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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Once the action heats up, Bong delivers a rich feast of political allegory and bloodthirsty carnage. Snowpiecer is no masterpiece, but an agreeably unorthodox, impressively arty blockbuster."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Stephen Dalton

2 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A spectacular film that, for once, lives up to the hype "

Posted Oct 22, 2013

James Luxford

3 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"By the movie's attractive but slightly hollow end, you are thoroughly entertained by this Hollywood A-lister's first feature, but frustratingly never floored by it"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

4 2%

Getaway (2013)

"A movie on the road to nowhere"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

5 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"a film so preoccupied with style, (the stars) wander around the film without anything of note to do"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

6 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"a bloated but entertaining studio juggernaut."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

7 35%

Peeples (2013)

"nothing is delved into deeper than is necessary to get to the next gag "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

8 20%

Arthur Newman (2013)

" a far-fetched story, told in a rather unappealing way."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

9 22%

Darling Companion (2012)

"a paean to "First World Problems" "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

10 ——

Educazione siberiana ()

"Dark and in moments engrossing, the film hints at shades of crime-drama classics but just falls short of joining their ranks"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

11 ——

Officer Down (2013)

"these former A-listers deserve a better film to ply their trade in than this sloppy thriller-by-numbers"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

12 65%

The Heat (2013)

"the relationship between McCarthy and Bullock is spot on and makes the film worth watching "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

13 49%

Redemption (2013)

"What could have been a film that advances Statham's career proves to be simply more of the same"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

14 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"a movie that delivers exactly what it promises"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

15 8%

Java Heat (2013)

"a wretched mess of an action film"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

16 ——

Rise of the Zombies (Dead Walking) (2012)

"a B-Movie through and through "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

17 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"While not a faithful re-enactment of a horrific true story, Pain & Gain will certainly please those looking for cheap thrills "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

18 10%

A Haunted House (2013)

"Too banal to be offensive, it's certainly one to miss"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

19 0%

The Snow Queen (2013)

"unlikely to stay long in your memory, but Snow Queen might sustain younger viewers "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

20 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"While never scaling John McClane-level excitement, Fuqua's film is good popcorn fun"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

21 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Despite its many flaws, Jack the Giant Slayer is not a bad film, but rather a disappointing one"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

22 23%

Vehicle 19 (2013)

"neither Walker nor the script can keep your interest for the duration, with action set pieces and intrusive music overpowering what should have been a claustrophobic and tense experience"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

23 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"Bateman and McCarthy thrash around in the dark for laughs that never come."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

24 56%

Snitch (2013)

"Although hardly original, this tightly paced story will keep you invested through to the end"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

25 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"few will leave the cinema feeling they've seen something original or affecting"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

26 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"mixes a unique style with a talented young cast to create a grizzly but likeable treat "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

27 6%

Standing Ovation (2010)

"A slight, poorly thought-out take on Disney's plethora of music franchises "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

28 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"a disposable fairy tale ride"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

29 19%

Texas Chainsaw (2013)

"embarrasses a horror icon"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

30 4%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"a celluloid own goal."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

31 37%

The Collection (2012)

"The Collection offers a few surprises, nothing short of miraculous for a genre so bereft of originality"

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

32 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"an affectionate love note to computer games past "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

33 26%

Erased (2013)

"you lose interest in (Erased) very early on. "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

34 18%

For Greater Glory (2012)

"For Greater Glory takes what should have been an involving, even shocking hidden part of history and turns it into a needless epic "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

35 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"Satisfying enough to delight younger audience members, and maybe win over a few older ones, too. "

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

36 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"ParaNorman treats its viewers with respect, and is all the more wonderful for it."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

37 16%

Stolen (2012)

"a diverting but predictable action movie."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

38 78%

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

"Delightful for fans, Perry's screen debut is a calculated but entertaining proposition."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

39 20%

Sammy's Adventures 2 (Sammy's avonturen 2) ()

"a fun and worthwhile experience."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

James Luxford

40 65%

Great Expectations (2013)

"Faithfully and tastefully performed, without ever threatening the legacy of David Lean's definitive 1946 version."

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Ed Gibbs

41 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Bill Murray proves a sound choice as the president who quietly battled polio. So too does Samuel West, as the stammering King George VI. "

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Ed Gibbs

42 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"Depending on whether you love or loathe such stuff, you're likely to either applaud with Lloyd Webber-esque glee, or plan to flee at the nearest opportunity."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Ed Gibbs

43 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"Director Juan Antonio Bayona's instincts are spot on for the first act with Watts, less successful when it switches to a more mawkish tone. "

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Ed Gibbs

44 25%

Fun Size (2012)

"It's pure Nickelodeon stuff: bubblegum high jinks that's short on laughs but also, mercifully, shy on offending, too."

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Ed Gibbs

45 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Pitt's best work in years. His final, show-stopping speech is phenomenal. "

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Ed Gibbs

46 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"With its superior cast all delivering like their lives depend on it, Daniels' camp, trashy tragicomedy seems destined for cult status. Kidman, especially, is a revelation."

Posted Nov 28, 2012

Ed Gibbs

47 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"Wearing its influences proudly on its sleeve, fans are likely to lap it up with glee."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Ed Gibbs

48 57%

Sparkle (2012)

"Whitney Houston's vibrant, final performance adds poignancy to this likeable, breezy remake of a familiar tale."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Ed Gibbs

49 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"Late-night TV fodder for insomniacs, perhaps, nothing more."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Ed Gibbs

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