Movie reviews of Hamish Calvert

These are all the movies and series that Hamish has reviewed. Read more at: HCMovieReviews.

Number of movie reviews: 988 / 988

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The plethora of acting talent creates a remarkable ensemble that makes every aspect of Anatomy of a Fall a thrill to watch. Review

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8 november

8 nov

Some might be put off by the simplicity of it all, but there’s much to be said for a film getting straight to the point and not deviating too far from it. Review

6.0

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6 november

6 nov

As Tara, Mia McKenna-Bruce provides a similarly confident display of ability. Review

8.0

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1 november

1 nov

For all its accomplished performances and well-crafted tension, The Royal Hotel is sadly somewhat one-note. Review

6.0

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10 october

10 oct

Caught in this constant, frustrating struggle, and not quite knowing when to end, this hybrid film remains admirable in its intentions, but doesn’t quite find the delicate balance of mediums it needs in order to fully succeed. Review

4.0

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9 october

9 oct

Despite its premise, which is quite literally out of this world, No One Will Save You is a total waste of space. Review

4.0

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22 september

22 sep

This trio brings the film’s complex and well-written love triangle to life with much style and confidence, and while Passages has been sold first and foremost as a sexy film, it’s offering far more than just erotica. Review

8.0

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20 august

20 aug

This remarkable film is a life-affirming tale of exciting new beginnings for both its characters, and its director. Review

8.0

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19 august

19 aug

Although for those who crave that more focused view, Hello, Bookstore absolutely does document the more news-worthy side to its story too. It just doesn’t give it the same attention that it does the seemingly more insignificant, throwaway encounters. Review

10

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18 july

18 jul

Whilst the narrative needs a little more development and slightly better pacing, the film undeniably presents a solid showcase of multi-generational, regional talent. Review

6.0

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12 july

12 jul

The film’s all-encompassing reflection of Lauper’s vivacious life is stitched together with a wonderful edit, using a compelling selection of performance clips, interviews, and even in some places, animation. Review

8.0

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27 june

27 jun

For those who can make peace with this central conflict, Confessions of a Good Samaritan offers an engaging open-ended discussion on organ donation, altruism and the intimate relationship between them. Review

6.0

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26 june

26 jun

While the film’s failure to give Fignon an adequate voice makes for an at times uncomfortable cinematic saddle, with such an electrifying race unfolding for the film’s majority, it’s well worth the ride. Review

6.0

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24 june

24 jun

There’s a strong argument to be made that this is Anderson’s best-looking film yet. But subsequently the director has left the film (and himself) as wide open as Asteroid City’s famous crater for criticisms of style over substance. Review

6.0

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22 june

22 jun

As Lennon’s film presents a thoroughly well-balanced study of the photojournalist’s work and its profound effect upon him. Painting a vivid portrait, or maybe that should be a striking snapshot, of one man’s search to rediscover the true passion of his life. Review

8.0

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2023-06-21

2023

This alone is a rousing thought, but when woven into the very fabric of something as alluring, albeit flawed, as Pretty Red Dress, becomes the fashionable film that should be setting today’s cinematic trends. Review

6.0

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2023-06-15

2023

Keough and Gammell have delivered a well-intentioned, efficiently-made, and sensitive piece of cinema, which thanks to its informed screenplay represents its subjects’ culture admirably. However, this alone isn’t enough to make War Pony an outstanding debut or a must-see, yet these noteworthy achievements and its breakout lead performances do undoubtedly make it worthwhile. Review

6.0

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2023-06-08

2023

This in itself is rousing filmmaking, but to then use this as the vehicle for a story of such great potency? Yeah, that’s invigorating cinema. Review

8.0

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2023-06-01

2023

As in dragging out the story for yet another tired lap of the same cursory circuit, Fast X continues the work of its more recent predecessors in tarnishing the actual highlights of its once fun franchise. Review

2.0

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2023-05-23

2023

Not even a gruffly-spoken Affleck can save Hypnotic as his most memorable contribution to the film ends up being his painfully rigid delivery of some terrible exposition at the heart of the film’s final moments. Review

4.0

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2023-05-18

2023

Aligning Full Time closer with a thriller than a drama both makes it a more exciting cinematic experience but also demonstrates the exponential pressure of simply existing in this day and age, and more alarmingly how close those in power would have us to complete collapse. Review

8.0

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2023-05-17

2023

Carefully juggling Margaret’s understandably distressed journey through puberty with her considered exploration of religion, Craig reminds audiences that if you’re going to put your faith in anything, why not put it in yourself? Review

8.0

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2023-05-15

2023

This synergy makes it an explosive cinematic event that’s as entertaining as it is essential. Review

8.0

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2023-03-22

2023

Ultimately God’s Creatures is a disturbing, yet necessary exploration of society’s most evil and the measures – both big and small – in place to protect them. Review

8.0

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2023-03-20

2023

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