Independent

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Derek: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" There's certainly a good show here... Where better to mine pathos than a financially struggling old people's home? "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Will Dean

2 ——

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12 (TV, 2010-2011)

" Even for hardened cop show viewers like myself, there are some plots so thoroughly nasty you feel unsettled for days after the have credits rolled. Last night's story was one of those. "

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Ellen E Jones

3 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The new Fargo... seemed to be brimming with characters and stories all its own. "

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Ellen E Jones

4 89%

Locke (2014)

"Knight elicits an exceptional performance from Hardy as a man whose extraordinary self-discipline belies his seething inner turmoil."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

5 53%

The Sea ()

"The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

6 67%

Magic Magic (2013)

"Magic Magic is skewered on the horns of a dilemma, uncertain whether it's a horror film or a psychological drama -- and it doesn't work especially well as either."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

7 100%

Arrugas (Wrinkles) ()

"The film has a defiance and humour reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's far more uplifting than its subject matter might suggest."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

8 27%

The Love Punch (2014)

"There are some guffaws and the actors look as if they're enjoying the Riviera locations, but dignity is in short supply."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

9 100%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"What makes it so special is its mix of barbed humour, tenderness and its Adrian Mole-like insights into what teenage years are really like."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

10 76%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"For all its attractive elements, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is hoary, unconvincing fare. The cobwebs are beginning to show."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

11 92%

Calvary (2014)

"McDonagh's script is a fabulous bit of writing with the tidy structure and mythical resonance of a passion play, but idiosyncratic and funny in all of its detail."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Laurence Phelan

12 92%

Calvary (2014)

"There is a strong whiff of Beckett-like absurdism and bleak humour in the film, which benefits from a performance of wonderfully droll dignity and bemusement from Brendan Gleeson as a priest confronting his mortality."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

13 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"It is adolescent male wish- fulfillment fantasy of the most retrograde kind but, as action cinema, the Jakarta-set thriller The Raid 2 is riveting fare."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

14 100%

Le Roi et l'oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) (2003)

"There's a delicacy and lyricism, a handcrafted quality here not found in contemporary, CGI-animated features."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

15 41%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"An enjoyably half-baked foray into the paranormal."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

16 41%

Pioneer ()

"This murky Scandinavian conspiracy thriller about deep-sea divers during the Norwegian oil boom of the 1980s suffers from a plot so convoluted that it makes The Big Sleep look straightforward."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

17 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"This sci-fi drama begins promisingly but loses its way in the Martian dust."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

18 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"This is a real charmer of a film: a wry and gently comic Mumbai-set drama with a level of quiet observation that rekindles memories of Bill Forsyth in his prime."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

19 58%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"Ejiofor's role might not be as gruelling as his turn in 12 Years a Slave but he gives a nuanced and powerful performance as another character whose certainties about his life are undermined by brute circumstance."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

20 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Season four of Game of Thrones finally returned to our screens. But did episode one meet the hype? Well, not really. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Neelanjona Debnath

21 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Even in a show with more than 200 characters, pleasingly, there's always room for more. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ellen E Jones

22 77%

Noah (2014)

"The domestic melodrama and psychological realism which Aronofsky gives Noah to wrestle with are interesting enough, and Russell Crowe is the ideal actor to show Noah brooding upon his lot."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Laurence Phelan

23 77%

Noah (2014)

"Biblical epics don't come any more soggy or bombastic than Darren Aronofsky's Noah."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

24 94%

A Story Of Children And Film ()

"Mark Cousins' essay on children and cinema is playful and profound."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

25 88%

The Double (2014)

"It is a stylised and idiosyncratic affair, combining deadpan humour with a real sense of existential terror."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

26 80%

Tom la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"The film lacks a real sense of menace or conviction."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

27 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"There is enough colour, wit and inventiveness here to make this acceptable enough Easter holiday fare for children and adults alike."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

28 73%

The Motel Life (2013)

"The rambling plot may resemble a lyric from a mawkish country song but the film-makers bring an engaging mix of tenderness and grit to the downbeat material."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

29 68%

Visitors (2014)

"For all its beauty -- and in spite of Glass's majestic music -- the effect is bewildering."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

30 40%

Divergent (2014)

"This is a slickly made, energetic teen sci-fi yarn, let down by its derivative and schematic storyline."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

31 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"Is Fritz Lang's 1927 epic Metropolis the most influential film ever? It certainly spawned the cinema of futurism, and watching it today. it's uncanny to see how many shadows of cinema yet to come it already contains."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Jonathan Romney

32 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"Here is the starting-point of so much modern cinema."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Anthony Quinn

33 83%

Call the Midwife: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Call The Midwife and its ilk might include darker subjects from time to time, but lacking the nuance of serious drama they can never truly tackle them - so why bother? "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Ellen E Jones

34 38%

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Logic gaps notwithstanding, Believe's pilot episode did successfully set up a case-of-the-week structure that's worked before. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Ellen E Jones

35 38%

The Fold ()

"Unconvincing in the extreme."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

36 89%

Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus ()

"Absurdist dramas staged with grace and ingenuity, these "dangerous acts" draw attention in eloquent and very affecting fashion to the plight of Lukashenko's victims."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

37 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"[Soloway] delves fearlessly into raw, intimate and uncomfortable areas that more conventional comedies would avoid like the plague."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

38 77%

The Borderlands (2014)

"Low-budget horror films based around found footage began to seem outdated not long after The Blair Witch Project but this British excursion into the form is surprisingly enjoyable."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

39 ——

Last Summer ()

"Last Summer suffers from a sparse storyline which will make it too slow for many, but Thiedeman's moody camerawork gives the film a lyrical quality that perfectly captures the sadness of a season about to end."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rakesh Ramchurn

40 ——

Test (2014)

"The film pinpoints an important historical moment, and gives some sense of how bad even San Francisco could be for the gay community, less than 30 years ago."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rakesh Ramchurn

41 ——

Gerontophilia ()

"While Gerontophilia hints at serious issues in the way we treat our senior citizens, it keeps things light-hearted, with the high camp of Lake's ber-feminist girlfriend and his alcoholic mother providing the laughs."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rakesh Ramchurn

42 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"There is plenty of brash, Mel Brooks-style humour here but the plotting becomes increasingly soporific and repetitive."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

43 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare... and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

44 94%

The Past (2013)

"With its sympathies forever shifting among its characters, the film asks whether the truth is ever even objectively knowable, let alone whether honesty is always the best policy."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Laurence Phelan

45 94%

The Past (2013)

"This is an exquisitely made film which probes away at the rawest, most intimate emotions of its characters with a delicacy and insight reminiscent of Krzysztof Kieslowski in his prime."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Derek Malcolm

46 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"From Scarlett Johansson's wonderfully sultry femme fatale Black Widow to Robert Redford's self-satisfied politician and Samuel L Jackson's tough and sardonic Nick Fury, the film benefits from performances that combine camp with conviction."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

47 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"It is an incendiary, visceral, riveting drama with a fascinating Oedipal twist; a brutal-realist depiction of male behaviour and prison culture, with the bitter tang of authenticity."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Laurence Phelan

48 71%

Plot for Peace ()

"This documentary prises out French (but Algerian-born) businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier into the light and reveals the remarkable role he played in the end of apartheid."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

49 54%

The Zero Theorem ()

"At least, the director's imagination remains as freeflowing and fervent as ever."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Geoffrey Macnab

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