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Total Film

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Playtime (Play Time) (1967)

" For all the overweening ambition there's an intimate charm about it ... "

Posted Nov 3, 2014

Philip Kemp

2 56%

The Remaining (2014)

" The human dramas are deftly sketched, the performances decent, and the religious hand-wringing just bearable. "

Posted Nov 3, 2014

Matt Glasby

3 69%

Laggies (2014)

" Profits from the cast's amiable chemistry amid the A-B storytelling. Just don't expect it to define a generation. "

Posted Nov 3, 2014

James Mottram

4 94%

The Case Against 8 (2014)

" The music busts a gut straining for weepie affect, but you might shed a few yourself when the five-year battle reaches its jubilant, justified climax. "

Posted Nov 3, 2014

Kevin Harley

5 92%

The Possibilities Are Endless ()

" An honest, artful and empathetic account of resilience emerges, without resort to power-of-love clichés. "

Posted Nov 3, 2014

Kevin Harley

6 85%

Bugsy (1991)

" Barry Levinson's good-looking gangster pic may be nowhere near GoodFellas-calibre mob drama, but it manages to convey the menace and glamour of real-life west coast hood Benjamin 'Bugsy' Seigel (Warren Beatty) with evocative style. "

EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2014

7 81%

Let Him Have It (1991)

" This recreation seethes with quiet outrage, building, albeit slowly, to a climax that should put anyone who favours state retribution over rehabilitation to shame. "

Posted Oct 28, 2014

Matt Glasby

8 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" Nolan reaches for the stars in spectacular fashion, delivering a mesmerising sci-fi epic that, despite a testing running time and few too many flights of fancy, is grounded by an on-form McConaughey. "

Posted Oct 28, 2014

Richard Jordan

9 48%

Saw (2014)

" A pared-down psychological thriller with an ingenious hook, this grubby little B-movie gets straight As for effort. "

EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2014

10 41%

Horns (2014)

" Sweetness and splatter, romance and horror, comedy, fantasy... Alexandre Aja's movie boldly mixes flavours, to satisfying effect. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Matt Mueller

11 98%

Mr. Turner (2014)

" Rarely has watching paint dry been so fascinating. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Neil Smith

12 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

" The balance between edge-of-vision shadows and DanRad's screen-centre face puts the care into scares. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Kevin Harley

13 98%

The Overnighters (2014)

" A boldly provocative tale of flawed humanity and hardship. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Kevin Harley

14 98%

Aliens (1986)

" A subtle, spooky movie with teeth becomes a subtlety-bashing war movie. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Kevin Harley

15 97%

Ghostbusters (1984)

" The elastic structure provides ample room for inspired surrealism, yet the looseness never compromises the film's tongue-in-cheek love letter to pre-gentrification Manhattan or its piercing satire of Reaganite go-getting ... "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Simon Kinnear

16 98%

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

" The modest budget and B-list stars (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter) - enhance the movie's impact, and Don Siegel's taut direction makes the sheer ordinariness of the setting all the more scary. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Philip Kemp

17 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

" Switch off that television and head out to the cinema: Gyllenhaal is sensational headlining a pitch-black satire with its finger on the pulse. "

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Jamie Graham

18 79%

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

" It dodges the pitfalls of message-heavy teen movies and skirts the spite of the dumb-and-dumber era it arguably helped birth. Add two innately loveable leads and you can see it takes some smarts to sell something quite this daft. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Kevin Harley

19 82%

The Book of Life (2014)

" Not even duff songs can mar The Book Of Life's rich design, sterling performances and cheering loser-done-good plot. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Andrew Lowry

20 20%

Serena (2015)

" Handsome production values notwithstanding, Bier's drama is all bark and largely trite. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Neil Smith

21 100%

Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

" A wide-reaching tale locks into focus: one about hope through music, told with style, feeling and economic punch. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Kevin Harley

22 42%

Night Train To Lisbon (2013)

" The back-and-forth narrative saps the story of tension, while Irons bumbles around like a dippy Dumbledore. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

James Mottram

23 41%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

" The cast promises much but this bittersweet fam-com backfires. Levy's grown-up bid leaves you wanting another night at the museum. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Matt Mueller

24 66%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

" Benjamin looks the part, but his stilted performance is pure Razzie-bait, plus he's 39. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Matt Glasby

25 91%

The Way He Looks (2014)

" With the characters rarely verbalising their attraction, Ribeiro impresses by conveying Leonardo's awakening through elegant long takes and the actors' endearing chemistry. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Simon Kinnear

26 98%

The Babadook (2014)

" A haunting tale with deep wells of howling grief at its centre, this is one bedtime story that will stay with you for weeks. Sleep tight... "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Matt Glasby

27 21%

Love, Rosie (2015)

" A soapy heartstring fiddler ... "

Posted Oct 21, 2014

Paul M. Bradshaw

28 74%

Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014)

" While ecology and evolution provide loose themes, Björk's impish glee ignites a fabulously off-piste affair. "

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Kevin Harley

29 67%

Space Station 76 (2014)

" While enthralled with its own retro-futuristic trappings at heart, this is a pitch-black dramedy with a mean-streak. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Ken McIntyre

30 69%

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

" Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity. "

Posted Oct 15, 2014

Philip Kemp

31 89%

While the City Sleeps (1955)

" Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love. "

Posted Oct 15, 2014

Philip Kemp

32 98%

The Loved Ones (2012)

" The pacing is choppy but Byrne serves a thick, satisfying stew of savagery and surprise sympathy, generously flavoured by lashings of black humour. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Kevin Harley

33 95%

Dawn of the Dead (1979)

" George Romero's horrific sequel to Night Of The Living Dead finds the zombies still shuffling around Pittsburgh. "

EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2014

34 97%

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)

" Nosferatu is the seminal moment for horror cinema. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Andrew Lowry

35 96%

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)

" Madness and death hang over Herzog's Wagner-scored vision like a black cloud, while Kinski adds much poignancy to Dracula, the lonely immortal. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

James Mottram

36 98%

Eyes Without a Face (1962)

" The influence of Georges Franju's horror classic Eyes Without A Face looms large, more than half a century since its release. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

James Mottram

37 92%

Cat People ()

" It's psychological horror at its finest: timelessly terrifying and absolutely purr-fect. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Jamie Russell

38 96%

Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973)

" Memorable for its lurid set-pieces (notably Robert Morley being forced to eat his own poodles), it also remains a favourite among critics; suggesting, perhaps, a certain guilty conscience. Punish us! "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Ali Catterall

39 83%

Northern Soul ()

" Sporadically engrossing, its highlight is a brilliant recreation of an all-night dance-a-thon at that northern soul mecca, the legendary Wigan Casino. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Ali Catterall

40 11%

United We Fall ()

" Taking predictable potshots at obscene wealth, institutionalised corruption and humourless German goalkeepers, United offers nothing on the beautiful game that Billy the Fish didn't say on the pages of Viz three decades ago. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Mark Samuels

41 27%

Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) ()

" A laudable attempt, but 'Hmmm...' will likely be the most common response. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Ali Catterall

42 73%

Palo Alto (2014)

" With a distinct visual sensibility, Gia proves she's one more Coppola to watch. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

James Mottram

43 47%

The Judge (2014)

" Robert Downey Jr. puts his abundant charisma to good use in this judicial thriller-cum-family reconciliation drama. But the jury's out on director Dobkin's aptitude for weighty subject matter. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Matt Mueller

44 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

" Fun in parts but mostly big, dumb and LOUD, the new TMNT is essentially Transformers in a half-shell. "

Posted Oct 13, 2014

Ken McIntyre

45 96%

Dead of Night (1945)

" There's some genuinely skin-crawling stuff tucked away: some ghastly business with a ventriloquist's dummy, and one of the creepiest invitations from a bus conductor ever. "

Posted Oct 12, 2014

Ali Catterall

46 23%

Dracula Untold (2014)

" Toothless. "

Posted Oct 11, 2014

James Mottram

47 67%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

" Admirable intentions are no substitute for a compelling storyline. "

Posted Oct 11, 2014

Neil Smith

48 29%

Annabelle (2014)

" Cynical, forgettable and vastly inferior to Curse Of Chucky. "

Posted Oct 11, 2014

Rosie Fletcher

49 63%

Gold ()

" If it was indeed Niall Heery's aim to transplant The Royal Tenenbaums to suburban Dublin, he's done an OK job - Nesbitt's even wearing Ben Stiller's tracksuit. "

Posted Oct 11, 2014

Neil Smith

50 95%

Whiplash (2014)

" Surprising, intoxicating, euphoric and will undoubtedly be the greatest jazz drumming movie you see all year. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Rosie Fletcher