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Birmingham Mail

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"With a cheeky grin never far from Albert's [James Gandolfini] lips, fellow stars might well find this almost unbearably hard to watch just four months after his death."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Graham Young

2 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"An engaging variation of David Lynch's film The Straight Story (1999), this is about everything from humanity and landscapes to dungarees, fish, sleeping bags, fear of snakes, parenting worries and confessions affecting each character's dynamic."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Graham Young

3 57%

Walesa ()

"The kind of superior biopic which actually makes you feel like you are there."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Graham Young

4 92%

Sunshine on Leith ()

"As the drama builds up to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) you'll know exactly what's coming, but will be swept along regardless by what is surely one of the greatest pop songs ever written."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Graham Young

5 31%

Emperor (2013)

"The climax, when MacArthur finally meets Hirohito, is fascinating - and validated by the end-credit, picture-led round-up of what happened to the leading characters."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Graham Young

6 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"An occasionally by turns dull, moving, funny, sobering and oddly explicit drama which feels a bit like Mike Leigh deflating Sex And The City."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Graham Young

7 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"How scary this film is will depend on your age, cinematic experience and self-confidence of the precarious world we live in."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Graham Young

8 63%

Filth (2014)

"While Sunshine On Leith will make you feel like floating away, Filth is cinema's equivalent of experiencing a heavy Scottish downpour - without your coat on."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Graham Young

9 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"Upstream Colour appears to have been made by a Terrence Malick fan injected with a David Cronenberg parasite."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Graham Young

10 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"In his first film since Skyfall, the cinematography by Torquay-born Roger Deakins is as stunning as you'd expect from a true craftsman with ten unfulfilled Oscar nominations since The Shawshank Redemption in 1995."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Graham Young

11 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"A 50-50 bet for anyone fancying a Saturday night popcorn punt."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Graham Young

12 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"The 'exoskeleton' subplot is as clunky a metaphorical experience as you will ever endure."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Graham Young

13 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"[Woody Allen has] captured an Oscar-contending, tour de force performance from the great Cate Blanchett."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Graham Young

14 50%

InRealLife ()

"Arguably the most important documentary about our rapidly-changing lifestyles since Super Size Me ( ... ) food for thought for parents and media students alike. "

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Graham Young

15 14%

A Belfast Story ()

"With lines like 'Nobody is ever happy until they are grieving again', [Colm] Meaney is at his best simply talking to himself, trying to make sense of a generation of madness."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Graham Young

16 43%

The Call (2013)

"While plausibility is often stretched to the limit, the sense of threat will keep you on the edge of your seat, even during a ridiculously gratuitous denouement."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Graham Young

17 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"The Oscar-winning Bridges sounds like he's chewing marbles and suddenly looks 10 years older than 63."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Graham Young

18 89%

Rush (2013)

"There's no mistaking Thor star Chris Hemsworth as the dashing, boozing, vomiting, smoking, blond god of the track, James Hunt. If he ever becomes James Bond - as he should - he'll make Daniel Craig look like an over-developed hamster."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Graham Young

19 50%

White House Down (2013)

"One of the most violent films I've seen from a female cinematographer. But Anna Foerster adds lots of lovely, brilliantly-lit visual touches and handles the Die Hard-style action as well as any man."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Graham Young

20 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Wan reintroduces the 21st century curse of digital sound effects overkill. By the end, you'll be watching "Din-sidious"."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Graham Young

21 8%

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2014)

"A strong cast on paper, but you wonder if this is a collective sales pitch to make up for the lack of energy on the screen."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Graham Young

22 80%

Call Girl ()

"Grey hair, hedonism and exploitation are colliding at every turn."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Graham Young

23 80%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"If you're in the mood to pay homage to the 'new wave' of directors of the 1970s, instead of sitting through the latest in a long line of superhero movie sequels, this should be richly rewarding."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

24 79%

Any Day Now (2012)

"Marco's age sidesteps conception arguments, leaving us to judge for ourselves the paths that caring people can take compared with an unfit natural parent. "

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

25 59%

Riddick (2013)

"Gratuitous nudity involving the appropriately-named actress Katee Sackhoff (Dahl) fails to distract from the clunky dialogue and the film's climax is, frankly, Riddickulous."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

26 69%

About Time (2013)

"Do you love the idea of time travel but hate the science fiction? Then close your eyes, clench your fists and wake up in front of this new romantic comedy."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

27 8%

Diana (2013)

"Of the three people who could tell it as it was, only one has been left alive to do so. Unfortunately for this film, and despite his best intentions, his name is not Oliver Hirschbiegel."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

28 50%

Jadoo ()

"You can see where it's all heading right from the off, but even in the predictable resolve you'll be hard-pressed to keep your eyes bone dry."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

29 50%

Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) ()

"Though beautifully filmed and impeccably acted, the story is just too French, domestic and dull to light the fires of conflict."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Graham Young

30 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"This is Us plays out like a love letter to the cardboard cutouts we frequently see in the background."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Graham Young

31 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"This is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson straining every sinew to deliver the heavy duty performance of his career."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Graham Young

32 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"The most inspiring example of how to nurture confident responsibility in the young since Clint Eastwood's seminal Gran Torino (2009)."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Graham Young

33 74%

You're Next (2013)

"Although the set-up remains distinctly stupid - the plot exists purely to service its own excesses - those who like to laugh at moments of gross violence should find their ribs are involuntarily tickled."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Graham Young

34 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"[Onata Aprile's] tremendously-believable on-screen spirit reminds us how resilient children can be."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Graham Young

35 68%

Elysium (2013)

"The best parts of this 'parallel universe' experience are aesthetic."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Graham Young

36 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"A very rude road movie prone to too many second-gear kangaroo jumps ( ... ) but [Will Poulter] is sure to be dining out on the fun of his kissing education for years."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Graham Young

37 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"The 130-minute running time is 40 minutes too long - but then there's enough repetitive plot exposition and 'who-is- really-related-to-who?' nonsense to cure insomnia."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Graham Young

38 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"An explicit, depressing study of human sadness that goes beyond the melancholy."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Graham Young

39 56%

Morrissey 25: Live (2013)

"A frustratingly one-dimensional film."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Graham Young

40 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Kick-Ass 2 by name - and Kick-Ass too by nature."

Posted Aug 17, 2013

Graham Young

41 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"There's plenty of hot spice in this enjoyably silly graphic novel adaptation about two undercover agents unwittingly working together."

Posted Aug 17, 2013

Graham Young

42 26%

Planes (2013)

"Many youngsters in a packed charity screening I attended were fidgeting and talking."

Posted Aug 17, 2013

Graham Young

43 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"It's at times the most exciting live action film for years. "

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Graham Young

44 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"While Percy didn't give me a day-long headache like The Wolverine, accepting the extra [3D] dimension distracts from concentrating on who's who."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Graham Young

45 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"A roaring, razor-sharp study of dinosaurs held captive by their headphones."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Graham Young

46 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"It's easy to be critical of films which have no aim other than to entertain, but if you're half way to Sandler's juvenile, rather sexist mentality you will find more comedy highlights than you'll be expecting."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Graham Young

47 96%

The Deep (2013)

"Dedicated as it is to 'Icelandic fishermen', you'll never look at a fillet of prime cod in the same light again."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Graham Young

48 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"After chosing her roles wisely, brilliant Felicity [Jones] is right at the point where her film career is set to really take off."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Graham Young

49 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The moment Wadjda's heart leaps when she spots a bicycle on the roof of a moving car that's hidden by a wall is the scene of the year."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Graham Young

50 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"The plot might not add up to much, but there's plenty of fire-fights, punch-ups and bristling one-liners to go round a cast so vast they could have called this The Extendables."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Graham Young

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