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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Sicko (2007) Kat Brown Laughs are thin on the ground, but this is a must-see by a film-maker at the height of his powers. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2009
3/5 Tyson (2008) Neil Smith The result is fascinating yet troubling. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
2/5 Knowing (2009) Neil Smith A ticking-clock thriller turned full-blown horror, Alex Proyas's film isn't the first to feature Cage wandering about bewilderedly. At least I Am Legend had a dog. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
4/5 Two Lovers (2008) Neil Smith A sombre, intelligent affair with superb performances across the board. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
3/5 Traitor (2008) Neil Smith A globe-trotting conspiracy thriller that is a little too complicated for its own good. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
2/5 The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) Neil Smith A sudsy potboiler with a twist you can see coming from the title. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
3/5 Genova (2008) Neil Smith Part psychodrama, part Italian travelogue, Michael Winterbottom's latest is the progeny of an A-list film-maker and B-movie material. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
3/5 The Damned United (2009) Stuart McGurk It romps along with an effortless bounce and charm. How much will stay with you, though, is another matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
4/5 Wendy and Lucy (2008) Neil Smith Criminally overlooked this awards season, this modest indie is a treat. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2009
2/5 Surveillance (2008) Neil Smith Things aren't what they seem, however - something Lynch tries to hide by steeping her tale in wacky humour and over-ripe acting. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2009
3/5 Flame & Citron (2008) Jonathan Crocker The moral horror and charismatic performances leave a deep impression. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2009
4/5 American Teen (2008) Jonathan Crocker This absorbing doc is a funny, heartbreaking reminder that we're all wounded survivors of the original war zone. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2009
4/5 Watchmen (2009) Stuart McGurk It's not crash-bang enough for those who love superhero films, not complex enough for those who hate them. It's flawed, then, but a flawed work of brilliance. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2009
1/5 New in Town (2009) Jonathan Crocker Zellweger's face looks stuck in a permanent wince. Oh wait, it's the clunking script about a spike-heeled career girl forced to move from Miami to Minnesota. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
3/5 Franklyn (2008) Jonathan Crocker Not a lot of it adds up, but you can't say this dark Brit mystery isn't interesting. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 The Unborn (2009) Jonathan Crocker Think of every scary-kid horror you've seen - this was how The Unborn was made. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
3/5 The International (2009) Jonathan Crocker Overlong and underwritten, this corporate-noir thriller is propelled by its gleaming good looks. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
4/5 The Class (2008) Stuart McGurk A satisfying prime antidote to surface-level cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Stuart McGurk Slick and polished, the rest is by-the-numbers schmaltz, offset only by the adorable presence of Ms Fisher. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
2/5 Push (2009) Neil Smith No amount of local colour and effects-heavy fisticuffs can save Paul McGuigan's film. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
3/5 Cadillac Records (2008) Neil Smith It's a shame director Darnell Martin depends so heavily on the clichéd conventions of every other rags-to-riches biopic. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
5/5 Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008) Stuart McGurk The best film about the world of rock since This Is Spinal Tap. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
3/5 Che: Part Two (2008) Neil Smith Having given us Che the icon, Del Toro now gives us Che the man: an asthmatic, flawed individual, powerless to prevent events spiralling out of his control. The film itself is far less compelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
4/5 Gran Torino (2008) Stuart McGurk The film, about ageing and mortality, racism and redemption, is one of Eastwood's finest: tender, tragic and funny in equal measures. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
4/5 Three Monkeys (2008) Jonathan Crocker Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's aching film is driven by complex, powerful performances. Too many angsty silences deflate the tension, but it's gripping while it lasts. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/5 King of the Hill (2007) Jonathan Crocker Stylishly shot, this tense Spanish thriller sees the couple lost in a mountain wilderness while being hunted by an unseen sniper. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
2/5 Notorious (2009) Neil Smith A hagiographical whitewash. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/5 Hotel for Dogs (2009) Neil Smith Cheerful family-com. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
1/5 The Pink Panther 2 (2009) Neil Smith Someone, please make it stop! EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
Tokyo Sonata (2008) Neil Smith Too long by half, it's still a well- crafted mix of tragedy and black humour. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
The Broken (2008) Neil Smith Part mystery, part horror, it keeps us wondering what the hell is going on, while the sombre lensing ups the air of menace. The silly finale undoes a lot of the fine work, though. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
JCVD (2008) Neil Smith Will make you see the Muscles from Brussels in a new light. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Jessica Holland They pull off the blend of wide-eyed earnestness and sarcasm, but it's unlikely teens or adults will relate to the 2D characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
4/5 Rachel Getting Married (2008) Kat Brown Cathartic, uplifting and lacking the earnestness that Hollywood ladles over addiction movies, this beautifully wrought piece is a joy. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2009
2/5 Valkyrie (2008) Stuart McGurk In the end, despite him playing someone with a missing eye, it's a vanity project for Cruise - a heavyweight historical drama to put him back on the map, but one that only sees him more lost. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2009
4/5 Frost/Nixon (2008) Stuart McGurk It may climax like a Rocky film, but doesn't end like one. There are more words to be said, and you're glad for every one. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 Milk (2008) Stuart McGurk Milk, film and man, demands our attention, yet never stoops to beg for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2009
1/5 Clubbed (2008) Neil Smith The swaggering acting and profanity-rich dialogue, alas, make Neil Thompson's film feel little more than an excuse for Guy Ritchie-esque posturing. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) Neil Smith It's put across with enough brio to excuse the inherent stupidity of the premise. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/5 Seven Pounds (2008) Neil Smith mith's charisma holds the interest, even if this and his other recent movies (I Am Legend and Hancock) suggest the only thing bigger than his ears is his Messiah complex. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
5/5 The Wrestler (2008) Stuart McGurk It's Rourke's display - crushed, hopeful, almost unbearably poignant - that'll stay with you after the ring lights fade. His light hasn't died just yet. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 The Bank Job (2008) Exciting and silly fun - but like the heist itself, you'll wonder if it was worth it. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/5 The Accidental Husband (2008) Sadly, as Thurman dithers between her two suitors - one a fiery free spirit, the other as wet as an otter's pocket - her decisions become ever more baffling. Even her sparky performance fails to fire the rather soggy finale. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/5 Untraceable (2008) Some viewers might find the Hostel-style splatter hard to stomach while, for a smart cop, Lane sure does some dumb things. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
3/5 The Boss of It All (2006) Full of in-jokes for Von Trier fans and oddly shot, the quirkiness will probably be lost on those unfamiliar with the Dogme 95 man's work. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/5 Semi-Pro (2008) Shouting? Big hair? Vague sense of disappointment? Congrats! You're watching a Will Ferrell sports comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/5 Margot at the Wedding (2007) Of course, we get nothing so false as an "emotional journey" for anyone. But as the film abruptly ends, you can't help feeling a little less ice would go a long way. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
3/5 Lust, Caution: Uncut (2007) Neil Smith Saucy sex scenes apart, however, it's hard to get drawn into a slow-moving, drawn-out story that takes two-and-a-half po-faced hours to reach its jarringly abrupt and confusing conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2008
3/5 A Very British Gangster (2007) A grimly fascinating look at an unsavoury character. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/5 Anna M. (2007) Matthew Turner Isabelle Carré is superb as Anna, but the problem is the tone. Caught between psychological study and thriller, it aims for both - but achieves neither. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007