Sky Movies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Textures and gestures are brilliantly rendered, the body language saying more about the characters and their relationships than any words ..."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Elliott Noble

2 80%

Begin Again (2014)

"Knightley's bullish Britishness and Ruffalo's bruised charm provide a pleasingly gentle, unsentimental chemistry and, heck, there's even James Corden on a kazoo." EDIT

Posted Jul 10, 2014

3 100%

Boyhood (2014)

"A unique and quite wonderful cinematic experiment which somehow manages to capture the intangible essence of life, in all its sound and fury, perhaps better than any film in recent memory."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

John Nugent

4 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"There remains something undeniably exciting about seeing Optimus Prime kicking ass or witnessing the superbly-detailed Dinobots."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Lewis Bazley

5 10%

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie ()

"A crowd-pleasing romp that pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin." EDIT

Posted Jul 10, 2014

6 68%

Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared) ()

"An unlikely adventure story involving gangsters, elephants, and a very old, slightly amoral man."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Janina Matthewson

7 36%

Goddess ()

"The story seems simple enough, but somehow it can't decide which conflict it wants to hit, and as a result, none of them seem to matter." EDIT

Posted Jul 3, 2014

8 23%

Tammy (2014)

"It's a pleasant enough road trip comedy that sensibly lets McCarthy take centre stage, ably backed by Sarandon's hedonistic pensioner."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Lewis Bazley

9 88%

Chef (2014)

"The best kind of food for the soul is served up in writer-director Jon Favreau's mouth-watering story of a jaded chef and hopeless husband rediscovering his appetite for life."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Tim Evans

10 26%

Walking on Sunshine ()

"One for karaoke fans."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Lewis Bazley

11 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Get past the distracting sight of Dexter's Michael C Hall sporting a terrible late 80s mullet-and-'tache combo and this American indie reveals itself to be one of the most engaging, surprising films of the year."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Lewis Bazley

12 82%

Miss Violence ()

"This grim depiction of a seriously damaged Athens family dispenses with any feel-good niceties to deliver a no-holds barred blow to the senses."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tim Evans

13 44%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"There's little that's unfamiliar about director Jonathan Sobol's switchbacking caper so he winningly cashes in on the strength of his cast, particularly Russell's world-weary con and a scene-stealing Stamp as the languidly insolent Brit."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tim Evans

14 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Some sort of lazily conceived exercise designed to distract undemanding teens and people too knackered to follow anything of substance after a hard day's work."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Elliott Noble

15 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"One weepie that never resorts to cheap manipulation, thanks to a wry script (based on John Green's chart-topping novel) and central performances to match ..."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Elliott Noble

16 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Not only comes with all the post-war style and Noo Joizee-ness you'd expect from the story of an Italian-American boy band striving to make it big in the 50s and 60s, it plays its musical numbers dead straight."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Elliott Noble

17 67%

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet ()

"It's a beautiful treat...that's not that nourishing."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Evans

18 21%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Where some directors might have let the religious overtones induce feverish lapses into Southern Gothic, Egoyan wisely plays it as a straight procedural-cum-courtroom drama."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Elliott Noble

19 74%

Oculus (2014)

"Flanagan has constructed an ingeniously compelling thriller, cleverly using his protagonists' shaky grip on what is really happening to submit them to some really nasty moments."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Evans

20 83%

Belle (2014)

"Belle - while never slipping into fiery polemic - makes its political points solidly, careful to couch its righteous invective in a compelling narrative inspired by a true story."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Evans

21 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"The action is what makes the movie. Smith and Lawrence's witty comebacks and petty quarrels are still funny though they'll never be as fresh."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Dominic Bloch

22 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Coogler's spare, sombre style serves the story well, skillfully avoiding cliche and formula to soberly rage against a grave miscarriage of justice."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Tim Evans

23 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Funny Games for the recession generation."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Rob Daniel

24 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"There is not one jot of emotional engagement."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Tim Evans

25 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Bigger, sillier... and as on the money as anything five credited screenwriters have collectively come up with in years."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Elliott Noble

26 90%

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."

Posted May 29, 2014

Rich Phippen

27 68%

Jimmy's Hall ()

"It all looks grand (thanks to Loach's regular cinematographer Robbie Ryan) but the lush greens and russet reds tweely disguise any red-bloodedness. This is minor Loach."

Posted May 29, 2014

Tim Evans

28 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Too rarified to break out the arthouse circuit and missing the star wattage of Carnage or The Ghost, this is nonetheless essential viewing for Polanski fans."

Posted May 29, 2014

Rob Daniel

29 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"This comedy hits the target just enough to find box office gold in them thar hills."

Posted May 29, 2014

Lewis Bazley

30 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"The story speedily soars towards an impressive finale and is sure to enchant a legion of youngsters ready to move on from the original Sleeping Beauty."

Posted May 28, 2014

Tim Evans

31 84%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"Despite the potentially sparky dynamic of the super-heated menage a trois the tension-free narrative lacks depth ..."

Posted May 15, 2014

Tim Evans

32 92%

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."

Posted May 14, 2014

Rich Phippen

33 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Roarsome."

Posted May 14, 2014

Elliott Noble

34 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"Director Richard Linklater has wisely stayed with the structure of the 1976 classic (with Walter Matthau in the Butterworth role) but populated it with dialogue from Bad Santa's Glenn Ficarra and John Requa."

Posted May 13, 2014

Tim Evans

35 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Ultimately, Miyazaki fails to hold the responsibility-shy Horikisho to account...and suggest he has his head hidden in the clouds as much as the young aerial inventor." EDIT

Posted May 8, 2014

36 88%

Frank (2014)

"Subtle and wryly amusing, this is a sympathetic glimpse into the ever-musing mind of an off-kilter genius...but how much it's an accurate reflection of the real Chris Sievey (who died of cancer in 2010) it's difficult to say."

Posted May 8, 2014

Tim Evans

37 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"There's plenty to guiltily savour - most of it unintentional - in a revenge yarn that unspools like End of Watch played for laughs."

Posted May 8, 2014

Tim Evans

38 20%

Tarzan (2014)

"Unfortunately, in these days of uniformly high-quality kids' fare this - with its lumbering voiceover and slack plotting - looks like it belongs on children's TV."

Posted May 1, 2014

Tim Evans

39 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"If you can look beyond the preposterous nature of this cartoonish retread, there's fun to be had thanks to a series of inventive action setpieces ..."

Posted May 1, 2014

Tim Evans

40 28%

Pompeii (2014)

"Thankfully, with its hokily enjoyable mix of sword-swinging heroics and CG pandemonium, Pompeii doesn't blow it."

Posted May 1, 2014

Elliott Noble

41 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Stupid, irresponsible, sweary, puerile, overloaded with pop culture references, and shamefully funny: Friday night just found its perfect partner."

Posted May 1, 2014

Elliott Noble

42 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Pfister's experience shows in that the film is beautifully arranged; unfortunately, that's the best thing about it."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Janina Matthewson

43 83%

Tracks (2014)

"Director John Curran occasionally relies too much on cliché, such as montages of Robyn walking through sand overlaid with a map of her route, but overall creates a subtle, nuanced look at Robyn's ordeal."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Janina Matthewson

44 89%

Exhibition (2014)

"It's less a story and more the capturing of a moment; well done without having much to say."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Janina Matthewson

45 67%

Magic Magic (2013)

"With some haunting imagery and an unusual, throbbing sense of dread throughout, this is a trippy twist on the horror trope about sadists and innocents."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Lewis Bazley

46 26%

The Love Punch (2014)

"The Love Punch has once again shown how rich a pool of mature actors we have, while also demonstrating how much they deserve better material."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Janina Matthewson

47 89%

Locke (2014)

"Lean, engrossing, and entirely unique - you'll never look at junction 5 of the M1 in the same way again."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

John Nugent

48 53%

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."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Rich Phippen

49 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"With preternatural understanding of how to stage action, Evans knows when to get stately and stand back and when to get loose and handheld amidst the flurry of kicks and punches."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Rob Daniel

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