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Rich Phippen

Rich Phippen
Rich Phippen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sky Movies

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) The real bad news is the script. While it certainly has its moments (Harley Quinn gets all the best lines), a huge chunk of it is little more than characters threatening one another with insipid one-liners. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) [Vikander is] the only spark of originality in a film that's slickly and perfectly well-presented, yet completely and utterly repetitive. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's a safe entry into the Star Trek canon. ​But what lies Beyond is going to require a little more depth if the Enterprise is boldly continue. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The scale overwhelms the characters, who are largely void of motivation or purpose ... ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War, for all of its fanboy shout-outs, continues The Winter Soldier's sense of mystery and intrigue, using the shady shenanigans to drive action sequences that rarely feel forced. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Stick to the trailer. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Quite what Hail, Caesar! is driving at will remain a mystery for most (it's well worth looking into this to see what it's all about), but the journey is more than entertaining enough to make it worthwhile. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) It's not a complex story, but it is a riveting one. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay's script (co-written with Charles Randolph) bounces from dark hilarity to genuine pathos (McKay doesn't neglect the people this affected the most), and the attention to detail is admirable. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 21, 2016
5/5 81% The Revenant (2015) Judged on its own merits - as it should be - The Revenant is a thrilling adventure that pits the audience at the heart of a long, painful journey about survival and redemption. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It's a huge amount of fun, although whether the self-referential nature and the did-we-surprise-you-there style of plot reveals stand the test of time remains to be seen. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/5 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) A B-movie with a beating heart, if not an entirely functional brain. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 19% Love the Coopers (2015) There are moments of genuine inspiration to be found, but such is the intent to tick every Christmas box the good is outweighed rather heavily by the bad. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/5 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) From the opening frames of Lucas' final Star Wars instalment, it's clear the shackles are off. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 78% GoldenEye (1995) Exuding charm, charisma and managing to convey a darker side to Bond without ever resorting to Timothy Dalton's pouty approach, [Brosnan] became the first actor to give Connery a run for his money. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 28, 2015
5/5 94% Sicario (2015) It's the thriller of the year, now go see it, before you find out anything else. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/5 73% Everest (2015) Thrilling, gripping and utterly heartbreaking, this is a triumph of what man can achieve, once we have the technology to do something about it. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 17, 2015
1/5 26% Vacation (2015) Every joke is obvious, every joke is predictable, and strangely, every joke is repeated. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Despite a densely packed script chock-full of leading characters, there's rarely a moment where one is underplayed or ignored. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 92% Children of Men (2006) It's a disturbing tale that is exceptionally uncomfortable to watch because it's almost believable in spite of how ludicrous it first appears. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 88% Still Alice (2015) Heartbreaking and convincingly told it may be, Still Alice only hints at the desperation the disease leads to, shying away from depicting the true horror of Alzheimer's. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 71% Interstellar (2014) The pace is gripping, the central performances compelling and the action sequences thrilling. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/5 17% Sex Tape (2014) The film's misfiring plot - it turns into a family farce by the finale - never quite makes enough sense to forgive it. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) It's still fun, Wipes is still funny, the new castmembers largely work and it's still schlocky action with undercooked plots, but the franchise is edging ever closer to retirement. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 14, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) The kids will be satisfied with a thin slice of Pixar topped with Disney frosting, but there's nothing satisfying for the rest of us to chew on. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) It's preposterous, ridiculous, bizarre. Whatever. It's not the most accessible Marvel outing, and it'll take the fanboys to spread the word; Guardians of the Galaxy is balls-out fun. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 31, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) High concept action flicks largely live or die by the third act denouement (something that killed off Liman's last blockbuster effort Jumper). No such problems here. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Largely derivative but without feeling lazy, this is an X-outing that takes the best elements of the previous films, particularly the plot of X2, and rehashes it all through a hue of darkness. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 14, 2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Even with the motivational issues, and slightly odd pacing of the Parker/Stacey relationship, it's still the second best Spider-Man 2 ever made. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 76% Noah (2014) It's epic filmmaking that flits between surreal class and utter lunacy, and even though it's occasionally ridiculous and you know how it ends, it's ultimately worth the ride. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) This isn't about action or horror. Jarmusch is far more interested in the modern lives of characters who have lived through every major artistic revolution of the last several centuries. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) It's typically Coen; wit and pathos in equal measure, glazed with colourful characters and pitch-perfect performances, with a soundtrack that perfectly captures the setting. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 24, 2014
4/5 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) With Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller has crafted one of the most touching, visually stimulating, life-affirming big budget movies of the year, and by far the best of his directing career. And few could have imagined that. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 91% Nebraska (2013) A tale of family, history and the middle aged man trying to make sense of it all. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 69% Powder Room (2013) The plot isn't hugely detached from an EastEnders or Hollyoaks spin-off, but the dialogue is sharp and the performances earnest and convincing. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) The dialogue sparkles, delivered by a cast on top of their game, in a movie that aims for subtlety rather than bravado. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 28, 2013
30% Hammer Of The Gods (2013) In spite of the Apocalypse Now-lite finale and the variety of cliche checks along the way, there's something remarkably earnest about the whole affair. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3/5 25% Planes (2013) At its best, Planes soars above anything Disney Animation Stuios have produced in recent years on a computer, and when it's not quite that high, it remains an singularly child-friendly affair. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) Nary a scene goes buy that doesn't feature Jackman, who has nailed the character as well as any comic book thesp, grizzled and oozing pure anger. There's as much navel gazing as face punching, although the violence is still plentiful. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/5 89% The World's End (2013) It's definitely a Cornetto, but certainly not the best flavour. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 17, 2013
4/5 67% World War Z (2013) World War Z is a perfectly well-structured story, a character-driven picture that delivers on the scares, intelligently told and thrillingly realised. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jun 19, 2013
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Put a coin in the slot and sit back and enjoy; it's the best Pixar movie the studio didn't make, and there can be no higher praise. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 6, 2013
1/5 4% Movie 43 (2013) The best advice we can give you is to stop reading this, go find something else to watch, and pretend Movie 43 never happened. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) Where the film could have been self-aware and a little cleverer for it, director Jee-woon Kim misses a trick by sticking to the action formula. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 23, 2013
4/5 85% End of Watch (2012) It's David Ayer's attempt to breath life into a heavily run-down formula. And it works. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 21, 2012
3/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Twilight fans will certainly enjoy BD2's faithful approach to the tricky-to-film source material and celebrate a triumphant ending to their beloved saga. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 15, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) You might have seen such a story before, but you almost certainly haven't been offered it in such engrossing terms. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 5, 2012
66% The Expendables 2 (2012) It sets out what it aims to achieve, and then blows it sky high. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 14, 2012
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The flair and depth of Raimi's first two efforts highlight exactly how amazingly mediocre this Spider-Man is. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 3, 2012
2/5 57% The Dictator (2012) One cannot help but wonder how far Cohen can take the offensiveness routine before audiences figure out he's a comedian with very few jokes. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 16, 2012