FilmFocus

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Propagates attitudes that need changing; not because we live in politically correct times, but because they massively underserve the audience the film wants to address."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Joe Utichi

2 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Definitive for any artist whose drive to persevere demands a wanton disregard for practical sense"

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Joe Utichi

3 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"A reminder of formative times in our young lives. You want to remain forever with these characters in this wonderful moment. But you know that the moment has passed."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Joe Utichi

4 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Once the bizarre complaints of the easily offended have died down, I don't doubt that this'll find a place amongst Scorsese's best work."

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Joe Utichi

5 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"We've seen this story before, but Chandor dares to construct it so far from convention, and, surprisingly, it resonates come closer to home in the process."

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Joe Utichi

6 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Out of the Furnace feels like a screenplay, so none of it is ever authentic. Perhaps it looked better on paper, but that's certainly where its problems lie."

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Joe Utichi

7 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"An extraordinary man probably deserved better than an ordinary film."

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Joe Utichi

8 ——

1 (2014)

"The stories are fascinating, but the interests of non-diehards might not last. Mileage will vary."

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Joe Utichi

9 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Solomon's story doesn't need fictionalising to be absolutely devastating, and McQueen tells it straight, trusting its account, and his actors, to make it resonant."

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Joe Utichi

10 78%

Overnight (2004)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jarrod Walker

11 53%

The Last Mimzy (2007)

"Classic kids' fantasy in the spirit of Flight of the Navigator and ET."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Joe Utichi

12 75%

Sunshine (2007)

"This is Sci-fi at its proudest; an incredible achievement that reminds us why Danny Boyle is the best British director working today."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Joe Utichi

13 74%

Sunshine (2000)

Posted Apr 14, 2007

Joe Utichi

14 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"The cinematic equivalent of Brussels sprouts; parents will drag their kids to see it whether they want to go or not, and it's bound to leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouths of all ages."

Posted Mar 25, 2007

Joe Utichi

15 11%

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

"It's all just far too Wes Craven for its own good. He gave Aja free rein to innovate, but as he writes this sequel he rests on every single genre cliché because he doesn't understand that they're still clichés even if he did invent them."

Posted Mar 25, 2007

Joe Utichi

16 40%

Open Water 2 (Adrift) (2007)

Posted Feb 10, 2007

Joe Utichi

17 100%

36 quai des orfevres (2005)

Posted Dec 30, 2006

Joe Utichi

18 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"Strong performances and interesting ideas make the film worth a gamble but it's far from the relationship classic it longs to be."

Posted Oct 28, 2006

Joe Utichi

19 65%

The History Boys (2006)

"Original, on the big screen at least, and entertaining in spite of its problems, The History Boys remains a fine example of this country's talent both in front and behind the camera."

Posted Oct 11, 2006

Joe Utichi

20 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"These are voices that deserve to be heard and that there are filmmakers like Stone willing to hear them is more important than anything that might follow."

Posted Oct 1, 2006

Joe Utichi

21 63%

Clerks II (2006)

"...Probably the funniest film Smith has done since the original - it's chock full of childish humour and witty observations on pop-culture - but there's something real beneath all of that as well. Something, dare it be said, touching."

Posted Sep 30, 2006

Joe Utichi

22 40%

The Thief Lord (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

23 93%

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

"This is nothing short of life-changing; a film that needs to be seen by every single person on this planet."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

24 48%

Driving Lessons (2006)

"One of the finest British films of the year, Driving Lessons is a powerful calling card for Grint, who's just turned 18, and, indeed, for Brock's talent as a director. Here's hoping there's a long career in store for both."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

25 72%

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

"There are laughs to be had within Talladega Nights but they're certainly not worth the money a trip to the cinema will surely cost."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

26 67%

Right at Your Door (2007)

"This is a powerful and well-told debut from Chris Gorak."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

27 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"Little Miss Sunshine is a gem of a film, both uplifting and funny."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

28 64%

Severance (2006)

"Full of wonderful set-pieces of both comedy and horror, Severance is a remarkable success..."

Posted Sep 16, 2006

Joe Utichi

29 33%

The Sentinel (2006)

"Entertaining, certainly, and even the casual moviegoer will have seen worse this year, but this is one of those films you'll forget you've seen within six months."

Posted Sep 16, 2006

Joe Utichi

30 92%

Volver (2006)

"A deeply resonant, thought-provoking story about how making sense of the past can help clarify our present and future."

Posted Sep 2, 2006

Rich Cline

31 61%

Crank (2006)

"Ridiculously, incomprehensibly, undeniably cool, brilliantly, passionately and hysterically original; pure cinema heaven."

Posted Aug 29, 2006

Joe Utichi

32 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"Stunningly beautiful and movingly honest, this is one of best films of the year and another notch on the belt of one of the today's most exciting filmmakers."

Posted Aug 29, 2006

Joe Utichi

33 48%

Harsh Times (2006)

"Harsh Times sneaks up on you."

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Joe Utichi

34 84%

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

"It's hard not to fall in love with the film"

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Joe Utichi

35 69%

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"That Linklater can keep a light tone running through the film in spite of weighty subject matter ensures that A Scanner Darkly is accessible enough for wide audiences without dumbing down for others."

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Joe Utichi

36 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"As a comedy it's hugely optimistic and as a drama it's wonderfully emotional and that we're afforded the opportunity to make the call for one or the other for ourselves makes this a very clever film."

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Joe Utichi

37 47%

Miami Vice (2006)

"Not the film we were promised but no shame either, Miami Vice is loaded with just enough thrills and spills to keep us glued to our seats."

Posted Aug 6, 2006

Joe Utichi

38 40%

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

"The good news is that My Super Ex-Girlfriend does actually end."

Posted Aug 6, 2006

Joe Utichi

39 47%

Renaissance (2006)

"One of the year's most exciting sci-fi stories."

Posted Aug 5, 2006

Joe Utichi

40 74%

Cars (2006)

"An average Pixar movie remains markedly better than the best from any other animation studio."

Posted Aug 5, 2006

Joe Utichi

41 89%

Little Fish (2006)

Posted Jul 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

42 34%

The Break-Up (2006)

"It's still very much a quick and painless Hollywood production, what slight genius there is in its premise dulled by the sheen of the high production values and its prettier-than-pretty cast."

Posted Jul 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

43 11%

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)

"Your kids may beg and plead with you to take them to Garfield 2, but when they become teenagers you'll get the blame for acquiescing."

Posted Jul 23, 2006

Joe Utichi

44 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"This Superman takes flight like few before and one wonders whether the film's minor flaws mean only that the sequel, like Singer's X2, is destined to become a real classic of the genre."

Posted Jul 22, 2006

Joe Utichi

45 92%

11:14 (2003)

Posted Jul 22, 2006

Joe Utichi

46 98%

Taxi Driver (1976)

"Is Travis a hero or a monster? The question is never answered to any satisfying degree, and Herrmann's score makes sure of that by always playing up the counterpoint of a scene."

Posted Jul 22, 2006

Shay Casey

47 33%

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006)

"There's so much potential within, but it's terribly squandered. And that's a real shame."

Posted Jul 16, 2006

Joe Utichi

48 76%

Little Manhattan (2005)

Posted Jul 15, 2006

Joe Utichi

49 92%

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)

"A concert film for people who don't like concert films, Dave Chappelle's Block Party does such a good job of putting you in the middle of the action that only the end credits can remind you that you're sitting in a movie theatre."

Posted Jul 8, 2006

Joe Utichi

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