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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 78% 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 62% 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
4/5 85% Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo - O rei das manhãs) (2017) Bowling along at a cracking pace and with a deliciously retro look, Rezende's film has a buoyancy and joi-de-vivre that acts as a welcome counterweight to the story - the self-destruction of the man behind Bingo the clown. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 46% Destination Wedding (2018) A treat for misanthropes, this is bleakly hilarious with the world's least alluring sex scene. Reeves and Ryder have the only speaking roles as strangers at a wedding; though their characters are so rude to each other they could've been married for years.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
2.5/5 13% Siberia (2018) A film that moves too slowly and feels unnecessarily complex. And I didn't find it particularly exciting, despite my unrequited love for both diamonds and Keanu Reeves. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
1.5/5 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) Dissing cheery children's films can feel a bit like kicking a kitten and we all know how that would go down on social media, even in animated form. But sadly this, while not as irredeemably, horribly awful as I was expecting, is still pretty rubbish.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/5 71% Adrift (2018) If you know the true story, and it were possible to un-Google, I'd suggest it now; it's better that way. Woodley is superb, hugely resourceful yet realistic. Still, there were times I felt I'd been watching this as long as the 41 days she's lost at sea. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
1.5/5 11% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) So dark it's mostly impossible to see what's going on, which is probably a blessing as the imagery I could see was an unpleasant mix of motherhood and sexual violence.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
2.5/5 30% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) There's a countdown and two days before Christmas I was ready to go home and start peeling sprouts. Hahn is fabulous; Sarandon's Grandma Isis a hoot. But the movie isn't funny enough. Written and directed by men, I don't think they realise how bad we are.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A witty, fascinating and sometimes melancholic biography of a clever, complex and beautiful woman. It rattles along at an impressive pace, with a drive and verve of which inventor and Hollywood actress Hedy would surely have approved.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) An engaging superhero film that will genuinely appeal to both adults and children. Not knuckle-whiteningly exciting, but the humour perfectly undercuts the typical blockbuster dialogue whenever it threatens to fall into sentimentality or cod-physics.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Like at-a-crossroads suburban mom Stephanie this tries on different outfits, unsure what it wants to be. Tonally it's all over the place though there's still much to recommend: the dynamic performances from Kendrick and Lively and (of course) the clothes.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 43% An Actor Prepares (2018) A witty road trip with detours and performances that know when to push and when to retreat. Irons has great fun as lecherous, scarf-flapping thespian Atticus, with Huston a good counterweight as his po-faced, mansplaining feminist son.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
1.5/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The dialogue is terrible and Dornan's Grey is so humourless that any vaguely funny lines fall utterly flat. On the plus side Johnson does her best with what she's been given, Ana is a Thomas Hardy fan, and Grey has a nice kitchen.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
2/5 11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It has some atrocious acting, and somehow Dornan manages to keep his trousers on for the first two-thirds of the movie. But (and I know this is damning with faint praise) it's not completely awful and Johnson in particular is rather good. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) A grown-up fairytale and a love story with that traditional mix of light and darkness. Eva Melander is emotionally devastating; Eero Milonoff's performance is unsettling and ambiguous. Brilliant and frustrating, every reveal raising so many questions.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 87% The Hunt for Red October (1990) With a chilly majesty to its scale despite its confined locations, this is a supremely confident film with the courage of its convictions as the story slowly and steadily unfolds. 30 years on it still packs a powerful punch, the tension ratcheting. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Fight (2018) A small, intimate and at times surprising slice of British life that refuses to tie up every loose end. It's sometimes a frustrating watch but this micro budget movie, shot in a few days, is still impressive.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018