• Reminiscence

    Reminiscence

    ★★

    Rebecca Ferguson as someone who had supposedly hustled the streets was a terrible piece of miscasting. The film had a few moments with the imagining of a flooded Miami but was mainly quite boring

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★★★

    First proper guilty pleasure of the year: nothing thought provoking, but enormous fun

  • Limbo

    Limbo

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely sublime

  • The Truffle Hunters

    The Truffle Hunters

    ★★

    Kind of surprised by the positive reviews for this. Eccentricity isn't necessarily charming or engaging, particularly when at times it felt extremely staged and very contrived. The decision to stick a GoPro camera on a truffle hunting dog, meanwhile, might have seemed quirky in the planning stage, but after only a few seconds the result was headache and vertigo inducing. There were often times when I was quite bored. The two stars are for the landscape, which was admittedly stunning.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    Utterly disorientating but still loads of fun - but if you can find a subtitled screening, grab the chance to find out what some of the characters were saying and maybe have a clearer idea of what the hell is going on in the first half of the film.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

    I quite enjoyed this at the time, it’s not as terrible as many have claimed despite it making absolutely no sense and the total mess of packing in as many references to previous films as possible. But walking out, I struggled to remember how it started. A forgettable addition to the Star Wars universe

  • Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky

    ★★

    Such an overwrought, deeply disappointing mess

  • Official Secrets

    Official Secrets

    ★★★

    Enjoyable, a reminder of just how repellent the Blair government was and  seemingly pretty accurate, considering I’ve met several of the people in the film in real life.  Rhys Ifans must be on course for a Razzie nomination though.

  • Bait

    Bait

    ★★★

    This has attracted considerable critical acclaim and sold out screenings (where they exist) so I was grateful for the opportunity to bag a ticket. For all the talk that this is a “groundbreaking“ film, for me it was more an interesting novelty, with a plot about the tensions between Cornish locals and posh incomers that never really went anywhere and performances that we just a little too on the nose to fully embrace. The “dramatic event” at the end of…

  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★

    A moving, gruelling, at times unbearable documentary telling the story of the siege of Aleppo in Syria from the viewpoint of a filmmaker trapped inside the city. Every tankie Assad / Putin apologist should have to watch this.

  • Inna de Yard

    Inna de Yard

    Lovely, although only really scratching the surface of Jamaica's musial soul. Watch if you know only Bob Marley and discover the gorgeous vocals of Ken Boothe and Judy Mowatt.

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★

    I haven’t really enjoyed any of Almodovar’s films since 2006’s Volver but this was terrific