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Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 In Bruges (2008) Anders Wotzke The word 'unexpected' is a severe understatement when regarding the narrative genius of In Bruges. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3.5/5 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Anders Wotzke Behind a truckload of red makeup is Ron Perlman, whose characterisation of the egocentric protagonist Hellboy, or Red as he prefers to be called, is once again the highlight of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4.5/5 Frost/Nixon (2008) Katina Vangopoulos Powerfully directed, brilliantly acted, this stands as one of the films of 2008. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2014
4/5 Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) Tom Clift A tender, at times devastating portrayal of the lifespan of a relationship, one that's as convincing and intimate as any you've ever seen on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2014
4.5/5 Her (2013) Tom Clift Poses some big, complex questions, about consciousness, free-will and the limits of human understanding. Yet when all is said and done, heartbreak proves devastatingly simple. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2014
4/5 American Hustle (2013) Tom Clift A slick, funny and hugely entertaining film anchored by a genuine emotional centre. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1/5 Carrie (2013) Tom Clift The new Carrie is cowardly and artistically empty. If you avoid one movie this year, make it this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2013
3/5 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Tom Clift Fails to fully develop some intriguing themes...but still passes the audience engagement test thanks to some exciting action and the strength of Lawrence's heroine EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 Pieta (2012) Tom Clift Possesses a sad, quiet power. Kim's film isn't as a cool as those made by his compatriots. But it is, in its own way, just as memorable. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2013
3/5 Thor: The Dark World (2013) Tom Clift Generic plotting aside, The Dark World is an entertaining entry in the hit-and-miss Marvel franchise. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2013
4/5 Prisoners (2013) Tom Clift Unfolds with the sickening tension of a great police procedural, all while poking at America's social and political hypocrisies. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2013
4/5 Blue Jasmine (2013) Tom Clift Insightful, squirmingly funny and boasting an absolutely unmissable performance from first time Allen collaborator Cate Blanchett. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/5 White House Down (2013) Tom Clift Where Emmerich consistently distinguishes himself from obvious contemporaries like Transformers maestro Michael Bay is that, in his films, patriotism never equals prejudice. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3.5/5 Thanks for Sharing (2012) Tom Clift It's the universally impressive performances that ultimately make Thank For Sharing worth the ticket price. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
4/5 Mud (2013) Tom Clift Mud is the kind of small scale, character driven drama one rarely sees out of the States any more, and cements Nichols as one of his country's most significant independent auteurs. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/5 Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Tom Clift Souped-up action filmmaking at its most unabashedly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2013
4/5 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Tom Clift A straightforward, blessedly unencumbered popcorn flick brimming with excitement and slickly rendered spectacle. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2013
3/5 Oblivion (2013) Tom Clift An admirable failure; an overlong, awkwardly paced mishmash of cool but familiar ideas and all-too predictable plot-twists. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2013
4/5 Sleepwalk With Me (2012) Tom Clift As entertaining as the movie can be, it's the smaller, more poignant material in between the big laughs that makes the final product so charming. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2013
2.5/5 G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Tom Clift Marries the steroidal firepower of the US armed forces with the narrative sense and technical elegance of a twelve year old playing with his action figures. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2013
5/5 Jurassic Park (1993) Chris Stuckmann A film that managed to terrify a generation of children one minute, leave them eager to hunt for fossils in their backyard the next. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2013
2/5 A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Tom Clift Sees both franchise and character transformed into tragically unimaginative, cacophonously violent and embarrassingly unfunny shadows of their once great former selves. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2013
3.5/5 Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Tom Clift A perfectly solid family adventure, one that's made all the more fun for cinebuffs by those signature Raimi touches. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Tom Clift Bigelow's latest proves a rewarding piece of filmmaking, one that, in its best moments at least, is as gripping and as troubling as anything the director's ever made. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2013
4.5/5 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Tom Clift A volatile mix of familial drama and madcap comedy, infectious optimism and razor-wire wit, it's one of the most purely enjoyable films released in the past twelve months. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2013
4.5/5 Django Unchained (2012) Tom Clift Guilty of almost every indulgence [Tarantino] has ever been accused of...but it's hard to hold it against him, when the results are this bloody good EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3.5/5 ParaNorman (2012) Tom Clift Kids who can handle the bumps should find much to love in this beautifully animated ramshackle parcel, one that's packed full of detail, humour and positive messages. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2013
4/5 Life of Pi (2012) Tom Clift A dazzling digital dreamscape that sets staggering new heights for what can be accomplished with 3D technology. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2013
3/5 Promised Land (2012) Chris Stuckmann While Damon and Krasinski have penned likable, real characters, the story surrounding them is only sporadically compelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3.5/5 Gangster Squad (2013) Tom Clift Too glossy to be film noir or even pulp fiction. But plenty of action and a few stand-out performances guarantee it's a fun ride while it lasts. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2013
2/5 Les Misérables (2012) Tom Clift Overstuffed, dreary and dripping with sickening sentimentality, what starts promisingly soon becomes a two-and-a-half hour struggle to stay awake. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2012
4/5 Liberal Arts (2012) Tom Clift A warm, funny and, one imagines, rather personal film, one that's all about falling in and out of love, not just with people and places but the ideas they can sometimes embody. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2012
1.5/5 This Is 40 (2012) Tom Clift A deadly combination of bloated, stagnant, self-indulgent and self-pitying - all of which might be forgivable, if it weren't also so embarrassingly unfunny. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2012
4/5 Jack Reacher (2012) Tom Clift Begins with one of the best directed sequences of the year, before spinning out a tangled web of hardboiled intrigue, bone-shattering action and ambiguous political philosophy. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2012
2/5 Rise of the Guardians (2012) Tom Clift While the concept is novel - and the animation often dazzling - the story and characterisations soon prove trite, condescending and dull. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2012
2/5 The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) Tom Clift For a man who makes his living as a performer and a wordsmith, the writing and acting of this rapper turned filmmaker both leave a lot to be desired. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2012
3.5/5 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Tom Clift A funny, heartfelt if admittedly formulaic feature that boasts first rate performances and a genuine affection for its characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2012
3/5 Skyfall (2012) Tom Clift Suffers from unconvincing plotting, and a third act so bad it brings the roof of the whole endeavour caving in EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2012
3/5 Killing Them Softly (2012) Tom Clift The message is so unrelenting that it soon drowns out all the films' strengths in an ocean of fashionable nihilism and socially conscious outrage. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2012
3.5/5 Flight (2012) Tom Clift Even when many of his characters big binges and corresponding redemptive moments stretch credulity, Washington makes you believe them. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2012
5/5 It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) Tom Clift Will have you laughing through tears while pondering the meaning of life, the universe and everything. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2012
3.5/5 Dredd (2012) Tom Clift The Raid meets Zack Snyder meets Robocop EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2012
4.5/5 Looper (2012) Tom Clift Anchors high-concept thrills and captivating ideas in a world of challenging morality and intricate personal consequences. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2012
4/5 The Bay (2012) Tom Clift Contagion by way of Paranormal Activity EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/5 Frances Ha (2012) Tom Clift Blessedly more interested with being funny and relatable than it is with trying to make pretentious statement about generational or societal detachment. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2012
2.5/5 The Paperboy (2012) Tom Clift Lewd, ludicrous and utterly convinced of its own gritty artistic merit, The Paperboy's closest cinematic cousin may very well be Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2012
.5/5 The Impossible (2012) Tom Clift Emotional exploitation of the most vile and insensitive kind, The Impossible is an insult to the victims of the tragedy it depicts. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2012
2/5 Red Dawn (2012) Tom Clift Yet another awful, flag-waving, post-War on Terror guilt reassignment picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3.5/5 Frankenweenie (2012) Tom Clift Burton brings genuine enthusiasm to Frankenweenie that helps it transcend its stylistic familiarity EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/5 Cloud Atlas (2012) Tom Clift It is stained glass cinema: shards of disparate splendour made breathtakingly whole. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2012