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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 96% First Cow (2020) The latest release from ingenious director Kelly Reichardt is a brilliant and moving drama, but also an unusual one.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is a horror story with many layers, indirect social commentary buried deep in a grim, kinky fantasy. ‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 68% Little Joe (2019) Yet another unconventional horror story with a deeply buried message, Little Joe is distinctly unusual in style, narrative, theme, and prevailing mood. ‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/5 82% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) The film finds both insight and low-key comedy in random personal conflicts and unexpected mishaps, as well as intense, hyperbolic bowling rivalries straight out of The Big Lebowski...‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) With Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho has produced a brilliant social commentary, and what might well be the best film of 2019.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4.5/5 71% The King (2019) It is a grand, thoroughly gripping historical drama.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Like The Witch, it is bleakly realistic with mythical or supernatural overtones, but both aspects are heightened, the real elements darker, and the mystical or imaginary aspects expanded and laid out in shocking and unexpected ways.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 61% Radioactive (2020) It is this distinctive approach by [Marjane Satrapi] that not only provides effortless context but also elevates Radioative from a straightforward biography to something more exciting.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 86% Sea Fever (2020) The growing desperation of the crew comes across vividly, as escape becomes less and less likely, causing understated panic and adding to the unrelieved tension.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 40% Guest of Honour (2020) Most of the credit, though, goes to Atom Egoyan's subtle, carefully written, mystery-riddled script, and his proficiency at bringing it to life...‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.8/5 100% The Father (Bashtata) (2019) Comically subtle and strange.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) It is this kind of universal experience - including, rather atypically for film, the power of family not to suppress but to support needed change - along with an easy sense of humour, that holds the film together.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 35% Seberg (2020) The film shows the reactions, the shock and humiliation, and the ultimate destruction, of sensitive people who had not yet become acquiescent to that kind of invasion.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) It is Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker that really makes the film. Phoenix is weirdly brilliant from beginning to end, giving a performance which is by turns heartbreaking and frightening.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4.8/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There is not a predictable moment in the entire film, and the background facts necessary to the story's later development are provided without giving anything away.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 88% A Private War (2018) The film is an inspiring tribute to a significant figure in journalism.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Most of all, the script works as an engaging study of a strong and talented woman finding her own path.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.8/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice's downfall may be the scriptwriter's fascination with the subject matter and his resulting indignation, leading him to neglect the promised humour, and even overlook the film's structure, making the plotline hard to follow at times.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Above all, the film is a surprising glimpse of the previously hidden talents of director Peter Farrelly, and hopefully a sign of more to come.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
30% Red Joan (2019) The film combines the personal with the political in a gripping story of one woman's life- and world-altering decision.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 66% Lizzie (2018) It's another unfortunate case of a good concept and great acting, badly managed, resulting in a promising but, in the end, mediocre movie.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A satirical but affectionate view of Asian culture from the inside, a genuinely serious look at the place of cultural values in marriage, and most certainly far, far more fabulous set designs than any recent film. Entertaining and fun.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.3/5 No Score Yet Helmet Heads (Cascos indomables) (2018) Finds the humour in the completely ordinary, the foolish, and even the ineffectual.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 100% The Black Book of Father Dinis (O Caderno Negro) (2018) Its earnest storytelling, interesting characters, and attention to detail overcome the dated and overemotional material and make for an entertaining drama.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2.4/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) It is an expression of anger, disappointment, and fear, understandably scattered and lacking in focus and direction, but certainly heartfelt.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4.5/5 82% High Life (2019) Something strange, intense, frightening, moving, and entirely new. Sci-fi may never be the same.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4.7/5 99% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) It's hard to imagine subject matter more mundane than we see in virtually every scene in The Chambermaid, yet somehow the story grabs our attention from the first moment... It is a beautifully managed character study.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.8/5 73% Gwen (2019) A horror story, one which might be described as choosing horror over story, or style over substance, but whose style is so striking and effective it hardly matters.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Sustains interest by keeping the characters, their concerns and their personal struggles, in the forefront, and by giving the viewer the interesting task of a judge at an informal debate, on a subject almost everyone has an opinion about. ‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This is a surprisingly insightful, well-handled telling of an incredibly messy, sometimes repulsive, but strangely fascinating bit of popular history.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.2/5 46% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) A sometimes meandering but generally forceful and perceptive script, and a strong ensemble cast bring these women's experience effectively to life.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.8/5 87% The Lobster (2016) This is a peculiar film which logically should not work, but somehow, through the uninhibited and confident ingenuity of the filmmakers, produces a remarkable impact.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 87% Sleeping Giant (2015) Sleeping Giant draws the viewer in despite the bland subject matter, making every character intriguing and maintaining suspense and the feeling of impeding trouble perfectly.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) A unique, entertaining drama with a sharp sense of humour, which deftly challenges the audience's assumptions and open-mindedness.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 61% Zoom (2016) This is one of the liveliest and most original films of its kind. It serves as a multi-layered mystery as well as a straightforward drama, is based on an intriguing idea, and is overall an excellent first effort.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.9/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) There is not really enough material to sustain interest over the course of a full length film, but the director and team of scriptwriters make the most of an historic oddity, giving us something which is, at the very least, strange and original.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The look, sound, and overall story, along with Parker's moving portrayal of Nat Turner accompanied by an excellent supporting cast, make up for any flaws in the script, and hold the dark and dramatic story together.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 59% The Neon Demon (2016) The bland objectification of the modelling business, the self-loathing, self-mutilation, and desperation of the lovely young models, are cuttingly satirised, but in a way that not only normalises their attitude, but seems to revel in it. ‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4.2/5 94% Arrival (2016) The script, performances, and overall look combine to make for an engrossing, suspenseful drama that goes a little beyond the bounds of its science fiction genre.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.4/5 85% East of Eden (1955) James Dean is decidedly the highlight of the film. His Method acting techniques and uninhibited performing style cause him to stand out among the more conventional cast.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) The information [Michael Moore] wants to present is made available without lapsing too far into moralizing, and the approach keeps things lively and entertaining‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 35% Equals (2016) Taken for what it is - a poignant love story using a futuristic setting as a plot device - Equals is an enjoyable and moving film with a sometimes weak plot but a great look and excellent performances‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
82% Denial (2016) It is watchable enough; but given the choice, just read the book.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) An able, well-chosen cast take on the challenge of this delicate, character-driven story with highly individual performances which nevertheless mesh perfectly. ‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 89% Loving (2016) With Loving, writer/director Jeff Nichols takes on an historical court case, one which has been dealt with on film before, in documentaries and a previous dramatization, but never with such a deft touch - or with such accuracy:‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 98% Get Out (2017) Where the film fails is in the actual structure of the story, which is riddled with inconsistencies, gaping holes in the plot, and what seems to be a mid-point shift from one story to a completely different one.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 91% Elle (2016) In Elle, the humour is all Michelle's own. She doesn't lose her sarcasm or sense of irony when she is raped, any more than she loses her courage or sense of self, and that, at least, is a positive message.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) Wiener-Dog has charm, and it is genuinely funny at times, but its bitter honesty and bleak tone can also be uncomfortable. ‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.8/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) With a brilliant ensemble cast, featuring solid performances by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mark Strong, a fast-paced but coherent structure, and direction that sustains interest from beginning to end, Miss Sloane is an unqualified success.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 84% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) The intensity of the link between the two main characters, and the mixture of the harshly real and the magical, is what makes this film compelling.‐ Far Out Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018