SFX Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"This second helping isn't quite as fully cooked, but it's a fun sequel that dares do a few different things."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

James White

5 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"A prime piece of pop candy, a witty, flashy, unflaggingly entertaining addition to the Marvel canon, light on its feet in spite of its cosmic sprawl."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Nick Setchfield

6 38%

The Purge (2013)

"An intermittently entertaining, bog-standard home-invasion horror with an old Star Trek idea (from 1967's "The Return Of The Archons") bolted on."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Ian Berriman

7 100%

The Mummy (1959)

"Christopher Lee's ability to invest a walking corpse with both pathos and terrifying power is remarkable."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Ian Berriman

8 40%

The Witches (The Devil's Own) (1966)

"What's interesting is how little like a traditional Hammer film it is - no heaving bosoms; no lashings of blood."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Ian Berriman

9 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Despite all appearances, World War Z isn't really a zombie movie. It's a disaster movie, one in which the agent of apocalypse just happens to be walking (and running) human corpses, rather than glaciers or a meteor strike."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Ian Berriman

10 80%

Carry On Screaming! (1966)

"Behind the pantomime overacting and the playground gags is a creepy horror homage that gets all the details right."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Dave Bradley

11 ——

Doctor Who - The Tenth Planet (2001)

"What's so surprising about William Hartnell's exit is that it's so low-key. There's no great fanfare, it happens abruptly, and it's tacked onto a story in which the hero is largely sidelined."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Ian Berriman

12 70%

V/H/S/2 (2013)

"An okay follow-up, but it's a pity the content isn't more varied and the ambition more lofty."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Russell Lewin

13 11%

After Earth (2013)

"Pompous, humourless tosh."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Dave Golder

14 67%

Lifeforce (1985)

"A typically shonky Cannon flick filled with high-camp stony performances, alternately woeful and wow-worthy FX and hilariously gauche dialogue."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Nick Setchfield

15 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"Packed with integrity but not likely cash cow franchise potential, How I Live Now is a refreshing miss-hit more interested in challenging than indulging its audience."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Rosie Fletcher

16 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"What pours from the screen while you watch this comic book adaptation is seething, unadulterated cynicism."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

James White

17 30%

Squirm (1976)

"Squirm seems a little subdued, never quite reaching the hoped-for levels of insanity."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Ian Berriman

18 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"Byzantium is a connoisseur's vampire film; a vintage red."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Dave Golder

19 8%

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2014)

"The action is clunky, the jokes fall flat time and again, and the script tries so hard to get off the ground that you can almost feel the wind hitting you in the kisser from its frantic wing-flaps."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Jayne Nelson

20 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"This second chapter might not add much that's new to the mythology, but it's scarily entertaining enough to stand alongside the first."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

James White

21 41%

Here Comes the Devil (2013)

"If you miss the heady days of '70s Euro horror, when scares were served with a side order of sauce, Here Comes The Devil should scratch an itch."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Ian Berriman

22 97%

Gravity (2013)

"An awe-inspiring achievement, a towering slice of cinematic splendour that astounds and terrifies in equal measure."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Jordan Farley

23 90%

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

"Great songs, exquisite production design, two loveable geek leads, some Gilliam-esque gadgets and Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist all make this a film with something for everyone."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Dave Golder

24 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The first Marvel movie where it looks like the action has been grafted onto a human story, rather than the other way round."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Dave Golder

25 69%

About Time (2013)

"If you've been infuriated by Curtis's soppy scriptwriting before, it's probably best to stay away. If Notting Hill warmed your cockles, though, this is miles better."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Jayne Nelson

26 59%

Riddick (2013)

"While this third chapter borrows a little too liberally from Pitch Black to surprise in the same way, it's a step up from The Chronicles Of Riddick. "

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Jordan Farley

27 ——

Doctor Who - The Ice Warriors (1999)

"'The Ice Warriors' might be the only Doctor Who adventure which can be summed up in a Little Britain catchphrase - that being, 'Computer says no.' "

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Ian Berriman

28 89%

House of Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher) (1960)

"A slim, measured, confined piece with just four actors, Corman's film is elevated not just by Vincent Price but by the opulent visuals and moods the director manages to conjure up on his low budget."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Russell Lewin

29 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"Grown-ups might've seen these tropes too many times to be impressed, but for teenage girls, it's a full-on Tumblrgasm in the making."

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

30 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Sadly, none of Oblivion's technical achievements are enough to distract you from a troubling sense of déjà vu akin to the hero's."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Ian Berriman

31 68%

Elysium (2013)

"The fact that Elysium comes close to greatness - classichood always feeling tantalisingly within reach - only makes its failings more frustrating."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Richard Edwards

32 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Too ludicrous to take seriously, yet too po-faced to laugh at, it sacrifices wit and energy for intensity. "

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Will Salmon

33 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Undeniably entertaining, but disappointingly half-assed."

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Dave Golder

34 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"Episodically plotted, Sea Of Monsters is slick, well-produced fluff that's shamelessly derivative. Kinda dumb fun, though."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Dave Golder

35 ——

Doctor Who - The Green Death (1997)

"One of those Doctor Who stories that stabbed a generation straight in the hippocampus. "

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Nick Setchfield

36 39%

Dark Skies (2013)

"An enjoyably goose-pimpling diversion... All that's really missing is a spark of originality."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Ian Berriman

37 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"A meticulously and ingeniously crafted scare machine."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Richard Edwards

38 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"A brash but ultimately forgettable chapter of big-screen folklore, sunk by the kind of cod performances that always afflict this kind of caper."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Nick Setchfield

39 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"A movie for armchair soldiers who think combat is rock 'n' roll, Retaliation is profoundly dumb, even for a movie based on an '80s toy range."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Ian Berriman

40 78%

They Came Back (2004)

"Perhaps it's a little too sedate... But it's a strikingly different take on the zombie genre, and 'thoughtful' beats 'brainless' any day of the week."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Sarah Dobbs

41 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"A movie that tries hard to carve a smarter, fresher niche in the superhero canon. "

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Nick Setchfield

42 18%

The Car (1977)

"If you require subtext or sanity from your cinema look elsewhere; if you're after a lean, characterful exploitation flick, your ride is here."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Ian Berriman

43 ——

Doctor Who - Spearhead From Space (1991)

"An odd, chilly resetting of Doctor Who that plunders body parts from Quatermass and The Avengers, it feels like a pilot for a series that never quite came."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Nick Setchfield

44 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"A worthy addition to the Pixar class of classics."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

James White

45 89%

The World's End (2013)

"Though it doesn't have the smarts of Shaun Of The Dead or the outlandish humour of Hot Fuzz, The World's End provides an explosive climax to the loosely-linked 'Three Flavours Cornetto' series."

Posted Jul 9, 2013

Jordan Farley

46 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Huge scale entertainment with guts and a heart - even if the brain is sometimes lacking during the more human moments."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

James White

47 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Charismatic performances help sell a somewhat corny and predictable narrative. "

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Dave Bradley

48 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"An entertaining, technically dazzling cinematic piece of fluff that engages intellectually but not emotionally."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Dave Golder

49 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"Both the jokes and the narrative flag long before the excessive running time is up."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Richard Edwards

50 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Doesn't quite reach the lunatic levels of the first film's moon-stealing scheme, but despite its smaller scale it does manage to venture even further into daftness."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Jayne Nelson

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