Birmingham Post

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Ratatouille (2007) Mike Davies The latest from Pixar and Oscar winning writer-director Brad Bird is a fabulously enjoyable parable about the pursuit of excellence and rising above the preconceptions of others. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2015
The Simpsons Movie (2007) Mike Davies Simpsons fans will love it unreservedly, I was amused and passably entertained. It's better if less daring than the South Park movie and sharper if less poignant than the first Rugrats one. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/5 In Bruges (2008) Mike Davies Almost certainly the most expletive-riddled film of the year, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's feature debut puts a fresh spin on the hitman genre that's part Harold Pinter, part Laurel and Hardy and part Fellini. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 Enchanted (2007) Mike Davies Narrated by Julie Andrews with Marsden gleefully camping it up and Adams the personification of winning charm, only a Scrooge would deny the film possesses oodles of fun and wit. It's just not as enchanting as it deserves to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2014
4/5 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Mike Davies Other than Christopher Nolan, is there another director as hot as Guillermo del Toro? EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 The Princess and the Frog (2009) Roz Laws It benefits from a funny script and a useful message about relying on hard work rather than wishes to succeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2014
4/5 Coraline (2009) Roz Laws A stunning visual delight, this beautifully-made animated adventure will thrill children of about eight and above. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2014
3/5 Northern Soul (2014) Graham Young For aficionados, Northern Soul will be a memory-stirring treat, even if, like its predecessor SoulBoy (2010), it doesn't have the legs to go the full distance. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Graham Young 25 years after the first Ninja Turtles' movie, the return of the reptilian heroes in a half-shell is surprisingly enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 The Judge (2014) Graham Young Director and co-writer David Dobkin doesn't end the 141-minute film neatly, but you'll appreciate a story that stirs your emotions. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 The Maze Runner (2014) Graham Young The Maze Runner generally has ambitious production values, is well edited and boasts a thumping score. Think of it as Lord Of the Flies meets Alien. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 The Rewrite (2014) Graham Young A watchable but equally unremarkable romantic comedy where only the critically-risky title really plays with fire. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 The Riot Club (2014) Graham Young Posh will certainly reinforce a certain male stereotype in the national psyche. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 Gone Girl (2014) Graham Young An admirably-tense mystery from master director David Fincher. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 District 9 (2009) Roz Laws District 9 is a brave attempt by first-time director Blomkamp and well worth a look. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2014
5/5 The Dark Knight (2008) Mike Davies The most thematically sophisticated, most philosophically profound, most narratively complex and most viscerally thrilling super-hero movie of all. It transcends the genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2/5 Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) Graham Young Hector and the Search for Happiness will put the odd grin on your face, but it's whimsical to the point of being an itch you can't scratch. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 The Expendables 3 (2014) Graham Young The Expendables 3 is jaggedly constructed given the conflicting demands of its stars' diaries, but it's bookended with pile-driving action sequences either side of mystery gun battles. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
5/5 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Graham Young When you stop to realise what these girls have done to enrich your life, only for one to become a cleaner and another to start teaching Spanish, your tears will be real. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Dan Kay Following on from The Muppets movie two years ago, their eighth feature film sees our heroes enjoying a grand world tour. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2014
1/5 Total Siyapaa (2014) Manish Gajjar Director Niwas's comic caper consists of a few incidents patched together making up a wafer thin plotline. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 Need for Speed (2014) Graham Young If you're suffering from withdrawal symptoms for high-octane action, DreamWorks is ready with an instant adrenaline fix. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/5 The Zero Theorem (2013) Graham Young Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 The Stag (2013) Graham Young If you're in the mood for a warm-hearted Irish stag party comedy drama, then look no further. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2014
5/5 Frozen (2013) Graham Young A fabulously festive, funny and enjoyable return to form that Walt would surely have adored. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 Kill Your Darlings (2013) Graham Young Krokidas unflinchingly shoots even the film's most dramatic moments with an unusually shallow depth of field. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 Nebraska (2013) Graham Young There are insights into old age, pearls of wisdom and gags galore, all wrapped up in a coating that's more akin to a bitter lemon than sugar. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 Getaway (2013) Graham Young If you want to see a film make any kind of sense - or at least not to profit from attacking scores of others with a high-speed vehicle on the assumption you might save one person - then run for your life. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 Homefront (2013) Graham Young Statham is not the English Clint Eastwood yet, but if someone fancied calling him Dirty Jason... who knows? EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 Flu (2013) Graham Young From the opening caption 'This film is not based on real events', Flu has style and energy. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 The Family (2013) Graham Young Besson has made a career out of a willingness to experiment but The Family's tonal variations jar. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 The Selfish Giant (2013) Graham Young This is independent, regional British cinema at its best. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 Parkland (2013) Graham Young Kennedy's death is dramatically reflected via the emergency room emotions. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Graham Young Though overlong at 146 minutes, Catching Fire retains the original's curiously-engaging mix of The Running Man, Spartacus, Ben Hur, Avatar and Rambo. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Graham Young As the beating heart of this story about "a crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice", Whitaker is back on form. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 The Counselor (2013) Graham Young Despite some lovely exchanges and cracking lines, The Counsellor is too complex and wordy for its own good, so it's Cormac 1, Scott 0. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 Don Jon (2013) Graham Young The end is satisfaction enough to justify the initially explicit means. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/5 Dom Hemingway (2013) Graham Young The Shakespearean-style cod language here offers Law few favours in either direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/5 Love Tomorrow (2012) Graham Young Despite their gifts for dancing, the two leads here never look quite as comfortable delivering their lines. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/5 Kelly & Victor (2012) Graham Young An uncompromisingly tough watch, a tale of hard drugs and even stronger sex set in Liverpool. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/5 Seduced and Abandoned (2013) Graham Young It feels honest, with Baldwin admitting he's sometimes trusted people he shouldn't have. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
5/5 Gravity (2013) Graham Young A nail-biting journey that's as nerve-wracking as it is technically impressive. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/5 Now You See Me (2013) Graham Young Ignore the gaping plot holes and Now You See Me all comes together in gloriously silly fashion. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 The Bling Ring (2013) Graham Young As a potential future video manual which could encourage some people to become high-end criminals, it left me uneasy. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 The Internship (2013) Graham Young Agreeably topical, intermittently funny, occasionally moving... and arguably the biggest product placement plug of all time ... EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 Bula Quo! (2013) Graham Young Bula Quo! is non-stop fun if you fancy James Bond lite crossed with Jaws, Mr Bean, Mamma Mia! and TV holiday show Wish You Were Here...? EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 Chasing Mavericks (2012) Graham Young It's a relatively hackneyed drama, unable to turn the real-life story of young surfer Jay Moriarity (Johnny Weston) into a silver screen sizzler. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
4/5 This Is the End (2013) Graham Young In-jokes about celebrity culture and what these stars might really be like pours gasoline onto every spark. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 Despicable Me 2 (2013) Graham Young The switch freshens up the premise and means you don't need to have seen the original. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/5 Man of Steel (2013) Graham Young In 35 years' time, I rather suspect today's popcorn fix will simply be described as 'pants'. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2013