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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Seduced And Abandoned ()

"It's funny stuff, yet the real nuggets here are when [Alec] Baldwin defaults to standard doco-mode and asks an impressive range of people...about the harsh realities of working in the world's most expensive entertainment artform."

Posted May 10, 2014

Jim Schembri

2 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"There's no real depth to Fading Gigolo, but it is a likeable lark that has the smarts to stay on the right side of silly. Had it pushed its one-joke premise, watching it could have been a painful experience."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

3 70%

52 Tuesdays ()

"Sensitively directed by Sophie Hyde, this quietly extraordinary film is brave in the best sense...the story side-steps any polemic distractions about prejudice or gender politics to focus on the fraught relationship between child and parent."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

4 ——

Sneezing Baby Panda - The Movie ()

"Aside from being a strong frontrunner for best movie title of the year, this chirpy Australian-Chinese co-production is a real delight...a giddy, funny mashing of corny story and savvy mockumentary...a sweet oddball of a film."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

5 67%

Canopy (2014)

"Writer/director Aaron Wilson has done many genuinely impressive things here with his largely wordless film. Through deft editing, very good cinematography and some superb sound design he creates a real sense of tension."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

6 74%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Admittedly, watching a beautiful young woman on screen in various stages of congress can be a pleasant thing, but beyond the surface sexuality of the film [director Francois] Ozon doesn't really offer much more."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

7 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"The title of this film should be Only Jim Jarmusch Fans Left Alive as they're likely to be the only ones not rendered comatose by this pretentious dreck...a tale of hipster vampires that starts off with a touch of style before going nowhere fast. "

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

8 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Here's yet another example of a high-concept mega-movie that appears to have gone into production a draft or two too early."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

9 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Returning director Marc Webb has here grabbed onto two driving principles: deliver a killer final reel and give the audience something they can care for. He's commendably come through on both accounts. Thankfully."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

10 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"An embarrassing, lame-brained mess, full of obvious story holes and incoherent scene progression that appear to rely on audiences suddenly forgetting what they've just seen. It's quite extraordinary."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

11 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The Invisible Woman is a fine-looking period piece and Fiennes has an eye for nuance as Dickens tries handling the public news of his private life in a world that has just discovered the thrill of newspaper gossip."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

12 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda delivers a quiet, beautifully modulated, touching drama. "

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

13 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"Extremely likeable and entertaining. Though the film is stuffed full of incidents, writer/director Cedric Klapisch is in no particular hurry, giving the frenzy a nice, natural flow."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jim Schembri

14 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Blistering, honest, angry and full of confronting ideas...again proves that button-pushing director Lars von Trier is a much more intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely controversial filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

15 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Blistering, honest, angry and full of confronting ideas this epic sexual odyssey...from Lars von Trier again proves that he is a much more intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely controversial filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

16 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"British director Gareth Evans has done a super-charged job presiding over this white-hot Asian action knockout, the dizzying, enthralling, visceral sequel to the hit 2012 film."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

17 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"The film has been a monster hit, so it's doing its dance with the demographic the way its supposed to. Still, one wonders whether fans of the original show will go with the bandwagon. This reviewer found the film plastic and too predictable."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

18 77%

Noah (2014)

"A water-logged turkey...an epic disaster of truly biblical proportions...Bloated, gloomy, super self-serious and - worst of all - boring, the film is so dull and portentous it's likely to make atheists convert, just so they can pray to God to save them. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

19 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"This terrific sequel doesn't need to waste any time getting the gang back together and so dives head-long into the type of loopy, cameo-encrusted adventure that made the first run of Muppet films way back in the 1980s so much fun."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

20 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Another visually scrumptious cinematic doily from America's master of over-designed whimsy, Wes Anderson, and this one is measurably better than many of his previous efforts in that there's something resembling a plot at the heart of it."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

21 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Yet another slice of post-content sci-fi schlock that relies on audiences over-looking huge story holes and a grand lack of pace in favour of design and a hot young cast...lame-brained."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

22 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"In what is sure to turn out to be this generation's Toy Story, this crazy-funny animated lark takes us into a hyper-happy world where everything is so awesome there's even a pop anthem called Everything is Awesome... fresh and fast and funny. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

23 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Yet another super-sized serving of superhero cinematic sponge cake... this follow-up really feels like bloated franchise filler."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

24 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Very funny semi-satirical look at the bitchy, male-dominated world of movie trailer voice over people."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

25 51%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"Occasionally powerful but choppy drama set during the atrocity-strewn Nigerian civil war of the 1960s."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jim Schembri

26 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"If a worse studio film comes out this year, we're in deep trouble, people. This film is so bad it will hurt your brain. And even if you leave your brain at home, your spinal column will still object...[a] godawful, lame-brained mess of a movie. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jim Schembri

27 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"A warm, winning, restless film...Beautiful, modestly progressive and heartfelt, with a wonderful, brash central performance from first-timer Waad Mohammed. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jim Schembri

28 52%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Cuban Fury is a formulaic, by-the-numbers feel-good dance movie, and as far as formulaic, by-the-numbers feel-good dance movies go, it's formulaic, it's by-the-numbers, and it feels pretty good."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jim Schembri

29 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"When we walk in to see a film called Pompeii what we want is a staggering recreation of the colossal destruction wrought by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius...And, on that score, Pompeii delivers in spectacular spades. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jim Schembri

30 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"There are a few laughs, but not enough."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jim Schembri

31 79%

Any Day Now (2012)

"This movie is an emotional button pusher, and it knows what it is doing. Alan Cumming is especially effective as a man for whom fatherhood becomes a defining goal in an otherwise aimless life. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jim Schembri

32 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"It's an open wound of a documentary, sure, yet there is a pervasive sense Armstrong is using it as another means to redeem his public reputation...You might well find yourself sympathising with him more than reason would otherwise allow. "

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

33 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Let's be honest, shamefully honest. What counts here isn't subtle drama or carefully honed characters. What counts are the chases and the screeching tyres and the spectacular prangs. And they are magnificent. "

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

34 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Directing his fifth film, George Clooney uses the intriguing, fact-based premise to mount a surprisingly light-hearted romp across the battlefield as a gang of art experts...head for the front in search of art. It's sort of like Ocean's Eleven Go to War."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

35 88%

Hannah Arendt (2013)

"A dramatically solid, if talky, account of the controversial episode in the post-war world that spawned the phrase "the banality of evil", with strong performances from Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

36 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Joining the painful list of Goth-drenched Twilight franchise wannabes - Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, Dark Shadows - comes a half-baked, yappy stab at blending sexy Undead girls into a teen high school comedy..Even hardcore Goths will be bored."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

37 86%

Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014)

"Fabulous profile of the American author/commentator/troublemaker, filmed shortly before his death in 2012."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

38 13%

Jack and Diane (2012)

"Good direction is hobbled by inexplicable flashes of horror, which add nothing to the story and stick out like clumsy art-movie affectations."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

39 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"The film's heart is the chequered relationship Milstead had with his mother, whose shifting regard for her larger-than-life son takes centre stage."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Jim Schembri

40 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"Superb, a brilliantly conceived, first-person masterpiece, totally immersive and compelling from first frame to last. It's easily one of the best survival films ever made, even with Gravity dominating everybody's praise."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

41 41%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"You liked 300? You'll like this."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

42 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Director McG teams up with a grizzled Kevin Costner and a story by French populist Luc Besson for a terrific collision of action, family drama and nutty humour."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

43 83%

Tracks (2014)

"Tracks certainly looks great. Director John Curran revels in the details of dust, cracked skin and harsh terrain. He elicits from Mia Wasikowska a gritty, head-strong performance that makes you believe in an otherwise fantastic voyage. "

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

44 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Liam Neeson is at it again in yet another enjoyable, disposable French-produced action flick in which a hapless, dishevelled guy with big personal problems is forced by circumstance to jump, run, growl and shoot people - often all at the same time."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

45 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Solid, dark, tough-as-nails working-class drama about violence, desperation and Woody Harrelson's unparalleled ability to play an inbred hick."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

46 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

" Hardcore fans of legendary Japanese anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki are likely to be the only ones to put much stock in the director's final film. "

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Jim Schembri

47 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"If there's one major message at the core of Peter Berg's outstanding, realistic, fact-based war film it's that no amount of new-fangled military technology can take away from the brutality and human cost of frontline fighting. "

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Jim Schembri

48 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Veteran character actor Bruce Dern gets his day in court as the grizzled centrepiece of director Alexander Payne's artfully composed, beautifully filmed black-and-white dramedy about an old man, his dream and his withering, yet defiant sense of self."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Jim Schembri

49 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Though the inevitable emotional fireworks aren't given the three-act treatment they deserve, the great leads perfectly capture the stale air of latter-life malaise."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Jim Schembri

50 48%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"A killer film and very satisfying, Wolf Creek 2 is also, hopefully, a sign of a healthy film industry, one buoyant enough to produce crowd-pleasing sequels from crowd-pleasing originals. No shame in that. "

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Jim Schembri

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