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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 55% Killing Bono (2011) Hamm, working from a script co-written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, seems unable to decide what tone he's aiming for - broad knockabout comedy or bittersweet reminiscence. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) Brilliantly employing 3D technology to accentuate the prehistoric artists' use of the undulating cave walls, he reveals this ancient equivalent to the Sistine Chapel in all its incredible, vivid glory. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2011
4/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) A typically quixotic documentary in which great unknown artists from 35,000 years ago collaborate with one in 2011. Profound, mysterious and utterly absorbing. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2011
3/5 86% Submarine (2011) This sweet-natured feature debut from Richard Ayoade has been compared to American coming-of-age movies such as Rushmore and The Squid and the Whale, but its influences also feel closer to home. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/5 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) Like most other unfilmable novels, this would have been best left alone. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/5 79% Fair Game (2010) The movie's driving force is Watts, whose depiction of a professional spook attempting to negotiate a political minefield as well as hold her stressed-out marriage together is thoroughly convincing. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/5 62% Howl (2010) Franco is outstanding as the gay, insecure poet, whose worship and love for fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady informed his urgent, passionate early work. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 24, 2011
3/5 62% Howl (2010) With a frustrating format and poor animation, it's still worth it for Franco and the chance to engage with a key work of poetry. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2011
3/5 85% Get Low (2010) Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray lend their mega-watt talents to a undemanding movie. Beautifully shot but let down by an underwhelming final act. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2011
5/5 90% The Fighter (2010) This is easily the most shamelessly enjoyable boxing flick since Rocky. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 3, 2011
1/5 51% Brighton Rock (2011) An unfortunate mess. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) While The Godfather delivers certainty and a comforting dramatic resolution, Once Upon A Time In America delivers a profound kind of mystery. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2011
5/5 90% The Fighter (2010) Two very different but equally powerful performances combine to deliver an exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 85% Get Low (2010) First-time director Aaron Schneider cut his teeth as a cinematographer, so it's no wonder Get Low is so meticulously and beautifully shot. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 20, 2011
4/5 93% 127 Hours (2010) James Franco, who is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising actors of his generation, matches Boyle's technical brilliance with a mesmerising depiction of Ralston's strange internal journey. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 6, 2011
3/5 52% The Next Three Days (2010) A kind of escape procedural, with director Paul Haggis delivering a host of interesting details about lock-picking and the faking of passports. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 23, 2010
4/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) Surely cinema's first Mexican social-realist cannibal horror drama, it's grimly funny and at times horribly effective stuff. Ickily excellent. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet Chasing Legends (2010) Ultimately, this is a must-see for fans of all things two-wheeled -- and perhaps spandex fetishists -- but less than essential for anyone else. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Stone directs with his usual propulsive efficiency, provides a moderately gripping storyline with a ripped-from-the-headlines feel and draws effective performances from his cast, particularly La Beouf and Mulligan. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
3/5 76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010) The photography is suitably spectacular and there's a starry voice cast... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/5 72% The Last Exorcism (2010) The direction and performances are solid enough to hold the attention right up to the maddeningly mishandled ending. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/5 50% South of the Border (2010) Stone's film could have allowed political voices that are rarely present to get a fair, and critical hearing. Instead he near smooches them to death. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2010
4/5 82% The Crow (1994) Style over content, sure, but what style... ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2010
4/5 87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Nicolas Cage gives one of the best performances of his career in this borderline insane film... ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 20, 2010
2/5 82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) Details about his personal life and what drove him professionally are lacking -- maybe the result of the film requiring the co-operation of Hicks's family. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 13, 2010
4/5 82% Four Lions (2010) Some may feel that the subject matter should be off-limits to comedians, but there's nothing new about cinema mocking a dangerous enemy -- just look at Charlie Chaplin's classic The Great Dictator. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 6, 2010
4/5 92% Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010) Reminiscent of the work of Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier, director Yorgos Lanthimos's film is disquieting, provocative and either frustratingly ambiguous or richly allegorical depending on your point of view. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/5 57% Cemetery Junction (2010) It's deftly written, unobtrusively directed and nicely acted, indicating Gervais (along with Merchant) does have a future as a film director after all. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 8, 2010
4/5 76% Nightwatching (2007) Speculative but gorgeously presented account of Rembrandt's creation of his masterpiece with Martin Freeman on cracking form. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2010
3/5 71% The Crazies (2010) A retool in more ways than one, but enjoyable nonetheless. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) Gibson is on good form and Campbell, as you would expect from the director of Casino Royale and GoldenEye, stages some effective set pieces. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 2, 2010
4/5 80% Humpday (2009) Shelton's wry script, together with a troika of perfectly judged performances, transforms a set-up that has the potential to be endlessly distasteful into a wry, engaging version of the "will-they-won't-they?" movie. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 18, 2009
2/5 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) The highlight is McKay, who conjures the bluster and charisma of Welles, as well as bearing an uncanny physical resemblance to the boy-genius. But the screenplay reveals little about his mercurial character. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5 43% Cracks (2011) A sensual, erotically charged 1930s-set melodrama that has a passing similarity in theme to The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2009
2/5 81% We Live in Public (2009) The director - who has documented Harris's activities for more than a decade - seems unaware of the irony inherent in making a documentary about a pathological exhibitionist. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 13, 2009
5/5 96% Back to the Future (1985) To put it bluntly: if you don't like Back To The Future, it's difficult to believe that you like films at all. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 5, 2008
5/5 81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Sporadically hilarious, with roots that run far deeper than expected. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 5, 2008
5/5 97% Airplane! (1980) Surely as good as modern comedy gets?...and don't call me Shirley. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2008
3/5 90% The King of Comedy (1983) Neither funny enough to be an effective black comedy nor scary enough to capitalise on its thriller/horror elements. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2008
2/5 45% Redacted (2007) Though the events are gruelingly (and graphically) recreated there's a typical lack of emotional connection which might be forgivable in a thriller but utterly hobbles this supposed cri de coeur. An almost total failure then, but a noble one. ‐
Posted Mar 14, 2008
5/5 90% Midnight Cowboy (1969) Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2008
4/5 93% Rocky (1976) This is really Sly's movie as he slugs his way through a heartfelt performance and delivers some cracking punches, both literally and emotionally. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2008
5/5 93% Suspiria (1977) As an appetizer to the thoroughly bizarre world of Italian horror, Suspiria is the perfect antipasto. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2007
5/5 93% Martin (1977) Gory thriller that makes fun of the vampire myth before the hammer blow of a truly shocking climax. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2007
2/5 97% Ringu (Ring) (1998) Bog standard horror offering with a distinct lack of action or plot. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2007
5/5 91% The Fly (1986) Cronenberg's most triumphant and accessible film to date. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2007
5/5 85% Carnival of Souls (1962) It retains an atmosphere of melancholic, surreal dread. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2007
5/5 90% The Wicker Man (1973) The Wicker Man is, more than anything else, a film about what people can do in the name of religion or, more generally, belief. Its power comes not from appeals to the supernatural but from a deep understanding of our own undeniable nature. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2007
1/5 21% Dead Silence (2007) For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2007
5/5 79% Dark Star (1974) Hats off nonetheless to young whippersnapper John Carpenter, whose studenty tale of space tedium, aliens and molasses-black humour remains approximately a thousand times better than the director's last 15 years. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2007