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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 55% Tag (2018) A mainstream comedy that tries to be different, Tag reminded me of "Game Night" and "The House" in its determination to go to the edge of the cliff, peer over, then jump right into the abyss. Funny and fast, though sometimes repetitive, it works (just!).‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) A murder mystery with more twists than a 1960s dancefloor. It's definitely gripping, and superbly acted, though I'll not deny it's also frustrating; as we try to work out who is being played.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4.5/5 97% Love & Friendship (2016) Together, Kate Beckinsale and writer/director Whit Stillman ensure that "Love And Friendship" charges along at a cracking pace as Lady Susan drives a coach and horses through polite society. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Fantastic fun, though with so many superheroes jostling for position it's hard to delve deep even in 2.5 hours. There are plenty of jokes, some hilarious, some endearingly clunky. Brolin imbues Thanos with remarkable depth.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) There's almost no tension. It plays like several different genre movies one after the other. And that guy who scares the hell out of you on the train, ignoring all your leave-me-alone signals? Well that's the hero. But yes, I did enjoy "The Commuter".‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 81% Ghost Stories (2018) A gloomy day in Britain makes the most ordinary places creepy, and in these caravan sites and empty pubs it's their ordinariness that makes what you see so spine-tingling. Menace and misery permeates everything, until each story is drenched in sadness.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 44% The Bad Batch (2017) A scorchingly enervating and rather hypnotic journey from cannibalism to Comfort, a post-apocalyptic town whose benevolent dictator soothes with drugs, raves and a working photocopier. Bluntly satirical, this is a stunning but starkly brutal experience.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Real and make-believe merge seamlessly in this true story of a rare books heist by students. Even knowing the outcome it's hugely exciting, though what is most interesting is their (lack of) motivation and the real men's re-evaluation of their exploits.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2.5/5 40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Welcome to Fantastic Films And Where To Find Them, as somewhere in here are several compelling stories trying to get noticed, yet sinking under the weight of everything else. There are some magical delights (especially Jude Law's Dumbledore). ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Facing off villains, middle age and broken bones, The Man From A.N.K.L.E is better than ever. Joyously exciting, with an amiably self-mocking Cruise throwing himself into death-defying stunts, and action scenes that go on longer than you think possible.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 84% Game Night (2018) There's a genuine (and I mean this nicely) mean streak in "Game Night". And the balance of jokes and genuine threat, along with the constant new twists, is nothing short of audacious.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 28% Event Horizon (1997) A misunderstood movie I loved on release and am thoroughly enjoying being smug about, now the rest of the world has realised its grave error. Tense and intensely frightening, though even after 20 years I have no idea what a baffle is.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 88% The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017) A retrospective of sorts, and a timely reminder of folk music's radicalism. This is a poignant but ultimately uplifting film, with First Lady Of Folk Shirley Collins honest and clear-sighted about the past, and what she wants going forward.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) The beginning and end are fabulous, the middle is dull and slow. Terrific action, great styling and a female gaze; this is a film both realistic (injuries really hurt) and silly (as usual someone dies reaching for one last wisecrack instead of their gun).‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 58% Outlaw King (2018) An enjoyable Sunday evening movie, one's rage and glee safely several hundred years' removed from the action. Mackenzie's film is both epic and small-scale, crowd-pleasing and almost realistic (doesn't every generation rewrite history in its own image?)‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 58% Mobile Homes (2018) French director De Fontenay shines a light on the snakes-and-ladders reality of the American Dream for someone who's fallen through the cracks but still clings to the idea of new beginnings. Imogen Poots is excellent as the self-sabotaging young mum.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4.5/5 79% Sweet Virginia (2017) A dark and relentless thriller, with every character frayed by the realities of life and relationships. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 92% Mandy (2018) Cage blends heartbreaking pain with murderous thoroughness as his character crisscrosses the line into maniacal enthusiasm in this gleefully bloodthirsty and often moving revenge fantasy. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 82% Puzzle (2018) Despite this crying out to be described in jigsaw puns, I'll simply say that Kelly Macdonald as the blossoming Agnes blows everyone out of the water in a performance of subtle intensity and humour, and leave it at that.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Extremely violent and deadpan funny, this is an elegantly bleak sequel that dares us to suspend disbelief just long enough. The assassins' expanded world is great fun, and it turns out John can speak nearly as many languages as Amy Adams in Arrival. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 86% John Wick (2014) An ex-hitman and his dog, who has such a sad plot-line I'm not even going to delve into the question of whether you should give someone a pet as a present. The violence is a murderous ballet, in a compelling underground world of self-contained perfection.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Williams is magnificent, a coiled spring of emotion and jittery tension. Plummer's J Paul Getty towers over the movie far more than his screen-time would suggest. Though Scott is too languid when settling us into the dusty Calabrian countryside. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 100% Ekaj (2015) Gonzalez doesn't spare us the unforgiving and painful details of lives lived at the edge in her engrossing and confident debut feature. Badd Idea, playing the brutally honest yet caring Mecca, is moving, charismatic and hilarious. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) Entertaining fun with not much gore. Statham's Australian-Cockney dive expert Jonas Taylor is stern and stoic, the Meg is impressive though takes a while to turn up. Pippin the terrier shows great promise.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/5 70% The Children Act (2018) An emotional and interesting drama, raised up by Emma Thompson's nuanced and subtle performance. Though some of the film's commentary is proclaimed so loudly they might as well have used a loud hailer and a giant blackboard.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dogged (2018) A menacing slice of British folk horror, "Dogged" works its isolation; hemmed in by a community that's sinister rather than soothing. Director Rowntree has created an interesting and jolting film on a tiny budget. Excellent cinematography and score.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2.5/5 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Rowan Atkinson does as much as he can with a so-so script. There's a scattergun approach to humour, with gags of varying length and quality tumbling around. But in the right frame of mind, with small children, it almost works.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The jokes in this sequel come as thick as the cute bear's fur and as fast as the National Treasures' cameos. I laughed so much I cried, and then I sad-cried too. Hugh Grant is brilliant as ageing ham Phoenix.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Lodgers (2018) Horror motifs pile up in this stylishly directed, supernatural tale. It's a cold burn of a film though, and I felt dispassionate about the fate of the isolated teenage twins. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 93% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) I was worried memories of Death playing games with Bill and Ted would sour my first watch. Luckily this cinematic tour de force has the physical beauty and philosophical heft to rise above such trivial pursuits (see what I did there). Darkly funny.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 76% Funny Cow (2017) Its grimy 70s and 80s attitudes make it wince-inducing. Maxine Peake is extraordinary, Alun Armstrong is washed-up perfection. The smoking and hairspray alone mean it's no wonder we spent that time obsessed with spontaneous human combustion.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 41% Brimstone (2017) Starkly beautiful, and beautifully acted, though its relentlessness does become wearing; reiterating what women already, depressingly, know. Guy Pearce is terrifying, Dakota Fanning brings warmth and depth.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 46% Marrowbone (2018) Running from spookyish psycho-drama to florid, overcooked horror, with an increasing mood of almost gleeful melodrama. It doesn't quite work but it's an enjoyable, if bumpy, ride. George MacKay is a brilliant mess of arrogance and fear.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) There are some good gags and the female leads are engaging, but it could have been a whole lot more. Watch it with your expectations as low as if your kids were invited to a playdate at my house.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) This shouldn't so much have a star rating as a hankie rating, though the atmosphere is lightened by the world's bounciest baby camel. The accents are all over the place, but while it does veer into cliche, the most moving scenes are thankfully unforced.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4.5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) A horticultural dream and a zoological nightmare, Garland's terrifying film gets under your skin, leaving lots of unanswered questions. The performances, even up against its grand and unknowable ideas, lift it even higher.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 96% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) This beautifully played-out drama is as much about the emergence of Paraguay after so long under dictatorship as about the middle-aged Chela, now emerging from the literal darkness of her shadowy home. Ana Brun is exceptional as Chela.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/5 79% Anchor and Hope (2018) This all-consuming, constantly moving three-way relationship is well plotted, as true love and longstanding friendship are threatened by individual insecurities. The writers have a terrific ear for realistic dialogue. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) A heist movie that's breathtakingly silly while maintaining an impressively serious level of self-belief, this is a disarmingly entertaining ride. There's no one called Den, though, which is a missed opportunity. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 46% Constantine (2005) John Wick: Book of Revelation as Constantine dispatches demons amid dark rainy streets, visiting Papa Midnite's neutral bar where no business can be conducted between angels and demons. Reeves is brilliantly weary; Swinton's Gabriel briskly unsympathetic.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) As the body count rises the Fourth Wall is reduced to mere rubble, which means in future all movies will simply be our favourite stars talking directly to us through the screen, or maybe next to us on our sofas. Funny, clever and good-hearted.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3.5/5 61% Suspiria (2018) A slow-moving, feminist fable with injections of bonkers madness that will transfix and repel. But these frenzied set-pieces have to act as the film's supports, and are placed too far apart to do that. Johnson is impressive as the ambivalent Susie.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3.5/5 93% Suspiria (1977) Alternately a feast for the senses and an assault on them. It's a threadbare tale, thank goodness, as a convoluted plot combined with the crashing and banging and retina-exploding visuals would have been overwhelming.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3.5/5 38% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) You will not be chin-scratching while watching this in the manner of someone reviewing a lost black and white epic from 1928. The only things being scratched anywhere near this filth will be someone's slightly grubby Y-fronts. And yet, and yet...‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3.5/5 80% The Party (2018) A funny, well-acted romp, though Clarkson's April steals the show. Like those fettered parliaments without a hope of reaching the five-year mark, its central soiree starts on a wave of support and idealism before falling apart amid recrimination and lies.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/5 26% London Has Fallen (2016) The jokes are dire, the politics dodgy, the hero a man from whom every president should run like the wind. But the main action sequence is well done in its scale and relentlessness and there's a terrific product placement for free British tap water.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/5 64% Victor Crowley (2017) A daft horror with a diverse cast, some playing it for laughs and others going a bit deeper before their heads and limbs are removed. The effects are delightfully squelchy though the quality doesn't always match the sheer number of squirting arteries.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
2.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The cast is top-notch. But the sex assaults are exploitative, the torture scenes go on and on, and it feels so long that if you started watching it when the Iron Curtain went up, by the time you came out you'd be expecting to bump into Mikhail Gorbachev.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Beautiful and darkly festive. Dan Stevens' Dickens is prone to bah humbug, with six weeks to write a Christmas classic. Victorian London is bustling and clean; Plummer's Scrooge dour and mocking; gratifyingly, ordinary people are assumed to be well-read.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4.5/5 94% Heathers (1988) Even bigger, brasher, brighter and more vicious than the decade it satirises, though sadly "Heathers" failed to make Very happen. It's a blunt satire, though still effective, still coruscatingly funny - and scarily prescient.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
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