Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 30%

Last Love (2013)

"Sir Michael Caine is London personified, a British movie icon with one of the most distinctive voices in cinema. So why on earth would you mis-cast him as an American in Paris with a totally implausible accent? "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

2 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"When Ape chieftain, Caesar bellows "GO" at a bunch of gun-toting humans, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Not since Darth Vader strode into Star Wars have I been as bowled over by such a formidable screen presence."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

3 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"I can't imagine a more disastrous film than Grace Of Monaco. It's a right Royal cock-up, featuring a muddle of a central performance by Nicole Kidman and a mess of a plot."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

4 ——

The Good Man ()

"Any movie that begins with three boys pushing a goat down the street in a shopping trolley has to be worth watching - and it is. This is just one of the many memorable scenes from the terrific debut feature film from Phil Harrison. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

5 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"Back in 1994, I was a rookie young reviewer cutting my teeth and slowly losing the will to live watching the bloated Hollywood fare of Forrest Gump, The Flintstones and Lassie. Then, along came Pulp Fiction, swaggering with cool and bending all the rules."

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

6 68%

Jimmy's Hall ()

"It's not the Devil, but the Communists who have all the best tunes in 1930's Ireland. Jazz tunes that have the local community jiving in Jimmy's Hall, an entertaining tale of Reds, raves and political repercussions. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

7 89%

Locke (2014)

"Surely listening to two builders talk on the phone about the pouring of concrete into the vast foundations of a skyscraper should be the dullest conversation ever? Not so this is genuinely exciting stuff. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

8 90%

Calvary (2014)

"If there is one Irish film to see in 2014 it is Calvary. Not only is it wickedly funny and darkly profound but rather brilliantly explores the complexity of contemporary Irish faith."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

9 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

" What should have been a magnificent seven style caper led by George Clooney falls strangely flat. The only monuments these men come close to nailing is their own tombstone performances. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

10 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Jack Ryan seems neither sufficiently suave nor highly skilled to fully capture our imaginations. After all, he's really just a super banker, whose mission success here depends on downloading data onto his memory stick. Hardly thrilling?"

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

11 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"I have always been a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey even though many of his film roles have failed to showcase his considerable talent. But he finally comes of age with a sensational performance in his new film Dallas Buyers Club. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

12 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Ageing Bull versus Rocky Glaucoma? Has somebody knocked me silly? Or am I really watching 70 year old Robert De Niro bashing 67 year old Sylvester Stallone in the boxing ring? Is this a joke?"

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Henry Martin

13 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Thankfully for anyone with a weakened bladder, the running time second time around is significantly shorter than the overblown starter. A whopping twenty minutes shorter, which makes it better. "

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

14 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Bruce Dern is back and better than ever, playing a stubborn-as-a-mule senior citizen hell bent on a fool-hearty mission in the bittersweet road movie, Nebraska. Affectionate and heart-warming, this is an absolute joy."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

15 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Emma Thompson is terrific as the no-nonsense raspish writer who tongue-lashes the great and good. It is easy to forget that as well as actor, writer and all round good egg, Thompson is also a very accomplished comedienne. "

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

16 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Parkland dissects the unfolding drama with the cool blade of an autopsy. Red-hot conspiracy theories are diffused in favour of cold hard facts, making this less compelling drama and more frigid reconstruction. "

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

17 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Finally the 3D film to knock your socks off. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is a spectacular watch, which leaves you with a jaw dropping, head spinning, truly immersive space experience. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

18 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Judi Dench plays Philomena with great heart, perfectly capturing the indomitable spirit of a loveable Irish mama. So despite winning great acclaim playing Queen Elizabeth,Queen Victoria and M, Philomena feels like the part she was born to play."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

19 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Enough Said is an adult comedy to savour, a wonderfully sharp and humorous exploration of the muddy path of growing older and looking for love. Gandolfini is great as the reluctant romantic lead, effortlessly sliding from calamity into comedy. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

20 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Fasten your cinema seats, for the thrills, spills and downright terror of a hijacking on the high seas. Director Paul Greengrass, brings Somali pirates and commercial shipping colliding together in a pulsating maritime thriller. "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

21 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"It's Autumn in Paris and the autumn of their lives, which acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi captures beautifully. His two-handed script is sharp, sardonic and full of wisely observed one liners. "

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

22 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"Thanks For Sharing did not leave me wanting more but less. And demanding a cinematic court order that comedy and drama live apart for a while, or at least until they can share the screen in harmony."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

23 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Flitting between the extravagance of Jasmine's former life and her undignified current climb down allows for a entertaining and insightful look at the depression of recession. There are of course, a few great Woody one-liners but the mood is blue."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

24 14%

A Belfast Story ()

""We need something new" says Meaney's world-weary cop to himself in one strange scene, "Not the same old thing. Please God, not the same old pattern!", which made me think, was he talking about the escalating murders or the slumping script? "

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

25 69%

About Time (2013)

"For Richard Curtis, this must have been hilarious on the page - but on the big screen it is tedious. At the end, I was left wondering, could I travel back in time to before I bought my ticket?"

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

26 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"I am actually cheered by the prospect of our somewhat stuffy cinemas being invaded by a frenzied flock of female fans. Surely this is what we need - genuine excitement? Kids camping out all night, dancing in the aisles and screaming at the screen."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

27 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Sam Rockwell makes the biggest splash with a sizzling supporting performance. Not only is he naturally funny, but he has the great ability to make every sharp line of dialogue sound freshly improvised."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

28 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"The Lone Ranger is a noisy, never-ending nonsensical mess, which easily tops the flops in the silly season of summer blockbusters. Last year, director Gore Verbinski made the Oscar winning animation Rango, this year, he's flogging a dead horse."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

29 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"I was not expecting to be scared out of my wits by this creepily crafted and sublimely superior supernatural horror, but I was. Before the end, my cinema seat had worked itself through the three demonic stages of infestation, oppression and possession."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

30 65%

The Heat (2013)

"Prepare for some hilarious laugh enforcement, Sandra Bullock proves to be the perfect foil to the uproarious Melissa McCarthy, who is fast becoming the funniest performer in cinema. "

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

31 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"This is a miso soup of epic action with all things Japanese thrown into the martial arts melting pot. All that's missing is Godzilla warbling in a karaoke bar. The Wolverine is sure to be big in Japan but will this extra claw be a box office draw?"

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

32 74%

The East (2013)

"Brit is a hit as the spy who is split in two. Her covert performance twisting and turning from one side to the other keeps us guessing to the end."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

33 11%

After Earth (2013)

"The dejected Will Smith is forced to inject himself with pain relief. The label warns that the drug could cause extreme drowsiness and impaired vision. One can only imagine that Will was suffering from both when he agreed to film this daft script. "

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

34 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Man Of Steel is the real deal. Director Zach Snyder embraces the darker tone of the Batman trilogy, making Superman more shadow than sunshine."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

35 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Michael Douglas dazzles as Liberace, hard to imagine a more dynamic screen performance this year. Can this really be the hard nosed heart-throb who played Gordon Gecko? "

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

36 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"This is not so much Meet The Fockers as meet the shockers. The jokes are something old, nothing new, mainly borrowed and sadly blue. De Niro is a shadow of his former shelf, not so much Taxi Driver as taxidermy. "

Posted May 30, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

37 98%

Mud (2013)

"This is American cinema at its very best as Huckleberry Finn meets Stand By Me.The two boys are terrific and McConaughey is sensational as Mud, dazzlingly frazzled as the hunted and haunted man on the run."

Posted May 24, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

38 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"DiCaprio certainly looks the part, a sharp dressed man with a sunny face and a shady past. He shimmers on screen with an orange glow. Where he falls short is in the dark glamour of Gatsby, when his American dream turns into a nightmare."

Posted May 17, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

39 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Are you sick of superheroes? No, of course you are not, cinema audiences are lapping up any caped crusader movies. But I am, especially when Tony Stark is an angst ridden shambles suffering from performance anxiety. What's so super about that?"

Posted May 16, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

40 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"Not since Steve McQueen has any man looked cooler on a motorbike. Men admire him, women adore him, Ryan Gosling proves again, he is the most dynamic film star working in cinema today."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

41 68%

Trance (2013)

"For fans of Danny Boyle, Trance is a dreamy disappointment but you can't help thinking that during the making of this film his mind was transfixed somewhere else in East London."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

42 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Once upon a time Hollywood was not interested in fairy tales. But just like comic books, they have proved to be the perfect big screen adventures for the 3D generation and bumper box office. Time to wake these sleeping giant stories."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

43 28%

Broken City (2013)

"Acting drunk looks easy but its certainly not. So when Wahlberg hits the bottle, we are treated to what must be the most laughable screen lush in cinema history."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

44 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"He's been An Officer And A Gentleman, An American Gigolo and Mr Pretty Woman, now Richard Gere is back in a smart and stylish thriller, Arbitrage."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

45 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"There have been countless film and tv versions of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's classic high society love story. But none have been captured so beautifully and boldly as this Anna Karenina."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

46 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Many critics have already determined that this Die Hard is a bad day at the cinema. For me, like so many modern action films, if you leave your brain at the door, you may leave Russia with love."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

47 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Hitchcock once said "Drama is life with the dull parts left out", ironic then that this Hitchcock movie is a stuffy succession of extremely dull scenes."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

48 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Following on from the great acclaim of The Hurt Locker, Bigalow's shaky cam and tough talking characters once again take us to the dark side of modern warfare."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

49 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Spielberg's plodding camera endlessly tracks and circles Day-Lewis in complete reverence, while veteran composer John Williams delivers yet another repetitive Jurassic Extra-Terrestrial score."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Brian Henry Martin

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