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February 23, 2021 Battledogs
Ordinarily something you can see miles off has been made on the smell of an oily rag, with CGI from …
February 23, 2021 Wonder Woman 1984
There are so many examples of film franchises where the cast and crew obviously laboured carefully o …
February 21, 2021 Fantastic Four
I never would have been interested in seeing this film under normal circumstances. Aside from being …
February 21, 2021 Mank
There’s a movement among film aesthetes to make a movie look like it was made in the era depic …
February 20, 2021 Relic
Not Guillermo Del Toro’s one and only experience working with the Weinsteins, from which he …
February 20, 2021 On The Rocks
What is it that generates and cements the pacing and tone of a film as it appears to the viewer on s …
February 20, 2021 The Nightingale
Some films give you a sense before you’re even halfway through that you’re watching some …
February 20, 2021 High Rise
Try as I might, I just can’t get into Ben Wheatley’s films. I can appreciate the command …
February 3, 2021 Temps
For starters, the title doesn’t mean anything. They’re temps, sure, but it’s got n …
February 3, 2021 Our RoboCop Remake
This crowdsourced fanfic parody is a scattershot, often hilarious, completely unexpected effort. As …
January 23, 2021 The Lighthouse
At least The Witch had a narrative. Here’s where indie prestige cinema darling Robert Eggers d …
January 23, 2021 El Cid
If you want to figure out what Hollywood’s aesthetic mood was in a certain period, this movie …
January 8, 2021 Song of the Sea
The official synopsis of this movie; ‘Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a …
January 8, 2021 The True History of the Kelly Gang
Hollywood paycheque assignments like Assassin’s Creed aside, Justin Kerzel has become one of A …
January 4, 2021 Stan and Ollie
As is my wont, I’m drawn to movies about real life, as much out of fascination to see how well …
January 4, 2021 Toni Erdmann
Like most people in the English speaking world who did so, I only watched this movie because it made …
January 3, 2021 Adrift
I know everyone in the movies pays lip service to how critical the screenwriter is to the process of …
January 3, 2021 Bombshell
I’ll watch any movie Jay Roach makes about a true story and this tale about the sexual harassm …
December 28, 2020 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
The whole time Kevin Smith was talking this movie up on his podcasts and in his Q&A’s, th …
December 28, 2020 Vice
Every time an actor who’s played a real person is interviewed about the role, one thing they a …
December 23, 2020 I’m Thinking of Ending Things
It was a given I’d watch this, having come from the mind of the guy who wrote my favourite movie o …
December 23, 2020 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Filmed in secret when the world was going into COVID19 lockdown, this movie was suddenly revealed at …
December 21, 2020 Phantasm
I recently watched Local Hero and was underwhelmed. I can see how it’s had a life of its own b …
December 21, 2020 The Ninth Gate
When I cued this movie up I didn’t remember why I’d wanted to watch it. A horror thrille …
December 9, 2020 Your Sister’s Sister
You wouldn’t think the worlds of barely-scripted mumblecore drama and that of Woody Allen woul …
December 9, 2020 The Wolf of Snow Hollow
You might be familiar with Jim Cummings’ debut feature Thunder Road, but all the reviews say i …
December 2, 2020 Rambo: Last Blood
If there’s a creative shepherd behind the entire Rambo series, it’s not Sylvester Stallo …
December 2, 2020 Dogs in Space
Years ago I was introduced to the concept of a movie that doesn’t really tell a story so much …
November 23, 2020 Local Hero
The only reason I put this movie on my list was because of the constant and rapturous love shown to …
November 23, 2020 The House That Jack Built
Lars von Trier’s films are always a bit of a gamble. Sometimes he’s much more interested …
November 17, 2020 The Descent
It’s a very, very cool premise for a movie and a very high concept – trapped in a cave syste …
November 17, 2020 Sorry to Bother You
It’s a younger, hipper, more surreal Dilbert, a satire on corporate life and selling out that …
November 9, 2020 2067
Sci-fi is a traditionally expensive genre, which is why there’s never been a thriving movement …
November 9, 2020 Midsommar
There’s something of a precedent to this kind of movie, and not just in the oft-referenced The …
November 2, 2020 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene
You know a film is a real classic when there’s a documentary not just about the film itself bu …
November 2, 2020 Best of Enemies: Buckley vs Vidal
I’d never heard of conservative intellectual William F Buckley (although his voice was familia …
October 28, 2020 The Gentlemen
… and this is the point where I think I subconsciously gave up on Guy Ritchie. I liked Lock St …
October 28, 2020 Poltergeist
Even though the script has come straight out of 20th Century Fox’s ‘why even bother?R …
October 20, 2020 Broadway Danny Rose
Pretty vintage Woody Allen material apart from two particular elements. The first is that it’s …
October 20, 2020 High Life
As I often do when I review a film I haven’t remembered in enough detail, I had to read the Wi …
October 19, 2020 The Haunting
At this point there have been so many iterations of Shirley Jackson’s classic I really need to …
October 19, 2020 Da 5 Bloods
There are a few directors whose movies I’ll watch no matter how interested I am in the subject …
October 15, 2020 Three Identical Strangers
The film this documentary reminded me of the most was Tickled, the 2016 effort where kiwi filmmaker …
October 15, 2020 Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
While many undoubtedly saw this movie as a celebration of an unlikely feminist icon who should be an …
October 10, 2020 Booksmart
Another one I’d normally not be the least bit interested in, but which had so many great revie …
October 10, 2020 Lost Gully Road
Most of the reviews I read of this movie were positive – about how it was a slow burn, old sty …
October 4, 2020 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Here’s another one I normally wouldn’t have bothered with in a million years unless some …
September 28, 2020 Bugsy Malone
The plot almost doesn’t matter to the position the movie occupies in cinema, and although it&# …
September 28, 2020 Exists
I’m sure every time I review a film even remotely connected to either Eduardo Sanchez or Danie …
September 14, 2020 Call Me By Your Name
Arthouse film fans and critics primed to celebrate inclusion and diversity on screens (between which …
September 14, 2020 The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Schoolgirl Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) harbours feelings for her best female friend that they …
September 10, 2020 LA 92
Having lived in Los Angeles for a short while I’m always interested in the cultural touchstone …
September 10, 2020 Toy Story 4
I’m not entirely sure why I wanted to watch this film. It’s totally not my genre, but th …
September 7, 2020 Tenet
Dunkirk represented a departure and to some degree a step down from Chris Nolan’s signature ap …
September 7, 2020 It Chapter Two
George Lucas took his 1999 Star Wars sequel off Fox’s books and paid for it himself, giving us …
September 7, 2020 Shadow of Violence
It’s Ken Loach meets Quentin Tarantino in this fable about a mob enforcer in a socially disadv …
September 6, 2020 Spider-Man: Far From Home
Having been shown once before how to do a successful superhero movie by bringing Marvel on board, So …
September 6, 2020 The Outpost
Rod Lurie has made some of the most insightful political/military dramas of our time (The Contender, …
September 1, 2020 Mom and Dad
Rarely has there been a better blend of star and movie. It’s as if Nicolas Cage has watched &# …
September 1, 2020 Halloween
I’m not the most devoted fan of the slasher genre generally or the grandfather of them all in …
August 30, 2020 The Ghost Of Peter Sellers
The world remembers Peter Sellers as a troubled genius, a sad clown archetype like Robin Williams, f …
August 30, 2020 A Futile and Stupid Gesture
After watching Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile I watched the limited docuseries by the sa …
August 26, 2020 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Sometimes it’s obvious why a movie flops and sometimes it’s down to some mysterious alch …
August 26, 2020 Cold Pursuit
After the Taken series (starring Liam Neeson) and their many imitators (also all starring Liam Neeso …
August 9, 2020 Long Shot
Because of the premise it couldn’t be anything too far from a broad comedy, but it could also …
August 9, 2020 Crazy Rich Asians
As an avowed leftie it’s not often I find myself standing apart from the chattering classes an …
August 6, 2020 Downsizing
Sometimes films are a letdown from the opening frames. But it’s much rarer for a film to be a …
August 6, 2020 The Little Shop of Horrors
When Batman was created in 1939 he was just a strong idea. Layers of mythology, characters, stories, …
August 4, 2020 Porco Rosso
Elements of film noir from films like Casablanca, the adventurism of movies like Raiders of the Lost …
August 3, 2020 Parasite
There’s a long and proud tradition in Hollywood of the filmmaking and filmgoing firmament cele …
August 3, 2020 Hush
After seeing what Mike Flanagan can do with a stripped back idea on a small scale (Gerald’s Ga …
July 29, 2020 Vanishing Point
This is one of two classic drive-sploitation movies from the early 70s along with Two-Lane Blacktop, …
July 29, 2020 Used Cars
There’s only one reason to watch this movie, the same reason you watched THX-1138, the origina …
July 27, 2020 The Mule
Ever hear the one about Harrison Ford, Tom Waites, Nick Nolte and Clint Eastwood having an argument …
July 27, 2020 The Apartment
I’m always fascinated by the phenomenon whereby an entertainment property or piece of art take …
July 27, 2020 Rocketman
Without knowing about the dust-up that occurred behind the scenes when disgraced original director B …
July 22, 2020 The Lion King
If you know anything about my moviegoing tastes you might wonder what possessed me to watch a movie …
July 22, 2020 First Reformed
Now I’ve sat through this movie I can’t remember what made me fancy watching it. Few mov …
June 17, 2020 Dolemite is My Name
It doesn’t matter what the historical era, context, characters, plot or even the rating and ta …
June 17, 2020 The Night of the Hunter
Like most film fans I’ve been seeing the iconic still of Robert Mitchum with his deep south, w …
June 15, 2020 You Were Never Really Here
You’d never expect Lynne Ramsay to do a straight narrative crime procedural, and this certainl …
June 15, 2020 Christine
Rebecca Hall has always had a dignified stillness as an actress, and she’s always bought somet …
June 8, 2020 BlacKkKlansman
Like Black Panther, Captain Marvel or any other movie that celebrates diversity, the only thing I ca …
June 8, 2020 Not Without My Daughter
The only reason I watched this movie was because I gathered it was a fairly big deal in the 80s when …
May 27, 2020 R.I.P.D.
The only thing I remember about this movie was the awareness in the industry at the time about what …
May 27, 2020 Crimes and Misdemeanors
Realising to myself I had to relate this twisted plot in this review made me sigh heavily – itR …
May 26, 2020 A Quiet Place
It seems like the rash of movies lately about monsters, aliens or some sort of malevolent presence t …
May 26, 2020 Darkest Hour
You’ve got to keep the talent in this film in mind when considering it. Gary Oldman is unargua …
May 18, 2020 In the Mood For Love
I’ve never been the hugest fan of Wong Kar Wai’s films, but this one is an example not j …
May 18, 2020 The Peanuts Movie
This is far from the kind of movie I’d normally bother with, and it’s quite a mystery wh …
May 13, 2020 Uncut Gems
It’a almost as if Adam Sandler has this all planned out, doing one stupid big studio comedy af …
May 12, 2020 Chapter 27
Jared Leto blazed back into the moviegoing consciousness after his musical years with his Oscar winn …
May 4, 2020 Spring
My list lately seems stuffed with movies I’ve finally caught up with even though I have no ide …
May 4, 2020 The Red Turtle
There’s a long and proud tradition in movies with no dialogue that subtly and cleverly appeal …
May 3, 2020 Free Solo
No, it’s not an erstwhile sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story as free association in my brain ke …
May 3, 2020 Overlord
What a cool, snappy, effective little horror thriller. There was some comment around about the wisdo …
April 20, 2020 Walkabout
How much you respond to Walkabout will depend on an almost total extent to which you like avant gard …
April 20, 2020 Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Disney has gone through some very visible shifts in tone under various leaderships – more so than …
April 16, 2020 July 22
If there was any filmmaker who’d do the events of the title justice, it’s Paul Greengras …
April 16, 2020 99 Homes
It’s a bit like a less showy version of The Big Short, with evil repossessed real estate preda …

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