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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

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

2 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

3 94%

These Final Hours ()

"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

4 61%

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

5 18%

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

6 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

7 84%

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

8 66%

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

9 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

10 73%

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

11 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

12 100%

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

13 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

14 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

15 83%

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

16 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

17 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

18 48%

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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 49%

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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 65%

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

28 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

29 97%

Gravity (2013)

"The stunning vista of the Earth spinning below, the scale of the emptiness, the distances, the astronauts and wreckage tumbling through the void...This is what 3D was made for."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Tim Martain

30 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"It may sound like an odd recommendation but A Hijacking is brilliant precisely because of the skilful way it makes you feel engaged, unwell, anxious and terrified all at once."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Tim Martain

31 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"It was nice to watch a movie that had no delusions of grandeur, a simple flick that both plays to its strengths and makes light of its own weaknesses."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Tim Martain

32 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"RED 2 plays it pretty safe, carefully emulating the style and tone of its predecessor, so if you enjoyed the first one, RED 2 should tick the same boxes for you."

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Tim Martain

33 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Its parallels with present-day asylum-seeking are obvious, and while the analogy might be a little heavy-handed, it still hits its mark and makes its point very well."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Tim Martain

34 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Abracadabra! The character development has vanished! But the flowers are still standing!"

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Tim Martain

35 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The weakest film in the three, which is a disappointing way to wrap up a trilogy, but once it stumbles past its lumbering first act it warms up considerably."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Tim Martain

36 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"A fairly solid stand-alone story that embraces everything that has preceded it and mostly keeps the momentum going in the lead-up to the next X-Men film, due next year."

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Tim Martain

37 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"If Fast and Furious 6 was stupid in the bad way, This is the End is stupid in the best and funniest way."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Tim Martain

38 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Whedon's legendary talent for dense dialogue and wrangling sprawling casts of strong characters into engaging stories has never been put to better use."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Tim Martain

39 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"I laughed, I had fun, but there is something annoyingly non-committal about the direction and tone. And why not just call it "Tonto" and be done with it? Who are we kidding?"

Posted Jul 6, 2013

Tim Martain

40 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"It'll be controversial, but to hell with it: Michael Shannon is a better General Zod than Terrence Stamp. There. I said it."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Tim Martain

41 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Almost more action movie than zombie movie, World War Z is less about the zombies than it is about the effect the outbreak has on the world. And it works."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Tim Martain

42 11%

After Earth (2013)

"Stay home. Paint something. Watch it dry. It'll be more rewarding."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Tim Martain

43 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"I recently saw a guy on TV having his scrotum nailed to a table in front of a laughing studio audience ... and Fast & Furious 6 is still the dumbest thing I've ever seen."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Tim Martain

44 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"To call this an unlikely love story is an understatement, but it is precisely this level of weirdness that makes the romance between R and Julia so surprisingly touching."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tim Martain

45 70%

The Croods (2013)

"The Croods is simple enough in its story and structure that its emotional honesty and touching message will catch you quite off-guard."

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Tim Martain

46 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Remember those Mr Magoo cartoons where the doddery old bald guy would blunder around various locations, leaving chaos in his wake while constantly insisting "I'm on vacation"?"

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Tim Martain

47 36%

Goddess ()

"Liking Goddess is easy - this Aussie musical comedy is undeniably charming and its leading lady, Laura Michelle Kelly, is captivating."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Tim Martain

48 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Something that stood out (so to speak) was the sheer amount of cleavage being exhibited by the movie's three witches - I thought Disney had a rule about this kind of thing?"

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tim Martain

49 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"For a long, sprawling, high-concept, philosophical, stylistic mash-up of a film, Cloud Atlas is impressive and thought-provoking without ever being pretentious."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Tim Martain

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