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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Promising threads are left unfollowed, and after the initial excitement the story rapidly runs out of steam. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 89% Mississippi Grind (2015) The loose, meandering structure may be a little leisurely for some, and the ending might falter just a tad, but otherwise this is a road trip well worth taking. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/5 89% The Lobster (2016) Superficially sharp but easily overcooked and with not quite enough meat to be entirely satisfying. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) Some plot developments are more convincing than others, but it's still a compelling drama with an impressive turn from Garfield as well as Shannon and Dern as Garfield's concerned mother. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
2/5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) Devotees of author Nicholas Sparks's work will no doubt be delighted with The Longest Ride's bonanza offering: two militantly preposterous love stories for the price of one! ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 71% The DUFF (2015) While this latest entry into the Pygmalion with Clearasil genre doesn't bring anything new to the table, it's still fun enough to hang out with for a while. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) Russell Crowe makes a sure-footed if unadventurous debut as director with this tale ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) McGregor sails through the movie, obviously having great fun as a recidivist thief who won't let anything get in the way of his plans, and doe-eyed Thwaites is appealingly naive ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 77% Beyond Clueless (2014) The clip-based format might be a choice made out of necessity, but the results, though occasionally intriguing, are finally unilluminating. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) A hugely entertaining, refreshingly subversive take on the well-worn "inspirational teacher" theme. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2/5 63% Gold (2014) Sadly, this Gold is anything but glittering. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) Cronenberg's movie fuses elements of Mommie Dearest and Sunset Blvd with the dreamy surreality of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/5 72% Dinosaur 13 (2014) As a David and Goliath tale of the picked-on little guy battling big government, it resonates powerfully. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 72% The Ring (2002) Verbinski makes a couple of inventive additions, and although the spine-chilling terror of the superior 1997 original is muted by the overuse of CGI, this is still a worthy substitute if you're not in the mood for subtitles. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) Schwarz interviews friends and fans, piecing together a picture of a gentle, perhaps surprisingly shy man who channelled his family's rejection and his anger at society into his outrageous alter-ego. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) A strangely haunting tale of a life quietly slipping away unnoticed. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 75% Goltzius And The Pelican Company (2014) All the director's familiar trademarks are present and correct: the extensive nudity, richly detailed compositions, sweeping tracking shots and minimalist score. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) [Suffers from] uneven tone and thuddingly unfunny historical satire ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 4, 2014
1/5 1% The Master of Disguise (2002) While some of the make-up effects are mildly diverting (Carvey disguises himself as a turtle and a cherry pie), they hardly make up for the lame screenplay, barely coherent plot and increasingly desperate mugging. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 76% 8 Mile (2002) Director Curtis Hanson puts a new spin on the familiar "triumph against the odds" theme with this slick showcase for the talents of superstar rapper Eminem. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) For some, Anderson's world is too hermetically sealed and downright strange to be affecting; for others, there's an irresistible charm to his eccentric characters. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) The movie's real star is the city itself, which is brought to hectic, exuberant life by Boyle and ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) Bigelow, one of the very few women working in the traditionally male-dominated action and war genres, avoids both red wire/yellow wire cliché and political preaching to deliver a film that is as psychologically fascinating as it is taut and exciting. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) Mitchum is magnetic. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 87% The Orphanage (2007) Spanish director JA Bayona's debut feature is an exceptionally effective and surprisingly moving ghost story that seasons its horror with a pervasive sense of grief. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) Disappointingly dull account of a tale desperately in need of a sharper screenplay and some directorial vim. Might as well wait for the Blu-ray, Jules. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 93% Speed (1994) There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) The love story feels a bit forced, but otherwise it's an intelligent examination of the dangers of both fanaticism and espionage ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
1/5 6% The Perfect Man (2005) Even ardent Hilary Duff fans will have a hard time swallowing this thoroughly dim-witted romantic comedy. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 49% Maniac (2013) At last an intelligent horror remake that understands its source material and yet brings something new to the butcher's slab. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2013
4/5 96% West of Memphis (2012) This rigorously researched film does indeed add to the account... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/5 50% Hit & Run (2012) The film's characterisation is hopelessly underdeveloped and an undercurrent of homophobia does little to make the experience any less tedious. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) There's a lot more than banana hammocks and vigorous thrusting ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2012
3/5 84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) (2010) Immersed in the salty sea air of France's Normandy coast, Delaporte's debut is a tender tale brimming with atmosphere. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2012
3/5 51% Contraband (2012) Mark Wahlberg is back in action-man mode in this skilfully shot if slightly uneven thriller. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill play the dimwit cop duo who are sent back to their high school to pose as students in order to root out a drugs ring. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4/5 86% Chemical Brothers: Don't Think (2012) It's when the viewer's response mirrors that of the filmed audience - jaw dropping as terrifying clowns urge you to 'get high' - that Smith's ability to connect becomes inarguable. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 29, 2012
4/5 71% Carnage (2011) A tightly wound, enjoyably cynical little chamber piece that features four indecently entertaining performances courtesy of Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 2, 2012
4/5 71% Carnage (2011) A shot of pure, exhilarating cinematic malice. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2012
3/5 79% Shame (2011) Shame is powerfully acted and well directed, the Big Apple has never looked as harsh and unforgiving... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 12, 2012
4/5 94% 50/50 (2011) Whether you're after a comedy-drama about cancer or a Rogen laugh-fest with added heart, this does a remarkable job of balancing the odds. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2011
3/5 61% The Awakening (2012) This is no classic of a notoriously difficult genre, but if you can forgive the silly conclusion, it's still satisfyingly scary. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 92% Drive (2011) Like watching rats fight in a gorgeously lit bucket, this is compellingly nasty, but for those with stomach for it, Drive is a lot of fun. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4/5 84% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) Genuinely funny. A life lesson in never prejudging a man just because he's skinning a squirrel. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2011
4/5 92% Drive (2011) Oh alright, it ain't Shane. But it is about as much shamelessly disreputable, stylish, ultra-violent fun you're going to have at the movies this year. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2011
2/5 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) It's a story that's been told numerous times and with more élan. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 72% Fright Night (2011) Even the addition of 3D, which so often feels superfluous, is deployed here with hair-raising effect. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2011
5/5 81% The Thing (1982) The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 71% Hanna (2011) Succeeds in blending the strange, almost fairy-tale atmosphere with some expertly conceived action and unusual, well-sketched supporting characters... ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 66% Insidious (2011) Derivative as it is, Insidious is competent enough, there are a few genuine scares and the final shock twist is an effective cinematic sucker-punch. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011