Flix Capacitor

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"The final third is too twisty for its own good, but on the whole Gone Girl is in impressive piece of work. An adult crime thriller that doubles as a cynical (realistic?) commentary on modern-day marriage. "

Posted Oct 11, 2014

Stephen Carty

2 85%

Tony Benn: Will and Testament ()

"Will And Testament offers an effective overview of Tony Benn's life, although the fact that we don't hear from any of his allies, opponents or admirers feels like a missed opportunity. "

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Stephen Carty

3 94%

Withnail and I (1987)

"The humour won't be to everyone's taste, but the dialogue is incredibly quotable [insert your favourite line here] and the performances are faultless. An enduring cult classic. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

4 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"Young British actor Jack O'Connell delivers a star-making performance, and the film itself is utterly authentic. "

Posted Sep 27, 2014

Stephen Carty

5 85%

Night Moves (2014)

"Impatient viewers are likely to complain that Night Moves is too slow and subdued for their tastes, but those in the market for an alternative thriller will find much to enjoy."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Stephen Carty

6 44%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"A Dame To Kill For is as one-note as the first film, but Eva Green is a perfect femme fatale, while there's a bigger role for Powers Boothe - and more Powers Boothe is always a good thing. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Stephen Carty

7 78%

Sin City (2005)

"There's something unsatisfying about Sin City, but it is elevated by a great cast and the visuals are incredible. "

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Stephen Carty

8 89%

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

"The perfect showcase for Robin Williams and his peerless abilities as a comic performer. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Stephen Carty

9 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Million Dollar Arm isn't a complete strikeout, but it's a by-the-numbers Disney sports movie, and it doesn't have enough wit, charm or drama to elevate the formula. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Stephen Carty

10 97%

Good Will Hunting (1997)

"Good Will Hunting remains Gus Van Sant's most satisfying film to date. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Stephen Carty

11 68%

World War Z (2013)

"World War Z is far from perfect, but Marc Forster generates enough tension to compensate. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Stephen Carty

12 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Guardians has been described as Marvel's biggest to date, but it is still very much a typical Marvel movie. There are some witty lines, but the tendency to undercut dramatic moments with self-aware humour and knowing one-liners is overdone. "

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

13 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Director Josť Padilha is clearly trying to do something different, but the end product is frustratingly underwhelming."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Stephen Carty

14 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The effects are impressive and the film benefits from another remarkable performance from Andy Serkis, but it is let down by an underwhelming story that is populated with underdeveloped human characters. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Stephen Carty

15 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"There's very little action throughout, but the narrative is so involving that this isn't a problem whatsoever."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Stephen Carty

16 85%

Dead Poets Society (1989)

"Certain aspects of the story aren't entirely convincing, but Williams delivers a memorable turn as the kind of teacher we all wish we had."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Carty

17 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Consistently funny and surprisingly self-aware, 21 Jump Street is far better than expected. In fact, it's the best mainstream comedy in recent years."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Stephen Carty

18 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"22 Jump Street contains plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and Tatum's ability to play dumb is consistently amusing. At the same time, however, many of the gags are over-stretched, and the film is too self-referential for its own good. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Stephen Carty

19 78%

The Dirties (2013)

"Patience is required during the first half, but The Dirties eventually develops into a genuinely interesting piece of work. Imagine a low-budget fusion of Chronicle and Gus Van Sant's Elephant. "

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Stephen Carty

20 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The intensity becomes exhausting at times, but The Wolf Of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese's funniest and most purely enjoyable feature in years. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

21 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"At the risk of sounding mean-spirited, the most enjoyable aspect of Grace Of Monaco was reading the scathing reviews that filtered through after it debuted at Cannes. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Stephen Carty

22 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Andrew Garfield is note-perfect, and the chemistry he shares with Emma Stone is reason enough to watch, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is too cartoony and childish for its own good. A disappointing backwards step for the series. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Stephen Carty

23 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"X-Men: First class doesn't quite live up to its title, but incoming director Matthew Vaughn gets enough right to put the tired franchise back on track. Some of the teen mutant stuff is silly, but Fassbender is - wait for it - magnetic. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Stephen Carty

24 23%

The Canyons (2013)

"The Canyons is flawed in a number of ways, but it remains a genuinely curious proposition (no, seriously) due to the unusual nature of its production and the eclectic assortment of talent involved. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Stephen Carty

25 93%

Frank (2014)

"Frank will be too odd for many viewers, but Fassbender is very impressive and there's some interesting material in amongst the strangeness. Favourable half-smile. "

Posted May 7, 2014

Stephen Carty

26 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

27 89%

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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 No Score Yet

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

32 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

33 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

34 86%

Sexy Beast (2000)

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

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Stephen Carty

35 89%

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

36 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

37 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Stephen Carty

38 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Machete don't do new jokes. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Stephen Carty

39 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

40 93%

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

41 88%

RoboCop (1987)

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

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Stephen Carty

42 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

43 55%

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

44 100%

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

45 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

46 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

47 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" 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

48 39%

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

49 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