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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 No Score Yet Arthur & Merlin (2015) ...it feels padded and overlong, with an awful lot of running about that doesn't achieve or communicate much. Despite it attempts to engage a sense of enchantment and mystery, it is successful only in brief bursts, and viewers cannot live on grit alone.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Spy (Spionen) (2019) Jonsson makes sure that each scene in the film looks beautiful, showing off the cities, countryside and cast at their glamorous best. But the script is a choppy series of shortish sequences that don't quite flow together into a gripping whole.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 100% Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018) Muscular filmmaking, harsh winter weather and medical-grade grisliness give this German thriller an edge even before the script starts digging into the characters' messy emotional states. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 88% Black Magic for White Boys (2020) Fast and chattery, this New York comedy has a huge ensemble and a plot that feels like it's spiralling out of control from the start.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 78% Homewrecker (2019) Bright and cheerful with a grim undercurrent, this deranged comedy thriller follows a twisted encounter between two women. Filmmaker Zach Gayne maintains a light tone even as things turn increasingly freaky...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 52% Four Kids and It (2020) It's well-shot, with some decent effects work, and even though the editing is somewhat manipulative, the story's fanciful flourishes are enjoyably silly.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) A more original narrative would have helped, but this one sticks to the usual beats without that badly needed key change.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
2.5/5 0% The F**k-It List (2020) It's sharply shot and well-acted, but ultimately dodges its own point.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 99% Hamilton (2020) Lin-Manuel Miranda's music and words bring the story to life with wit and attitude while galloping through momentous events.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 95% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Writer-director Thomas Clay inventively creates the period with matter-of-fact visuals and witty details, skilfully shot by Giorgos Arvanitis. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 42% Wasp Network (2019) Olivier Assayas tells the story skilfully, with a superb cast and top-notch production values.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) This warm and lively Australian drama is a terrific feature directing debut for Rachel Griffiths, with a superb cast of characters who effortlessly engage the audience.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4.5/5 86% Nobody Knows I'm Here (Nadie Sabe que estoy Aquí) (2020) A slow-paced, often silent arthouse film, it's both charming and provocative, beautifully shot by Sergio Armstrong in lush locations and populated with likeably offbeat characters.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 100% On the Record (2020) The film feels like a brave act of confession from these women, and a passionate plea for justice.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 25% Inheritance (2020) There's a grandly gothic tone to this thriller, which uses editing and music to add oomph to an extremely corny plot.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
98% Beats (2020) It's packed with honest observations about being young and careless, as well as the understanding that life doesn't go the way we want. It's also both energetic and involving.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) [Irresistible is] funny and pointed as it skewers both politics and the media, carefully resisting the temptation to take sides.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) Strikingly well-acted, and directed by Shannon Murphy with a quirky attention to detail, this unusual comedy-drama has particularly vivid characters and a story that's easy to engage with. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 40% You Should Have Left (2020) Koepp begins unsettling the audience right from the start, with freaky nightmares and menacing shadows that don't let up right to the end. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 70% 7500 (2020) After setting the scene in a relaxed fly-on-the-wall documentary style, this thriller builds tightly contained tension as a dangerous situation unfolds in real time...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/5 45% Feel the Beat (2020) This kind of script writes itself, including the undeveloped romance and random subplots featuring side characters.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 100% Jack & Yaya (2020) Exploring a friendship as it celebrates 30 years, this warm documentary takes a deeply personal approach, allowing people to be themselves as they speak and interact. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4.5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Astoundingly timely, this new drama from Spike Lee explores the debt America owes to the people who built the nation and fought its wars. But it's not a preachy polemic; it's a warm, often funny and sometimes very intense story about four old friends.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
5/5 60% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) With their usual observant, insightful filmmaking, the Dardenne brothers sharply capture the personalities and attitudes of almost unnervingly normal people in an extraordinary situation. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) Even with the film's somewhat wacky tone, Honore constantly finds deeper observations that resonate strongly.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 55% Resistance (2020) Eisenberg uses his charming, impish presence, chattering comically and performing mime, magic and physical slapstick. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 94% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) This open-hearted documentary follows a series of specific experiences as parents struggled to deal with children who didn't fit in with their religious leaders' teachings. And this beautifully assembled film makes their pain and hope feel universal.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
1.5/5 13% Darkness Falls (2020) The actors do what they can with the corny dialog, which continually states the blindingly obvious...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Steven Berkoff's Tell Tale Heart (2020) Stephen Cookson adds plenty of visual flourish with striking sets and costumes, plus a literal bucket of blood, creating an intensely creepy tone...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Black Ops (2020) Writer-director Tom Paton keeps the movie lean while deploying visual flourishes that make it look great. But it's so undercooked that it struggles to grab hold...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 84% 1BR (2020) ...as the narrative develops, the film becomes more of a high-concept psychological drama than an outright horror movie. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 100% Citizens of the World (Lontano Lontano) (2020) With doc-style realism, filmmaker Fernando Frias de la Parra vividly captures the look and rhythms of life in both Mexico and New York.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4.5/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) Strikingly well-produced, this documentary takes a deep dive into systemic racism in Australian society through the salient perspectives of football legend Adam Goodes and journalist Stan Grant. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 89% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Beautifully observed with attention to witty detail, this movie feels like a British movie sitcom, with its episodic structure and snappy comebacks. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 88% Banana Split (2020) Fearlessly snappy dialog gives this teen comedy an unusual edge, subverting expectations for a knowing portrait of friendship...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 92% The Surrogate (2020) The film's earthy, honest tone gives it a powerful kick, raising important ideas without generalisations and recognising all opinions as valid.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) The film has a superb everyday quality to it, as various interactions flow into each other, creating unexpected connections and sending sideplots spiralling in offbeat directions.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2.5/5 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) After rushing through the events, the film finally calms down for an extended coda in which some characterisation is allowed to emerge. Otherwise, it's basically a three-hour script crammed into 90 minutes, so nothing quite lands.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3/5 46% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Bright and chatty, this romantic farce has Woody Allen's usual loose, uneven signature all over it...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2.5/5 0% A Clear Shot (2020) The way everyone behaves in this movie comes from hostage situation movies rather than real-life.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4.5/5 95% Dating Amber (2020) Mixing jagged humour with warmly honest undercurrents of emotion, this sharp Irish drama knowingly explores the subtle bigotry that only the vulnerable can even see. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 79% Tommaso (2020) Shot with an earthy, fly-on-the-wall sensibility, this drama reunites Willem Dafoe with filmmaker Abel Ferrara for a film that's initially very different from Pasolini. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 0% The Accompanist (2019) While is feels very amateurish, the characters have charm...‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 38% The Dinner Party (2020) ...as things get increasingly gruesome, climaxing in a cultish ceremony, the choppy editing makes it impossible to remain engaged.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
83% The Uncertain Kingdom (2020) ...with the coronavirus pandemic, coming after a decade of Tory-driven budget cuts to public services, health care and safety nets, these shorts take on an even greater urgency. Yes, most are pretty grim, but many offer fresh bursts of hope.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Motherland (Gimtine) (2019) The film is beautifully shot and edited into a visual stream of consciousness as these men thoughtfully recount their stories in voiceover.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 89% You Don't Nomi (2020) In exploring the shattered career of the film's star Berkeley, this doc begins to touch on a much bigger topic about the underlying sexism of both Hollywood and all of America.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) A powerhouse cast lends gravitas to this fact-based drama.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 0% The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Director Olivier Megaton's sledgehammer approach obliterates nuance, leaving the film overserious, overblown and not nearly as cool as he clearly thinks it is.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 75% The Man Standing Next (2020) It's a strikingly well-made film, shot on three continents with slick production design and confidently unrushed direction.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020