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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% Split (2017) Shyamalan papers over plot-holes with dry black humour and well-judged suspense, and - as always - holds back some surprises. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2017
1/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) The weakest entry in a generally mediocre franchise. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/5 43% Cherry 2000 (1988) Likeable, but do you want to own it? ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room (2014) [The] in-joke casting takes the film into areas of camp which undercut its horror element. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 9, 2017
3/5 24% Captain Ron (1992) Russell puts in a worthy performance as the irrepressible Ron and Martin Short is typically neurotic as the father. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's spectacular and promising, though at first exposure its characters (human and otherwise) are often as grating as charming. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 18, 2016
45% Pet (2016) [A] suspenseful mystery thriller which initially seems a straight lift from Fowles' book but develops in other, surprising directions. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 31, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Whenever the action threatens to get samey or the spectacle verges on the monotonous, the film can rely on Cumberbatch's sense of fun to tide it over. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 89% The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) This is one of those semi-classic horror films which contains unforgettably creepy sequences and one or two great performances along with a great deal of fudged plotting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2016
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Origin of Evil doesn't stretch the conventions of teen-appeal spookiness too far, but is solidly put together, mounted with a pleasant conviction and runs to several fine performances and some decent scares. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) If you can take the assault on your senses it's worth sticking with for a core of genuine, affecting drama and dollops of sly, quotable humour. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2016
5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) A quality ghost story with an unusual backdrop and great performances. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) It's an intense, imaginative piece of work - which treads over familiar ground but modestly ventures a bit further in the climax ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016
75% SiREN (2016) Better-natured than much contemporary horror, this will work well even with jaded genre devotees ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 29, 2016
78% The Master Cleanse (2015) [Takes] a fresh, surprisingly low-key and affecting approach to its lunatic premise. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 27, 2016
95% The Similars (Los Parecidos) (2016) Funny, suspenseful, inventive and charming, this knows when to tone down the homage and become genuinely frightening ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 26, 2016
No Score Yet Realive (2016) While it will play to fans of cerebral science fiction, it may be less grabby for general audiences. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) Abattoir gets past its clunky storytelling with a great look - dark, shadowed, with a 1940s hardboiled feel - along with some well-staged shocks and scares. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2016
95% The Love Witch (2016) Though a little too languid at two hours, The Love Witch is appropriately seductive. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2016
No Score Yet Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (2016) An unusual mixture of true crime and supernatural horror movie, Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word is an impressively overwrought effort from British director Simon Rumley. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2016
No Score Yet Director's Cut (2016) An extraordinarily clever - yet wickedly accessible - exercise in runaway metafiction ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) An intense, streamlined exercise in gruesome thrills, with a tiny glimmer of social context (it's all about the economy) which doesn't take away from the exciting struggle to get out of this house of horrors. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) 's not to trivialise the nuanced and serious Childhood of a Leader to say that it would work well as a prequel to a Fantastic Four movie that focused on the character of Latverian dictator Dr Doom. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 18, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's actually refreshing for a big-screen Star Trek to have a 'regular episode' feel. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 22, 2016
60% K-Shop (2016) With strong work from a good cast (Abaza in particular), this joins a small group of British horror films rooted in observation and anger. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/5 76% Baskin (2016) Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted - but certainly strong meat. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 92% Queen of Earth (2015) You have to be in the right mood for it, but this is one of the season's finest films. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
5/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made, and conclusive proof that, a) Kate Beckinsale has been seriously undervalued by the movies and, b) Whit Stillman is a major, distinctive talent. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It's not as gloomy as DC's recent efforts (few films are) and judicious doses of wit and charm relieve the angst and the smashing. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) A riotous, rough-hewn and rousing punk reinvention of '70s-style grindhouse exploitation-with-a-brain-cinema. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) This is a superhero film which opens and closes with funerals and requires the world's finest detective and an avatar of truth and justice to batter each other (and everyone else) senseless for two-and-a-half hours. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) A notable, unusual existential thriller that is psychologically acute without the need for Oscar-clip self-pitying speeches, it's also terrifically suspenseful with a provocative punchline. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) A solid haunting-possession movie with good character work and unusual local colour, this works in a few surprises, sufficient scares and a nicely barbed punchline. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) It has a nice line in wry chatter and a pleasantly old-fashioned 'lost posse' plot with engaging, odd characters striving against the wilderness while swapping cynical frontier wisdom. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 96% The Survivalist (2015) This is a harsh, unsentimental science fiction film, though the performances suggest small surviving flames of empathy and yearning amid the tough, practical attitudes. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 81% These Final Hours (2015) So many films address the premise because it's always thought-provoking and affecting. This also has a bleached, depopulated, effectively catastrophe-struck feel and an intriguing adult-and-child road movie storyline. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
50% 31 (2016) After six features [Zombie] still can't come up with a fresh story, write characters with more depth than their make-up or direct stalking scenes that are suspenseful or moments of gory violence that are shocking. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 26, 2016
64% Antibirth (2016) Antibirth is intentionally ramshackle and hallucinatory as storytelling, seen through the viewpoint of characters who are mostly too stoned to concentrate - but it's also highly crafted and unsettling. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 26, 2016
57% Jeruzalem (2016) A few sub-plots get lost... but this offers a satisfyingly large-scale demonic incursion as glimpsed from the streets. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 20, 2016
4/5 81% The Assassin (2015) It's steadily paced, with more long-held contemplative shots of natural beauty than bursts of impressive action, and an elastic, dream-like sense of passing time. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2016
79% Tales of Halloween (2015) The level of quality is consistent, though there is eventually a tendency to repetition as most stories focus on horrible people who get just desserts in amusingly horrid ways. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 7, 2015
4/5 78% Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2014) The film matches the scurrilous energy, anarchic glee and political engagement of its subject - and there's a happy ending in that 2000AD survives and thrives to this day. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) No new ground is broken, but the point of folklore is to tell the old tales again. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) For all its wayward plotting and off-the-peg elements, SPECTRE works. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 29, 2015
4/5 95% Fail-Safe (1964) An impressive and disturbing brink-of-doom thriller. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2015
71% Crimson Peak (2015) This is a rich essay in the form, which takes care to evoke even the lighting cues of vintage Roger Corman or Mario Bava in the service of a rattling good melodrama. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 70% Howl (2015) An unashamed B picture, but fun. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 38% The Messenger (2014) A downbeat, rainy, British spin on The Sixth Sense, this has good performances but an uncertain tone. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
96% Creep (2015) A remarkable two-hander, scripted (and seemingly improvised) by its stars Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 73% Everest (2015) Spectacular and well-acted, this suffers from much the same problem as the situation it depicts - too many people on the mountain and too many threads to follow so that affecting individual stories get lost in the snow. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015