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Rating Title/Year Author
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Karl Quinn Homecoming is a feast. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
1/5 Abduction (2011) Giles Hardie Sooner or later Taylor Lautner is going to have to stop excelling despite the limitations his films put upon him. For now, he'll have to make do with surviving one of the year's worst films. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2/5 Johnny English Reborn (2011) Giles Hardie Rowan Atkinson has just slapped a new coat of paint on the old, simple and somewhat tired James Bond clown-car. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2011
2.5/5 Skin (2008) Giles Hardie While it's important we never forget the horrendous evils of humanities past, Skin is sadly one social studies class too many. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2010
3/5 The Blind Side (2009) Giles Hardie The Blind Side is a big budget, well crafted and finely honed... movie of the week. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2010
4.5/5 A Single Man (2009) Giles Hardie A Single man is beautiful to look at, exquisitely told and possessed of a rare casual-paced charm that most other film makers take a career to evolve. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2010
4.5/5 The Hurt Locker (2008) Giles Hardie Succeeds where so many others have failed, by crafting a compelling Iraq war film. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2010
2.5/5 From Paris With Love (2010) Giles Hardie This feels like a middling 80s action film supposedly amped up by being set in Paris, but instead dumbed down by daft story telling. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2010
4/5 Shutter Island (2010) Giles Hardie A gripping, suspenseful mystery whose plot doesn't so much twist, as writhe as the viewer attempts to grasp it... compelling and captivating, a revitalised gothic mystery that is both terrific and thrilling to the last. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2010
4.5/5 Crazy Heart (2009) Giles Hardie Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake truly embodies the phrase Oscar worthy performance... Crazy Heart is great and wonderfully worth seeing, but Jeff Bridges performance in it, is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2010
3.5/5 Edge of Darkness (2010) Giles Hardie Though Ray Winstone does his best to elevate this story, in the end Edge of Darkness is a fairly basic Mel beats up the bad guys flick EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4/5 Daybreakers (2009) Giles Hardie Daybreakers is a perfect panacea to audiences averse to the tweeny romanticisation of the undead by Twilight and its ilk. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4/5 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Giles Hardie Precious is a triumph of the soul, a triumph of a film and a heart-warming story that will touch all but the toughest cynics. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
3/5 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Giles Hardie "It is a bit hard to see quite where Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief's market lies. Too adult for juveniles, too juvenile for adults. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4.5/5 A Prophet (2009) Giles Hardie With a rich vein of brains, brawn and twists to constantly turn this film and its audience on their heads, Une Prophet is a truly compelling journey into the criminal world, that may well prove to be the Godfather of its generation. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
3.5/5 Valentine's Day (2010) Giles Hardie Valentine's Day the film, is exactly what you think it is. You can't complain if you see it, because, you were warned. By the title, by the trailer and by the genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4/5 The Wolfman (2010) Giles Hardie To say there is nothing new about The Wolfman is to miss the fact that this is its charm. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2010
3.5/5 Nine (2009) Giles Hardie The lasting impression of Rob Marshall's musical Nine is almost... but not quite. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2010
4.5/5 In the Loop (2009) Giles Hardie Prepare yourself for an hour and a half of political farce made only funnier by the fact that these ludicrous actions and explanations all feel so terrifyingly plausible. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
3.5/5 Invictus (2009) Giles Hardie With Invictus, Eastwood gets his message across in much the same way as the South African special forces -- he beats us over the head with it. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
3/5 Tooth Fairy (2010) Giles Hardie The feeling upon walking out of Tooth Fairy closely resembles the notion one often has upon leaving the dentist -- that wasn't nearly as bad as expected. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4/5 Bran Nue Dae (2009) Giles Hardie If you dare to like happy films, this Bran Nue Dae is just for you. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4.5/5 Up in the Air (2009) Giles Hardie Up In The Air is not only a funny, satirical delight as well as a beautifully crafted thoughtful observation on society, but it is also refreshingly different, and a film that prompts a second viewing even as you enjoy the first ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4/5 Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Giles Hardie For large portions of Law Abiding Citizen we're not sure who is going to be the winner here, nor who we want to be, and though it won't make for much of a date flick, as far as intelligent action flicks go, it gets two big burly thumbs up. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4.5/5 The Road (2009) Giles Hardie Avoiding all the pit falls of the bleak genre, The Road is captivating and in the end inspiring, and though not a film for everyone, a great film for any who enjoy thoughtful, artful cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2010
3.5/5 The Princess and the Frog (2009) Giles Hardie Disney are back doing hand drawn animation, and despite a slightly stuttering start to shake off the cobwebs, they're still doing it very well. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2010
4.5/5 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Giles Hardie With one creative genius adapting the work of another, the result is a mesmeric, visual feast, a host of adorable eccentric characters and a truly wonderful, kid friendly, caper. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2010
4/5 It's Complicated (2009) Giles Hardie A refined, balanced and eminently funny film, featuring three sublime performances from its incredibly talented leads. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2010
5/5 Avatar (2009) Giles Hardie From the music to the muse, this is clearly a James Cameron flick, clearly a masterpiece, and clearly marks a revolution in blockbusters, for if you only see one film in a 3-D cinema this year, make it Avatar. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
2/5 Broken Embraces (2009) Giles Hardie When film makers start making films about film makers, you begin to worry that they've run out of inspiration. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
4/5 Les Beaux Gosses (2009) Giles Hardie Those who feel subtitles inherently mean a dull night at the cinema, would be well advised to try French Kissers or as it should be known France 90210. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
4/5 Sherlock Holmes (2009) Giles Hardie This Sherlock Holmes combines dark arts and action, wit and tongue-in-cheek mirth, to feel like a great film adaptation of a comic book version of Holmes. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 Old Dogs (2009) Giles Hardie Those expecting new tricks or even vaguely inventive laughs from Old Dogs or its two waning stars should heed the obvious cliche. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/6 The Lovely Bones (2009) Giles Hardie Peter Jackson has successfully filmed hobbits in middle earth and aliens in South Africa, but struggles to combine the visuals of a teenage girl in limbo with the ordeals of a family in hell. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/5 Bright Star (2009) Giles Hardie Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) Giles Hardie With less edge than soup, Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a proud, plain, rom com. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) Giles Hardie A surprising array of stars play the helium voiced sextet, safe in the knowledge that noone is going to be offended by this charming chipmunk squeakquel. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
5/5 Nowhere Boy (2009) Giles Hardie Setting a cracking pace, Nowhere Boy is a joyful journey into the power of personality, the finding of friends and the start of an amazing life, and to top it off, is one of the best films of the year to boot. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/5 9 (2009) Giles Hardie Gorgeously animated, beautifully executed and incredibly imaginative, Shane Acker's 9 manages to nonetheless feel a little bit like something you've seen before. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2009
3/5 Away We Go (2009) Giles Hardie Sam Mendes' Away We Go is two thirds of a good film. Many good laughs. A decent concept. No follow through. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2009
4/5 Planet 51 (2009) Giles Hardie Well and truly aimed at kids, Planet 51 is a film they will thoroughly enjoy yet which any accompanying adult will have lots of laughs in too. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2009
1/5 The Invention of Lying (2009) Giles Hardie Somewhere between a great concept and an awful script The Invention of Lying got lost in its own truth gimmick. But the truth is, it starts bad and just gets worse. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2009
3.5/5 Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Giles Hardie While for some there is something disconcerting about the lifeless eyes of the otherwise life like characters, it certainly lends itself to large 3D cinemas, with rubber faced characters and grand sweeping movement. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2009