Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

Watermark (2014)

"With no narration or context, its subject matter comes across as dry, while the enviro-message is undermined by a yawn-inducing lack of urgency."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Stephen Kelly

2 100%

M (1931)

"Extraordinary and shocking - still."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Philip Kemp

3 77%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"The gorgeous 3D certainly brings us nose to tail with these heavily anthropomorphised cuties, even if the actual wildlife lesson's a bit thin on the ground, owing to a very reduced running time."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Ali Catterall

4 ——

Attila Marcel ()

"Tuneful flashbacks supply fantastical punctuation to a film that sees Chomet pay elaborate homage to everyone from Jacques Demy to Marcel Proust."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Neil Smith

5 100%

The Guest (2014)

"Cool as you like one second, camp as Christmas the next, this entertainingly overpumped action-horror will have genre fans (and their mums) grinning from ear to ear."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Matt Glasby

6 64%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"The twists lean towards the glib, but any time in Leonard's world is rarely time wasted - especially now he's no longer around to share it with us."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Neil Smith

7 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"Adorable, acidly funny and absurd in equal measures, this bouncy, gag-packed romcom spoof ain't quite as funny as it thinks. But when Paul meets Amy, they'll have you at 'Hello'..."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Kate Stables

8 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Segel and Diaz are fine, cute and up for it, but they are let down by a cynical script more interested in selling hardware than entertaining the audience."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Ken McIntyre

9 64%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"It's a decent enough beginner's guide, though never quite gets a grip on its complex subject."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Ali Catterall

10 57%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"A handsome thriller, absorbing for its duration and with a couple of neat rug-pulls."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Jamie Graham

11 85%

Senso (The Wanton Countess) (1954)

"Gorgeously upholstered by flashing, decadent passions and over-the-top operatics." EDIT

Posted Aug 29, 2014

12 74%

Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)

"A chilling picture of urban disillusionment, Code Unknown's strength is its insistence that, to be realistic, it cannot give easy answers." EDIT

Posted Aug 27, 2014

13 75%

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

"It's a mammoth shame that this film has slipped down the back of the sofa of movie history." EDIT

Posted Aug 25, 2014

14 60%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"McKellar's take on class is a fib too far: low-grade laughs can't sweeten the sour message that any crap job will placate working folks. Think: Local Zero."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kevin Harley

15 31%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"An admirable Indiana Bones misfire."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Matt Risley

16 100%

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920)

"Other areas of innovation and influence are often overstated, but its silent scream still registers."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Jamie Graham

17 92%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"A moving documentary ..."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Neil Smith

18 39%

If I Stay (2014)

"Where's an F-bomb when you need one?"

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kevin Harley

19 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Hamm and Bell keep this hooey light, but you can't lob a ball in here without hitting notes played better in Jerry Maguire and Slumdog Millionaire."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kevin Harley

20 65%

Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) ()

"This is so grimly compelling that even if you want to look away, you won't be able to."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

James Mottram

21 21%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"The only thing missing is a sequel."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Neil Smith

22 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Matt Glasby

23 85%

Night Moves (2014)

"Frustrating. Measured and masterful to begin with, Night Moves is let down by a second half that never capitalises on the promise of the first."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

James Mottram

24 89%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Fizzing with neurosis and nervous gags, Jenny Slate's winning odd-couple romance with a gawky Jake Lacy carries the movie over the odd comic misfire."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kate Stables

25 96%

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

"[The film features] some of the most heartstopping sights in popular cinema." EDIT

Posted Aug 22, 2014

26 39%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"As its title suggests, this is pretty much the last throw of the dice for a dance saga that more ran out of juice a couple of sequels ago. The set-pieces, though, still deliver the requisite pizzazz."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Neil Smith

27 92%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"The downside of their cult stature is a shortfall of footage, but the music is uncannily gorgeous, well deployed and copious: for non-initiates, it'll be like finding lost treasure."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Kevin Harley

28 21%

Into The Storm (2014)

"The found-footage format is undone by clunkingly unnatural dialogue and internal-logic inconsistencies."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Matt Maytum

29 64%

WolfCop ()

"Anyone expecting The Howling or An American Werewolf In London will be disappointed, but stick it on afterwards and you'll definitely stay awake till the end."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Matt Glasby

30 65%

Lucy (2014)

"Besson is at his balls-out bonkers best in this genre-scrambling, mind-expanding exhilarator. Find it on the biggest screen available and just say 'Yes'..."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Kate Stables

31 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

James Mottram

32 100%

The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999)

" These 13 episodes comprise what is arguably the finest season of the greatest television series of them all. "

EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2014

33 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" The Sopranos is Scorsese on TV. And you really need to see it. "

EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2014

34 96%

Charulata (1964)

"So little's openly stated, so much implied - as in Ray's own wistfully romantic score."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Philip Kemp

35 40%

The Art Party! ()

"Performance, satirical fantasy and a better class of banner mix under one message - that Gove's policies oppress kids' needs for self-exploration."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kevin Harley

36 43%

The Guvnors ()

"Sadly, the film gets mired in muddied morals and needless flashbacks, spending too long on backstory before finally delivering its brutal third act."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Matt Looker

37 25%

Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) ()

"More evidence, perhaps, that art cinema needs to come out from the shadow of Michael Haneke."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Andrew Lowry

38 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Sean Harris' horrific demon-soldier and a climactic gorecaked exorcism scene that cranks up the crazy to 11 are the only bright spots in this rainy, preachy, miscast terror tale."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Ken McIntyre

39 72%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"The cutesiness will entice /repel viewers in equal measure, but it has a lot of heart, and displays it on its sleeve."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Emma Johnston

40 69%

What If (2014)

"What If is a winning diversion that punches well above its weight thanks to two well-cast leads and a terrific supporting turn from Driver."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Neil Smith

41 94%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"Belgium's best-kept secrets are breaking through without selling out, and their unshowily inspiring domestic drama reminds us you don't need to go to war - or prison - to earn redemption."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Matt Glasby

42 86%

Altered States (1980)

"It's by turns pseudo-analytical head-twister and skull-pounding monster romp, including glorious whip-crack dialogue." EDIT

Posted Aug 16, 2014

43 97%

To Have and Have Not (1944)

"Unfussily directed, To Have And Have Not is packed with memorable exchanges in shadowy interiors, and showcases the husky-voiced Bacall at her most insolent and alluring." EDIT

Posted Aug 15, 2014

44 23%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Chelsom's lightly subversive, self-aware tone bolsters Pegg's best shot yet at a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Simon Kinnear

45 92%

Men in Black (1997)

"A lean, punchy, fast paced, and extremely endearing sci-fi action comedy." EDIT

Posted Aug 12, 2014

46 92%

A Touch of Zen (1969)

"Looking as fresh as if it was made yesterday, rather than three decades ago, A Touch Of Zen is Eastern cinema at its most dynamic and grown-up." EDIT

Posted Aug 12, 2014

47 97%

Big (1988)

"Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff." EDIT

Posted Aug 11, 2014

48 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Mixing candid talking heads with scarcely believable video footage, Miller's taut narrative shifts gears (black comedy, thriller, even a love story), but is mostly driven by outrage at the powers that be."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

49 89%

The Notorious Mr. Bout ()

"A darkly comic and illuminating portrait of moral bankruptcy emerges."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Simon Kinnear

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