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Rating Title/Year Author
That Awkward Moment (2014) Joe Utichi Propagates attitudes that need changing; not because we live in politically correct times, but because they massively underserve the audience the film wants to address. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2014
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Joe Utichi Definitive for any artist whose drive to persevere demands a wanton disregard for practical sense EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2014
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) Joe Utichi A reminder of formative times in our young lives. You want to remain forever with these characters in this wonderful moment. But you know that the moment has passed. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Joe Utichi Once the bizarre complaints of the easily offended have died down, I don't doubt that this'll find a place amongst Scorsese's best work. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2014
All Is Lost (2013) Joe Utichi We've seen this story before, but Chandor dares to construct it so far from convention, and, surprisingly, it resonates come closer to home in the process. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2014
Out of the Furnace (2013) Joe Utichi Out of the Furnace feels like a screenplay, so none of it is ever authentic. Perhaps it looked better on paper, but that's certainly where its problems lie. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2014
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Joe Utichi An extraordinary man probably deserved better than an ordinary film. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2014
1 (2013) Joe Utichi The stories are fascinating, but the interests of non-diehards might not last. Mileage will vary. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2014
12 Years a Slave (2013) Joe Utichi Solomon's story doesn't need fictionalising to be absolutely devastating, and McQueen tells it straight, trusting its account, and his actors, to make it resonant. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2014
4/5 Overnight (2003) Jarrod Walker Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Last Mimzy (2007) Joe Utichi Classic kids' fantasy in the spirit of Flight of the Navigator and ET. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2008
5/5 Sunshine (2007) Joe Utichi This is Sci-fi at its proudest; an incredible achievement that reminds us why Danny Boyle is the best British director working today. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2007
5/5 Sunshine (1999) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2007
2/5 Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Joe Utichi The cinematic equivalent of Brussels sprouts; parents will drag their kids to see it whether they want to go or not, and it's bound to leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouths of all ages. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2007
2/5 The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Joe Utichi It's all just far too Wes Craven for its own good. He gave Aja free rein to innovate, but as he writes this sequel he rests on every single genre cliché because he doesn't understand that they're still clichés even if he did invent them. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2007
1/5 Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2007
3/5 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 The Last Kiss (2006) Joe Utichi Strong performances and interesting ideas make the film worth a gamble but it's far from the relationship classic it longs to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2006
3/5 The History Boys (2006) Joe Utichi Original, on the big screen at least, and entertaining in spite of its problems, The History Boys remains a fine example of this country's talent both in front and behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2006
3/5 World Trade Center (2006) Joe Utichi These are voices that deserve to be heard and that there are filmmakers like Stone willing to hear them is more important than anything that might follow. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2006
4/5 Clerks II (2006) Joe Utichi ...Probably the funniest film Smith has done since the original - it's chock full of childish humour and witty observations on pop-culture - but there's something real beneath all of that as well. Something, dare it be said, touching. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2006
2/5 The Thief Lord (2006) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
5/5 An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Joe Utichi This is nothing short of life-changing; a film that needs to be seen by every single person on this planet. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 Driving Lessons (2006) Joe Utichi One of the finest British films of the year, Driving Lessons is a powerful calling card for Grint, who's just turned 18, and, indeed, for Brock's talent as a director. Here's hoping there's a long career in store for both. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
2/5 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Joe Utichi There are laughs to be had within Talladega Nights but they're certainly not worth the money a trip to the cinema will surely cost. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 Right at Your Door (2006) Joe Utichi This is a powerful and well-told debut from Chris Gorak. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
5/5 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Joe Utichi Little Miss Sunshine is a gem of a film, both uplifting and funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
5/5 Severance (2006) Joe Utichi Full of wonderful set-pieces of both comedy and horror, Severance is a remarkable success... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2006
3/5 The Sentinel (2006) Joe Utichi Entertaining, certainly, and even the casual moviegoer will have seen worse this year, but this is one of those films you'll forget you've seen within six months. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2006
4/5 Volver (2006) Rich Cline A deeply resonant, thought-provoking story about how making sense of the past can help clarify our present and future. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2006
4/5 Crank (2006) Joe Utichi Ridiculously, incomprehensibly, undeniably cool, brilliantly, passionately and hysterically original; pure cinema heaven. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2006
5/5 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Joe Utichi Stunningly beautiful and movingly honest, this is one of best films of the year and another notch on the belt of one of the today's most exciting filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2006
4/5 Harsh Times (2005) Joe Utichi Harsh Times sneaks up on you. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2006
3/5 Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Joe Utichi It's hard not to fall in love with the film EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2006
4/5 A Scanner Darkly (2006) Joe Utichi That Linklater can keep a light tone running through the film in spite of weighty subject matter ensures that A Scanner Darkly is accessible enough for wide audiences without dumbing down for others. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2006
4/5 Lady in the Water (2006) Joe Utichi As a comedy it's hugely optimistic and as a drama it's wonderfully emotional and that we're afforded the opportunity to make the call for one or the other for ourselves makes this a very clever film. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2006
3/5 Miami Vice (2006) Joe Utichi Not the film we were promised but no shame either, Miami Vice is loaded with just enough thrills and spills to keep us glued to our seats. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2006
1/5 My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) Joe Utichi The good news is that My Super Ex-Girlfriend does actually end. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2006
4/5 Renaissance (2006) Joe Utichi One of the year's most exciting sci-fi stories. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2006
3/5 Cars (2006) Joe Utichi An average Pixar movie remains markedly better than the best from any other animation studio. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2006
3/5 Little Fish (2005) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2006
3/5 The Break-Up (2006) Joe Utichi It's still very much a quick and painless Hollywood production, what slight genius there is in its premise dulled by the sheen of the high production values and its prettier-than-pretty cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2006
1/5 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) Joe Utichi Your kids may beg and plead with you to take them to Garfield 2, but when they become teenagers you'll get the blame for acquiescing. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2006
4/5 Superman Returns (2006) Joe Utichi This Superman takes flight like few before and one wonders whether the film's minor flaws mean only that the sequel, like Singer's X2, is destined to become a real classic of the genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2006
3/5 11:14 (2003) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2006
5/5 Taxi Driver (1976) Shay Casey Is Travis a hero or a monster? The question is never answered to any satisfying degree, and Herrmann's score makes sure of that by always playing up the counterpoint of a scene. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2006
2/5 Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) Joe Utichi There's so much potential within, but it's terribly squandered. And that's a real shame. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2006
4/5 Little Manhattan (2005) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2006
4/5 Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005) Joe Utichi A concert film for people who don't like concert films, Dave Chappelle's Block Party does such a good job of putting you in the middle of the action that only the end credits can remind you that you're sitting in a movie theatre. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
1/5 Reekers: L'Odeur de la mort (2005) Joe Utichi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006