SFX Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"The critters themselves are part-Jawa, part-Gremlin creations and provide much-needed fun in a tale that's perhaps lighter than previous Laika efforts but still has plenty to offer."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

James White

2 27%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"Sporadically scary and emotionally engaging, but fundamentally falling apart at the seams."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Matt Risley

3 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"On the whole this is an impressive, complementary second trip."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Jim Blakey

4 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Admirably eschews explosions for big ideas, but never quite delivers on the promise of its lofty ambitions."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Jordan Farley

5 66%

Lucy (2014)

"The movie's title character may find her brainpower increasing as the running time counts down; chances are you'll feel like your own IQ levels are dropping just as rapidly as you watch it."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

James White

6 27%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"It's a genre rollercoaster ride - templated, repetitive and unoriginal, full of ups and downs but nonetheless effective at the one job it's trying to do - make you jump and squeal."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Rosie Fletcher

7 41%

Divergent (2014)

"For all the 'you can go your own way' motivational guff, over-earnest dialogue and complete lack of humour, there's something about Divergent that gets past the common sense part of your brain and allows you to enjoy it regardless."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Richard Edwards

8 ——

Soulmate ()

"The talk/action ratio is weighted too heavily in favour of chatting. Chop out 20 minutes and this could be great."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Sarah Dobbs

9 71%

The Monster Club (1980)

"While none of the trio of tales is a classic, all three have their moments. What lets it down are the linking sections."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Ian Berriman

10 ——

Doctor Blood's Coffin (1961)

"The surgical sequences were surely shocking for the time and still pack a punch. Sadly, inbetween these eye-openingly explicit episodes, this British horror tends towards either the plodding or the risible."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Ian Berriman

11 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The requirements of a superhero franchise stop Winter Soldier being the adult thriller it could have been, but as an entertainment package, it's one of the most enjoyable Marvel entries so far."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Andrew Osmond

12 66%

The Rover (2014)

"There's plenty to admire, but little to care about."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Andrew Osmond

13 76%

The Congress (2014)

"A beautiful looking, occasionally brilliant, outrageously indulgent trip."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Andrew Osmond

14 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Mood Indigo is unexpected, unusual and unforgettable, and Gondry is well and truly back."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Jayne Nelson

15 33%

Blackwood ()

"When so many horrors never stray from the usual route, it's laudable that Blackwood takes a detour somewhere unexpected."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Ian Berriman

16 69%

Thunder and the House of Magic (2014)

"Looks good, with a handsome design and an appealingly cute feline. It's just a shame the story's so mild and unadventurous."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Andrew Osmond

17 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"If 'ET meets The Goonies' sounds good to you, you'll love it."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Jayne Nelson

18 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"Everything you could want from a Purge sequel - absurd, yes, but significantly more ambitious and a lot of fun."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Jordan Farley

19 60%

Hercules (2014)

"It's a bold take on a swords and sandals staple, yet it's one that pays unexpected dividends."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Neil Smith

20 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Freewheeling, endlessly engaging, funny as hell, Guardians Of The Galaxy is a relentless crossfire of zingers and crazy visuals. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Nick Setchfield

21 9%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Based on a Young Adult series, set in a school, lots of vampires... Vampire Academy ticks all sorts of boxes. Sadly, the one it doesn't tick is "successful film"."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Miriam McDonald

22 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"A film that demands to be seen - though its Kubrickian chill and Roegian discord won't be for everybody."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Jamie Graham

23 86%

Falling Skies: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" Rmains solid entertainment, thanks to shock deaths, well-mounted action and "human moments" which fall just the right side of the touching/sickbag-required divide "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ian Berriman

24 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Bigger, braver and even more visually rewarding than the original, it's an ambitious attempt to extend the scope of its predecessor without sacrificing the charm, humour and excitement that made that so appealing."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Neil Smith

25 ——

Goal of the Dead ()

"Funny and scary enough to be mentioned in the same breath as Shaun Of The Dead."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Richard Edwards

26 0%

The Anomaly ()

"Saddled with unsayable dialogue and variable special effects, it's a corny and hackneyed film with ideas well above its station, that underwhelms from the start."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Russell Lewin

27 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"A new franchise low, featuring flailing actors, dull, incomprehensible action and murderous Autobots that act like whiny, petulant dicks."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Jon Hamblin

28 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Confident, assured, muscular and moving in places."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

James White

29 81%

Helix: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Has one of the most compelling and confident openings since Battlestar Galactica, but goes hilariously off the rails around the mid-season mark. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Jordan Farley

30 ——

Mad Ghoul (1994)

"This Universal horror isn't remembered like stablemates such as Dracula and The Mummy. The fact that the plot's utter bilge might have something to do with that."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Ian Berriman

31 94%

Her (2013)

"The underlying skeleton of Her is identical to that of countless romantic dramas, but its elegantly simple day-after-tomorrow premise works effectively as an alienating device, making everything about the format seem fresh."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Ian Berriman

32 ——

Bloody Birthday (1984)

"The premise doesn't exactly stand up to scrutiny, but for slasher aficionados, this sort of nonsensicality is all part of the fun."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Ian Berriman

33 ——

Memoirs of a Survivor (2005)

"The type of inert, navel-gazing venture that almost destroyed commercial British cinema in the '80s."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Russell Lewin

34 18%

Devil's Due (2014)

"It's hard coming up with new ideas. Which is presumably why the makers of Devil's Due appear to have gone, "Oh sod it, let's redo Rosemary's Baby!""

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Will Salmon

35 74%

Oculus (2014)

"An intense, devastating experience that relies as heavily on its character-building as its scary imagery."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Sarah Dobbs

36 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Lifted above the average dumb blockbuster by themes about the power of multinational megacorporations, drone warfare and the freedoms we're prepared to sacrifice for our mutual safety."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Richard Edwards

37 56%

Vanishing Waves (2013)

"A surreal head trip which simultaneously intrigues the intellect, engages the emotions and sets the pupils dilating."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Ian Berriman

38 80%

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

"A peerless example of knowing camp."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Ian Berriman

39 ——

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013)

"Jaw-droppingly impressive... even for the most voracious Vorheesian there's just too much here to digest in a single sitting."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Ian Berriman

40 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"At its best, Edge Of Tomorrow is a cross between Groundhog Day and Saving Private Ryan, even enjoying a little of the former's humour and the latter's intensity."

Posted May 30, 2014

Dave Bradley

41 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Not only brings to life one of the world's most famous fairy tales but puts a new spin on it that almost improves upon the original."

Posted May 28, 2014

Jayne Nelson

42 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"Boasts an impressive cast, catchy tunes and an entertaining fairy tale plot."

Posted May 23, 2014

Jayne Nelson

43 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Part Van Helsing, part Underworld, all drivel, I, Frankenstein is a cinematic abomination, a patchwork monstrosity that never deserved the gift of life."

Posted May 23, 2014

Jordan Farley

44 88%

Willow Creek (2014)

"If the waking scream of an ending doesn't shred your ganglia you may have no functioning nervous system."

Posted May 23, 2014

Nick Setchfield

45 ——

Shadow of the Cat (1961)

"Many a movie's been torpedoed by disastrous casting, but usually the role in question is human. This film's fatal flaw is feline."

Posted May 19, 2014

Ian Berriman

46 96%

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)

"Ignore the whiff of arthouse karaoke and there's much to savour in this remake... Herzog deploys a very contemporary hand-held camera, lending this period vampire tale an unsettling documentary edge."

Posted May 19, 2014

Nick Setchfield

47 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"That it all makes sense and is up there with the best X-movies is actually quite uncanny."

Posted May 13, 2014

Richard Edwards

48 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Godzilla very much has the mentality of a vintage creature feature, seemingly pitched at children and fannish true believers."

Posted May 12, 2014

Andrew Osmond

49 100%

The King and the Mockingbird (2014)

"The pacing may be a little sluggish, the characters a little thin, and the plot little more than a series of setpieces, but the sheer volume of random bizarre ideas means it's mesmerising throughout."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Dave Golder

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