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: 160 / 160

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As films set on muddy country retreats go, Pablo Larraín’s Spencer has more in common with The Shining than The Princess Bride and it’s all the better for it. Suspenseful, experimental, and a hell of a lot funnier than you might expect, it’s a nightmarish vision of a fairytale gone horribly awry. Review

8.0

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18 october

18 oct

A viscerally intense vision of frenetic anxiety with a top-of-his-game Stephen Graham at the forefront of the turmoil, Philip Barantini’s Boiling Point is a compelling one-shot wonder. Review

8.0

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11 october

11 oct

Bold and unapologetic in its ridiculousness, Cop Secret is an entertaining sign of what might be still to come from first-timer Hannes Þór Halldórsson. As a goalkeeper, he made headlines by saving a penalty from Lionel Messi at the World Cup in 2018 and with a flair for capturing action, he’s proving to be a safe pair of hands as a film director too. Review

6.0

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7 october

7 oct

Fukunaga’s No Time to Die brings Daniel Craig’s mixed bag of an era to a close in disappointingly lacklustre fashion, buckling under the weight of its own anticipation. We’ve been expecting you Mr Bond, but we expected a lot better than this. Review

4.0

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5 october

5 oct

The Green Knight marks another outlandish outing for the David Lowery, who continues to flex the muscles of his artistic mind in the most creative and thought-provoking ways. This foray into folklore won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s encouraging to see another ambitious piece from one of most fascinating filmmakers around. Review

6.0

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3 october

3 oct

Screenwriter David Chase proves to be a master string-puller on the big screen as well as the small, and with an epic new vision stylishly brought to fruition by director Alan Taylor, The Many Saints of Newark serves as a hugely satisfying side dish to the veritable feast that is The Sopranos. Review

8.0

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24 september

24 sep

Yngvild Sve Flikke’s Ninjababy is an inventive and entertaining indie gem packed with humour and pathos, heightened by Thorp’s refreshingly candid portrayal of a young woman who simply doesn’t want to be a mother. Review

8.0

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18 september

18 sep

Clashing with the cutthroat nature of the power-hungry Rory O’Hara, this sublime picture proves that patience is a virtue as Sean Durkin’s work is well worth the wait. A thrillingly dramatic depiction of 80s entrepreneurialism with two of the best performances you’ll see all year, The Nest is the real deal. Review

10

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24 august

24 aug

Annette feels like a feature-length SNL skit where only the performers themselves are in on the joke. It’s an abysmally boring, ridiculous, slog of a film and if Leos Carax’s work is indeed the marmite of cinema, I really wish I hadn’t opened the jar. Review

2.0

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23 august

23 aug

Furthering Bruckner’s reputation as one of the best contemporary horror directors in the business, The Night House is a stylish and suspenseful piece, elevated by Rebecca Hall’s excellent performance. Review

8.0

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20 august

20 aug

Bailey-Bond’s Censor is a technically accomplished homage to home-video horror with an intriguing performance at its dark heart, but it falls victim to ponderous pacing and a poor execution of plot. Review

5.0

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11 august

11 aug

A groundbreaking piece of indie cinema from Janicza Bravo that could potentially be a sign of things to come in the connection between social media and film, Zola is a darkly funny, playfully constructed picture. Review

7.0

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9 august

9 aug

An old-fashioned western but set on an evolving Mars, Settlers makes great use of its sci-fi elements to tell what, in its essence, is a very human tale of endurance through grit and determination. As thought-provoking as it is visually striking, this marks an impressive directorial debut from Wyatt Rockefeller. Review

8.0

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27 july

27 jul

Tapping into universal vulnerability by way of an entertaining tale of friendship and foolishness, Thomas Vinterberg serves up a Danish delight in generous double measures. Review

8.0

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30 june

30 jun

Disturbing, fearless, and with just the right amount of weird, In the Earth is a slaughter to the senses and one of Ben Wheatley’s very best. Review

8.0

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24 june

24 jun

An excellent entry into the beat-em-up genre with smarts behind every brutal blow, Nobody announces its director Ilya Naishuller as a somebody. Review

10

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8 june

8 jun

As Fred delves deeper into the mystery, the film becomes increasingly jarring, using gaudy neon imagery to distract from its lack of ideas, and it refuses to join together any of the dots. Review

4.0

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2 june

2 jun

Taking a refreshingly neoteric look at fluorescent adolescence, Eoin Macken’s Here Are the Young Men is a vibrant entry into the partyboy sub-genre and has just enough substance to back up its style. Review

8.0

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14 april

14 apr

Shedding cinematic light on a compelling true story, Silk Road is an entertaining piece of work, elevated by Nick Robinson’s brilliant portrayal of ‘the first millennial gangster’. Review

7.0

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18 march

18 mar

This is a perfect embodiment to his down-to-earth mentality, and Jason Ferguson delivers a compelling portrait of his grounded nature. Review

8.0

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6 march

6 mar

The perilously violent combat sequences are very well executed and there are some blows dealt that’ll make your eyes water, but the film is let down by a formulaic story and primitive script. Review

4.0

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4 march

4 mar

Capturing law enforcement problems within a microcosm of Scandi-terror, Shorta is an arresting, and totally gripping piece of work by Hviid and Ølholm. Review

10

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28 february

28 feb

Films don’t come much more personal than this for a filmmaker, and Chung has crafted a simple yet sublime picture with Minari. Yeun and Ye-ri give excellent performances... Review

8.0

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19 february

19 feb

Evolving against the weather-beaten seaside landscape, Ammonite lets Francis Lee hone his cinematic voice with a creative twist on a historical figure. Review

8.0

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15 november

15 nov

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