Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"The cast of unknowns are charismatic enough ... and the glitzy FX are surprisingly impressive."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Rob James

2 83%

The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

"Welles' dazzling direction more than makes up for any lack of viewer understanding."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Kevin Harley

3 ——

Nordvest (Northwest) ()

"Noer draws energetic turns from these non-pros, while demonstrating a real grasp of the grimy milieu. Just a pity the plot is so by-the-numbers."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

James Mottram

4 100%

Branded to Kill (1967)

"Branded To Kill thrums along to an irresistible hard-bop beat, with effortlessly stylish black andwhite cinematography and set-pieces straight from a pulp fiction fever dream."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Ken McIntyre

5 73%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"Bernal seems sincere but he's playing a role he can step out of, which distracts from Silver's deeper ambitions: to humanise and anatomise a heated political issue."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Kevin Harley

6 79%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"Its unhurried pace and inability to wring tension from the conflicting accounts ensures that though it fascinates, the film never fully enthrals."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Curtis Woloschuk

7 100%

All This Mayhem ()

"Martin turns a cautionary tale into rollercoaster material: with extraordinary home-video footage capturing the Pappas' rise and fall with an immediacy that leaves you stirred, shaken and moved."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Kevin Harley

8 84%

Joe (2014)

"Green's soul-baring Southern noir has much to say about those who speak with their fists and is a masterwork of threatening melancholy."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Matt Glasby

9 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"Reitman, Williams and Crystal should have turned in a fine comedy. But Father's Day ain't it: they could have improvised a better film in their sleep." EDIT

Posted Jul 14, 2014

10 19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"US foreign policy is reduced to shots of aircraft carriers and hard men shooting their way through various locations." EDIT

Posted Jul 14, 2014

11 90%

The Lion in Winter (1968)

"It's stagey and mannered, but it still feels sleek and modern." EDIT

Posted Jul 14, 2014

12 96%

Some Like It Hot (1959)

"Brilliant performances, wondrous comic timing and the greatest pay-off line ever written: this one's still red hot."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

James Mottram

13 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"The film leaves some uncomfortable questions about the ethics of posthumous fame."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Simon Kinnear

14 95%

Grand Central ()

"Hot off Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Seydoux again offers a frank turn, while Rahim and Ménochet add real class."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

James Mottram

15 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"High camp and low trash make an entertaining combo in an overdue homage to a fearless trailblazer."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Neil Smith

16 95%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Superb."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Jamie Graham

17 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"More sugar-rush than Sugarman, but Gordon's extraordinary life just outside the spotlight is a whirlwind of charm and chutzpah."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Matt Glasby

18 8%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"Unless you've seen every awful horror flick of the past five years, you won't even get the jokes. A comedic dead zone."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ken McIntyre

19 78%

Seve ()

"However under par it gets, it's impossible not to shed a tear as the final chapter in Ballesteros' oft-magical life unfolds."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

James Mottram

20 64%

Au bout du conte (Under the Rainbow) ()

"An accomplished actress herself, Jaoui draws committed performances from her ensemble that effectively ground the breezy material."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Curtis Woloschuk

21 75%

Bicycling with Moliere (2014)

"A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

22 0%

The Anomaly ()

"It's a nifty idea - especially in terms of structure - but that's about it, with Clarke's direction proving as flat as his performance."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Stephen Kelly

23 ——

Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie ()

"While hardly searching, Barker's portrait is infectiously affectionate."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Kevin Harley

24 57%

Here & Now (Here and Now) ()

"Modest but moving."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

James Mottram

25 67%

El Año y la Viña ()

"A lost opportunity, and the mercifully brief running time suggests the filmmakers know it."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

26 58%

Keeping Rosy ()

"An old-fashioned, quietly coiled thriller of things that could happen."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Matt Glasby

27 36%

Goddess ()

"Sadly, this Goddess falls a long way short of divine."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Neil Smith

28 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Jersey Boys is a solid watch that seeks to deepen the emotion of the jukebox musical."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Jamie Graham

29 56%

Love Me Till Monday ()

"Between Maguire's winning lead and the lively portraits of workmates on the lash, there's a sitcom in the making here."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Kevin Harley

30 75%

Goltzius And The Pelican Company ()

"All a good excuse for Greenaway to indulge his strengths (painterly tableaux and theological art-history) and weaknesses (boobs and willies), and all a long way from his '80s heyday."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Paul M. Bradshaw

31 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"The gentle lightning of Once doesn't strike twice for Carney, but his latest music movie has charm beneath its slick surface - and Knightley and Ruffalo harmonise just fine."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Kevin Harley

32 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Extraordinary in form, 'ordinary' in content, Boyhood is ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater's life's work."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Matt Glasby

33 100%

Pride (2014)

"Director Matthew Warchus strikes the near-perfect tone."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Matt Risley

34 100%

Tristana (1970)

"Yes, it's more sex, satire and sadomasochism from Spanish maestro Luis Buñuel in this cynical black revenge-comedy." EDIT

Posted Jul 10, 2014

35 14%

Howard the Duck (1986)

"As the film shifts from drab, duck-out-of-water comedy to madcap chase caper, things modestly improve." EDIT

Posted Jul 9, 2014

36 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"An unmitigated disaster." EDIT

Posted Jul 8, 2014

37 96%

Being There (1979)

"A Gumpish plot? Perhaps, but Being There is much more subtle and enigmatic than that." EDIT

Posted Jul 8, 2014

38 95%

American Graffiti (1973)

"[A] hugely influential docu-drama." EDIT

Posted Jul 7, 2014

39 26%

Walking on Sunshine ()

"Hard to hate anything this self-consciously silly."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Rob James

40 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Even Melissa McCarthy's exuberant comic capers can't get this road-trip clunker out of first gear."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Kate Stables

41 10%

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie ()

"Will leave even the most fervent of fans disappointed by its abattoir of wit."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Stephen Kelly

42 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A sequel that - narratively and visually - sets the standard for its summer-movie stablemates."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Richard Jordan

43 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Age Of Extinction transforms into a typically bombastic Bay offering. If it's major-league spectacle you want, though, look no further."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

James Mottram

44 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"Of its time, sure, but eternally entertaining."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Ali Catterall

45 68%

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

"A film that might not always make sense, but is never dull."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Neil Smith

46 100%

Bastards ()

"While the subject matter genuinely shocks, the film's intimate, small-scale nature means it's better suited to a Tuesday evening on More4 rather than a trip to the pictures."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Andrew Lowry

47 92%

The Return To Homs (2014)

"Provides an unflinching insider's view of the Syrian conflict which has killed thousands and forced millions from their homes since 2011."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Sophie Ivan

48 25%

Secret Sharer ()

"A Vaseline-lenses romance plonked rudely into what looks like an infinitely more interesting and gritty study of Chinese sailors."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Ali Catterall

49 89%

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) ()

"Quemada-Díez doesn't play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Kevin Harley

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