The List

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 25%

Pompeii (2014)

"Much like Anderson's The Three Musketeers, the details are highly dubious, but the effect is strangely pleasing in its daft, anything-goes showmanship."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Eddie Harrison

2 80%

Frank (2014)

"A story of musical chaos and mental instability that's often hilarious and ultimately really quite moving."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Emma Simmonds

3 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Few directors would dare to put the dilemmas inherent in military aircraft design to the fore, but Miyazaki's film deals sensitively with the notion that good work may be used for bad ends."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Eddie Harrison

4 81%

Tracks (2014)

"A film that blends the hallucinogenic beauty and horror of the desert. What's more, it's all true."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

James Mottram

5 90%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin is a simple story well told; it marks promising work from both Saulnier and Blair, and delivers on its promises of a tightly-wound descent into hell."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Eddie Harrison

6 25%

Love Punch (2014)

"Hopkins keeps the action moving at a zippy pace and displays a lightness of touch that keeps the film from becoming too excruciating in its more ridiculous moments."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Matthew Turner

7 100%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Extracting naturalistic performances from all his young stars, Moodysson seems to revel in these spirited characters. And you should too. It's a delight from start to finish."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

James Mottram

8 75%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"This is an energetic and thoroughly enjoyable sequel that continues to justify Sony's decision to reboot the franchise in the first place."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Matthew Turner

9 58%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"Despite strong performances and plenty of incident, writer and director Biyi Bandele fails to establish the narrative's wider national and political context, and the film is ultimately insubstantial as a result."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Paul Gallagher

10 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"The last hour of The Raid 2 is all-action, delivering several astonishing set-pieces, one involving a hammer-whirling girl on a packed commuter train, the other a series of fights in and around cars careering through busy city streets."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Eddie Harrison

11 48%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"Stranded in a dull-looking house, and with little action, Pogue's film gets bogged down in conversation and cod-scientific mumbo jumbo."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Eddie Harrison

12 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"This is an intelligent and engaging sci-fi thriller that's well worth checking out. Also, did we mention the space zombies?"

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Matthew Turner

13 80%

Tom la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"It looks darkly lovely, its performances are fiercely charismatic, and its examination of the ways in which fear, deceit, violence and desire can mingle is insightful and intriguing."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Hannah McGill

14 94%

A Story Of Children And Film ()

"At the very least, you'll walk away from A Story of Children and Film with an additional 50 or so movies to add to your watch list."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Niki Boyle

15 77%

Noah (2014)

"Compellingly weird and occasionally wonderful to behold."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Eddie Harrison

16 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Rio 2 is an amiable enough cartoon, as forgettable as its predecessor but certainly colourful and incident packed enough to be marked as passable family entertainment."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Eddie Harrison

17 40%

Divergent (2014)

"It's always disappointing when a film that places so much emphasis on the need to be free-thinking and different from the masses conforms so rigidly to other movies."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Rob Carnevale

18 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The second Captain America movie is a terrific, stand-alone thriller that delivers exciting action sequences and engaging characters wrapped up in a satisfying and cleverly resonant plot."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Matthew Turner

19 83%

The Punk Singer (2013)

"Leaves you wishing there were more musicians of any sex who embrace rock's potency for smashing cultural boundaries with such power and personality as this one did in her fearless prime."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Malcolm Jack

20 69%

About Last Night (2014)

"Ealy and Bryant make for a bland couple and during the more weighty stuff appear to be just going through the motions."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Rob Carnevale

21 77%

The Robber (2011)

"For those who prefer a bit of existential vagueness to being led by the nose, this is a thought-provoking as well as a technically impressive piece of work."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Hannah McGill

22 94%

The Past (2013)

"With this quietly gripping domestic drama, Asghar Farhadi once again demonstrates his ability to turn keen human insight into powerfully compelling cinema."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Paul Gallagher

23 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

", Morgan Neville's soul-stirring celebration of backing vocalists is a bona fide crowd-pleaser with substance to match."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Paul Gallagher

24 88%

The Double (2014)

"The Double is a clever film, but despite its downtrodden hero, not a particularly empathetic experience."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Eddie Harrison

25 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Revealing of a near-psychotic self-assurance, but doesn't make for a very nuanced or enlightening film."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Hannah McGill

26 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Muppets Most Wanted is a solid effort but lacks the magical quality of its nostalgia-driven predecessor."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Rob Carnevale

27 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Thomas makes for a competent if unspectacular feature director and the writing is characteristically sassy, even if it can't compete with the show's finest hours."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Emma Simmonds

28 47%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Sews together both sides of the man: the fascinating, but chronically shy boy genius from French Algeria, and the moth-to-lightbulb hedonist who battled with self-doubt and self-destruction for most of his life."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Claire Sawers

29 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Cheesy dialogue and predictable plotting make for a derisory experience that even adolescent males - the film's target audience - may spurn."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

James Mottram

30 33%

Back to the Garden ()

"The best one can say is that it was probably fun being in it, and what it's doing getting released in cinemas is anyone's guess."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Hannah McGill

31 90%

Suzanne ()

"By skittering too quickly through its protagonist's life, Katell Quillevere's film fails to deliver the intimacy that its title seems to promise."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Hannah McGill

32 78%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"The Stag is an inoffensive debut for Butler, but a film on this subject needs a bit more cojones than this meek knockabout."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Eddie Harrison

33 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"If you thought that the main problem with 300 was that it didn't have enough boats in it, then 300: Rise of an Empire (more accurate title: 302: 300 On Boats) is most definitely the movie for you."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Matthew Turner

34 13%

Bullet ()

"The film itself is all over the place, which may have something to do with the fact that the project was taken away from the director before he finished it."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Matthew Turner

35 58%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"It's entertaining enough if all you require is a dash of gore and a few one liners, but this wolf has lost its bite."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Henry Northmore

36 ——

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

"The assembled interviews give some interesting, considered perspectives from both sides."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Henry Northmore

37 44%

Almost Human (2014)

"It's a bit rough round the edges but just wait for Begos to get his hands on some real money and we can expect something very special indeed."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Henry Northmore

38 67%

The Sacrament (2014)

"An interesting film that attempts to tackle some intriguing ideas but unfortunately doesn't offer anything new."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Henry Northmore

39 ——

Mindscape ()

"Poor dialogue, wooden acting and a lack of originality are the major sins which scupper this pseudo-cerebral neo-noir from Jorge Dorado."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Niki Boyle

40 100%

Killers ()

"Those who stick with it ... will find much to enjoy: one tense, lengthy sequence does an exceptional job of wrong-footing the audience, while the conclusion is satisfyingly well-constructed."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Niki Boyle

41 ——

Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) ()

"An exquisitely styled, thoughtful and refreshingly executed arthouse road movie, on the eggshell subject matter of father/daughter incest."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Claire Sawers

42 75%

Night Moves (2014)

"Once again, this is highly intelligent and sensitive filmmaking from Reichardt."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Anna Rodgers

43 63%

The French Minister (2014)

"Tavernier's adaptation of the cult comic strip, Quai d'Orsay, is episodic, insular and hard work for non-Francophiles."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Eddie Harrison

44 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"This warm and funny Indian film takes a set-up worthy of the great romantic comedies of Hollywood's golden era and develops it into a touching story of connection, with echoes of Lost in Translation in its tone and characterisation."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Paul Gallagher

45 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"A story about the often mundane life of a touring band, about believing in your art, and about how blood - so much of which courses through this film - is thicker than water."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Malcolm Jack

46 100%

Ida (2014)

"Both the character and the film blossom as Ida discovers the joys of nightclubs, John Coltrane and sex."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Eddie Harrison

47 ——

Avant l'hiver (Before the Winter Chill) ()

"Before the Winter Chill is a rather odd film: excellent performances, a convincing milieu, and then a final twist that seems so improbable that all Claudel's careful work seems undone."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Eddie Harrison

48 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"A rare example of a remake that is as good as, if not better, than the original."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Henry Northmore

49 79%

Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014)

"For fans of Lamb of God, or metal in general, this is essential viewing."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Henry Northmore

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