The Ooh Tray

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"McConaughey sells it with absolute conviction."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Ed Whitfield

2 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

3 94%

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

4 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

5 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

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

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Ed Whitfield

6 76%

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

7 66%

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

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

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Ed Whitfield

13 12%

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

14 50%

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

15 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

16 74%

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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 18%

Vendetta (2014)


Posted Nov 29, 2013

Ed Whitfield

21 48%

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

22 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Long and vanilla."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Ed Whitfield

23 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

24 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

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

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Ed Whitfield

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Something's missing: human interest."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Ed Whitfield

30 67%

Turbo (2013)

"David Soren and his Dreamworks Animatoids follow the Pixar playbook page by well-thumbed page, replicating the utilitarian plotting and kooky characters that lend themselves so completely to merchandise spin-offs. "

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Ed Whitfield

31 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

""One man was left to rot for three days" says Schwarzenegger of the brutal regime's treatment of a prisoner. The result, you think, would look something like Stallone. "

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Ed Whitfield

32 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Blessed be the innovators but those interested in timelessness need to hire some writers and restore the basics to their rightful place in the cinematic firmament. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Ed Whitfield

33 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The Fifth Estate is interesting enough to generate the very talking points it seeks to provoke. In short: mission accomplished. "

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Ed Whitfield

34 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"It's the gleeful combination of junk dialogue, "you've saved the world's ass", and inventive cartoon violence that gives the enterprise an oddball labour of love-feel. The affection's contagious. "

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Ed Whitfield

35 86%

Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014)

"Wrathall's absorbing account tells of a man born into wealth and privilege, who'd later denounce his class as a ruling elite and the republic of his birth as a cradle robbing Empire, addicted, post-1941, to perpetual war in the name of perpetual peace. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Ed Whitfield

36 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"Stultifyingly unambitious."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Ed Whitfield

37 63%

Filth (2014)

"It feels less like a contemporary snap, more an old, dog-eared Polaroid. "

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Ed Whitfield

38 92%

Sunshine on Leith ()

"Fletcher gets good performances from a game cast but I wouldn't give you half a sixpence for his skills as a musical impresario. "

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Ed Whitfield

39 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"The only passion attached to this production is Lab Colour Timer, Jim Passon."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Ed Whitfield

40 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"The result's highly effective on a human level. If only the film had been set in the real world. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Ed Whitfield

41 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"A story too densely plotted to feel real but too well built to fall over. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Ed Whitfield

42 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"The movie finds itself haunted by a three-headed beast: incoherence, illogicality and contrivance."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Ed Whitfield

43 8%

Diana (2013)

"Tony Blair's eulogy had more substance and I don't say that lightly."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Ed Whitfield

44 43%

The Call (2013)

"A film that was just highly improbable for 75 minutes loses its mind thereafter and invites you to do the same. "

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Ed Whitfield

45 50%

White House Down (2013)

"All credit to this hack: he's once again made sleeping well a real possibility, making the plausible implausible. "

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Ed Whitfield

46 58%

Riddick (2013)

"It's unlikely Riddick will leave the world demanding a further chronicle of the character's adventures but that hasn't stopped him returning before. Not goodbye then but until next time. "

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Ed Whitfield

47 49%

No One Lives (2013)

"If we must have schlock let it be fun, inventive and full-on exploitative like Ryűhei Kitamura's bonkers thriller."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Ed Whitfield

48 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Lugo and his confederates feitishized the human body, were steeped in misogyny, and had scant intelligence, emotional or otherwise. Their story is brought to the screen by Michael Bay. "

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Ed Whitfield

49 86%

In Fear (2014)

"An iteration of the urban nightmare."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Ed Whitfield

50 33%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"The only truly odd thing about it is that each creative decision passed without comment."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Ed Whitfield

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