The List

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 42%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Despite laudably aiming for originality much of Braff's second film plays out as self-pitying Hollywood schmaltz."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Eddie Harrison

2 79%

Grand Piano (2014)

"An involving, Hitchcockian tale of a persecuted man fighting for redemption against the most unlikely of circumstances."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Nikki Baughan

3 96%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"This fiercely beautiful amalgam will sweep you up in its masterful, thrillingly macabre embrace before sending you swooning out of the cinema. It's like waltzing with Count Dracula."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Emma Simmonds

4 ——

Night Will Fall ()

"Inevitably and immeasurably affecting, but conventional in terms of what it says."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Hannah McGill

5 33%

The Giver (2014)

"By adding spurious action and making the characters older than in the novel, the makers of The Giver sell-out the story; a project which prizes individuality shouldn't so slavishly adhere to the Divergent-school of teenage drama."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Eddie Harrison

6 85%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"Cumberbatch's flawless, touching portrayal of a beautiful mind and a tortured man pushes it into the arena of 2014 Oscar contenders."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Allan Hunter

7 24%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Ultimately, despite a handful of fairly amusing moments, this is a disappointing comedy, suffering from a surfeit of characters. Still, at least it's mercifully shorter than the first movie."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Matthew Turner

8 75%

The Riot Club (Posh) ()

"It might at first seem like a comedy but, with its mounting horrors and nod to those currently in charge, sadly it's clear that the joke is on us."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Emma Simmonds

9 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Another middling effort from a former movie maestro."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Emma Simmonds

10 88%

The Drop (2014)

"Lehane's punchy dialogue and the brooding atmosphere keep you watching even as you fear The Drop might not amount to anything substantial but this is a film that's just waiting to strike and tighten its screws."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Allan Hunter

11 50%

Men, Women & Children (2014)

"Never less than enjoyable but beneath the satirical swipe is quite a conservative film intent on wagging fingers and teaching lessons."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Allan Hunter

12 63%

My Old Lady (2014)

"A very enjoyable, soft-centred tale of guilty secrets, hidden lives and family ghosts."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Allan Hunter

13 50%

The Judge (2014)

"It tugs at the heartstrings a little too vigorously and overstays its welcome but The Judge still passes muster as able mainstream entertainment and Downey Jr gives it edge and class."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Allan Hunter

14 86%

At Berkeley (2013)

"This is particularly useful stuff for anyone who works in higher education, and for documentary makers, but it holds rewards for anyone with the time and the stamina to take it on."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Hannah McGill

15 71%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"The Boxtrolls is impressively nasty fare for gothic fantasists of all ages."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Eddie Harrison

16 95%

Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)

"A story those who live blithely in freedom quite simply need to see."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emma Simmonds

17 97%

Pride (2014)

"Pride is a warming, big-hearted affair which fully embraces the principles it so wonderfully portrays, turning itself into a lesson in compassion."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

18 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"Life of Crime is strong on character and swagger, but hampered by a frustratingly slight plot and a general lack of suspense."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Matthew Turner

19 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"Sets about skewering rom-com clichés in gleeful fashion, though the results are mixed at best."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Matthew Turner

20 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"This rather picaresque tale of an Indian family opening a restaurant in rural France never really indulges our senses."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

James Mottram

21 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Sex Tape is brisk but annoyingly light on laughs, a slight fumbling of an idea that deserved a more rigorous exploration."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Eddie Harrison

22 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"It's a film that's determined to demystify an enigma, but the sobering reality is that the most enlightening way into the mind of this artist is doubtlessly to listen to his records."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Alan Laidlaw

23 58%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"Promises an exploration of memory and its relationship with identity but in the main delivers only superficial, yet admittedly stylish, thrills."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Emma Simmonds

24 50%

White Settlers ()

"White Settlers is entertaining enough but with a tighter, smarter script it could have had even more impact."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Henry Northmore

25 100%

The Babadook (2014)

"The raw honesty which lies beneath this tale of loneliness, loss and coping mechanisms makes for emotionally impactful viewing, tinged with both sadness and hope."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

26 47%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"It ultimately succumbs to the conventions it's attempting to lambast."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Nikki Baughan

27 28%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"A suitably tense chiller that delivers the requisite shocks and scares, though slightly overplays its hand in the middle section."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Matthew Turner

28 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Unmistakably an exercise in style over substance."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Nikki Baughan

29 ——

Hypnotisören (The Hypnotist) ()

"Dark and brooding, there's an intriguing mystery buried amongst the clichés and plot holes."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Henry Northmore

30 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"Measured and sparing in its use of dialogue and music, Mystery Road remains strikingly atmospheric and expertly controlled as Sen builds a sense of quietly escalating tension."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Allan Hunter

31 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"In a movie where the title refers to the choice between the protagonist living and dying it's really not a great sign that you may find yourself willing her to go."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Emma Simmonds

32 92%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"For balance, it could have done with more material from the people who put such extraordinary effort into prosecuting Swartz, but that isn't for want of trying: many declined to contribute."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Hannah McGill

33 60%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"Despite some occasional wobbles, this is a charming small-town comedy in the Ealing tradition, while Douglas Koch's attractive cinematography is almost enough to make you consider relocating to Newfoundland. Almost."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Matthew Turner

34 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Hamm's charm works well playing a debonair scoundrel on television but in this bland, family friendly offering, it's a resource that's quickly drained."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Eddie Harrison

35 65%

Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) ()

"Only the hardiest of souls will make it through the film without wincing, retching or squirming."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

James Mottram

36 20%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"Let's Be Cops is an amiable watch that succeeds in spite of its many flaws, but you can't help but wonder what someone like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang's Shane Black or Superbad's Greg Mottola might have done had they got hold of it."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Rob Carnevale

37 89%

Creep ()

"[An] incredibly tense two-hander which is hilarious and terrifying in equal parts."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

38 88%

Alleluia ()

"Alleluia is an unpleasantly perverse psychodrama that certainly delivers on the nastiness of the premise; Dueñas and Lucas both give intense performances, and the result is enough to make both sexes think twice about online romance."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Eddie Harrison

39 64%

WolfCop ()

"Wolfcop is as ridiculous as a film about a werewolf cop could and should be ..."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Henry Northmore

40 ——

Housebound (2014)

"Underneath its comical surface lies a story about responsibility, parenting and a troubling history of neglect. With Housebound Johnstone asks his audience not to look the other way in the most intriguing and riotous way possible."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

41 80%

Faults (2015)

"Crisply shot and expertly played, the film is essentially a two-hander built on shifting sands of trust and unease."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Matt Glasby

42 21%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Into the Storm may blow you away with the quality of some of its special effects but it'll leave you underwhelmed and exasperated in most other respects."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Rob Carnevale

43 70%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"It risks curling the toes of non-believers but wins you over in the end by wearing its heart so boldly on its sleeve."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Allan Hunter

44 69%

What If (2014)

"A light, unexpected delight."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Allan Hunter

45 95%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"It is no less compassionate or political than we have come to expect from the brothers, although it is more sentimental than their early work."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Allan Hunter

46 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is immensely inconsistent and exceedingly daft and yet it remains a good deal of fun."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Emma Simmonds

47 27%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"The strong religious overtones are to be expected, but the way religion is depicted purely as a force for good comes across as distractingly preachy; it's a message delivered with all the nuance and balance of Fox News."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

48 92%

The Guest (2014)

"Stevens visibly relishes every second of his blue-eyed bad boy's screen-time; it's a brilliantly perverse casting coup enhanced by Barrett's devilish dialogue, while Wingard directs with flamboyance and precision."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Emma Simmonds

49 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"There are many reasons to love this film, not least because it's gutsy and genuinely funny, but perhaps Obvious Child's most admirable quality is that its feminism is very real."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Anna Rodgers

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