Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
"If perhaps not as frightening as the original, Insidious 2 certainly amps up the knowing hokiness (which was always at least a ghostly presence in the first film), while proving far bolder and more ingenious than your average sequel. "
You're Next (2013)
"finely observed social comedy of dysfunctional manners is slyly infiltrated by bloody home invasion tropes, & the generational decline of the haute bourgeoisie fast gives way to a more fundamental (but intimately related) struggle for survival. "
"[this] genuine high point for ultra-low budget British horror... may be an utterly crazy tale, full of unbelievable incident, but turn it over in your mind and there is a harrowing subtext lying beneath its surface, just waiting to be unearthed. "
"a tough, tense and often very funny film - but at its heart is an enigmatic character through whom an understated discourse on the nature of justice and morality is allowed to play out in any way, ultimately, that we choose. "
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
"All the retrogressive, self-replicating signatures of a Summer tentpole have been spliced into its very DNA, ensuring its box-office survival, but also limiting its capacity to evolve. This is Web 2.0, but certainly no paradigm-shifting Metaverse. "
Killer Joe (2012)
"this bucket of southern gothic is a Coen-esque caper of small-town double-crosses that starts off trailer-trash tawdry, before steadily gearing down into truly unhinged realms - even for the Texas hinterlands. "
"Ozu's chilliest film... certainly packs a devastating (albeit characteristically understated) emotional punch - but on the way it is occasionally marred by meandering scenes that belie the usual economy of Ozu's minimalism. "
Early Spring (Soshun) (1974)
"despite giving full expression to the disappointments and despair of white-collar drudgery... it ends in fragile reconciliation and the restoration of a dream which, though perhaps empty, gains strength precisely from being shared. "
"So deliriously improbable is its blend of contributing elements, and so prescient is its peculiar version of the future, that you can almost forgive this curio the rather tepid character drama that holds together all its odd particulars. "
The Turin Horse (2012)
The Artist (2011)
Café de Flore (2012)
"As these parallel narratives unfold, separated by time and space but conjoined by their shared motifs of love, loss, jealousy and obsession, hints emerge of other, less strictly thematic connections between them. "
The Monk (2013)
John Carter (2012)
"Don't Think is an extraordinarily experiential account of that mildly psychedelic evening, with Smith's camera swooping and swooning over an audience going bananas to the throbbing force of The Chemical Brother's beats. "
Young Adult (2011)
Winter's Bone (2010)
La Nana (The Maid) (2009)