Flix Capacitor

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" The second season has more fantasy elements than the first, but otherwise it's largely more of the same. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Stephen Carty

2 91%

Locke (2014)

"Locke is driven - quite literally - by human drama, with Steven Knight using the insular premise to fashion a moody character piece. Not all of it works, but Hardy holds our attention throughout. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Stephen Carty

3 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Like Jon, the film could do with a stronger climax, but on the whole this is a very impressive debut from a very talented young man. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Stephen Carty

4 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"The First Avenger is Marvel's strongest movie since Iron Man, but it's actually more of an old-fashioned WWII adventure than it is a typical superhero blockbuster. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Stephen Carty

5 78%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013)

" The plot dictates that we see less of Ron Perlman than usual, and as you might expect his presence is missed. But Charlie Hunnam continues to anchor the show in impressive fashion, while CCH Pounder makes for a worthy opponent. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

6 ——

1 (2014)

"Arriving in the wake of Rush, 1: Life On The Limit feels familiar in places. That said, there's plenty of fascinating material, and some of the racing footage is absolutely spectacular. Vroom with a view. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

7 89%

Starlet (2012)

"This modest indie boasts naturalistic direction and a few impressive performances, while the presence of a tiny Chihuahua results in some of the most adorable dog acting since The Artist."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Stephen Carty

8 39%

Birth (2004)

"Parts of the story don't make sense, but Birth has a hypnotic, spellbinding quality that draws you in. "

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

9 86%

Sexy Beast (2000)

"Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

10 92%

Calvary (2014)

"Some might find the self-referential comments a little too clever-clever, but this is a consistently funny and quietly powerful piece of work. "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

11 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"The Dark World is more of a missed opportunity than a complete failure, but it's disappointing nonetheless. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Stephen Carty

12 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In terms of quirk and whimsy, the film is liberally perfumed. "

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Stephen Carty

13 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Machete don't do new jokes. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Stephen Carty

14 72%

Machete (2010)

"Machete is enjoyable to a point, but the novelty soon wears off and there isn't enough inspiration to sustain the concept for a full-length feature film. "

Posted Feb 16, 2014

Stephen Carty

15 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The first thing you notice is McConaughey's radical weight loss, but his performance is equally worthy of attention and deserving of some serious recognition come awards season. Likewise his eighties 'tache. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Stephen Carty

16 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"Part man. Part machine. All '80s classic."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

17 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The Fifth Estate is often guilty of spelling things out and over-simplifying matters, but it's absorbing in places and held together by two strong performances. "

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

18 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"More of a familiar spy romp than a cerebral espionage thriller, Kenneth Branagh's long-gestating reboot is disappointingly generic and unremarkable. Costner is ace, mind you. "

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Stephen Carty

19 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Breaking Bad delivers a final season that is as gripping and rewarding as we've come to expect. It's the show that knocks. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Stephen Carty

20 43%

The Call (2013)

"For the first 45 minutes or so, The Call is surprisingly tense and effective. As soon as Berry leaves her desk, however, it unravels quicker than you can say "poodle perm". "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Stephen Carty

21 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"12 Years A Slave boasts a number of quietly powerful moments, but it doesn't offer much to think about. Though Ejiofor delivers a remarkable lead performance, the film proves emotionally distant. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Stephen Carty

22 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Fans of Merchant's usual schtick will find much to like, but this brand of cringe comedy has grown dated and predictable. Still, the lanky funnyman has terrific comic timing and delivery, and the show gets a pass. Just. "

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Stephen Carty

23 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Vaughn dials down his fast-talking schtick, but the story is often unconvincing (533 kids?) and there are very few laughs. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

24 74%

You're Next (2013)

"Horror fans might take some enjoyment from all the grisly deaths, but it's not long before a nagging sense of killing fatigue sets in. Call it 'goredom', if you will."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Stephen Carty

25 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Wan and Whannell have attempted to do something interesting, but Chapter 2 - AKA Back To The Further - is overly complicated as a result. More repetitive than last time and less grounded. "

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Stephen Carty

26 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"More than just a geriatric cash-in on The Hangover, this likeable crowd-pleaser is surprisingly funny and enjoyable. It's great to see Morgan Freeman playing drunk, while Kevin Kline steals the show. "

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Stephen Carty

27 66%

Insidious (2011)

"The final third marks a jarring shift into increasingly silly territory, but the build-up and jump-scares are effective. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

28 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"As a romantic comedy for grown-ups, Enough Said is something of a refreshing rarity. Both Gandolfini and JLD are wonderful, as is Nicole Holofcener's naturalistic dialogue. Enough Said. "

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Stephen Carty

29 84%

Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" There are one or two questionable developments along the way, but the second half of the season offers a surprising return to form. Plus, the performances and Saul's beard remain as compelling as ever. "

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Stephen Carty

30 66%

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

"Whether you hold Anchorman as the best comedy of the modern era or the most overrated, there's little doubt that it's kind of a big deal. "

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Stephen Carty

31 49%

Rédemption (2013)

"Part socially-conscious thriller, part Jason Statham beat-'em-up, Hummingbird is admirably ambitious but not quite able to pull its abundance of ideas and plotlines together. The Stath is great, mind you. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Stephen Carty

32 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"More of a competent overview than a definitive account, Long Walk To Freedom doesn't quite manage to put the man in Mandela."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Stephen Carty

33 49%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Watching Pain & Gain might give you testosterone poisoning, but it's easily Michael Bay's funniest and most interesting work to date. "

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Stephen Carty

34 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"The Desolation Of [insert your own pronounciation here] is still a long way from the original trilogy, but it's a marked improvement over An Unexpected Journey. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Stephen Carty

35 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"For folk's sake, the Coen brothers have done it again. "

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Stephen Carty

36 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"The first Kick-Ass managed to have its cape and eat it. By comparison, Kick-Ass 2 is flat and tonally unsure. "

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Stephen Carty

37 ——

The Class Of '92 ()

"The Class Of '92 might be slightly limited in terms of appeal, but for fans of football - and Manchester United, in particular - it's a must-see."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Stephen Carty

38 65%

The Railway Man (2014)

"It's never quite as remarkable as the story it's based on, but The Railway Man is occasionally affecting and impressively acted. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Stephen Carty

39 62%

Day of the Flowers (2014)

"The film is guilty of generic storytelling and jarring plot developments, but it's also likeable and mildly diverting in places. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Stephen Carty

40 77%

Thor (2011)

"Though slightly perfunctory at times, Thor is a funny and well-judged introduction to the character. It could have been far Norse. "

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Stephen Carty

41 69%

The Newsroom: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" Finding its feet thanks to a compelling ongoing storyline, the second season of Aaron Sorkin's politically-charged HBO drama is an improvement over the first. "

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Stephen Carty

42 60%

Dexter: Season 8 (TV, 2013)

" One of the main problems with the final season of Dexter is that it rarely feels like a final season. "

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Stephen Carty

43 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"To paraphrase Roger Murtaugh, they're not too old for this s**t. "

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Stephen Carty

44 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Familiar territory for Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips is far more successful in terms of authenticity and tension that it is characterisation or depth."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Stephen Carty

45 59%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"Elevated by warm performances and a relatively involving story, this middlebrow indie drama gets pass marks in spite of its generic trappings and lapses into sentimentality. Plus, Lily Collins' eyebrows. "

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Stephen Carty

46 34%

The Internship (2013)

"On the plus side, Vaughn and Wilson's reunion - let's call it Google Crashers - isn't as unwatchable as some would have you believe. On the negative, however, it's undoubtedly half an hour too long, and not nearly funny enough. "

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Stephen Carty

47 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"While you can forgive Pacino and Walken for looking exhausted at this stage in their careers, it's sad to see them taking on listless material that involves Viagra gags. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Stephen Carty

48 97%

Gravity (2013)

"As an immersive cinematic experience, Gravity is quite incredible. In terms of storytelling, however, it isn't quite out of this world. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Stephen Carty

49 11%

After Earth (2013)

"After Earth isn't the all-out disaster some would have you believe, but it certainly isn't the win Shyamalan sorely needs at this point. What happened to the guy who made Unbreakable?"

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Stephen Carty

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