In Bruges (2008)
The word 'unexpected' is a severe understatement when regarding the narrative genius of In Bruges.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
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.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
Powerfully directed, brilliantly acted, this stands as one of the films of 2008.
Posted Oct 28, 2014
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
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.
Posted Feb 16, 2014
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.
Posted Jan 20, 2014
American Hustle (2013)
A slick, funny and hugely entertaining film anchored by a genuine emotional centre.
Posted Dec 13, 2013
The new Carrie is cowardly and artistically empty. If you avoid one movie this year, make it this one.
Posted Nov 30, 2013
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
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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.
Posted Nov 16, 2013
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Generic plotting aside, The Dark World is an entertaining entry in the hit-and-miss Marvel franchise.
Posted Nov 10, 2013
Unfolds with the sickening tension of a great police procedural, all while poking at America's social and political hypocrisies.
Posted Oct 27, 2013
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Insightful, squirmingly funny and boasting an absolutely unmissable performance from first time Allen collaborator Cate Blanchett.
Posted Oct 1, 2013
White House Down (2013)
Where Emmerich consistently distinguishes himself from obvious contemporaries like Transformers maestro Michael Bay is that, in his films, patriotism never equals prejudice.
Posted Sep 25, 2013
Thanks For Sharing (2013)
It's the universally impressive performances that ultimately make Thank For Sharing worth the ticket price.
Posted Sep 20, 2013
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.
Posted Jun 26, 2013
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Souped-up action filmmaking at its most unabashedly entertaining.
Posted Jun 15, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
A straightforward, blessedly unencumbered popcorn flick brimming with excitement and slickly rendered spectacle.
Posted May 11, 2013
An admirable failure; an overlong, awkwardly paced mishmash of cool but familiar ideas and all-too predictable plot-twists.
Posted May 3, 2013
Sleepwalk With Me (2012)
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.
Posted Apr 10, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
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.
Posted Apr 6, 2013
Jurassic Park (1993)
A film that managed to terrify a generation of children one minute, leave them eager to hunt for fossils in their backyard the next.
Posted Apr 3, 2013
A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Sees both franchise and character transformed into tragically unimaginative, cacophonously violent and embarrassingly unfunny shadows of their once great former selves.
Posted Mar 27, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
A perfectly solid family adventure, one that's made all the more fun for cinebuffs by those signature Raimi touches.
Posted Mar 14, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
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.
Posted Feb 19, 2013
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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.
Posted Feb 3, 2013
Django Unchained (2012)
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
Posted Jan 25, 2013
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.
Posted Jan 17, 2013
Life of Pi (2012)
A dazzling digital dreamscape that sets staggering new heights for what can be accomplished with 3D technology.
Posted Jan 12, 2013
Promised Land (2013)
While Damon and Krasinski have penned likable, real characters, the story surrounding them is only sporadically compelling.
Posted Jan 10, 2013
Gangster Squad (2013)
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.
Posted Jan 7, 2013
Les Misérables (2012)
Overstuffed, dreary and dripping with sickening sentimentality, what starts promisingly soon becomes a two-and-a-half hour struggle to stay awake.
Posted Dec 31, 2012
Liberal Arts (2012)
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.
Posted Dec 25, 2012
This is 40 (2012)
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.
Posted Dec 16, 2012
Jack Reacher (2012)
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.
Posted Dec 10, 2012
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
While the concept is novel - and the animation often dazzling - the story and characterisations soon prove trite, condescending and dull.
Posted Dec 4, 2012
The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)
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.
Posted Dec 2, 2012
A funny, heartfelt if admittedly formulaic feature that boasts first rate performances and a genuine affection for its characters.
Posted Nov 28, 2012
Suffers from unconvincing plotting, and a third act so bad it brings the roof of the whole endeavour caving in
Posted Nov 21, 2012
Killing Them Softly (2012)
The message is so unrelenting that it soon drowns out all the films' strengths in an ocean of fashionable nihilism and socially conscious outrage.
Posted Nov 14, 2012
Even when many of his characters big binges and corresponding redemptive moments stretch credulity, Washington makes you believe them.
Posted Oct 28, 2012
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Will have you laughing through tears while pondering the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Posted Oct 21, 2012
The Raid meets Zack Snyder meets Robocop
Posted Oct 17, 2012
Anchors high-concept thrills and captivating ideas in a world of challenging morality and intricate personal consequences.
Posted Oct 16, 2012
The Bay (2012)
Contagion by way of Paranormal Activity
Posted Oct 11, 2012
Frances Ha (2013)
Blessedly more interested with being funny and relatable than it is with trying to make pretentious statement about generational or societal detachment.
Posted Oct 10, 2012
The Paperboy (2012)
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.
Posted Oct 8, 2012
The Impossible (2012)
Emotional exploitation of the most vile and insensitive kind, The Impossible is an insult to the victims of the tragedy it depicts.
Posted Oct 4, 2012
Red Dawn (2012)
Yet another awful, flag-waving, post-War on Terror guilt reassignment picture.
Posted Sep 29, 2012
Burton brings genuine enthusiasm to Frankenweenie that helps it transcend its stylistic familiarity
Posted Sep 27, 2012
Cloud Atlas (2012)