Movie reviews of Garry Arnot

These are all the movies and series that Garry has reviewed. Read more at: Cinema Perspective.

Number of movie reviews: 136 / 136

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Possessor is a visceral bloodbath of a thriller with scenes of perilous ultraviolence that’ll make you wince in the moment, but keep you thinking about them for days. Review

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20 october

20 oct

Artistic licence leads director Decker down a crooked path and, as a result, Shirley is a beguiling if brazenly perplexing experience. A twisted gothic jigsaw puzzle of a movie where none of the pieces quite fit together, but worth watching for the central madcap turn from Elisabeth Moss. Review

6.0

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18 october

18 oct

It’s a classic love story of passion, perseverance, and sacrifice, told through the macabre lens of a mystery horror movie, marking a bloody good debut from director Jennifer Sheridan. Review

8.0

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13 october

13 oct

Shining a spotlight on another little-known, yet hugely influential story, Steve McQueen excels in putting social realism on the screen with style and vigour. Review

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11 october

11 oct

Ambitiously complex yet contrived and a little too clinical in its delivery, time-rewind thriller Tenet is an impressive, entertaining blockbuster that doesn’t always know if it’s coming or going. Review

6.0

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29 august

29 aug

I Used to Go Here is a lightweight but enjoyable watch that poses a smart social commentary on not settling down in your thirties. Kris Rey’s writing is smart and incisive and is enhanced by Gillian Jacob’s engaging central performance. Review

7.0

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24 august

24 aug

It’s wild and rebellious and has a remarkable sense of hope as well as heartache, and the theatre material is elevated on the big screen by terrifically moving performances, a sublime soundtrack, and an exciting artistic flair. Review

9.0

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16 august

16 aug

Clarke Duke’s first foray into filmmaking has resulted in a slacker comedy which masquerades as a gangster flick. Moving at the pace of a Southern drawl, Arkansas is casually entertaining and worth a watch if only for Vince Vaughn’s compelling performance. Review

6.0

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2 july

2 jul

A White, White Day is a brilliant portrait of grief and frustration by Hlynur Pálmason. Review

8.0

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16 june

16 jun

Tackling hard-hitting themes, the emotion in this piece is just as, if not, more integral to the film’s success than the humour, and The King of Staten Island might just be his most accomplished film to date. Review

8.0

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11 june

11 jun

A mixed-bag of movie that can’t, but also doesn’t really want to, escape the past. Review

6.0

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5 june

5 jun

Within the saturated war movie sub-genre, Jakubowicz succeeds in bringing a unique and inspiring tale of courage and bravery to the big screen. However, this depiction struggles to handle the various moving parts of the story effectively, lacking the nuance and skill that Marcel Marceau went onto become so well known for. Review

5.0

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2 june

2 jun

Fanny Lye Deliver’d makes for challenging yet utterly compelling viewing, like Haneke’s Funny Games reimagined in 17th century England. Clay does so much with so little, turning period drama into period trauma with a folk-horror twist. Review

8.0

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17 may

17 may

Enemy Lines can be rather clumsy as it trudges through the minefield of war film clichés, but Banke’s astute direction cashes in on the breath-taking snowscape locations it unfolds upon, and he plays to his strengths in constructing energetic action sequences. Review

6.0

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14 may

14 may

Ema

Ema has a vivid experimental style whilst dealing with sexually explicit and often harrowing subject matter, and Pablo Larraín expresses versatility as a director to handle the tonal shifts of a complex story. Review

7.0

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27 april

27 apr

Jane’s strenuous bad day at the office might be a mere footnote within the overarching story of workplace toxicity, but Kitty Green tells it with chilling intimacy and well-crafted conviction. Review

8.0

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19 april

19 apr

Gavron controls the chaos masterfully in a warm tale of friendship where, as the title sequence puts it, ‘real queens fix each other’s crowns’. Review

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21 march

21 mar

The traditional genre material is elevated by a trio of fantastic performances. Review

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9 march

9 mar

Bringing playful quirks to an area that appears to be close to his heart, his vivid imagination shines a positive light on subject matter that is usually shrouded in darkness. Review

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4 march

4 mar

Like Ben’s on-stage shtick, Standing Up, Falling Down doesn’t quite hit the comic beats necessary to make it a rousing success. It’s a perfectly fine routine but lacks an impactful punchline. Review

6.0

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28 february

28 feb

Eastwood presents the horrible fickleness of heroism with Richard Jewell, an intense and engaging retelling of a dark chapter in American history. Review

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2 february

2 feb

Parasite is packed full of shocks, suspense, and wickedly dark humour, but the storytelling is perfectly streamlined by Bong Joon-ho. Rich in subtext and astute in its razor-sharp microcosmic study of class divide, it’s a compelling cinematic experience from start to finish. Review

10

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19 january

19 jan

It’s an engaging, angry picture of prejudice and suspense presented with style, substance, and a suitably super soundtrack by the exciting creative mind of Melina Matsoukas. Review

8.0

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15 january

15 jan

The Gentlemen might lack the cutting edge and the social significance of Guy Ritchie’s previous pieces, but this crafty crime caper is proof that the master of mockney is still more than capable of spinning an entertaining yarn. Review

7.0

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8 january

8 jan

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