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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is the perfect Christmas movie for our doubting times. It is a mix of fact and fiction, comedy and drama, and re-imagines the dramatic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as an unlikely buddy film.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
No Score Yet Binti (2019) Despite aiming the film at young audiences, Migom doesn't hide the seriousness of the topic. ‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The reason why The Two Popes is such a good watch is that it takes a difficult subject and packages it in a manner that will have broad appeal.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
No Score Yet Muscle (2019) Watching Muscle is a lot like going to the gym. It seems like it might be a big ordeal, and there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but if you make it through to the other side, there is a hell of a lot of satisfaction.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
90% 1917 (2020) There is also a remarkable central performance from George MacKay, who carries the picture, through moments of darkness, joy and sadness.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
40% Rare Beasts (2019) Rare Beasts is a striking debut that demands active participation from the viewer.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Armando Iannucci surprises with this remarkably madcap adaptation...‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
78% My Zoe (2019) This film works better if you don't think too hard about the science. It wants to elicit an emotional, rather than a rational, response.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
35% The Song of Names (2019) [It] has some lovely music scored by the legendary Howard Shore, but this does little to deafen the dull narrative notes.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
72% The Other Lamb (2019) Malgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film has rich rewards for those willing to uncover the cult...‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) It is as fascinating to watch Fisk talk about the media landscape as it is to read his inimitable writings on the Middle East.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
83% Judy (2019) It's a surprisingly dark film for a musical biopic, but Zellweger is a bright light, a one-woman show determined to "Get Happy."‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
75% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) It's a visceral experience that challenges the notions of truth. Australian Kurzel combines the family troubles of his 2011 drama Snowtown with the eerie atmosphere of his 2015 Cannes competition entry Macbeth.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
63% Greed (2019) It is one of Winterbottom's better movies, which is saying a lot, given the quality of his oeuvre.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2020) The story haunts us long after the end credits roll, especially the two excellent performances from the leads.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
29% Sweetness in the Belly (2019) The movie can't decide whether it wants to be about Lilly or about Ethiopia, and never overcomes this conflict.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
73% Radioactive (2019) The director efficiently packs a rich story into the film, and the personal sacrifices made by these scientists are not forgotten either.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The film plays so loose with the truth that it feels like a complete fabrication.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet My Days of Glory (Mes jours de gloire) (2019) Overall, there is more than enough to delight, indicating that de Bary will be worth looking out for in the future.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
100% Rialto (2019) The director plays scenes long, leaving the status of relationships opaque and enforcing a sombre tone. However, it's a film that sits firmly in the consciousness for days afterwards, benefitting from hindsight. ‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
80% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) The comedy isn't always consistent....consequently, some of the eye rolling elicited is not down to the characters' mindsets, but rather the uneven quality of the film and its broad caricatures.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Scarecrows (Les Épouvantails) (2019) It's a shame that the narrative is so muddled and overly complicated, because the central story is powerful, urgent and ambitious.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
95% Rocks (2019) It's a film that is very much in the tradition of British social realism. Nonetheless, it remains light and joyful enough to be enjoyed and recognised by an audience with the same demographic and age as the characters on screen.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) For the most part, it works a treat.‐ iNews.co.uk
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) It's a film reminiscent of the work of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, full of twists and turns as it puts its characters in increasingly tragic situations.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) While Hoss's performance never strays too far from excellent, the same is not true of the storyline. ‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Woman (2019) It is superbly edited, creating the illusion of simplicity when it's clear that weaving together the different elements to create a cohesive whole must have been a monumental task.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
71% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's a well-told film that occasionally gets bogged down by a sense of its own importance, but it's well made, and Dujardin is magnificent.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) It takes on significant issues, but in a way that is illustrative, rather than combative.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
41% Wasp Network (2019) This is one of those frustrating movies that's got all the components but somehow manages to miss the boat.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet All This Victory (Jeedar El Sot) (2019) The constraint of one-location films is that they can feel staged, and to succeed, they need all of the components of the movie to work: the visuals, the sound and the acting. That's not always the case here, which is a shame.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Mother (Madre) (2019) Madre is a movie that dares to be different. It succeeds because it has a strong central character, a sensational aesthetic and frames that move like ballet.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
97% Citizen K (2019) This movie also avoids pretending it has all the answers. What makes Citizen K so good is that Gibney always doubts what he is being told.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
78% Bombay Rose (2019) It is the animation technique that is the knockout in Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) The beauty of the film is how it plays with preconceptions.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet South Terminal (Terminal sud) (2019) The problem with using such eclectic metaphors is that it feels as if the director should be on hand to decipher the film.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Tree House (Nhà cây) (2019) The images of villagers in the mountain tilling the land and living in seclusion, and those of their pets wandering around, are stunning.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
67% Here For Life (2019) The experimental non-linear storytelling style of the film suggests it might be better suited to a gallery context rather than to cinema exhibition.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet A Voluntary Year (Das freiwillige Jahr) (2019) Though the directors want to keep an everyday context, they don't always succeed, occasionally overdoing the layering of plot...most successful in the way it demonstrates having a liberal outlook and politics does not necessarily mean you are tolerant.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
60% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) It's a strong directorial debut from Bird...there is a touch of John Hughes about the way he cares so much for the have-nots, capturing moments of desire and hope which are constantly fighting with feelings of inadequacy. ‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Maternal (Hogar) (2019) It's a striking debut film, full of wonderful observations...‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% If Only (Magari) (2019) This is the funny, light and sentimental film on divorce that we didn't know we were waiting for.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet Projectionist (2019) Many other questions are not satisfactorily answered, as director Shylov doesn't create a strong enough narrative or enough metaphors that really resonate.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
86% Animals (2019) What's impressive about Hyde's film is that the freewheeling style of the storytelling matches the wildly contradictory thought process of Laura.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
90% Adam (2019) Maternity, friendship and the position of women in Moroccan society all feature in Maryam Touzani's exquisite debut film.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
90% Monsoon (2019) Monsoon is an acquired taste, out of tune with the editing style and pace of most British films, but for those willing to give in to this cultural mash-up, there are many rewards to be had.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Through several illuminating interviews, shot as talking heads, Broomfield also paints a picture of the time, the free love of the 1960s, the indulgence of artistic talent and the suffering of children.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Imagine wanting to see Yesterday, it's easy to do, so many great ideas, comments on celebrity, little gems so true. Imagine, then, this movie, frustrating the hell out of you.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) There are a lot of ideas in this film, but not all of them work, most notably a final voiceover that is in the third person and which feels expositional. But overall, those who like their cinema tense and experiential will find a lot to admire.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
86% Lillian (2019) It's a haunting picture, one that links nature and humanity in unexpected and cruel ways. The multi-talented Horvath also took care of the ethereal cinematography and contributed the memorable soundtrack.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019