Matt Glasby

U.K. CRITIC

Matt is a UK entertainment journalist whose credits include Total Film, Little White Lies, Digital Spy, GQ and Q.

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Review: ‘A Ghost Story’ Falls Someway Short

Matt GlasbyReviews | 29 Sep

One of the – many – things that marks David Lowery’s A Ghost Story out from the pack is that it centres on a songwriter (Casey Affleck) who’s actually pretty good. The composition he plays halfway through the film is, in fact, Dark Rooms’ I Get Overwhelmed, a work of anxious, soaring beauty. Shame the […]

Review: ‘Lady Macbeth’ Plays Out Like a Victorian ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Matt GlasbyReviews | 26 Sep

Adapted from the 1865 novella by Russian author Nikolai Leskov, but transplanted to the UK’s bleak Northumberland moors, William Oldroyd’s debut plays out like a Victorian Handmaid’s Tale. The first scene shows young Katherine (Florence Pugh) married off to local landowner Alexander (Paul Hilton), her face completely wrapped in a wedding veil that looks more […]

Review: ‘Adult Life Skills’ Quietly Impresses with Wonky Charm

Matt GlasbyReviews | 01 Jun

Steeped in the sort of whimsy that makes a certain strain of American indie cinema films so distinctive/unwatchable, depending on your POV, British writer/director Rachel Tunnard’s modest debut is quietly impressive, winning best supporting actor and best debut screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards. Anna (Jodie Whitaker from Attack The Block) is nearly 30 – […]

Review: McConaughey Channels Jack Nicholson Mid-Panic Attack in ‘Gold’

Matt GlasbyReviews | 09 Feb

Having received – excuse the pun – a bit of a panning elsewhere, Stephen Gaghan’s lively rise-and-fall drama arrives on these shores as soiled goods. Inspired by true events, it’s the tale of one (made-up) man’s obsessive search for gold. But the real story seems to be star Matthew McConaughey’s elusive search for another Oscar. […]

Review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is as Subtle as it is Shattering

Matt GlasbyReviews | 23 Jan

For an Oscar hopeful, writer/director Kenneth (You Can Count On Me, Margaret) Lonergan’s wry, wrenching drama begins in about as mundane a manner as can be. In a role earmarked for Matt Damon, who produces, Casey Affleck plays Lee Chandler, a glum Boston janitor for whom beer and bar fights provide life’s only fleeting pleasures. […]

Review: ‘Arrival’ Comes Close to Being Dennis Villeneuve’s Masterpiece

Matt GlasbyReviews | 09 Nov

One day Dennis Villeneuve will make a masterpiece. Incendies (2010) came close as dammit. Prisoners (2013) started strong but twisted when it should have stuck. Enemy (2013) was far too esoteric (read pretentious). And Sicario (2015) was superbly crafted but just shy of world-shaking. For its first 30 minutes this cerebral sci-fi, adapted by Eric […]

Review: ‘Golden Years’ Ends Up Feeling Patronising

Matt GlasbyReviews | 09 Oct

The so called “grey dollar” – not to be confused with the pink one – is something of a cinematic growth market, as the proliferation of Red and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fare attests. Similarly talent-heavy but thrill-light is John Miller’s genial UK geri-com. Written by, of all people, TV DIY doyen Nick Knowles, it gives the brilliant Bernard […]