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A Simple Favor (2018)
As the mystery begins to unravel, so does the film. A tone that was already wavering gets some serious wobbles, and by the end, all of its flaws are on display.
Posted Sep 23, 2018
It's a film with depth, tackling big issues while managing to be an immensely personal story at the same time.
Posted Jan 30, 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
His fifth collaboration with DiCaprio sits within the Scorsese back-catalogue like it was always meant to be there.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Does what it does reasonably well (but) it feels like dozens of other spy films and as a result is unlikely to linger long in the memory.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Saving Mr Banks is perfectly gauged to suit its subject matter - the light touch of Disney and the toughness of Travers, the slickness of Hollywood and the roughness of the Aussie outback.
Posted Jan 12, 2014
Stiller has aimed high, and even if he hasn't made it to the top, the view is still pretty good from where he ended up.
Posted Jan 2, 2014
This is definitely one for the whole family to chill out with on a hot Aussie summer's day.
Posted Jan 2, 2014
[Jackson] deftly nagivates a path between the dark perils of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world and the necessary jokey lighter moments.
Posted Dec 28, 2013
It's perhaps easiest to simply say this - if you love Anchorman, you'll love Anchorman 2.
Posted Dec 19, 2013
If you think the food metaphors and similes I've whipped up in this review became increasingly tiresome and childish, then that perhaps is the best analogy of all for describing Cloudy 2.
Posted Dec 17, 2013
American Hustle (2013)
AS with previous films The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell can expect to bother the prize-givers this award season with American Hustle.
Posted Dec 17, 2013
One Chance (2014)
The film will appeal to those who love such British underdog stories as The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Billy Elliot.
Posted Nov 28, 2013
Catching Fire picks up all the potential of its predecessor and runs it in for a triumphant touchdown.
Posted Nov 21, 2013
There is something really unsettling and weird about this, and I'm not talking about when the kid does a hilariously wrong striptease to Warrant's Cherry Pie at a beauty pageant.
Posted Nov 13, 2013
The Counselor (2013)
A film about a bunch of people you don't like doing things you don't understand for reasons you don't care about.
Posted Nov 7, 2013
Captain Phillips (2013)
An edge-of-your-seat cat-and-mouse game for much of its running time.
Posted Oct 24, 2013
Prisoners is haunting and will stick with you ... this is one of the best films of the year.
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2 Guns (2013)
Kormákur lets the solid story, some neat surprises and its A-list stars do the work.
Posted Oct 10, 2013
Rush has set the bar remarkably high for any filmmaker who dares to attempt a movie about formula one in the future.
Posted Oct 6, 2013
Runner Runner (2013)
The film moves quickly initially, mostly to blow past the fact that its premise is hard to swallow, but it settles into an attractive pace as the tension rises.
Posted Sep 26, 2013
One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
This Is Us is like a balloon - it's shiny and kinda fun for about 10 minutes, but ultimately it's full of nothing.
Posted Sep 20, 2013
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
IT'S a rarity, but it's nice when a sequel learns from the mistakes of its predecessor.
Posted Sep 13, 2013
White House Down (2013)
Mr Die Hard Goes To Washington ... will certainly be on my "guilty pleasures of the year" list.
Posted Sep 5, 2013
Blomkamp aims higher and thinks bigger with Elysium, keeping the smarts and heart of District 9, while ramping up the action.
Posted Aug 15, 2013
Now You See Me (2013)
Like a real magic show, Now You See Me is thoroughly entertaining for the most part, but is ultimately silly and substanceless.
Posted Aug 12, 2013
The World's End (2013)
The Cornetto Trilogy deserves to be studied in schools for many reasons, and The World's End doesn't let the team down.
Posted Jul 31, 2013
The Wolverine (2013)
The X-Men movies generally fall into two distinct categories - the great and the awful. The Wolverine is the first to land right in the middle.
Posted Jul 27, 2013
This Is the End (2013)
One of the funniest films of the year so far.
Posted Jul 18, 2013
The Lone Ranger (2013)
If you can embrace the easy-going spectacle of it all and its general respect for the Lone Ranger legacy, you'll probably enjoy it.
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
It's perfectly timed pratfalls will have the parents laughing just as much as the kids.
Posted Jul 2, 2013
After Earth (2013)
At least it's a step-up on The Happening and The Last Airbender. Compared to those, After Earth looks like Citizen Kane. But that's not saying much.
Posted Jun 13, 2013
Another similarity it shares with Van Helsing is that it's not very good.
Posted Jun 11, 2013
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
"Having been so pleasantly surprised by how great Fast 5 was, Fast & Furious 6 is a massively bonkers disappointment.
Posted Jun 6, 2013
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Like Gatsby himself, it comes so close to achieving its dream, only to fall agonisingly and frustratingly short.
Posted May 30, 2013
The Hangover Part III (2013)
The film was never going to recapture the magic of the first, but at least it's an improvement on the second.
Posted May 23, 2013
The Company You Keep (2013)
Welcome back, Mr Redford.
Posted May 16, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
In its quieter moments, between the frustrating amount of lens flares and deliberate CG camera wobbles, there is a graceful intelligence to the film.
Posted May 9, 2013
Reverse Runner (2012)
Unsurprisingly amateurish, which lends it a certain charm, but also impressive in many ways.
Posted Apr 22, 2013
Alex Cross (2012)
Where to start with all the things wrong with this film?
Posted Apr 16, 2013
Mildly enjoyable, Cruise is good, and it's too middle-of-the-road to really dislike.
Posted Apr 11, 2013
Identity Thief (2013)
When the plot feels like you've seen it three times before, and done better on each of those occasions, the movie better have something else going for it. Identity Thief doesn't.
Posted Apr 4, 2013
The Croods (2013)
You won't learn anything about life 100,000 years ago, but you may enjoy yourself.
Posted Apr 1, 2013
A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
It would be a shame if this is John McClane's final bow, but on the strength of this effort, maybe it's time for him to hang up the machine gun.
Posted Mar 21, 2013
Dredd is like a gun - not everyone likes them and they're only good for one thing, but they do that one thing really, really well.
Posted Mar 19, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Oz The Great And Powerful is as good as it could be.
Posted Mar 17, 2013
Once you settle in, this is an educational and enlightening epic. Yes, it can be ponderous, but for the most part, Lincoln is entertaining.
Posted Feb 28, 2013
The real audience here is Burton fans (add an extra star to this review if you're a Burton fan).
Posted Feb 26, 2013
The Impossible (2012)
The aim appears to be audience immersion, as if The Impossible really wants to almost drown you along with its stars - albeit in your own tears.
Posted Feb 21, 2013
Safe Haven (2013)
(The twist) is so incredibly baffling and profoundly stupid that it will make you want to punch the movie in the face.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Killing Them Softly (2012)