Times [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A rather lovely cast, including Colin Firth and Emma Stone, is wasted on a story so old-fashioned and repetitive that it feels like Oscar Wilde with a wit lobotomy."

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Kate Muir

2 87%

Gone Girl (2014)

"[A] gripping psychological thriller."

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Kate Muir

3 86%

At Berkeley (2013)

"Wiseman is fearless about letting people speak long and uninterrupted and the truth is no longer reduced to cheap soundbites. Instead a slow picture builds of a California institution unlike any other."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Kate Muir

4 88%

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) ()

"In Order of Disappearance is an entertaining revenge thriller spawned where Scandi-noir meets Quentin Tarantino."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Kate Muir

5 92%

En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) ()

"Each scene is composed like a painting, and frames a comedy as weird and wonderful as the film's title: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Kate Muir

6 96%

Charulata (1964)

"An exquisitely traced drama of repressed desire, set in 1880 and shot in glowing, graphic black and white."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

7 95%

Two Days, One Night ()

"The always luminous Marion Cotillard has Two Days, One Night to get her job back in the harsh economic and social climate of this latest film by the Dardenne brothers."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

8 33%

The Art Party! ()

"Self-indulgent, amateurish and often out of tune -- enough to put you off art itself."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

9 66%

Lucy (2014)

"[A] supremely silly and pleasurable action movie."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

10 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

11 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"If I Stay is a teenage drama so soppy it needs to be wrung out every ten minutes."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

12 100%

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

"The mother lode of the horror genre, this German Expressionist movie is directed by Robert Wiene and presents a full smorgasbord of pop-eyed terror, lunatics, murderers and possessed somnambulists in its eerie shadows."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

13 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"In Obvious Child, stand-up comedian Jenny Slate plays stand-up comedian Donna Stern, a Brooklyn hipster who puts absolutely no filters between her most intimate, embarrassing thoughts and her shtick on stage."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Kate Muir

14 20%

Delight ()

"The problem is that most of the high drama takes place secondhand on grainy war video and the domestic story is rather flat."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Kate Muir

15 76%

Welcome To New York ()

"Watching Gérard Depardieu's mostly naked performance in Welcome to New York is like being trapped beneath a vast, flabby Lucian Freud painting for two hours."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Kate Muir

16 76%

Moebius (2014)

"Moebius gains full marks in the "hard-to-stomach" category for bonkers Korean auteur Kim Ki Duk."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Kate Muir

17 73%

The German Doctor (2014)

"[An] atmospheric thriller."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Kate Muir

18 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Finding Vivian Maier is one of those fascinating documentaries that unearths an unknown artist and in a slow reveal creates a tantalising and ambiguous picture of the "missing" person."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Kate Muir

19 95%

Pride (2014)

"A terrific British film that is set to be the next The Full Monty."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Wendy Ide

20 57%

Here & Now (Here and Now) ()

"The simplistic Here and Now explores that teenage rite-of-passage perennial, where a cool, streetwise city kid is sent to the country and finds that the yokels are not quite as awful as expected."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

21 92%

The Return To Homs (2014)

"Return to Homs is a shocking, visceral documentary made among young Syrian fighters under siege from President Assad's snipers in the devastated city of Homs."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

22 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"It's pure joy as I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her and Tell Me Why pour out over footage of thousands of screaming, weeping schoolgirls with bouffant hair and miniskirts pursuing John, Paul, George and Ringo."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

23 78%

Seve ()

"Seve is for dedicated golf fans only, but there is some charm to this drama-documentary on the rise of Severiano Ballesteros from Spanish farmer's boy to world-class golfer."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

24 26%

Walking on Sunshine ()

"I am delighted to say that in the cheerily crass Walking on Sunshine we have a strong contender for the worst British movie of 2014."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

25 89%

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) ()

"An assured and moving debut by director Diego Quemada-Díez."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

26 58%

Keeping Rosy ()

"Maxine Peake is a caricature of a childless, sharp-suited London career woman in Keeping Rosy."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

27 88%

Chef (2014)

"Chef is a foodie-gasm of a film, directed by and starring Jon Favreau as a designer cook past his sell-by date, who goes on a road trip from Miami to Los Angeles to find his soul -- and soul food."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

28 75%

Bicycling with Moliere (2014)

"Bicycling with Molière is a droll, intellectual delight, and probably one for Francophiles who have at least a vague knowledge of Molière's play The Misanthrope."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Kate Muir

29 25%

Tammy (2014)

"McCarthy's latest vehicle, Tammy, misfires."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Kate Muir

30 100%

Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2007)

"Full of subtle erotic tension, the 1948 drama focuses close up on Yuwen (Wei Wei), a frustrated, exquisitely beautiful housewife whose husband Liyan (Shi Yu) is invalided by tuberculosis and the traumatic effects of the Sino-Japanese war."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Kate Muir

31 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"Not so much a turkey as a dodo, Grace of Monaco never takes flight and extinction is probably the best course for it."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Kate Muir

32 95%

Mary and Max (2009)

"This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Kate Muir

33 87%

Exhibition (2014)

"The importance of Location, Location, Location in the British psyche cannot be overemphasised. Joanna Hogg's brilliantly austere and intimate portrait of a marriage recognises this."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Kate Muir

34 89%

Downhill ()

"A sweetly maudlin directorial debut from James Rouse, it features winning turns from Richard Lumsden (as team leader Gordon), Karl Theobald (as best buddy about to drop a bombshell Keith) and Ned Dennehy (as drunken spice Julian)."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Kevin Maher

35 95%

Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964)

"An Autumn Afternoon by the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu is as exquisite and delicate as his other works, but has the added poignancy of being his last film."

Posted May 20, 2014

Kate Muir

36 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"This new release is business as usual - more comic comfort blanket than novelty surprise."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Kate Muir

37 94%

Dark Days (2000)

"A portrait of the homeless community of "mole people" who lived in sections of disused underground tunnels in New York, this is a singularly powerful account of the lives of the dispossessed and desperate."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Wendy Ide

38 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"The tale, which would be unwatchable in unexpurgated reality, is told instead with carved clay figurines, doll's house-sized stage sets and archive footage of Pol Pot's bloody and brutal takeover in 1975."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Kate Muir

39 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"Call Me Kuchu leaves you flabbergasted by its portrait of the persecution of gay men and lesbians in Uganda."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Kate Muir

40 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"Jawdropping and jawbreaking stunts performed by professional snowboarders open Lucy Walker's latest documentary, but it is the aftermath of accidents that form the powerfully disturbing core of the film."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Kate Muir

41 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"The second instalment of The Hunger Games plays out in a bizarre zone where Simon Cowell meets Leni Riefenstahl."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Kate Muir

42 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"With this powerful, almost classical drama, British director Steve McQueen has made the seminal film about slavery that Hollywood feared to tackle."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Kate Muir

43 63%

Filth (2014)

"James McAvoy gives his best performance to date as a morally and physically decaying detective in this hallucinogenic adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Kate Muir

44 8%

Diana (2013)

"Hirschbiegel shows no signs of a cinematic heart beating in his portrayal of the self-anointed "Queen of Hearts", and rarely goes beyond made-for-television territory."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kate Muir

45 97%

Gravity (2013)

"This is seat-chewingly tense, virtuoso cinema that explores and exploits space as never before, with 3-D so convincing the audience lurches and gasps as though on a fairground ride."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Kate Muir

46 93%

Our Children (2013)

"The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Kate Muir

47 96%

The Deep (2013)

"[An] eerie, sad, unflinching film."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Kate Muir

48 68%

World War Z (2013)

"More an action blockbuster than a horror squelcher, it contains spectacular crowd scenes that have a Hieronymus Bosch quality, but the film lacks strong meat - of the emotional and bloody zombie-cannibal sort."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Kate Muir

49 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"This latest Star Trek wavers entertainingly between the silly and the Shakespearean. After a shaky, old-school start, the comedy comes at warp speed. "

Posted May 2, 2013

Kate Muir

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