Heat Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Kick-Ass (2010) Charles Gant I won't bore you with the plot. Just go, OK? EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2010
2/5 From Paris With Love (2010) Neil Smith Undemanding and unoriginal, this is all swagger and no substance. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 Everybody's Fine (2009) Rosamund Witcher Despite the title, nobody in this film is fine. But, if youâ(TM)re in the mood for a well-acted drama that will strum obstinately at those heartstrings, youâ(TM)ve got it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 Leap Year (2010) Charles Gant Call us old-fashioned, but we expect some actual funny moments in our romantic comedies; you canâ(TM)t get by on charming lead actors and pretty scenery alone. Especially when the storyline is so massively predictable. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 The Last Station (2009) Charles Gant Helen Mirren has earned nominations galore for her OTT performance as Mrs Tolstoy, but she doesn't get heat's vote. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2010
4/5 Crazy Heart (2009) is terrific in his richest role since The Big Lebowski. But the surprise is Farrell, unexpectedly winning as the successful protégé keen to give his mentor a break. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 The Lovely Bones (2009) Charles Gant Jackson's candy-coloured fantasias - reminiscent of 1970s concept-album artwork - are no substitute for actual drama. There's nothing at stake. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Charles Gant Not bad, but JK Rowling can rest easy. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2010
4/5 A Single Man (2009) A beautiful, heartbreaking, life-affirming film that's as warm and funny as it is devastating. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2010
3/5 Valentine's Day (2010) Charles Gant Valentine's Day is an enjoyably empty, tempting snack of a movie, thoughtfully served in candy-coated bite-size chunks. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2010
3/5 Astro Boy (2009) A little charmless and not particularly funny. The recycling message is also woefully heavy-handed. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2010
4/5 Youth in Revolt (2009) Rosamund Witcher A fresh, funny take on the classic coming-of-age tale, and a chance for Cera to show us what he's made of. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2010
3/5 Invictus (2009) Charles Gant As you'd expect from Eastwood and this cast, it's got quality written all over it. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2010
2/5 44 Inch Chest (2009) It looks and feels like a contrived stage play, and a fundamental lack of credibility in the premise makes it difficult to care about anything that happens. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
1/5 All About Steve (2009) Rosamund Witcher It's baffling that some of our favourite actors would sign up for this slightly creepy, desperately unfunny twaddle. Don't encourage them by watching it. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 Up in the Air (2009) Charles Gant It's very enjoyable, if ultimately a little insubstantial for Best Picture glory. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 The Boys Are Back (2009) Paige Toon Heartwrenchingly sad, yet ultimately uplifting, Shine director Hicks more than matches the film that made him famous with this deeply moving tale. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
5/5 A Prophet (2009) Charles Gant A riveting rise-of-the-underdog drama anchored by newcomer Tahar Rahim's sensational lead performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 Brothers (2009) Charles Gant Don't be put off by the "Afghan war" tag - Brothers isn't half as harrowing as some of the other awards-bait offerings coming our way. This touching family drama deserves to find an audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
2/5 Post Grad (2009) The level of humour is summed up by the scene where a dead cat is buried in a pizza box. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2010
3/5 Spread (2009) Rosamund Witcher The promising beginning deteriorates into a baffling shambles, with each character changing their entire personality at least once. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2010
3/5 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) Charles Gant Considering how rarely Grant works, you'd expect genuine excellence in the scripts he picks. We'd expected more than this merely serviceable, not very believable Hollywood romcom. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2010
2/5 The Stepfather (2009) Rosamund Witcher Lazy, predictable and seriously lacking in shocks. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 Carriers (2009) Laila Hassani The anti-Zombieland - a darker, more intense look at humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Charles Gant Jonze's inspired evocation of childhood may strike a chord with adults; for younger audience members still living it, the appeal is far from certain. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 The Descent: Part 2 (2009) A claustrophobic, creepy popcorn flick that compensates for predictable scares with deliciously disgusting moments involving a whole spectrum of bodily fluids. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2009
2/5 The Box (2009) A potentially clever idea becomes a pretentious trip into the director's own obsessions. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2009
4/5 Me and Orson Welles (2008) Charles Gant Zac confidently takes another few steps away from the Wildcats of East High in an amiable showcase for his talents. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2009
4/5 Nativity! (2009) Charles Gant Sweet, funny, bags of charm: Outnumbered meets Britain's Got Talent, with added Christmas. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2009
2/5 Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Laila Hassani Wildly implausible tosh. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2009
4/5 Paranormal Activity (2007) Charles Gant Peli makes our identification with the 20something couple so complete, we're utterly caught up in the escalating terror. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2009
5/5 A Serious Man (2009) Boyd Hilton A bold, unique, exquisite gem. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 The Informant! (2009) Neil Smith You go in expecting a jaunty caper. What you get, disconcertingly, is a bleak, rather sad study of an unraveling mind. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4/5 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Charles Gant New Moon flirts with various treatment methods - rehab, alternative medication - before giving us the fix we crave. Fans will not be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4/5 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Neil Smith Easily the funniest movie ever to feature a goat-slaying psychic. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 Jennifer's Body (2009) Rosamund Witcher Funny, sexy, cool and destined to become a cult classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2009
3/5 Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Charles Gant A Christmas Carol is certainly set to win the nation's attention. With all this hype, we'd hoped for something a bit more special. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2009
3/5 9 (2009) Chris Longridge An interesting experiment that doesn't quite survive the conversion from short to long format. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2009
4/5 An Education (2009) Charles Gant Much more than a simple cautionary tale, An Education captures the giddy hopes and fears of adolescence, and the dawn of the most transforming decade in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard. (2009) Charles Gant Jokes only get you so far, and The Goods gets increasingly bogged down in its uninspired plotlines. Ferrell's cameo is a particular lowpoint. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/5 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Rosamund Witcher Entertaining enough but, despite a sequel-set-up ending, this franchise will have to sharpen its fangs if it really wants to take on Twilight. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Charles Gant Anderson's recent films The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited suffered in terms of story. The switch to animation, and the benefit of a plotline borrowed from a master storyteller, have recharged his creative batteries. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/5 Triangle (2009) Chris Longridge A decent supernatural thriller undone by an unfortunate structural flaw. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2009
2/5 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Ben Walters Gilliam struggles to create a coherent frame for his visual ambition. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 Couples Retreat (2009) Charles Gant Universal's latest is merely adequate, and will likely be best enjoyed by the happily indulgent and mildly inebriated. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 Adventureland (2009) Boyd Hilton An Indie romcom which doesn't pile on the contrived quirkiness and instead concentrates on being believable, smart and sweet. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2009
2/5 Dorian Gray (2009) Rosamund Witcher Just like Dorian, it's all style and no substance. And valiant turns from Firth and co can't save this from being a melodramatic, overwrought mess. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 Julie & Julia (2009) Charles Gant Hollywood, famously, makes few movies aimed at older females because young men are much easier to satisfy. Julie & Julia is that rare film targeted at your mum, but we think you'll enjoy it too. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 (500) Days of Summer (2009) Boyd Hilton A clever, refreshing, non-formulaic antidote to your average, bog-standard Hollywood romcom. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 District 9 (2009) Charles Gant Who knew that a movie that begins like an Apartheid spin on Brazilian ghetto drama City Of God, then mutates into The Fly, would wind up pushing some emotional buttons in a way reminiscent of ET? EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2009