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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 41%

Divergent (2014)

"An exceptional teen girl rises up from the slurry of humanity and goes on to mount a revolution against... you know the drill."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

David Jenkins

2 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Does this slick Blue Sky sequel cut the animated feature mustard in a post LEGO Movie world? No, it really doesn't."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Chris Blohm

3 71%

The Motel Life (2013)

"Stephen Dorff excels as a luckless hobo in this bruised and booze-soaked adaptation of Willy Vlautin's 2007 novel."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

4 43%

Honour (2014)

"A spiky supporting turn by Paddy Considine as a tattooed bounty hunter lifts this generic British thriller."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Chris Blohm

5 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"A warm and fitting tribute to talented singers."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

6 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"Occupies much the same space as the films of director Nicole Holofcener and does so pretty well."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Cormac O'Brien

7 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Kermit and co return for a delectable, gag-laden Euro pudding that might just be a Muppet masterpiece."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

8 94%

The Past (2013)

"Tahar Rahim and Bérénice Bejo are on top form in this immaculate study of marital disharmony."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

David Jenkins

9 79%

The Borderlands (2014)

"A frisky British found footage horror that's well worth your time."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Chris Blohm

10 90%

Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus ()

"An avant garde theatre collective challenge Belarusian politics in this underwhelming activism doc."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

David Jenkins

11 67%

Leave The World Behind (2014)

"Fans of Swedish House Mafia will lap up this farewell concert doc, but it's unlikely to resonate with a wider audience."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Cormac O'Brien

12 38%

The Fold ()

"Catherine McCormack treads water in this forgettable crisis-of-faith-themed British melodrama."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Luke Richardson

13 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Chris Evans' welcome return to the superhero fold can't save this sequel from feeling like an awkward franchise mid-point."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

14 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"Even Pierce Brosnan comes off worse for wear in this painfully misguided suicide comedy."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

David Jenkins

15 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"The great Errol Morris returns with a slippery profile of the slipperiest of the slippery politicians, Donald Rumsfeld."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Tina Hassannia

16 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Director Jason Reitman comes a-cropper with this unconvincing Southern melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

17 82%

Salvo (2014)

"A handful of superb action sequences stand-out in this otherwise formulaic tale of an angular Sicilian mafioso."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Vadim Rizov

18 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"This bruising and brutal jailhouse carve-up rides on the back of an astonishing central turn by Jack O'Connell."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Adam Woodward

19 49%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"This handsome and luxuriant biopic of the French fashion maestro is all surface and no feeling."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

David Jenkins

20 82%

G.B.F. (2014)

"Chronic bubble-gum highschool farce in which gay characters are reduced to tokenistic social accessories."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

21 68%

About Last Night (2014)

"The haunting sounds emanating from Kevin Hart taint this watered-down and glossy reinterpretation of a 1974 David Mamet play."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

22 78%

The Machine (2014)

"An impressive calling card for director Caradog James rather than the finished article."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Chris Blohm

23 30%

Svengali ()

"Paper-thin music industry satire which is (almost) saved by the sweet chemistry between leads Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

24 ——

Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014)

"A pleasant rock memento, but hardly a concert-film classic."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

25 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"A Lao-brow fable that resonates richly with the realities of globalisation."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Anton Bitel

26 33%

Back to the Garden ()

"Shallow insights in the long grass make for a dozy yet irritating afternoon in the Kent countryside."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

27 71%

Plot for Peace ()

"You'll need a rewatch to understand what's going on, but the filmmaking is not exciting enough to really warrant it."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

David Jenkins

28 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Few films will linger with you like this one does."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Violet Lucca

29 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"You have to wonder whether it was really all worth it."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Adam Woodward

30 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"More hipster curmudgeons driving around in muscle cars with this passable 3D street-racing flick."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

David Jenkins

31 100%

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

32 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

33 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

34 81%

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

35 100%

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

36 ——

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

37 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

38 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

39 100%

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

40 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

41 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

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

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Matthew Thrift

42 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

43 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Stop. Eject."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Adam Woodward

44 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

45 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

46 100%

A World Not Ours (2014)

"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

47 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Alain Guiraudie - remember that name."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

David Jenkins

48 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

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

Posted Feb 20, 2014

49 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

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

Posted Feb 20, 2014

David Jenkins

50 47%

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

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