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Catherine Bray

Catherine Bray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Imagine a Jurassic Park constructed entirely out of whatever foodstuff best satisfies your appetite for a pun. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) Faulkner fans... need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 9, 2013
30% Austenland (2013) Enough to make you burn all your Jane Austen. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
87% Alan Partridge (2014) A hilarious addition to the ever-expanding canvas of the versatile Norwich DJ, Alpha Papa provides solid proof that the bouncebackability of Alan Partridge knows no bounds. Lovely stuff. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 8, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) A tense and exciting haunted house movie, The Conjuring relies on atmosphere rather than gore to serve up an entertaining slice of ghostie shenanigans with the simple ambition of scaring the bejesus out of viewers. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 49% Redemption (2013) 'Hummingbird' doesn't always work but wins points for originality. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/5 77% Venus And Serena (2013) An amiable enough overview, with the occasional 'say what?' moment. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) A short, sweet fondant fancy of a film that recognises when not to outstay its welcome. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 13, 2013
64% Epic (2013) Dazzling visual effects and some lively voice work from the comic relief characters just about paper over a disappointingly conventional narrative. ‐ Film4
Posted May 21, 2013
48% The Great Gatsby (2013) The sparkling highlights make it compulsive viewing, even as the lapses in judgment drive you up the wall. ‐ Film4
Posted May 15, 2013
23% Vehicle 19 (2013) An interesting idea paired with lacklustre execution makes for a passable rather than thrilling ride. ‐ Film4
Posted May 15, 2013
98% Mud (2013) Matthew McConaughey is as compelling as we've come to expect since The Lincoln Lawyer kicked off his 2010s hot streak, as Jeff Nichols ably combines elements of Terence Malick with an all-American rural yarn. ‐ Film4
Posted May 9, 2013
61% Evil Dead (2013) A decent, gory horror treat for those who've never watched an Evil Dead movie - while at the same time exhibiting discreet respect for the 1980s incarnations, with plenty of low-key nods to the original for fans. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2013
53% Oblivion (2013) Oblivion's leading man is as dependable as ever. A shame that the film, while pretty, is somewhat ponderous, and ultimately fails to cohere into a narratively satisfying whole. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 11, 2013
19% Identity Thief (2013) The hit rate isn't as high as you'd hope, gag-wise, but Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman remain highly likeable screen presences, even when behaving in unlikeable and unlikely ways. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Big silly fun in the Anchorman vein, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is packed with great gags, recognisable characters and performances from comedians at the top of their game. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
43% The Paperboy (2012) You certainly couldn't accuse anyone involved in The Paperboy of playing it safe, and for this reason, Lee Daniels' film is one to file under misjudged must-sees. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 70% The Croods (2013) It's all entertaining enough, and will surely sell plenty of stuffed toys. But it winds up a fair few rungs below the likes of 'Brave' on the evolutionary ladder. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 19, 2013
30% Total Recall (2012) More or less serviceable action thriller with some nice ideas for visual set pieces, but did it really have to be as long as it is? ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
71% The Wedding Video (2014) Supremely well-intentioned, low-budget British comedy which, with all the will in the world, a likeable cast can't quite power to greatness. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
29% The Vow (2012) Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
47% The Sweeney (2013) Let's not waste each other's time. You already know whether this sounds like the kind of top bloke you'd fancy having a pint with. If so, The Sweeney is your film. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
No Score Yet The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists (2012) A funny, thoroughly enjoyable and oddly subversive film. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
57% The Dictator (2012) Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
64% The Campaign (2012) Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time? ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
77% Take This Waltz (2012) This is finely-judged filmmaking from a writing and directing talent to watch. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
67% Ted (2012) Hit and miss humour with problematic undertones buoyed by an intriguing premise and appealing performances from the film's human cast. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
88% Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012) A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) A sensitive film that respects the conflict in which it is set rather than using it for cheap thrills. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) A certain generosity of spirit is required here, but the performances are excellent and the central premise ... is a solid and amusing one. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Rather like a persuasive pick-up artist, I'm not sure Rust & Bone is a film I'd want to spend a second night with, for fear of shattering the emotional illusion. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) It's doubtful this will win over any outright Anderson sceptics, but ... this is an exciting reaffirmation of talent. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
80% Magic Mike (2012) Musings on the nature of capitalism wrapped in a very pretty package ... Magic Mike is a film for adventurous audiences of all persuasions. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
38% Lockout (2012) They don't make 'em like this anymore, except when they do and you remember why they stopped. Daft, but broadly enjoyable if you're in a charitable mood. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
70% Liberal Arts (2012) A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
67% Lawless (2012) A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
74% Killing Them Softly (2012) Complex and problematic in a rather wonderful way, Killing Them Softly has flaws more interesting than some film's perfections. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
33% Joyful Noise (2012) If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer clear. But then this film was never for you. It's for the spiritual year-round inhabitants of Dollywood. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
36% Iron Sky (2012) It's Nazis from space. Cult movie fans will basically know what to expect. It's just a shame it couldn't have been a bit better. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
86% Electrick Children (2013) Sweet but never sickly ... Electrick Children is real must-see from a bright new talent. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
34% Battleship (2012) An assault on reason, logic and complex characterisation, but in an enjoyable way, like a slightly less camp dramatisation of the Village People's finest ship-based sing-song. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
63% Anna Karenina (2012) Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
92% Side by Side (2012) Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
69% Stoker (2013) Sexy, perverse and memorable, Stoker lingers in the imagination like an enjoyable hangover. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
31% Gangster Squad (2013) Gangster Squad verges on a parody of hard-boiled noir in the vein of the Scary Movie/Date Movie/Epic Movie films, only with real A-list star power; it's a funny old mixture. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Hyperactive day-glo fizzy-pop family animation with a heartfelt message about staying true to yourself lurking underneath all the visual fireworks. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Decent enough fantasy adventure, but it doesn't especially feel like Tolkien. ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 12, 2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) A thorny thicket redeemed by its willingness to at least highlight big problems. A film for our times, then. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 20, 2012