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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% 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
34% 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 34% 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
92% Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) 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‐ Sight and Sound
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 29% 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
86% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) Winning and confusing in equal measure, this Japanese animated feature is likely to attract devout admirers but also baffle a significant number of viewers.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
71% Freehold (Two Pigeons) (2017) Delightfully nasty in the manner of the horror comics of the 1950s and Amicus film anthologies of the 1970s; an odious character receives an ironic comeuppance. It has rather more depth, however ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 0% Stratton (2018) A padded remake of a James Bond pre-credits sequence (specifically, the one with Pierce Brosnan and the Millennium Dome). If Cooper's Stratton is to stick around, he needs to up his game.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
81% Cult of Chucky (2017) Mancini finds wriggle room inside the strait-jacket of franchise requirements.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
76% 68 Kill (2017) It's full of potentially offensive material, but played so deftly most audiences will chuckle rather than upchuck.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
89% Radius (2017) Often, stories with terrific narrative hooks run out of steam, but Lábrèche and Léonard keep coming up with satisfying plot twists which take the film into unexpectedly deep emotional waters.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
33% Leatherface (2017) This eighth entry is above average for its attenuated series.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
83% Still/Born (2017) Burke ... is outstanding as the fragile, yet determined heroine who is terrorised beyond the bounds of sanity but has to remember that she might be doing all this to herself.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
No Score Yet The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) Director Todd Tucker (Monster Mutt), who also plays the older version of the protagonist in a contemporary-set coda, has a background in practical effects, and this is the main draw here.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
80% Tragedy Girls (2017) A cynical, colourful exercise in satirical slasherdom, which harks back to such tart confections as Heathers, Scream and Election.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
20% Visions (2015) John de Lancie is pretty much wasted in a red-herring bit, while Cassidy's diva turn is miscalculated enough to derail the movie.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
15% The Lazarus Effect (2015) A decent, well-made, small-scale genre film with a great cast of on-the-cusp players, The Lazarus Effect begins as a modern-day spin on Frankensteinian mad science, but segues into more demonic matters. ‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet The Stakelander (2017) Though it takes a while for the plot to cohere, the storyline offers plenty of action.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet Death Walks at Midnight (1972) Ercoli prefers to resolve mysteries with shock revelations, sudden attacks, punch-ups (sound effects make fist-blows sound like planks of wood snapping) and rooftop chases.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet La Morte cammina con i tacchi alti (Death Walks on High Heels) (1971) When Bava or Argento batter or slice victims' faces in close-up, you flinch... when Ercoli does it, you can tell he doesn't mean any harm, really.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
71% Darling (2016) Short enough not to wear out its welcome, this is an intriguing entry in the recent spate of post-millennial Repulsion redos.‐ Electric Playground
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet The Veil (2017) It looks great, with blue-tinged widescreen images of ominousness, well-staged 1985 flashbacks and a couple of semi-workable scares, but it's a predictable, pat programmer.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Curse Of Styria (2016) Arty and sometimes too elliptical for its own good - Carmilla draws art film attention as much as commercial horror - Styria is nevertheless an interesting, unusual vampire movie.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Vampyres (2015) It's a remake that feels like a footnote, and - though it's scarcely an hour and a quarter long - your attention is likely to wander quite a lot while it's running.‐ Electric Sheep
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3/5 60% Dark Night (2017) A worthy - if chilly and difficult - addition to the sadly extensive filmography of American mass murder. The soundtrack from Canadian singer-songwriter Maica Armata adds some much-needed heart.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
100% The Endless (2017) A demanding, rewarding picture with moments of unusual terror and awe, offering a science fiction/horror scenario on a literally cosmic scale which boils down to a study of a complicated sibling relationship.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
4/5 76% The Ghoul (2017) Tom Meeten is a likely breakout British character star and Gareth Tunley is an ambitious, obviously talented filmmaker.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 89% Hounds of Love (2017) Deliberately uncomfortable viewing, this is nevertheless a compelling exercise in gritty psycho-noir with outstanding performances and real dramatic weight. Director Ben Young is a name to watch.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
7 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Director Jon Watts has learned from his predecessors that the huge set-piece scenes only work with Spider-Man if there's a character point being made.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) If he weren't acting with dots on his face to be replaced by a detailed computer simulation of an upright chimpanzee, it would be all but impossible to deny Serkis an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) Full of character-based suspense, it's dramatic and ramped-up with tension.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) Like the 1999 Mummy, this is built around its leading man rather than its menace - but Cruise, cast as a generic redeemable rogue (ie unlikeable asshole), brings to the game less than Dick Foran did for a fraction of the cost in The Mummy's Hand (1940).‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
3/5 40% Nails (2017) An ordinary, if effective horror picture, is predictable fare with two big ticks to its benefit: a penchant for creep-out scares involving its looming spectre; and a committed, sympathetic performance from Macdonald.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The real success of the film is that Gadot is perhaps the cinema's best-cast DC-style aspirational superhero since Christopher Reeve's Superman.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/5 97% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A film you need to be in a receptive mood to get on with - objectively, it's about a pretty rotten character and his petty life - but with real emotional pay-off.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) Ridley Scott remains bent on the project of squeezing all suspense, mystery and terror (and, incidentally, life) out of the franchise that burst forth from his chest when he still had to listen to other voices .‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
3/5 42% Convoy (1978) A noisy but enjoyable destruction derby of a film.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The smallness of the story - it's all about petty gripes, projected as a threat to the whole galaxy - hampers the unironic aspiration to infinite wonder, which powers the cosmic reaches of the Marvel universe.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 91% Mindhorn (2016) Though stuck with stretches of guff and looking all too convincingly like video-era rubbish TV, Mindhorn delivers regular proper laughs and eventually wrings just enough drops of pathos to scrape by.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 86% The Transfiguration (2017) The Transfiguration is a defining vampire film of the mid-2010s. An acutely observed study of social/emotional deprivation, but also a gripping, disturbing horror movie. And, yes, it's 'realistic'.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) A classy French-Belgian horror with an unusual female perspective on monstrous taboos. Shocking but not sensationalist, this is a strong cannibal movie worth chewing over.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017