The List

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Audiences who like to imagine that they could make a better film themselves may well, in this instance, be correct."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Eddie Harrison

2 ——

Step Up: All In (2014)

"The supporting stories are thin and the 3D is pointless but the dancing is, as ever, brilliant."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

3 9%

A Promise (2014)

"Inoffensive as living room wallpaper, though that's hardly a recommendation."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

James Mottram

4 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Moments of more traditional light relief aside, Carbone distinguishes himself from the pack with a debut that's for the most part brooding and spare."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Matthew Turner

5 ——

Kick (2014)

"It's undeniably enjoyable and ends up taking a surprising turn towards tackling societal issues, even if this does feel slightly manipulative."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

6 93%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Enormous fun from beginning to end."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Matthew Turner

7 20%

Blackwood ()

"Blackwood's adherence to convention leaves it feeling strangely old fashioned."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Henry Northmore

8 62%

Hercules (2014)

"Essentially, Hercules is a fun ride while it lasts."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Rob Carnevale

9 76%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"The ill-conceived structure and Bernal's anomalous presence sadly diminishes the impact of the material."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Alan Laidlaw

10 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The Purge: Anarchy is a welcome expansion of the first film's concept, and shrewdly fills a void as one of the few adult-orientated action films in the family-friendly summer schedule."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Eddie Harrison

11 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"I Am Divine may not be the blowsy riot you'd expect given Divine's salty screen persona but it tells his story with wit, insight and compassion, revealing a rather sweet and sensitive man underneath that sparkling shell."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Emma Simmonds

12 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Proves you can marry visual spectacle with something to engage the heart and the head too."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Rob Carnevale

13 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Despite the unimaginative title, How To Train Your Dragon 2 arrives full of its predecessor's invention, wit and flair."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

James Mottram

14 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Begin Again is a New York fairytale but a fairly irresistible one thanks to the actors."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Allan Hunter

15 ——

A Vida Invisível ()

"This is a sluggish effort to create a Last Year In Marienbad-style enigma about love, loss and loneliness."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Hannah McGill

16 ——

We'll Never Have Paris ()

"A film that neglects the basic requirement that an audience not thoroughly hate its protagonist."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Hannah McGill

17 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"The obvious affection Myers feels for his subject is extremely touching, though you do wonder just how full a picture you're getting as a result."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Matthew Turner

18 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"The Nut Job feels like an archly contrived excuse to justify the groaning pun of the title."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Eddie Harrison

19 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"An authentically awkward, ordinary life, scrupulously observed."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Eddie Harrison

20 31%

God's Pocket (2014)

"Slattery draws terrific performances from his superb cast: Hoffman and Turturro make an appealing best buddies double act, while Hendricks is heart-breaking as the grief-stricken mother and her scenes with Jenkins are quietly devastating."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Matthew Turner

21 93%

Journey To The West (2014)

"It is a work that appears to ask so little from its audience (not much more than patience and an alert eye), but gives a heck of a lot back."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Tony McKibbin

22 ——

Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) ()

"Wang Bing's arduous four hour documentary makes for challenging viewing."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Tony McKibbin

23 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"There's no good reason to justify how a film that's essentially about robots bashing other robots can be stretched out to such gargantuan lengths, especially with a plot as hole-ridden and lightweight as this."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Rob Carnevale

24 23%

Tammy (2014)

"It doesn't really know what it wants to be: big, bawdy studio comedy or something more subtle and indie spirited, as evidenced in its final third. The result is an ill-conceived mess."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Rob Carnevale

25 ——

Let Us Prey ()

"Debut director Brian O'Malley has crafted an intriguing horror flick that, aside from a few cheap scares, attempts to avoid tired clichés."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Henry Northmore

26 67%

The House Of Magic ()

"The House of Magic features appealing character designs and impressive 3D work, but considering the title, it's rather limited in imagination."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Matthew Turner

27 ——

Doc Of The Dead ()

"While totally accessible to aficionados and casual fans alike, DotD ends up being a bit too lightweight; there's so much more that could be said especially considering the talent being interviewed."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Henry Northmore

28 100%

Honeymoon (2014)

"Creepy and disturbing, though it tips its hand slightly too early and has the usual genre-associated problems of characters not behaving in logical fashion once the spooky stuff starts happening."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Matthew Turner

29 63%

Life After Beth (2014)

"A film that succeeds in both its low key premise and extraordinary conclusion ..."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Niki Boyle

30 93%

Jiao you (Stray Dogs) ()

"General Tsai admirers may prefer earlier films like Vive L'amour and The River, but this is still rigorous cinema at its most assured."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Tony McKibbin

31 ——

The Guvnors ()

"The script makes the most of its strong central idea and the dialogue is surprisingly decent, with moments of humour offsetting the tension."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Matthew Turner

32 91%

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013)

"Some of the film's best and most revealing moments see Gondry trying to get a slightly wary Chomsky to leave his comfort zone of cerebral conjecture and open up about his emotional life."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Hannah McGill

33 59%

13 Sins (2014)

"13 Sins isn't perfect but will certainly keep you hooked until the bloody denouement."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Henry Northmore

34 59%

Hellion (2014)

"Hellion deserves to be seen for the adolescent Wiggins' performance alone - with echoes too of Jennifer Lawrence's turn in Winter's Bone, it'd be gratifying to see his career take a similarly meteoric turn."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Niki Boyle

35 50%

Set Fire To The Stars ()

"A character - and film - overburdened with poetic profundity."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Niki Boyle

36 91%

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014)

"While little more than an update on an ongoing dispute, The Fake Case is a welcome chance to catch up with the quirky artist's heroic struggle for freedom."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Eddie Harrison

37 67%

Castles In The Sky ()

"Although Watson Watt's project is always in danger of being axed, the film lacks credible tension."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Paul Gallagher

38 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"That Maier turned out to be a mystery woman who went to great lengths to conceal the details of her life only further motivated Maloof, and what he found makes for riveting viewing."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Miles Fielder

39 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman is a lovely fit as one of Le Carre's dilapidated, disappointed anti-heroes, whose post-ideological bafflement regarding the point of what he's doing feels wholly convincing."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Hannah McGill

40 ——

Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross) ()

"While the scenes are evidently precisely choreographed, they also feel entirely naturalistic, like we are simply observing life."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Paul Gallagher

41 100%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"If some of the emotional cues are blunt, other story threads are sensitively developed, and the morality is nicely complex ..."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Hannah McGill

42 ——

Hide And Seek ()

"While the film's simple and intriguing premise is ripe for that kind of approach, the filmmakers fail to get their teeth into any of it."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Paul Gallagher

43 80%

We Gotta Get Out of This Place (2013)

"The Hawkins Brothers keep things moving at a decent pace over its efficient 90 minute running time, generating a suitably tense atmosphere throughout."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Matthew Turner

44 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"A simplistic and overly-familiar take on teenage existence, with all the adults portrayed as either clueless or subtly abusive, leaving the world-weary kids to struggle unaided with the harsh realities of life."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Paul Gallagher

45 86%

Joe (2014)

"Joe may be too bleak and unsparing for some tastes, but it's an adult, accomplished drama that elevates an ordinary story to near-operatic heights."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Eddie Harrison

46 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is leaden and confused, an all-star disaster of a movie, of interest only to connoisseurs of expensively botched sci-fi money-pits."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Eddie Harrison

47 83%

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) ()

"Moland pitches the material perfectly, with the blacker-than-black comedy standing in stark contrast to the snow-covered landscapes, beautifully photographed by Philip Øgaard."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Matthew Turner

48 0%

The Anomaly ()

"The over reliance on slo-mo also makes every action sequence repetitive, even with some semi-decent fight choreography on display. The tacked-on love story is so shallow and perfunctory it's almost laughable."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Henry Northmore

49 75%

The Green Inferno (2014)

"The plot may sound fairly simplistic but underneath the blood and guts there's a biting satire about rich cosseted students signing up to causes they hardly understand."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Henry Northmore

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