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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Canadian actress/director Sarah Polley (Away from Her; Take This Waltz) presents an absorbing family history that is so ingeniously mounted it doubles as a wry commentary on the documentary form, examining our willingness to believe what we see."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

2 67%

Turbo (2013)

"Though the "be yourself" theme is becoming a little too familiar what really sparks the proceedings here are the lashings of wily humour, the takedown of hero worship and a terrific subtext about overcoming the limits others put on you. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

3 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"More pretty good, if forgettable FX-driven franchise fodder...proficiently directed...also features the ever-surprising Stanley Tucci, who sports the latest in a long line of formidable movie wigs."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

4 26%

Planes (2013)

"Think Cars, but with planes. Passable, pleasant, mildly fun and apparently written by computer."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

5 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"What's super-odd about this film is its director, Morgan Spurlock. Best-known as an activist documentarian...it's a bit of a shock to see his controversy-magnet name attached to something so tame, formulaic and corporate."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

6 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"Absorbing, realistic, non-sensationalist drama."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

7 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"Think Flying High with a gay cabin crew and no laughs...The story has most of the plane's passengers rendered unconscious, presumably by showing I'm So Excited as the in-flight movie."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

8 59%

Riddick (2013)

"Riddick turns out to be one of the most pleasantly surprising multiplex films so far this year...bizarre as it sounds, the film essentially shapes up as a quality chamber piece set in the dusty wastes of an alien planet. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

9 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"Yay! The Smurfs are back - bigger, bolder and bluer than ever. It's fun fun fun, a more-than-worthy, hyper-energetic sequel to the fabulous first film...It's all wonderful fantasy nonsense, delivered fast and with plenty of self-consciously cheap laughs."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

10 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"It's MIB meets Ghost via Ghostbusters in this flat, FX-driven drivel...Apparently, they're not just scratching the bottom of the Hollywood ideas barrell, they've worn all the way through and are now hitting the floor."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

11 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"A frothy, dreamlike romantic fantasy spiced by a constant cascade of surprising visual sparks."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

12 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"This is a tedious turkey of the first order. As well as being supremely dull, the film does no favours for feminism - or what's left of it - as far as film roles go."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

13 50%

White House Down (2013)

"While the film is exactly as silly as Olympus Has Fallen...it admittedly has a lot more fun with the cheeseball, post-9/11 patriotism that underlies the lark. That's the real saving grace for a film that is essentially a carbon of a carbon of a carbon."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

14 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Woody Allen's latter films just seem to get better and better...another A-grade movie to join Match Point, Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona...a superb Cate Blanchett does some of her best film work to date."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

15 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"The film bravely pulls focus on Israel's behaviour as an occupying power, the treatment of the Palestinians and joins the growing list of recent films that cast a critical eye over a subject that was once deemed too thorny to question."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

16 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"The Wizard of Oz is the cinematic equivalent of high-end wine, in that it gets better with age. The difference is that while wine must remain unopened to increase in value, the film positively thrives on it being tasted and shared over and over and over."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

17 35%

Salinger (2013)

"About as complete a profile as one could reasonably wish for...a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in the issue of how art can take on an uncontrollable life of its own."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

18 27%

Jobs (2013)

"Ashton Kutcher does a very fine job as Jobs, portraying him less as a technological wizard and more as a business visionary who realised his out-of-the-box ideas by surrounding himself with people who were admittedly more talented than he was."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

19 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"The cookie-cutter action sequences - car chases, fireballs, shoot-outs - are so-so and whereas the first film had a giddy cheekiness to it, the vibe here just feels forced, a common trait of sequels we really weren't hankering for."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

20 69%

Stoker (2013)

"The first English-language film from South Korean firebrand Park Chan-wook (Thirst; Oldboy), Stoker is a pungent mood piece spiced with mystery, murder and plenty of unsettling emotions."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

21 56%

The Best Offer (2014)

"Clearly at a phase in his career where he can do no wrong, Geoffrey Rush is the aloof, germaphobic, magnetic core of a beguiling tale about fine art, art auctions, fake paintings, antique automatons and wealthy urban hermits. Great stuff."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

22 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"Australian writer/director Kim Mordaunt was inspired to make this wistful, often lyrical film after his 2007 documentary Bomb Harvest...Thankfully he layers the unavoidable political notes with real warmth, humour and character."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

23 74%

You're Next (2013)

"Amidst all the slashing and killing, director Adam Wingard (working off a script by Simon Barrett) injects a good deal of dark fun into the proceedings, especially when it comes to unmasking the psychos terrorising the family."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Jim Schembri

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

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

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 100%

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

41 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

42 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

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

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Jim Schembri

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 31%

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

49 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Outstanding, cool-headed documentary. "

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jim Schembri

50 80%

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

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