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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 No Score Yet Spycies (2019) There's a dynamic, human edge to the skilfully drawn characters that is sadly missing from the inanimate dialogue, "humour" and voice work. The film's well-meaning message about conserving endangered species is clumsily deployed too.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
4/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Kôji Endô's thundering jazz-rock score amplifies Miike's tendency towards playful cartoon excess.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
4/5 93% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Kasbe makes the most of his extraordinary access by presenting the film vérité style, preferring to immerse the audience in his characters' lives to better make the case for each of their choices.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Watching that drama -- the bricks sort of build and then topple -- is so satisfying.‐ Monocle
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The lewd, overwrought, Herman Melville-inspired dialogue is alternately mumbled and shouted, the intense, grand guignol performances more interesting as an experiment than conducive to eliciting meaning.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
2/5 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) It'd be easy to map Gilliam on to Grisoni, a film-maker dogged by his artistic misfires and the mess left in their wake. Really, though, he's Quixote, stuck in a noble past and wilfully disconnected from a present that jostles uncomfortably close.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
4/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) There is an elegant, even-handed character study buried within Clint Eastwood's crisp procedural about a security guard who becomes a hero - and then a pariah - after reporting a suspicious package at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Subtle, melancholy and deeply felt in its sincerity.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) As a genre piece, I think it's really interesting -- well made and immersive. But as a kind of emotional movie that really pulled me in, I don't know if it did that.‐ Monocle
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) The combination of perspectives paints a vivid and hopeful portrait of a family, as well as an indictment of the refugee crisis.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
4/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick links the lonely labour of working the land with the thanklessness of sainthood, asking questions about devotion, tradition and individual acts of resistance.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
2/5 83% Waves (2019) Trey Edward Shults's bombastic third feature crashes and recedes, leaving few revelations in its wake.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
2/5 70% Bombshell (2019) What happened to these women is appalling; that the film takes such pains to sand down the politics of its central characters to make them more sympathetic undermines its entire thesis.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2/5 73% The Gentlemen (2020) Guy Ritchie's latest gangster comedy presents itself as a harmless romp, but behind its wink-wink-nudge-nudge humour is a bitter and dated worldview.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
2/5 59% Line of Duty (2019) The tone veers haphazardly from tense, high-stakes cat-and-mouse chase to ill-judged satire...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/5 100% Amanda (2018) Multrier has an incredibly expressive face, able to telegraph a grieving child's mixed emotions, spanning anger, pain, petulance, incredulity and ruddy-cheeked joy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
1/5 20% Cats (2019) This is middlebrow film-making at its most hubristic; too inelegant to coast on spectacle alone, it's not subversive enough to be considered truly camp either.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
2/5 76% Pink Wall (2019) Cullen creates opportunities for his characters to discuss gender politics, ambition and insecurity, but these tangled conversations feel abstract.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
3/5 94% Citizen K (2019) Packed with information, context and archive footage of zany, bad-taste TV advertisements that use oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky's story to frame Vladimir Putin's ascent.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
3/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) Greenfield's portrait is damning.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
3/5 71% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) Danish film-maker Ulaa Salim's provocative debut tackles the rise of the far right with more righteous passion than many similar films this year.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
4/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) There's a pulpy, comic-book noir to this highly enjoyable thriller, whose rules and parameters are clear.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
4/5 92% Blue Story (2019) I've often wondered what would happen if low-budget "hood" movies were made at scale; the clarity, energy and rhythm of Onwubolu's storytelling make the case for it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
4/5 73% Harriet (2019) So often, historical films are stale and mired in misery, but Harriet has a rare buoyancy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
4/5 77% Frozen II (2019) The more times I listen to Frozen II's rousing anthem Into the Unknown, the more I'm convinced of its earworm quality.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
4/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Inspired by real events, the film is at its best when it leans into the action-adventure genre; director Tom Harper smartly uses camera-shake and closeups to immerse the audience in the weather's volatility.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) The Sad Rich White People Movie is one of my favourite genres, and indeed the white people in this English-language remake of Danish film-maker's Susanne Bier's 2006 tearjerker are very sad and very rich.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) There's a note of truth in Bell's finely tuned performance as a character whose insecurities have calcified over the years, hardening her to genuine goodwill, which she frequently misreads as pity.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The new material is fresher and considerably more fun.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) It's not unfunny watching McConaughey smoke a joint from between Isla Fisher's toes, but some viewers may find themselves less enamoured of Moondog than the film is.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) There's perhaps an over-reliance on voiceover by way of letters and emails, though the film's unvarnished formal directness is a good thing, given the sensitive material.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) As a sequel, it's baldly opportunistic, grab-bagging contemporary political issues (reproductive justice; undocumented migrants) in a transparent attempt to justify its cultural relevance.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) [A] wonky, charming satire...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) Miller's finely tuned performance manages to be tough and sparky and just world-weary enough, without slipping into one-size-fits-all inspirational "survivor" cliche.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
1/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Never mind the silly science or that Smith's face is shoddily de-aged with digital technology to enable him to play Junior: it's simply hard to buy the actor as a weepy 23-year-old virgin.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 71% The King (2019) The battle scenes have a crunchy, tactile feel, all swords slicing chainmail, but there's something standard-issue slick about the rest of the proceedings.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) The central relationship here is not dissimilar to the one in How to Train Your Dragon, (also produced by DreamWorks Animation) but that's not necessarily a bad thing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 53% Farming (2019) Enitan's trauma is revelled in but for what? Few new truths are learned here.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) There is something queasy about mining such fresh real-life trauma for popcorn entertainment.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
3/5 77% Skin (2019) Bell is magnetic in the role, and there's real chemistry between him and Macdonald, but the film's formal glossiness and frequent overhead shots create distance between the viewer and the hate crimes on display.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) There is an elegance to the premise - an otherwise straightforward cat-and-mouse chase around a gothic mansion - and a satisfying clip to the rewardingly gory action.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) There is no sense of pace or mystery, but rather an evident need to get through Tartt's dense plotting in the two-and-a-half-hour run time.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Bjørkaas Thedin's debut performance is striking in its restraint, but the film's thriller mode and social commentary B-plot never quite cohere.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's lighthearted stuff and mostly benign too, save its unashamedly effusive stance on the monarchy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 100% Honeyland (2019) [A] gripping, Sundance-winning documentary.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a classically made film about capital - sexual, social and financial.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) There is something odd about the way the film condemns bloodshed while revelling in trigger-happy violence.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 83% Crawl (2019) Crawl benefits from its economical 87-minute runtime, but as a genre piece it's perhaps more skin than muscle.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) This uneven film can't decide who it's trying to scare.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Though she takes her subjects seriously, Lane allows herself to be led by her sense of humour.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019