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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) Has star power (Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson), and some handsome visuals, but is otherwise too solemn to keep us invested in its heroes' mission or fate.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 43% Hampstead (2017) Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson are an odd couple in this genteel charmer about a widow who champions a man facing eviction from his Hampstead Heath shack.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
2/5 76% Ballerina (2016) The animation earns brownie points for its digital recreation of 1880s Paree. The rest, alas, is pretty pointe-less.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/5 49% Churchill (2017) A war movie about indecision? Not the greatest hook. Yet Cox's sturdy performance makes it worth your time.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/5 29% The Secret Scripture (2016) Jim Sheridan's first Irish movie since The Boxer has trouble unpicking its mysteries, opting for a romantic soap that sees Rooney Mara's heroine face ostracism after falling for Jack Reynor's RAF pilot in '40s Sligo.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
4/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain stalks the corridors of power with steely aplomb in Madden's coolly compelling incursion into House of Cards territory.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/5 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A bemusing crossbreed of sentimentality, Buddhist philosophy and poo jokes.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 68% The Journey (2017) Irish politics made accessible with the help of a playful script, two fine performances and 11 years of hindsight.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) A rib-tickling homage to the gumshoe shows of yesteryear, with an endearingly daffy mindset.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
4/5 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Madame Bovary meets Thérèse Raquin with a splash of Lady Chatterley in a pared-down drama that packs a real punch.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
4/5 81% Letters From Baghdad (2017) Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum's elegant mix of voiceover, archive footage and talking heads lets "the female Lawrence of Arabia" largely speak for herself, illuminating the pivotal role she played in shaping today's Middle East.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) A classy ensemble (Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter) supports Jim Broadbent's amusingly tetchy lead, while youthful flashbacks evoke a mood of romantic yearning.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
4/5 94% Neruda (2016) Larraín gives equal screen time to the detective on his trail (Gael García Bernal): a Clouseau-esque bumbler whose determination not to be a footnote lends tragi-comic heft.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Øvredal ruthlessly ratchets the tension - with no little assistance from Olwen Kelly, conveying menace without moving a muscle.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) A senseless outrage is handled with sensitivity in a stirring film that doesn't need an A-list hero.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Its war-is-hell platitudes are as unconvincing as the Destiny's Child lookalikes its protagonists find themselves supporting.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington and Viola Davis excel in a well-crafted drama that's sure to bring the late August Wilson's words to a much wider audience.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) An entertaining, if frenetic, vehicle for Arnett's Bale-inspired Bats that packs plenty of laughs.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
3/5 100% Tower (2016) Maitland's harrowing doc offers a minute by-minute chronicle of how the day unfolded.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
4/5 43% Gold (2017) McConaughey's sweat-stained swagger of a performance in Stephen Gaghan's comeback ensures Gold rocks.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2 Trainspotting won't leave you floating on air. But it will leave you with a smile on your face, a tear in your eye, and a trickle of its predecessor's old adrenaline coursing through your veins.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/5 73% Sing (2016) Entertaining but ultimately disposable.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) As potty as its premise and as endearing as its leads.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 100% Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (2016) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 25% Backtrack (2016) It does spend an awfully long time idling in the sidings.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 62% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 95% Marguerite (2016) By the end, [Marguerite will] have you crying like Pagliacci.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Transformers-lite for Finding Dory fans who can't wait to drive.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
1/5 13% Collateral Beauty (2016) A-list sad-faces abound in a film where absurd concept is rivalled only by banal execution.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 79% Magnus (2016) Benjamin Ree's pic has the suspense of a sports story as it shows this diffident newcomer dispensing with opponents.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016