The List

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

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

2 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Unmistakably an exercise in style over substance."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Nikki Baughan

3 ——

Hypnotisören (The Hypnotist) ()

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

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Henry Northmore

4 87%

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

5 39%

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

6 91%

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

7 63%

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

8 61%

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

9 73%

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

10 19%

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

11 86%

Creep ()

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

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

12 80%

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

13 67%

WolfCop ()

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

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Henry Northmore

14 ——

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

15 ——

Faults ()

"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

16 20%

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

17 74%

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

18 70%

What If (2014)

"A light, unexpected delight."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Allan Hunter

19 94%

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

20 65%

Lucy (2014)

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

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Emma Simmonds

21 28%

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

22 100%

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

23 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

24 55%

Underdogs (2015)

"The Unbeatables is good fun for young and old alike, delivering its moral lessons and criticism of the beautiful game with a light touch. It is typical summer family fare, but with more of a kick."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Allan Hunter

25 52%

Blood Ties (2014)

"There are scenes, moments and performances that all burn brightly but the sprawling Blood Ties never quite lets rip, or manages to connect up all these promising dots."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Allan Hunter

26 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Todd Douglas Miller's riveting documentary tells the true story of the legal battle surrounding 'Sue', the world's largest, most complete T-Rex skeleton and the thirteenth ever discovered."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Matthew Turner

27 25%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Mildly entertaining at best, don't expect it to contribute to your own quest for contentment."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

James Mottram

28 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Even with all the misery Michôd can't resist injecting some humour, which works well as a counterpoint to teasingly lighten the mood."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

29 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The Expendables 3 suffers from a desire to play safe; from its lazy formula to its watered-down violence and largely consequence-free peril, and as a result never rises above the level of expendable viewing itself."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Rob Carnevale

30 74%

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 ()

"It's to the central quartet's credit that, although their ongoing adventures are stretching four fairly one-note characters just shy of snapping point, this time round it actually feels less tired."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Emma Simmonds

31 96%

Lilting (2014)

"Lilting isn't a film of simple solutions and happy endings but, for all its sorrow, what it leaves you with is hope."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Emma Simmonds

32 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"As with the first film, children will be drawn to the bright colours and simple morals, which makes some of the sexual and racial stereotyping on the sidelines rather regrettable."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Eddie Harrison

33 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

34 39%

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

35 13%

A Promise (2014)

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

Posted Jul 29, 2014

James Mottram

36 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

37 ——

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

38 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Enormous fun from beginning to end."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Matthew Turner

39 33%

Blackwood ()

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

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Henry Northmore

40 61%

Hercules (2014)

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

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Rob Carnevale

41 77%

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

42 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

43 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

44 90%

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

45 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

46 83%

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

47 ——

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

48 ——

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

49 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

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