The Sun Herald

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"This critic's eyebrows were raised more for the inclusion of Rolf Harris' Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport than for any would-be chills, which bizarrely fail to materialise."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Ed Gibbs

2 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Former heart-throb turned indie king, Matthew McConaughey goes for broke with what could well be his most affecting on-screen turn yet."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Ed Gibbs

3 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"In the wake of Mandela's recent passing, this well-intentioned adaptation of the great man's best-selling autobiography inevitably takes on a greater poignancy and stature."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Ed Gibbs

4 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"This latest instalment in the found-footage, domestic-horror franchise opts for far greater supernatural silliness than its predecessors."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Ed Gibbs

5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"A flawless piece of classic Coen brothers cinema, exquisitely timed and told by all. Quite possibly their finest work yet. "

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Ed Gibbs

6 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"As far as family entertainment goes, there's very little to fault with this rather delightful and moving picture."

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Ed Gibbs

7 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Remarkably, given the very serious subject matter, the film exhibits an infectious comedic flair that never goes too far."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Ed Gibbs

8 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"A deliriously barmy, laugh-out-loud sequel that manages to top the much-loved original, with fond nods to Australia in tow."

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Ed Gibbs

9 88%

La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) ()

"Alves has served up a loveably authentic romp, that manages to speak to a broad audience, while also echoing the experiences of millions of emigrés around the world."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Ed Gibbs

10 64%

One Chance (2014)

"One might wistfully wish for something more earthy in tone (that is, more Brassed Off than The Full Monty). It's great fun, though."

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Ed Gibbs

11 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"A hit on the festival circuit, affectionately told, Twenty Feet from Stardom is a treat."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Ed Gibbs

12 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"A well-acted but uneven take on recent events that feels strangely superfluous. "

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Ed Gibbs

13 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Evidently, the film's raison d'etre proves to be its spectacular undoing. McCarthy's script is awful: bogged down with leaden dialogue that prolongs scenes for no reason."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Ed Gibbs

14 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"It's all done with far more heart than one would expect. Perhaps Coogan, like Partridge, is now mellowing with age. Whatever next: grandkids? "

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Ed Gibbs

15 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Not since Erskineville Kings, in 1999, has Hugh Jackman appeared so emotionally exposed on screen. It is an exceptional, Oscar-worthy performance."

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Ed Gibbs

16 89%

Rush (2013)

"A thrilling, adrenalin-fuelled ride that recreates 1970s track-side action with aplomb."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Ed Gibbs

17 92%

The Turning ()

"A tighter adaptation of Winton's book, helmed by one, possibly two filmmakers, would have sufficed. As a collective, it feels weighed down by its own remit. "

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Ed Gibbs

18 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Foxx and Tatum offer an effective buddy pairing lacking from the similarly preposterous Olympus Has Fallen."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Ed Gibbs

19 74%

You're Next (2013)

"Sharni Vinson kicks some serious butt, in this very watchable horror romp from Adam Wingard. "

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Ed Gibbs

20 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Damon is, as ever, thoroughly watchable but given its predecessor's smarts, Elysium fails to capture District 9's spirit or sense of originality and wonder."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Ed Gibbs

21 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"Mungiu has crafted an alarming and engaging real-life horror story, based on a 2005 case of exorcism. "

Posted Aug 11, 2013

Ed Gibbs

22 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"A fascinating yarn that could have provided for stunning story fodder. Thanks to spirited turns from his three leads, Michael Bay just about gets away with it. But only just."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Ed Gibbs

23 84%

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

"A wickedly funny romp that heralds the arrival of some seriously fiendish talent."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Ed Gibbs

24 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Its raison d'etre is a terrifically spirited performance from Hollywood's most heterosexual of Lotharios, Michael Douglas, aided and abetted by Damon and Lowe."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Ed Gibbs

25 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"A self-contained, astutely executed project, with Whedon's old guard giving their all for the sheer joy of performance. Great fun."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Ed Gibbs

26 55%

The Look of Love (2013)

"Far from the swinging '60s or sleazy '70s so often portrayed with glee on screen, the London of Paul Raymond's world feels grim, dark and, ultimately, devoid of passion."

Posted Jun 23, 2013

Ed Gibbs

27 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"The Pixar themes may be present and correct, but its values are sorely lacking. "

Posted Jun 16, 2013

Ed Gibbs

28 10%

A Haunted House (2013)

"A painfully unfunny, overly familiar send-up of recent horror franchises."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Ed Gibbs

29 43%

The Call (2013)

"A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale."

Posted May 12, 2013

Ed Gibbs

30 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"Parents will look on with dismay; others will leave feeling bemused but thoroughly entertained."

Posted May 5, 2013

Ed Gibbs

31 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"An outrageously entertaining, CGI-soaked tale of foreboding that transforms into a good-natured send-up of everything that proceeded it, replete with gags galore."

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Ed Gibbs

32 68%

Haute Cuisine (2013)

"A whimsical view of the woman who fuelled the corridors of power in France with culinary common sense."

Posted Apr 21, 2013

Ed Gibbs

33 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"An occasionally funny romantic zombie comedy (or rom-zom-com) that offers a fresh twist on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet."

Posted Apr 7, 2013

Ed Gibbs

34 68%

Trance (2013)

"A hugely entertaining but dreadfully convoluted crime romp, in which logic flies out the door as wandering illusions of the mind take hold. "

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Ed Gibbs

35 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"Scoring a popular hit on the film festival circuit, director Julia Loktev elicits superb performances from a minimal cast."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

36 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Bizarrely, its biggest flaw lies with casting. Carrell is too familiar to convince as a Lothario, Buscemi looks vaguely lost, while Carrey is too long in the tooth. "

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Ed Gibbs

37 28%

Broken City (2013)

"Aside from feeling bemused and confused by the end, the web of deceit that's presented is not even vaguely believable."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Ed Gibbs

38 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Nicole Kidman is enthralling in this swampy, deranged neo-noir set in the American south. "

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

39 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"LaGravenese elicits some wonderfully hammy turns, particularly from Irons and Thompson, although a tighter edit wouldn't have gone amiss"

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

40 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Wright's staged version tries desperately to gain one's attention (which it does) and engage one's affection (which it doesn't)."

Posted Feb 10, 2013

Ed Gibbs

41 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"David O. Russell's latest buzz film straddles a fine line between farce and kitchen-sink drama before settling into a groove that gets under one's skin."

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Ed Gibbs

42 96%

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

"A shrewdly timed reminder of Pixar's early, heady days, when the animation powerhouse could do no wrong."

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Ed Gibbs

43 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Flawed it may be, but at its core lies an epic journey that shows Lee reborn as a creative force."

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Ed Gibbs

44 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Connolly stands out as the up-to-no-good Scot with a wandering eye, while Smith is in her element as the would-be ma'am."

Posted Dec 23, 2012

Ed Gibbs

45 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"Crowe has a blast - and has never been better - in this oversteamed paean to chop-socky classics. With its severe edit, though, the narrative proves almost incomprehensible."

Posted Dec 2, 2012

Ed Gibbs

46 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"Loach brings a warm-hearted poignancy to this feel-good tale of the more disadvantaged in society who, miraculously, find redemption."

Posted Nov 18, 2012

Ed Gibbs

47 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"It can't hope to match its predecessor for charm and accessibility. Where In Bruges felt droll and gentler in tone, Seven Psychopaths is unwieldy, ramshackle and gory. "

Posted Nov 4, 2012

Ed Gibbs

48 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"Oscar-nominated, lauded at festivals overseas and now, one of the most successful French pictures of all time, The Intouchables is simply irresistible."

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Ed Gibbs

49 67%

Lawless (2012)

"John Hillcoat's tale of Prohibition bootleggers boasts excellent performances, but doesn't feel as focused or nuanced as The Proposition (his last collaboration with Cave)."

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Ed Gibbs