Revolutionary Road (2008)
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. "
"Bachelorette strives to recapture the close-to-the-knuckle comic mayhem that made Bridesmaids a surprise hit, but the essential sweetness that underpinned the earlier film's gross-out gags is sadly lacking. "
2 Guns (2013)
"Blomkamp has toned down the body horror in favour of more conventional thrills but handles the shootouts and slugfests with panache. His tale of haves and have nots remains a striking and thought-provoking parable, even if it doesn't fully add up. "
What Maisie Knew (2013)
"Some scenes are tinged with dark comedy; some are heartrending; and some fuse the two, as when Maisie comforts a tearful friend during a sleepover in Susanna's huge Manhattan townhouse, while the delinquent grown-ups indulge themselves downstairs. "
The Way Way Back (2013)
Pain & Gain (2013)
About Time (2013)
"It's hard not to warm towards Gleeson's appealingly unconventional lead, even if his romance with McAdams' underwritten Mary never really catches fire... it's the tender relationship between son and father that proves to be the film's true love story. "
"Pitch Black director David Twohy is at the helm and he's savvy enough to revert to formula: a fearsomely inhospitable planet, hordes of ferocious monsters and a small cast of disposable supporting characters to be whittled down in bursts of gory action. "
Alan Partridge (2014)
"Steve Coogan's cringe-inducing comic creation Alan Partridge makes the leap to the big screen. And despite the whiff of failure that invariably accompanies his endeavours, he doesn't fall flat on his face. Oh, and the film is a modest triumph, too. "
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
"Where original director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman somehow managed to tread a delicate tightrope between indulging fanboy fantasies and sending them up, sequel writer-director Jeff Wadlow falls off the rope. "
The Lone Ranger (2013)
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
Dark Skies (2013)
The Internship (2013)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
"It's the zany goggle-wearing yellow-hued Minions who provide most of the film's chuckles and who justify the otherwise pointless 3D when they break the fourth wall at the start of the credits with a set of loopy antics. "
The East (2013)
"If you start off seeing the film's moral world in simple black and white terms - greedy one percent on one side; righteous activists on the other - you'll be left uneasy... but Marling and Batmanglij deliver gripping suspense and challenging ideas. "
This Is the End (2013)
"When it comes to playing impossibly lethal flint-eyed loners, no one can match Statham. Besides, who else could pull off, when confronted with a blade-wielding assailant, a surreal one-liner like this:'You've got a knife. I've got a spoon.' "
The Paperboy (2012)
"There's something undeniably compelling about the cast's daringly go-for-broke performances... but Daniels fragments the narrative and throws in so many tricksy directorial touches that the whole thing becomes an annoyingly indulgent mess. "
Red 2 (2013)
The Heat (2013)
"The Heat is crude and rude, and its plot is pretty ropey, but as Bullock's by-the-book prissiness collides with McCarthy's slobbish street savvy, its leading ladies strike scintillating comic sparks off each other. "
The Wolverine (2013)
"The standout moment is when Logan gets to grips with an assailant atop a hurtling bullet train. Fights on the roofs of speeding trains are a cinematic cliché, but the giddying velocity of the Japanese train gives the scene a uniquely thrilling momentum. "
The World's End (2013)
Breathe In (2014)
"Older man, younger woman? This could easily be clichéd or icky, or worse. Fortunately, Doremus handles the pair's relationship with restraint and his leads, improvising their dialogue, deliver terrific performances. "
The Bling Ring (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)
"A flashy heist thriller about a quartet of bank-robbing magicians, Now You See Me boasts surface dazzle and foxy sleight of hand, but when its makers reveal their narrative tricks you'll more likely shrug than gasp with awe. "
The Numbers Station (2013)
"For all the references to its characters' infirmities, Quartet delivers quite a cosy and light-hearted version of old age, but Hoffman's deft direction and his cast's note-perfect performances make it enormously entertaining. "
Kill for Me (2013)
"Kill for Me throws in some gratuitous Sapphic titillation, including an obligatory make-out-in-the-shower scene, but the overwrought plotting gives the distinct impression that the filmmakers are getting steamed up over nothing. "
World War Z (2013)
"Where are the scenes of the undead feasting on entrails? The atmosphere of creeping dread? The subversive satire? But take Forster's movie on its own terms and it delivers pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping excitement. "
A Field in England (2014)
"At times, the film's spell breaks, leaving the actors looking like a bunch of Sealed Knot re-enactors going bonkers in a field. For the most part, though, the film's powerfully unnerving mood taps into dark, deep and very weird currents of English myth. "
The Last Stand (2013)
Parental Guidance (2012)
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
"If the movie sounds like a Hollywood gazillionaire's embarrassing vanity project, think again: filmed in lustrous black and white, Whedon's Much Ado is an elegant and intelligent, hugely entertaining modern-day version of the play. "
Summer in February (2014)
"No sooner has Downton's Dan Stevens cast off Cousin Matthew's tweeds than he's back on screen as a stiff-upper-lipped toff. And if this wasn't typecasting enough, he's playing another thoroughly decent chap who is yearning after a flighty young woman. "
Stuck in Love (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
"With Zack 'Watchman' Snyder and Christopher 'Dark Knight' Nolan behind the film, it's no surprise the mood should be dark and serious. If you're hankering after the playful innocence of Christopher Reeve's Superman, you'll definitely be disappointed. "
The Iceman (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013)