The Skinny

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

Grand Central ()

"Seydoux, in particular, is saddled with an arbitrary, enigmatic vixen role in an ultimately too slight drama where ambiguities aren't really a virtue."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

2 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"This documentary mostly looks back on its subject's career as a notorious drag act, with consistently amusing input from the likes of John Waters, Tab Hunter and psychedelic theatre troupe The Cockettes."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Lewis Porteous

3 95%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Patient and inquisitive viewers will surely find it a very rewarding experience, and one hopes it's not the last Lav Diaz film to make its way to these shores."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Philip Concannon

4 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"One of the smartest, most thrilling blockbusters in years."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Chris Fyvie

5 ——

Life May Be ()

"Life May Be eventually diverts away from a narrated approach into a wordless, haunting exploration of the sublime in which the individual actually becomes invisible in their discussion of the nature of identity."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

6 59%

13 Sins (2014)

"Flimsy plot withstanding, 13 Sins is an enjoyable watch and fits neatly into the ever expanding genre of film as theme park ride: thrilling, shocking, forgettable."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Rachel Bowles

7 100%

Honeymoon (2014)

"Entertaining if problematic ..."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Michelle Devereaux

8 ——

The Infinite Man ()

"Writer-director Hugh Sullivan's smart and sensitive feature debut deserves special credit for hinging its conceit on successful emotional beats, never letting its structural ambition get in the way of its fun character arcs and some terrific laughs."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

9 85%

Coherence (2014)

"It ties your mind in so many knots you eventually give up trying to work out whether any of it makes a lick of sense. It's part of the film's genius, really."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Chris Fyvie

10 ——

Garnet's Gold ()

"It's full of gorgeous, meditative shots of Highland scenery, but its meandering focus leaches a sense of urgency."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Michelle Devereaux

11 ——

The Paternal House ()

"The film charts the legacy of patriarchal violence across further generations of the same Tehran household, with a series of single-act scenes taking place in '46, '66, right up to '96 ..."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Chris Buckle

12 50%

Set Fire To The Stars ()

"The tone is curiously flat and the script light on genuine insight: we see the torment fuelling Thomas, but too rarely share or understand it."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Chris Buckle

13 ——

Uncertain Terms ()

"Heartbreaking, funny and truthful, with more depth crammed into 75 minutes than most manage in two hours."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Chris Fyvie

14 67%

Castles In The Sky ()

"It's so corny and faux-respectable even your gran would probably find it too fusty."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Michelle Devereaux

15 88%

Chef (2014)

"Favreau's picture doesn't represent the filmmaking rehabilitation its meta plot alludes to, but it's a step in the right direction."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Jamie Dunn

16 93%

Jiao you (Stray Dogs) ()

"Stray Dogs is an existentialist study of human endurance presented in two acts. Both are spectacular."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Jamie Dunn

17 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Philip Seymour Hoffman dominates as German spy-master Gunther Bachmann in Anton Corbijn's old-school espionage yarn, based on John le Carré's 2008 novel."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Chris Fyvie

18 ——

Violet ()

"It's formally engaging, particularly in its use of sound (and silence), but it's also understated to the point of being comatose."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Michelle Devereaux

19 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Against all odds, though not totally unexpected given the director's previous skill with the erratic, the end result is quite spectacular."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

20 75%

The Green Inferno (2014)

"Really quite fun. Up to a point."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Chris Fyvie

21 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"If only Maloof and Siskel had focused less on gossipy psychological guesswork, and more on Maier's art, this could've been a documentary worthy of its towering subject."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Kristian Doyle

22 100%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"This brother-sister bond, so rarely explored on screen, is what makes The Skeleton Twins sing."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Jamie Dunn

23 50%

Welcome To New York ()

"Ferrara's film, compelling in bursts in its first half, proves taxing itself as it lumbers on."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

24 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Good as Hall is, Johnson and Shephard steal the show."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Chris Fyvie

25 80%

We Gotta Get Out of This Place (2013)

"The Hawkins brothers derive captivating performances from their talented central trio, and the sense of place and complicated character interplay proves very engrossing."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

26 ——

We Are Monster ()

"It may lack nuance, but presenting the film from Stewart's point of view makes the title explicit. Monsters aren't born, they're conditioned."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Jamie Dunn

27 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"Kilmer and Robert's tender, heartfelt performances give real depth to familiar coming-of-age pangs and pinings."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Jamie Dunn

28 ——

Something, Anything ()

"A concise, fascinating exploration of American life, making pointed use of Southern cultural values for a more universal story of malaise and vulnerability."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

29 ——

Greyhawk ()

"Greyhawk might be long for its narrative, even at barely 90 minutes, but there's enough savvy to mark out the Pitts as ones to watch."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Fyvie

30 ——

Hyena ()

"A compelling central performance from Peter Ferdinando is not enough to save Gerard Johnson's derivative and deeply unpleasant thriller, Hyena."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Fyvie

31 82%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"The film stops dead in its tracks with the introduction of stout Catholic brother Paul Claudel."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

32 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"Kidman's infamous Chanel No. 5 advert had better clarity of purpose than this."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

33 100%

Of Horses and Men ()

"[A] bizarre, offbeat Icelandic gem."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Rachel Bowles

34 68%

Jimmy's Hall ()

"A really delightful dramatic swan song for Loach, should he stick to his tragic threat of retirement."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Chris Fyvie

35 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"A devastatingly funny, exhausting picture that could potentially confound, but just about frantic and witty enough to hopefully prompt one universal reaction: "Christ, that was bloody enjoyable.""

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Chris Fyvie

36 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"These characters are achingly familiar, a reminder that all of us are willing to play our own private, primal games of commerce and sacrifice to get what we want from life."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Kirsty Leckie-Palmer

37 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"It's an emotive film about an emotive incident, but an unmolested account of Grant's demise could have had so much more impact."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Chris Fyvie

38 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Liman handles his high concept conceit with some particularly dynamic visual touches, while Cruise and Blunt bring energy to their roles."

Posted May 29, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

39 84%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"While a competently watchable affair, there's some flimsy characterisation that these fine actors can't quite embellish; Dunst in particular is saddled with an underwritten role."

Posted May 14, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

40 81%

Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014)

"James Erskine's film attempts to get inside this visceral world via the prism of the heroic Pantani, a man more loved than any cyclist in living memory."

Posted May 14, 2014

D.W. Mault

41 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Its tale is familiar, yes, and its strokes broad, but the hugely satisfying Godzilla is a work of uniquely poetic craft and visual imagination. It's a masterful monster made with real creative care."

Posted May 14, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

42 100%

American Interior ()

"At once touching, informative and ultimately beautiful."

Posted May 9, 2014

D.W. Mault

43 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The desecration of beautiful dreams is a ghost always lurking."

Posted May 8, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

44 88%

Frank (2014)

"Abrahamson is a filmmaker with a nuanced sense of tone, and he handles the shift from surreal comedy to something deeper and more complex with a typically deft touch."

Posted May 8, 2014

Philip Concannon

45 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"This major work is cinematic in scope but loses none of the provocative truth that defines Zhangke's oeuvre."

Posted May 8, 2014

Alan Bett

46 28%

Pompeii (2014)

"Bland set-pieces are accompanied by even blander exposition delivered by the blandest of performances until Vesuvius spills her guts."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Chris Fyvie

47 96%

Wrinkles (2014)

"Wrinkles is a nuanced, rich look at human frailty and the beauty of life, alternating between frank and tenderly humane notes with perfect precision, making the conventional beats its story does hit genuinely poignant."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Josh Slater-Williams

48 89%

Exhibition (2014)

"Both Hogg's exceptional use of space and the complex sound design ensure that the striking architecture D and H inhabit is as much of a character as they are."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Philip Concannon

49 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Nymphomaniac's clunkiness and desperation to shock could be forgiven if it wasn't so uniformly dull. With a talent such as Lars, it really is unforgivable."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Rachel Bowles

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