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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"Even though this film deploys just about every cliche in the prison-thriller genre, it continually twists its story in more personal directions, which allows the fine cast to create vividly intense characters."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Rich Cline

2 71%

Blood Brother (2013)

"What starts out as a profile of filmmaker Hoover's best pal turns into a remarkable journey into the human soul."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Rich Cline

3 94%

Milius ()

"What emerges is the story of an unstoppable storyteller."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Rich Cline

4 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"While some of the details are a little heavy-handed, witty touches and rippingly honest acting hold our attention. As does the unusually intimate, urgent filmmaking."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Rich Cline

5 99%

Gloria (2014)

"This Chilean comedy-drama may have a rather meandering narrative, but it's packed with memorable scenes that bring its characters vividly to life."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Rich Cline

6 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"As an exploration of a specific point in life, this film is authentic and observant. But it has a tendency to preach at us, overdramatising issues rather than letting them play out organically."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Rich Cline

7 97%

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

"Still one of the scariest, most unnerving films ever made."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Rich Cline

8 67%

A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) ()

"This intriguing mixture of present-day Rome with life in the mid-40s finds both humour and warmth along the way."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Rich Cline

9 ——

The Reef 2: High Tide (2012)

"While 2006's animated comedy adventure The Reef was pretty forgettable, this sequel is a bit more entertaining."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Rich Cline

10 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"The comedy is far too post-modern this time to truly engage us, but it's such a riot of colourful mayhem that we're never bored."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Rich Cline

11 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"It's sporadically hilarious, with some inspired gags and deranged pranks, but for a Jackass movie, this is oddly gentle and sometimes even sentimental."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Rich Cline

12 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"With above-average effects and a strong cast, this teen sci-fi adventure asks some provocative questions about the nature of leadership and the rush to war."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Rich Cline

13 100%

God Loves Uganda (2013)

"Credit must go to the filmmakers for presenting this in a fair and balanced way, covering the full story with remarkable restraint."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rich Cline

14 41%

As I Lay Dying (2013)

"Franco may prove that he has a fresh visual eye, but the highly emotive story is oddly uninvolving."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rich Cline

15 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Even though we know the end of the story, this film generates so much nerve-shredding suspense that we feel like we need to be debriefed afterwards."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rich Cline

16 36%

Not Another Happy Ending ()

"The cast gives it what they can, but they are underserved by choppy direction and a simplistic script that never breaks the surface."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rich Cline

17 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"The film is often very funny, even though the pacing is extremely slack, wasting far too much time with pointless exposition and misogynistic smirking."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rich Cline

18 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Like a 20-years-later sequel to Before Midnight, this is that rare mature film about grown-up people tackling real-world issues with wit and intelligence."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rich Cline

19 61%

The Summit (2013)

"This strikingly well-made documentary about a harrowing real-life incident lets itself down by taking a too-ambitious approach to the narrative."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Rich Cline

20 50%

A.C.O.D. (2013)

"It feels like an act of therapy rather than an organic story. Fortunately, the strong cast of comedy experts make it very funny."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Rich Cline

21 48%

Parkland (2013)

"It's skilfully made but lacks any sense of focus that might draw us in. There isn't a single well-developed character, and it oddly doesn't even centre on the hospital that gives the film its name."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Rich Cline

22 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"It has an exceptionally skilled filmmaker at the helm, plus three of the finest young actors working at the moment. So it's a strongly involving odyssey."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Rich Cline

23 52%

The To Do List (2013)

"While it's too gentle to be a classic, it's still worth a look."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Rich Cline

24 31%

Emperor (2013)

"The little-known historical events provide a pointed exploration of a momentous collision of two cultures."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Rich Cline

25 100%

The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013)

"No, it hasn't dated particularly well, and Hardy's rampant misogynistic tendencies feel even more appalling now. But it's still an unmissable one-off."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Rich Cline

26 85%

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013)

"It's pacey and often exhilarating. And also strikingly timely."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Rich Cline

27 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Not only is it silly and twee, but it tries to present a "realistic" look at love that's just as corny as the romance it's making fun of."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Rich Cline

28 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"A perfectly gauged performance by Wiig holds this ramshackle comedy-drama together, as she plays a woman forced to confront everything she has always hated about herself."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Rich Cline

29 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"It's a fast-paced thriller that simply refuses to establish any sense of tension or danger, and the characters are paper thin."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Rich Cline

30 48%

Zaytoun (2013)

"Lively characters and a series of offbeat events make this movie watchable, except that we never believe anything that happens."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

31 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"It's a low-key gem that deserves awards-season attention."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

32 85%

Hawking (2013)

"It's involving, but the straightforward approach doesn't say much that we don't already know."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

33 96%

Metro Manila (2014)

"The story is perhaps a bit too tidy, broadly signposting both themes and plot twists, but a natural cast and the urgent camerawork make it a riveting ride."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

34 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"The script is never actually funny, and the filmmakers' desperate attempt to crank up the mayhem with digital trickery is merely exhausting."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

35 43%

The Call (2013)

"Relentlessly suspenseful, this lean thriller has an emotional subtext that makes it almost unbearably involving."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

36 8%

Diana (2013)

"There's a clever theme to this film that's never allowed to emerge properly, as the script continually slips into romanticised melodrama."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Rich Cline

37 79%

42 (2013)

"It's a moving, involving film that's packed with both snappy characters and a real sense of momentous history."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Rich Cline

38 50%

White House Down (2013)

"This is a ludicrously contrived thriller that's also a guilty pleasure because the actors refuse to take things seriously."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Rich Cline

39 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Wan and Whannell return to their 2011 hit with a vengeance, gleefully filling in the story before, after and even during that first chapter with even more gonzo nuttiness."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Rich Cline

40 89%

Rush (2013)

"It's nicely played by an eclectic cast and directed like a European drama rather than a big American epic."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Rich Cline

41 88%

Fire In The Blood (2013)

"By presenting facts without sensationalising the issue, this is a frightening depiction of the shocking disparity between the world's haves and have-nots, and also of the injustice created by unfettered capitalism."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

42 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"It's an enjoyable dark comedy, although as it centres on the awkwardness between these people, the film never quite resolves into something meaningful."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

43 31%

Adore (2013)

"Despite the Australian surf-community setting, the film has a refreshingly grown-up European sensibility."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

44 86%

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013)

"A thoroughly entertaining exploration of a friendship strained by an extraordinary situation."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

45 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"Quite literally an art film, this quietly riveting drama essentially just observes its settings and characters, eavesdropping on what they have to say about themselves and the world around them."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

46 75%

Pieta (2013)

"This is a grisly fable that never goes where we expect it to. And it has some important things to say about both revenge and sacrifice."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

47 50%

Jadoo ()

"Colourful and engaging, this subculture comedy keeps us smiling with a mouth-watering mix of delicious food and lively characters."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

48 65%

U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014)

"A true story is turned into an eerily relevant cyber-thriller that remains grounded in sympathetic characters rather than a formulaic movie plot."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

49 49%

No One Lives (2013)

"Even though it's played dead straight, this gonzo horror film is so extreme that it's actually quite funny. Whether this is intentional or not is anyone's guess."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Rich Cline

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