Movie reviews of Garry Arnot

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

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Poster for Thirty

Thirty

8

Thirty is a profound arthouse debut from Kostova, studying the juxtaposition between the versions of ourselves we present to the outside world and the harsh reality of our inner self.

10 july

10 jul

Poster for Strange but True

Strange but True

3

Athale expresses a degree of talent in the story set-up and establishes a sense of suspense through the music and camerawork, but the film suffers greatly from an inconsistent tone.

10 july

10 jul

Poster for The Tobacconist

The Tobacconist

10

The Tobacconist is a stunning piece of work, and Leytner achieves an unusually understated tone for a project that spans a multitude of complex topics.

7 july

7 jul

Poster for Schemers

Schemers

8

Shot through a grainy haze of nostalgia, the narrative borrows tricks from the early work of Guy Ritchie to create a sense of fun in the rhythm of the piece.

1 july

1 jul

Poster for Them That Follow

Them That Follow

6

Poulton and Savage’s collaboration is technically well crafted and undoubtedly well-acted, but even with the Oscar-winning Olivia Colman in its corner on fine fighting form, the venomous Them That Follow isn’t quite a cult classic.

26 june

26 jun

Poster for Farming

Farming

8

Brilliantly handling its complex issues of race and psychological trauma, Farming makes for uncomfortable yet essential viewing, marking a striking directorial debut from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

23 june

23 jun

Poster for Emma Peeters

Emma Peeters

8

Tapping into today’s societal expectations and the anxieties that can come with them, Palo’s narrative has a Fleabag-esque quality to it which is very much assured in its own absurdity.

22 june

22 jun

Poster for Stockholm

Stockholm

4

On the surface, the premise is fascinating, and it’s adapted from what should be an edge-of-the-seat tale of intensity. However, much like Kaj himself, once the cool façade is gone and the 70s sheen is scratched away, the film becomes boring and meaningless.

19 june

19 jun

Poster for Boyz in the Wood

Boyz in the Wood

7

Sporting an exuberant soundtrack and a consistently funny script, Doff delivers a solid indie debut.

18 june

18 jun

Poster for My Friend the Polish Girl

My Friend the Polish Girl

8

My Friend the Polish Girl is seductive and darkly satirical, cleverly posing as cinéma-vérité shockumentary. Showing the grim realities of making ends meet in modern-day London, Alicja Dabrowska excels in a cat-and-mouse plot where it’s never quite clear who is really in control.

11 june

11 jun

Poster for Booksmart

Booksmart

8

The characters we follow are brilliantly naïve and still have a lot to learn as they transition to the next chapter of their lives, but they’re presented in an assured and confidently hilarious directorial debut from Wilde who has clearly done her homework. Booksmart passes with flying colours.

5 june

5 jun

Poster for Rocketman

Rocketman

10

Rocketman is unapologetic in its glittering portrayal of its showstopping protagonist. It’s an unabashed and refreshingly truthful cinematic celebration of one of Britain’s most beloved talents.

26 may

26 may

Poster for Beats

Beats

8

Amplified by an electric soundtrack that doffs its baseball cap to the likes of techno and happy house, Beats is a taut yet transcendent time capsule of a movie. It’s a rhythmic celebration of our formative years, capturing the reckless essence of youth itself.

17 may

17 may

Poster for Wild Rose

Wild Rose

8

Wild Rose is a soulful celebration of a daydream believer, boosted by a thumping soundtrack and a superb turn by Jessie Buckley, who flaunts her raspy vocals in the leading role.

21 april

21 apr

Poster for Mid90s

Mid90s

10

The tagline reads ‘fall, get back up’ but Hill has pulled off a masterstroke trick first time off the ramp.

10 april

10 apr

Poster for Us

Us

6

Though it’s always refreshing to see a writer-director with such ambitious visions, and Lupita Nyong’o is great in the complicated central role, the film ultimately falls foul to its own convoluted high-concept, sending Peele into a sophomore slump.

2 april

2 apr

Poster for Galveston

Galveston

7

It’s a strange but solid foray into the crime genre for Laurent, who cleverly zones in on the rich subtext rather than the, quite frankly run-of-the-mill context of the story. Taking Pizzolatto’s gritty Lone Star material, she crafts a brooding and bruising slow-burn drama.

14 march

14 mar

Poster for Tyrel

Tyrel

8

Silva’s social satire is more subtle than it is shocking, but it is sharply executed nonetheless. Bolstered by the magnetism of the leads, including the ever-charismatic Caleb Landry Jones who threatens to steal every scene he’s in, it’s a rollicking romp laden with sobering smarts and drunken R.E.M. karaoke.

13 march

13 mar

Poster for Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

8

Everybody Knows subtly draws the audience into its intimate drama, and brilliantly illustrates how simmering perennial grudges threaten to boil over in times of strife.

27 february

27 feb

Poster for The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

5

Often engaging but never exhilarating, Winterbottom’s meandering road movie never really settles into gear.

26 february

26 feb

Poster for Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

6

The somewhat unsubstantial source material is held together by two weighty yet tender leading turns, and the believability of Carell and Chalamet’s fractured father-and-son bond is enough to make the story worth watching.

28 january

28 jan

Poster for Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie

7

The narrative achieves a satisfying balance between humour and melancholy, paying tribute with joyful re-enactments of their stage act but also shedding light on their behind-the-scenes showbiz struggles.

23 january

23 jan

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite

8

It’s grandiose, it’s theatrical, it’s downright dotty, and with a towering triad of winning performances at the helm, The Favourite is a sure thing.

18 january

18 jan

Poster for Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

7

Ronan has been victorious in proving herself again as one of the best performers of her generation.

2 january

2 jan

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