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Martyn Conterio

Martyn Conterio
Martyn Conterio's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4, Little White Lies, Starburst, CineVue, SciFiNow

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 84% Deerskin (2020) Far more rewarding than its initial wacky premise suggests.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The El Duce Tapes (2019) Funny, honest, grotesque and fascinated by a pot-bellied miscreant most would run a mile from, the film is a thought-provoking foray into anti-commercial art and outsider lifestyles.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 78% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Its emotional dilemmas, depictions of trauma, revenge and fractured family ties are handled with such skill and sense of purpose, it is truly exemplary film-making.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 50% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) In Waiting for the Barbarians, the director reveals a keen understanding not just of colonialist mentalities and methodologies in subduing and terrorising people, but also in the dangers of idealism when it lacks self-awareness. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 92% Leap of Faith (2019) While hardcore fans of the movie will be au fait with pretty much all the topics on the discussion here, Leap of Faith is still a riveting masterclass from a great filmmaker.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 86% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child is a stirring and highly peculiar piece of work.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 96% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Hagazussa rings with doom in both image and sound. The overall effect is unlike anything else you'll see in 2017.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Set almost entirely outdoors in a Mediterranean locale, the whole film is a riot of rapid editing, Sergio Leone shots, nihilistic energy, outré images, gorgeous back-lighting cinematography and occasional bursts of dreamy primary colours.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) An enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade's inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 78% Leto (2019) Serebrennikov has a great eye for composition and crafting a set piece, but the meandering pace and loose approach to storytelling makes his second feature akin to an album front loaded with banging tunes and the rest is filler.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 69% Climax (2019) The film is freaky, experimental, sometimes hilarious and unnervingly intense. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) That Lee has crafted a funny film full of snazzy editing, stylish imagery and a tremendous blues rock score, yet is laser-focused on a very serious subject matter, demonstrates his mastery of the cinematic medium. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 72% At War (En guerre) (2019) At War is a gripping leftist polemic about the plight of the working class when faced with drastic boardroom decisions, uncaring lawyers and shareholders looking to fill their boots as the ship sinks. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Gonzalez can be masterful in conjuring sexy imagery, febrile moods and erotic frissons, but his grip on the storytelling here is weak. Knife + Heart struggles to regain its initial momentum, falling flat until a lively climax.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 83% Ayka (2018) Once we start to understand Ayka's life and reasons for behaving how she does, the film gains tragic dimensions and its humanist voice grows into a desperate cry.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 57% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) Desplechin's plodding tale of provincial plod comes across like a middlebrow television pilot about a new breed of lawman.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 92% The Nightshifter (Morto nâo fala) (2018) Succeeds thanks to compelling lead performances, its inventive scenario and a social backdrop whereupon São Paulo is presented as a city awash with extraordinary levels of violence.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet All the Gods in the Sky (Tous les dieux du ciel) (2018) Consistently extraordinary, nightmarishly surreal and heart-wrenching. The ace up its sleeve is a surprising emotional gravitas amid the crazy goings-on and arthouse shocks.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) What is Assassination Nation bringing to the table, that we don't already know? Parts of its shrill message therefore feel unconvincing, redundant, even dead on arrival.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 85% Les Misérables (2020) Although the handling of certain plot dynamics on occasion isn't as strong as its potent aesthetic finesse, Ly mounts a thriller operating as a savage indictment of social policies and underhand police tactics.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) A blood-soaked anti-imperialist fable and intertextual genre movie it most definitely is... but the film is equally -- more importantly -- a staunch celebration of home, land and communal bonds.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 96% Atlantics (2019) A magical realist tale of lost love, the dead avenging their demise and exploitation of the working class, Diop's sensitive and sensual handling of heavyweight themes is the mark of a very exciting talent.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 89% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) The Cordillera of Dreams is a stirring look at a nation still recovering from the brutalization meted out by General Pinochet's callous and paranoid actions, but Guzmán goes further to offer his opinion of the present issues facing the country.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Countless clips highlight the amazing work and effort which goes into sound design. You'll certainly come away appreciating just how painstaking and time-consuming this specific field of cinema is.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) The Wild Goose Lake is a gangster flick mainlining on pure fatalism and turns the tables on genre conventions and expectations. The result is an occasionally opaque but tremendously well-made melodrama.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Call it a return to a conventional narrative, if you want to, this is still 100 percent Malick. Not a retreat or a return to the old days, but a definite continuation. Awe-inspiring, triumphant and as majestic as cinema can possibly get.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) The script is clever, the drama intricate, the plot grips like a thriller. Hinged on a series of moral choices the lad must make or ignore, it's as much a journey into the self as it is a story of teenage rebellion. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 100% Chi-Town (2018) Like the subject, Chi-Town is admirable, humble and hopeful.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is cynicism-free, first-class popcorn entertainment spearheaded by a knockout performance from Salazar. A star is born.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 78% Cult of Chucky (2017) While the plot is supremely silly, hardcore devotees will be delighted to find twists and turns along the way.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Horrifyingly captivating.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Laughton knocks it out of the park as Robarts, and his scenes with real-life missus Lanchester are hysterical. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 86% Under the Wire (2018) Colvin, then, becomes something of a guiding light in awful times, her fine legacy twofold. She was a great journalist, absolutely. But she was a greater humanitarian.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Tiresome instead of zany. Incoherent instead of riotous fun. Charmless instead of charming.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
5/5 93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) With its non-traditional structure, characters who come and go and epic timespan, 2001 is very much an arty extravaganza with mainstream appeal.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 92% The Endless (2018) Dotted throughout with clever clues and showcasing a remarkable narrative dexterity, The Endless makes it three home runs on the trot for Benson and Moorhead.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Campillo's engrossing human rights drama is top drawer foreign-language cinema and a must-see film.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/5 96% Western (2018) The film's keen observations on male behaviour and displays of aggression and machismo, both individually and in groups, revealing truthful insights into the male mindset and body language, which provide Western with potent resonance.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The film is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, full of deadpan observations - a quintessential Anderson touch - and exciting sequences.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/5 53% Spaceship (2016) There is imagination and poetry all its own making in Spaceship.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
5/5 79% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A film to chill the spine and haunt the mind, Nicolas Pesce has achieved cinematic glory.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Amat Escalante has taken up the reins as his country's controversial festival darling. He is, in effect, the bad boy of contemporary Mexican cinema.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 86% American Made (2017) American Made is ultimately an anodyne cautionary tale, even if it has a swell time hanging out with psychopaths and is almost light-hearted in the portrayal of drug trafficking and murder.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 83% Strangled (A martfüi rém) (2017) Strangled is a solid crime saga, benefitting from atmospheric cinematography by Gabor Szabo and a historic backdrop where the murders reverberate into the political arena of the era.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a requiem for the workingman, brilliantly crafted and suitably savage.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 93% Thelma (2017) Thelma is a genre-bending mystery drama running the gamut between horror and sci-fi. Thelma is equally curious as a character, too. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 85% Mayhem (2017) Yuen is excellent as a man barely holding on to his last shred of decency in an environment with no values and is ably backed by co-stars Dallas Roberts, Samara Weaving and Kerry Fox.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/5 82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Part of what makes Tragedy Girls so fun is not the blunt force satire, but how it makes the audience complicit in the girls' quest for fame and fortune.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Yorgos Lanthimos's America-set psychological horror film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, boasts such a fiendish premise that Alfred Hitchcock would have taken notes.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 65% Alien: Covenant (2017) A return to the dark, primal and transgressive terrors of the original movie.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017