Brian Henry Martin

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8/10 92% Calvary (2014) " If there is one Irish film to see in 2014 it is Calvary. Not only is it wickedly funny and darkly profound but rather brilliantly explores the complexity of contemporary Irish faith." — UTV
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/10 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " What should have been a magnificent seven style caper led by George Clooney falls strangely flat. The only monuments these men come close to nailing is their own tombstone performances. " — UTV
Posted Feb 13, 2014
5/10 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Jack Ryan seems neither sufficiently suave nor highly skilled to fully capture our imaginations. After all, he's really just a super banker, whose mission success here depends on downloading data onto his memory stick. Hardly thrilling?" — UTV
Posted Feb 6, 2014
8/10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " I have always been a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey even though many of his film roles have failed to showcase his considerable talent. But he finally comes of age with a sensational performance in his new film Dallas Buyers Club. " — UTV
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/10 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Ageing Bull versus Rocky Glaucoma? Has somebody knocked me silly? Or am I really watching 70 year old Robert De Niro bashing 67 year old Sylvester Stallone in the boxing ring? Is this a joke?" — UTV
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6/10 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Thankfully for anyone with a weakened bladder, the running time second time around is significantly shorter than the overblown starter. A whopping twenty minutes shorter, which makes it better. " — UTV
Posted Dec 16, 2013
8/10 92% Nebraska (2013) " Bruce Dern is back and better than ever, playing a stubborn-as-a-mule senior citizen hell bent on a fool-hearty mission in the bittersweet road movie, Nebraska. Affectionate and heart-warming, this is an absolute joy." — UTV
Posted Dec 5, 2013
6/10 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Emma Thompson is terrific as the no-nonsense raspish writer who tongue-lashes the great and good. It is easy to forget that as well as actor, writer and all round good egg, Thompson is also a very accomplished comedienne. " — UTV
Posted Nov 28, 2013
4/10 49% Parkland (2013) " Parkland dissects the unfolding drama with the cool blade of an autopsy. Red-hot conspiracy theories are diffused in favour of cold hard facts, making this less compelling drama and more frigid reconstruction. " — UTV
Posted Nov 21, 2013
9/10 97% Gravity (2013) " Finally the 3D film to knock your socks off. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is a spectacular watch, which leaves you with a jaw dropping, head spinning, truly immersive space experience. " — UTV
Posted Nov 7, 2013
8/10 92% Philomena (2013) " Judi Dench plays Philomena with great heart, perfectly capturing the indomitable spirit of a loveable Irish mama. So despite winning great acclaim playing Queen Elizabeth,Queen Victoria and M, Philomena feels like the part she was born to play." — UTV
Posted Oct 31, 2013
7/10 96% Enough Said (2013) " Enough Said is an adult comedy to savour, a wonderfully sharp and humorous exploration of the muddy path of growing older and looking for love. Gandolfini is great as the reluctant romantic lead, effortlessly sliding from calamity into comedy. " — UTV
Posted Oct 25, 2013
8/10 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Fasten your cinema seats, for the thrills, spills and downright terror of a hijacking on the high seas. Director Paul Greengrass, brings Somali pirates and commercial shipping colliding together in a pulsating maritime thriller. " — UTV
Posted Oct 17, 2013
7/10 91% Le Week-End (2014) " It's Autumn in Paris and the autumn of their lives, which acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi captures beautifully. His two-handed script is sharp, sardonic and full of wisely observed one liners. " — UTV
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/10 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Thanks For Sharing did not leave me wanting more but less. And demanding a cinematic court order that comedy and drama live apart for a while, or at least until they can share the screen in harmony." — UTV
Posted Oct 3, 2013
8/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Flitting between the extravagance of Jasmine's former life and her undignified current climb down allows for a entertaining and insightful look at the depression of recession. There are of course, a few great Woody one-liners but the mood is blue." — UTV
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/10 14% A Belfast Story " "We need something new" says Meaney's world-weary cop to himself in one strange scene, "Not the same old thing. Please God, not the same old pattern!", which made me think, was he talking about the escalating murders or the slumping script? " — UTV
Posted Sep 21, 2013
3/10 69% About Time (2013) " For Richard Curtis, this must have been hilarious on the page - but on the big screen it is tedious. At the end, I was left wondering, could I travel back in time to before I bought my ticket?" — UTV
Posted Sep 13, 2013
6/10 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " I am actually cheered by the prospect of our somewhat stuffy cinemas being invaded by a frenzied flock of female fans. Surely this is what we need - genuine excitement? Kids camping out all night, dancing in the aisles and screaming at the screen." — UTV
Posted Aug 29, 2013
7/10 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Sam Rockwell makes the biggest splash with a sizzling supporting performance. Not only is he naturally funny, but he has the great ability to make every sharp line of dialogue sound freshly improvised." — UTV
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/10 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The Lone Ranger is a noisy, never-ending nonsensical mess, which easily tops the flops in the silly season of summer blockbusters. Last year, director Gore Verbinski made the Oscar winning animation Rango, this year, he's flogging a dead horse." — UTV
Posted Aug 15, 2013
8/10 86% The Conjuring (2013) " I was not expecting to be scared out of my wits by this creepily crafted and sublimely superior supernatural horror, but I was. Before the end, my cinema seat had worked itself through the three demonic stages of infestation, oppression and possession." — UTV
Posted Aug 8, 2013
7/10 65% The Heat (2013) " Prepare for some hilarious laugh enforcement, Sandra Bullock proves to be the perfect foil to the uproarious Melissa McCarthy, who is fast becoming the funniest performer in cinema. " — UTV
Posted Aug 1, 2013
6/10 69% The Wolverine (2013) " This is a miso soup of epic action with all things Japanese thrown into the martial arts melting pot. All that's missing is Godzilla warbling in a karaoke bar. The Wolverine is sure to be big in Japan but will this extra claw be a box office draw?" — UTV
Posted Jul 25, 2013
6/10 74% The East (2013) " Brit is a hit as the spy who is split in two. Her covert performance twisting and turning from one side to the other keeps us guessing to the end." — UTV
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2/10 11% After Earth (2013) " The dejected Will Smith is forced to inject himself with pain relief. The label warns that the drug could cause extreme drowsiness and impaired vision. One can only imagine that Will was suffering from both when he agreed to film this daft script. " — UTV
Posted Jun 21, 2013
7/10 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Man Of Steel is the real deal. Director Zach Snyder embraces the darker tone of the Batman trilogy, making Superman more shadow than sunshine." — UTV
Posted Jun 13, 2013
9/10 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Michael Douglas dazzles as Liberace, hard to imagine a more dynamic screen performance this year. Can this really be the hard nosed heart-throb who played Gordon Gecko? " — UTV
Posted Jun 6, 2013
1/10 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " This is not so much Meet The Fockers as meet the shockers. The jokes are something old, nothing new, mainly borrowed and sadly blue. De Niro is a shadow of his former shelf, not so much Taxi Driver as taxidermy. " — UTV
Posted May 30, 2013
8/10 98% Mud (2013) " This is American cinema at its very best as Huckleberry Finn meets Stand By Me.The two boys are terrific and McConaughey is sensational as Mud, dazzlingly frazzled as the hunted and haunted man on the run." — UTV
Posted May 24, 2013
6/10 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " DiCaprio certainly looks the part, a sharp dressed man with a sunny face and a shady past. He shimmers on screen with an orange glow. Where he falls short is in the dark glamour of Gatsby, when his American dream turns into a nightmare." — UTV
Posted May 17, 2013
3/10 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Are you sick of superheroes? No, of course you are not, cinema audiences are lapping up any caped crusader movies. But I am, especially when Tony Stark is an angst ridden shambles suffering from performance anxiety. What's so super about that?" — UTV
Posted May 16, 2013
7/10 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " Not since Steve McQueen has any man looked cooler on a motorbike. Men admire him, women adore him, Ryan Gosling proves again, he is the most dynamic film star working in cinema today." — UTV
Posted Apr 26, 2013
5/10 68% Trance (2013) " For fans of Danny Boyle, Trance is a dreamy disappointment but you can't help thinking that during the making of this film his mind was transfixed somewhere else in East London." — UTV
Posted Mar 28, 2013
7/10 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Once upon a time Hollywood was not interested in fairy tales. But just like comic books, they have proved to be the perfect big screen adventures for the 3D generation and bumper box office. Time to wake these sleeping giant stories." — UTV
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/10 28% Broken City (2013) " Acting drunk looks easy but its certainly not. So when Wahlberg hits the bottle, we are treated to what must be the most laughable screen lush in cinema history." — UTV
Posted Mar 7, 2013
7/10 87% Arbitrage (2012) " He's been An Officer And A Gentleman, An American Gigolo and Mr Pretty Woman, now Richard Gere is back in a smart and stylish thriller, Arbitrage." — UTV
Posted Feb 28, 2013
6/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " There have been countless film and tv versions of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's classic high society love story. But none have been captured so beautifully and boldly as this Anna Karenina." — UTV
Posted Feb 21, 2013
4/10 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Hitchcock once said "Drama is life with the dull parts left out", ironic then that this Hitchcock movie is a stuffy succession of extremely dull scenes." — UTV
Posted Feb 7, 2013
8/10 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Following on from the great acclaim of The Hurt Locker, Bigalow's shaky cam and tough talking characters once again take us to the dark side of modern warfare." — UTV
Posted Jan 31, 2013
3/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " Spielberg's plodding camera endlessly tracks and circles Day-Lewis in complete reverence, while veteran composer John Williams delivers yet another repetitive Jurassic Extra-Terrestrial score." — UTV
Posted Jan 24, 2013
8/10 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Hugh Jackman is sensational as zero to hero Valjean. Few can sing, dance and act like him. Here, he combines all three to glorious effect. And perhaps his most underrated quality is his greatest, Jackman is just so darn likeable." — UTV
Posted Jan 17, 2013
10/10 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " From one of the best directors in the world comes a powerful love story that will bust your knuckles and break your heart. Jacques Audiard, who previously delivered the mighty prison drama, A Prophet, brings his tough love to a sad romance." — UTV
Posted Dec 29, 2012
7/10 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Watching The Hobbit was an unexpected endurance test. Younger children will not last the pace, but plucky ten year olds with a couple of well timed toilet breaks will lap this up. " — UTV
Posted Dec 13, 2012
7/10 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " Christopher Walken has starred in over one hundred movies and whether he is playing a deer hunter or a dog-napper, has there ever been a better scene stealer?" — UTV
Posted Dec 6, 2012
9/10 93% Amour (2012) " Amour broke my heart and lifted my soul. This is a unique film about the death of love, not a doomed romance but the inevitable end to a lifelong passionate relationship. " — UTV
Posted Nov 29, 2012
9/10 85% The Master (2012) " For me, it is a masterpiece, a visually stunning explosion of pure cinema, emotionally charged with a penetrating psychological punch. If you are bored by this film, to paraphrase the great Samuel Johnson, then you are bored with life. " — UTV
Posted Nov 22, 2012
6/10 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " So why does Hollywood forget the female audience when we need more heroines like Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan? Is it simply that boys like the cinema more than girls? Well, Twilight blew the cobwebs off that movie myth. " — UTV
Posted Nov 15, 2012
9/10 96% Argo (2012) " The shaggy and bearded Ben Affleck, barely recognisable from his former self, gives a great lead performance. Understated, intense and steely-eyed, Affleck has the screen presence of legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood. " — UTV
Posted Nov 8, 2012
8/10 91% Good Vibrations " Good Vibrations is the big screen life story of the legendary Terri Hooley, Belfast's godfather of punk and the owner of the city's most famous record shop." — UTV
Posted Oct 25, 2012
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