Radio Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

In the Name of the Father (1993)

"This is a stirring and exceptionally well acted, though controversial, dramatisation of Gerry Conlon's book about the grave miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Sue Heal

2 79%

Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014)

"[A] watchable fly-on-the-wall documentary."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Jeremy Aspinall

3 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"If you're in the mood for some undemanding action entertainment, this routine buddy cop caper offers some cheap laughs."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

David Aldridge

4 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"Jim Mickle's savvy re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican art-house horror marks a quantum leap forward in maturity and style for the Stake Land director."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Alan Jones

5 100%

Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) ()

"It's a curiosity, perhaps, but it's nicely made, beautifully acted and well worth seeking out."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

David Aldridge

6 59%

Non-Stop (2014)

"The premise is intriguing, and director Jaume Collet-Sella delivers intermittent claustrophobic thrills, although he struggles to sustain momentum."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Terry Staunton

7 100%

The Godfather (1972)

"This elegiac organised-crime saga from the young Francis Ford Coppola is one of the all-time high watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography from Gordon Willis."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Andrew Collins

8 99%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"This is movie-making on the grandest scale."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Adrian Turner

9 97%

Casablanca (1943)

"The reason Casablanca endures is that it's a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Andrew Collins

10 98%

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

"This is pure cinema: emotionally uplifting, utterly absorbing, sublimely refreshing."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Tony Sloman

11 92%

Rocky (1976)

"This triple-Oscar-winning boxing drama is shot through with genuine impassioned commitment, born of the fact that Sylvester Stallone realised that this was his best hope of stardom."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

John Marriott

12 85%

The Sound of Music (1965)

"This artful crowd-pleaser continues to reach out to every generation, thanks to expert and unsentimental handling from director Robert Wise and a magnificent performance from Julie Andrews."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Tony Sloman

13 99%

The Godfather, Part II (1974)

"Breathtaking in scope, Part II also shows the early life of the Don, brilliantly portrayed by Robert De Niro, as he flees Sicily and sails for New York. These sequences have the grandeur of a silent movie by DW Griffith or Erich von Stroheim."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Adrian Turner

14 75%

Gigi (1958)

"There's a fine bittersweet air to this tale that leaves you longing to see it again."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Tony Sloman

15 95%

Gone With the Wind (1939)

"Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Andrew Collins

16 100%

All About Eve (1950)

"A classic movie, whose qualities remind us that there once was a Hollywood where such sophisticated treats could be made."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Tony Sloman

17 83%

Oliver! (1968)

"Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Tony Sloman

18 88%

Platoon (1986)

"This is a modern classic and a personal exorcism for its director."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Adrian Turner

19 90%

Hamlet (1948)

"Laurence Olivier directed and stars in this astonishing Shakespeare adaptation."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Tom Hutchinson

20 100%

Marty (1955)

"Audiences used to seeing Borgnine in more menacing roles in films such as From Here to Eternity and Bad Day at Black Rock warmed to his sympathetic portrayal of the Bronx butcher with low self-esteem."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tony Sloman

21 98%

Patton (1970)

"Combining blimpish bluster with moments of monstrous ego and unexpected humanity, Scott makes this magnificent film unforgettable."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

David Parkinson

22 95%

My Fair Lady (1964)

"With elegance and taste, George Cukor rightly preserves the theatricality of the enterprise and provides a joyful experience to savour again and again."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tony Sloman

23 38%

8 Minutes Idle ()

"Hewis's film captures the inconsequential nature of nine-to-five desk jockeying, while the Bristol backdrop lends it plenty of character."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jamie Healy

24 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The Monuments Men didn't need to be a work of art, but it still proves a monumental disappointment."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Andrew Collins

25 94%

Her (2013)

"At two hours, Her is a little too long, but it ably demonstrates Jonze's talent for mature and magical film-making."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

David Aldridge

26 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"A film every bit as imaginative, colourful and cleverly constructed as their plastic inspiration."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jamie Healy

27 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Shana Feste's film is as cornily trashy as they come, but kind of fun if you're in the right mood for some undemanding candyfloss or a good old emotional wallow."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

David Aldridge

28 52%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"It's a hard premise to buy in to, but there's plenty of rib-tickling banter between Frost and his co-stars ..."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Stella Papamichael

29 61%

About Last Night... (1986)

"Lowe and Moore do well as the on-again, off-again partners, although it is James Belushi, in an over-the-top supporting performance his brother John would have been proud of, who all but walks off with the show."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Peter Freedman

30 25%

Endless Love (2014)

"Vaguely interesting for causing controversy at the time, this tacky tale of illicit teenage romance hasn't aged particularly well."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

John Ferguson

31 87%

Ben-Hur (1959)

"Some critics believe that William Wyler's box-office smash is no match for the 1925 silent version, but there's no denying that the race that forms the famous climax is one of the most iconic sequences in Hollywood history."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Peter Freedman

32 100%

On the Waterfront (1954)

"On the surface it's an extremely well-crafted and entertaining drama, but peel away some layers and you'll discover an apologia for informing."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Tony Sloman

33 92%

The Sting (1973)

"The sting itself is as audacious as it is elaborate, but the real pleasure comes from the chemistry between the two leads, the lovingly created 1930s settings and Marvin Hamlisch's inspired reworking of Scott Joplin's music."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

John Ferguson

34 98%

The French Connection (1971)

"This crime drama from director William Friedkin brings a fluid, documentary-style realism to Ernest Tidyman's adaptation that makes it one of the most influential movies of a very fertile decade for American film."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Andrew Collins

35 87%

Chicago (2002)

"It took more than a quarter of a century to bring the 1975 musical Chicago to the screen, but it was worth the wait to get it right."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Brian Pendreigh

36 92%

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"Taking the writing process behind Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as its inspiration, John Madden's follow-up to Mrs Brown combines contemporary humour with a convincing 16th-century setting."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Lorien Haynes

37 56%

Cavalcade (1933)

"Critics at the time loved this rather sanctimonious jaunt through history. Seen from the vantage point of post-Second World War egalitarianism, however, it all appears quaint and riddled with accepted class differences."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Sue Heal

38 92%

The Departed (2006)

"It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Leslie Felperin

39 100%

Rebecca (1940)

"Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Tony Sloman

40 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"It's Verhoeven's scabrous dissection of American social issues, trashy sitcom culture and corporate greed that makes this comic-book opus a subversive and thought-provoking edge-of-the-seat treat."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Alan Jones

41 93%

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

"[A] warm, multi-stranded, near-nepotistic family saga that contains the usual awkward dates, clandestine meetings and failed marriages."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Andrew Collins

42 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Knocked Up proves that hit comedy doesn't have to dumb down for its demographic."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Andrew Collins

43 98%

Manhattan (1979)

"This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Tom Hutchinson

44 98%

His Girl Friday (1940)

"Clever, witty and extremely satisfying, this marvellous film is still achingly funny today."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Tony Sloman

45 93%

The Apartment (1960)

"From such potentially edgy material Wilder and co-writer IAL Diamond sculpt an unforgettable romance."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Andrew Collins

46 91%

Sabrina (1954)

"Ignore the critics who say this is one of Billy Wilder's minor works. It is a major movie, a masterpiece of romantic comedy, and it still looks as fresh as a daisy."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Adrian Turner

47 98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"Immaculately directed by William Wyler, and written and played with style and grace, this is a film to treasure, both for its endearing action and marvellous performances."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Tony Sloman

48 100%

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

"Just sit back and enjoy romantic comedy at its most sublime."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Andrew Collins

49 95%

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

"How sublime can movies get?"

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Tony Sloman

50 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"Genuinely funny and moving, this is both an endearing examination of masculinity and a challenge to male isolationism."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Lorien Haynes

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