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Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 93% Klaus (2019) A cut above the average seasonal tale due to its impressive cast and visual inventiveness, this film is full of unexpected references which will entertain older viewers but don't get in the way of the plot.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) It's the humour that gives the film its edge, making sure that viewers can never quite be certain of anything and enhancing the sense of creepiness on which it depends.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ernesto's Manifesto (2019) [David M] Matthews handles the slender story with skill and although at times it ventures into soap opera territory the supporting cast mostly manage to keep it on an even keel, with nobody trying to steal the spotlight. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Everything here is urgent, both in story and in theme, and no matter how often you've found yourself rooting for cinema's romantic outlaws, these are two you won't forget.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) This is strictly a film for action fans. It has very little else to offer, but that doesn't much matter, because it's very good at what it does.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 90% Luce (2019) There's a rare intelligence to this film, which explores issues around race, wealth, class, gender and what it means to be a real American in a nuanced, multifaceted way. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 81% The Report (2019) [Scott Z.] Burns is much more capable at the keyboard than he is behind the camera and it's in precisely the kind of mid-sized, bland interior spaces where most of this film is set that a bit of directorial flair is needed most. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) It's the rough edges that really make Ghostbusters, the contrast between the absurdity of the central story and the mundanity of its setting, and [Anthony] Bueno depicts the production in a similar way.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Though it occasionally misses a beat or overreaches itself with snappy little asides, Bombshell is a finely crafted film which benefits from one of the best acting ensembles of the year. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) For all its awkwardness and unevenness, this is an endearing little film with well realised, three dimensional characters and some sharp observations to make about the intersections of far right ideology and capitalism.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 92% Funan (2019) It's during the film's final half hour, when Chou finally flees in search of her child, that the tension mounts and the emotional power of the film really kicks in.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 82% In My Room (2018) An intimate film that really draws in the viewer, In My Room presents an unusually lyrical take on the end of the world as we know it. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Bully (2019) Occasional vicious violence and brusque language can't disguise the fact that this is at heart a wholesome, feelgood film, but there's nothing wrong with that. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Newcomer Tardiolo is splendid in the lead and Alice Rohrwacher's patient approach gives the viewer plenty of time to explore the landscapes through which we travel, inviting awkward questions about what it means to be free or to be saved. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 100% 5B (2019) You won't need a medical education to appreciate this film but it never patronise its audience, explaining hospital protocols in a matter of fact way as it explores the issues. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4.5/5 100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) These are brave, assertive people - people whose lingering pain is clear, but who don't perpetuate the cliché of the broken victim.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Despite its narrative simplicity, the richness of its subject gives this film real charm and makes it compelling viewing.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 56% The Beach Bum (2019) The central idea is strong and there are moments of genius, but it never quite makes the impact that it should. When the effects wear off, you'll be left feeling empty.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4.5/5 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) This is immersive cinema, designed to be experienced rather than just watched. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This is a mature, beautifully crafted piece of work and much cleverer than it initially appears.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 73% Relaxer (2019) What's impressive is that, though it doesn't always achieve its aims, the film never gets dull despite the fact that we spend all of it watching a man on a couch. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.5/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra draw on the ideas of a narco thriller without wallowing in them.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 100% Buffaloed (2020) Whilst it's refreshing to see a female character getting to be this mercenary, Buffaloed lacks the substance to really make its presence felt.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
5/5 86% Cunningham (2019) Far from the usual dry, tonally cautious biopic, [Alla] Kovgan's film is a true cinematic experience, best seen on the biggest available screen. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Beyond what it has to say about [Rudy Ray] Moore, this is a long deserved tribute to blaxploitation cinema itself. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 89% Arctic (2019) With just a little more invention and originality, this film might have been something truly special. As it stands, it's a fantastic showcase for its star and, though slow in places, still highly watchable.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 73% Harriet (2019) [Kasi Lemmons] interpretation of Tubman embodies core American values centred on personal liberty and self-empowerment. Within this framework, [Cynthia] Erivo shines.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) This is one piece of heritage that's better forgotten.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 100% Los Reyes (2019) Gently paced and framed in a skilful yet unobtrusive way, this film has something of the hypnotic power of a hot day when there's nothing in particular to do. It's surprisingly compelling viewing. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 100% Buddies (1985) A salute to the brave individuals who stood up to prejudice and government interaction, made before anyone could really guess what the result of their actions would be, Buddies is also a powerful human story and a highly effective piece of cinema.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Cave (2019) [Feras] Fayyad hopes that his film will keep the crisis in Syria on viewers' minds and encourage them to pressure governments to help. After watching this, you certainly won't be able to forget it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles is also worth watching in its own right and one hopes that it will draw more attention to this important piece of cinematic history.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Any Wednesday (2018) Both actors are intense in their different ways, embodying different kinds of tragedy without letting their characters be reduced to just that. The result is a potent little film that's troubling when it ought to be but always humane.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Ashmina (2018) Walking across a flat field framed by mountains, Ashmina looks, for a moment, tall and proud, but the camera passes her by.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Overall, this feels like a sequel made for the sake of it with little by way of inspiration. It provides a neat conclusion to the larger story but is liable to leave fans of the original feeling short-changed.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) To say that it's an intimate portrait would probably be putting it mildly. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Sometimes real life narratives are every bit as fantastic as the stories we tell.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 60% Brian Banks (2019) What had the potential to be a really strong film ultimately comes across as a better-than-average-looking TV movie of the week.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Despite all the struggles they face and the fact that this may be only a temporary peace, the children featured here inspire a sense of hope. [James] Longley teases out their worries but also makes us aware of their driving will.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 67% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) It's an astounding piece of work and one that will stay with you for a long time.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is clever, charming, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply humane.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Invasion Planet Earth (2019) Shooting for the stars should always be commended but Cox falls short, leaving us stuck in a cloud.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Though it's not as gripping nor, ultimately, as powerful as it might have been, Hotel Mumbai is not exploitative in the ways many had feared and tells its story well enough to satisfy most viewers. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 80% Redoubt (2019) The trouble with this film, at least from a cinematic perspective, is that it doesn't really grip. It's alluring, it's beguiling, but like Diana herself, it has no intention of going any further.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The In-Between (2019) Full of smart observations and incidental humour, The In-Between will really make you feel as if you're along for the ride. It won't take you anywhere in particular but it may change your mind about where you want to be.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 96% Promare (2019) Promare is in your face like an early morning TV programme for three-year-olds. It demands a certain amount of energy and staying power but if you're a dedicated fan of this kind of animé, you'll find it a treat.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 79% Loro (2019) A masterful piece of work no less accomplished because it signifies nothing, Loro is likely to be the most sumptuous look into the abyss you'll ever encounter.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 81% Abominable (2019) There are plenty of worse ways to pass an hour and a half of viewing time -- you're just unlikely to want to do it twice.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 91% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Though it goes to very dark places, Grossman's film emerges as a story of triumph, a testament to the value and power of archive work, and a tale full of hope.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 91% Give Me Liberty (2019) As sharp as it is blunt, Give Me Liberty is a bravura piece of filmmaking. Although it's not always successful, it delivers a swift kick to an industry that has sidelined characters like these for far too long.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019