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 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

Poster for Widows

Widows

8

A riveting and rampant thriller that carries heft in its subject matter, but also captures the intrigue and exhilaration of the heist genre.

11 november

11 nov

Poster for Kler

Kler

8

It’s a directorial damning that’s delivered with deft deliberation and a darkly dry sense of humour.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for First Man

First Man

6

Damien Chazelle directs with his usual passionate gusto and artistic flair, but the emotional elements of the story never really take off.

17 october

17 oct

Poster for Venom

Venom

3

Has a fascinating premise and an all-star cast but falls foul to Ruben Fleischer’s directionless direction and a sub-standard script.

14 october

14 oct

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

4

A charmless vanity project from Bradley Cooper that does little more than showcase the already globally established musical talent of Lady Gaga.

30 september

30 sep

Poster for The Festival

The Festival

6

With a steady stream of embarrassing moments and spunk gags, this piece is very much in the throbbing vein that we’ve come to expect from Morris.

19 august

19 aug

Poster for Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

7

Boasting some of the best action scenes I’ve seen in as long as I can remember, this is a more than worthy entrant into the hugely successful series.

29 july

29 jul

Poster for First Reformed

First Reformed

8

A thought-provoking, engaging film that will challenge and shock cinema-goers, and Ethan Hawke brilliantly immerses us into Toller’s increasingly disturbed psyche.

17 july

17 jul

Poster for Dumped

Dumped

8

Brilliantly blithe and full of fun, encapsulating the insouciant essence of a holiday in the sun.

16 july

16 jul

Poster for Eaten by Lions

Eaten by Lions

6

The plucky brothers navigate their way through a sub-standard story, and enough charm and warmth throughout to make the road-movie an enjoyable ride.

24 june

24 jun

Poster for Marrowbone

Marrowbone

7

Sánchez skilfully executes jump scares and other genre tropes, crafting genuinely frightening scenes in the eerie haunted-house setting.

23 june

23 jun

Poster for Ideal Home

Ideal Home

8

The developing dynamic of the dysfunctional family unit carries the plot, bringing a gamut of emotion to the heartfelt story.

23 june

23 jun

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