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Birmingham Post

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"Linfield and Fothergill, colleagues from the BBC Natural History unit, who worked together on the series Planet Earth, remain cheerful throughout. Their passion for Mother Nature shines through in every frame."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Damon Smith

2 37%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"Dead Man Down is gripping."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Damon Smith

3 28%

21 And Over (2013)

"Moore and Lucas's script treats the characters with affection and is peppered with belly laughs."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Damon Smith

4 54%

All Stars ()

"All Stars is inoffensive wish fulfilment aimed at a distinctly younger audience than the StreetDance franchise."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Damon Smith

5 55%

The Look of Love (2013)

"Quips aside, there's a disappointing lack of depth to the characters."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Damon Smith

6 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Fun for both fans and newbies to the comic book world, the movie may be a lengthy 129 minutes but it doesn't feel like it."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Susan Griffin

7 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"The film means well, it just doesn't stir the soul."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Damon Smith

8 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"Fuqua lights the fuse on the summer blockbuster season with an almighty, ground-shaking bang."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Damon Smith

9 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"[Peddles] a winning formula of fizzing dialogue and longing glances."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Damon Smith

10 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"The Place Beyond The Pines is impeccably crafted and Mike Patton's orchestrations beautifully underscore the inner turmoil."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Damon Smith

11 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"The script's philosophical musings about humanity and self-sacrifice are almost as flimsy as the central love triangle that fails to ignite the emotional afterburners for a slam-bang finale."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Damon Smith

12 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"[It] quickly descends into a pointless repetition of images and vapid dialogue."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Damon Smith

13 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"The bittersweet mood pervades until the final frames when Hedges contrives a satisfying resolution that should leave a few lumps in throats."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Damon Smith

14 39%

Dark Skies (2013)

"Dark Skies sustains tension by grounding most of the family's torment in reality."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Damon Smith

15 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"As they find issues and themes they can relate to, the action is never remotely static despite the frequent nature of the close-ups and the plastic sword."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

16 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Re-releasing Nemo in 3D gives a whole new generation the chance to enjoy it in cinemas for the first time - as well as adding extra depth to the wonderful scenes from the ocean deep."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

17 89%

In the House (2013)

"An ambitious, beautiful looking movie with the underlying theme that if you want to get on in life sooner or later you have to start to experience it for good or bad."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

18 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"Identity Thief features the kind of 'humour' which says you don't just hit a person once, you should do it repeatedly to make it funnier."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

19 73%

One Mile Away ()

"If One Mile Away can foster a sense of whole-city community within certain factions, a 7 Up style sequel would be a good thing for everyone to aim for."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

20 68%

Trance (2013)

"Trance is a bold statement that after dabbling in the theatre and sport, Boyle is still a confident force to be reckoned with."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

21 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"Johnson deserves far better material than a non-stop confusing orgy of violence, somehow directed by Jon M Chu on the back of two Step Up dance movies."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Graham Young

22 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Jack the Giant Slayer is watchable enough, but seriously overlong at 114 minutes with only the extended, second ending offering full-throttle action."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Graham Young

23 16%

Stolen (2012)

"A film that feels too close to Liam Neeson's 2009-hit Taken for comfort ..."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Graham Young

24 89%

Compliance (2012)

"It might make you a tougher person after watching it."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Graham Young

25 70%

The Croods (2013)

"A funny, spectacular comedy animation with the added dimension of being deep-rooted in our biggest 21st Century fears."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Graham Young

26 41%

Parker (2013)

"If Statham harbours ambitions of making a career-defining action thriller, Parker has to be seen as another opportunity lost."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Graham Young

27 92%

Side by Side (2012)

"Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Graham Young

28 70%

The Spirit of '45 ()

"The unspoken, underlying truth beneath Loach's tenor is that every government has successes and failures, while all enduring issues of fairness surely ought to be seen as non-political."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Graham Young

29 48%

Maniac (2013)

"Much of the film feels graphically real but I was never convinced that some of the girls would ever have trusted him in the first place."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Graham Young

30 51%

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

"There are some quite gripping moments along the way. It's pretty good, just not great."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Roz Laws

31 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Slow to get going, with long looks and tension-filled silences, but it draws you in and becomes very compelling."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Roz Laws

32 93%

No (2013)

"A worthy and a quite interesting slice of modern international history ..."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Roz Laws

33 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"There are OK performances but the cast are better than this. Very occasionally it's vaguely amusing, but it's mostly just annoying or cringeworthy."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Roz Laws

34 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"Frank Langella plays former cat burglar Frank and the 75-year-old actor holds the entire film together with his screen integrity."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Graham Young

35 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Warmth and charm have almost been sucked dry from this incarnation of Oz and performances are muted, especially Franco, who bumbles through his scenes as if he is making up dialogue on the spot."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Damon Smith

36 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Not a huge amount happens, though suspense does eventually build."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Roz Laws

37 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"The plot holes are so big that you can drive a bus through them and you'll come out of the cinema asking 'But why didn't...?' about many things."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Roz Laws

38 28%

Broken City (2013)

"I wouldn't call it gripping, but it's compelling enough to make you keep watching - and the performances lift a script which could be better."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Roz Laws

39 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"This is no fairytale for kids, but adults are advised to give it a miss too."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Roz Laws

40 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"This would be a good day to kill this franchise for ever."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Roz Laws

41 65%

Mama (2013)

"It's frankly laughable by the daft end, when Mama and her tragic tale are fully revealed."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Roz Laws

42 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"For all its flaws, it's pretty funny and moving."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Roz Laws

43 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"It's one of those films that really divides opinion, but I still reckon it's a must-see - and especially on the big screen - just because it is unlike anything else you'll have seen at the cinema."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Roz Laws

44 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"The zombie genre has been done to, well, death but this has some originality and funny lines, as well as clever make-up."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Roz Laws

45 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"It has quite a few good lines and laugh-out-loud moments, while it's atmospherically shot."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Roz Laws

46 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"The Judd-ernaut is back to make you shudder with another comedy that sometimes aims below the belt... but which survives on fair degrees of charm and hilarity, too."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Graham Young

47 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"It's arguably the best Pixar-style feature from Disney that hasn't actually been made directly by its acquired, multi-Oscar winning arm."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Graham Young

48 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"A surprisingly bright-and-breezy affair in which the action moves briskly and with no little humour."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Graham Young

49 ——

Small Creatures ()

"Promising director Martin Wallace delivers a series of adolescent dilemmas where loyalty and self-preservation clash head on, with the availability of friends' sisters providing light relief from the more aggressive scenes."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Graham Young

50 4%

Movie 43 (2013)

"This is nothing more than a chance to watch many of your favourite stars embarrassing themselves like 13-year-olds high on illicit booze."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Graham Young

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