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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
65% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas is clearly enjoying himself with his ghost story and has certainly got a very decent performance out of Stewart.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
86% The Transfiguration (2016) There are plenty of references to other vampire and horror movies. But The Transfiguration remains a unique take on such things.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) The horror of war, at least for the boots on the ground, has seldom been more apparent. You leave the theatre more than a trifle stunned.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It is elegant, acted with real power and has a strong feeling for its an ordinary man faced with circumstances Liam Neeson might attempt to circumnavigate.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) The film is not a colourful one, with suitably muted cinematography and a sense of realism many such stories eschew. Maybe that's not the best news for the box-office but it makes for a more intelligent movie of the genre all the same.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The acting is good enough to assuage most doubts and the cinematography lovingly details the extraordinary scenery it inhabits.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
70% Café Society (2016) Café Society, lest we forget, may be a minor strut in the large Allen canon but it has been made by one of the most fluent directors in America and, for that reason alone, is worth savouring.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
93% Anomalisa (2015) This is the easiest of all Kaufman's projects to understand, and perhaps for that reason, just possibly the best.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
74% Black Mass (2015) I remains watchable throughout, thanks to Depp reincarnation as a star who can also act.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
69% The Danish Girl (2015) The film is good-looking throughout, decently written and clearly capable of moving audiences.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) By the end of what seemed a very long two hours, I wanted to strangle the lot of them as useless appendages to the human race. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
85% Francofonia (2016) Using documentary footage and bits and pieces of semi-realist dramatics, [Sokurov] tells of the strange friendship between the Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and the Nazi officer sent to oversee the treasures and possibly relieve France of them.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) The film is very well shot in tough circumstances and has a central performance from Idris Elba that can only be described as mind-boggling. Abraham Attah as the boy is pretty good too.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
97% Jaws (1975) Jaws is a splendidly shrewd cinematic equation which not only gives you one or two very nasty turns when you least expect them but, possibly more important, knows when to make you think another's coming without actually providing it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
84% Julieta (2016) Perhaps those who find his former work puzzling will find this more straightforward storytelling more congenial. But somehow something is lost. The panache is not quite there, so a pleasant film just misses the mark of so, etching exceptional.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
57% The Journey (2016) he Journey is an entertaining movie if more like fiction as fact than fact as fiction. Hamm insists there is a basis of truth in the story and it is relatively easy to believe him.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
64% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Maybe Malick has less and less to say and shouts louder and louder in attempting to disprove that fact.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
90% Jackie (2016) How do you dramatise history on film without adding a large dollop of fiction to the mix? Many have tried and most have failed. But Pablo Larraín succeeds better than many with Jackie.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
4/5 73% Everest (2015) Everest is one of those cinematic spectacles that doesn't insult the intelligence of its audience and tries to tell the truth about an extraordinary adventure as solidly and dramatically as it can.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) It glides along comfortably enough as a portrait of very ordinary lives somewhat lifted to the skies by both verse and cupcakes. Paterson isn't a bit patronising. It is just a rather sweet story.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) Though the scenes in the ring are the equal of any, the drama progresses rather like something we have all seen before.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) The film looks good, sounds good and, if you're not too fussy, it might make you feel good too.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
70% Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982) Parker's visual synthesis with the music, much aided by Scarfe's rip-roaring visions of doom and destruction which turn light into darkness at the flick of a pen rather than a switch, is almost perfect.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
99% Taxi Driver (1976) This is a wholly remarkable film, flaws and all. In fact, even the flaws are significant.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
87% The Shining (1980) If The Shining isn't trivial, it certainly encourages one to think that it is. But, perhaps, even that's a change for the better. Generally, it's the other way around.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
97% The Princess Bride (1987) The Princess Bride easily transcends expectations, as a fantasy that has a few pertinent things to say about the genre, including the odd fact that the heroes of such things are often prettier than the heroines.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) For all its cleverness, remains in essence the story of a friendship which, across the generations, leaves both parties a little easier with themselves but still prey to fate.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
100% Blue (1993) Blue remains an intense and moving tribute to the woman at its centre who, in coming back from tragedy, almost refuses, but ultimately accepts the only real love that's on offer.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
90% A Clockwork Orange (1971) If pride of place must go to A Clockwork Orange, it is because this chilling and mesmeric adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel could well become one of the seminal movies of the seventies.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
96% Back to the Future (1985) Though it is hardly one of the greater flights of cinematic imagination to be seen since science fantasy reared its head as mass appeal material again, it would be virtually impossible not to enjoy it in some way or another.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2015
77% Grease (1978) A grave disappointment to anyone in search of style or substance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) It is technically even more proficient [than Star Wars], has virtually the same ingredients and bursts forth into a world that still seems ripe for its special blend of nostalgically simple story-telling and complicated technology.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) This is a better picture than the first because it makes its characters human, doesn't camp it up and refuses to believe that Kerpow! Kerching! is more than a constituent part of the proceedings.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Enormous and exhilarating fun for those who are prepared to settle down in their seats and let it all wash over them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2015
88% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Morally retrograde it may be, but then so are nightmares. The point is that this one, though often crude and raw, really leads the imagination. What also works in its favour is that it doesn't pretend to do anything more than scare the pants off you.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
100% Man of the West (1958) Mann's direction is immaculate, making Reginald Rose's clearly allegorical, and sometimes forced, screenplay seem even better than it is.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
96% Andrei Rublev (1973) You can object to [Tarkovsky's] vision as messianic and sometimes fundamentalist. It is hard, however, to mock the impact of his films.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
88% Naked (1993) This is an astonishing film in a number of ways, a tour de force that's brilliantly played and written and directed with total conviction.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Anyone who doesn't believe that Clint Eastwood is one of the best film-makers in America ought to see Million Dollar Baby.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
78% Braveheart (1995) This is by no means a bad effort in the historical epic genre, since Gibson has made himself into a more than passable director and, for the battles of Stirling Bridge and Falkirk alone, deserves an Oscar of some sort.‐ Mail & Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2015
76% Gladiator (2000) This may be fundamentally Saturday night entertainment, but Scott attempts rather more than that on occasion, and at least succeeds in creating a memorable sense of a dark and often frightening period of time.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4/5 83% Chariots of Fire (1981) The film is not just about the race between Abrahams, the Jewish law student (Ben Cross), and Scottish missionary Eric Liddell (the late Ian Charleson). It's a character study and a social history too.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2015
74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) It isn't exactly All Quiet on the Western Front or Oh! What a Lovely War. What it lacks is proper finesse.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
85% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) This, like the first Hellboy, is del Toro on holiday in Hollywood, having as much fun as he can without totally compromising his considerable powers of invention.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the movie from writer-director Dean Dubois is funny, well-drawn and imaginatively structured so that adults need have no fear about taking the kids to it.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
89% Tangled (2010) If this is what old-fashioned means, then bring it on.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) [Miyazaki] may have made better films than Howl's Moving Castle, but it still exhibits his amazing imagination and astonishing detail.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
88% Shrek 2 (2004) The animation by which it stands or falls is as brilliant as ever and, though it wouldn't really be right to call it totally anti-Disney, it certainly trumps that institution for sharpness of focus, notably as far as the screenplay is concerned.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) [A] warm, well structured and affecting tribute as someone who lived a full life and refused to be afraid of dying.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
48% Saw (2004) As a study in the macabre, it barely suffices; as a sick and bloody joke, it's bloody sick.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014