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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Streep is mannered and camp... gleefully impersonating Child's eccentric demeanour and hooting voice. Yet her performance brims over with such joy and mirth and love that it's hard not to be won over." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 44%

Office Christmas Party (2016)

"Bursting into cinemas with a raucous 'Ho-ho-ho', Office Christmas Party succeeds in its mission of bringing a welcome shot of seasonal good cheer." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 80%

Chi-Raq (2015)

"There's genuine outrage behind Lee's angry blast of hip-hop agitprop, and his fury has good cause... Unfortunately, his film is also a gaudy mess." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Dec 6, 2016

Roxanne (1987)

"Witty, sweet, utterly delightful." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 71%

Bleed For This (2016)

"Pound for pound, boxing must throw up more bizarrely larger-than-life characters than any other sport, and in the figure of Vinny Pazienza... [Miles Teller] is indubitably playing one of those." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Dec 2, 2016

Raging Bull (1980)

"It's certainly bruising to watch, thanks both to the ferocity of its fight scenes and the violent misogyny of its protagonist. This is a film that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to portraying machismo." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Much of the fun simply comes from watching the old crew conform to our expectations, giving new spins to old routines. Familiarity breeds content" ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 79%

Evolution (2016)

"Lucile Hadihalilović's surreal movie Evolution will get under your skin and into your head if you give it a chance." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 93%

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014)

"The film takes its mood from its hero: gentle, good-humoured and tinged with melancholy. The pace is leisurely, but Antonio's openhearted kindness is so winning and charming that you won't mind the time it takes to get to the destination." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 74%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Move over Harry. The Potterverse has a new hero. Newt Scamander, played with bags of beguiling, diffident charm by Eddie Redmayne, takes on the boy wizard's mantle and proves that JK Rowling has conjured up another winner. " ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 20, 2016
3/5 40%

Strangerland (2015)

"It's the parched Outback landscape, thrumming with beauty and menace, that leaves the biggest impression." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/5 74%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"What ensues is basically one long, frenetic chase. But kids will enjoy the slapstick silliness while pet owners may find themselves chuckling in recognition, or possibly even cringing, at many of the gags." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 55%

Pioneer (2014)

"With his ratty moustache and balding head, Hennie makes an unlikely leading man (if this were Hollywood, the chiselled Bentley would surely fit the bill), but he suits the film's dour, downbeat mood, reminiscent of 1970s paranoid conspiracy thrillers." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
5/5 100%

Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)

"French screen icon Isabelle Huppert delivers one of the finest performances of her career." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
2/5 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"The movie's razzle-dazzle showmanship is fun enough in the moment, but... see past the misdirection and sleight of hand and you'll be left with the nagging suspicion that what's been plucked from the hat is not a rabbit but a turkey." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Ben Affleck [is] an autistic savant who's a whiz at maths and a dab hand at killing people, too... as plots go, none of this exactly stands up to forensic scrutiny, but the film's manifest flaws don't detract from its incidental pleasures." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 76%

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

"A Street Cat Named Bob prove[s] we are so hardwired to respond to feline cuteness that it only takes a stray ginger cat to turn a story of recovery from heroin addiction and homelessness into a feelgood tale." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 85%

Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (2015)

"When it comes to gender-fluid Scandinavian tales with a supernatural bent, Girls Lost can't match the potent charge of 2008's Let the Right One In." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"The movie dawdles in its early stages... But when we get to the meeting itself, the result is comedy gold, with Michael Shannon's Elvis busting karate moves in the Oval Office, gobbling the president's M&Ms and upending protocol at every turn." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"As good as the actors are they can't persuade us to buy the story's melodramatic contrivances." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"With Skarsgård's hero more dependent on blatant CGI effects than jungle vines for his feats of derring-do, the action is never as engaging as one might have hoped." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/5 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"It's Cumberbatch who makes the movie zing. He's sardonic. He's funny. He's buff enough for the martial arts. And he fits into the movie's comic-book world surprisingly well." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 70%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"Who knew Dwayne Johnson was quite this funny? He's so hands-down hilarious in Central Intelligence he makes motor-mouth comedian Kevin Hart, his co-star, look like the film's straight man." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/5 56%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Decadent and dazzling, The Neon Demon has elements of dream-like fairytale, surreal horror and deadpan satire, all bound together by a hypnotic electronic score from Refn's frequent collaborator, Cliff Martinez." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
2/5 23%

The Boss (2016)

"Depressingly crass." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016

Starfish (2016)

"Writer-director Bill Clark doesn't flinch from depicting the physical effects of Tom's illness, and neither does he pull any punches when it comes to showing us its gruelling emotional costs." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"It's empty-headed nonsense, of course, but the action has a rowdy vigour and the turtles' boisterous high spirits will strike a chord with younger viewers." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/5 93%

Arrival (2016)

"Would first contact play out as imagined by Close Encounters of the Third Kind or with the gung-ho bluster of Independence Day? Denis Villeneuve's intelligent and humane sci-fi drama Arrival definitely flies the flag for the former camp. " ‐Movie Talk
Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"The Cabin in the Woods will get you thinking about what it means to watch a horror movie, but it's not just a mischievous exercise in post-modern cleverness, it's also a giddily funny, gulpingly scary, enormously entertaining thrill ride." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 29, 2016

Renoir (2013)

"Gilles Bourdos succeeds in capturing both the sun-dappled landscapes of southern France and a feature of equal importance to Renoir, 'the velvety texture of a young girl's skin'." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"The film launches a barrage of avian and porcine puns, plus a flock of knowing pop-culture references... Most of these will fly right over the heads of younger viewers, but the film's rambunctious silliness will go down a treat." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/5 92%

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

"Blazing with righteous ire and brimming with compassion, I, Daniel Blake is both a damning portrait of austerity Britain and a tender tribute to human resilience and fellowship. " ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 21, 2016

Their Finest (2017)

"Scherfig and debutant screenwriter Gabby Chiappe... make some sharp feminist points about the way men during WW2 hung on to their condescension even as they grudgingly allowed women to fill new roles." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016

Lovesong (2016)

"There's nothing clear-cut about Sarah and Mindy's feelings for one another and Lovesong conveys the complexity of their emotions with tenderness and restraint." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 58%

Me Before You (2016)

"An unabashed tearjerker of a movie, but it's been put together with such charm that you probably won't mind the assault on your heartstrings and tear ducts." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 92%

When Marnie Was There (2015)

"Enigma takes second place to a sensitive exploration of adolescent turmoil and self-discovery, made even more beautiful and bittersweet by the film's delicate hand-drawn animation." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Tate Taylor can't match the steel-trap tension David Fincher gave to Gone Girl... But he gets striking performances from his cast, above all from Blunt, who takes us somewhere we'd rather not go - inside Rachel's woozy, troubled mind." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Park Chan-wook [has]toned down the violence and perversity of his Korean output. But not by much. When a character... commends a garden's soil for its spade-yielding softness, you get the feeling he's not planning to plant begonias." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 16, 2016
5/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Kate Beckinsale is perfect in the leading role of young widow Lady Susan Vernon, a beautiful and cunning woman who makes Machiavelli look like a bumbling innocent when it comes to scheming." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 2, 2016
4/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The plot is as convoluted as a Raymond Chandler novel, but Black and his cast deliver the action with such brio and panache that the film remains hugely entertaining even if, like Gosling's hapless hero, you've barely a clue what is going on." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 2, 2016
3/5 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Eva Green is typically enchanting as the pipe-smoking, crossbow-wielding, shape-shifting Miss Peregrine (her name's the clue) and her strangely gifted young charges are equally eye-catching." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 2, 2016
4/5 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Pipes judder, valves strain and needles tip alarmingly into the red ... Yet when calamity strikes it's not just oil, mud and seawater that comes gushing forth but the viewers' anger and indignation as well. " ‐Movie Talk
Posted Oct 2, 2016

The Duchess (2008)

"Keira wears a series of gorgeous frocks and runs through her full repertoire of smirks and simpers... But if you can look past the dresses and the sullen lips, then you have to admit that [she] delivers another solid performance. " ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"The sight of Denzel twirling his six-guns and shooting from the hip will be more than enough, for many, to make The Magnificent Seven a rousing success." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/5 83%

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

"McCarthy gives us some startling images... and some weighty moral issues to ponder." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 26, 2016
4/5 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Sachs indicates the boys' easy rapport with joyous travelling shots showing them breezing through the Brooklyn streets on scooter and roller-blades. By contrast, the relationship between the boys' parents is full of awkward friction. " ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"The set-up couldn't be better primed for tension, but director Brad Furman doesn't supply as much clammy suspense as you might hope." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 21, 2016
4/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Eight Days a Week captures John, Paul, George and Ringo at their youthful charismatic peak: brimming with wit in their encounters with the press; bursting with energy on stage." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 66%

Anthropoid (2016)

"Get past the off-putting title, which sounds as though it belongs to a schlocky sci-fi film. Get past the iffy Czech accents. And get past the stodgy scene setting. Do all this and you will find WW2 thriller Anthropoid genuinely stirring." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 21, 2016
4/5 86%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Frat-boy jocks usually get a bad rap in movies (filmmakers tend not to be former jocks). Yet Linklater captures his characters' bantering camaraderie and boozy machismo with disarming sympathy." ‐Movie Talk
Posted Sep 21, 2016
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