Movie reviews of Bob Mann

These are all the movies and series that Bob has reviewed. Read more at: One Mann's Movies.

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Number of movie reviews: 155 / 155


Poster for Glass



There are the makings of a good film in here, and the blending of the three characters into a narrative is a cute idea. But it’s a film that left me feeling generally unsatisfied with its story arc...

7 february

7 feb

Poster for The Mule

The Mule


If you can park your moral compass for a few hours then its an enjoyable film of drug-running and redemption.

3 february

3 feb

Poster for If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk


The film is well-made and the cast is very engaging. It also has a love story at its heart that is moody but well-done. Overall though the movie felt over-engineered and a little pretentious, and that knocked it down a few pegs for me.

31 january

31 jan

Poster for Life Itself

Life Itself


I found it a non-standard journey requiring a level of intelligence to appreciate the nuances of the script.

27 january

27 jan

Poster for Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots


My view would be that it’s worth seeing for its epic spectacle, but it’s not a film I will be rushing to see again.

26 january

26 jan

Poster for Instant Family

Instant Family


The film is amusing and harmless without taxing many brain cells. Most notably unlike many so-called American ‘comedies’ it did actually make me laugh at multiple points.

26 january

26 jan

Poster for The Upside

The Upside


As a standalone film it has some laugh-out-loud moments, some feelgood highs and some moments of real pathos.

18 january

18 jan

Poster for Vice



One of the most thought-provoking films that I am likely to see this year, and I was fascinated from beginning to (final) end.

18 january

18 jan

Poster for The Front Runner

The Front Runner


The film’s perfectly watchable, has great acting, but is a little bit of a non-event.

11 january

11 jan

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite


I don’t bandy the word “masterpiece” around often, but in this case I think it’s justified.

6 january

6 jan

Poster for Colette



Aside from Knightley, the other star turn in the film comes from cinematographer Giles Nuttgens.

4 january

4 jan

Poster for Welcome to Marwen

Welcome to Marwen


I’ve praised the screenplay for its reserve and intelligence, but on the flip-side there are a number of elements that don’t sit well...

3 january

3 jan

Poster for Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns


Frank Marshall directs, and with a pretty impossible task he delivers an end-product that, while it didn’t completely thrill me, did well not to trash my delicate hopes and dreams either.

2 january

2 jan

Poster for Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines


It’s a long way from being the worse film I’ve seen this year by a long stroke – it kept me interested and amused in equal measure for the running time.

23 december

23 dec

Poster for Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie


It’s one of those pleasant and untaxing cinema experiences that older audiences in particular will really enjoy. However, the film’s far from perfect in my view...

22 december

22 dec

Poster for Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy


Above all, it is the acting performances that make this film, and the four key cast members all turn in memorable turns.

13 december

13 dec

Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


Special effects alone do not a great film make. If you analyse the film overall, virtually NOTHING of importance actually happens...

10 december

10 dec

Poster for Green Book

Green Book


Above all, it’s a film with genuine heart. A story that lifts the spirit and paints onto the screen in technicolour glory the struggle (albeit you feel a rather sanitised one) that lifted America out of the dark ages in terms of equality.

5 december

5 dec

Poster for The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web


So, the movie has its moments and is great to look at. But the film ends up a sandwich or two short of a smorgasbord, thanks largely to some totally bonkers plot points and more than a few ridiculous coincidences.

23 november

23 nov

Poster for They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old


The results are outstanding.

11 november

11 nov

Poster for Widows



I loved this as an intelligent action movie that’s a cut above the rest.

10 november

10 nov

Poster for Slaughterhouse Rulez

Slaughterhouse Rulez


There is no nuance or subtlety to either the writing or the direction. I think that’s a great shame. The film has a good premise hidden in there.

8 november

8 nov

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody


This is a film that grabs you and propels you through the story at a fast lick. It’s a surprisingly moving story, with a well-known and tragic finale.

1 november

1 nov

Poster for Halloween



Although having a wonderfully retro feel and despite mining every horror cliché known to man it’s all obviously been done with loving care by the director David Gordon Green.

30 october

30 oct

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