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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 80%

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

3 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

4 94%

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

5 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

6 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

7 94%

Her (2014)

"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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

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

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Tim Martain

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 30%

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

27 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

28 67%

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

29 11%

After Earth (2013)

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

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Tim Martain

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 75%

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

35 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

36 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

37 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"While this movie easily has more charm than the cynically produced Twilight films, it somehow lacks the charisma."

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Tim Martain

38 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Between the screenplay by playwright Tom Stoppard and the direction of Joe Wright, Anna Karenina is a stylistically fascinating film."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Tim Martain

39 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"A remarkable performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the glue that holds Lincoln together. Without him, this would be a very unremarkable film."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Tim Martain

40 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"There is no Team America-style, flag-waving bravado behind this story - it is quite the opposite."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Tim Martain

41 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Hitchcock's playful yet slightly dark tone makes it an easy film to watch and the insight into Hitch the man will be a hoot for any fan of his work."

Posted Jan 12, 2013

Tim Martain

42 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"What better analogy for our place in the universe than a couple of scared creatures stranded on a precarious liferaft in the middle of a vast nothingness?"

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Tim Martain

43 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"THE Hobbit occupies that same awkward spot in popular cinema as the Twilight movies in terms of balancing good cinema against fan-service."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Tim Martain

44 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"Whatever its agenda might (or might not) be, Rise of the Guardians is a surprisingly rousing tale with a story that resonates easily, if not deeply."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Tim Martain

45 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower is funny, nostalgic, heartfelt and sweet, and so vivid it will practically make you feel the warm summer wind in your hair."

Posted Dec 2, 2012

Tim Martain

46 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Sometimes the old ways are the best. This is a theme and repeated line running throughout the new James Bond film Skyfall and never has it been more true."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Tim Martain

47 48%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"The Twilight Saga has finally ended, not with a triumphant roar but with the self-satisfied mumble of an inconsiderate lover rolling over and breaking wind as they fall asleep"

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Tim Martain

48 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"Seven Psychopaths is almost certainly not the movie you'll be expecting it to be, but as long as you stick with it, this is one of its greatest strengths, not a weakness."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Tim Martain

49 ——

The First Fagin ()

"The First Fagin is a great example of how true stories are often more extraordinary than fiction."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Tim Martain

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