Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 42%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Lacking - perhaps deliberately - its predecessor's hipster edge, WIWH functions as a grown-up weepie, following Aidan on a journey of enlightenment."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

James Mottram

2 79%

Grand Piano (2014)

"More concept that complete movie, despite serious style from the director and the cast's considerable conviction. Sadly, there's no masking the plot's piano-sized holes."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

James Mottram

3 96%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"Cave's wittily hard-boiled voiceover and on-stage potency complete the picture: a properly artful portrait of an artist in total command of his myth."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Kevin Harley

4 ——

Night Will Fall ()

"The footage - discoveries made by the Allies in the liberated Nazi camps during 1945 - is graphic, terrible, unforgettable."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Ali Catterall

5 24%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Not surprisingly, gags about gambling and strippers ensue. Also not surprisingly, the lightweight laughs dissolve into eye-rolling melodrama."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Ken McIntyre

6 73%

The Riot Club (Posh) ()

"Adapting her own savagely funny play Posh, Laura Wade betters it by adding an additional female presence (Holliday Grainger) who sees these Bullingdon bullies at their worst."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Neil Smith

7 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A notch below Allen's recent form but still an easy, breezy soufflé."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rob James

8 64%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"Exciting, in places, though a stranger to subtlety, it ticks all the genre boxes, but there's something about its knowing noirisms that feels superficial rather than soaked-in."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Matt Glasby

9 3%

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

"Dark, brash, wholly repetitive and fast-cut to the banging sounds of a techno soundtrack, Mortal Kombat II: Annihilation should appeal to die-hard video games players. But to very few others." EDIT

Posted Sep 10, 2014

10 ——

U Samogo Sinego Morya ()

"Barnet's gentle lyricism and reluctance to propagandise separate him from the tub-thumping mainstream of Soviet cinema, but make him all the more appealing."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Philip Kemp

11 78%

Ballet Boys ()

"As a window on a world, Ballet Boys is solid. As dramatic exploration, it lacks attack."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Kevin Harley

12 86%

At Berkeley (2013)

"Think a four-hour, narrative-free documentary in which we peep in on board meetings and lectures with unnamed bigwigs at one of America's most prestigious universities sounds boring? Well you'd be right about that, as it is."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emma Johnston

13 95%

Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)

"The film's flaws are forgivable; its very existence should be applauded."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Simon Kinnear

14 90%

Down by Law (1986)

"Mutual irritation merges into grudging friendship, and the wit manages to be both broad and smart, soulful and silly, subtle and raucous, all at the same time."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emma Johnston

15 83%

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness ()

"It's a film of contrasts - community and solitude, silence and primal noise, darkness and light - beautifully shot, wilfully slow and enjoyably baffling."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Emma Johnston

16 47%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"Young, far-from-dumb and full of comeuppances."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Jamie Graham

17 88%

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) ()

"It's not without its moments, but more comic dexterity and less brute force would have made a less choppy watch."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Matt Glasby

18 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"An old-school spy thriller, Corbijn's taut le Carré riff does its genre proud. Hoffman commands every second."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Kevin Harley

19 97%

Pride (2014)

"A feel-good charmer with an important message, Pride will have you clutching your sides, wiping your eyes and punching the air in triumph. Could this be this decade's Full Monty?"

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Neil Smith

20 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

21 100%

M (1931)

"Extraordinary and shocking - still."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Philip Kemp

22 79%

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

23 77%

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

24 91%

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

25 63%

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

26 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

27 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

28 59%

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

29 58%

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

30 85%

Senso (The Wanton Countess) (1954)

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

Posted Aug 29, 2014

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 28%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"An admirable Indiana Bones misfire."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Matt Risley

35 100%

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

36 92%

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

"A moving documentary ..."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Neil Smith

37 37%

If I Stay (2014)

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

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kevin Harley

38 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

39 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

40 20%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"The only thing missing is a sequel."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Neil Smith

41 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

42 86%

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

43 88%

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

44 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

45 43%

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

46 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

47 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

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

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Matt Maytum

48 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

49 66%

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

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