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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"Instead of being a 90-minute, three-act romantic comedy, this 124-minute plod almost begins to feel like a five-year term at its midpoint low."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Graham Young

2 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Your Sister's Sister was shot quickly and with an often improvised script, but it has an honesty which makes you care about the characters' fates."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Graham Young

3 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"Friends With Kids is the story of two best friends who discuss having a child together even though they are not a couple."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Graham Young

4 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"For a film which feels almost depressingly-familiar, it still becomes an exciting thrill ride with an interesting, watery test for Spidey's newfound web-slinging prowess."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Graham Young

5 98%

Jaws (1975)

"Jaws retains its power to enthrall and shock at the same time."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Graham Young

6 19%

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

"It's watchable enough, topical and slightly better than your average 'attractive young people in peril' movie."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Roz Laws

7 78%

The Last Projectionist ()

"The multi-talented Tom Lawes, owner of The Electric, does an extraordinary job directing, producing and editing the film, as well as writing the excellent score and recording it with his Electric Cinema Film Orchestra."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Roz Laws

8 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"Some of Bekmambetov's action sequences are spectacular as you would expect, but they are also wholly lacking in any sense of peril or jeopardy."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Graham Young

9 79%

Ill Manors ()

"On this form, 28-year-old Ben Drew has the world at his rapper's feet. "

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Graham Young

10 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"Leaving too much of an increasingly contrived film in Murphy's hands when he's not a leading man ensures that neither Weaver's nor De Diro's even more fitful presence is sufficient to save the day. "

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Graham Young

11 8%

A Thousand Kisses Deep (2013)

"The initially-promising story about a haunted woman who travels back in time to reveal the truth is as unconvincing as they come."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Graham Young

12 79%

Ill Manors ()

"Low budget director Drew has an eye for cityscapes and a finely-tuned feel for the mostly untrained cast."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Alison Jones

13 82%

Fast Girls (2013)

"Predictable as the day is long, but it certainly makes a massive change from the usual crime-infested gangster movies set in London."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Alison Jones

14 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"Red Lights has an interesting premise and Weaver is on top form at the start."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Alison Jones

15 94%

Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)

"For film lovers with a general awareness of Allen's work, this is a richly-rewarding, insightful documentary which can only make more of them want to become super fans."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Graham Young

16 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"Tom Cruise has huge fun - so audiences will too - as rock god Stacee Jaxx, all leather chaps, tattoos, sexual magnetism and a pet monkey pushing a drinks trolley."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Roz Laws

17 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"( ... ) cinema-goers looking for physical, stellar excitement might be left wishing for booster rockets."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Graham Young

18 88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"Even the Rain is pure cinema, complete with some fruity subtitles in English."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Graham Young

19 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"The distilled essence of this story is surely of more long term value than what Britain's own Tony Scott and Tom Cruise were dealing with in Top Gun."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Graham Young

20 79%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"Naturally, if you don't like the sight of blood on screen stay well clear, but, for the most part, this is an atmospheric, ghost-hunting piece with a greater emphasis on old fashioned chills."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Graham Young

21 67%

The Pact (2012)

"Despite having an effective but shockingly-predictable computer-chat scene, The Pact didn't raise a single hair on the back of my neck."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Graham Young

22 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"Think of a fusion of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Crash, The Lovely Bones and The Tree of Life."

Posted May 30, 2012

Graham Young

23 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"While it's fairly watchable, it's not a particularly memorable film."

Posted May 30, 2012

Roz Laws

24 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"The scenes where The Angels' Share unexpectedly becomes a surprisingly-tense and innovative heist movie are much more fun than the averagely tiresome bank robbery drama."

Posted May 30, 2012

Graham Young

25 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"Apparently there are at least 15 more fairytale films in production, including two each based on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan, but I doubt many of them will look as good as this."

Posted May 30, 2012

Roz Laws

26 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Moonrise is a typical Wes Anderson production, quirky to the point of becoming irritating."

Posted May 23, 2012

Graham Young

27 36%

Iron Sky (2012)

"Stylishly made with some terrific effects, Iron Sky also draws on everything from Star Wars to Dr Strangelove, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a Sarah Palin-style US President in Stephanie Paul..."

Posted May 23, 2012

Graham Young

28 94%

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

Posted May 23, 2012

Graham Young

29 22%

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

"While it's not better than you might expect, it passes the time entertainingly enough."

Posted May 23, 2012

Roz Laws

30 13%

Piranha 3DD (2012)

"The visual effects are poor and the double D of the title? Think of it a as a new exam mark and you'll be guilty of being over-optimistic."

Posted May 17, 2012

Graham Young

31 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"If you enjoy films in which adults simply talk a lot, 2 Days will feel like a breath fresh air amid the current crop of releases."

Posted May 17, 2012

Graham Young

32 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"Throughout the running (and jumping) time, the increasingly contrived action gets more violent, more intense and more outrageous."

Posted May 17, 2012

Graham Young

33 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"No subject is considered off limits for comedy here, from George Clooney's sexuality to rape and chopping off heads."

Posted May 17, 2012

Graham Young

34 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Short but bittersweet and gently amusing, it's hard to really dislike this film - but, like its characters, it's also hard to really warm to it."

Posted May 10, 2012

Roz Laws

35 65%

All In Good Time ()

"The set-up remains a universal one for all young lovers regardless of race and this a throughoughly-likeable, warm-hearted film with good performances."

Posted May 10, 2012

Graham Young

36 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Like its root '66 TV show Dark Shadows, this film is a heady mix of vampire, werewolf and witch ingredients all bubbling away in a cinematic cauldron."

Posted May 10, 2012

Graham Young

37 71%

African Cats (2011)

"The clarity of the footage is often breathtaking; watching the mother cheetah setting off on a run will have your own heart pounding in expectation."

Posted May 2, 2012

Graham Young

38 57%

Safe (2012)

"This is pure nonsensical escapism - and you can be safe and sound just knowing that."

Posted May 2, 2012

Graham Young

39 41%

Silent House (2012)

"The scariest film of the decade to date."

Posted May 2, 2012

Graham Young

40 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"This is romance by numbers and though not execrable, it's a movie for a wet Friday afternoon on the telly."

Posted May 2, 2012

Alison Jones

41 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Looking like a cross between Dublin-born Wilfrid Brambell's Steptoe, Robin Williams and Jamie Bell, it's an extraordinary performance, requiring little dialogue for us to see the pain deep in his/her soul."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Graham Young

42 0%

Outside Bet ()

"The story unfolds with all of the predictability of a simple jam sandwich..."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Graham Young

43 38%

Lockout (Unrated) (2012)

"Even once it has run its course, Lockout is no knockout."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Graham Young

44 95%

Marley (2012)

"If you'd asked me a month ago how Marley had died, I might have cluelessly suggested a drug overdose."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Graham Young

45 73%

The Monitor (Babycall) (2012)

"Rapace again proves herself to be a fearless actress, especially when Babycall is delivering elements which are as unsettling as something like Robin Williams' One Hour Photo."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Graham Young

46 0%

Elfie Hopkins ()

"It's cheaply made, shambolically written, diabolically acted, badly directed and excruciatingly awful."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Graham Young

47 11%

Gone (2012)

"Just very silly."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Graham Young

48 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Doesn't quite know whether it wants to be a full blown romantic drama, a geo-political commentary, a satirical comedy like The Thick Of It..."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Graham Young

49 5%

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

"There's the usual mixture of flying tables and chairs and various scrapes here and there while unknown director Mabrouk El Mechri tries to remember what he was supposed to be doing with the plot."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Graham Young

50 63%

Delicacy (2012)

"Although the ending is of the make of it what you will type, it is surprisingly delightful."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Graham Young

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