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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"The carnage is eye-gougingly savage - not for nothing does one of the hero's most lethal adversaries go by the name Hammer Girl - but Evans choreographs the action so tightly and films it so fluidly that the mayhem is mesmerising."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Jason Best

2 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Park Chan-wook's movie was a delirious nightmare whose ideas and images stuck like burrs in the mind. Lee's remake is all too forgettable."

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Jason Best

3 40%

Divergent (2014)

"For a tale that trumpets the virtues of non-conformity, teen fantasy adventure Divergent proves disappointingly content to follow the pack."

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Jason Best

4 ——

The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke) (2013)

"An unashamedly silly, brazenly sexy romp."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Jason Best

5 82%

Salvo ()

"Set during a Palermo heatwave, the film opens with a truly scorching action scene... The drama that subsequently unfolds, however, substitutes slow-burning tension for shock. "

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Jason Best

6 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Saving Mr Banks is an unexpected gem, a witty and warm-hearted celebration of two great storytellers that adroitly balances delicious culture-clash comedy with affecting biographical insights."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Jason Best

7 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Josh Gad's winningly goofy talking snowman... is too dim to realise that longing for the arrival of summer is not particularly wise for one of his kind."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Jason Best

8 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"The Butler is as worthy and earnest as its hero... but some scenes have a gut-wrenching impact that makes the struggle to overcome bigotry and oppression heartrendingly real."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Jason Best

9 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Teeters on the brink of self-parody."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Jason Best

10 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Even in a black wig and ratty fake-fur coat, Scarlett Johansson's otherworldly allure is intact, confirming any suspicions you may have that Hollywood stars belong to another species."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Jason Best

11 27%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"Hornby's suicidal quartet vow to go on; viewers lose the will to live."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Jason Best

12 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Glance in Need for Speed's rear-view mirror and you'll catch glimpses of... Vanishing Point and Two-Lane Blacktop. Bullitt even pops up on a drive-in screen at one point. Just don't expect any of those films' existential cool or stripped-down rawness. "

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jason Best

13 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"You don't need to be an obsessive fan of the series... the self-mocking cameo from James Franco - caught by a celebrity spy camera trying to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans and to find words that rhyme with 'orange' - is funny without footnotes."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jason Best

14 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"The crime plot is lazily predictable, but the comedy is barely any better. Cube plays the straight man to Hart's manic motor mouth, but anyone who isn't already a fan will probably find his comic shtick more irritating than amusing. "

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Jason Best

15 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"The film reaches stratospheric heights of preposterousness, but the mix of whodunit intrigue, ticking-bomb suspense and pockets of turbulent action is ridiculously enjoyable."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Jason Best

16 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Showing tragic events through a child's eyes can be a powerful storytelling strategy, but there's something altogether too cosy and bland about Downton Abbey director Brian Percival's handling of the material here."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Jason Best

17 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Gary Oldman's gor-blimey Cockney accent and Harrison Ford's scarily short buzz cut are the most striking features of this disappointingly routine corporate espionage thriller."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Jason Best

18 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Set in a deluxe spa hotel occupying an imaginary corner of Mitteleuropa between the wars, Wes Anderson's new film pampers the viewer with its sumptuous visual delights, sparkling dialogue and absurdly enjoyable comic intrigue."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Jason Best

19 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"As kinkily leather-clad Artemisia, Eva Green brings a deliciously sly camp knowingness and sublime smoky-eyed sensuality to the role that just about saves this absurdly over-laden vessel from sinking."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Jason Best

20 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"A flaky romantic fantasy that spans three time periods and is eye-wateringly ludicrous in each of them."

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Jason Best

21 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"Beguilingly bonkers... a comedy adventure that bowls along with the freewheeling inventiveness and surreal leaps of a child's imagination."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Jason Best

22 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"The love-conquers-all narrative bears as much resemblance to real life as The Lego Movie, but for all its blandness, Endless Love will be pure catnip for its target audience of teen girls."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Jason Best

23 54%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Silly and cheesy but enormous fun if you're in the right mood."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Jason Best

24 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Clooney seems uncertain of the right tone to take, aiming here for a would-be comic guys-on-a-mission jauntiness and there for race-against-time-suspense... But the comedy isn't that funny... And the drama isn't that dramatic."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jason Best

25 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"By turns ornery, obnoxious, dogged, canny, brave and compassionate, McConaughey is mesmerising to watch."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Jason Best

26 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"It's Fiennes's portrayal of the complex, driven private man behind the boundless enthusiasm and charisma of Dickens's public image that makes his performance special. "

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Jason Best

27 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"A bespectacled, bow-tie wearing beagle with a genius IQ and a penchant for terrible puns... Erudite, pedantic, prissily formal, he sounds a lot like Niles from Frasier but he'd make a great Dog-tor Who."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jason Best

28 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Josť Padilha has tinkered with the hero's iconic suit and toned down Verhoeven's ultra-violence considerably, but enough remains of the first film's subversive wit to make this remake one of those rare entities: a blockbuster with brains."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Jason Best

29 96%

Sunshine on Leith ()

"Despite the low-budget-defying gloss (Edinburgh really does look fabulous), the gritty honesty of the Reid brothers' songs remains intact and the superb cast give their stirring singalong anthems real emotional clout."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

30 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Amanda Seyfried acts out of her skin."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

31 70%

The Croods (2013)

"Boisterous, colourful and warm-hearted, with energetic action scenes, knockabout slapstick humour and lush visuals."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

32 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Ryan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for the ultra-violent, ultra-slow-moving Bangkok-set revenge thriller Only God Forgives, whose unflinching gore and crawling pace will probably prove equally off-putting to most viewers."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

33 59%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"The Frozen Ground covers familiar territory but benefits from authentically seamy scene setting amid the bars and strip-joints where the killer found his prey, and from solid performances by its leads, all of whom are acting against type."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

34 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Deftly observed, touchingly melancholy and slyly funny."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

35 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"The film's stage origins tell a little too obviously in places and the acting will seem overripe for some, but fans of Eugene O'Neil, Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee will surely find this rich slice of Midwestern Gothic to their taste."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

36 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The plotting is fairly hackneyed, with standard-issue office break-ins and routine car chases, right down to the inevitable ticking bomb climax. And the action lacks the furious kinetic urgency the Bourne movies brought to the secret agent genre."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

37 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Martin Scorsese's giddy biopic of stockbroker swindler Jordan Belfort, has all the dazzle and pizzazz of his classic gangster movies - only this time the crooks on screen are pumping and dumping worthless stocks rather than bodies."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

38 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"12 Years A Slave tackles America's primal sin of slavery with unflinching honesty, leaving in the shade Hollywood's previous efforts to address the subject, from Gone With the Wind's rose-tinted myopia to Django Unchained's gore-and-irony-soaked fantasy."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

39 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"By far the film's greatest asset is Jennifer Lawrence, who again brings absolute emotional conviction to her haunted and conflicted heroine."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

40 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Come to Blue Is the Warmest Colour without preconceptions, and it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the intensity of the drama and the integrity of the performances."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

41 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

42 69%

Powder Room ()

"The film's observations on women's rivalries and friendship aren't particularly eye opening and there's not much in the way of a plot, but first-time director MJ Delaney gives the action a vibrant energy that's matched by her appealing cast."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

43 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Vaughn gives his shiftless character a surprising degree of goofy charm, but he can't halt the film's inexorable slide into sentimentality and the limp script's lack of real wit leaves the endeavour looking misconceived."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

44 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"A funny-sad, shrewdly observant portrait of a marriage, and of the disappointed dreams and thwarted ambitions of late-middle age."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

45 25%

Trap For Cinderella (2013)

"The plot is ludicrously far-fetched, but despite some plodding dialogue, committed performances from leads Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach make this tale of jealousy and betrayal a heady treat."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

46 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"The action is spectacular, but the thinly characterised humans who pilot the robots in mind-synched pairs inevitably get dwarfed. And without vivid heroes to root for, after a while the humungous robot-monster smackdowns lose their impact,"

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

47 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Animated gem Monsters, Inc was so hilariously inventive and original that it's hardly surprising that Monsters University can't quite recapture its predecessor's magic, yet it's still packed with witty dialogue, sly visual gags and boisterous action."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Jason Best

48 29%

The Family (2013)

"[Besson] doesn't really find the right tone to hold all this together, but there's a certain frisson in watching De Niro's short-fused Giovanni explode... and you just know there's going to be an opportunity for Besson to go ballistic, too."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Jason Best

49 57%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Kicking off with the, ahem, lengthy paean in praise of his Nobel prize-deserving, Louvre-worthy manhood that begins the film, Law delivers Dom's flights of ribald rhetoric with a cocky leer and beefy swagger."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Jason Best

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