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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
45% Miami Vice (2006) A deadly serious, stylishly noirish, but fundamentally insubstantial thriller.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Tomorrow La Scala! (2002) Plenty of warmth, but never quite enough bite.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
75% Fellini Satyricon (1969) Stunning camerawork in deliberately garish colour from Giuseppe Rotunna, incomparable art direction, and some riveting music from Nini Rota aid Fellini in his principal task, which is simply to astonish and to widen the imagination.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974) Kaspar Hauser is one of the most fascinating of films. At his best, Herzog is like no other film-maker I know.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
93% Fargo (1996) The Coen Brothers are among the most able practitioners in America and this film is one of their best attempts to turn a familiar genre -- the True Crime drama -- into something miles away from the ordinary.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
100% Toy Story (1995) The rivalry between Woody the cowboy and Buzz the astronaut is worked out as a direct parallel to any other family quarrels and it is this sense of oneness that gives the film its kick.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
92% Ed Wood (1994) Burton imitates Wood 's films brilliantly, and Wood 's chaotic lifestyle is brought to the screen with brio.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
92% The Piano (1993) The Piano is certainly one of the best films of the year and proves without doubt, if we didn't know it already, that Campion is now a major talent.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
91% Reservoir Dogs (1992) No one should go to Reservoir Dogs without prior thought. But what they will see is a riveting treatise on the theme of betrayal set in an urban wasteland that murders hope and makes redemption virtually impossible.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
86% Slacker (1991) On the whole, this is a fascinating example of apparently fly-on-the-wall film-making, made all the more intriguing when you discover it was all planned like a military exercise.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) It is both a civilised comedy with iron in its soul and a serious examination of our inner fears that also manages to be very funny.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
81% The Untouchables (1987) The Untouchables is two hours of fairly solid entertainment, an eventually uplifting parable about right beating might, cast in the form of a Warner Brothers social realist picture of the thirties.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) E.T. ...comes to a beleaguered industry like a gift from the gods. Not only does it get bums on seats but it encourages the kind of shared enjoyment that suggests the cinema still has something unique to offer.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
89% Misery (1990) The film hasn't any depth to speak of, but is consistently shrewd enough not to go totally obvious ways. And the audacity in casting Kathy Bates as the dotty fan pays considerable dividends.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
90% A Short Film About Killing (1988) While it is almost impossible to conceive of Kieslowski making a bad film, in the Decalogue, and particularly in Killing, style and content were perfectly matched.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
80% 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
85% The Transfiguration (2017) 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
61% 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
92% Anomalisa (2015) This is the easiest of all Kaufman's projects to understand, and perhaps for that reason, just possibly the best.‐ Huffington Post
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73% 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
67% 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
90% 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
86% 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
92% 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
83% 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
69% The Journey (2017) 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
65% 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
87% 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
43% 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
91% 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
71% 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
98% 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
86% 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
89% 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
75% Grease (1978) A grave disappointment to anyone in search of style or substance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
95% 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