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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 80% Greyhound (2020) Schneider does a solid job here and keeps things unusually tight - a 90-minute war film is a rare and beautiful thing indeed.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/5 49% Scoob! (2020) Incoherently combines super-heroics and various Hanna-Barbera favourites for a brisk but slapdash adventure.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 81% The Old Guard (2020) Theron can do action heroine in her sleep and Ejiofor, Schoenaerts and Layne are a delightful bonus.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 77% The Beach House (2020) As chilling, visually arresting and occasionally atmospheric as it gets, The Beach House doesn't feel particularly scary. For a horror, that's clearly a problem, but Brown remains one to watch.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 97% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) A White, White Day is hard to get a handle on but Sigurdsson keeps you hooked...‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 80% Family Romance, LLC (2019) Family Romance, LLC. is very watchable with its gentle humour and myriad eccentric charms.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 92% Lynn + Lucy (2019) Lynn + Lucy is a thought-provoking, worthy watch that asks us to see the human beings behind the headlines and consider the consequences of our words.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) In its OTT moments more than anything, it eerily resembles the real thing, and when it cranks up that lunacy it's the perfect tonic for our times.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
4/5 40% Irresistible (2020) Although Irresistible riffs on old-fashioned feelgood fare, there are other neat subversions along the way.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
5/5 100% On the Record (2020) As formidably intelligent and thoughtful as its take on the subject is, On the Record never loses sight of the human suffering at its core.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
4/5 88% The Girl with a Bracelet (2020) As it asks us to play detective and explores how well we can ever know those we hold dear, it's all desperately intriguing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 100% Athlete A (2020) It paints a compelling, unflashy picture of undertaking a spiralling and far-reaching exposé, doggedly researched over years. It is, quite simply, journalism at its finest.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/5 55% Resistance (2020) A sincere, if rather workmanlike biopic of the man who was born Marcel Mangel.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
4/5 93% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) It's terrifyingly credible in its depiction of the stress and slog of extreme work pressure.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
3/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods brims with palpable rage and heartfelt reflection, taking an educated, never-less-than-interesting look at military service and sacrifice.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) A film that can be extremely funny, unfolds leisurely and elevates the most ordinary of predicaments to something approaching cinematic gold.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 100% Citizens of the World (Lontano Lontano) (2020) Three Italian pensioners construct a cockeyed plot to emigrate in this amiable, Rome-set comedy from writer-director-star Gianni Di Gregorio.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
2/5 0% The Last Days of American Crime (2020) A slog of a film that's sometimes brazenly dumb but seldom in a way that feels any fun.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/5 89% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Days of the Bagnold Summer doesn't feel hugely ambitious as it treads familiar ground and keeps things reasonably light, but it's finely tuned and funny and Dolan deserves to front a film again.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
2/5 33% Guest of Honour (2020) Guest of Honour is memorable mainly for the wrong reasons.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
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 70% 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 65% 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 97% 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 92% 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 (2020) 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 32% 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 83% 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 21% 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 71% 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 83% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) 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 38% Love Sarah (2020) Not totally unpalatable then, but nowhere near sweet enough.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 87% 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