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Rating Title/Year Author
Cherry 2000 (1988) Film4 Staff It's tolerably entertaining while the characters are in motion and Griffith is blasting the bad guys, but it grinds to a rusty halt whenever she feigns emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Film4 Staff Director and writer Roger Kumble serves up a delicious feast of piquant evil one-liners which are delivered superbly by Geller, on great form, and the suave Phillippe. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
The Amityville Horror (1979) Film4 Staff A scary movie that does not frighten or surprise you is as bad as a comedy that is not funny, and there's nothing here to have even the most mousish ducking under covers. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Film4 Staff The zoom-frenzy direction of Ted Post, and a vague satire of Vietnam featuring some hysterical protesting peacenik chimps, does little to cover-up the film's difficulties. But it does have its moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Film4 Staff Attenborough's efficient workmanlike adaptation of the hugely popular Broadway musical works surprisingly well transferred to the big screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Zombie: Uncut (1979) Daniel Etherington One of the finest zombie movies ever made. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Rope (1948) Film4 Staff It's Hitchcock experimenting. It's great. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Film4 Staff An inspired piece of madness which, strangely, has improved with age. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Sholay (1975) Film4 Staff This magnificent Eastern Western effectively ushered in a new age in Indian filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The First Wives Club (1996) Film4 Staff Ultimately First Wives Club fails as a piece of feminist film-making just as miserably as it does as Hollywood entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Dracula's Daughter (1936) Film4 Staff That rare thing, a sequel of true merit. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Event Horizon (1997) Film4 Staff Anderson's attempt to show the world that Britain could do big-budget sci-fi just as well as Hollywood may have fizzled at the box office, but it's still a relatively effective deep space frightener. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Willow (1988) Film4 Staff Predictable and highly derivative. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Film4 Staff Disappointing. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Species (1995) Film4 Staff There's basic pleasure to be had from the gruesome, orgasmic demises of its gaggle of mid-price character players. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 Silent Light (2007) Jamie McLeish While there will be those who'll have issues with the film's torpid pacing, those who are willing to submit to Reygadas' astonishing vision will find themselves entranced and ultimately uplifted by the incredible transformative power of his filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Lucia (1969) Staff By turns, it's touching, lively and nostalgic. One to see. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018
A Short Film About Killing (1988) Film4 Staff Brutal and disgusting, A Short Film About Killing is frequently virtually unwatchable. This is just as Kieslowski intended and it's also a unique, profound and, eventually, a humane achievement. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
A Short Film About Love (1988) Film4 Staff Wry humour and moments of real beauty accompany a painfully sharp dissection of human emotion. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
King Kong (1976) Film4 Staff A remake that lacks the magic of the original, but is as camp and entertaining as any other disaster movie of its time. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2017
Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Sam Jordison Without Max Von Sydow's central performance this would be a commendable, if not particularly subtle piece of filmmaking. With it, it's something very special. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
The 'Burbs (1989) Film4 Staff One of the most consistently overlooked movies of the 80s. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2017
Once Were Warriors (1994) Film4 Staff Tamahori's direction is consistently sharp and the film showcases two immensely powerful performances by Morrison and Owen. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2017
Tracks (1976) Film4 Staff The rough, improvised structure suits the inarticulacy which the movie seeks to examine. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2017
Daughters of the Dust (1991) Film4 Staff The stately pace serves the film's central theme - a discourse on the inevitability of change - which is enriched by much visual poetry. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
Braindead (1992) Film4 Staff A plasmafest. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
Dr. Cyclops (1940) Film4 Staff Beautifully crafted trash that should appeal to all lovers of sci-fi, horror and cult cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) Film4 Staff The humour is camp, the set decorations are art deco gothic and the editing is ropy, but Price's performance suggests that, underlying the madness, there is a real and damaged human being who deserves your support EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
The Vanishing (1988) Film4 Staff A superb, spine-tingling achievement in suspense cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) Film4 Staff Lee's red-eyed stare is suitably baleful and the fangs slightly more convincing than in the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2016
Son of Frankenstein (1939) Film4 Staff While the film sorely misses the guiding hand of director Whale, it has enough of the old Universal atmosphere to be of interest. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2016
Antonia's Line (1995) Film4 Staff There are a few moments of grating sentimentality, but these are balanced with a quirky humour and a mildly daring unpredictability. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2016
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) Film4 Staff Even rough, tough boys will be seduced by this immensely likeable film. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2016
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Film4 Staff It's playful, funny and finishes far too quickly. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
Johnny Come Lately (1943) Richard Luck A good film and a fine introduction to Cagney's otherwise explosive oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2016
The Pillow Book (1996) Film4 Staff A lavish, sensual and endlessly fascinating film that almost fetishes fetishism, this is provocative in every sense. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2016
Sign o' the Times (1987) Matthew De Abaitua Sign 'O' The Times is Prince at his commercial and critical peak, a life-affirming playground of music and sex. It is also Prince at his friendliest. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2016
Jungle Book (1942) Film4 Staff Purists may worry that the film strays a little from Kipling's book, but the high production values, exotic locales and a grand sense of adventure ensure that this classic family fantasy film stands the test of time with ease. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) Film4 Staff Frequently beautiful and with much to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
Ordet (1955) Jon Fortgang A sombre exploration of religious faith in all its various guises, directed by Dreyer with a quiet but deep seated compassion for his characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2016
The Devil Is a Woman (1935) Film4 Staff Rarely was Dietrich more powerful than in this simmering, sophisticated romance, tightly directed by Von Sternberg. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2016
Calamity Jane (1953) Film4 Staff A must for Doris Day fans -- she gives a rousing, no-holds barred performance that is unquestionably the making of the film. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2016
Applause (1929) Film4 Staff A true original. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2016
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Film4 Staff At the peak of his powers, Roeg directs with virtuosity and daring, juxtaposing imagery through elliptical editing to generate a transfixing film that largely fulfils its wild ambition. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2016
Conspiracy of Hearts (1960) Film4 Staff A sincere and involving celebration of the human heart that manages to sell its moving story without relying on mere sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2015
Fail-Safe (1964) Film4 Staff Not only a damn good thriller, but a terrifying account of how easily such technology can malfunction. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2015
Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Film4 Staff It's one of the great unfathomable mysteries of Hollywood that this unspeakably awful comedy was successful enough to spawn no less than three (count 'em) sequels. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2015
Used Cars (1980) Richard Luck Featuring a great turn from Kurt Russell, Used Cars is both a brilliantly funny comedy and a good reminder of just how interesting a writer-director Robert Zemeckis used to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2015
The Harder They Come (1972) Film4 Staff Rough 'n' ready but also rather wonderful. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2015
Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Film4 Staff The film allowed Truffaut to express his love of American hardboiled fiction and classic Hollywood cinema in all its romantic glory. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2015