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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Queen of Spades (1949) The story develops a morbidly exciting grip thanks to the maniacally superstitious Walbrook and Evans's otherworldly chill -- the funeral scene alone will make you jump. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Oct 18, 2016
58% Die Another Day (2002) Strange, is it not, how the regular bombardment of thrills can have quite the opposite effect of the one intended. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
1/5 86% Inception (2010) The real cause of wonder, though, is why Nolan should have embraced technocratic complexity in the service of such a puny story. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Through a combination of smart performances and scurrilous gags Bridesmaids yanks the buddy comedy from the hands of its traditional owners. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jun 30, 2015
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) A sequel that not only outstrips its predecessor but has a perversity and quick-wittedness that hardly seem to belong in a comic-book movie. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jun 29, 2015
88% Shrek (2001) With improbable finesse it buffs up some of the oldest tropes of storytelling and then gives them a mischievous tilt, so that we appear to be watching a celebration of a genre and a sneaky subversion of it at the same time. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2015
1/5 48% Spike Island (2015) The heady whirl of the Roses' first album played loud is a treat -- the only one. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 4, 2015
2/5 35% Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012) [It's directed by] an unknown amateur named Whitney Sudler-Smith who looks a bit like Julian Assange and seems almost surprised to be making a film at all. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 92% Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuaron stages some terrific set-pieces, and the production designers deserve credit for making London in 2027 look like the grunge capital of the world, ie, like now, only more so. One small problem: I didn't believe any of it. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 1, 2015
30% Rogue Trader (1999) Try as he might, Dearden can't stir the movie out of sluggishness, and given that we already know its infamous conclusion, there's no suspense. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 11, 2015
86% Chicago (2002) As a reproduction of the stage show, Chicago isn't bad, but it makes no persuasive case for itself as a film. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2015
75% Crash (2004) Instead of heartwarming messages about forgiveness, it honours ambiguity and brings us close, closer than is comfortable, in fact, to what Americans today are really thinking about one another. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 23, 2015
3/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) So, yes, you should probably see No Country for Old Men, even if it does bow out with a baffling little coda featuring an old timer's meditation on the fact that he's estranged from his father. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2015
3/5 92% Shot in Bombay (2008) A lively glimpse into the making of a Bollywood gangster film. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2015
3/5 91% The Departed (2006) This has its moments - what Scorsese film does not? -- but over a two-and-a-half-hour stretch it huffs and puffs and still doesn't blow the house down. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 25, 2015
5/5 96% Argo (2012) The old saw "truth is stranger than fiction" has had its teeth properly sharpened in the superb thriller Argo, a blend of political history and Hollywood hijinks that goes right for the jugular. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) No film this year will look as swooningly beautiful, its deep-focus monochrome vividly rendered by the cinematographer Kiko de la Rica, and not many will sound as good, either, thanks to a score by Alfonso de Vilallong. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 8, 2014
97% Spirited Away (2002) Knock me down with a feather, it turns out to be terrific; maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly aglitter with invention, excitement and a mysterious kind of wit. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2014
5/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) It takes a kind of genius to combine a children's movie for grown-ups and a grown-up's movie for children in one glittering digimated package, yet the folks at Pixar have done it time and again. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) Of course it's about one hundred times brighter than Transformers and Michael Bay's imbecilic spinoffs, and should keep multiplexes everywhere in its competent grip. But I didn't love it. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Aug 24, 2014
2/5 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) John Goodman weighs in with a nice cameo as Clint's old boss, but the rest is strictly relegation form. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 12, 2014
1/5 11% After Earth (2013) The effects are second-hand stuff from Alien and Star Trek, spliced with Shyamalan's regular homilies on Personal Growth. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 2, 2014
5/5 99% Metropolis (1927) Here is the starting-point of so much modern cinema. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2/5 44% Cold Comes The Night (2014) The upstate New York location looks as cold as death, though it still doesn't justify that feeble title. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) Like the Eighties never went away. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
5/5 94% Lore (2013) The Australian director Cate Shortland has made a quite stunning film about the collapse of Nazi Germany, seen not from a Berlin bunker but through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) It's a lesson in courage, in being determined to enjoy one's life even as the authorities threaten to take it away. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) Deeply affectionate and sometimes very moving. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/5 53% Oblivion (2013) As a piece of narrative, though, it's portentous, sluggish and fatally ungripping. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 31, 2013
1/5 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Pacific Rim is a special-effects behemoth, a toy franchise with a deafeningly loud movie attached -- Transformers with an A-level. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/5 89% The World's End (2013) It's fine in its way, a fond and silly salute to pub crawls, old friends, crap cars, roundabouts, British eccentricity and keeping your head in a crisis -- it's just terribly hit-and-miss. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 30, 2013
1/5 79% Quartet (2013) As portraits of old age go, Quartet is better than that other recent retirement comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but only in the way a touch of lumbago is better than shingles. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 22, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) In its basic situation can be heard the distant clang of A Streetcar Named Desire, though it's neither pastiche nor reprise, just a quietly respectful tribute. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) Advance word that this would be the scariest horror since Amityville proves well wide of the mark. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 94% The Hunt (2013) The acting on all fronts is outstanding, with Mikkelsen holding the centre magnificently as the wronged teacher, his life contaminated by the slow-acting poison of rumour. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) The shock of the final scene must be left unspoken; suffice to say its impact exceeds even the nightmarish queasiness which this brilliant and horrible film has striven to contain. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) Gerwig superbly incarnates the contradictions of this insecure woman. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 99% Wadjda (2013) In the title role Mohammed makes a sweet scamp, wry and watchful, always chancing her arm even as she senses trouble ahead -- which is, in a nutshell, what most Saudi women can expect of life. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 10, 2013
2/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) It feels like the longest, deathliest panto ever made -- and still it isn't over. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 20, 2013
89% Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959) It's the music, ecstatic, delirious, overwhelming, that is the star of the show: the bossa nova has never had a setting like this. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Moretz is a dynamic presence, and fires off her spiky one-liners with magnificent timing. The downside of her star quality is that she puts the rest in a pretty feeble light. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/5 93% Our Children (2013) This is film-making of a very high order. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 96% The Deep (2013) This story of survival is bizarre, inexplicable, and true. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 55% Man of Steel (2013) It's not bad, despite its runaway length, and Cavill looks likely to be the poster boy for a whole new generation of fans. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Star Trek Into Darkness gets the job done without ever threatening to raise one's pulse. It's a thoroughly professional entertainment. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 10, 2013
1/5 29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) It displays a level of intelligence that will not tax a 12-year-old boy. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Mar 28, 2013
4/5 83% Chariots of Fire (1981) What fails as drama are the races themselves, shot front-on so that we don't know who's winning until the tape is breasted, but Hugh Hudson's decision to use slow motion and David Watkin's beautiful lighting lend them a proper heroic burnish. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3/5 71% Fracture (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 30% The Tempest (2010) Quote not available. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jan 22, 2013