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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Calvary (2014)

"Its questions stay with you long after the end credits have left you to your troubled thoughts. "

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Ed Whitfield

2 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Evans has put the architecture in place to make a more substantial movie [than the original Raid] but in the end delivers one that's more engaging, which isn't, alas, quite the same thing. "

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Ed Whitfield

3 77%

Noah (2014)

"It has, in religious parlance, been sent to test you. "

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Ed Whitfield

4 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"As Marvel Studios grows in confidence and experience, it's prepared to test its audience with greater forays into adult territory: movie's unapologetically targeted at their loyal readership."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Ed Whitfield

5 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"Poses pertinent questions about institutional corruption, the criminal ecosystem and how the taxpayer's representatives become willing accomplices."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Ed Whitfield

6 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Far more irreverent and mischievous than its predecessor."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Ed Whitfield

7 54%

The Zero Theorem ()

"This is Gilliam karaoking his best tunes."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Ed Whitfield

8 ——

Ironclad: Battle for Blood ()

"It has the feel of a follow up that English either helmed so no one else could or was desperate to make, despite a lack of interest from financiers and agents."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Ed Whitfield

9 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"A masterclass in technique."

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Ed Whitfield

10 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"The driving, though exciting, isn't quite enough compensation for the story it's subbing for. "

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Ed Whitfield

11 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Uncomplicated fare for those who yearn for a time when men were prisoners of their masculinity and expected to kill as a consequence and women were brutalised by rape and the murder of family members into being as psychotic as their male counterparts."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Ed Whitfield

12 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"A bravura chunk of pastiche."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Ed Whitfield

13 94%

Her (2014)

"If Her is indeed a male fetish fantasy (as one journalist claimed), it's an odd one, presumably aimed at the same men who get a thrill from having their member sheathed in sandpaper."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

14 88%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Trust Jarmusch to eschew cliché and think about the vampire condition."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

15 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Ride Along's fascinating on one level because there's absolutely nothing original about it. "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

16 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"It's fortunate that an above average potboiler need not keep its feet on the ground, especially when set in the air."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

17 61%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

""I feel nothing" says the titular addict...and we understand her frustration all too well. "

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Ed Whitfield

18 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Shia and f***ing, signifying nothing."

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Ed Whitfield

19 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"The greatest commercial ever made."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Ed Whitfield

20 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"It arguably takes a satirical look at its own conception and production."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Ed Whitfield

21 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"McConaughey sells it with absolute conviction."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Ed Whitfield

22 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Was it pure luck that randomly stitching together a dozen strangers gives you the perfect likeness of Aaron Eckhart? "

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

23 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The Coen's offbeat sensibility and predilection for leftfield characters is a perfect fit for the world they've chosen to explore. "

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Ed Whitfield

24 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"At least the author didn't live to see it. If only Clive Cussler had been as lucky with Sahara. "

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Ed Whitfield

25 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"If you like gags about decrepitude, Segal's bought in the motherload."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Ed Whitfield

26 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"God help you, you'll have to decide whether you approve without the filmmaker's help. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Ed Whitfield

27 68%

The Railway Man (2014)

"It's a very British film, internalising those mythological values thought to represent King and Country - dignity, self-sacrifice, heroism, bravery and understatement."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Ed Whitfield

28 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

" "Everybody loves you", the fictional father of Vince Vaughn tells Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man, but he's obviously not read the box office reports on the star's last few movies. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Ed Whitfield

29 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"This is history alert to the many gradations that inform any fully formed understanding of the past; history unbound."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Ed Whitfield

30 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"It's like a pastiche of a '70's Sidney Lumet picture: well made, well performed but lacking the bite and shrewd intelligence of the older movies it reminds you of. In this way it's a better movie about modern American filmmaking than the era it recreates."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Ed Whitfield

31 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"It's one thing for Morgan Freeman to coach an ignorant young buck on respect for the ladies, another for the same flick to ogle them, patronise them and position them as plot balm to reconcile two male characters."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Ed Whitfield

32 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"A drama full of intrigue, built on close identification with the imperilled floater. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Ed Whitfield

33 13%

47 Ronin (2013)

"The idea that revenge is a prerequisite for transcendence is an odd underpinning for a modern blockbuster. What would Nelson Mandela have made of that I wonder? If only we could ask him."

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Ed Whitfield

34 49%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It looks as if Stiller had a conversation with Adam Sandler and Mike Myers about how you can inflate your budget using commercial sponsors, thus guaranteeing a huge payday for yourself."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Ed Whitfield

35 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"It's only about 72% as funny as the first. Perhaps a disappointment for a flick that's been gestating for nine years. "

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Ed Whitfield

36 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Economic storytelling has gone the way of twenty four frames per second; this is a movie informed by obnoxious, brazen economics. "

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Ed Whitfield

37 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Credit must go to Fleder and Stallone for refusing to settle for a simple, binary, good against evil actioner; investing the material with something resembling human interest."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Ed Whitfield

38 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"It's less about the flesh and blood Carr than using his in-movie inner-conflict and alleged moral cowardice to underline the travails of an ascendent and newly liberated Ginsberg."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Ed Whitfield

39 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"One might say the ultimate irony in the clash of cultures and approaches to storytelling exemplified by P.L Travers and Walt Disney's tussle over Mary Poppins, is the Disneyification of the dispute: Uncle Walt's empire enjoying the last word. "

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Ed Whitfield

40 18%

Vendetta (2014)

"Dyerbolical."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Ed Whitfield

41 49%

Parkland (2013)

"A personal history of a very public disaster that fails to hit as hard as it might as the voices chosen aren't strong enough as written to speak for the people who were there on the day President Kennedy came to town. "

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Ed Whitfield

42 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Long and vanilla."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Ed Whitfield

43 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"A film that should be compulsory viewing for all preteens, sexual content be damned, as it may just save them a lifetime of disappointment."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Ed Whitfield

44 56%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"For the most part it's a laboured affair that goes nowhere. "

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Ed Whitfield

45 92%

Philomena (2013)

"It's a film that might have lapsed into melodrama but didn't, that could have laboured the story's various twists but doesn't, that sets out to show the human cost of a little known, ugly chapter in Irish history and does. "

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Ed Whitfield

46 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"In 92 minutes I laughed twice. Once at the sight of Knoxville's geriatric being folded on a faulty bed and once on learning that Spike Jonze was part of the brain trust responsible for the alleged screenplay. "

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Ed Whitfield

47 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"If it's true that movies teach you how to watch them, this one's clear from the outset: enjoy but don't get too involved. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Ed Whitfield

48 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"The film has been designed to appeal to the very instincts it pretends to criticise. How else to deliver the spectacle and thrills considered vital to the movie's prospects with its target demographic? "

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Ed Whitfield

49 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Something's missing: human interest."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Ed Whitfield

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