Sky Movies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 39%

2012 (2009)

"158 minutes represents a heavy investment in time and popcorn. But the unrelenting pace, almighty effects and sheer tongue-in-cheekiness make it more than worth your while."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Elliott Noble

2 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"[Caine is] never less than watchable and lifts what threatens to be yet another derivative revenge yarn into something better."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Tim Evans

3 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"A disappointingly generic finale gives way to an ingenious final gag, however, with the gleefully anarchic spirit that drives the film leaving a much bigger impression than the patchy story."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Chris Prince

4 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"This shrugs off the musty restraints of costumed stereotypes and concentrates exclusively on the slowburning affair as Keats finds himself "dissolving" as love draws him in."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Tim Evans

5 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"Likely to strike a chord with the turbulent teens Cody captures so well, this vividly lurid tale has cult movie written all over it and may well enjoy a healthy afterlife if it stiffs at the cinema."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Chris Prince

6 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"Sometimes the richness of the visual banquet threatens to leave viewers with Christmas afternoon indigestion yet never stops you feeling hungry for more."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Tim Evans

7 91%

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

"A masterpiece in anarchy." EDIT

Posted Nov 6, 2009

8 61%

The Horseman (2008)

"A footnote revenge movie, but never dull and marking Kastrissios as a grindhouse merchant to watch."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Rob Daniel

9 10%

Dead Man Running (2009)

"Neither a total shambles or a triumph, it should appeal to fans of the cockney crime genre. Anyone else may find it a right pain in the Khyber."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Chris Prince

10 100%

Citizen Kane (1941)

"A ground-breaking masterpiece. It contains so many examples of cinematic brilliance that it's a shock it won only one Oscar (for the screenplay)." EDIT

Posted Oct 30, 2009

11 94%

An Education (2009)

"The film's a gem - and [Carey Mulligan's] performance is an education in itself."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Elliott Noble

12 91%

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

"The metamorphoses into the werewolf scenes are spectacular and the beast's rampage through Piccadilly Circus is marvellous. Splendid gory fun." EDIT

Posted Oct 30, 2009

13 57%

9 (2009)

"Despite using a limited palette of earth tones and cold metals, there's a satisfying richness and depth to his CG world. Against unforgiving and ominous backdrops, the characters emerge with genuine soul."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Elliott Noble

14 27%

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

"Picture a knackered jalopy misfiring on all cylinders, lurching from one pile-up to the next and spewing foul fumes as it lumbers inevitably to the breaker's yard. Then think of the cinema equivalent."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Tim Evans

15 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"Wes Anderson has come up with the liveliest adventure set on English soil since Wallace and Gromit ran into the were-rabbit."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Elliott Noble

16 70%

Coffin Rock (2009)

"Hamstrung by its commitment to ticking off these stalker clichés, but recommended for its earlier, subtler scenes, great location photography, and Chappell's film-carrying charisma."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Rob Daniel

17 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"It's worth the price of a ticket but, like most passing curiosities, the first coming of Cirque Du Freak is all sideshows and no main event."

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Elliott Noble

18 48%

Ong Bak 2 (2009)

"Some of the most exhilarating martial arts action to hit screens in recent years. Ong Bak: The Beginning may be little more than a showcase for Jaa's abilities."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Chris Prince

19 82%

Pontypool (2009)

"Ignore the shaky tongue-tied opening fifteen minutes; when Pontypool gets its words in order it reminds you how much creepy fun can be had in keeping the horror tantalisingly offscreen."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Rob Daniel

20 81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"There's plenty to get your teeth into - just a shame you've got to wait so long for the main course."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Tim Evans

21 82%

Triangle (2009)

"Choppy then, and prone to listing, but with Triangle Smith has come of age."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Rob Daniel

22 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"About as much fun as having a holiday ruined by bickering, self-involved couples, this is one romcom you really should retreat from."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Chris Prince

23 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"Like the cartoons of Monty Python, the results are weirdly inspired and fitfully amusing but mostly unfathomable. Such is the delirium of Doctor Gilliam."

Posted Oct 16, 2009

Elliott Noble

24 86%

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)

"A comedy miracle that is the mirthful match for any so-called fun-fest that has emerged from Hollywood this year."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Tim Evans

25 16%

Love Happens (2009)

"It's a movie that suffers because it offers a glimpse at a far more interesting premise, but elects to stick to rom-com tradition. Ultimately, love does happen, and for Aniston fans that'll no doubt suffice."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Rich Phippen

26 98%

Up (2009)

"Uplifting, upstaging and uproarious, this beautifully crafted animated adventure is buoyed up to the heavens by a heart-gladdening story of genuine warmth and poignancy."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Tim Evans

27 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"The most enjoyable zom-com for an age."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Tim Evans

28 0%

The Baker ()

"The good new is that it goes to DVD almost immediately so can be left to gather dust in a Woolies bargain bin."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

Tim Evans

29 0%

Spell ()

"The acting is like a Crossroads masterclass poorly served with a script that insists everybody treats demonic possession like it was a dose of the sniffles."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tim Evans

30 84%

Ip Man (2010)

"A respectful biopic designed to pay cinematic homage to one of the great kung-fu masters and spread the word about the man."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Rob Daniel

31 100%

Toy Story (1995)

"The fresh look serves the story and is never allowed to overwhelm it, leaving a beautifully judged yarn to unwind and enchant a new intake of young cinemagoers."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tim Evans

32 90%

Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010)

"Favouring character and atmosphere over flamboyant technique, this is as focused, balanced and compelling a war drama as you're likely to see."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Elliott Noble

33 56%

Vinyan (2008)

"Don't Look Now meets Heart of Darkness."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tim Evans

34 74%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"When you've stopped chortling at the sheer impertinence of it, this sequel emerges as a pretty conventional re-run of the original, boasting impressive stunt fights waged by characters so thin they'd blow away in a light breeze."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tim Evans

35 9%

My Life in Ruins (2009)

"While Vardalos does her big fat best to keep it fresh, the duff characters and uninspired direction make Greece look as appealing as a week-old kebab."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Elliott Noble

36 28%

Pandorum (2009)

"It's a competent if unoriginal adventure but you do wish Alvart had had the courage of his convictions to go with the Pandorum idea rather bowing to the pressure of convention and basically resetting The Descent in space."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tim Evans

37 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Gervais pretty much reprises his earlier roles - wheeling out excruciating moments of discomfort - but it's Garner who's the comedy revelation here. Skittish, bright and vivacious, she plays her part to perfection."

Posted Oct 4, 2009

Tim Evans

38 86%

White Lightnin' (2009)

"Former commercials director Dominic Murphy has conjured up a brutally compelling tale distinguished by a manically unhinged performance from British actor Edward Hogg."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Tim Evans

39 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"Thankfully, there's no contrived Hollywood ending but you can't help thinking this is more a three-minute wonder than a dramatic symphony."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Tim Evans

40 39%

Surrogates (2009)

"A more cerebral thriller than your standard sci-fi fare, Mostow strikes just the right balance between in-your-face action and social comment on technology as a lifestyle."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Tim Evans

41 25%

Fame (2009)

"Fans of the original won't care if this lives forever, but when the kids' High School Musical DVDs finally become too scratched to play, this should be waiting in the wings."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Rob Daniel

42 45%

Creation (2010)

"Amiel has fashioned a quietly compelling story that brightens as a reinvigorated Darwin finds closure and the printing presses can begin rolling."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Tim Evans

43 40%

Nés en 68 (Born in 68) (2008)

"While watchable in a soapy way, TV level dialogue and script offer few surprises, and characters feel at the mercy of the next big bit of history Ducastel and Martineau have lined up."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Rob Daniel

44 100%

Three Miles North of Molkom (2007)

"Three Miles North of Molkom proves truth is stranger than even fiction the Great Dane can dream up."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Rob Daniel

45 36%

Je Veux Voir (2008)

"Whatever the meaning, or lack of meaning, occasionally powerful images sock you between the eyes."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Rob Daniel

46 67%

The Firm (2009)

"Love's film is ultimately pointless, having nothing new to say on the issues of male bonding, acceptance and tribalism."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Elliott Noble

47 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"By the end even kids suffering ADDs will be overwhelmed as Flint and the gang take on a gloriously surreal buffet of predatory giant chickens and psychopathic jelly babies. Weird but very wonderful."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Tim Evans

48 80%

Chevolution (2008)

"Balanced, thought-provoking, and unexpectedly compelling."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Rob Daniel

49 25%

Blind Dating (2007)

"Small wonder this hard-to-swallow cocktail of bawdy comedy, cross-cultural romance and issue-of-the-week melodrama was left on the shelf for three years. The marketing people can't have had a clue what to do with it."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Elliott Noble

50 96%

BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008)

"A timely and subtly powerful piece of film-making."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Tim Evans

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