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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Holy Rollers (2010) Robbie Collin If ecstasy was as boring as this film about it then the war on drugs would've been over 25 years ago. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2011
3/5 Super (2011) Robbie Collin Super's arriving in UK cinemas only now, to avoid any direct comparisons with Matthew Vaughn's brilliant Kick-Ass. So naturally that's why there's a massive "MUCH BETTER THAN KICK-ASS" quote on the poster. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2011
2/5 Larry Crowne (2011) Robbie Collin The film pretends Tom and Julia are just two regular, down-to-earth, middle-aged people - even though their faces couldn't be any tighter if they pulled washing-up gloves over their heads. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2011
2/5 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Robbie Collin If you're prepared to sit through two and a half hours of noisy cack to see a grand total of three decent special effects sequences, then I can heartily recommend it. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2011
4/5 The Tree of Life (2011) Robbie Collin You don't watch The Tree Of Life so much as loll in front of it. It's part puzzle, part coming-of-age tale, part wildlife documentary, and all mind-blowing. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2011
4/5 A Separation (2011) Robbie Collin Cleverly, as new details emerge about what REALLY happened, your sympathy lurches from side to side like Amy Winehouse doing Back To Black at the Belgrade Alhambra. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2011
5/5 Akira (1988) Robbie Collin Plenty of superb recent blockbusters, including The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Dark City and Inception, are all in its debt - not to mention a fair number of shockers, like Star Wars Episode II and the most recent Resident Evil atrocity. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2011
2/5 Incendies (2010) Robbie Collin Normally I'm against decent original stories being dumbed down and squashed into bog-standard thriller shapes. But Incendies is in dire need of some dumbing down. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2011
4/5 Viva Riva! (2010) Robbie Collin Viva Riva! is exploitation cinema done right - it's got both feet planted in the here and now but its heart's bursting with the same lurid, filthy values that B-movies have embraced for decades. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2011
4/5 () Robbie Collin As is standard in reviews of prison movies, the Film Reviewers' Code obliges me to tell you "it's nowhere near as good as A Prophet". But even so, Ghosted's a top piece of work. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2011
1/5 No Ordinary Trifle (2011) Robbie Collin Gordon Ramsay must be the first man I've ever seen to be out-acted by his own hair transplant. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2011
5/5 Bridesmaids (2011) Robbie Collin Completely and utterly honk-like-a-goose hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2011
1/5 Green Lantern (2011) Robbie Collin Two finger-drumming hours of puffed-up, prancing tripe, that couldn't have been any more irritating if the lead role was played by that bellowing Go Compare fatso. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2011
1/5 The Beaver (2011) Robbie Collin I'm still hoping for a sequel in which Jodie gives Mel a puppet cockerel. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2011
1/5 The Round Up (2010) Robbie Collin I can't say I'm too comfortable with the hero kid in a holocaust drama (Hugo Leverdez) being a blond-haired, blue-eyed Master-race Child. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2011
2/5 The Messenger (2009) Robbie Collin Shame nobody told writer-director Oren Moverman not to shoot The Messenger... before giving the script a good rewrite first. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2011
1/5 Swinging With the Finkels (2010) Robbie Collin You wouldn't wish the supporting cast on a film made by your worst enemy. They include the dad from the sixth Beethoven movie (yeah - somehow they got him), Angus Deayton with his bum hanging out, the mummified remains of Jerry Stiller. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2011
4/5 Bad Teacher (2011) Robbie Collin The film's main stock-in-trade is the kind of faintly bizarre, offbeat gags that you might find in a decent US sitcom - which is no bad thing and also makes sense given the writers' Office pedigree. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2011
4/5 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Robbie Collin Take heed, The Hangover: Part II. When a studio asks for "more of the same", it's possible to come up with a film that hits all the same high notes as its predecessor - without just photocopying the script and adding "... but abroad" after every gag. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2011
2/5 Last Night (2010) Robbie Collin An hour and a half of pan-American todger-teasing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2011
3/5 Honey 2 (2011) Robbie Collin The soundtrack's ace, the dance routines are great, and the eye candy's Wonka-standard. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2011
3/5 Kaboom (2010) Robbie Collin I've often thought that I'd like to see a bit more of Juno Temple. After seeing Kaboom, I don't think it'd be possible to see more of Juno Temple. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2011
4/5 Point Blank (2010) Robbie Collin Goes like the clappers for all of its elastic-snappingly tight 84-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2011
4/5 Senna (2010) Robbie Collin Formula One fans should love it. More tellingly, so should everyone else. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
3/5 Screwed (2011) Robbie Collin Its grimy authenticity clicks like a rusty mortice lock. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
2/5 Prom (2011) Robbie Collin It's what some parents might call "good clean fun". Just without the "good" and "fun" bits. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
2/5 The Hangover Part II (2011) Robbie Collin A film that seems to have been written mainly with the find and replace function on Microsoft Word. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2011
5/5 X-Men: First Class (2011) Robbie Collin This X is on fire. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2011
3/5 Vallanzasca (2010) Robbie Collin The opening act in particular - with its gunfights, bank heists, sex, parties and grimly violent cutaways to Vallanzasca in prison - is punchier than Mr Punch using a hole punch to punch a punch bowl. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2011
4/5 Life, Above All (2010) Robbie Collin If you allow it to, it'll break your heart. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2011
3/5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) Robbie Collin Basically a child-friendly Superbad. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2011
2/5 Take Me Home Tonight (2011) Robbie Collin This 1980s-set comedy was shot in 2007 and has been sitting on the shelf ever since. The damn thing's so old it's almost retro twice over. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2011
3/5 Win Win (2011) Robbie Collin Trundles along for the most part in sitcom fashion, even down to the plinky-plonky background music. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2011
3/5 Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2010) Robbie Collin Takes an enlightening look at the life of a Jewish lad from Hammersmith who became a fashion world superstar by cutting women's hair in a style that became known as "the Justin Bieber". EDIT
Posted May 14, 2011
3/5 Blitz (2011) Robbie Collin So much fun to watch, I almost feel guilty about not rating it higher. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2011
2/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Robbie Collin Yo ho ho and a bottle of sleeping tablets. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2011
2/5 Jig (2011) Robbie Collin By Jig's end, director Sue Bourne seems to have lost interest in all but two of her young subjects. In fairness, that's two more than I managed. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
3/5 Red Hill (2010) Robbie Collin How much of a Western is Red Hill? The fact that at one point the bad guy shoots someone off a roof and he somersaults face-first into the street should answer that. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
3/5 The Way (2010) Robbie Collin Overlong, at times boring, but in the end it seems worth it - although you've no idea why. Which, for a film about a pilgrimage, is pretty apt. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
1/5 Attack the Block (2011) Robbie Collin Utter blocks. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
2/5 Priest (2011) Robbie Collin Paul Bettany in a cassock with a cross biroed on to his forehead, potholing with vampires. In 3D. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
5/5 Hanna (2011) Robbie Collin "I just missed your heart," Hanna says at one point, as she spears an enemy to death. Not mine, she didn't. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2011
3/5 Water for Elephants (2011) Robbie Collin Here's a film in which Twilight's Robert Pattinson runs away to join the circus - but, amazingly, not as the Incredible Giant-Faced Man. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2011
4/5 13 Assassins (2010) Robbie Collin The two halves of 13 Assassins are as finely balanced as one of the samurai swords from its grand, limb-lopping LOL-fest of a finale. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2011
1/5 Everywhere and Nowhere (2011) Robbie Collin Everywhere & Nowhere's director Menhaj Huda says that getting the film made felt like "a long journey". Try watching it, son. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2011
2/5 Tracker (2010) Robbie Collin What would Ray Winstone sound like if he did a South African accent? Answer: Exactly the same as he would if he was doing a London, Italian or Kathmandu accent. Like either a homicidal tuba or Muttley with a hangover. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2011
5/5 Insidious (2010) Robbie Collin There's always some chump happy to claim that any given horror film was so scary they were "whimpering in sheer terror". Difference with Insidious is, the damn thing's so scary I actually WAS whimpering in sheer terror. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2011
4/5 Cedar Rapids (2011) Robbie Collin Effectively a coming-of-age comedy set 25-odd years later than normal. Tim Lippe's a 40-year-old in the body of a 15-year-old with the haircut of a four-year-old. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2011
3/5 The Veteran (2011) Robbie Collin Toby Kebbell's war hero Robert Miller is a troubled soul. He's a handsome fella with a bit of swagger but he looks in the mirror with pure hatred and ties his tie like he's garotting himself. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2011
1/5 Beastly (2011) Robbie Collin Beauty And The Beast except with the lusty, gothic menace that makes that story interesting replaced by moany teenagers and crap acoustic guitar music. Or, in short, Dawson's Freak. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2011