SFX Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"See it for Smaug."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jayne Nelson

2 63%

Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Ballsy, lavishly produced and, if you can get past its fast-and-loose approach to history, huge fun. "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jordan Farley

3 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Brian De Palma's film was by turns salacious, stylish and savage; Peirce's take on the material looks blandly tasteful in comparison."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Ian Berriman

4 78%

The Machine (2014)

"A seriously impressive calling card. The story is thought-provoking and intelligent, with a strong emotional core. "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jordan Farley

5 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"The film opens on a huge battle in the Greek city of Argos, but it often ends up feeling like the director bought it cheap at the high street namesake."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

James White

6 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Fundamentally, this is a superhero movie with something to say. In fact it's the first Marvel entry with a truly topical sting."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Nick Setchfield

7 ——

Terrornauts (1993)

"The limited number of sets, risible modelwork, and a story which feels like it was scribbled by an eight-year-old combine to make The Terrornauts considerably less interesting than either its credits or its inappropriately stirring title might suggest."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Ian Berriman

8 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"It's a completely unsubtle allegory about how the media distracts from real news with gossip culture, but you forgive that because of the pace and sustained sense of danger."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Dave Bradley

9 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"With a lesser actor in the lead, The Zero Theorem would probably have you looking at your watch within the first half hour. With Christoph Waltz, you want to know what happens to his character."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Jayne Nelson

10 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"A rare example of filmmaking with unwavering vision, and one that will burrow its way under your skin for quite some time."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Jordan Farley

11 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"A polished adaptation of a much-loved SF novel that does not embarrass the source material. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Dave Bradley

12 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Less Rise Of An Empire, more Fall Of A Franchise"

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Andrew Osmond

13 97%

Gravity (2013)

"One of the most amazingly immersive movies ever made, even on the small screen"

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Andrew Osmond

14 96%

Dead of Night (1945)

"No anthology film since has knitted together its disparate elements so successfully."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ian Berriman

15 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"A sludgy first half followed by a brilliant last-act setpiece."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Jayne Nelson

16 ——

Terror ()

"A film which, artistically speaking, exists several rungs below Dario Argento, but which never fails to entertain."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ian Berriman

17 100%

Moon Man ()

"It's recommended if you adore handmade children's picture books, lovely colours and compositions, trad animation and quirky humour which never, ever panders to pop culture."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Andrew Osmond

18 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"The last thing this film wants to do is make a believable world."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Andrew Osmond

19 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"There are jokes for both young and old, it really is educational, and if you don't smile every time Mr Peabody's little tail starts wagging, then... well, there's no hope for you as a human being."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jayne Nelson

20 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"This is a film written, produced and directed by the same person, and the lack of perspective shows."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Natasha Hodgson

21 61%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"Anyone with a soft spot for '80s horror-comedies will get a buzz out of it - as will anyone who reckons,'"Supernatural spliced with HP Lovecraft, sprinkled generously with knob jokes' sounds like a great pitch."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Ian Berriman

22 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"If it sounds like a glorified toy commercial, well, there's no denying it is. But it's an advert packed with invention, humour and charm - the kind you'd skip through TV programmes to watch."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Richard Edwards

23 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"It's not a classic like Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original, but it is an excellent, intelligent SF drama... one of the boldest Hollywood reboots we've seen yet."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Andrew Osmond

24 33%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"A pacy, energised, occasionally visually inventive piece with a faux-indie sensibility."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Nick Setchfield

25 69%

About Time (2013)

"Not vintage Curtis. It's overlong and undercooked and barely raises a titter. And for demanding, SF-literate viewers, the liberties taken will infuriate."

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Steve O'Brien

26 40%

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)

"There's a daft, smirky energy here that keeps it relentlessly entertaining if never strictly - technically - good."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Nick Setchfield

27 78%

The Banshee Chapter (2014)

"This creepy low-budget chiller stirs all sorts of interesting elements into the mix, many of them liable to appeal to horror fans with leftfield, countercultural leanings."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Ian Berriman

28 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"From a leather-clad twentysomething cast to an exercise in world-building that seems like someone got the pages of their Twilight and Harry Potter fan-fic in a muddle, it feels very cynical in its aspirations."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Jordan Farley

29 94%

Her (2013)

"As touching as it is funny, as profound as it is absurd, Her is a true 21st century love story."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Jordan Farley

30 18%

Devil's Due (2014)

"As far as originality goes, Devil's Due is a formula product on a level with Friday The 13th Part VIII. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Andrew Osmond

31 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"May tire all but the least jaded of horror fans."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Russell Lewin

32 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"If nothing else, it will impress you by the power of its sheer audacity."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Ian Berriman

33 93%

Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2013)

"An utter joy from start to finish. There's magic in every frame."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Jordan Farley

34 68%

Elysium (2013)

"It may be hampered by sledgehammer subtlety, but it's worthy and exhilarating nonetheless."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Dave Bradley

35 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"There's plenty of potential for spookiness, but before anything interesting happens, the film trips and falls face first into the tangle of loose ends left over from previous sequels."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Sarah Dobbs

36 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

"Any story that's been passed down through several generations is likely to have been embellished along the way, but this adaptation of a Japanese folk tale takes things a little too far."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

37 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Though only eight minutes shorter than its predecessor, it's an altogether leaner beast that rarely pauses for breath over the course of more than two and a half hours."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Richard Edwards

38 96%

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

"Anything but pod-person filmmaking, it's a rare remake which arguably exceeds the original, and at the very least is an equally valid interpretation."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Ian Berriman

39 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Feels like someone copied a schoolmate's work and added a lot of their own occasionally enlightening but largely unnecessary scribbles."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

James White

40 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Zack Snyder just seems to have thrown out too much with the bathwater."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Andrew Osmond

41 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Confused and confusing... Fatally, it fires bullets at its own hero."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Nick Setchfield

42 ——

Shrek The Musical (2013)

"A decent enough keepsake if you've seen the live version, but not a great introduction to it."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Dave Golder

43 ——

Adventure Time ()

"One of the most inspired, laugh-out-loud funny and downright glorious shows on the air right now."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Jordan Farley

44 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Utterly unoriginal yet completely compelling."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Ian Berriman

45 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"A disappointment, lacking both the heart of the original and the scale of the comic."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Ian Berriman

46 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Disney's boldest cartoon in ages, it pulls the Disney princess into the 21st century."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Andrew Osmond

47 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Catching Fire may be missing the surprises and shocks of the first chapter, but it moves the characters and the world forward in a way that hints at greatness for the two-film finale."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Jordan Farley

48 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Successfully translates most of the book's more pertinent themes to the screen, while making enough storytelling fumbles to hint why it was considered unfilmable for nearly three decades."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Richard Edwards

49 78%

The Fury (1978)

"Possibly the most gloriously overblown of all De Palma's '70s films, a supernatural conspiracy thriller which machine-guns the screen with exploding automobiles and crimson splashes of poster-paint plasma."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Ian Berriman

50 93%

Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2013)

"A delightful family drama... For anyone who loves charming, original storytelling, it's a must."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Andrew Osmond

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