Demetrios Matheou Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) This may be a cross-over crowd-pleaser, but it also feels like [Filho's] most Brazilian film yet.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
4/5 99% Midnight Family (2019) Luke Lorentzen's compelling, fly-on-the-wall documentary captures the madness, manic energy and dubious morality of Mexico City's broken healthcare system.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) [I]ts delivery - mixing social satire, twisty plotting and Hitchcockian tension - a masterclass in serious-minded but accessible mainstream filmmaking.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) While Wick's penchant for standing naked before the lantern is admittedly odd, it's Winslow's dreams and hallucinations - and his violence towards the local seagulls, inviting bad luck - that fill the film with foreboding.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) ... powerful, to a point, though could go deeper into the murkily complicit office politics on show.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) The result is an agonisingly tense, immensely moving and unusually immersive experience.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) With its outstanding young cast and a modern sensibility that blows a feisty breeze through the well-worn period action, this is a joyful, moving, near flawless piece of filmmaking.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker is epic, spectacular, surprising and, most importantly, brings its human stories to resolutions that brim with emotion.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) [T]o make it work the filmmakers had to go onto the 'next level'... They've achieved that, with a great deal of ingenuity, while perhaps predictably losing some of the freshness of the earlier outing.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Nevertheless, it's impeccably acted by all concerned, gorgeously produced and thoroughly engaging.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Poirot and Miss Marple were never as much fun as this. ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
0% The Coldest Game (2020) The end result of what is a clearly enthusiastic enterprise is remarkably average.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet Lost Lotus (2019) Despite good intentions and a strong central performance by Canadian-Chinese actress Yan Wensi as a young woman seeking justice after the hit-and-run death of her mother, Lost Lotus ultimately fails to convince.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Tomorrow We Are Free (Morgen sind wir frei) (2019) Pourseifi captures a particularly chilling and tragic reversal of expectations, and fortunes involving the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in 1979.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Sin (Il Peccato) (2019) The skill of Testoni's performance is to maintain the gleam of passion and seriousness behind the rough-hewn, manic facade.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Dust And Ashes (Tuhk ja tolm) (2019) Restrained and enigmatic - it's remarkable how tense it becomes as so very little happens - this introduces another South Korean filmmaker with serious intent.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Willow (2019) The result is one of those films that feels casual when you watch it, but digs deep and remains, both poignant and profound.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
No Score Yet Looted (2019) Resisting the tired tropes of British crime films involving disaffected youth, van Pannevis offers a poignant character piece about a decent young man in crisis.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet Cook F**k Kill (2019) A boldly-executed absurdist comedy, which tackles its central theme - domestic abuse - in a manner very different to the usual gritty realist approaches, with provocative, sometimes discomforting results. Dare one say it, it's also highly entertaining.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Fiela's Child (Fiela se Kind) (2019) Retains the story's emotion and sense of injustice, though falls a little short of its powerful potential.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Gipsy Queen (Mustlaskuninganna) (2019) While adhering to many boxing movie tropes - notably the rise of an underdog to a championship shot - writer/director Huseyin Tabak adds a new dimension to the genre by making his protagonist both an immigrant and mother.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Happy Times (2019) Beyond the admittedly amusing task of guessing who will kill whom... and the enjoyable addition of the local rabbi late in the proceedings, there's not a great deal to engage the audience.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Gutterbee (2019) Its combination of extremely eccentric comedy and bigotry-themed drama would be challenging at the best of times; and Thomsen doesn't exercise enough finesse or restraint to pull it off.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) While Frozen II is accomplished and delightful, it doesn't quite soar like its predecessor.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) It's hampered by way too much rom-com cliché and cutesiness.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Christian Bale and Matt Damon - Batman and Bourne if you will - let their hair down as two motor-racing legends, to the extent that the racing drama doubles as a buddy movie.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The fact that that so many Oldfellas can still muster the energy for an epic crime saga is, in itself, rather special.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) While so many filmmakers have gone soft in their dotage, at 83 Loach is as focussed and commanding as ever.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The good news with Dark Fate is that Sarah Connor returns - now grey and growly, extremely bitter but just as kick-ass fantastic.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) [A] film that's gripping, righteous, relevant, moving - in short, a very, very good yarn that just happens to be true. ‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) While the jokes have become a little tired (especially Columbus's rules for surviving Zombieland), the action sequences keep it lively and the characterisations are endearing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
No Score Yet County Lines (2019) Combining a vivid, empathetic approach to his working-class characters and milieu, a good eye and a thriller master's ability to unsettle, Blake offers up a short, sharp jab to the national conscience.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) It's telling that such a seasoned comedienne as Anna Kendrick looks desperately ill at ease.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) The actors tackle massive monologues, one truly volcanic row and the silent shorthand of a years-long bond with beautifully naturalistic performances.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet White Riot (2019) [A] highly engaging and suddenly very relevant documentary...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Starring a phenomenal Joaquin Phoenix, it's seriously themed, brilliantly executed and quite extraordinary.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) Director David Zonana offers a highly original provocation, which looks at the injustice of the class divide with a cool, satirical eye.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Bustamante offers a vibrant portrait of Guatemala City's street life, its bars, fast food joints and gay clubs, alongside a colder depiction of the stuffy, repressed and repressive domains of the monied elite and their evangelical partners in intolerance.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Eliciting compelling, persuasive performances from both Nicholson and her young co-stars, Landes creates a grippingly immersive drama...‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
71% Pacified (Pacificado) (2019) It's a quietly powerful drama, unusually devoid of actual violence given the genre, instead revealing the myriad psychological effects of drug and gang culture on individuals and founded on the touching bond that develops between Jaca and Tati.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
67% Some Beasts (Algunas Bestias) (2019) Serrano is... guilty of squandering his resources.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The film would have benefitted from more context and less savagery, but there's no denying its accomplishment as a heart-in-mouth drama that never loses its grip, nor its ability to disturb and move in equal measure.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) Even when playing ordinary, Streep commands the screen completely... without her, Soderbergh's fragile edifice crumbles.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
40% Patrick (2019) This is a frustratingly schizophrenic affair - edgy and chillingly enigmatic in its top and tail, dull in between, and for the most part unpleasant.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 82% Proxima (2019) Written and directed by France's Alice Winocour and with Eva Green giving an Oscar-worthy performance in the lead, this makes an intriguing companion piece to the recent, also excellent Ad Astra.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) While the space travel aesthetic is one of unfussy functionality, its cinematography is sublime.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 24% The Kitchen (2019) Berloff, who was Oscar nominated for her screenplay of the 2015 gangsta rap biopic Straight Outta Compton, doesn't tighten the drama as well she might - the plotting is shot full of holes - but does elicit excellent performances from her stars.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's a long way from the film that put Fellowes on the map as a writer.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Despite the starry cast, these older versions are nowhere near as engaging as the kids.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) While more modest in scale, this might be the most humane addition to the genre since The Shawshank Redemption.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019