The List

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 20%

Dracula Untold (2014)

"The cast sink their teeth in but the resulting film is surprisingly bloodless."

Posted Sep 30, 2014

James Mottram

2 80%

Soul Boys of the Western World ()

"This trawl through the band's history has enough guile and guts to keep you watching."

Posted Sep 30, 2014

James Mottram

3 61%

Draft Day (2014)

"Draft Day ends up as the trashy, glitzy cousin to the Oscar-nominated Moneyball, minus the smart statistical hook."

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

4 81%

Violette (2014)

"Rarely is a female friendship granted such deep and delicious complexity onscreen."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Hannah McGill

5 No Score Yet

You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit) ()

"It's hard not to be a tiny bit enamoured of a film that starts out promising erotic depravity and ends up referencing John Hughes."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Hannah McGill

6 No Score Yet

Still The Enemy Within ()

"A thorough account of the 1984-5 UK miners' strike from those who were on the picket-lines."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Hannah McGill

7 70%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"Dolphin Tale 2 plays out in a fairly tedious way; there's a brief period in a child's development when they will actively seek new and serious drama, yet might still accept fare as bland as this."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Eddie Harrison

8 89%

Gone Girl (2014)

"As entertainingly gripping as it is smartly disturbing and scathingly satirical."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Angie Errigo

9 88%

Human Capital (2015)

"An elegant, effective thriller which shows the impact we have on the lives of others; how, with so much else in play, our futures may not be ours to decide."

Posted Sep 24, 2014

Emma Simmonds

10 53%

I Origins (2014)

"It's the work of intelligent filmmakers with a welcome willingness to shoot for the big questions of life, the universe and everything."

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Eddie Harrison

11 78%

What We Did on Our Holiday ()

"You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll probably book a holiday to the (beautifully shot) Highlands."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Matthew Turner

12 92%

The Last Impresario ()

"This is, above all, a celebration and as such is entertaining, informative and good fun."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Allan Hunter

13 60%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Fuqua expertly cranks up the tension, while conveniently overlooking any pesky moral issues that McCall's behaviour raises. It's about as subtle as a bulldozer."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

James Mottram

14 67%

Maps to the Stars (2014)

"The dialogue bites and scratches and there is the sting of something like the truth in certain situations, but as the clunky plot laboriously joins the dots towards a melodramatic finale it all feels desperately obvious and not a little silly."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Allan Hunter

15 66%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"With references to Philip Marlowe and discussion of what it takes to make a good detective it's clear Frank intends Scudder to become a household name but, given this dodgy effort, that may never happen."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Katherine McLaughlin

16 45%

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

17 77%

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

18 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

19 100%

Night Will Fall ()

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

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Hannah McGill

20 36%

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

21 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

22 23%

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

23 81%

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

24 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Another middling effort from a former movie maestro."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Emma Simmonds

25 89%

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

26 43%

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

27 58%

My Old Lady (2014)

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

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Allan Hunter

28 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

29 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

30 72%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

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

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Eddie Harrison

31 96%

Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)

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

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emma Simmonds

32 92%

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

33 65%

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

34 69%

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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 96%

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

41 47%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

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

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Nikki Baughan

42 27%

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

43 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Unmistakably an exercise in style over substance."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Nikki Baughan

44 No Score Yet

Hypnotisören (The Hypnotist) ()

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

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Henry Northmore

45 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

46 36%

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

47 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

48 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

49 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