Cath Clarke

Cath Clarke
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It feels almost treacherous to confess that Mary Queen of Scots left me as cold as the execution axe's blade -- and that's after watching twice to make sure I wasn't missing something.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 80% The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) After the operatic grandiosity of the live-action movies, this street-level crimefighting is a nostalgic treat.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) The suggestion -- even in a crowd-pleasing comedy -- that America's racial divides can be bridged by Pavarotti and a joint is downright Stone Age.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 94% 1985 (2018) It's a beautifully acted film. In the dark days of the epidemic it would surely have been impossible to make a drama so balanced, so compassionately attuned to everyone's feelings.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Like the Hobbit movies, Mortal Engines is a relentless assault of CGI and earsplitting noise.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 79% Await Further Instructions (2018) There's armrest-clutching brilliance in the way this sweatily tense low-budget British horror lays out a family Christmas from hell, and then cranks it up into something truly gruesome.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 76% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) It just about gets away with it, coasting on cheerfully gruesome zombie kills and some decent jokes...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Three Identical Strangers raises more questions than it answers... But perhaps that's a whole other documentary.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
1/5 0% Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018) There's just too much manic farce. It's one of those films in which characters keep on bursting through doorways...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/5 11% Siberia (2018) It's a film with ambitions to do something more than the video-game shootouts of John Wick. But what that is, I don't think the film-makers ever discussed in detail...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Adrift in Soho (2018) At a time when Crossrail and high rents are threatening the soul of Soho again, a documentary might have served as a better tribute to the London's louchest neighbourhood.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 58% The Grinch (2018) Takes the book's message that you can't buy Christmas and tops it up with noisy, wacky capering, squishing and flattening Seuss's universe into yet another bland frenetic kids' movie.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 90% Widows (2018) What makes a McQueen film so distinctive is that he does everything for real. There's nothing fake or polite about his style - he doesn't look away however ugly it gets. ‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Yukon Assignment (2018) A father-and-son team canoe 500 miles across the frozen Canadian wilderness in this modest, slightly frustrating documentary filmed by the son, Chris Lucas.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) For dance fans, it's not Christmas without The Nutcracker. I suspect in years to come TV schedulers may feel the same about this movie.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 100% Nae Pasaran (2018) Sierra skilfully compiles archive footage of the coup and its aftermath, but doesn't fully explain how strategically important it was to ground the jets.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 100% Donkeyote (2017) What's so lovely here is Manuel's warmth and humanity - the way he lives with regrets and disappointment.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Godard said that all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun. Well, with his smart and mercilessly gripping abduction thriller, the Danish director Gustav Möller has pulled it off with a middle-aged man and a hands-free phone.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Lost & Found (2018) [A] lightweight, cheaply made portmanteau comedy from Ireland.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Catch [Moore] on a good film - and this documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of his best - and you walk out of the cinema fired up, steam hissing from your ears.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 100% Sink (2018) The characters feel a little underwritten, but there's a lot to enjoy here...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) The conceit is nicely done, and the film's unexpectedly heartfelt message about empathy and looking at the world through someone else's eyes just about makes up for its bland animation, smart-arsed script and generic clappy-blah songs.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 94% Private Life (2018) What an intelligent, emotionally grown-up film. More of this please.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018) Where did Khatera find her voice, her grit? Why does she refuse to stay silent like the thousands of girls also - as she puts it - in her situation?‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) Talley strikes you as a man of sincerity and depth behind all the air-kissing and lamé.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Kendrick and Lively have never been funnier, snapping one-liners at each other like elastic bands; the script is hyper-alert to the undercurrent of competitiveness between stay-at-home and working mums.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Perhaps there is just too much MIA for one film to handle. One thing's for sure, in an era of manufactured pop stars, she is resplendently unfiltered.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Weapon of Choice (2018) [An] absorbing investigative documentary...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Down to Earth (2015) I can't help feeling that with its awe of shamans and mother Earth, this film is looking in the wrong places for answers about the future of urban living.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 82% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) One of those films you can happily watch without having a jot of prior interest in its subject.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 77% The Man from Mo'Wax (2018) The problem is that Lavelle is unreflective about his journey to failure.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Ballymurphy Precedent (2018) What a desperately sad film.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 24% Luis and The Aliens (2018) This really is all influences with nothing added.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 80% Distant Constellation (2018) It's a thoughtful, dream-like film, but, in the end, I'm not sure what Distant Constellation is saying about age or memory.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Sigurðsson is no misanthrope and his humane message - that everyone is muddling along as best they can - makes all the feuding and bile easier to stomach.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 60% Dog Days (2018) It makes Marley and Me look like Citizen Kane, and is actually pretty creepy, in the way that only aggressively life affirming movies can be.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/5 100% El mar la mar (2018) The film's narcotic strangeness forces you to look again at a familiar headline story, treated unsensationally and sensitively - though at a patience-testing slow pace.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
1/5 13% Viking Destiny (Of Gods and Warriors) (2018) This fantastically wooden and dodgily acted British Viking fantasy appears to be the result of its creators binge-watching Games of Thrones, although the battle scenes here are about as thunderous as a sparrow's fart.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/5 11% Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (2018) The whole thing has a straight-to-DVD quality, or perhaps a TV episode padded out with a few limp songs.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 100% Mario (2018) At two hours, the film feels a little long, but this is a heartfelt and human drama with the texture of truth and characters to care about.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/5 20% Terminal (2018) Robbie's serviceable accent is one of the few things this deeply uninteresting take on hardboiled noir gets right.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Benicio del Toro is the Ernest Hemingway of screen badasses: the less he says the better he is. He does his most convincing work while looking like he's about to nod off. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) The animation here is dazzling: wheat glows golden in the fields; a dog bounds with the bliss of being able to run free on a warm day. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4.5 99% McQueen (2018) This intelligent, honest documentary explores McQueen's complex personality without getting tacky or tabloidy, or ignoring his dark side.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2/5 60% The Bromley Boys (2018) The result misses the goal by 20 yards.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 95% This Is Congo (2018) A difficult, depressing watch.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) The thrilling clips here of his big Shakespearean roles are worth the price of a ticket alone.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
2/5 46% Allure (2018) Despite its stellar performances, this feels like a psychological drama without much basis in actual human psychology.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) If you usually find the genre icky and exploitative, try this one-but only if you've got the stomach for an abattoir's worth of blood in a single movie.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet A Wizard's Tale (Here Comes the Grump) (2018) The movie is full of wackiness but contains only traces of comedy.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018