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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 94% Bill (2015) If you prefer Carry On Henry to Wolf Hall, this is the Tudorsploitation titterthon for you. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 100% Containment (2015) A good British sci-fi thriller that makes good use of tight spaces. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 22% Barely Lethal (2015) Hardly groundbreaking but this high-school actioner ghosts by on its charm and sense of fun. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
45% No Escape (2015) A Taken-style no-holds-barred family survival action film, with an inevitable side order of xenophobia undimmed by the indictment of faceless corporate chicanery. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2015
4/5 92% The Treatment (De Behandeling) (2014) Tough stuff, but worth a look for Eurocrime fans. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 90% Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014) A gripping police procedural thriller from writer-director Alberto Rodríguez with understated character (and political) depth as Spain's fascist past looms over all the characters. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 93% The Gift (2015) This resourceful and edgy thriller marks another string in the talented Edgerton's bow. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
96% Nina Forever (2016) A young couple is haunted by a very physical ghost in Nina Forever, a strikingly original British horror film which mixes sex and grue in an unusual manner. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 5, 2015
4/5 92% Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Underrated satirical musical that has contributed more to popular culture than many people are aware of. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2015
4/5 38% Welp (Cub) (2014) Impressively nightmarish. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) It has an unnerving feel, angrily observing the way meaningless violence can suddenly blossom and suck in innocents. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/5 58% Maggie (2015) It feels a little like 'a very special episode of The Walking Dead' and might be a tad low-key for its field, but Schwarzenegger and Breslin are good and the payoff is affecting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 19% Self/less (2015) Entertaining nonsense, but barely skimming the surface of a great idea. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
86% X-Men: First Class (2011) For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 14, 2015
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) With Jon Favreau, director of the previous Iron Man films, still around in his sidekick role as Happy Hogan, continuity is maintained, but Black does bring his own, mostly comic chops to the saga. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) Extremely likable, with a few moments of proper wonder. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2015
4/5 19% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) Like it or not, Six has contributed something fresh and demented to pop culture. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2015
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) As befits the saga's engagement with the economics of Gotham City, a great deal of topical material floats about here, insufficiently digested. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 22, 2015
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) There has been a debunking tendency in Holmes films and fiction since Wilder... But Mr. Holmes plays a subtler, more affecting game while retaining a fondness for Doyle's characters and their depths. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Unhallowed Ground (2015) There's some decent character interplay, but it comes up light on spooks. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2015
4/5 93% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) Entertaining (more so than most Cannon films), but also insightful about bizarre strands of 1980s film history. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 90% Spring (2015) The storytelling is unfussy but still implies backstory and emotional connections that take a while to become clear. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) By turns funny, vaguely creepy and too cool for school, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is certainly unusual - but also seductive and strange enough to stick in the memory like a fever dream. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 62% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) A decent, mid-list spy thriller, suspended somewhere between le Carré and Bond but with a budgetary austerity in keeping with UK government spending cuts that keeps it out of the real high-stakes game. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) When it reaches its extended climax, however, Age of Ultron perfectly delivers huge action scenes with the requisite smaller heroic beats. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 24, 2015
4/5 89% Fresh (1994) The strength of the piece is that it realises which aspects of its genre have been seen too many times, always coming back to Nelson's blank but expressive stare as he watches terrible things the director doesn't need to shove in our faces. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) A spirited gothic tale, played with welcome black humour. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 18% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) This works as a standalone picture with its own distinctive take on alien invasion but also expands what now seem like a franchise with potential to deliver more and varied snapshots of human behaviour in extreme circumstances. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2015
3/5 65% Rigor Mortis (2014) Juno Mak's film is gorgeously-crafted, with an array of odd characters and eerie moments. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 60% The Signal (2014) William Eubank continues to work his particular mind-stretching mix of acute character interplay and cosmic conceptual breakthrough. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
95% We Are Still Here (2015) [An] entertaining, if schizophrenic pastiche. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 86% Accident (1967) A sharp and complex British film that his by turns witty and engaging. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 88% Naked (1993) If America's nightmare self-image is Bad Lieutenant, this is the British answer: just as driven, visionary and self-destructive but not needing an excess of drugs or blood to showcase human horrors. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
4/5 78% Hyena (2015) Writer-director Gerard Johnson and chameleon-like star Ferdinando continue to impress with their strong collaboration here. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
97% It Follows (2015) Mitchell is sensitive to the complicated nuances of teenage friendship, rooting the horror in relationships that are believable and affecting. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 97% It Follows (2015) A first-rate horror movie, It Follows adds a new monster to the pantheon. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
5/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) Of course, this is a film you have to meet half-way. If you're willing to enter its world, it's an immensely rewarding, amusing, wise, melancholy and involving experience. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/5 84% Predestination (2015) A funny, affecting, twisted tale, which demands you pay close attention to every throwaway detail. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
78% [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2015) It's a less distinctive film than the oddly sweet, ultra-gory [●REC]3 Génesis - which didn't find favour with some [●REC] purists - but it keeps its pot boiling decently. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 18, 2015
52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) Poe is not often remembered as a comic writer, but he was among the first to use black humour for satiric purposes - and this perfectly matches his tone ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 15, 2015
2/5 14% Hangar 10 (2015) It has a few okay chills but treads a too familiar path. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 88% Coherence (2014) An ambitious physics and time-bending, relationship drama with solid performances from the two main characters. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) This is wonderfully imaginative when it comes to costume, art direction, special effects, spaceships and incidental alien creatures but stuck with old-hat character types and a resolutely unspecial storyline. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) Son Of A Gun has the gritty, rough feel of 1970s heist/hit picture. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 78% The Grandmaster (2013) It may not be much more than six of the most imaginatively staged and filmed fight scenes in the cinema, but that's almost certainly enough to recommend it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 60% La Bête (The Beast) (2014) More charming than arousing, and solemnly silly. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2014
13% The Pyramid (2014) The few scares are rote jumps copied from a dozen other films, with one moment that echoes both Alien and Deep Blue Sea. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 2, 2014
3/5 56% The Remaining (2014) Like Paranormal Activity at a wedding - Paranuptial Activity? - this low-budget horror has its moments. Much, much better than Legion, although not as scary as the actual Book of Revelation. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
3/5 31% Extraterrestrial (2014) The exact midway point between Steven Spielberg and Ed Wood, this a cheerily obvious schlocker that will please B-movie purists. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2014
5/5 98% The Babadook (2014) One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014