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Birmingham Post

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

Northern Soul ()

"For aficionados, Northern Soul will be a memory-stirring treat, even if, like its predecessor SoulBoy (2010), it doesn't have the legs to go the full distance."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Graham Young

2 22%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"25 years after the first Ninja Turtles' movie, the return of the reptilian heroes in a half-shell is surprisingly enjoyable."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Graham Young

3 47%

The Judge (2014)

"Director and co-writer David Dobkin doesn't end the 141-minute film neatly, but you'll appreciate a story that stirs your emotions."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Graham Young

4 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"The Maze Runner generally has ambitious production values, is well edited and boasts a thumping score. Think of it as Lord Of the Flies meets Alien."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Graham Young

5 71%

The Rewrite ()

"A watchable but equally unremarkable romantic comedy where only the critically-risky title really plays with fire."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Graham Young

6 79%

The Riot Club (Posh) ()

"Posh will certainly reinforce a certain male stereotype in the national psyche."

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Graham Young

7 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"An admirably-tense mystery from master director David Fincher."

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Graham Young

8 90%

District 9 (2009)

"District 9 is a brave attempt by first-time director Blomkamp and well worth a look."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Roz Laws

9 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"The most thematically sophisticated, most philosophically profound, most narratively complex and most viscerally thrilling super-hero movie of all. It transcends the genre."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Mike Davies

10 36%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Hector and the Search for Happiness will put the odd grin on your face, but it's whimsical to the point of being an itch you can't scratch."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Graham Young

11 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The Expendables 3 is jaggedly constructed given the conflicting demands of its stars' diaries, but it's bookended with pile-driving action sequences either side of mystery gun battles."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Graham Young

12 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Our emotional responses feel like the human equivalent of thunder and lightning in a film anchored with the key line: 'If you want the rainbow you have to deal with the rain'." EDIT

Posted Jun 20, 2014

13 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"When you stop to realise what these girls have done to enrich your life, only for one to become a cleaner and another to start teaching Spanish, your tears will be real."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Graham Young

14 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The ninth movie in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' is another breathtakingly ambitious action thriller."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Graham Young

15 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Following on from The Muppets movie two years ago, their eighth feature film sees our heroes enjoying a grand world tour."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Dan Kay

16 No Score Yet

Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) (2014)

"Director Niwas's comic caper consists of a few incidents patched together making up a wafer thin plotline."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Manish Gajjar

17 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"If you're suffering from withdrawal symptoms for high-octane action, DreamWorks is ready with an instant adrenaline fix."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Graham Young

18 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Graham Young

19 81%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"If you're in the mood for a warm-hearted Irish stag party comedy drama, then look no further."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Graham Young

20 89%

Frozen (2013)

"A fabulously festive, funny and enjoyable return to form that Walt would surely have adored."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Graham Young

21 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Krokidas unflinchingly shoots even the film's most dramatic moments with an unusually shallow depth of field."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Graham Young

22 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"There are insights into old age, pearls of wisdom and gags galore, all wrapped up in a coating that's more akin to a bitter lemon than sugar."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Graham Young

23 2%

Getaway (2013)

"If you want to see a film make any kind of sense - or at least not to profit from attacking scores of others with a high-speed vehicle on the assumption you might save one person - then run for your life."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Graham Young

24 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Statham is not the English Clint Eastwood yet, but if someone fancied calling him Dirty Jason... who knows?"

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Graham Young

25 45%

FLU (2013)

"From the opening caption 'This film is not based on real events', Flu has style and energy."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Graham Young

26 28%

The Family (2013)

"Besson has made a career out of a willingness to experiment but The Family's tonal variations jar."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Graham Young

27 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"This is independent, regional British cinema at its best."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Graham Young

28 49%

Parkland (2013)

"Kennedy's death is dramatically reflected via the emergency room emotions."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Graham Young

29 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Though overlong at 146 minutes, Catching Fire retains the original's curiously-engaging mix of The Running Man, Spartacus, Ben Hur, Avatar and Rambo."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Graham Young

30 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"As the beating heart of this story about "a crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice", Whitaker is back on form."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Graham Young

31 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Despite some lovely exchanges and cracking lines, The Counsellor is too complex and wordy for its own good, so it's Cormac 1, Scott 0."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Graham Young

32 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"The end is satisfaction enough to justify the initially explicit means."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Graham Young

33 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"The Shakespearean-style cod language here offers Law few favours in either direction."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Graham Young

34 17%

Love Tomorrow ()

"Despite their gifts for dancing, the two leads here never look quite as comfortable delivering their lines."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Graham Young

35 75%

Kelly + Victor ()

"An uncompromisingly tough watch, a tale of hard drugs and even stronger sex set in Liverpool."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Graham Young

36 85%

Seduced And Abandoned ()

"It feels honest, with Baldwin admitting he's sometimes trusted people he shouldn't have."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Graham Young

37 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A nail-biting journey that's as nerve-wracking as it is technically impressive."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Graham Young

38 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Ignore the gaping plot holes and Now You See Me all comes together in gloriously silly fashion."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Graham Young

39 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"As a potential future video manual which could encourage some people to become high-end criminals, it left me uneasy."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Graham Young

40 34%

The Internship (2013)

"Agreeably topical, intermittently funny, occasionally moving... and arguably the biggest product placement plug of all time ..."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Graham Young

41 27%

Bula Quo! ()

"Bula Quo! is non-stop fun if you fancy James Bond lite crossed with Jaws, Mr Bean, Mamma Mia! and TV holiday show Wish You Were Here...?"

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Graham Young

42 31%

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

"It's a relatively hackneyed drama, unable to turn the real-life story of young surfer Jay Moriarity (Johnny Weston) into a silver screen sizzler."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Graham Young

43 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"In-jokes about celebrity culture and what these stars might really be like pours gasoline onto every spark."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Graham Young

44 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"The switch freshens up the premise and means you don't need to have seen the original."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Graham Young

45 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"In 35 years' time, I rather suspect today's popcorn fix will simply be described as 'pants'."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Graham Young

46 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"The Iceman is a welcome adult thriller and its neat period touches will help to transfix many from start to finish."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Cheryl Mullin

47 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Regardless of the story's degree of historical accuracy, no doom-laden celebrity biopic has ever featured so much salacious fun. Nor has there been a film quite this entertaining all year."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Graham Young

48 38%

The Purge (2013)

"DeMonaco's script begins to run out of steam ... but there's a deliciously nasty sting in the tail, just when it seems the film is poised to draw breath."

Posted May 29, 2013

Damon Smith

49 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"The fractured chronology hampers dramatic momentum but Jordan navigates a clear path between past and present, drawing us into his heroines' unusual predicament."

Posted May 29, 2013

Damon Smith