SFX Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Ritual (2017) Rachel Weber The Ritual is a cracking horror movie and one of those rare examples where the film improves on the source material (a 2008 novel by Adam Nevill). EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
Southbound (2015) Louise Blain There's something beautifully sandy and gritty about the majority of Southland's stories. America's highways are a never ending dustbowl of horror, interspersed with sad motels and grim gas stations and the atmosphere is enjoyably unsettling. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2016
4/5 Interstellar (2014) Richard Jordan Interstellar contains its fair share of heart-in-mouth moments, the previously untapped corners of space providing ample opportunity to mine fresh spectacle. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2014
The Book of Life (2014) James White If you're after something decidedly unusual The Book Of Life is well worth checking out. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2014
5/5 The Babadook (2014) Rosie Fletcher The Babadook promises many sleepless nights to come. Fresh, moving and hide-behind-your-coat scary this will undoubtedly be the standout horror film of 2014. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) James White When a film can waste a character actor as respected as Fichtner, you know there are bigger problems beyond a slightly hackneyed script. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4/5 Filmed in Supermarionation (2014) Richard Edwards There's a sense of fun here that lifts the film above the standard talking heads-plus-footage brew. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 Annabelle (2014) Dave Bradley Well acted, slickly produced and will make you jump - such a shame it somehow adds up to less than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 Dracula Untold (2014) Sarah Dobbs This story, which paints Dracula as a romantic hero, may not have been told before, but there's a reason for that: it doesn't really make any sense. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2014
2.5/5 Honeymoon (2014) Ian Berriman Taps into one of the most basic universal fears with some success, but never explores any particularly surprising territory. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 I Origins (2014) James White Though not every element of the grander mystery story works, there's plenty here to keep you thinking. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/5 Space Station 76 (2014) Nick Setchfield The script never quite matches the laser-sighted wit of the visuals. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/5 Life After Beth (2014) James White Does deliver some fun undead action, yet the laughs are never as big as you'd hope. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 The Boxtrolls (2014) James White The critters themselves are part-Jawa, part-Gremlin creations and provide much-needed fun in a tale that's perhaps lighter than previous Laika efforts but still has plenty to offer. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 As Above, So Below (2014) Matt Risley Sporadically scary and emotionally engaging, but fundamentally falling apart at the seams. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3.5/5 Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) Jim Blakey On the whole this is an impressive, complementary second trip. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2.5/5 Lucy (2014) James White The movie's title character may find her brainpower increasing as the running time counts down; chances are you'll feel like your own IQ levels are dropping just as rapidly as you watch it. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Rosie Fletcher It's a genre rollercoaster ride - templated, repetitive and unoriginal, full of ups and downs but nonetheless effective at the one job it's trying to do - make you jump and squeal. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.5/5 The Rover (2014) Andrew Osmond There's plenty to admire, but little to care about. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 The Congress (2013) Andrew Osmond A beautiful looking, occasionally brilliant, outrageously indulgent trip. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
5/5 Mood Indigo (2013) Jayne Nelson Mood Indigo is unexpected, unusual and unforgettable, and Gondry is well and truly back. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 Blackwood (2014) Ian Berriman When so many horrors never stray from the usual route, it's laudable that Blackwood takes a detour somewhere unexpected. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 The House of Magic (2013) Andrew Osmond Looks good, with a handsome design and an appealingly cute feline. It's just a shame the story's so mild and unadventurous. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 Earth to Echo (2014) Jayne Nelson If 'ET meets The Goonies' sounds good to you, you'll love it. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Jordan Farley Everything you could want from a Purge sequel - absurd, yes, but significantly more ambitious and a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 Hercules (2014) Neil Smith It's a bold take on a swords and sandals staple, yet it's one that pays unexpected dividends. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4.5/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Nick Setchfield Freewheeling, endlessly engaging, funny as hell, Guardians Of The Galaxy is a relentless crossfire of zingers and crazy visuals. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Neil Smith Bigger, braver and even more visually rewarding than the original, it's an ambitious attempt to extend the scope of its predecessor without sacrificing the charm, humour and excitement that made that so appealing. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/5 The Anomaly (2014) Russell Lewin Saddled with unsayable dialogue and variable special effects, it's a corny and hackneyed film with ideas well above its station, that underwhelms from the start. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2014
1/5 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Jon Hamblin A new franchise low, featuring flailing actors, dull, incomprehensible action and murderous Autobots that act like whiny, petulant dicks. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) James White Confident, assured, muscular and moving in places. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Dave Bradley At its best, Edge Of Tomorrow is a cross between Groundhog Day and Saving Private Ryan, even enjoying a little of the former's humour and the latter's intensity. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2014
4.5/5 Maleficent (2014) Jayne Nelson Not only brings to life one of the world's most famous fairy tales but puts a new spin on it that almost improves upon the original. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2014
3.5/5 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) Jayne Nelson Boasts an impressive cast, catchy tunes and an entertaining fairy tale plot. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 Willow Creek (2013) Nick Setchfield If the waking scream of an ending doesn't shred your ganglia you may have no functioning nervous system. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Richard Edwards That it all makes sense and is up there with the best X-movies is actually quite uncanny. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 Godzilla (2014) Andrew Osmond Godzilla very much has the mentality of a vintage creature feature, seemingly pitched at children and fannish true believers. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
2.5/5 Transcendence (2014) James White Despite boasting a seemingly ripe filmmaker working with proven actors, the result feels more like a bigger budgeted yet disappointing episode of The Outer Limits. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 The Double (2013) Stephen Kelly It's the boldly uncompromising approach that makes The Double such enjoyably smart satire. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Russell Lewin Like a big tin of Quality Street, it's so packed with little treats that you're bound to find something you like, even if you do have to sift through the coconut eclairs. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/5 The Last Days on Mars (2013) James White Once danger presents itself and the screaming starts, it all becomes a basic space horror film that plucks tropes from the peg and rarely does anything interesting with them. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3.5/5 Divergent (2014) Andrew Osmond An often entertaining, and sometimes very interesting, piece of teen SF. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 The Legend of Hercules (2014) James White The film opens on a huge battle in the Greek city of Argos, but it often ends up feeling like the director bought it cheap at the high street namesake. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4.5/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Nick Setchfield Fundamentally, this is a superhero movie with something to say. In fact it's the first Marvel entry with a truly topical sting. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/5 The Zero Theorem (2013) Jayne Nelson With a lesser actor in the lead, The Zero Theorem would probably have you looking at your watch within the first half hour. With Christoph Waltz, you want to know what happens to his character. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 Under the Skin (2013) Jordan Farley A rare example of filmmaking with unwavering vision, and one that will burrow its way under your skin for quite some time. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Andrew Osmond Less Rise Of An Empire, more Fall Of A Franchise EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 Moon Man (2012) Andrew Osmond It's recommended if you adore handmade children's picture books, lovely colours and compositions, trad animation and quirky humour which never, ever panders to pop culture. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/5 I, Frankenstein (2014) Andrew Osmond The last thing this film wants to do is make a believable world. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Jayne Nelson There are jokes for both young and old, it really is educational, and if you don't smile every time Mr Peabody's little tail starts wagging, then... well, there's no hope for you as a human being. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014