fri 29/05/2020

Film Reviews

The Hustle review - rotten scoundrels

Nick Hasted

This third version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels yarn of rival, class-warring con artists on the French Riviera is just something for Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson to do till a better gig comes along....

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Destination Wedding review - a misanthropic modern-day romance

Joseph Walsh

Recently, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have found themselves in a career renaissance. Reeves has made a remarkable comeback as the dog-loving action-hero John Wick, while Ryder won audiences over as the grief-stricken mother, Joyce Byers, in Netflix’s 80s nostalgia-fest Stranger Things.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu review - a cute commercial

Nick Hasted

This is the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? of the Pokémon franchise, bringing the video game’s cute critters into a live-action, ...

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Madeline's Madeline review – American indie heralds an astonishing new star

Demetrios Matheou

“You are not the cat.

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High Life review - Claire Denis boldly goes where she hasn't gone before

Saskia Baron

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Arctic review - The Martian on ice

Adam Sweeting

This is the first feature film by Brazil-born director Joe Penna (previously best known for his hit YouTube channel MysteryGuitarMan), but you’d never have guessed. Clocking in at a crisp and chilly 98 minutes, Arctic is an immaculately controlled exploration of the theme of man versus the elements, assisted immeasurably by having Mads Mikkelsen as its protagonist, Overgård.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile review - pedestrian Ted Bundy biopic

Saskia Baron

Why make a feature film about Ted Bundy, the notorious 1970s serial killer when you’ve already made Conversations with a Killer, a four-part factual series for Netflix about him?

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Vox Lux review – music biz drama with big ideas

Graham Fuller

Common to the recent spate of films about aspiring singers, the theme of fame’s corrupting influence is hardly new.

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Woman at War review – timely comedy-drama about an eco-warrior with a difference

Demetrios Matheou

What is it about Nordic women and the environment?

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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, Design Museum review - immersive detail

Tom Birchenough

Who would have known that the word “Kubrickian” only entered the Oxford English Dictionary last year? You’d have thought that one of the great film directors of the 20th century would have earned his own epithet long ago.

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Tolkien review - biopic charms but never wows

Joseph Walsh

Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien follows the same formula of many literary biopics, with a tick-box plot of loves, friendships and hardships that forged the writing career of one the 20th Century’s greatest fantasy writers.

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Long Shot review - semi-hilarious odd couple romcom

Nick Hasted

This is a romcom of two radically different halves, vaulting so dizzyingly from insultingly unbearable to daringly hilarious that walking in half-way through becomes a viable option.

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Donbass review - war stories from the Ukrainian front

Tom Birchenough

The latest from the prolific Sergei Loznitsa, Donbass is a bad-dream journey into the conflict that’s been waging in Eastern Ukraine since 2014, barely noticed beyond its immediate region.

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Styx review - high seas, high stakes refugee nightmare

Nick Hasted

The Mediterranean’s massacres of the refugee innocent come uncomfortably close to a lone female sailor in this stark parable of European helplessness and indifference.

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Avengers: Endgame review - Marvel save the biggest and best for last

Owen Richards

The Earth’s mightiest defenders are back in a triumphant climax, 11 years in the making. Despite a three hour runtime and an overstuffed preceding chapter, the Russo Brothers pull off the near-impossible by creating a wholly satisfying final chapter, and possibly the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Eighth Grade review - a dazzlingly real portrait of a teenage girl

Markie Robson-Scott

“Hey guys, it’s Kayla, back with another video. So, the topic of today’s video is being yourself.” Kayla Day (the wonderful Elsie Fisher, nominated for a Golden Globe and also heard as the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me) is in her last week of eighth grade in upstate New York, compounding the horror of being 13 years old by making self-help YouTube videos in her bedroom. “As always, make sure to share and subscribe to my channel.

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