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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 77% Split (2017) This is a Shyamalan movie through and through. And it's his best in some time, thanks to a magnetic McAvoy. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) Portman's Oscar-worthy work crowns an unconventional study of an icon, while Mica Levi's score is sublime. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) As potty as its premise and as endearing as its leads. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 11, 2017
1/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) A watery diversion in the Brazilian rainforest apart, this noisy, repetitive, nonsensical franchise-extender is a turtle waste of time. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 24% The Silent Storm (2014) [An] overwrought period drama, which doesn't want for notable names but does cry out for a script rejig. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 100% Chicken (2016) Joe Stephenson's adap of Freddie Machin's play offers a brief respite from miserabilism in the appealing friendship that develops between Richard and new arrival Annabell (Yasmin Paige). ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) An intriguing story told in generic fashion, Infinity gets good value from irons and a dignified swansong from the late Richard Johnson. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 72% Calamity Jane (1953) Sammy Fain's hummable tunes and Paul Francis Webster's lyrics merit full-throated accompaniment. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 100% Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (2015) A David-Goliath battle that keeps us invested, for all the film's circuitous longueurs and a score that seeks to steer our emotions rather than stir them. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 88% Only The Dead (2015) This visceral, harrowing distillation of Wares seven years on the front line may not break any new ground. But it certainly brings that chaos to life ... ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 48% Freeheld (2015) This is ultimately a by-the-numbers issue pic stubbornly televisual in style and scope. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 48% Capture the Flag (2016) Kids unentranced by such touchy-feely moonshine at least have a playful gekko to tickle them. Adults, though, will be longing for a sea of tranquillity. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 25% Backtrack (2016) It does spend an awfully long time idling in the sidings. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 45% The 33 (2015) Riggen charts the cave-in and ensuing rescue efforts to stirring if conventional effect, abetted by one of the late James Horner's final scores. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) Watching his campaign derailed by yet more salacious revelations is like a slo-mo car crash, a queasy pleasure we're spared little of thanks to Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's ever-present camera and Weiner's insatiable thirst for the spotlight. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) For all its attempts to expand the original's ensemble and embellish its themes, Dory is cod in batter beside Nemo's smoked salmon. But still tasty. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Despite flaws -- plotting and characterisation are template; skater Jonas Hoff Oftebro is insufferable -- it's easy to see how this might have scored Norwegian director Uthaug's next gig: the Tomb Raider reboot with Alicia Vikander. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) The portrait that emerges is that of a mercurial talent who would not be pinned down, even by a film as adulatory as this one. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 60% The Trust (2016) Sibling co-directors Alex and Benjamin Brewer have fun establishing their Ocean's Eleven-esque scenario, one that gives Cage plenty of room to lend comedic and sinister shadings to his unlikely criminal. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Cranston shines in a fact-based yarn that treads well-worn ground with enough panache to excuse the déjà vu. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 95% Marguerite (2016) By the end, [Marguerite will] have you crying like Pagliacci. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) Transformers-lite for Finding Dory fans who can't wait to drive. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 27, 2016
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) A-list sad-faces abound in a film where absurd concept is rivalled only by banal execution. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/5 88% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) The animation earns brownie points for its digital recreation of 1880s Paree. The rest, alas, is pretty pointe-less. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 80% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) Co-directors Nick Read and Mark Franchetti present a compelling if ultimately somewhat dispiriting study of the sacrifices required to be part of this world-famous institution and the competitiveness that underpins its artistic supremacy. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 12, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet The Fall of the Krays (2016) This follow-up to direct-to-video title The Rise Of The Krays revels sickeningly in the East End siblings brutality and treats their various slayings and beatings like a veritable greatest hits. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 93% Life, Animated (2016) The clips are a delight, as are the cameos from two of Aladdin's voice actors. Best of all, though, is the mini-animation fashioned out of Suskind's Walt-inspired scribblings. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Craig brings a spiky wit and a warm-hearted, nerd-friendly finale to a comedy that wants for nothing but a little substance. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 78% Magnus (2016) Benjamin Ree's pic has the suspense of a sports story as it shows this diffident newcomer dispensing with opponents. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 21, 2016
5/5 93% Napoléon (1929) Charting 30 years of Napoleon's life over five-and-a-half hours, Abel Gance's 1927 silent epic demands serious commitment. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) [It's] more about the ebbs and flows of friendship than it is about the walk. And when the friends in question are a brace of ageing Hollywood heavyweights brimming with charisma, its no hardship to share time in their company. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 31, 2016
4/5 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) Singleton was only 23 when he made this urgent state-of-the-nation drama. But his skill with the camera, handling of actors, and raw dialogue suggests a seasoned pro. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/5 89% Burn Burn Burn (2015) A free-wheeling road movie ... ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2016
1/5 17% Taking Stock (2015) [An] amateurish Brit-flick. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 19% Inferno (2016) Having already taken two rides on the Dan Brown merry-go-round, shouldn't this have been the one where Ron finally got it right? ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 9, 2016
2/5 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) This attempt to expose Scientology's secrets - primarily through the recreation of some of its alleged infractions - comes across as flippant. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The 2010 BP oil disaster receives stirring, pyrotechnic if somewhat un-nuanced treatment in Peter Berg's latest, which replays one of the worst environmental catastrophes of recent years as a straightforward salute to courage under fire. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/5 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) In the hands of directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam, though, this bizarre footnote in the annals of international cinema exerts a queasy fascination -- as does the sound of a megalomaniacally ranting Kim. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) A road movie with heart, humour and a lead prepared to give his youthful co-stars their share of the limelight. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/5 70% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) After too many live-action turkeys, it's a pleasure to have the Gauls back in 'toon form, as one of their more satirical stories is recreated with its waspishness intact. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) The stories heard in Steve Hoover's film are as harrowing as the track marks on their arms. For all his noble intentions, though, 'Crocodile' Gennadiy sure loves the limelight, forcing us to speculate whether he works for God's glory or his own. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 93% Swallows and Amazons (2016) There's an undeniable charm here that, allied with the picturesque locations, results in a nostalgic throwback to a gentler age. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 74% The Keeping Room (2015) Julia Hart's script has perceptive things to say about race relations and women's role in wartime. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Rather more plodding than a story involving an invisible fire-breathing wyvern really should be, all things considered. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The result is an always diverting, never dull fantasy that rarely stays still long enough for the viewer to pick holes. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 11, 2016
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Lucys football remains unkicked in a charming pic that gives you everything you expect in glossy new packaging. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) No instant Disney classic, but a fast and furry-ious caper with endless gags, a fizzy fox-bunny double act and Shakira as a singing gazelle. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 21, 2016
2/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) Bloodthirsty, derivative and xenophobic nonsense. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) For all its shock tactics, some involving animals, Grimsby is a so-so addition to the Cohen canon whose daring doesn't extend to writing its female characters a single funny line. ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 23, 2016
5/5 94% Room (2015) No lurid exploitationer but a thoughtful, at times poetic meditation on how one endures and makes bearable a nightmarish dilemma. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 11, 2016