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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) ()

"This predictable and one-dimensional Danish crime thriller sees an anti-social detective ignoring the rules and trying to rescue a damsel in distress."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Simon Weaving

2 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"A powerful, often gruelling but supremely tender fable about two boys scrounging for scrap in Britain's industrial wasteland. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Simon Weaving

3 22%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"With a rather stilted and unfocused aesthetic, this tale of bias and bungling covers the same sad ground that documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS did so very well. Reese Witherspoon works hard but she and Colin Firth are wasted. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Simon Weaving

4 100%

Still Life ()

"Contemplative and graceful, it's a showcase for highly watchable English character actor Eddie Marsan."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Simon Weaving

5 58%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"The rather pale and uninspiring story of obscure poet Elizabeth Bishop's love affair in Brazil in the 1950s and '60s. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Simon Weaving

6 94%

Good Vibrations ()

"Chock full of vigour, great punk tunes and larrikin wit, this feel-good film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a man who brings music to a battered 1970s Belfast. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Simon Weaving

7 92%

Sunshine on Leith ()

"A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness all to the upbeat sound of The Proclaimers."

Posted May 21, 2014

Simon Weaving

8 88%

Chef (2014)

"This easy-going, feel-good film about a passionate chef who looses his job, starts in sparkling style but turns into a predictable come-back story."

Posted May 7, 2014

Simon Weaving

9 74%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Intimate and erotic it's also a strangely restrained film, Ozon making sure that events never erupt and that emotions rarely boil over. It's a simmering, unresolved tale of secrets and discretion."

Posted May 1, 2014

Simon Weaving

10 67%

Canopy (2014)

"A concept film with strong similarities to ALL IS LOST (the recent lone sailor film starring Robert Redford), this low budget debut feature from Australian director Aaron Wilson is all lush jungle and eerie sound design."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Simon Weaving

11 88%

Hannah Arendt (2013)

"Von Trotta doesn't do justice to this strong woman and her contribution to thinking about the nature of evil. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Simon Weaving

12 79%

Any Day Now (2012)

"Set in the 1970s, this drama about custody rights and gay relationships has noble intentions and some fine performances, but loses its way with melodrama and an overripe sound track. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Simon Weaving

13 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed. "

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Simon Weaving

14 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"A strange and tender film that owes as much to The Canterbury Tales as it does to Von Trier's personal psychology. Joe's sex-addicted life has been a lonely pilgrimage - and here she lies on a stranger's bed, seeking some kind of redemption."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Simon Weaving

15 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Lars Von Trier's complex and brilliant double feature about a woman telling her life's story - a tale of insatiable sexual desire, loneliness and the search for self acceptance"

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Simon Weaving

16 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"A haunting and personal work of beauty and a testament to one man's refusal to accept oblivion."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Simon Weaving

17 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Mary Shelley's words come to mind: "Oh, why did you create me!""

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Simon Weaving

18 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"George Clooney's worst film to date, this is a congenial and inert story about irritatingly casual Americans saving Western Civilisation from the Nazis."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Simon Weaving

19 94%

Her (2013)

"With Jonze playing down his trademark absurdist humour and opting for a melancholy tone, we are left with a rather sad cautionary tale about the future of human intimacy."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Simon Weaving

20 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Wide characters, deep storytelling, bad hair and a great 1970s soundtrack fill this stylishly seductive comedy about small time con artists working their way up the food chain. "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Simon Weaving

21 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Martin Scorsese is back at his best with this rollicking update on the gangsters of New York, the mean streets now filled with stockbrokers and share dealers, driven characters in search of the good life the easy way. "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Simon Weaving

22 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Director Paul Greengrass mixes gritty realism with some stirring military ops for an edge of the seat piracy thriller"

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Simon Weaving

23 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"This moody police procedural with Jake Gyllenhaal in sublime form may be nearly three hours long, but it's worth every minute."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Simon Weaving

24 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"Washington & Wahlberg drop wisecracks and bad guys from one side of the Mexican border to the other in this playful cop-buddy action thriller. "

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Simon Weaving

25 92%

The Turning ()

"A bold and visionary cinema project, that evokes the Australian landscape with a collection of nostalgic haunted and very real characters."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Simon Weaving

26 29%

The Family (2013)

"This humourless satire about a Mob family in hiding in France collapses under the strain of meaningless violence and a charmless, wandering plot. "

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Simon Weaving

27 89%

Rush (2013)

"The dramatic events of the 1976 Formula One Championship are played out as superficial rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Simon Weaving

28 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"This warm and upbeat coming-of-age story is brought to life by some dazzling comic writing and the wonderful performances of Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Simon Weaving

29 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Hugh Jackman stands out in a physically demanding and emotionally complicated role as the Wolverine returns to Japan to fight ninjas and his own demons."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Simon Weaving

30 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"A thoughtful documentary about Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, secrets, lies, power and the poorly understood nature of the internet."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Simon Weaving

31 79%

Reality (2013)

"A long and meandering satire on FOMO and self-delusion, and a shrewd commentary on the desire for the illusive fame that comes with reality television."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Simon Weaving

32 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"A tediously repetitive film desperately looking for some heart and soul. Reeves is the Man of Concrete, grey and predictable behind the camera and an impassive mask of grunts in front of it. Definitely no excellent adventure."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Simon Weaving

33 67%

World War Z (2013)

"A supremely well designed film, WWZ re-animates the zombie genre as Brad Pitt outsmarts the voracious undead in a compelling, creepy take on how the world might face its end."

Posted Jun 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

34 11%

After Earth (2013)

"a disappointing two-handed, hostile-planet adventure, that relies far too heavily on the acting ability of Jaden Smith, co-staring with father Will"

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Simon Weaving

35 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"The stunts are spectacular, the music pumps and the gears grind in this high-octane action thriller with a sprinkling of charm and humour."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Simon Weaving

36 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"A strangely mixed film, sliding from intimate scenes of royal indolence to muted panic in candlelit corridors, a distinct undercurrent of detached uncertainty always present in both story and style."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Simon Weaving

37 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Sure, it's a Bazdardisation, but underneath the over-the-top art-deco design there's an elegant and sometimes touching tale to be found, with Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) reaching out for the woman he cannot seem to forget."

Posted May 31, 2013

Simon Weaving

38 63%

Sinister (2012)

"The much loved Ethan Hawke finds himself in a cheap and cheerless horror film watching images of murders and trying to find the boogie-man before the bad acting around him causes him too much grief."

Posted May 27, 2013

Simon Weaving

39 63%

Broken (2013)

"A moving and visually beautiful story of an eleven-year old girl who is increasingly drawn into the complicated and cruel world of the everyday English suburbs."

Posted May 14, 2013

Simon Weaving

40 87%

Tabu (2012)

"This beguiling and eerie tale of illicit romance and nostalgia for lost love is one for the patient and the adventurous. "

Posted May 14, 2013

Simon Weaving

41 56%

Snitch (2013)

"An unbelievable tale of a good dad who has to work with the bad guys to save his son from jail. "

Posted May 14, 2013

Simon Weaving

42 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"This ambitious tale of tragedy and redemption among fathers and sons is told in three parts and, despite a superb performance from Ryan Gosling, is less than the sum of its parts."

Posted May 7, 2013

Simon Weaving

43 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"A superb performance from Madds Mikkelsen lies at the heart of this chilling tale of a small Danish community turning on an innocent man. "

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Simon Weaving

44 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"The cast seem stilted, even a bit surprised, to find themselves in the fictitious land of Cloister, dressed in panto regalia with dreadful hair-dos, no doubt under orders to deliver their lines with a touch of deliberate theatricality."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

45 98%

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)

"a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

46 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"there is no denying the cinematic power of Audiard's fearless storytelling"

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

47 33%

Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012)

"With the critical narrative information delayed until the film's final moments, it's a waiting game for the audience, not unpleasurably spent watching the gorgeous costumes and eccentric behaviour of the family and friends of an anxious bride."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

48 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"You may be in the company of an all-star cast, but this is a run-of-the-mill affair with few surprises."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

49 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"A seething, swampy murder investigation infused with the sweaty smell of bodies and driven by a casual force that is seductively unstable, darkly funny and strangely exhilarating. Daniels is a visionary."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Simon Weaving

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