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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% Over the Moon (2020) [Parts of the film] reminded me of Lulu Wang's The Farewell, where food similarly helps a family's grief go down easier, and I can't help but wonder the kind of movie Over the Moon could have been if Fei Fei had stayed put on Earth.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
45% Rebecca (2020) As the over-designed misfire that is Rebecca proves, the leap to a bigger canvas is never easy. Often, all we get is an empty shell of a movie, covered up in candy-coating.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/5 91% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) What ought to have been a captivating clash of wits and ideologies amounts to little more than standard speechifying. ‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
60% Nocturne (2020) The tragic relationship between two ambitious young women trying to succeed in a cutthroat, predatory, and exploitative artistic world makes for a pithy up-to-the-minute allegory...but [Nocturne] never crescendos into something truly chilling.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
50% Evil Eye (2020) [The Dassani brothers] fail to capture the cultural fears of a nation. Instead, they willfully play to West's notion of India and Indians...it is all painfully by-the-book and the tedium can only be saved by the mercy of the end credits.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Mining her own experiences adds a certain vérité to her performance. The more you see the world through Radha's eyes, the more real her character becomes - and you can't help but imagine her life beyond the closing credits.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
44% The Lie (2020) There's no pay off, no real sense of suspense, and no likable characters, but a ton of WTF decision-making and melodrama. For the ever-hungry horror movie fan, The Lie's got about the same novelty and nutritional value as cheap Halloween candy.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
76% Black Box (2020) [It] does mirror Get Out in some ways. It features a black protagonist who tumbles into a cognitive void not unlike the Sunken Place after being hypnotised by a woman with deceitful intentions. In other ways, it feels like a rejected Black Mirror idea.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) It doesn't just piggyback on Sherlock's beloved status, it promises a fresh origin story which is part coming-of-age comedy, and part literary revisionism. As a mystery, however, it leaves a lot to be desired.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
100% Apples (Mila) (2020) The characters are awkward, the dialogue is affectedly deadpan, the colours are muted, and the mood is sombre. Where Nikou distinguishes himself from [Lanthimos] is in his more marked humanist approach.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) As Martha accepts, endures and slowly reassembles the lost pieces of herself, [Vanessa] Kirby destroys the line between character and actor in a career-defining performance.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
81% Violation (2020) A brutal tale of overcoming trauma, when the circle of trust that a family offers becomes a quagmire of shock, denial, numbness, disbelief, and anger.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
92% Limbo (2020) [Ben Sharrock's Limbo] provides a deceptively naturalistic look at the physical and emotional reality of the refugee experience.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
78% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Like Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning masterpiece Parasite, Michel Franco's New Order allegorises a clash between the haves and have-nots...He paints in broad brushstrokes what Bong Joon-ho does in a much more pointed way with finer details.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
97% One Night in Miami (2020) The ideas, dreams and hopes of these four Black icons will merge and clash on a politically charged night. Though the film is mostly set within the four walls of a hotel room, you'll be a happier prisoner for staying with them till the end.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) [Hao] Wu takes an apolitical approach because he's not trying to hold anyone accountable here, but simply documenting a testimonial to the doctors and nurses "charging forward, braving the enemy's fire," as an elderly patient puts it.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
100% Shiva Baby (2020) The camera ducks and weaves through all the domestic traffic..in all this manic dysfunction is an offbeat comedy which magnifies some of our own fallibilities as a young adult struggling to figure out what to do with our lives.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) If Pollock gives us a lyrical condemnation of humanity trapped in a cycle of violence, Campos reduces it to hillbilly horrors. The lyrical, often probing, prose is flattened to a pulpy mush.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Doped up on Instagram likes, Amy and her "Cuties" yield to the pressure to conform to pop culture's sexualised narratives...and the accelerated maturation is their maladaptive response to it.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
C 63% Penguin Bloom (2020) Penguin Bloom doesn't quite aspire to be anything more than a typical sugary comfort-food weepie. So, keep the insulin and tissues handy.‐ AwardsWatch
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
80% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Suspension of disbelief here is not a passing-by feeling but a permanent state of mind...[and] you are bound to experience some metaphysical whiplash as the membrane between subjective memory and objective reality becomes permeable.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) The under-10s will be charmed by the cuteness overkill, but for the adults, The One and Only Ivan is the cinematic equivalent of roadkill.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
2.5/5 60% Project Power (2020) Watching Project Power may begin as a short rush, which slows down turning into a sense of dissociation before ending in the sinking emptiness of having wasted nearly two hours on another mindless spectacle.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/5 74% The Wretched (2020) An occult horror movie possessed by the spirit of teen seaside summers past. Hidden in their troubled co-existence is a potentially much better but eventually unrealised film...If Hitchcock dials S for suspense, the Pierce Brothers dial S for serviceable.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is one of those indie miracles: a low-budget sci-fi film featuring unknown actors, from a debutant director with a distinct style and clear personal vision that makes you hopeful for cinema's future.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) The movie feels like a slow-motion skid on thin ice, as an atmosphere of dread slowly envelops the characters.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 74% The Lodge (2020) Chilling in its constant ambiguity, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's film thrives in keeping the viewer in a perennial state of suspicion over the characters' motives.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) It has got about as much ingenuity that can be coded into its algorithm. Of course, the intention is to entertain, not to reinvent the rom-com, but it does run through some familiar junctures with a pep in its step.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 89% Ema (2019) Pyromania becomes performance art for [Ema]. The ceremonial destruction of public property becomes not only an empowering weapon to burn down the patriarchy, but also a ritual for cleansing pain so she can be free to claim a brighter future.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 94% Bad Education (2019) Finley rejects the sensationalism of a typical Hollywood treatment for a more restrained deconstruction of a white-collar crime.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
1.5/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) Vin Diesel's Valiant Comics superhero can't transcend the Marvel-DC bipartisanship.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Ladj Ly's Les Misérables doesn't just take the title of Víctor Hugo's work, but also its heart, spirit and anger. The film is however not a straightforward adaptation, but a freedive into the daily life and struggles of the underclass.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Hoping to capitalise on the wave of nostalgia around vintage video games, Paramount delivers a feature-length commercial to sell Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise to kids.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Moss communicates with her bulging blue eyes the terror of past trauma, the panic of being systematically tyrannised, the helplessness of not being believed, and the courage to take her tyranniser down head on.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) By focusing the story on the aspirations of women and their position in society, she rolls an adaptation and dissertation into one. Yet, it is always delightful, never didactic.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Even if they are middle-aged, Smith and Lawrence still fly through the air, in slow motion, shooting two guns at once, and drive a Porsche 911 recklessly through the "this time, it's personal" plot of the film.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire has been crafted with a painter's eye, a poet's tongue and a musician's control over emotion. As art imitates life, and life imitates art, Sciamma gives us arguably the greatest love story ever told on cinema.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is the Spanish auteur's scrapbook of memories culled from his own life -- a fictionalised self-portrait which journeys into the heart, mind and soul of a man mesmerised by movies and weakened by numerous maladies.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) What starts off as a light-hearted comedy ends up becoming a bloody thriller as Bong intertwines slapstick comedy scenes and tense artful schemes.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) Cretton's direction lacks the same level of compassion Barry Jenkins brought to If Beale Street Could Talk, or the same level of outrage Ava DuVernay brought to When They See Us. So, it fails to rise above a conventional courtroom drama.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks slips into the cardigans as easily as he does into the personality of the revered TV icon, perfectly capturing everything from his cadence down to his compassion.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/5 69% Bombshell (2019) The dramatic tidiness of the film results in a way too cautious approach in addressing how a work environment and an agenda that vindicates people like Trump play a part in this cycle of systemic abuse.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
0.5/5 20% Cats (2019) Every ounce of goodwill built by the feline community in this economy of viral cat videos and memes has been squandered by a single movie.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is not only a throwback to classic murder mysteries, but a well-calibrated genre exercise truly meant for these troubling times. Though the text feels retro, the subtext feels unapologetically contemporary.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton sacrifices substance for style, and even style for stylishness. So, there's a lot to behold but little to contemplate.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) Under the Skin is essentially a road movie abstracted into an erotic poem, where somewhere in between our pleasures and fears coincide.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery crafts a haunting meditation on grief, the passage of time, the nature of memories, and the meaning of home. ‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Bloom's vulture-like instincts and sense of ambition is symptomatic of a society that enjoys its breakfast cereal with a spoon of blood-tinged violence.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) Vikander's turn as Ava is as chilling as it is empathetic, internalising the torment of being considered inferior and subhuman to her male oglers.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 80% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) In an all-too-familiar capitalism-gone-rogue world, [Scorsese] offers an uncompromising portrait of Wall Street hedonists' unscrupulous excesses.‐ Firstpost
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020