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Netflix Originals UK Reviews

February 1, 2019

Director: Dan Gilroy
Screenplay: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, John Malkovich
Runtime: 113 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

The state of the contemporary art world, especially that concerning modern art, is ripe for satire and commentary when done well. Not just in the obvious nods toward questions such as when is art not art or the culture...

December 21, 2018

Director: Susanne Bier
Screenplay: Eric Heisserer
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Vivien Lyra Blair, Julian Edwards, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, BD Wong, Tom Hollander, Sarah Paulson, Colson Baker
Runtime: 124 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

Bird Box is another recent horror film wherein the absence or restriction of a single human sense is presented as the key hook to an otherwise fa...

November 22, 2018

Director: Clay Kaytis

Screenplay: Matt Lieberman

Starring: Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp

Runtime: 104 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

Back when The Christmas Chronicles was announced by Netflix with the casting of generational favourite Kurt Russell inhabiting the role of Santa Claus, the palpable desire to see something so bizarrely winning a combination come to screen was too good an opportunity not to witness.

So yes, as was always going t...

November 16, 2018

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits
Runtime: 133 Minutes

★★★★☆
 

In a way, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs takes the Coen Brothers back to their home video roots in terms of distribution and their first digitally shot feature, while continuing their love affair with westerns, music and the power of the written...

November 9, 2018

Director: David Mackenzie
Screenplay: David Mackenzie, Bathsheba Doran, James MacInnes, Mark Bomback, David Harrower
Starring: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Callan Mulvey, Stephen Dillane
Runtime: 121 Minutes

★★★☆☆

It’s taken a while to actually get a definitive screen adaptation of the life and story of Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine), the 14th-century Scottish lord who launched a guer...

October 12, 2018

Director: Gareth Evans
Screenplay: Gareth Evans
Starring: Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Mark Lewis Jones, Bill Milner, Kristine Froseth, Paul Higgins, Michael Sheen
Runtime: 129 Minutes

★★★☆☆

Apostle is a 2018 British-American period horror film set in 1905. It follows Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens), a former missionary who abandoned religion when he was tortured when he attempted to introduce Christianity to Peking during the Box...

October 5, 2018

Director: Olaf de Fleur

Screenplay: Ben Ketai, Eva Konstantopoulos

Starring: Florence Pugh, Celia Imrie, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Runtime: 88 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

Malevolent is another drained addition to the field of horror films in which paranormal investigators discover too late that the case they've been investigating in order to disprove might be real after all. A team consisting of a brother Jackson (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) and sister Angela (Flo...

October 5, 2018

Director: Tamara Jenkins

Screenplay: Tamara Jenkins

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch

Runtime: 123 Minutes

★★★★☆

Private Life focuses on the Richard (Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a middle-aged married couple of writers living in New York, who are desperately trying to have a child by any means possible. If that sounds like the kind of pitch – concerning the East Coas...

September 28, 2018

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

Screenplay: Macon Blair

Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough, Irene Bidel, Julian Black Antelope

Runtime: 125 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to bone-crunching thriller Green Room is actually project conceived of earlier on by himself collaborator Macon Blair, based on the book of the same name by William Giraldi.

Taking place in the wintery darkness of an...

September 7, 2018

Director: Kevin R. Adams, Joe Ksander
Screenplay: Kevin R. Adams, Joe Ksander
Starring: John Krasinski, Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis, Michael Peña, David Cross, Constance Wu
Runtime: 104 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

The instantly notable tonal fluctuations in Next Gen neatly encapsulates the rocky road to come, seeming at first to be an aggressively narcissistic animated kids’ film that gives in to becoming something that's just lifeless and pr...

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