Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"A highly enjoyable slice of in-one-eye, out-the-other nonsense. It may coast on the charisma of its leads at times, and it's hardly deep, but there's a Friday night to be had."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Andrew Lowry

2 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Assured, adult filmmaking from a writer/director who knows her way around the ups and downs of relationships. It's also a fitting tribute to the talent of the gentle, grizzly Gandolfini."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

James Mottram

3 84%

Last Passenger (2014)

"As six commuters bicker and learn to work together, some overripe dialogue and a well-worn plot are tempered by an admirable reluctance to humanise the terrorist ..."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Emma Johnston

4 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"Green fashions a slow-burn charmer that's a million miles from Pineapple Express in tone, pace and content. But just like that film, the odd couple interplay is beautifully judged."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Neil Smith

5 67%

Turbo (2013)

"For a $135 million movie, Turbo is charmingly humble."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Ken McIntyre

6 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Squeezing every drop of tension from wet-ink recent history, Phillips only falters when making its protagonists mouthpieces in a broader geopolitical debate. Otherwise, it's full steam ahead to the Oscars."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Neil Smith

7 14%

Baggage Claim (2013)

"David E Talbert's romcom is the filmic equivalent of a frying pan to the skull."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Ken McIntyre

8 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"Perfectly respectable, but it won't linger in the memory like Luhrmann's."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Matt Mueller

9 36%

Not Another Happy Ending ()

"McKay's film often feels like Richard Curtis-lite for the New Girl generation - minus the jokes and memorable characters."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Josh Winning

10 93%

Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) ()

"The casual plotting leaves loose ends, but Hong's rhyming rhythms take up some of the slack."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Kevin Harley

11 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

James Mottram

12 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Philip Kemp

13 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Like a meal made entirely of chillies, Machete Mk II is spicy to start with, then unpleasant, then numbing - before it all starts to repeat."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Matt Glasby

14 89%

Ginger Snaps (2001)

"Not squeamish? Like monsters? Go see." EDIT

Posted Oct 7, 2013

15 31%

Emperor (2013)

"Fun when Jones is around, dull when he's not, it's all just a little bit of history repeating."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Neil Smith

16 91%

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

"Hooper's unrelenting assault on the senses is one of the most streamlined, sadistic horror movies ever made." EDIT

Posted Oct 7, 2013

17 87%

28 Days Later (2003)

"A crude but sometimes startling serving of schlock, the velocity and ferocity compensating for leaden conversation and smudge-o-vision photography." EDIT

Posted Oct 6, 2013

18 96%

The Birds (1963)

"Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Matt Glasby

19 89%

Near Dark (1987)

"Seductively lensed, sparely scripted and superbly performed, this does away with Gothic nonsense to offer a modern take on the undead myth."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Jamie Graham

20 91%

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) (1970)

"A smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit comprised of geometric visuals and pulsating sexual violence."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Jamie Graham

21 92%

Sunshine on Leith ()

"Pitched perfectly between microbudget miracle Once and all-star Aegean romp Mamma Mia! What these songs lack in recognition they make up for in feelgood factor."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Emma Morgan

22 78%

Metallica Through the Never (2013)

"Watch Some Kind Of Monster instead."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Andrew Lowry

23 51%

The To Do List (2013)

"Carey drops the ball with a script that's both meandering and mean-spirited, not to mention laughter deficient."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Emma Dibdin

24 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"An Arab Spring-y allegory with kissing cousins and a divine countryside setting, Kevin Macdonald's fourth narrative film is an awkward oddity, as uncomfortable in its own skin as its protagonist."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Emma Morgan

25 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Too witless to be a decent comedy, too charmless to call itself a parody, this messy adap of Shannon Hale's novel groans under the weight of a predictable plot and explosive overacting ..."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Emma Johnston

26 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck give their best poker faces but ultimately fail to convince you to gamble your cash away on this limp, unoriginal story of a man out of his depth."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Stephen Kelly

27 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"A simmering pressure cooker of a thriller, Prisoners is an unforgiving but emotionally rewarding experience sustained by powerhouse performances, taut scripting and Villeneuve's tonally assured direction."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Emma Dibdin

28 63%

Filth (2014)

"Dark, depraved and deeply funny, it sees director Jon S. Baird capturing Welsh's spirit, from its relentless pace to its soaring soundtrack."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

James Mottram

29 ——

Elena Undone (2010)

"Heartfelt and gorgeously acted." EDIT

Posted Sep 23, 2013

30 100%

Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) (1932)

"The humour is sly, warm and playful."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Philip Kemp

31 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Blue Jasmine is a handsomely shot (sometimes luminous, sometimes airily naturalistic), structurally deft (flip-flopping between the SF present and the NY past) and terrifically performed (expect Oscar noms) dramedy."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Jamie Graham

32 100%

Metro Manila (2013)

"A moving morality tale set in a world rarely seen in western cinema, Metro Manila is an underdog drama that feels as authentic as it is original."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Matt Glasby

33 50%

Mademoiselle C (2013)

"Fantastic access, if minimal drama."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Emma Morgan

34 75%

Kelly + Victor ()

"Kieran Evans' adaptation of Niall Griffiths' rough-hewn novel mixes unsafe S&M with social desolation to choppy effect."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Kevin Harley

35 85%

Hawking (2013)

"There's an admirable refusal to canonise the prof, and we're left in no doubt that his life has not been plain sailing either for him or those he relies on ..."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Andrew Lowry

36 17%

Harrigan ()

"The Bill meets Byker Grove."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Paul M. Bradshaw

37 43%

Cold Comes The Night (2014)

"Twists pile as high as corpses before an overcooked ending sends things spiraling into silliness."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Neil Smith

38 14%

A Belfast Story ()

"Debut director Nathan Todd's intermittently convincing reflection on the Troubles."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Kevin Harley

39 43%

The Call (2013)

"Claustrophobic and low-key, the bulk of the film works brilliantly - helped in no small part by Berry's fantastically fractured performance."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Paul M. Bradshaw

40 8%

Diana (2013)

"A tasteless, breathless Hello-tastic romance that plays fast and loose with the facts. Any more creepily reverential, and it would be curtseying."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Kate Stables

41 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Poltergeist goes Back To The Future with only passable results in a film whose activity is more par for the course than paranormal."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark Samuels

42 100%

The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)

"A sombre, downbeat gem in the hard-bitten tradition of Rififi, it stars Lino Ventura as the big-time gangster fallen on hard times, whose former friends don't want to know"

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Philip Kemp

43 79%

42 (2013)

"It's a schmaltzy, sanitised take on a tumultuous time, but even without edge or insight the story hits an emotional home run."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Emma Morgan

44 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Witty, wry, and just a little bit scattershot, this good-natured satire takes on cinema's last taboo with small-screen plotting, but big-screen gusto."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Kate Stables

45 8%

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2014)

"It may have Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett on board, but this 3D cartoon about a would-be knight is more dreck than Shrek."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Neil Smith

46 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"What keeps the show on the road are the three male lead performances, which are commendably stripped-down and honest."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Kate Stables

47 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"Rampant CGI monsters, aggressive 3D and a fine cast - especially a likeably grizzly Jeff Bridges - still can't bring this ho-hum Men In Black redux to life."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Ken McIntyre

48 58%

Riddick (2013)

"Where's Xander Cage when you need him?"

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Kevin Harley

49 89%

Rush (2013)

"Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard's race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph."

Posted Sep 2, 2013

James Mottram

50 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Makes for [an] entertaining watch before succumbing to the same bombastic overkill."

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Neil Smith

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