ABC Radio (Australia)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
The Selfish Giant (2013)
"There is a plot (adapted from Oscar Wilde's famous short story of the same name), and it's a good one, but ... most important are Arbor and Swifty, played to pure perfection by little Connor Chapman and big Shaun Thomas. "
"No-one shoots a Parisian car chase like Besson, and he's capable of a garishly vulgar set piece; the set-up of the movie - the opening twenty or so minutes - is quite excellent. It's total EuroTrash, but with a Scarlett sheen. "
"Often inspired, sometimes lethargic adaption of a French graphic novel, funded mainly by the Korean government and starring a panoply of British thespians and [Captain America himself]. An awesome 90 minute movie lurks within these very bloated 126. "
"This is a B picture that aspires to nothing else, and it's quite a good one. Brett Ratner directs with no particular flair, but he sets an easygoing, comfy tone, and maintains it. I look forward to the inevitable franchise. "
Venus in Fur (2014)
"Every good movie offers its own pleasures. Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' play offers us a unique set of them: the moments an actor transitions ... The script ... is good, but what you're really watching is the acting. "
Tim's Vermeer (2014)
"Each [character] becomes a "suspect" for the murder that is yet to be committed, but caring "who's gonna do it" becomes trying as the performances vary wildly, from passable (Chris O'Dowd) to astonishingly bad (Isaach De Bankole). "
Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
The Two Faces of January (2014)
"It's the locations that give the film its most robust flavour ... the plot isn't the film's greatest attribute, but hums along reliably, next to actors, clothes and locations that do the heavy lifting. Fun and disposable. "
The Trip To Italy (2014)
"I could watch Brydon and Coogan read the phone book, because they'd make it funny. In fact, watching them eat and riff is not far removed from reading a phone book; and it is very, very funny. A total delight from start to finish. "
Under the Skin (2014)
"Glazer's Sexy Beast and Birth were idiosyncratic but Under The Skin trumps them triumphantly, being compelling, weird, intensely disturbing and ultimately bizarrely moving. Many of its images are shockingly vivid for me two weeks after having seen it. "
"If you ... will consider going to a Godzilla movie, this one is worth your while. Edwards borrows the Spielbergian style in every way - from camera moves to use of music to the gradual rolling out of the big effects - and it's the right choice. "
Child's Pose (2014)
"A thriller, but, like the films of Asghar Farhadi, offers a depth of emotional engagement far beyond your average ... indeed, far beyond your average "straight drama". Its thrills are thrilling, but its drama is intense, moving, and extremely rewarding. "
Fading Gigolo (2014)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
"The film has an excellent pro-education, pro-history, pro-science, pro-geek, pro-nerd, pro-smart message, a swathe of historical tidbits, and awesome progressive details such as a schoolmate in a wheelchair for no plot reason (and never commented on). "
The Invisible Woman (2013)
"Solid, beautifully shot and acted, leisurely paced costume drama that can't hide ... that its central love affair is illicit. What I found fascinating was its depiction of just how an affair was run in such a situation - in those days, among such people. "
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"A fairytale for adults, this is Anderson's über-film thus far, utilising the entire breadth and astonishing depth of his imagination to bear exquisite humour and life in every single, immaculately composed shot. "
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
"The problems of old-school bible movies are here in abundance. Just like the parting of the red sea [from The Ten Commandments], the flood is the bit ... that you'll be waiting for when Noah plays on the telly for eons to come. "
Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)
"At 4 hours, it's too much. But at 2x2, it's worth it. Von Trier promises a 5 1/2 hour cut. He doesn't move on ... [obsessed by] men and women, sex and violence. He's a one-theme director, and he's absolutely, resolutely, and wonderfully one of a kind. "
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Ender's Game (2013)
"Full of mixed messages and strange symbolism, its weirdness is also its (limited) charm ... Trippy, confusing, strangely slow and contained, it certainly exists in its own bonkers world, and, as such, is, at least, an odd original. "
The Spectacular Now (2013)
"Simply the best teen drama, or coming of age film, I've seen in years. Perfectly performed by young actors with an incredibly mature balance of naturalism and spark, the film is funny, immensely charming, moving, and inspiring. I left with goosebumps. "
"Strictly by the numbers, almost absurdly faithfully, without any directorial flair, texture or point of view ... Just another remake, not as good as the original adaptation, and, therefore, ultimately... pointless. "
"The telling is calm and composed, avoiding any form of sensationalism or heightened anger. It probably won't win the Oscar for Best Documentary, as The Cove did on ... dolphin slaughter, but Blackfish is solid, revealing and quietly moving. "
Captain Phillips (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
"Incoherent to the point of being incomprehensible, Ridley Scott's new film The Counselor, from a first-time (terrible) screenplay by novelist Cormac McCarthy, represents a low point for both of these highly acclaimed artists. It's a total mess. "
Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)
"Hartley's remake is extremely faithful to the original, and what is most fun about it is the style and tone ... Donaggio's bold, over-the-top, old-school horror score reminds us that we are in an homage, and to enjoy the ride as such. "
Mystery Road (2014)
A Hijacking (2013)
"Playing out as much in the boardrooms of the Danish parent company as it is on the cargo vessel itself, the film is a real eye-opener: when this stuff happens, there's no-one to call for help ... A Hijacking is an exercise in precise filmmaking. "
Thanks For Sharing (2013)
"If I found a lamp, and a genie came out and granted me three wishes, I'd use one to raise Kubrick so I could take him to Gravity ... No element is out of place, no intention unrealized ... unity of time, place and character ... a work of the highest art. "
"A drippy romance, spending the vast majority of its time in private, two-hander scenes imagining inane dialogue between a dead Princess and a famously reclusive, private surgeon; it only exists because it knows neither of them is going to complain. "
Blue Caprice (2013)
The Gatekeepers (2013)
"Excruciating dialogue is only the tip of the iceberg of this film's dunderheadedness, but it's the sin that keeps on giving throughout the way too many 108 painful minutes it takes to get through it. "
The Rocket (2014)