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: 203 / 203

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A solid entry into the Dardennes’ collection of bleak, social-realist struggles, Tori & Lokita is a simple but effective illustration of immigration’s potential pitfalls. Difficult to endure yet culturally important to witness, this is an all-too-timely cautionary tale. Review

7.0

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17 november

17 nov

A strangely refreshing take on the gaslighting thriller sub-genre, the simplicity of the narrative beats only amplify their truthful impact. Watcher is suspenseful, subversive, and smartly conceived; an almost anti-mystery thriller, signalling writer and director Chloe Okuno as one to watch. Review

8.0

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12 november

12 nov

Rich in texture, packed with laughs, and poignant in its macabre portrayal of a futile feud between allies, The Banshees of Inisherin is an accomplished piece of work. It’s an absolute masterclass in tone, a deft balancing act between comedy and tragedy. Review

10

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27 october

27 oct

A sharp social satire that challenges our cultural perspectives, Vengeance marks an ambitious debut from B.J. Novak, working both as an engaging crime flick and an outlet for his abundance of ideas. Review

8.0

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14 october

14 oct

An assured and accomplished directorial debut from Neil Maskell, Klokkenluider is terrifically economical with its truth, and executed with a striking flair. Review

10

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9 october

9 oct

While Olivia Wilde’s stylish sophomore feature Don’t Worry Darling might feel like an updated version of a movie we’ve seen before, there’s enough quality in Florence Pugh’s magnificent central performance that it seals victory within its plastic-wrapped sheen. Review

8.0

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22 september

22 sep

A fitting finale to the cult comedy trilogy, Clerks III manages the honour the original without tarnishing its legacy. “I’m not even supposed to be here” cries a disgruntled Dante in his now-mimicked mantra, but we’re very glad he showed up for work. Review

6.0

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17 september

17 sep

A deliciously damning indictment of the youth of today, Halina Reijn’s Bodies Bodies Bodies is as cutting as it is comical. Review

8.0

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1 september

1 sep

As gripping as it is grotesquely funny, The Forgiven is a brilliant depiction of despicable characters, and another hit for acclaimed writer and director John Michael McDonagh. Review

10

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27 august

27 aug

This subtle sci-fi observation from writer and director Kogonada feels like a watered-down interpretation of more powerful and daring tales of the same ilk. With a striking aesthetic and some strong performances, After Yang is never really dull, but it is ultimately rather boring. Review

5.0

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22 august

22 aug

Malachi Smyth’s The Score has just enough swagger to style out its flaws, even if it’s not always on song. Review

6.0

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19 august

19 aug

Illustrating a skilful flair for crafting suspense, director Andrew Semans manages to display deft control of his protagonist as she loses grip of her sanity. Resurrection marks a striking sophomore effort, elevated by a transfixing turn by Rebecca Hall. Review

8.0

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17 august

17 aug

An impeccably crafted and thought-provoking debut by Charlotte Wells, Aftersun delivers a cocktail of happy hours and heartache, and introduces Frankie Corio as a bright and exciting new talent. Review

8.0

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14 august

14 aug

Owing such a huge debt to the ideas of Stephen King, Derrickson’s latest effort is dragged down by a script that almost bankrupts itself of originality. Despite a madcap leading turn from Ethan Hawke, The Black Phone isn’t as off the hook as it thinks it is. Review

5.0

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24 june

24 jun

It might not give you the happy ending you’d expect, but Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is funny, clever, and surprisingly endearing. Review

8.0

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23 june

23 jun

Like the protagonist himself, the film refuses to bow to conventions, but deft direction by Jens Sjögren and strong frontman performance from Rushiti combine to give an entertaining origins story of one of football’s greatest superheroes. Review

8.0

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14 june

14 jun

Top Gun: Maverick can be appreciated for its high-intensity, hypersonic action sequences that swoop and soar to new heights but with as many eye rolls as barrel rolls, its cringe was only acceptable in the 80s. Review

5.0

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3 june

3 jun

Between Two Worlds is a well-made and very well-acted commentary on the issues working-class people can come up against, made even more timely by the cost-of-living crisis we are currently experiencing. However, due to the iffy optics of its central character, the film leans too heavily on the side of ‘poverty porn’, lacking the emotional gut-punch you would expect from this type of tale. Review

6.0

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18 may

18 may

Despite its flaws, it remains a refreshing, entertaining antidote to the more mainstream efforts of this ilk, and the Daniels are an absolute credit to original, independent filmmaking. Review

6.0

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9 may

9 may

A bold and accomplished sophomore picture that signals its writer and director Nathalie Biancheri as one to watch, Wolf is a visceral character drama that intensifies her cinematic voice to a howl. Review

8.0

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30 april

30 apr

Splashing his well-earned creative currency on a grandiose pagan pagger, Robert Eggers is visibly growing in confidence and The Northman only strengthens his stature. With just the right amount of weird, it’s an ambitious, almighty feat of filmmaking that sacrifices none of the visionary director’s mythical madness. Review

8.0

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21 april

21 apr

Off the back of an often stuffy and serious awards season, popcorn flick The Lost City is a fantastic antidote to this; mindless but very entertaining. It heavily relies upon the screen presence and winning spark of Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, but they definitely deliver the goods, reminding us why they’re both class acts in this field of cinema. Review

7.0

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17 april

17 apr

A striking sophomore effort from director Audrey Diwan, Happening is an incredibly challenging yet vital piece of work that presents itself as a timely social-issue thriller. Not for the faint-hearted but well worth watching through your hands in horror. Review

10

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30 march

30 mar

A subtle study of romance within the complicated confines of modern city life, Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District is a beautifully devised monochrome masterpiece, and introduces the exciting new talent of Lucie Zhang to the big screen. Review

10

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27 march

27 mar

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