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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
3/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A high-altitude horror - think a Bram Stoker reworking of *The Shining* or Shutter Highland - of real craft. Ultimately, though, the plot turns out to be thinner than the air.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) The third part of Berg's unofficial Americans-in-crisis trilogy will play better for US audiences than overseas, but it's still a pacy and often enthralling disaster movie.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Occasionally soapy on the homefront but cataclysmic in combat, this is a worthy addition to the WWII canon.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 62% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 89% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 98% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 97% Red Army (2015) The interviews are as entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) A vibrant, haunting documentary, and a poignant tribute to a free spirit.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 85% Kon Tiki (2013) A big-spirited and inspiring boy's own adventure.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) A stomping good doc.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 70% The Croods (2013) Bold visually but thumpingly ordinary storytelling.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2012
2/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) Insert your own 'lunar' pun here - this is a true space oddity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) Miss.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2011
4/5 90% Armadillo (2011) Moving, complex and brutal, it's an outstanding film about men at war.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 53% Agora (2010) Always intelligent and thought-provoking, it's a welcome return from Amenábar.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
5/5 81% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) Heart-warming, funny, wise and profound. Not to be missed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009