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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
4/5 90% The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) Vincent Price starts his scary-reign in colourful gothic horror style.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2014
2/5 29% Annabelle (2014) A couple of good jumps but this Conjuring spin-off is led down by poor writing, anodyne leads and and overwhelming sense of familiarity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) Armour-clanging, cloak-swishing tosh with okay battles, terrible dialogue and sadly little horror or heroism.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 87% 28 Days Later (2003) The best purely British horror/science-fiction film in decades. And the first great apocalypse movie of the new millennium.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) There have been rumbles of the creation of a Universal Monsters universe on the model of Disney-Marvel's cinematic universe, but Dracula Untold would not seem to be a solid ground to start this project.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2014
3/5 72% Honeymoon (2014) A tense horror two-hander with serious kick.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 60% The Equalizer (2014) Though overstretched and a trifle ponderous, this is a solidly acceptable star vehicle with more than enough righteous vengeance for an evening of classy thrills.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) The fuzzy thinking allows for gorgeous outdoor photography and a few too many dead spots, but Seagal the director shows real muscle by staging one of the screen's best-ever exploding helicopters.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) You'll be jolted a couple of times, but these aren't scares that will stay with you. How about retiring "based on a true story" in favour of "based on a good story"?‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) It's a rare film of unforced simplicity that will stick with you for a long time. And it's honest right to its perfectly judged ending.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 72% Dinosaur 13 (2014) Like The Cover and Man On Wire, this doc comes clad in the garb of a thriller. And a heck of a good one at that.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 83% Bad Turn Worse (2014) The unfamiliar young cast all show a lot of potential in a well-thought-through, sting- in-the-tail plot. It's a well-assembled genre movie rather than a great statement, but none the worse for it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) The script resembles a spaghetti tangle of individual character arcs. Luckily, they're all engaging and reasonably fresh.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/5 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) This series combines smarts and shocks in a disarming manner. From small beginnings, it could be a lasting franchise - this entry is a satisfying, hardboiled genre picture.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) Bernal does his best to bring the film's detective work alive, but the presence of a big star somewhat overbalances this tragic story.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 19% Navy Seals (1990) A very pompous version of the kind of nonsense Chuck Norris has been doing in far less embarrassing fashion for so many years.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 5% The Avengers (1998) Fiennes and Thurman look fine in the familiar outfits, but aren't very good at banter, adventure or romance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
4/5 67% El Año y la Viña (2014) Delightfully-framed and delicately-shot fantasy, this Spanish fantasy-romance is a joy.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly (2015) Big sci-fi ideas done on a budget doesn't quite translate into a compelling thriller.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014
4/5 86% Cold in July (2014) Mickle and Damici officially segue from 'promising' to 'delivering'.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
1/5 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) Sounds good in practice but with a plot where very little happens and songs that really shouldn't have been included, sticking the kids in front of David Attenborough sounds much more appealing.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
5/5 87% Five Easy Pieces (1970) A key turn-of-the-decade film, with Nicholson railing against waitresses and barking at noisy dogs as Rafelson observes seedily picturesque roadside America.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 62% The Sacrament (2014) A masterclass in unsettling chills from West, lit up by another strong Seimetz turn.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 90% Chungking Express (1996) Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
74% Godzilla (2014) Edwards takes care to include people in the frame, often for size reference, and stages excellent moments of awe-inspiring peril in which tiny figures are dwarfed by monsters and general devastation.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 95% Germany, Year Zero (1949) Short and very downbeat, this hits the irony buttons rather too much but is still an uncomfortable, powerful film.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 20, 2014
2/5 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) Like Griffith's character, the film falls in love with the traditionalist Hassids, choking on scene after scene of ethnic dancing and stuck-on beards, every interior bathed in a golden Hovis advert glow.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2014
3/5 86% Willow Creek (2014) An unlikely but effective found-footage horror from Goldthwait.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 94% The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) This 50s bis Beastie movie is still a romp despite obviously dated effects.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) A lean, tough, thoughtful thriller with depth, Blue Ruin establishes Jeremy Saulnier as a promising indie auteur and Macon Blair as an unusual leading man.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 87% Exhibition (2014) A follow-up to the terrific, unconventional Archipelago that continues Hogg's ascent as one of Britain's more interesting independent filmmakers.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) A few too-broad gags aside - and even these are in the funky spirit of '60s Marvel - this is a satisfying second issue with thrills, heartbreak, gasps, and a perfectly judged slingshot ending.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
4/5 46% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) A mysterious and disorientating blend of giallo violence, cinematic experimentation and Lynchian psychohorror. Revel in its bonkers beauty.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
5/5 89% Calvary (2014) Calvary is gripping, moving, funny and troubling, down to an uncompromising yet uncynical finish.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 79% The Borderlands (2014) A satisfyingly clammy horror elevated by some strong performances.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 79% The Machine (2014) Brimming with ideas and laudable ambition, it's well worth a look.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 51% The Zero Theorem (2014) It's the tangle of workings-out not the easy answer that are the proof of a theorem, and that magnificent, sparkling, insightful chaos abounds here.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) A lot of the script has the ring of authenticity if only because all the private jokes and references that pass by are plainly embedded in the real lives of the creators.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2014
5/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) Director Ted Kotcheff brilliantly conveys the sweaty, beery heat, and Donald Pleasence is great as a loon.‐ Empire Movies
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 86% We Are What We Are (2013) A crunching, visceral transplant for this cannibal tale from its urban Mexican setting to an American milieu.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) Worth seeing, but a near-miss.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 31% Necessary Roughness (1991) In the end, and from the viewpoint of a country where polytechnics can barely afford books, it's hard not to identify with the dean who resents all the time and energy wasted on football in his supposed institute of learning.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) An ordinary, forgettable horror film. Even the Devil deserves more than this.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2014
75% The Banshee Chapter (2014) A solidly unsettling little picture with good performances.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 14% 47 Ronin (2013) Perhaps a folly and - Kikuchi aside - too deadpan to be a romp, this is still a decent, colourful samurai spectacle with a classical look (lots of symmetrical compositions) and a story which stands up under multiple retellings.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2013