Movie reviews of Kevin Hawkins

These are all the movies and series that Kevin has reviewed. Read more at: Film Blerg.

Number of movie reviews: 110 / 110

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Onward is a mature feature that has plenty for older audiences. Review

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19 april

19 apr

It’s an intriguing film that takes the fugitive trope in a completely new direction, giving audience plenty to think about in the process. Review

7.0

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11 march

11 mar

Beautiful Day’s story and moral messages may not be the most groundbreaking, but it’s a film that seldom takes a wrong step. Moreover, its positive energy is a welcome ingredient to popular culture, which could always use a few more personalities like Mr Rogers. Review

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26 january

26 jan

Meeting Gorbachev is a simple picture, one largely free of flair and excitement. It’s the kind of documentary that could be watched at one-and-a-half times the speed without much being lost, and one that will only really appeal to a small audience. Review

5.0

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18 january

18 jan

Compared to a film like Working Woman, which unlike Bombshell was written and directed entirely by women, Bombshell fails to overcome its superficialities. Review

6.0

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15 january

15 jan

For those whose memories of these events aren’t as clear, it’s a compelling way to learn more about this historical episode. Review

6.0

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2019.11.17

2019

While Eating Animals is a documentary no doubt inspired by activism, it’s a film that doesn’t reduce itself to classical activist techniques. It may not be the most headline-grabbing film on animal agriculture, but it may be one of the more compelling and accessible ones. Review

7.0

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2019.11.17

2019

For a film of its genre – either black comedy or light horror, take your pick – Ready or Not doesn’t do a lot wrong. Perhaps its biggest flaw is the lack of plot development. Review

7.0

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2019.10.24

2019

The Portal demands to be a significant piece of a cinema, but unfortunately is just another example of a production team trying to bite off more than they can chew. Review

3.0

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2019.10.13

2019

It is a tightly focused film with strict parameters in its scope, however that only increases the likelihood of it hitting you right where it’s aiming. Review

8.0

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2019.10.07

2019

The film shines when we get to revel in Hutchence’s talents and celebrate his brilliant voice and contagious personality. Review

6.0

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2019.07.01

2019

Does Toy Story’s fourth episodes give the series more satisfying closure than episode three? Probably not. Did the franchise need a fourth instalment? Probably not. But is Toy Story 4 a welcome addition to the cannon? Definitely. Review

8.0

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2019.06.19

2019

2040 may not be the best documentary of this year, but it’s hard to think of a film with more important content. Review

8.0

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2019.05.22

2019

Long Shot doesn’t always miss the mark, but nor does it generate enough laughs or enough heart to raise itself above your standard romantic comedy. Its promising premise and likeable leads are unfortunately wasted on a clunky script that fails to read the tone of a country. Review

5.0

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2019.05.02

2019

Despite juggling a range of perspectives in presenting this complex civil war, Watson is focused in his direction and makes his contention clear. Review

6.0

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2019.04.25

2019

These choices affirm Hill’s talents as a creative director with a strong vision, one capable of bringing the audience inside his world. And although the talents of Hedges and Stevie’s mum Dabney go somewhat underused, he knows how to get the best out of his no-name leads, who we can’t help but care for even if we don’t approve of their choices. Review

7.0

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2019.04.03

2019

The second half doesn’t justify the first half’s meandering, but at least it rewards the audience for their patience. Review

6.0

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2019.03.07

2019

It’s an unexpected masterclass in simple but effective screenwriting, proving that even the least convincing of premises can be transformed into a delightful film. Review

7.0

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2019.02.28

2019

It’s by no means as strong a piece of storytelling but few can deny that If Beale Street Could Talk is a beautifully made film with patches of excellence. Review

7.0

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2019.02.10

2019

A documentary that does justice to a niche subject area with precise detail, while giving the audience something deeper to reflect upon. Review

8.0

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2019.01.20

2019

The film’s initial focus on three widows seeking to repair their lives is enough to fuel their behaviour and the film is most compelling when McQueen dials this up. Review

7.0

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2018.11.18

2018

For the way it evokes emotion and connects you with its characters, it’s one film that should certainly capture the attention of the Oscar judges. Review

9.0

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2018.11.06

2018

These hits, and the way Malek is able to capture Mercury’s persona and eccentricities, should be enough to gloss over the film’s flaws and ensure a fun ride for anyone interested in being reminded of Queen’s musical prowess. Review

6.0

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2018.10.29

2018

It’s almost impossible not to be moved by Backtrack Boys and feel emotionally connected to the teens you meet on screen. Review

8.0

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2018.10.22

2018

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