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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 No Score Yet How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends (2015) The perils of fly-on-the-wall filmmaking are entertainingly laid bare in this first docu-feature from Tom Meadmore.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 100% Plot 35 (Carré 35) (2017) A moving doc about the things we remember and those we choose to forget.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 94% Gook (2017) Has much to say on America's racial melting pot that feels pertinent.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 83% The Bachelors (2017) The story is predictable, but Simmons' tighty whities and Delpy's fish impressions compensate.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
3/5 84% The Final Year (2018) The shadow of subsequent events looms oppressively large, but Greg Barker's film still speaks eloquently for diplomacy and selfless public service.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) A solid if far-fetched thriller that still entertains, even as it goes off the rails. Terrible title, mind.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) We've seen Stiller do 'exasperated malcontent' before, but this remains a perceptive portrait of fortysomething angst.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
2/5 63% Shot Caller (2017) Waugh's film conveys the kill-or-be-killed rationalism that inexorably draws Coster-Waldau's 'Money' towards a life of violent crime.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) One of this sequel-slash-reboot's key deficiencies: the lack of any significant connective tissue with its forerunner.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4/5 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) An outlandish high concept is a recipe for hope and humour in a film that bears viewing more than once.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Humbug? You said it, Ebenezer.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 98% Jane (2017) The life and work of British primatologist Jane Goodall would make a fascinating subject for a documentary even without the reams of previously unseen footage of her interacting with chimps in Tanzania that director Brett Morgen had at his disposal.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
3/5 86% Brakes (2016) The odd chuckle of recognition helps paper over technical deficiencies.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
5/5 80% Predator (1987) An '80s classic full of still-thrilling action, quotable one-liners ("Get to the chopper!" "Stick around!") and sly digs at Uncle Sam's penchant for unwinnable jungle wars.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
3/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) Backdraft clichés notwithstanding, this is a stirring fact-based tribute to public servants putting it on the line.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) State-of-the-art effects combine with playful, generous storytelling in a feelgood sequel only marmalade haters could resist.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Stolen (2017) A western as inept as it is preposterous.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
5/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) It manages to be both tongue-in-cheek and achingly sincere.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/5 68% Hellraiser (1987) Some of the FX haven't aged well, and nine more Hellraiser movies flayed the franchise, but this is a key '80s horror.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 24% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) Despite some appealing lensing and an edgier tone than a lot of Christian dramas (nudity, swearing, and in one memorable moment, self-cannibalism), this is a movie with zero subtext and even less subtlety.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 81% The Party (2018) Enjoyably acted by a fine ensemble cast, it crisply skewers the hypocrisies of its left-liberal, middle-class characters.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 71% The Ritual (2017) Entertaining, engrossing and at times genuinely unnerving, Bruckner's bad trip is one for horror fans to relish.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Despite dialogue and accent issues, this is a breathtaking homage to van Gogh. There has never been a film like it.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Tots will enjoy, but there's no denying the pieces don't quite click together. Best giant moggy since The Goodies, mind.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Marker (2017) Writer-director Justin Edgar establishes a bleak mood from the off, while the Tom Hardy-like Frederick Schmidt brings a brooding purposefulness to his role as the redemption-seeking Marley.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 93% Young Frankenstein (1974) Well worth a watch.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
5/5 98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) It combines an astute character study with some of the most jaw-dropping images captured on film.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/5 52% The Case for Christ (2017) A tedious sermon that's preaching to the converted.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet London Symphony (2017) The 'city symphony' genre that flourished in the '20s is made over in a monochrome montage from director-editor Alex Barrett, offering a view of London life spanning the city's architecture, wildlife, religions and nightspots.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Two characters, who you won't like, insulting each other for two hours. Give it a miss and rewatch Midnight Run instead.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
4/5 89% Maudie (2017) Hawkins shines in a touching biopic that will make you laugh, cry and Google its subject afterwards.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
4/5 66% The Wall (2017) A relentlessly taut thriller, a cautionary tale on the folly of starting wars you can't finish.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) This tale of two sisters trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor serves up some undeniably tense moments ...‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
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 45% 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 74% 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 32% The Secret Scripture (2017) 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 33% 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 69% 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 91% 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 83% 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 75% 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 80% 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 94% 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