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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Zavtra (Tomorrow) ()

"Flipping a police car is not a work of art, and neither is this film."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Shaun Munro

2 89%

Shell ()

"Scott Graham's striking debut oozes atmosphere and is well worth the slow-burn."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Shaun Munro

3 74%

The Wall (2013)

"Introspective but rarely cerebral, The Wall is too frustratingly obtuse despite boasting a solid central performance and lush visuals."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Shaun Munro

4 96%

Argo (2012)

"An ingeniously conceived thriller that's almost as much about our collective love of cinema as it is a tricky international incident."

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Shaun Munro

5 88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"A dreary, tiresome dirge about passion and dis-passion, if memorably performed by impressive lead Hadas Yaron."

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Shaun Munro

6 46%

A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

"It's unapologetically scattershot, but for the subject's fans, bound to be absolutely hilarious."

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Shaun Munro

7 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"A regal, stately biopic about, oddly enough, the politics of eating a hot dog, that's underwritten and poorly cast."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

8 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Another dynamite vehicle for John Hawkes, in which Lewin's affecting script overcomes his pedestrian direction."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

9 73%

Violeta Went to Heaven (2013)

"More enjoyable as an exploration of Parra's music than her life, and well-performed by lead Francisca Gavilán."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

10 85%

Easy Money (2012)

"A padded but entertaining Scandinavian thriller made memorable thanks to its timely economic context."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

11 ——

Loves Of Pharoah (1922)

"More a testament to the fastidiousness of film restoration than Lubitsch's narrative, The Loves of Pharoah is strictly for the curious cinephile."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

12 89%

My Brother The Devil (2013)

"A familiar story effectively re-invented, My Brother the Devil deals heartbreak, suspense and hope in equal measure."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

13 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Occasionally charming and well acted - especially by Maggie Smith - if memorable largely as Dustin Hoffman's game first foray behind the camera."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

14 93%

No (2013)

"This exquisitely assembled film, driven by Larrain's pin-sharp direction and Bernal's rousing performance, turns a potentially dry subject into something uproariously funny and massively involving."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Shaun Munro

15 100%

Grey's Anatomy: Season 9 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Grey's Anatomy has developed into a fine example of how a TV show can mature beyond its initial purpose. "

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Brad Williams

16 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"An enjoyably broad romp that stays light on its feet, and O'Dowd's madman riffing keeps it bounding along."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Shaun Munro

17 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"It won't diminish Sam Mendes' extraordinary achievement to say that those wanting a Bond film by way of Christopher Nolan shan't be disappointed. The pleasure is all ours, James."

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Shaun Munro

18 77%

American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013)

" Strap yourselves in, everyone! Asylum is open, and it's sure to shock and disturb. "

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Alex Trivilino

19 94%

What Richard Did (2013)

"Doing the right thing is never as easy as it seems in Lenny Abrahamson's sublimely acted and almost unbearably tense drama."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Shaun Munro

20 53%

The Comedian ()

"The Comedian is a fatally underwritten curio that doesn't give its competent actors enough to work with."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Shaun Munro

21 42%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"A ghastly, shockingly inept piece of filmmaking."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Shaun Munro

22 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"A jaw-droppingly ambitious effort; a lavish, mental, messy and moving event-film-cum-tone-poem that rewards patient, open-minded viewers."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Shaun Munro

23 65%

Antiviral (2013)

"This is delirious, visionary filmmaking of a high order; an insidious, sinewy thriller and the best film made by anyone named Cronenberg in quite a while."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

24 89%

In the House (2013)

"Francois Ozon's interplay between narrative and meta-narrative girds this smart if occasionally too-precious drama."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

25 ——

Säilöttyjä unelmia (Canned Dreams) ()

"A unique, tender documentary which contrasts the production line of tinned food with the lives of those who work on it."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

26 48%

Zaytoun (2013)

"A pedestrian script stifles a promising concept, in spite of solid performances."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

27 ——

Grand comme le Baobab (Tall as the Baobab Tree) ()

"Simple, swift and a little sad, this debut is far from perfect, but shows real promise."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

28 63%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"Ponderous and lofty but not without its laid-back charms and insights."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

29 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The mere completion of Al-Mansour's film is a towering achievement in itself; that it's also got charm and heart to spare is icing on the cake."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

30 41%

Spike Island ()

"Unfortunately, great music can only distract us so much in this disappointing feature from the talented Mat Whitecross."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

31 75%

Kelly + Victor ()

"The raw, sweet promise of the first act is ultimately up-ended by its turn towards grimness, but Kelly + Victor is a melancholic meditation on the most disturbing type of romantic irony."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

32 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"The only thing this film likes more than the sound of its own voice is the sound of the talented actors speaking it."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Shaun Munro

33 ——

Eat Sleep Die ()

"It's far too long and sags throughout, but this is a simple story well told, and the timing couldn't be better."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

34 ——

Zarafa ()

"A sweet story that's beautifully animated and will appeal to not only kids but adults also."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

35 98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"A bizarre and irreverent if slightly repetitive portrait of picaresque drum legend Ginger Baker."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

36 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"A winning marriage of mind-boggling visual effects, excellent performances, and sumptuous direction, Rust and Bone is an emotional, richly rewarding drama."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

37 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"West of Memphis is less comprehensive and more manipulative than the Paradise Lost films, but a thoroughly engaging condensation of the facts nonetheless."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

38 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Enormous levels of conceit betray marvellous performances and evocative cinematography, but Beasts of the Southern Wild just about does the job."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

39 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"An exhausting, challenging, even draining but richly powerful film about a crisis between friendship and faith."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Shaun Munro

40 ——

The Cleveland Show: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It doesn't always have the same sharp bite as Seth McFarlane's other Sunday night shows, but I find Cleveland to be a more engaging character than Stan or Peter, and really do like this show. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Chris Swanson

41 ——

Yume uru futari (Dreams for Sale) ()

"Miwa Nishikawa's darkly funny if unjustifiably over-long farce is well worth the slog."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

42 93%

Teddy Bear (2012)

"A straight-forward telling of an affecting, devastatingly funny tale, topped by a magnificent lead performance from Kim Kold as Ken, the gentle giant."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

43 52%

Grassroots (2012)

"For what it's worth, Grassroots features Cedric the Entertainer's best performance to date."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

44 95%

Sister (2012)

"Briskly paced and as funny as it is emotionally resonant, Sister is easy viewing despite a potentially grim premise."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

45 60%

Here and There (2013)

"An excessively formalistic approach does Antonio Méndez Esparza little favours in his bloated, flavourless feature debut."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

46 94%

Lore (2013)

"The ground of WW2 has been so firmly-trodden that this quietly involving take from another perspective feels like a welcome punch in the gut."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

47 ——

Chakravyuh (2012)

"Not without a few perverse, unintentional charms, but only recommendable to the most morbidly curious of viewers."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

48 ——

Underground ()

"Director Robert Connolly offers up a tinge of The Social Network's sexed-up style, but he's not fortunate enough to have been blessed with a Sorkin-grade screenplay."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

49 49%

Blood (2013)

"A portentous, sub-BBC production in which no corrupt cop trope is left unturned."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

50 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"An hysterically funny, breathlessly paced and moving meditation on old age and existence, topped by an award-worthy turn from Frank Langella. One of the year's best."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Shaun Munro

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