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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) It's made with ample craft, from its enjoyably unpredictable and adaptable visual shtick to its likeable performances and period detail.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
4/5 100% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) A film that emphasises both how wonderful it is to be part of something and how brave it is to stand apart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3/5 69% The High Note (2020) The High Note is a largely earnest and energetic tale of women fighting to be seen and heard, and whatever shape its feminism takes it's welcome.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
3/5 66% The Lovebirds (2020) For all its narrative ridiculousness, there is something charmingly realistic about the couple's shambolic efforts to fend off attackers and their truly terrible decision-making.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
4/5 100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) This newbie director is unafraid, eager even to tackle discomforting terrain, often with a blackly comic eye; there's ultimate empathy, but it's hardly laid on thick.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
5/5 94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) It's a film that's exciting, enlightening and essential, resulting in a watchlist to beat them all.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3/5 100% The Atom: A Love Affair (2020) A colourful patchwork of conflicting viewpoints that's never less than interesting.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Writer-director Eliza Hittman follows her acclaimed sophomore feature Beach Rats with a solemn, sensitive picture of a pivotal journey from small-town Pennsylvania to New York City.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4/5 100% The Orphanage (2019) Although the cultural specifics are interestingly and credibly depicted, there's much that's recognisable to all - as it portrays raging hormones, the quest to fit in, and to find your place.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3/5 77% Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020) A persuasive if incomplete account of Cyntoia's fight for justice after she was incarcerated for murder as a teen.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 96% The Half of It (2020) It's an engaging take on a tale we've seen a thousand times, as our heroine figures herself out and begins her messy quest for the one.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/5 66% Astronaut (2019) A sweet story about daring to dream, whatever your age.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
3/5 100% Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2020) Carroll's visually vibrant approach and her close access to Kennedy is admirable, even if more would have certainly been welcome.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
4/5 91% The Assistant (2020) With Garner its pitch-perfect conduit, the film explores what it's like to inhabit the same space but not the same world as those around you, and takes a clinical approach to a hot-button topic.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
4/5 68% Extraction (2020) As comfortable in the confines of a corridor as bombing it about in a car chase, Extraction exhibits an ingenious, sometimes amusingly irreverent approach to action...‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 98% Circus of Books (2019) Unabashed in its idiosyncrasies and indulgences, which lend it character and charm, the film perhaps lacks the artistry of something similarly personal like Stories We Tell, but Rachel does a fine job of contextualising her parents' work.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
2/5 44% Sergio (2020) The heavy focus on what is rendered a rather inane love story is its biggest misstep.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
2/5 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Richard Curtis used to make this sort of thing look easy, but a good script is everything. Without one, it all falls embarrassingly flat.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Like Heathers with more sincerity, or Dear White People sans in-your-face politics, Selah and the Spades takes a pinch of those, a dash of Cruel Intentions and The Craft, a dollop of Brick and still finds enough to say itself to impress.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 80% Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2020) It's a fascinating journey through a ceaselessly imaginative mind.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/5 69% Storm Boy (2019) Sweet enough to be a slam dunk for animal lovers, while Bruce Young's crisp, cool cinematography acts like a fresh breeze through a sentimental, largely loveable story.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
2/5 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) With a potty-mouthed kid the unabashed selling point, director Michael Dowse follows disappointing buddy comedy Stuber with more of the same.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 88% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) An idiosyncratic study of loneliness and loss that draws to a close in comedic, cockle-warming style.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
4/5 72% Vivarium (2020) Parents beware: this one might resonate more than you would like to admit.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 82% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) In the end, its nightmarish manifestation of the class system feels like a notable concept in its own right; and, if it's deeply cynical about humanity as a whole, there's heroism at its heart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) Fusing the humdrum and otherworldly in a way that's both cute and comedic, Extra Ordinary is the feature debut from Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 88% Misbehaviour (2020) Misbehaviour shows how challenging conventional notions of beauty is as worthy a fight as tearing the whole damn thing down.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Rarely has blundering your way through life seemed like so much fun.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Love Sarah (2020) Not totally unpalatable then, but nowhere near sweet enough.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 85% The County (Héradid) (2019) Plumping for quietly inspiring and sincere in its stead, this is still a likeable film about guts and, hopeful, glory.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet County Lines (2019) The dialogue is more on-the-nose than the direction but the performances are persuasive and, as it lays bare an inhumane issue in unflashy and compassionate style, this is a valiant attempt to bring a stomach-churning subject to the fore.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 81% Proxima (2019) Natural, beautiful and insightful, Proxima may speak to mothers specifically but, in its profundity, it has something to say to us all.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) For all its flaws, Dark Waters remains interesting and impactful, the scope, severity and ongoing nature of its scandal lending it alarming relevance.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 86% Emma. (2020) Taylor-Joy makes Emma emphatically her own; her darting, questioning eyes are impossibly alive to everything, but the truth.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey may not amount to anything truly game-changing but it's still top-tier comic book stuff.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) If it's made with plenty of polish and lots at stake, there's enough low-key charm to recall the shenanigans of TV's Atlanta, while the influence of Tarantino is in ample evidence.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) The combined conviction of the central trio is more than enough to hold your attention.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) It's relentlessly stressful but as engrossing as hell.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/5 21% Cats (2019) Falling short of the expected cat-astrophe, it's more flabbergasting than truly terrible.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 67% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) As a study of how violence begets violence, it speaks powerfully.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 80% Greener Grass (2019) It might feel a little rough round the edges but, for a first feature, makes for quite the introduction; like the backstabbers in their sights, this pair are clearly ones to watch.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Though stylistically tending toward the safe, The Aeronauts is at its best with its head in the clouds.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 62% Driven (2019) Fans of hilarious hairpieces and outlandish acting are best served by the end result; anyone else can safely give this a miss.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Accessible, illuminating and entertaining, it's a documentary of huge value, something that will enhance not just your understanding but your future experience of film.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Flanked by a gorgeous orchestral score, filled with quirky humour and filmed with an incredible eye for faces and places, it's an appealingly tender effort that still has real dramatic heft and grandeur.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The polish of the performers, the odd decent gag and a smattering of visual energy stop it expiring entirely. But it offers too little, and it's certainly arrived too late.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) With diligent work from Naomie Harris as the officer in question and a righteous regard for neglected communities, it's elevated and energised by its empathy and anger.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) Cuteness abounds, lovingly moulded in the studio's inimitable claymation style, in service of a rattling good yarn.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 84% Deerskin (2020) Those with strong stomachs and twisted senses of humour will have a hoot; adjust your expectations, and it's just over an hour well spent.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver invest their emotional disintegration with raw authenticity, while Noah Baumbach combines Woody Allen-style irreverence with the no-holds-barred naturalism of John Cassavetes.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019