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Shaun Munro

Shaun Munro
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 90% 1917 (2020) Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins' bone-rattling technical virtuosity is matched by an urgent, affecting survival narrative and two exemplary lead performances. 1917 is an artfully visceral, haunting masterwork.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
4/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie brothers' latest crackles with an uncommonly nervy energy, anchored at all times by Adam Sandler's terrific, career-topping performance.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 71% The Gentlemen (2020) A stubborn Guy Ritchie Joint in ways both charming and problematic, but also easily the director's best film in around a decade.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
1.5/5 21% Cats (2019) A complete and utter artistic failure, if also fascinating enough in its awfulness to likely endure as a perversely-admired cult classic. It could've been worse - it could've been boring.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
2.5/5 53% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Cynical and pandering in all the worst ways, the "finale" to the Skywalker Saga shamelessly walks back The Last Jedi's bolder and less-sentimental storytelling choices in favour of lazy, unearned fan service.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
2/5 29% Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978) The Star Wars Holiday Special is a work of such baffling insanity that every Star Wars fan deserves to watch it once - but probably only once.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
2/5 37% 6 Underground (2019) Though not without its amusing moments, Michael Bay's latest is too chaotically edited and scattershot to realise its grandiose potential.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
1.5/5 40% Black Christmas (2019) As social commentary it's shallow and patronising, and as a horror film it's hampered by atrocious editing, lame jump scares, and a patent lack of atmosphere. One of the 2019's worst.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
3.5/5 67% Bombshell (2019) If more broadly accessible than rigorously journalistic, the occasionally clumsy Bombshell powerfully dramatises the horrors experienced by sexual harassment victims.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) A more-of-the-same sequel with diminishing returns on its predecessor's surprising charms, though still entertaining enough thanks to its well-matched cast.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1/5 0% Grand Isle (2019) Nicolas Cage obsessives - this one included - will feel obliged to sit through Grand Isle, though it ultimately embraces its sexy-campy potential all too rarely.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 100% Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut (1994) Ludicrously, brilliantly weird; a "bad" movie that, by embracing its campy tone and demonstrating a slight-but-significant self-awareness, is really anything but.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/5 96% Harpoon (2019) If you can accept the cuter-than-cute narration, Harpoon is a sinewy low-fi delight distinguished by a trio of terrific performances.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/5 100% Mutant Blast (2019) Gloriously low-brow and creatively gnarly, Mutant Blast makes the most of its constraints to deliver a surging splatter romp worthy of the Troma name.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/5 100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) One of the most evocative horror debuts in years. Kirill Sokolov's energetic, dynamic filmmaking, tricksy plot structure, and well-calibrated tone feel Tarantino-esque in the best way possible.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) A cynically calculated rehash of the series' best entry operating under the guise of affectionate homage, despite game work from a grizzled Linda Hamilton.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) A rare belated sequel that boasts most of the original's vigour and energy, even if it's a fundamentally unambitious, more-of-the-same follow-up. ‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3.5/5 82% A Hidden Life (2019) If a more impactful movie is entombed within its excessive three-hour runtime, the editorially undisciplined A Hidden Life is still Terrence Malick's most affecting and timely movie since The Tree of Life.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) A flabbergastingly ambitious, haunting deconstruction of Scorsese's own prior mob movies, with De Niro, Pacino and Pesci turning in their strongest work in years.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Tom Hanks' soulful, tender performance as Fred Rogers is enough to make the film sing, but what truly takes it to the next level is Marielle Heller's dynamic, surprising filmmaking.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Vince Gilligan resists the urge to double down on fan service and excess sentimentality, favouring a low-key, brilliantly acted epilogue to his hit series.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/5 51% Earthquake Bird (2019) Sumptuously filmed yet dramatically inert, Earthquake Bird squanders a game cast on a low-energy, relatively toothless psychosexual thriller.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) There aren't many directors who could pull off a slapstick Yakuza film, but Takashi Miike sure is one of them.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 91% Burning Cane (2019) A contemplative, desperately sad showcase for its cast - especially the ever-strong Wendell Pierce - and a persuasive statement from its young director.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The El Duce Tapes (2019) Some will simply find El Duce and his music too repulsive to entertain, yet this deftly-edited doc provides a comprehensive account of the man, while underlining our own tirelessly complicit thirst for controversy.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Nocturnal (2019) The squirm-inducing subject matter is illuminated and elevated by fantastically naturalistic performances and direction.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 100% Leap of Faith (2019) Though lacking any presentational flash whatsoever, Leap of Faith proves the show-stopping power of a transfixing interview subject. ‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 81% Little Monsters (2019) Overly broad as a rom-zom-com and surprisingly low on quality gore, Little Monsters nevertheless succeeds as a zany, genre-tinged character comedy.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) An ingeniously constructed, devilishly creative murder-mystery enhanced by a first-rate ensemble cast and some risky, surprising narrative choices.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) While relatively dry format-wise, this is a loving tribute to an unsung pillar of filmmaking craft, and a must-see for enthusiasts interested in the guts of their movies.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 100% Rewind (2019) Far from a grubby exposé, Rewind is a completely horrifying yet absolutely vital look at the systemic cause-and-effect of child sexual abuse. Intensely intimate and upsetting, as it should be.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 100% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2019) A bit of a slog, but for those prepared to stick with it, a quietly haunting tale of obsession emerges.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) A unique vessel through which writer-star Shia LaBeouf confronts - and perhaps partially exorcises - his personal demons.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3.5/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space bleeds pure, neon-drenched moodiness and boasts an unpredictable, hilarious performance from Nicolas Cage in the bargain. ‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) The Disappearance of My Mother is encumbered by its conceited format, yet nevertheless affords viewers a welcome opportunity to speculate on the artifice and dysfunction present in both society and their own lives.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/5 85% Synchronic (2019) Synchronic doesn't match the heights of Benson and Moorhead's prior efforts, but it nevertheless offers a creative - if messy - riff on a tired sci-fi subgenre.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 90% Monsoon (2019) A well-acted postcard for Vietnam, if ultimately slight to a fault and lacking the emotional thrust of Khaou's debut.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 93% Monos (2019) Part-demented coming-of-age drama, part-intoxicating mini-war epic, Monos deftly strikes a gruelling, visually astonishing note in all of its 102 minutes, marking Alejandro Landes et al. as major talents to watch.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3.5/5 89% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) Two tenacious lead performances power this uniquely frank yet compassionate examination of angry childhood.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) As richly absorbing as it is visionary, The Lighthouse is an unforgettable mood piece and astonishing showcase for its two stars.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Sid & Judy (2019) An uncompromising if certainly not authoritative summation that ably convinces of its subject's genius.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon takes a typically enlightened approach to a difficult subject, aided by a remarkable trio of lead performances.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A queasily authentic slice-of-life look at the human cost of "progress," The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a triumph of social realist filmmaking, topped by a fantastic performance from newcomer Jimmie Fails.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Though fundamentally unbalanced and a little too navel-gazing at times, Cold Case Hammarskjöld presents a chillingly plausible slice of possibly-true crime speculation.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) An uncommonly earnest and warm-hearted film that doesn't condescend its under-represented subject - or the audience.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) At once Armando Iannucci's broadest and most stylistically ambitious film, David Copperfield is anchored by its top-notch ensemble cast, even if the biting humour feels somewhat hobbled by the stubbornly accessible approach.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/5 90% Öndög (2019) Authentically drawn and visually stunning, yet the glacial pacing may test even hardened cineastes.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) Joker is bold and provocative in measures that make even the grittiest superhero tentpoles seem safe. Joaquin Phoenix is a revelation.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Between Two Ferns: The Movie avoids most skit-movie missteps with its short runtime and snappy pace - and a bevy of hilariously game celebrity cameos.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Disappointingly generic and technically roughshod, Last Blood satisfies neither as a character drama nor a gonzo action thriller, seemingly ending the Rambo franchise on a cobbled-together whimper.‐ Flickering Myth
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019