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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) Dark Skies is utterly generic, down to a meaningless title lifted from the 1996 X-Files knock-off TV series. ‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2/5 12% Renaissance Man (1994) This is a feel good movie which is too mechanically put together to make you feel anything.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 47% Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD, the sequel, is even better, but the two Who films still make an engaging kiddie matinee double bill.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 80% Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) [It] has a semi-sumptuous widescreen look, a nice sense of World War II reconfigured as sci-fi adventure, memorable theme music, a splendid flying saucer landed in Sloane Square and excellent action scenes.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 63% Suspiria (2018) This isn't an atrocity on the level of, say, Rob Zombie's Halloween - but it is a horror designed to test your patience rather than your nerves.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Showing more enthusiasm than aptitude, this earns 'could do better if it tried' on its report card - but it's a strange enough genre mix to be vaguely worth a look.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 85% Possum (2018) A disturbing, curiously beautiful British horror exercise. Recommended, but with a warning: next time you wake up in the middle of the night, you'll find Possum at the end of the bed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 53% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Some will find this impenetrable and irritating, but audiences willing to tune into Hosking's off-kilter style will be moved by the ridiculous love stories and relish the hilarious eccentricity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 63% Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical) (1996) It has its longeurs but there's an air of genial enthusiasm, tempered by sick humour, that is surprisingly engaging. ‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 56% The Exorcist III (1990) Too much of the movie takes place in dark rooms where people describe horrors that might more profitably have been on the screen, and the plot is a house of cards that constantly collapses. ‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 67% The Monster Squad (1987) Sharper than a stake in it's genre references, The Monster Squad appeals to cinephile as well as teen sensibilities.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 30% Redcon-1 (2018) Despite lashings of bright red gore and the obvious enthusiasm of its gibbering hordes, Redcon-1 is a hard slog. Nearly two hours of grunts vs zombies feels punitive.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 60% Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) A lively, spirited sequel to The Abominable Dr Phibes, which misses the Se7en-like rigour of a plot structured around the Plagues of Egypt but still manages to come up with a succession of gruesome, black comic death scenes.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) It may be a familiar old dark castle runaround, but Corin Hardy delivers eerie images and nerve-scraping sound effects.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 80% Hurricane (2018) A niche film for World War II buffs, Polish patriots and air display patrons. Not exactly subtle, but few war films are - and it's hard not to get caught up in fighting these old battles.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
75% Mothra (1961) More like a paper dragon in a parade, Mothra is simply lovely. In none of its forms does it even try to look 'real', which sets it against a whole tradition of Western special effects. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet Corridor of Mirrors (1948) It embraces its ridiculousness completely and draws power from owning up to just how insane it is. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
77% Thor (2011) Chris Hemsworth makes an imposing, good-humoured Thor... but the motor of the film is Tom Hiddleston's complex, conflicted Loki.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) There ought to be a way to make a live-action film about giant shapeshifting robots that's either a) fun or b) awesome... It's blatantly evident that Bay can only just about manage b) long enough to provide the shots needed to cut into a trailer.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona brings a sense of gothic glee. It's a different look for the series, but also a welcome change.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Reynolds's underlying sweetness takes the edge off the comic's homicidal self-pity, though the endless shtick has a miss-to-hit ratio of about three to one.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 67% The Cured (2018) Suspenseful and thought-provoking, The Cured is a serious, engaged horror movie. More upsetting than scary, it ratchets up the tension unsettlingly. There's life in zombies yet.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Given that the plot motor is Thanos's worry that the universe is overpopulated, sly self-awareness is shown as the filmmakers embrace drastic solutions to the problems of braiding multiple franchises into one.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) This is such a labour of love, drawing so much from its creator's enthusiasm for all manner of things - not least dogs - that it avoids disappearing inside its magnificent artifice.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
6 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) John Boyega manages to show more personality in one unambitious but efficient sequel than entire casts have managed in five Transformers movies.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 38% Beaches (1988) Beaches epitomises the sort of triple-strength, three-hankie work you can expect from American women with three names and gives the lie to those who thought they stopped making women's pic heartstring-tuggers.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A bravura monster movie which just doesn't let up, ratcheting tension with nary a word uttered on screen.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
3/5 83% Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967) An interesting and amusing documentary that captures the icons of the time in candid interviews and performances from the biggest bands around.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 50% Native (2016) A mix of intelligent fringe theatre and pulp science-fiction, this isn't going to work for everyone - but it's ambitious, unusual and thought-provoking.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
91% The Shape of Water (2017) This is a film made by a boy who loves monsters, who has grown up to understand what they might represent to an adult woman, other outsiders (a gay man, a communist sleeper, a black woman) and an unforgiving society.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/5 87% The Candidate (1972) With Redford giving one of his best comedic performances, helped by a Oscar winning script, The Candidate is witty and charming, while looking good and proving quite memorable.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
74% The Mercy (2018) It's absorbing enough and benefits from fine performances ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
No Score Yet OK Connery (Operation Kid Brother) (Secret Agent 00) (Operation Double 007) (1967) ... O.K. Connery is a hoot...‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
6 63% The Unseen (2017) Like a lot of paranoid suspense films, The Unseen works best when its menace is indeed unseen.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson leavens political high seriousness and fan-service tear-jerking with enough charm and humour to prevent The Last Jedi becoming the biggest downer ever delivered at Christmas by the Walt Disney Company.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/5 63% The Unseen (2017) A drama of upper-middle-class menace that can't quite bring itself to be a full-on slasher movie, this has a few too many clichés but offers some creepiness and decent performances.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
77% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It's an entertaining, engaging, colourful picture in its own right with decently-handled action-adventure set-pieces and sly comedy, detouring from the expected thrills and spills into body-hopping comedy drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet Raging Sharks (2005) Abyss-type soap-opera scientists alternate shouting at each other with heartfelt character dollops about children or hobbies which are supposed to make us upset when they die.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) It's an even messier saga than Dawn of Justice, with a tiresome and whiskery macguffin in which three magic boxes must be brought together for evil, then prised apart for good. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
3/5 94% 3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) (1990) The overdone tough guy dialogue and the wry cynicism is irresistible, but this still finds a master stealing home between two out-of-the-park home runs.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 90% How the West Was Won (1963) In all the gargantuousness, however there are redeemable moments, especially in Ford's oddly scaled Civil War episode.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 53% Hard Target (1993) Though it lacks the epic feel and melodramatic sincerity of Woo's Oriental movies, this is nevertheless first-rate action.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 25% Universal Soldier (1992) This thick-headed item is miraculously well put together.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
35% Jigsaw (2017) It remains to be seen whether Jigsaw can hook in new generations of horror fans or bring back the crowds which supported the highly profitable earlier films, but this genuinely is a fitting jumping-on point for the Saw saga.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Even more than the Guardians films, this has the crowded, colourful, double-page-spread look of classic Marvel, with much eye-pleasing detail. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 35% Jigsaw (2017) If you don't like Saw, this isn't going to change your mind - but it's skilful, satisfying schlock and respectful of its fanbase. And the final death is a show-stopping coup de grace.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
81% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) McPhail, director of the care home-set comedy drama Where Do We Go From Here?, carries off a tricky mix of elements with brio.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
68% Hellraiser (1987) The film is for the most part a return to the cutting edge of horror cinema, and in its inventively gruesome moments a reminder of the Grand Guignol intensity that has recently tended to disintegrate into lazy splatter‐ Monthly Film Bulletin
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
4 85% It (2017) This It feels a little too much like pastiche, with its window on to an 80s informed by King as much as any other creator but a little further along the path to cartoonishness than the novel or the TV miniseries.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/5 28% The Vault (2017) Though it could do with being weirder and wilder, this high-concept mash-up - what if crooks robbed a haunted bank? - features fine work from a brace of rising stars.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017