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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 38%

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

"As co-directors, [Wareheim and Heidecker] handle the rhythm well and smoothly integrate their trademark 'clip comedy'. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Simon Foster

2 92%

The Bullet Vanishes (2012)

"The presence of action hero Nicholas Tse and a winning performance by Lau Ching-wan go a long way to ensuring this handsome if underdone mystery-thriller is as engaging as it is."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Simon Foster

3 ——

White Tiger ()

"Russian drama offers an enthralling metaphysical view of war. "

Posted Aug 28, 2012

Don Groves

4 ——

Dom (Home) ()

"Intense drama is a window to old and new Russia "

Posted Aug 27, 2012

Don Groves

5 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Mercifully, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) directs in that anonymous TV style that has no auteurist imprint but knows enough not to get in the way of the actors or the script."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Russell Edwards

6 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"After having seen thousands of films in my life, Holy Motors surprised me. I could not have guessed what might happen next at countless junctures and I consider that a very good sign."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Lisa Nesselson

7 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"Heart and humour in the countdown to Armageddon."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Don Groves

8 96%

Sleepless Night (2012)

"The old comedian's adage 'If they buy the set-up, they buy the gag' is particularly pertinent to the grandly implausible premise of Sleepless Night, Frederic Jardin's frantic action-thriller."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Simon Foster

9 ——

Carré blanc ()

"An impenetrable dystopic vision that excels at crisp imagery in the service of pretentious shallowness...and little else. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Simon Foster

10 60%

Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

"The leads lack the kind of chemistry that would have fully engaged audiences, and the director's reliance upon Khan's straight-to-camera smouldering and Kaif's doe-eyed longing becomes tiresome."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Simon Foster

11 68%

God Bless America (2012)

"God Bless America is most effective as a big, loud 'f*** you' to those responsible for breaking the spiritual back and socio-political might of a great empirical democracy; the joke being that those responsible are the movie's key demographic."

Posted Aug 20, 2012

Simon Foster

12 71%

Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) ()

"The Suicide Shop is darkly drawn comedy taken to uncomfortable lengths (and, parents, it's definitely not a film for the whole family)."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Simon Foster

13 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"The action - foot chases, gun battles, and one lengthy episode on motorbikes in the choked streets of Manila - is really, really good."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Galvin

14 ——

My Australia (Moja Australia) ()

"Life on a kibbutz is hard work for viewers in torpid Israeli drama."

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Don Groves

15 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"Crude political satire is absurd and light on for laughs. "

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Don Groves

16 ——

Bad Karma (2012)

"Australian revenge thriller is a terrible dud"

Posted Aug 7, 2012

Don Groves

17 63%

Jackpot (2014)

"It's a fun but very lean premise upon which to base a thriller that requires all-or-nothing buy-in from its audience."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Simon Foster

18 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"Rodney Ascher's wonderfully wacky and vividly compelling clip-a-thon documentary goes a long way to explain why Kubrick's work has such an impact."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Simon Foster

19 ——

10Terrorists ()

"Low-budget black comedy skewers reality TV and the quest for fame. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Don Groves

20 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Zeitlin's poetic fantasy never wavers from the child's rationalisation of the coming catastrophe and its aftermath, or her niggling belief that deep down, she might just be responsible."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Fiona Williams

21 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"As Mike, Tatum is a pillar of integrity, a hard-working stud with his eyes on the end game. "

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Fiona Williams

22 64%

Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012)

"Taiwanese drama offers a romantic triangle with a novel twist."

Posted Jul 31, 2012

Don Groves

23 90%

Bernie (2012)

"Odd duck comedy/drama casts Jack Black in a surprisingly new light."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Don Groves

24 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The film's poster tagline is more prescient than I am certain it ever intended to be, but it is right; the Legend has well and truly ended. "

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Simon Foster

25 40%

Tonight You're Mine (2012)

"The final frames finally rouse a little 'movie magic' but for the bulk of the 80 minutes it takes to get there, this raucous, rambling mess finds its energy from some great music moments... and very little else."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Simon Foster

26 58%

Hysteria (2012)

"It's a terrible shame that the back-story to one of the most influential personal devices of the last 100 years was told with such puerile pedantry."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Simon Foster

27 44%

The Door ()

"Mirren and Gedeck shine but stirring Hungarian drama has its faults. "

Posted Jul 8, 2012

Don Groves

28 93%

Sleep Tight (2012)

"The rich irony of the film's title may not dawn on you until you settle into bed for the night."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Simon Foster

29 96%

Wrinkles (2014)

"Animated tale about the travails of the elderly has heart and humour."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Don Groves

30 ——

Chinese Take-Away ()

"A touching,beguiling tale of two lost souls in Argentina."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Don Groves

31 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"The Cabin in the Woods is smart, savage fun written by fans for fans."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Simon Foster

32 100%

I Am Eleven (2014)

"Superb Australian doco views the world through innocent eyes. "

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Don Groves

33 92%

O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)

"Brazilian drama about class, privilege and crime blurs its vision. "

Posted Jun 17, 2012

Don Groves

34 68%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"Bleak adaptation of Brontë classic lacks passion and power. "

Posted Jun 17, 2012

Don Groves

35 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"Shakespeare's tragedy gains extra piquancy in a Roman prison. "

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Don Groves

36 89%

My Brother The Devil (2013)

"Original drama portrays siblings caught between traditional values and a life of crime."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Don Groves

37 ——

Jai Bhim Comrade ()

"A scathing expose of India's forgotten people."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Don Groves

38 68%

Step Up To The Plate (2012)

"The fading into legend of Michel and the emergence of a new force in Sébastian, structured within the complexities of the paternalistic dynamic, makes for enriching, compelling drama."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Simon Foster

39 87%

Polisse (2012)

"Polisse is a film not about police but about police films. It delivers in that regard, but its thin psychological component and attention-grabbing showiness deny it lasting importance."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Simon Foster

40 50%

Le Chef (2014)

"Le Chef isn't very nourishing, but a little indulgence in some sweet nothingness now and again isn't a necessarily bad thing. "

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Simon Foster

41 36%

Swerve (2013)

"In the end, Swerve, doesn't seem to be about anything other than its own mechanics. And that gets tedious very quick."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Peter Galvin

42 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Religious neurotics will find plenty of blasphemous ideas to complain about, and yet the question of spiritual belief - the elevation of faith beyond reason - finds substantial support in Prometheus too. Take your pick."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Russell Edwards

43 52%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

"Despite Labaki's unique narrative, flair for the visual and clear humanistic intent, her efforts, much like those of her sisters onscreen, feel like they have achieved very little. "

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Simon Foster

44 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Falardeau's adaptation of fellow Québécois Evelyne de la Chenelière's play honours the power of the written word (a motif reinforced throughout the film), and expands on its stage origins via remarkably-assured cinematic touches."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Simon Foster

45 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"Sumptuous costume drama illuminates a dark chapter in Denmark's history."

Posted Jun 5, 2012

Don Groves

46 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"Quirky sci-fi comedy wears its heart on its sleeve as it plays tricks with time."

Posted Jun 5, 2012

Don Groves

47 ——

As One (2012)

"Moon Hyeon Seong's unapologetically sentimental but wonderfully cinematic crowd-pleaser conveys with equal conviction, thrill-of-the-competition moments and a commentary on the value of national unification."

Posted May 31, 2012

Simon Foster

48 79%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"You can see a thinly-veiled repackaging of The Shining if you look hard enough, but as many patrons will be watching through their fingers, the similarities won't matter that much over the course of this terrific ghost story."

Posted May 31, 2012

Simon Foster

49 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"...it finds its feet as a bed-hopping, back-stabbing guilty pleasure, and can be enjoyed sufficiently in that context. "

Posted May 24, 2012

Simon Foster

50 53%

Empire of Silver (2011)

"Unwieldy Chinese melodrama shows money can't buy love."

Posted May 24, 2012

Don Groves

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