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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Predestination (2015)

"Predestination features a startling performance from the little-known actress Sarah Snook who gives it real oomph and impact as a sci-fi picture crossed with a genuine character study"

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

2 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"This heartwarming and complexly layered drama isn't just one of the best films of the year, but one of the best of the decade, the kind of deeply touching experience that feels like a one-off. "

Posted Aug 30, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

3 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Freed from the shackles of compulsory happy endings, the Apes movies are able to monkey around with heavy themes for the popcorn and coke Saturday night crowd, emphasizing audience gratification as an experience that lies in moments and scale"

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

4 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"It may not have razzle dazzle, but when Jersey Boys hits its stride it reveals a lightness of touch uncharacteristic of Eastwood's oeuvre."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

5 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is a strange and colourful beast: messy, uneven and full of weird indulgences and dangling plot threads. But by God it's good fun."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

6 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The Wind Rises, believed to be his swansong, certainly feels like a final film: grand, eloquent and epic, it's Gone With the Wind-esque in scope and purpose."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

7 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Let us praise, brothers and sisters, the era of the McConaisance."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

8 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Given the fun it has drinking its own bong water, it's a bit much to describe the film as a great critique of institutionalised sexism, or of "lunch is for wimps" business culture in America."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

9 94%

Her (2013)

"If making a film is about dealing with compromises - as so many directors have told us - one of the beauties of Jonze's work is that he doesn't appear to have made many. "

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

10 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The film's towering achievement is that it cuts through the haze of nostalgia while celebrating what made a certain place at a certain time special."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

11 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a Mood Indigo for the masses, a sort of cinematic gateway drug that plays around with art film concepts for audiences who don't necessarily want to watch an art film."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

12 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The great irony underneath Hancock's handsomely produced vat of cinematic syrup is that it is precisely the kind of flapdoodle Travers would have frowned, moaned and tsk-tsked about."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Luke Buckmaster

13 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

" Burgundy is the sort of character who, if Ferrell wasn't a widely established performer, could have swallowed the actor's profile whole, the way Mr Bean built up and demolished Rowan Atkinson."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

14 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Nothing condescends to savvy cinemagoers quite like characters who directly articulate a film's subtext."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

15 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"For animal lovers with fond recollections of visiting SeaWorld as a child, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish arrives to gatecrash your memories."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

16 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"The least interesting thing about The Hunger Games is the Hunger Games itself. A complete view of society in author Suzanne Collins' weather-beaten world remains tantalizingly out of reach. "

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

17 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"In this sporadically hilarious off-colour comedy, stupid, misogynistic America is skewered by a paradoxical creation: an actor young and reckless enough to raise hell and a character old enough to know better."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

18 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Captain Phillips' aesthetic is vintage Greengrass: cinema of the moment with a festering voyeurism so insular it barely seems to exist beyond the boundaries of the frame"

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

19 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Drab, bloated and stuck together with special effects that look like high-end Microsoft screensavers."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

20 77%

Thor (2011)

"Drab, bloated and stuck together with special effects that look like high-end Microsoft screensavers."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

21 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"Oblique in its intent and without the complexities of an investigatory film along the architectural lines of Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Mystery Road broods and simmers. "

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

22 69%

About Time (2013)

"Curtis has made a fluffy middle of the road rom-com and his attitude seems to be that if viewers are lured in by a time travel twist, so much the better. "

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

23 83%

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)

"Hartley understands all too well that a pulpy midnight horror movie can be many things (Fast! Trashy! Outrageous! Over the top!) but it cannot be boring. It cannot be complacent. And it cannot take the audience for granted."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

24 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

25 56%

The Best Offer (2014)

"The correlation between art fakery and romantic fraudulence is a tantalising bow to draw but Tornatore's focus lies with more conventional deceptions. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

26 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Emmerich's dramatic build-ups are gallingly heavy-handed but the plot's addiction to one-upping itself with ever more fist-thumping spectacle eventually hits a cycle of (presumably unintended) hilarity"

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

27 27%

Jobs (2013)

"You could call this a crowd-pleasing Hollywood ending. You could also call it genocide."

Posted Sep 1, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

28 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"It's social commentary so slick and scathing letting it wash over you feels like getting lubed and chafed at the same time."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

29 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The Wolverine is surprisingly dour and uneventful, at least by the carnage-n-claptrap standards of modern superhero movies"

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

30 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"At its best it's a film about people getting lost in the fiction of their own creations."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

31 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Heavy handed, heavy jointed, lacquered with heavy use of 3D and bulked up by long stretches of heavy machines swinging around heavy globs of concentrated CGI."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

32 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz smash out another twisted gem: a boozy buddy movie with a big twist."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

33 98%

Mud (2013)

"Mud is about the fragility of men, the craving to be loved - by a woman, by other men - and how easily that love is misplaced, taken away, cheated or lost."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

34 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Good old fashioned fun is treated as something passť in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, which is long, laborious and repetitive."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

35 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"By embellishing low art in high art surrounds, Refn is challenging ideas of context and consumption, a sick twist on Warhol's placement of a soup can in an art gallery. "

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

36 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"a modest but beautifully constructed film that feels fresh despite its age, colourful despite its muted palette and grand despite its architecture."

Posted Jun 9, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

37 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"The Hangover 3 scrambles to make sense of itself, lurching between action, sight and situational humour with the grace of a 2am drunk wolfing down a souvlaki."

Posted May 23, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

38 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"J.J. Abrams' ability to smash set pieces and whip together high octane action sequences is up there with the best of them."

Posted May 8, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

39 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast as a man unfairly accused of child abuse in writer/director Thomas Vinterberg's cautionary tale about small town mob justice. But like the film, there is something cold and clinical about it."

Posted May 7, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

40 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The most interesting thing about Iron Man 3 isn't the movie itself, but the return of legendary screenwriter Shane Black."

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

41 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"slow, heavy-handed and stiff-jointed, prone to admiring the scenery and populating it with bits and pieces plucked from a smorgasbord of post-apocalyptic interplanetary reality-bending cuisine."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

42 68%

Trance (2013)

"A restless, furious, jittery exercise in answering one gap of logic by creating another."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

43 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"When a Die Hard movie doesn't have a single well-staged action sequence, you know something went badly wrong."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

44 0%

Blinder ()

"Did the cast and crew honestly think viewers would want to chant "win, rapist, win!"?"

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

45 35%

Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) ()

"As a comedy that largely operates on a fish-out-of-water travelogue trajectory, predictably embracing that old chestnut about what Indian food can do to a white person's digestive system, Save Your Legs! struggles."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

46 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"Schwarzenegger, now 65, hasn't lost his one amazing gift for being a movie's worst actor and best asset"

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

47 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Spielberg's guarded representation of Honest Abe highlights some problems with the biopic format, especially in terms of veracity, and especially in terms of how we can (or can't) measure accuracy as the years roll by."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

48 78%

Flight (2012)

"In Flight Zemekis and co. have achieved something braver than the familiar "drugs are bad mmmk" chestnut, creating one of Hollywood's most vivid portrayals of a functional alcoholic character, and asking us not to judge him not by his addiction."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

49 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"For his latest exercise in pulpy throwbacks and balls-to-the-wall homage, Quentin Tarantino once more wipes away the gunk of a zillion B movie tropes to do what he does best: apply a hyper-powered defibrillator to a tuckered out genre."

Posted Jan 7, 2013

Luke Buckmaster

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