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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 98% Jaws (1975) The aquatic terror is deftly balanced with lively, likeable characterisations.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2012
5/5 90% L'Eclisse (1962) How wonderful that, especially in its newly finessed form, this cinematic milestone remains as pertinent, intriguing and seductive as ever.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2015
5/5 88% F for Fake (1974) If Citizen Kane is testament to a young man's genius then F For Fake is testament to a veteran's rebellious spirit and wicked sense of humour.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2015
5/5 92% Duck Soup (1933) A comedy classic that boasts some of Groucho's prickliest zingers and the pinnacle of Harpo's mirthful mischief.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
5/5 96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Blimp is a film that gives us musical mischief, marvellous moustaches, poignancy and peculiarity in droves.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 18, 2012
5/5 95% Contempt (1964) If Le Mépris lacks the uninhibited character of, say, Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, or Alphaville it undoubtedly makes up for it in emotional potency.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
5/5 96% The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) The Bad and the Beautiful took home a quintet of Oscars from 1953's ceremony and in its title alone we have possibly the greatest ever description of Hollywood.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2012
5/5 96% Red Desert (1964) It seems fitting that every frame should be rich with sorrow.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2012
5/5 67% Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) A perfect example of a film that captures the spirit of the source-material, whilst boldly exploiting and exploring the potential of the cinematic medium.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2015
5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) The Dark Knight Rises succeeds because it's rooted in real-world experiences and fears.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2015
5/5 85% The Master (2012) This may be less flamboyant than some of Anderson's previous films but when it comes to complex, confounding drama he stands assuredly amongst the masters.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2012
5/5 95% The Artist (2011) Hazanavicius boldly strips cinema back to its wordless, monochrome days and, boy, does the end result sparkle.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
5/5 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Wes Anderson's eighth film dazzles and delights as if it has been liberated from the pages of a beautifully illustrated storybook.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years a Slave is a film of searing sincerity and insight, whose central characters are drawn with real complexity. McQueen's third film doesn't just slide slavery under the microscope, it holds it there.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
5/5 92% American Hustle (2013) A sexy, rollicking caper set in the late 70s which expertly infuses its criminality with both class and character, the latter delivered via a thick vein of askew humour.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
5/5 89% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Fearless, relatable and beautiful, this is one of the year's best. Holding you so close for so long, you won't want to break free.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2013
5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) Whiplash is everything its snappy title suggests, and comes complete with a thunderous ending that leaves the entire film reverberating in your consciousness.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
5/5 91% The Guest (2014) Stevens visibly relishes every second of his blue-eyed bad boy's screen-time; it's a brilliantly perverse casting coup enhanced by Barrett's devilish dialogue, while Wingard directs with flamboyance and precision.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2014
5/5 97% Mr. Turner (2014) It's a funny, fitting, warts-and-all monument to a British master, with Mike Leigh demonstrating a command of his craft to rival even his subject.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
5/5 97% Boyhood (2014) The sweetly appealing Coltrane shoots up before our eyes and doesn't buckle under the scrutiny, but if Mason is our ostensible focus then his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) is the movie's unsung heroine.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
5/5 78% The Revenant (2015) To describe The Revenant as epic hardly seems enough; magnificent is more like it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2016
5/5 87% Winter Sleep (2014) Never short of enthralling.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 89% Mommy (2015) Dolan's previous four films established him as an original and exciting voice. With the wildly funny, emotionally messy and wholly wonderful Mommy the filmmaker steps into the big league - aged just 25.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
5/5 94% Force Majeure (2014) A penetrating study of human weakness, Force Majeure shows us things about these characters, and by extension ourselves, that we might not want to see.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
5/5 98% Timbuktu (2015) The imposition of a brutal jihadist regime is relayed with formidable articulacy and a surprising lightness of touch in this gut-wrenching drama from Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
5/5 96% The Forbidden Room (2015) A swirling, mutating apparition conjured from a crazed mind, this fluid and delirious film showcases a wealth of imagination as it drags us down through ever deeper, ever stranger layers of storytelling ...‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
5/5 91% La La Land (2016) It's as gorgeous in its gloom as in its wonderfully shameless whimsy. It's a dizzying whirlwind of romance and sorrow, cinema to make you swoon.‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2017
5/5 97% Spotlight (2015) An extraordinary paean to journalistic endeavour.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) Achingly melancholic and philosophically ambitious, Anomalisa moulds reality into something genuinely magical.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) It is a film that emphatically deserves to be in the mix come awards-time, from a director who knows that you don't need fast-paced action or expensive tricks to conjure truly spectacular cinema.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
5/5 88% Jackie (2016) Daringly intimate and unusually insightful, Jackie sees a South American provocateur take on an all-American idol - and the results are unforgettable.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) It's remarkable how heartfelt each and every moment feels, without the film once descending into sentimentality.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It's all about McDormand - truly a performer you can build a whole film around, and one who can whisk a scene away from even her most seasoned peers.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
5/5 93% Neruda (2016) Events are relayed with lashings of humour and romance, the sumptuous staging and showy camerawork fitting the flamboyant protagonist who's ill-suited to slumming it as a fugitive in the shadows.‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 6, 2017
5/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) A textured portrait of the parent-child relationship, as well as a shrewd satire of corporate shenanigans.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
5/5 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's a movie that explores the invigorating, engrossing impact of fiction - a beguiling creation that shows, appropriately enough, the way a great story can get right under the skin.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's astutely judged, beautifully humane and, in its final throes, devastatingly romantic.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) A film of rare empathy and shimmering beauty.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson's divine, poetically scripted and unpredictable melodrama examines the impact of emotional upheaval on the fragile mind of a finely tuned creative.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
5/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson declares his love for all things Japanese in a sensationally rendered, soft-hearted tribute to the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Shannon, Jenkins, Spencer and Stuhlbarg are precision-cast but it's Hawkins that will steal your heart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) There's love, tragedy and laughter in an inspiring, visually arresting look at a group who are living the hell out of life and not going down without a fight.‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 6, 2018
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The fluid visuals are a perfect match for the curiosity and exuberance of the kids, who prowl the motel grounds and beyond on the hunt for mischief.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) A film as riotously funny as it is alarmingly pertinent.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Rather than just being content to tick all the usual boxes, Destroyer reveals itself to be the riveting story of a woman owning her own mistakes.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Boasting ample empathy and just enough hope, Eighth Grade is a coming-of-age film to savour.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker hones in on a seminal time in the development of a young woman's identity; as Madeline filters out the noise, she finds her creative voice.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 99% The Tale (2018) Dern is breathtaking as she grits her teeth and faces her fears, while Fox's courage and skill are hard to overstate.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Fuses documentary and drama in a masterfully balanced, insightful and impactful amalgam.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) A pioneer of the "Weird Wave" of Greek cinema, Lanthimos brings his outsider's eye to period English costume drama in a film that loosens its corsets considerably.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018