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The Mercury

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Big Eyes (2014)

" The score by Danny Elfman makes it sound a little too much like a romantic comedy at times but Big Eyes is a smart flick with a lot to say and many talking points to present. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Tim Martain

2 31%

Chappie (2015)

" The emotional power of Chappie's portrayal makes it stirring to watch but it just doesn't feel like enough care was taken with the rest of the film surrounding the robot. "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Tim Martain

3 90%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

" Quite frankly, the story was trying my patience for a while. "

Posted Mar 1, 2015

Tim Martain

4 25%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

" Basically, it's Cinderella, complete with sparkly dresses and a magical sky person telling poor Cinders she is actually very special. Truly awful. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Tim Martain

5 99%

Selma (2015)

" The repeated references to nonviolence form an especially powerful theme, a reminder of what can be accomplished not through simply taking revenge, but by staying your hand. "

Posted Feb 15, 2015

Tim Martain

6 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

" In the same way Shaun of the Dead became an almost perfect zombie movie simply by sending up the genre, Kingsman just might have done Bond better than Bond. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Tim Martain

7 73%

American Sniper (2015)

" For a film that seems to have its heart in the right place, it certainly botched the delivery of its otherwise quite worthy message. "

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Tim Martain

8 93%

Birdman (2014)

" The humour and drama of Birdman are a slick delivery vehicle for a philosophically detailed existential crisis story, with life imitating art imitating life. "

Posted Jan 15, 2015

Tim Martain

9 83%

The Water Diviner (2015)

" Crowe's directorial debut is a call for tolerance and understanding, pacifism and reason, and, above all else, compassion ... for everyone affected by every war. "

Posted Jan 11, 2015

Tim Martain

10 89%

The Imitation Game (2014)

" This is a human drama that invites you to think, not just about the technicalities and the philosophies behind code-breaking, but also the social and psychological themes. "

Posted Jan 1, 2015

Tim Martain

11 35%

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

" Horrible Bosses 2 is mostly a good laugh with some comic moments that really sing. But, here's the thing: rape jokes are not funny. And this one left a bad taste. "

Posted Dec 11, 2014

Tim Martain

12 28%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

" Whether you are religious or not, you must admit, the epic scale of the biblical Exodus is a fantastic story. "

Posted Dec 8, 2014

Tim Martain

13 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

" Nightcrawler paints a pretty grim picture of modern society and the logical outcome of our collective insatiable thirst for information, bigger shocks and faster delivery. "

Posted Nov 29, 2014

Tim Martain

14 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

" To be honest, Mockingjay Part 1 is probably the weakest of the three so far, but if this is as bad as it gets, that is still something of a triumph. "

Posted Nov 21, 2014

Tim Martain

15 89%

The Drop (2014)

" Certainly not your average crime flick, The Drop has much more subtle sensibilities than its equivalent British or Hollywood contemporaries, and that is assuredly a good thing. "

Posted Nov 18, 2014

Tim Martain

16 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" Christopher Nolan can do whatever the hell he likes. He's earned that right now. And if he uses that clout for films like Interstellar, we all win. "

Posted Nov 8, 2014

Tim Martain

17 77%

Fury (2014)

" If you're considering seeing Fury but you're reluctant because you don't want to watch a "tank movie", don't worry, because it isn't. "

Posted Oct 23, 2014

Tim Martain

18 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

" Gone Girl is so expertly crafted that its 150-minute running time flies by - this story is worth every tightly-wound second. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Tim Martain

19 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

" With some good acting performances, some very horror-movie sensibilities, a good mystery and a solid dystopian aesthetic, The Maze Runner trilogy is off to a great start. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Tim Martain

20 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

" Kinda fun and enjoyable despite its dubious pedigree, not because of it. I got the distinct feeling this movie deserved a better treatment than it got from its makers. "

Posted Sep 13, 2014

Tim Martain

21 96%

What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

" What We Do in the Shadows is a sharp little character-driven comedy that gets its laughs not so much from the plot but simply from its cast of weirdos. "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Tim Martain

22 84%

Predestination (2015)

" There are clues scattered throughout the story that point towards the ending, which would be clever if they weren't plonked in so loudly. "

Posted Aug 30, 2014

Tim Martain

23 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

" An environmental, post-apocalyptic, revolutionary-uprising sci-fi action movie on a train. Sub-genres don't come much more specific than Snowpiercer. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Martain

24 78%

These Final Hours (2015)

" These Final Hours is tragic, sad, thrilling and tense, a triumph of cinema that tells its gut-wrenching tale in under 90 minutes - take note, Hollywood. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Tim Martain

25 60%

Hercules (2014)

" With repeated themes of emotional trauma, running from your demons, and facing the consequences of your actions, Hercules is a deceptively textured and layered action movie. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Tim Martain

26 17%

Sex Tape (2014)

" Not a great movie but still one of the funnier iPad commercials I've seen lately. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Tim Martain

27 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

" AT the centre of our galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Not even light can escape from its powerful gravitational pull. And not even that sucks as much as this movie. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Tim Martain

28 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

" 22 Jump Street is not just a sequel, it is a 112-minute running gag about sequels, including the adaptation of the title. "

Posted Jun 21, 2014

Tim Martain

29 65%

The Rover (2014)

" The familiarity of the setting and everyday items clashes with the Armageddon atmosphere and the eerie soundtrack to make a strangely creepy setting. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Tim Martain

30 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

" This is Mystique's movie. The filmmakers are obviously making the most of Jennifer Lawrence's current star power by putting her right out front for this one. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Tim Martain

31 74%

Godzilla (2014)

" Gareth Edwards, who directed the genre-twisting film Monsters, knows how to turn a monster flick into something more thoughtful while still maintaining an exciting exterior. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Tim Martain

32 73%

Neighbors (2014)

" There seemed to be two separate movies running in parallel, and I couldn't shake the feeling that these two halves just didn't fit together properly. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Tim Martain

33 98%

The Babadook (2014)

" Davis gives possibly the performance of her career in The Babadook, portraying this emotionally destroyed woman with an authenticity and honesty that is punishing to watch. "

Posted May 5, 2014

Tim Martain

34 19%

Transcendence (2014)

" What should have been a brain in a vat just became a brain in a blender. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Tim Martain

35 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

" Fiennes is magnificent, his droll wit and a "keep calm and carry on" delivery occasionally peppered with highlights of profanity and fire. Comedic timing perfection. "

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Tim Martain

36 81%

Tracks (2014)

" It looks amazing, the acting performances are perfect, the story is engaging, and its themes and tone combine to create a rewarding movie about an iconic Australian character. "

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Tim Martain

37 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

" It probably warrants a second viewing, just to see if it all holds together under closer scrutiny once you know its secrets. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Tim Martain

38 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

" Now, weight loss does not equal acting, but in this case it forms a central part of McConaughey's remarkable dedication to completely inhabiting this role. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Tim Martain

39 49%

RoboCop (2014)

" To its credit, Robocop tries very hard to be as good as the original but it lacks the satirical finesse and isn't as smart as it wants to be. "

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Tim Martain

40 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

" Scorsese seems to have mixed every genre and every tone from all his previous work together in one big three-hour character-driven opus. And the damn thing works. "

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Tim Martain

41 94%

Her (2013)

" If Judd Apatow had directed this, it might have made a very good comedy, but in Jonze's hands it is beautifully philosophical and heartfelt. Utterly, devastatingly beautiful. "

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Tim Martain

42 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

" While it might lose some of the finer detail and plotting of the book, it more than makes up for this in the sensuous way it recreates its setting and its engaging characters. "

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Tim Martain

43 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

" I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching the movie, but I felt a bit disengaged with the story, as if it only existed as a device to hold the big pretty visuals together. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Tim Martain

44 48%

Carrie (2013)

" It might be remade almost shot-for-shot, but times have changed since the `70s, and I personally think Peirce's clear agenda for updating its dominant themes is a welcome one. "

Posted Nov 30, 2013

Tim Martain

45 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

" There is no law of diminishing returns here. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is every bit as potent and gripping as its predecessor and a real triumph of entertainment. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Tim Martain

46 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

" Less violent and less mean-spirited than Jackass, Bad Grandpa is a funny little diversion and that's about it, but that's okay. "

Posted Nov 16, 2013

Tim Martain

47 34%

The Counselor (2013)

" The Counselor is a chore of a movie to watch and even the cast's collective talent can't save it from its brain-numbing dialogue. "

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Tim Martain

48 66%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

" This sequel once again defies the odds, director Alan Taylor improving on the already solid foundation built by Branagh to deliver a movie that is as self-assured as it is fun. "

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Tim Martain

49 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

" Machete don't text, but he does seem to have jumped a shark. The first film was great fun, but Machete Kills seems to have misunderstood its own joke. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Martain

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