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Philip De Semlyen

Philip De Semlyen
Philip De Semlyen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Occasionally soapy on the homefront but cataclysmic in combat, this is a worthy addition to the WWII canon. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2017
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester By The Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) An unapologetic, impassioned biopic, The Birth Of A Nation begins quietly but ends in a howl of rage. It might not be perfect, but it's powerful enough to stay with you. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) The Unknown Girl may be a middling effort by the Dardennes' high standards but it's still an involving, thoughtful watch. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2016
2/5 61% Allied (2016) Zemeckis' old-school romance has its moments and Cotillard gives it her all, but it lacks the zip and chemistry to truly spark. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) Theroux's first big-screen doc is an entertaining affair, peppered with surreal moments and wry wit, but its elusive subject remains out of reach. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 97% Little Men (2016) Following up Love Is Strange with another slice of urban bohemia, Sachs' latest is another gem that's full of heart and warmth. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Slick but forgettable, Fuqua's suicide squad is a macho posse movie that could use a jab of fun. It's The Magnificent Seven, but the "magnificent" is silent. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) The ending doesn't quite land, but this timely right-wing allegory promises there's much more to come from Corbet. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 90% Suburra (2015) A stylish crime thriller that dissects Italian society with a cool eye and an itchy trigger finger. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) For a director who's tackled big themes so often, Malick finds little worthy of his gifts in the field of male solipsism. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) A story about morsels of humanity rescued from an unspeakable hell. If there's a film to feel trapped in, this is it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) The franchise squeaks past with a so-so sequel that barely improves on what came before. Our only hope is that at some point they'll have to hibernate. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 74% Youth (2015) An Alpine study of ageing and creativity that's as fresh and bracing as the mountain air, although occasionally just as chilly. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 60% Joy (2015) As the opening credits establish, this kinda-biopic is "inspired by the stories of daring women", and Lawrence's name increasingly belongs on any such list. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 97% Red Army (2015) The interviews are as entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 20% The Reflektor Tapes (2015) The enigmatic band gives virtuoso music-video director Kahlil Joseph access to its Haitian influences but keep the audience rather more at arm's length from their creative process. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2015
4/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Minnie's inner life, a fantasia of animations appearing Crumb-like around her, is dazzling, and there's plenty of naked emotion amid the sex, drugs and hand-drawn penises. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) A vibrant, haunting documentary, and a poignant tribute to a free spirit. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 57% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there's plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green's Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 85% Kon Tiki (2013) A big-spirited and inspiring boy's own adventure. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
5/5 99% Leviathan (2014) Frustrating, funny at points, heartbreaking and quite magnificently shot throughout, Leviathan is one of the films of the year. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) It might veer towards hagiography at times, but its subject is so entertaining you don't even care. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) A bold, honest film about family life that showcases a terrifically unpeppy turn from Bejo. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) A stomping good doc. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 70% The Croods (2013) Bold visually but thumpingly ordinary storytelling. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Another triumph from Audiard and a Cotillard masterclass, this bruising, tender melodrama lingers long in the memory. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2012
2/5 50% Into the White (2013) Ponderous pacing makes this true-life tale a lot less enthralling than it might have been. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 67% Ted (2012) Crass, supremely silly and very, very funny, Ted is the comedy of the summer. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2012
2/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) Insert your own 'lunar' pun here - this is a true space oddity. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) Miss. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2012
4/5 88% Titanic (1997) With a 3D conversion from the medium's pioneer-in-chief, Titanic is a big-screen romance that's every bit as epic as you remember. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2012
2/5 46% Anonymous (2011) It's more of an interesting curio to a blockbuster career but there's fun to be had here if you look hard enough. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2011
4/5 85% The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011) A violent thrill-ride to a dark new corner of Asian cinema. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2011
3/5 91% Fire in Babylon (2011) A treat for cricket fans who'll thrill to this nostalgic look back at one of sport's greatest teams. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2011
4/5 100% TT3D Closer To The Edge (2011) Rev up those whiteknuckle thrillride clichés, you're going to need them. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2011
4/5 90% Armadillo (2011) Moving, complex and brutal, it's an outstanding film about men at war. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/5 51% Brighton Rock (2011) Greene fans will raise a sceptical eyebrow, but it's an adaptation brimming with enough ideas to justify this second stick of Rock. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 89% An Ordinary Execution (2010) Always mesmerising, Dussollier's Stalin is a portrait of a leader whose frailties are matched only by his capacity for evil. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 53% Agora (2010) Always intelligent and thought-provoking, it's a welcome return from Amenábar. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2010
4/5 92% City of Life and Death (2011) Passionate and expertly crafted, this black-and-white opus is well worth seeking out. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2010
2/5 22% Repo Men (2010) While Forest Whitaker's conflicted thug brings languid menace, there's little to up the tension. And among all the film's icky incisions, there's a feeling a better film is lying on the cutting room floor. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 94% The Unloved (2009) Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting as well. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2010
5/5 81% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) Heart-warming, funny, wise and profound. Not to be missed. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 45% Glorious 39 (2009) Stupendous turn from Romola Garai in the lead role but, while this sets up intrigue and atmosphere well, the plot devices creak audibly towards the end. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4/5 90% Love Exposure (2011) Complicated and long but deftly handled adventure/caper/satire that ends up being thoroughly entertaining. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 90% Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010) Compelling performances and beautifully told heroics but the pacing is flawed in terms of a thrilling cinematic experience. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 86% L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008) Unsettling drama with powerful central performances. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 22, 2009
3/5 100% Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008) Hampered by pacing that borders on glacial, the performances infuse the story with lingering melancholy. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2009