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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"Perhaps slightly schematic in charting the descent of man, but it induces a sweat that's hard to wash off."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

David Jenkins

2 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Less bad, more just listless and disjointed. Eva Green is MVP by a long way."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

David Jenkins

3 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"No-one brings anything close to their A-game in this chronically ham-fisted corporate sabotage thriller."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

4 78%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"This lager-fuelled jolly boys romp brings back bad memories of Martin Clunes 1994 no-no, Staggered."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Chris Blohm

5 100%

Roma, città aperta (Open City) (1946)

"Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Matthew Thrift

6 ——

Bafta Shorts 2014 ()

"There are gems among the short film shortlist from the 2014 BAFTA awards, which are soon to be screening in a cinema near you."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

7 87%

Funny Face (1957)

"It's an intermittently charming trifle with directorial style to burn in the place of any kind of satisfactory substance."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

David Jenkins

8 79%

Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014)

"A document of extreme heavy metal fandom goes south when the filmmakers fail to comprehend the gravity of their own material."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

9 100%

Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) ()

"This "eastern" remake of Clint Eastwood's seminal '90s western boasts a similar sense of rough-shod lyricism."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Anton Bitel

10 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"This social-realist take on the cannibal sub-genre makes for a surprising lyrical and quietly profound piece of filmmaking."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Matthew Thrift

11 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"A frank and adventurous portrayal of love in the margins."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Matthew Thrift

12 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"The impression is very much that director Tim Story has shaken down the genre for its most hackneyed ingredients and whisked them carelessly together."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

13 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Stop. Eject."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Adam Woodward

14 99%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"Of all miracles readily apparent on screen, perhaps the greatest is that the film even got made in the first place."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Matthew Thrift

15 99%

The Godfather, Part II (1974)

"Either taken alone or together with the original, The Godfather Part II is an astounding work."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

16 100%

A World Not Ours ()

"Humour is a weapon for good in this heartbreaking and harrowing documentary about life in a social and political hinterland."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

17 95%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Alain Guiraudie - remember that name."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

David Jenkins

18 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Largely horrible. But we would go back." EDIT

Posted Feb 20, 2014

19 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Hilarious, bittersweet, nostalgic and philosophical. One of this amazing director's finest achievements."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

David Jenkins

20 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"Utter crassness and inhuman awe coalesce in Fedor Bondarchuk's 3D take on the bloodiest battle in modern history."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Paul Fairclough

21 ——

Bette Bourne: It Goes With The Shoes ()

"The witty and articulate drag queen subject of this documentary profile is stifled by its makers' natural recourse to hero worship."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

22 38%

8 Minutes Idle ()

"Director Mark Simon Hewis has a good eye, but his ear for material is way off."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

23 70%

Love Is In The Air (2014)

"A delectable piece of French Valentine's Day fluff with charming turns from Ludivine Sagnier and Nicolas Bedos."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

24 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"An opulent and strangely moving caper movie."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

David Jenkins

25 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"By no means a cheap forgery, but no masterpiece either."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Adam Woodward

26 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"Is this a glossy feature-length advert for toys? Nope, it's a whimsical and hilarious piece of animated nostalgia from Phil Lord and Chris Miller."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Chris Blohm

27 53%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Nick Frost shakes his funky stuff in this likeable if unadventurous British romantic comedy."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Basia Cummings

28 94%

Her (2014)

"Whimsical futuro-romance effortlessly evolves into ambiguous, unfathomable hard sci-fi in Spike Jonze's best film to date."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

David Jenkins

29 92%

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) (1958)

"Its constituent parts are great, but just don't come together to make a coherent and satisfying movie."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

David Jenkins

30 78%

The Patrol (2014)

"This bungled sortie in Helmand province presents a robust idea that's been executed poorly."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Ian Waldron-Mantgani

31 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Destined for the reboot scrapheap."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Adam Woodward

32 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Fiennes' abusive romance makes visible the hidden hypocrisies of the Victorian age."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Anton Bitel

33 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"A calculated prestige picture that never bothers to ask broader questions about the AIDS epidemic."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Tina Hassannia

34 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"A worthy effort but Armstrong remains a tough nut to crack."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Emma Simmonds

35 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"There are nuggets of honesty amid the gung-ho jingoism in Peter Berg's starry-eyed war story."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Paul Fairclough

36 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"A strong first half gives way to genre predictability."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Matthew Thrift

37 88%

Journal de France ()

"A nostalgic cine-scrapbook on the life and times of famed French documentarian Raymond Depardon."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

David Jenkins

38 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Moronic sex-pact shenanigans make up the flimsy back-bone of this mirth-neutral NYC farce."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

39 ——

Fonzy ()

"Yet another local spin on Ken Scott's (not very good to start with) 2011 comic sperm doner parable."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

40 94%

Dark Days (2000)

"As superficial as Dark Days was, the subject is singular enough for the film to be memorable."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

41 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"This star-studded shout-off generates none of the heat and intensity of Tracy Letts' stage play."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Matthew Thrift

42 93%

The General (1927)

"A hilarious comedy and a thrilling action film. The General has it all."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Philip Concannon

43 84%

Teenage (2014)

"Doesn't tell us all that much, but full of loving grace, nonetheless. A teenage dream, indeed."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Chris Blohm

44 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Chris Pine headlines this post-Cold War spy caper whose pleasures are few and far between."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

David Jenkins

45 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Sly and Bobby duke it out in a massively underwhelming geriatric title fight."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Adam Woodward

46 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Cold exteriors and warm interiors combine in the Coen brothers' rhapsodic portrait of a '60s folk singer."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Adam Woodward

47 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"A trip worth taking."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

48 88%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"An important doc that quietly slips out of mind but that will always be an impressive achievement."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

49 98%

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

"It is both Christian parable and folk tale, with its hymns, homilies, and orphans carried to safety by nature's benevolence; but it is also grounded in the social concerns of its makers."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Mark Asch

50 75%

Oh Boy ()

"Oh Boy opts for blunt caricatures to push its somewhat dour thesis on the inexorable cultural decline of modern Europe."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

David Jenkins

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