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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

These Final Hours ()

"There's never been an end-of-days movie quite like These Final Hours before, an anything-goes orgy of grief, savagery, and sex, with just enough humanity to remind us why maybe farewelling mankind would be a shame after all. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Simon Miraudo

2 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"For a good 80 minutes, Non-Stop delivers exactly what the title promises - an escalating series of exciting set-pieces with a great, mysterious backbone. This is top grade Hollywood entertainment."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Richard Haridy

3 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"Sure, every character beat is hammy and predictable, but hey, not everything can be fine dining. Sometimes you just want a good cheeseburger and fries."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Richard Haridy

4 100%

Still Life ()

"[Pasolini's] unassuming balance of the touching and melancholy is rather enchanting."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Glenn Dunks

5 30%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Deliver Us From Evil may indeed be a marvel of sound design, but it's otherwise three miracles short of a canonisation."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Simon Miraudo

6 ——

Lawrence & Holloman ()

"More anti-human than Antichrist, Matthew Kowalchuck's beyond-black comedy Lawrence & Holloman asks us to revel in the largely-unsuccessful emotional torture of a jerk by a sociopath. And they said cinema had run out of heroes. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Simon Miraudo

7 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"If we should take anything away from the terse title characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it's the power of brevity. So, here's my review: Apes together strong. Sequel merely solid. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Simon Miraudo

8 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Ginger and Rosa is a small flick that reminds audiences how exciting it is to see raw and sincere performances despite what kind of package they're delivered in"

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

9 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"The Missing Picture is a haunting and sobering documentary that not only mesmerises with its narrative but also impresses with its collage of techniques that merge seamlessly to give us something truly unique on screen."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

10 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Tris is no Katniss Everdeen, and Divergent is a better film for not trying to impersonate a similar trilogy. It won't excite the world to the extent of The Hunger Games but this more humble offering is nevertheless exciting, fun and satisfying."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

11 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"It's a refreshing approach to the genre, even when revisiting years later, in an era inundated with superhero movies where each tries to better the last's visual effects budget."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

12 70%

52 Tuesdays ()

"The movie stands out for all of the right reasons. It's a breath of fresh air, especially within the Australian industry, and not just because of its unique approach to shooting. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

13 83%

The Bourne Identity (2002)

"Whether you consider it a smart thriller or a paint-by-numbers spy caper, The Bourne Identity is a dynamic interpretation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

14 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"There's no depth to what you see on screen here: MacFarlane is simply doing what he does best; delivering cheap laughs as he continues to try and push the boundaries."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

15 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"The picture anesthetises you into boredom with its inflated sense of purpose, missing an opportunity, whether as a biopic or an artistic drama, to both honour Kelly's memory and entertain modern audiences."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

16 75%

The Pirate Fairy (2014)

"At its core, underneath the swashbuckling adventure, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is a thoughtful tale of female friendship, of appreciating individuality, opening one's mind to new possibilities and always believing in second chances."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

17 83%

Belle & Sebastian (2013)

"A tale of innocence and companionship that is thankfully nowhere near as traumatic as Old Yeller."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

18 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Jess Lomas

19 ——

Feuchtgebiete (2014)

"Wetlands takes a gross thing, teenagerdom, and makes it grosser, which is like setting out to make an especially revolting movie about your last bout of conjunctivitis: any memory of the experience is probably potent enough."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Simon Miraudo

20 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Stunning to behold, often impossible-seeming, hypnotic and profoundly affecting, Under the Skin achieves what some sci-fi films could only ever dream of: actually taking us to another universe entirely."

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Simon Miraudo

21 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Something like a cross between Stories We Tell... and Frank... Finding Vivian Maier is an exquisite portrait of an almost-lost icon."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Simon Miraudo

22 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"for a younger audience seeking out a serious exploration of teen sexuality, Endless Love will prove to be soporific and - most disappointing of all - sexually tepid and timid."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Glenn Dunks

23 9%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Rarely have I felt such disconnect between material and the actors tasked with performing it as I did with Mark Waters' Vampire Academy."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Glenn Dunks

24 86%

Joe (2014)

"Nicolas Cage is as if the question "Turn down for what?" took human form and then starred in a bunch of direct-to-DVD thrillers. For him, there is no such thing as a 'phoned-in' performance."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Simon Miraudo

25 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"There might not be a sadder image in 2014 than the cast of Jersey Boys awaiting their ovation as a half-empty matinee clears out, sporadically-clapping, maybe, out of obligation."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Simon Miraudo

26 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Almost as if attempting to recreate the setting of a Bruce Springsteen song ... it's wonderful to look at if not necessarily to watch."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Glenn Dunks

27 15%

Rage (2014)

"If you are going to make a B-grade exploitation piece you need to go for excess and insanity. Tokarev commits the ultimate movie sin: it makes a Nicolas Cage revenge thriller simply boring."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Richard Haridy

28 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"3 Days to Kill is a frequently bizarre, never boring mash-up that doesn't come together yet perfectly encapsulates everything both good and bad about Luc Besson's recent output"

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Richard Haridy

29 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow is an ingenious action-comedy about how frequently movie heroes would actually die if they attempted that much crazy s***."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Simon Miraudo

30 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"I'd like to report a murder. The buddy-cop comedy is dead, drowned in a sea of d*** jokes by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Hey, at least it died doing what it loved. "

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Simon Miraudo

31 89%

Willow Creek (2014)

"It's damn good. Believe it... [Willow Creek is] a break-up movie, really; just one in which a mysterious monster assists in the breaking."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Simon Miraudo

32 ——

Mahi va gorbeh (Fish & Cat) ()

"The rare example of when it's fun to be f***ed with. Frankly, you can't buy reveals as good as Fish & Cat's got."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Simon Miraudo

33 100%

Mommy ()

"The most accomplished consummation yet of [Dolan's] thematic fascinations, cinematographic realisations, and pop art aspirations, which is a long way of saying it's f***ing excellent."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Simon Miraudo

34 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"James Franco's unintentionally-LOL-worthy collection of short stories has been condensed, refined, & infinitely bettered by writer-director Gia Coppola, who, as you can imagine from her stock, is more than capable of sorting the wheat from Franco's chaff."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Simon Miraudo

35 84%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"A final foot chase - like much before it - attempts to recall classics like The Third Man, yet is successful only in the way that Mortensen's speed is as dubious as Orson Welles'."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Simon Miraudo

36 100%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()

"Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a real find... an oddly funny and often heartbreaking portrait of mental illness as well as exploration of both the freeing power and danger of cinephilia."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Simon Miraudo

37 65%

The Rover (2014)

"The Rover is a hugely stressful tone poem in which on-screen characters are constantly being shot and killed by off-screen characters... [It] at least makes for a better Cormac McCarthy movie than The Counselor did."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Simon Miraudo

38 88%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"Two Days, One Night is paced like a joke, but it plays like a prayer. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Simon Miraudo

39 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Not all the heart-swelling flying sequences in the world can flap away the sensation of franchise fatigue here."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Simon Miraudo

40 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"The true tragedy of Life Itself is that Roger isn't around to write about it. No one would have been able to say whatever there is to be said any better."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Simon Miraudo

41 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Carney can get himself out of structural strife by populating his film with likeable actors and having them play pleasant music. But only once."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Simon Miraudo

42 100%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"George and Ben, Molina and Lithgow; between them, Love is Strange will give you something to write home about."

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Simon Miraudo

43 89%

Locke (2014)

"Steven Knight's Locke makes us ride 'shotgun' with Tom Hardy for 85 minutes and doesn't let us out until the final credits roll. There are worse people to be stuck in traffic with. Carrot Top. Piers Morgan. Literally any Jenner. "

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Simon Miraudo

44 99%

Boyhood (2014)

" It just moves so quickly, which, I suppose, is the whole point. For those of us who were already marking time by tracking Ethan Hawke's facial hair, it'll be a startling experience."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Simon Miraudo

45 100%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Gentle, funny and very moving, The Skeleton Twins is too late to make stars out of the already-adored Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, but is just in time to prove they've got much more to give in their hopefully very long careers."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Simon Miraudo

46 75%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"The star, Emily Browning, is all bangs and eyes; there couldn't be a more perfect-looking physical representation of a Belle and/or a Sebastian if Stuart Murdoch Weird Science'd one into existence."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Simon Miraudo

47 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Not even Errol Morris' infamous Interrotron - a camera-rig that gazes right into the subject's freaking soul - can pierce an unyielding Donald Rumsfeld in The Unknown Known."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Simon Miraudo

48 88%

Frank (2014)

"Michael Fassbender covers up in Frank, though you could say that of any film he's done in the years since Shame. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Simon Miraudo

49 90%

Calvary (2014)

"Even in a piece as dark and sombre as Calvary, the self-referential, anarchic McDonagh's sincerity remains inscrutable. His uncanny talent as a tightrope-walking filmmaker, however, is as clear as Christ on the cross."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Simon Miraudo

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