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1 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Despite the fact that this too-soon spin-off feels like a mere cash-in on the Disney Cars/Planes marketing machine, this sequel is actually a lot more fun than expected. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Rich Cline

2 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"With a low-key pace and extremely loose plot, this introspective drama gets deep under the skin as it explores a pivotal summer for two brothers. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

3 41%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"Step Up movies are known for their trite, formulaic plots and eye-catching dance set-pieces, and this instalment in the series certainly won't disappoint the fans. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

4 0%

Behaving Badly (2014)

"For a comedy that so desperately wants to be rude and sexy, this movie is remarkably timid. It does a great job putting up a front as an anarchic laugh riot, but the genuinely funny moments are few and far between. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

5 13%

A Promise (2014)

"When a French filmmaker travels to Belgium to film a German story in English, it's hardly surprising that the resulting movie feels somewhat awkward. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

6 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"After a string of projects in America (including the masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), French filmmaker Michel Gondry returns home to let his manic imagination run wild. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

7 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel's best-yet movie, a summer action-adventure that provides more cinematic fun than the rest of the year's blockbusters rolled into one."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

8 77%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"Actor-producer Gael Garcia Bernal takes a strikingly complex look at the timely issue of human migration from Central America to the United States, which is rarely depicted with such honest humanity."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

9 86%

Joe (2014)

"Nicolas Cage gives a rare internalised performance in this atmospheric drama, which has a stronger sense of its location than it does of its story."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

10 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"After last year's break-out hit thriller, writer-director James DeMonaco is back with the flip-side of the story, which jettisons the irony and and thematic subtlety in favour of in-your-face brutality. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

11 62%

Hercules (2014)

"Far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this is a big, messy blockbuster retelling of the Greek myth that thankfully has a sharp sense of humour and some surprising twists up its sleeve. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

12 56%

Love Me Till Monday ()

"Refreshingly avoiding the usual romantic-comedy formula, this low-key British film has an enjoyably loose tone even if it sometimes feels rather random in its approach to the story. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

13 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"With an appropriate explosion of humour and colour, this documentary traces the life of a fiercely individualistic actor, digging beneath the surface to explore both his origins and his legacy."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

14 15%

Rage (2014)

"Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in the same moral universe as the Taken movies, where mass murder is excusable if your daughter's been kidnapped. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

15 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

16 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"With each film in the Transformer saga, Michael Bay makes it clear that all he's interested in are massive metallic special effects bashing into each other and usually exploding. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

17 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"By shooting this film over 12 years, writer-director Richard Linklater is able to explore family dynamics in an intensely involving way that's never been seen on-screen before."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

18 69%

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared ()

"With echoes of Forrest Gump and Zelig, this jaggedly funny Swedish adventure traces the life of a centenarian who interacts with key figures throughout the 20th century."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

19 100%

The Man Whose Mind Exploded ()

"With sensitivity and a strong sense of humour, this documentary profiles both a strikingly eccentric man and an unusual mental-health issue. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

20 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"Fans of the Oscar-winning 2006 Irish film Once (and its more recent stage-musical adaptation) may find this American drama a little derivative, but it's a strong story in its own right."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

21 36%

Goddess ()

"Simplistic and sometimes painfully goofy, this Australian musical comedy only holds the attention by occasionally touching on some real relational issues."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

22 30%

Last Love (2013)

"Complex emotions and a gentle exploration of interpersonal connections make this Paris-set drama worth a look, especially since it's so nicely played by the eclectic cast."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

23 24%

Tammy (2014)

"Melissa McCarthy is clearly in a rut: the title character in this film isn't very far removed from her previous roles in The Heat and Identity Thief. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

24 25%

Secret Sharer ()

"his adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1909 short story ambitiously twists the premise to add a bit of sexual tension, although the plot can't quite sustain itself right to the end."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rich Cline

25 89%

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) ()

"Despite a tough and rather bleak story, this Central American drama is bolstered by strikingly beautiful cinematography and involving characters. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rich Cline

26 82%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"With a stripped-down, bare-faced performance, Juliette Binoche is utterly wonderful in this tense French drama. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rich Cline

27 58%

Keeping Rosy ()

"Sleek and tightly constructed, this low-key British horror thriller worms its way under the skin to put us in what feels like an impossible situation. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rich Cline

28 91%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"With a loose, rambling style, this documentary starts as a backstage glimpse of a rock tour before shifting into an exploration of brotherhood and finally into something much more self-reflective. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rich Cline

29 88%

Chef (2014)

"Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Rich Cline

30 82%

Miss Violence ()

"Even fans of chillingly oblique new Greek cinema (see Dogtooth and Alps) will find this pitch-black drama utterly terrifying simply because it doesn't look like a horror movie. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Rich Cline

31 100%

Leave To Remain ()

"With improv-style performances, using stories based on real-life experiences, this film has a strong blast of authenticity to shine light on a big issue."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Rich Cline

32 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch keeps the tone light and the serious themes just under the surface as he revisits the lively characters from The Spanish Apartment (2002) and Russian Dolls (2005). "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Rich Cline

33 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Music-lover Clint Eastwood adapts the long-running stage musical for the big screen with mixed results: it recounts a terrific true story but has an uneven pace. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Rich Cline

34 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"French filmmaker Luc Besson continues to combine family themes with intense violence (see Taken), but at least this film has a wry sense of humour about it."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Rich Cline

35 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Based on the beloved novel by John Green, this film is so squarely slanted toward teen girls that it is likely to annoy everyone else. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Rich Cline

36 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Based on the events documented in West of Memphis and the Paradise Lost trilogy, this drama takes an almost clinical approach to the story. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rich Cline

37 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"Yet another found-footage thriller, this chilling horror film at least has some solid roots as a fictionalised version of real events. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rich Cline

38 33%

A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) ()

"The French don't always get the balance right in their farcical romantic comedies, but they usually win us over with goofy charm. Alas, the plan never quite comes together this time."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rich Cline

39 67%

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet ()

"As he did in Amelie, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet tells a simple fable with witty visuals, colourful characters and a warm heart."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rich Cline

40 83%

Belle (2014)

"The plot feels like a Jane Austen novel infused with a hot-potato political issue, but this is actually a true story."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rich Cline

41 74%

Oculus (2014)

"While using every horror movie cliche in the book, this film cleverly tells a bracingly original story that will have genre fans squirming in their seats."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rich Cline

42 89%

Downhill ()

"It's extremely rare for a low-budget mock-documentary to come together as well as this scruffy little British comedy."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Rich Cline

43 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Comedies don't get much more pitch-black than this fiendishly clever film, which will shift into horror for everyone in the audience, although that tipping point varies for each person."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Rich Cline

44 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Rich Cline

45 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A consistently hilarious stream of in-jokes keeps the audience in fits of laughter even if there's virtually no plot to this follow-up to the 2012 hit 21 Jump Street."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Rich Cline

46 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"While the tone is all wrong, this fantastical version of a momentous year in the life of Grace Kelly is still entertaining, and not just unintentionally. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Rich Cline

47 91%

Omar (2014)

"As in his Golden Globe-winning 2005 drama Paradise Now, Israeli filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad takes a complex, personal approach to a touchy political-religious situation in this Palestinian love story."

Posted May 30, 2014

Rich Cline

48 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Expert writing, directing and acting help this offbeat drama discover some powerful new themes in a novella that has been scandalising Western society since it was first published in 1870. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Rich Cline

49 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"After the success of Ted, Seth MacFarlane gives himself his first leading-man role in this hilarious but overlong comedy-Western. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Rich Cline

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