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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) An astonishing achievement, Mark Cousins' expertly assembled documentary provides both cracking entertainment and eye-opening education.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
4/5 93% Becoming (2020) The strength of this Netflix documentary about Mrs Obama is not only that it harnesses her unmatched energy, but also that it captures the quieter, more reflective moments of her story.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 74% The Wretched (2020) Successfully drawing on both ancient evils and modern teen angst, The Wretched is a neat, entertaining horror whose makers clearly know how to utilise genre tropes to their best advantage.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) A rip-roaring, bloody slice of Russian genre cinema that combines a tightly plotted narrative with a stylish command of craft to hugely entertaining, immersive effect.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
3/5 85% Sea Fever (2020) Sea Fever reverberates with a timely unease.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 100% The Whalebone Box (2020) An intriguing collage of image and ideas, Andrew Kotting's The Whalebone Box weaves a hypnotic tapestry of the mystical and the mundane, of the power of legend and the impact of man upon his environment.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
No Score Yet Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) Dark City Beneath The Beat proves to be a vibrant tapestry of Baltimore; a reminder that the city that should no longer be defined only by its darkest elements.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) [A] spirited and moving documentary, which also serves as a timely reminder that the battle for equal rights rages on.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) An atmospheric small-town thriller, Blow the Man Down makes the most of its wind-blown Maine fishing village location and the strength of its mostly female cast.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 73% Lost Girls (2020) It's a difficult watch, but Garbus avoids melodrama or soapboxing to instead focus on the horrific truths about the issues of class, crime and the abuse of power that were exposed by this case.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A celebratory portrait of author Toni Morrison painted by those who knew her, this compelling documentary also explores how her work gives such a powerful voice to the African American experience.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
No Score Yet Los conductos (2020) An arresting, committed performance from newcomer Luis Felipe Lozano, otherwise known as Pinky - on whose experiences the story is based - helps to steer a film which asks a great deal from its audience.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% The American Sector (2020) An assured, intelligent piece of filmmaking that should capture the attention of further festivals; particularly those with a focus on human or political history, as well as an appreciative audience on streaming or broadcast platforms.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) It's vibrant, arresting stuff.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Cinematographer Steve Annis and composer Colin Stetson create an impressive intensity, and the effects and otherworldly beauty are quite something to behold.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
64% Paradise Hills (2019) An off-kilter, steampunk blend of Disney, The Handmaids Tale and The Stepford Wives, writer/director Alice Waddington's feature debut is entirely as intriguing as that sounds.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 48% Underwater (2020) [Stewart's] committed performance, and the camaraderie of the supporting players, helps steer this film through some of its more murky moments.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 82% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) It's all an exercise in style over substance.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
No Score Yet Chronology (2019) Narratively intriguing and confidently made, the second feature from Turkish filmmaker Ali Aydin proves to be a knotty domestic thriller which commands attention right from its striking opening sequence.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
No Score Yet In a Whisper (A media voz) (2019) The immigrant experience, and the issue of global population displacement, is explored with an intimate touch and a lyrical tone in this deeply personal documentary from filmmakers Heidi Hassan and Patricia Perez Fernandez.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) The work is relentless, their bravery inspirational and the scale of inhumanity never less than breathtaking.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) While its structure is challenging - the narrative ducks back and forth in time, for brief moments or long sequences - the storytelling is so involving that it doesn't take long to sink into its rhythms.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) While it never quite escapes the soft-focus YA roots of Lisa Klein's source novel, McCarthy breathes vigorous new life into an age-old tale.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
5/5 79% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008) [Soderbergh's] direction is flawless; choppy editing, a muddy pallet and a camera that gets up close and personal with every facet of the fight, however small, effectively making the viewer part of the revolution.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) Del Toro in the lead role... is an absolutely masterful performance, a tour de force portrayal that gets under the skin of Che without resorting the caricature.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 56% Fuck (F*ck) (2005) [A]n interesting piece of film-making.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) But this is, of course, [Mickey] Rourke's moment. As the increasingly desperate and bewildered Ram he is aggressive and vulnerable, frightening and sympathetic as he struggles to find a place in a world that's leaving him behind. ‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 81% Gran Torino (2009) As a film, Gran Torino is powerful, moving and entertaining; as a tribute to a living legend, it's deeply, indelibly affecting.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Tattooist (2007) The Tattooist is an interesting, neat little thriller that effectively combines ancient customs with modern film-making techniques.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 10% The Unborn (2009) But the film's fundamental flaw is that these solid spooky moments hang on a narrative that's not nearly strong enough to bear their weight. ‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 76% Linha de Passe (2008) Energetic yet thoughtful, intelligent and provocative, [Walter] Salles and his co-director Daniela Thomas provide another mesmerising snapshot of Brazil as the beating heart of modern South America.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 40% Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Essentially, it's a brave, bold and brash piece of film-making that deserves to find a cult home on DVD. ‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 65% Watchmen (2009) The essence of what made [Alan] Moore's tale a work of genius is up on the screen for all to see, and it looks phenomenal.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) It's a triumph of documentary making, and a truly entertaining movie in its own right.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 58% W. (2008) Ultimately this portrayal of Bush as a bumbling buffoon is lacking any real satirical teeth, particularly as it's all played out like a straightforward biopic.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 33% Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) But it's not meant to be deep - it's intended as an easy-going laugh-fest and on that front it succeeds thanks exclusively to Kevin James's energetic performance.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 48% Bottle Shock (2008) [A] film that acknowledges the passion, dedication and commitment of those owner/growers who keep our wine cellars, cupboards and fridges stocked and, to that end, it's worth a tipple.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Bond is being further shaped into the character we've always known, and will most definitely be back to fight another day.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Kevin Smith's most accessible film, Zack and Miri Makes a Porno is arguably his most toothless, being as it is a rather sweet romantic comedy despite the porn element. But that's not to say it's no fun.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 100% Afghan Star (2009) It's absolutely fascinating to see such a familiar talent show format - complete with sharp-tongued judges and starry-eyed wannabees - in such a vastly different setting. ‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 61% Changeling (2008) Changeling simmers with emotion, tension and that sense of wide-eyed incredulity that comes with such an unbelievable true story.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 79% Kirschbl├╝ten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008) Indeed, the film may be a thoughtful meditation on the fragility of life, but it's also a celebration on the powerful, enduring strength of love.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 77% Hansel & Gretel (2007) An original take on an age-old story, Hansel & Gretel is a small but powerful addition to the Eastern horror genre.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 87% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Gonzo is an intimate portrait of a character who was truly larger than life.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 16% Max Payne (2008) [I]t's all looks and no brain.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 38% Inkheart (2009) It may not be the most breathlessly exciting film out there, but for the young audience for which it's intended, Inkheart is an intelligent, charming and well-rounded old-school adventure. ‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 39% Transporter 3 (2008) The car chases are exciting, the fight scenes hugely entertaining... and [Jason] Statham even handles Frank's emotional side with a sharp-edged style.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 26% Bedtime Stories (2008) Bedtime Stories is undoubtedly one for the kids but, with its bright and breezy tone and old-fashioned, inoffensive charm, it may well win over a few of their parents too. ‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) Toothy, energetic and wild, X-Men Origins: Wolverine may not live up to high fan expectations, but it's entertaining enough to tempt new viewers to the franchise.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 94% Star Trek (2009) Star Trek is that very rare beast; an eye-popping summer blockbuster with genuine heart and soul.‐ Roll Credits
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019