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: 255 / 255

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Admirably daring but far too disjointed, writer and director Bertrand Bonello’s The Beast definitely colours outside the lines of convention. With strong turns from its leading pair and some beautifully captured scenes, there’s potential in the parts but the sum of which is a confusing miscalculation. Review

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30 may

30 may

Ultimately giving more of the same but without the innovative spectacle or wow factor of what has come before, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga manages to be wholly entertaining and yet a little underwhelming at the same time. Review

6.0

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29 may

29 may

Harrowing and often hard-hitting but not without its own black sense of humour, writer and director Ally Pankiw tackles the tough topics within I Used to be Funny with an admirably deft touch. Review

8.0

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27 may

27 may

A compelling rally of lust, love, and lobs, director Luca Guadagnino finds a cinematic sweetspot with Challengers and with a central trio of performers that more than rise to the occasion, he serves up a deafening, definitive ace. Review

9.0

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25 april

25 apr

In this complex central role, Asghar Farhadi is equally as exceptional; nuanced and emotional, he does so much with his subtle expressions and doesn’t require a lot of dialogue to communicate his deep inner conflict. Review

8.0

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18 april

18 apr

Minimal in dialogue but maximalist in its hypnotically striking style, the impact of Giacomo Abbruzzese’s challenging thriller Disco Boy hinges on the expressive central performance from Franz Rogowski. Review

6.0

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29 march

29 mar

Delivered with far too much convention, Michael Mohan’s neo-nunsploitation picture Immaculate will sit quite uncomfortably in the mid-tier pew of the religious horror sub-genre, salvaged only by a second-to-nun turn from Sydney Sweeney. Review

6.0

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19 march

19 mar

A kitchen-sink indie drama that spins a lot of thematic plates, director Sacha Polak cements leading actor Vicky Knight as her muse, shining a cinematic light on her harrowing but hopeful true story with Silver Haze as she navigates a path through extreme hardship. Review

8.0

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14 march

14 mar

With its scaled-back structure and taut script, not a second is spared from the tension in Will Gilbey’s Jericho Ridge, a lean and mean feature debut that feels like a slick throwback to the grainy genre flicks of the 1970s. Review

8.0

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9 march

9 mar

A striking illustration of indie sci-fi, Restore Point is a slick and stylish feature debut from director Robert Hloz. With a gripping thriller plot and a strong central performance from Mohylová at its core, this is a visual engaging spectacle and a masterclass in making a low-budget go a long way. Review

8.0

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3 march

3 mar

Though its depiction of drug addiction is quite filtered, director Emma Westenberg has an eye for stunning compositions and Bleeding Love is a promising debut, presenting glimpses of movie magic in the genuinely tender moments between Ewan and Clara McGregor. Review

6.0

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2 march

2 mar

With a pulsing synth score and its deft application of violence, Karl R. Hearne’s callous revenge flick The G turns the tables on ageism and illustrates why we shouldn’t disrespect or underestimate our elders. Review

7.0

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27 february

27 feb

Endlessly inventive and darkly funny, Tummy Monster is a little film with big ideas. Review

8.0

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21 february

21 feb

A personal portrait of one of the Premier League’s greatest goalscorers, Defoe marks a promising documentary debut from director James Ross. Review

7.0

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19 february

19 feb

Sean Price Williams continues to rage against convention with his angsty, chaotic brand of lo-fi indie filmmaking. His feature debut The Sweet East is a messy testament to this, going against the grain with his own signature style of scuzzy grain. Review

7.0

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18 february

18 feb

With The Taste of Things, writer and director Trần Anh Hùng’s serves up a generous slice of salivating cinema. His sumptuous vision is French food-porn at its finest, but the story itself could’ve used a little more seasoning. Review

6.0

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8 february

8 feb

Andrew Haigh’s beautifully sad storytelling is illustrated by a heartstring quartet of nuanced performances that will devastate before the credits roll. Review

10

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3 february

3 feb

Incredibly funny but very moving at the same time, American Fiction does something that feels quite rare on film; it puts challenging societal themes front and centre of a bold and daring comedy, blends it with universally relatable family issues, and does it all with a staggering sense of authenticity. Review

10

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1 february

1 feb

With endearing characters and carefully engineered storytelling, we’re led to become emotionally invested in the team’s tireless efforts and The Boys in the Boat is a rousing gold medal triumph. Review

8.0

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14 january

14 jan

After his last couple of efforts have misfired, David Ayer leans on the bankable talents of his leading man for this hugely silly but perfectly serviceable action flick, and fans of Statham should swarm to cinemas to see it on the big screen. Review

6.0

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10 january

10 jan

Turning the tables on history to an extent, Sofia Coppola’s impeccably crafted character study masterfully illustrates this isolation. Review

8.0

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30 december

30 dec

With an inspiring true story and a terrific actor as his disposal, this was an open goal opportunity for director Taika Waititi. Instead of tapping it in, he’s really missed a sitter with this painfully unfunny dud. Review

3.0

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22 december

22 dec

Ridley Scott presents the type of old fashioned biopic that feels like it’s gone out of favour of late, but it works as a character study due to the tyrannical central performance. Review

6.0

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27 november

27 nov

With a winning turn from Paul Dano at its plucky underdog heart, Dumb Money is worth the investment. Review

7.0

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24 september

24 sep

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