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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Amanda Seyfried acts out of her skin."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

2 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

3 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

4 58%

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

5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Deftly observed, touchingly melancholy and slyly funny."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Jason Best

6 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

7 55%

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 91%

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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 89%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 59%

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

21 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"With Ridley Scott at the helm and the starriest of A-list casts, The Counsellor may come with lashings of Hollywood gloss, but don't bargain on any Hollywood sugar-coating of McCarthy's customary nihilism."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Jason Best

22 27%

Bula Quo! ()

"Amateurish acting, slapdash direction and a ropey plot can't entirely dispel the cockeyed charm of this bizarre screen vehicle for Status Quo frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Jason Best

23 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"The pace is too slack, the gags too tired and the plot too hackneyed for the film to be more than fitfully engaging for all but die-hard Pacino and Walken fans."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Jason Best

24 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Jaw-dropping wonder, dizzying vertigo, heart-stopping tension, spine-tingling shocks and visceral fear: Gravity stimulates them all... Bullock's vital signs [are] being monitored; that probably wouldn't be a bad idea for the viewer, too."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Jason Best

25 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Harrison Ford, as Ender's military mentor, plays his role with a constipated scowl that makes him look as if he's just learned someone has pinched his bran flakes."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Jason Best

26 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"A work of deep compassion and shrewd insight. "

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Jason Best

27 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Taylor really pulls out all the stops for the film's climax, an epic dustup in which the antagonists whiz back and forth between different realms through wormholes in space... Fast moving, fun, and deftly edited, it ensures the movie goes out on a high."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Jason Best

28 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"Saoirse Ronan makes the story work. And she let's us believe in Daisy's serial transformations, from sullen teenager to dreamy lover and, ultimately, fierce and resourceful survivor."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Jason Best

29 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"A gory Gothic thriller whose departures from traditional horror lore give the overworked vampire genre a rejuvenating transfusion of new blood. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Jason Best

30 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Countless romantic comedies have looked to the novels of Jane Austen for inspiration, but you'd be hard pressed to find one so at odds with the author's spirit than the coarse, slapdash and painfully witless Austenland."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jason Best

31 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"Should you take a punt on gambling thriller Runner Runner? The high-stakes plot, glossy locations and even glossier cast certainly look tempting, but stump up the cash and you'll probably come away feeling cheated."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jason Best

32 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Hollywood thrillers that feature vigilantes usually pander to our baser instincts. Prisoners doesn't let us off the hook so easily."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jason Best

33 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"The story will undoubtedly appear slow moving and uneventful to those used to the pizzazz of Pixar, but allow the richly detailed hand-drawn animation to work its charms and the film's mood of gentle nostalgia proves surprisingly moving. "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Jason Best

34 73%

Populaire (2013)

"As if Mad Men had never happened, French romantic comedy Populaire takes a breezy, light-hearted approach to the late-1950s world of brooding male bosses and their demurely pretty secretaries. "

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Jason Best

35 7%

Fire With Fire (2012)

"Josh Duhamel fails to set the screen ablaze as a California firefighter who becomes an unlikely vigilante avenger in this very routine action thriller, but he gets no help from a damp squib of a script."

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Jason Best

36 37%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"The plot and characters of pulpy revenge thriller Dead Man Down are pure B-movie stuff, yet stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace lend the film unexpected class and conviction. "

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Jason Best

37 43%

The Call (2013)

"The Call delivers taut no-frills thrills for two-thirds of its brisk, hour-and-half running time. But the plot falls apart spectacularly as soon as Halle leaves the 911 control room and the ludicrous finale will leave you groaning."

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Jason Best

38 8%

Diana (2013)

"Saddled with excruciating, toe-curlingly bad lines, Naomi Watts tries gamely in the lead but bears almost as much resemblance to Barbara Windsor as she does to Diana Windsor. "

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Jason Best

39 28%

21 And Over (2013)

"It's all very crude and crass, yet the trio remain essentially likeable, notwithstanding their riotous behaviour."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jason Best

40 89%

Rush (2013)

"Hunt, played with a cavalier swagger by Hemsworth, finds nobility in the danger. Brühl's Lauda takes a far more calculating approach. On the eve of a race, Hunt will be cavorting with models and air hostesses; Lauda will be huddled with his mechanics."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jason Best

41 73%

Borrowed Time ()

"As buddy movies go, Jules Bishop's effort is distinctly patchy, with elements of social realism colliding awkwardly with cartoonish caper comedy. What redeems the film are the performances by Barklem-Biggs and Davis."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jason Best

42 8%

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2014)

"Seeking to match the comic pizzazz of Shrek, Puss in Boots and Brave, Spanish-made animated adventure Justin and the Knights of Valour falls disappointingly short, despite the best efforts of a very game, mostly British voice cast."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jason Best

43 92%

In a World... (2013)

"In a world... where the trailers for Hollywood blockbusters are only ever voiced by men who sound as though they gargle with gravel and molasses, a female vocal coach gets to challenge the status quo in Lake Bell's sharp, smart and genuinely funny comedy."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jason Best

44 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Emmerich has a bigger budget to play with than Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua yet fails to get more bangs for his bucks or outdo his predecessor's guilty-pleasure thrills. With Olympus it was the effects that were cheesy; here it's the script."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jason Best

45 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"If your image of Anne Hathaway is still that of a cute ingénue, then you'll be shocked by her blistering performance as a wayward junkie emerging from rehab to attend her sister's wedding in Jonathan Demme's documentary-style family drama "

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Jason Best

46 ——

Malcolm (1986)

"An irresistibly charming film - imagine an Ealing comedy transported to the suburbs of Melbourne and you'll have a pretty good idea of what's in store."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Jason Best

47 74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"An American teen movie that manages to be cool and smart and also sweet."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Jason Best

48 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Revolutionary Road's portrait of a disintegrating marriage is so unflinching, so unsentimental, and so bleak, that you really need to be in a buoyant emotional state to get through the movie."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Jason Best

49 47%

The Broken (2009)

"Ellis unblushingly borrows from older movies, from the famous (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to the little known (Roger Moore chiller The Man Who Haunted Himself), but he does conjure up a spine-chilling frisson all his own when anyone passes a mirror."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Jason Best

50 26%

Planes (2013)

"The globe-hopping story may keep young viewers diverted, but with the destination so clearly mapped out from the start, grown-ups will find the film something of a long haul."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Jason Best

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