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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Yet the film's biggest treat - and this will come as no surprise to Kick-Ass fans - is how strong and magnetic a character Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) has become. She's great. Trouble is, there's not enough of her."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

2 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"Awful, expensive, over-long, unremittingly dull attempt to start a Twilight-like franchise... plans were already underway for the sequel before this was released. They might just want to wait to see if anybody's interested first. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

3 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"A superb, moving film, it's a tribute to author Henry James that his 1897 story could prove so illuminating when adapted for the 21st century. Performances throughout are terrific, seeped as they are in guilt, resentment and confusion."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

4 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Packed with action and jarring visual toggles between the lives of the haves and the squalor of the have-nots, writer/director Neil Bloomkamp essentially overlays the concept of Fritz Lang's Metropolis with a ripping, ultra-violent class war."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

5 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"A surprising number of verbal gags pepper the lark's broad, knockabout physical comedy, including an uproarious genital joke clearly designed to rival the eye-watering zipper bit from There's Something About Mary."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

6 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Its flighty quarter-life crisis theme [will be] familiar to anyone who's seen five minutes of Girls."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

7 86%

Red Obsession (2013)

"The film isn't so much about wine but about the unstoppable rise of China as the world's next pace-setter...A very entertaining doc, regardless of whether you like a drop."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

8 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Clever, original, wildly improbable, wildly enjoyable and directed with all the necessary flash and dazzle, the film combines the pleasure of a well-engineered heist movie with a twisty-turny plot full of wit, double-takes and sleight-of-camera."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

9 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Without having to worry about giant robots or special effects so much, director Michael Bay gets the chance to properly exercise his talent for film comedy, a quality that laces a lot of his films and that too many critics are loathe to acknowledge."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

10 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Feather-weight satire of rich teen girls who steal from celebrities...The film is the cinematic equivalent of reading a health warning on the frosting of an over-priced cupcake."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

11 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Deft, well-etched dramedy about the awkwardness of adolescence."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

12 89%

The World's End (2013)

"Riffing on a wide variety of science fiction classics such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), director Edgar Wright keeps the laughs and the left turns coming."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

13 84%

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

"A horror-comedy is typically much tougher to pull off than straight horror - or straight comedy, for that matter - and that balance is all over the shop in this occasionally giggle-worthy, hap-hazard affair."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

14 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Crammed with garish decor, wild costumes and some unapologetically affected central performances, the final chapter in the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace gets a feisty, full-bodied treatment here. "

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

15 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Slick, entertaining, super-hero thrill ride, the only quibbles are its length - every big film these days seems to be 20 minutes too long - and its 3D conversion. Really, it's another example of the marginal difference that process often makes."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

16 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"At times the film actually feels like a parody of an arthouse movie rather than a work produced by a director often unjustly described as a cinematic genius."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

17 100%

Cloudburst (2013)

"A rough-edged Olympia Dukakis steals much of this comedy road movie about two ageing lesbians who go to Canada to get married. Enjoyable, but unremarkable."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

18 75%

What's In A Name? (2013)

"A huge hit in France, the film's verbal thrust-and-parry is so fast you do spend too much time reading the flashing of subtitles than looking at the gesticulations and exaggerated expressions of the players. Bring on the Americanisation, please."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

19 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"A very effectively mounted frightfest, played extremely straight, with very good performances."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

20 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"Enjoyable, time-killing piece of throwaway Friday-night pap... It's broad, stupid fun that, against all odds, ends up coagulating into an actual story with a point. "

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

21 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"The trouble with those first two film was their souffle-light scenarios...Here, however, things are much juicier as infidelity, commitment, divorce, resentment and all the other soul-sapping things that clock in when you hit your 40s come into play."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

22 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"A feverish blend of ultra-violence, corruption, bad mothering and karaoke... Simultaneously seedy and artsy, the film has a jagged stop-start pace that will mesmerise some, bore others and confound those left over."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

23 65%

The Heat (2013)

"Borrowing heavily and unashamedly from the buddy-cop movie formula perfected by the Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop franchises, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up for an enjoyable, ultra-predictable, totally disposable comedy romp."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jim Schembri

24 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Undoubtedly the worst big-screen film since M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender...To put it bluntly, Pacific Rim deserves the derision usually lumped upon Transformers 2."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jim Schembri

25 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"As with most big films these days, The Lone Ranger is about 30 minutes too long...but when the Lone Ranger theme inevitably kicks in for the film's amazing train-borne action finale you can't help go all needles and pins."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jim Schembri

26 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Outstanding, cool-headed documentary. "

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jim Schembri

27 79%

Reality (2013)

"Captures the 21st-century affliction of learned discontent, where perfectly happy people go in quest of something they think is better. Reality is a thoughtful, intelligent film. "

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jim Schembri

28 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Though fans might miss the levity that made Richard Donner's classic 1978 film Superman: The Movie such a game-changing joy, the thing that really sells this respectful reboot is the dramatic conviction underlying all the mega-scale mayhem."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

29 64%

Epic (2013)

"An absolute delight from start to finish, Epic features an award-worthy sequence where giant figures in extreme close-up move in slow motion as the tiny heroes scatter about. There's a freshness and originality to it that we see all-too-rarely."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

30 89%

In the House (2013)

"A cinematic bouquet of surprising left turns and addictive story hooks. Strongly recommended."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

31 55%

The Look of Love (2013)

"In this light-hearted period biopic, a cool Steve Coogan brings a cheeky urbane swagger to his portrayal of Paul Raymond, the adult-entertainment entrepreneur who brought nude live shows and softcore pornography to the masses."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

32 75%

Errors Of The Human Body (2013)

"A tight, twisty little sci-fi thriller, directed with skilful economy by Eron Sheean."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

33 67%

World War Z (2013)

"A roaring good, bloody block party with The Undead. "

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

34 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Creatively, there's clearly something going on at Pixar...though Monsters University is consistently enjoyable and never less than entertaining, it does have a quality of sameness that we never used to associate with Pixar pictures."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

35 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Three words best describe this film: funny, funny, funny. As naturally suspicious as we are of sequels, Despicable Me 2 is the type of cinematic extension that restores your faith in follow-ups."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

36 11%

After Earth (2013)

"By any fair measure, After Earth is actually quite a nifty, pacy adventure film, even though it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who has not made a good film since his 1999 debut The Sixth Sense."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

37 34%

The Internship (2013)

"We are officially through the looking glass, people. We're quite used to seeing two hours of Hollywood movie with bits of product placement in it. Here we have two hours of product placement with bits of Hollywood movie in it."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

38 98%

Mud (2013)

"This moody, broody character-driven crime story is another fine step in the career redemption of Matthew McConaughey."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

39 ——

Une Estonienne Paris ()

"French veteran Jeanne Moreau does a nicely barbed job playing rich old cow Frida opposite her long-suffering maid Anne (Laine Magi). Yes, it's predictable, but in the warmest way. "

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

40 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"Like the Americans, the French are infatuated with their history. They also love long close-ups of beautiful women in period costume. These elements combine in this painfully pretty period chamber piece."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

41 83%

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013)

"Director Alain Resnais, now 91 and still at it, has made some great films. This isn't one of them."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Jim Schembri

42 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"With an apparent brief to set a new franchise record for on-screen vehicular mayhem, the film's signature sequence involves the car-crunching daylight pursuit of a tank as it powers down the wrong side of a Spanish freeway. It's magnificently nuts."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Jim Schembri

43 93%

Still Mine (2013)

"It's a measured, heart-felt piece...that warmly invites you to wonder over how richly symbolic the building of a house in a movie can be."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Jim Schembri

44 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Highly effective, tense little fright rouser... If you're a horror fan, you won't be disappointed."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Jim Schembri

45 95%

Ping Pong (2013)

"Terrific, uplifting, often raw and frequently funny...If the film has a theme, it's how the ageing process can often afflict the body far more than it does the mind."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Jim Schembri

46 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"What's truly telling about this brash, boisterous adaptation is that the director clearly understands the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel better than most film critics."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Jim Schembri

47 100%

Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul ()

"Many French movies wear their debt to American cinema on their sleeve. This is one of them."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Jim Schembri

48 10%

A Haunted House (2013)

"Clearly what the world needs right now is another low-rent horror movie spoof. And this one's not bad. Sticking to Paranormal Activity for its premise, it actually produces some pretty funny moments. "

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Jim Schembri

49 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"A prime example of what is colloquially referred to in movie-speak as a "cash grab"...a lame, limp, lazy, lifeless reheating of a formula that got tired the second time around."

Posted May 24, 2013

Jim Schembri

50 38%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"A scatter-brained plot never quite works itself out. "

Posted May 24, 2013

Jim Schembri

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