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Rating Title/Year Author
() Garry McConnachie It's a loving homage to films gone by without ever feeling like a cheap and tacky parody. It wears its heart on its sleeve and makes for a wonderful celebration of the best of genre film-making. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Freaks (2018) Garry McConnachie When the action kicks in, you'll be on the edge of your seat right up to the thrilling finale. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Complicity (Kazenoki wa koto no youni) (2018) Garry McConnachie In a world where hatred and a "them and us" approach to life is bringing ugly traits into the open, Complicity tells us the world can be a beautiful place despite our differences. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Garry McConnachie If you're sifting for cinematic gold, then you're sure to strike it luck with The Sisters Brothers. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Thunder Road (2018) Garry McConnachie It's the kind of life-affirming movie that's become a rarity as cinemas focus on saturation with big-budget borefests. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Garry McConnachie An effective little horror gem. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Vanishing (2018) Garry McConnachie A sparse script from Joe Bone and Celyn Jones helps bring the century's old tale to life, with the cast central keeping us guessing exactly where it'll take us. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Reborn (2018) Garry McConnachie While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it's an entertaining little film with a terrific emotional core. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Peripheral (2018) Garry McConnachie Peripheral is a fascinating study of the impact technology can have on our lives and the power of ego when fame is the result of success. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Hold the Dark (2018) Garry McConnachie Hold the Dark is a confident, vicious and haunting piece of work from Saulnier, carried brilliantly by his cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
What Keeps You Alive (2018) Garry McConnachie A blood-soaked, nerve-shredding psychological horror that cements [Colin Minihan] as one of the best genre filmmakers working today. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Garry McConnachie It's a rare beast for a Hollywood blockbuster to leave me speechless. Mission: Impossible - Fallout did exactly that. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Garry McConnachie Aster is clearly a talent to keep an eye on, while Collette deserves some form of awards recognition. Family drama has rarely been so nightmarish. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Garry McConnachie In the end, Solo is a planet-hopping action romp that hits the ground running and rarely hits the breaks. And it comes with a scene almost as good as Rogue One's Darth Vader moment. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Garry McConnachie Deadpool 2 barely pauses for breath, which is admirable given the additional cast members. It's a bigger, brasher, swearier older brother to the first film. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Ready Player One (2018) Garry McConnachie So buckle up, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride. It's sensational. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Garry McConnachie This is a film that, while gorgeous on a surface level, becomes something far more impressive as the layers are peeled away. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Mute (2017) Garry McConnachie Mute feels like Jones's most personal film to date. It's ambitious, it's flawed but it's beautiful. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Garry McConnachie We might have reached the end of the maze but what a way to go. Ball has crafted a rip-roaring, action-packed finale and it's going to be exciting to see where he takes us next. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
The Ritual (2017) Garry McConnachie The core cast all play a part in making the viewer care. There's panic, terror, confusion and even the odd dry joke to bring some levity to the tension. Everyone (bar Dom) is likeable to various degrees. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Bright (2017) Garry McConnachie In the end, it all feels like a polished waste of an opportunity. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
It (2017) Garry McConnachie An outstanding adaptation of Stephen King's novel, It is a creepy and unnerving coming-of-age-tale that brings a true monster to life. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2017
Ruin Me (2017) Garry McConnachie While it might not reinvent the wheel for slasher movies, it's a decent effort anchored by a great central performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Still/Born (2017) Garry McConnachie Ultimately, this is an insidious and deeply unsettling focus on real issues with a supernatural twist. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Mayhem (2017) Garry McConnachie It's as funny as it is relentless and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Garry McConnachie See it, laugh at it, love it. And take your best friend -- they'll appreciate it. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
In the Deep (2017) Garry McConnachie The most frustrating thing is, there's the bones of a decent film here. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
Patriots Day (2016) Garry McConnachie Equal parts heartbreaking, tense and thrilling. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2017
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Garry McConnachie This is a film that more than matches some of the best war films. It's a movie about strength of character, belief and faith and Gibson has delivered another cracker. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2017
The Transfiguration (2016) Garry McConnachie It might be too dry for some, but for horror fans with patience and a love of the slow-burn will find plenty to chew on. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
The Void (2016) Garry McConnachie It's a nightmarish descent into insanity that's as depraved as it is entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Garry McConnachie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is a candy-coated cinematic shot of sugar. It'll provide a short [high but] is ultimately unfulfilling. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Free Fire (2016) Garry McConnachie A riotous delight. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
3/5 Headshot (2016) Garry McConnachie It might not be in the same league as The Raid or John Wick, but it makes a decent fist of it. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 A Cure for Wellness (2016) Garry McConnachie It won't be everyone but this is a fairytale meeting grand guignol for the multiplex crowd. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Silence (2016) Garry McConnachie This is exquisite film-making from a master film-maker. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Get Out (2017) Garry McConnachie Get Out is confident and assured and in director Peele, the 21st century has found a new voice in horror. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
3/5 Eddie the Eagle (2016) Garry McConnachie Egerton is a likeable hero -- as he was in Kingsman -- and the movie can easily claim a respectable third place on the podium. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Garry McConnachie No amount of spectacle can disguise the movie's lack of substance. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
The Pearl Button (2015) Mary Palmer A fascinating journey through Chile's troubled past. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 The Jungle Book (2016) Mary Palmer A brilliant voice cast and some moments of real tension make The Jungle Book one of the must-see films of 2016 so far. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Mary Palmer This is one of the best films Marvel have produced. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
5/5 Arrival (2016) Garry McConnachie Arrival is bold, emotionally-resonant and poignant. It's science fiction at its most beautiful with a finale that will simultaneously make your heart swell and break. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Garry McConnachie It's a vitally-important piece of film-making that will move you, provoke you and educate you. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Raw (2016) Garry McConnachie Whether Raw will be welcomed by mainstream horror fans is still unknown, but Ducournau has crafted something that beautiful yet brutal and in main star Marillier a performance that's as elegant as it is vicious. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Alien: Covenant (2017) Garry McConnachie The latest iteration of the alien -- which comes in a few forms here -- is a triumph. Much like the film itself. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 Personal Shopper (2016) Garry McConnachie Assayas has torn up the rule book in crafting Personal Shopper and audiences willing to show patience with plot strands that seem unnecessary will find something richly rewarding. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 Elle (2016) Garry McConnachie Were it not for Huppert's wonderfully measured performance, Elle could have spiralled into the realms of stomach-turning offensiveness. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
3/5 Dark Night (2017) Garry McConnachie This isn't a film for everyone. It's incredibly dry. Almost mundane, at times... But these normal people find themselves in almost dreamlike surroundings thanks to Helene Louvart's beautiful cinematography. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Hounds of Love (2016) Garry McConnachie Australia has given us some impressive horror films over the years. More recently, The Loved Ones and Snowtown have made a real impact on the genre. Now, Ben Young's hard-hitting Hounds of Love can be added to the list. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017