Birmingham Mail

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Ram-Leela (2013) Manish Gajjar In what is most probably her career-best performance, Deepika wins you over with her acting and dancing prowess. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Roz Laws Star Wars fans will want to see this, if only to discuss its failings, but I can't see it having a wide appeal at the cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2015
Quantum of Solace (2008) Graham Young It's good, yes, but it won't leave you shaken or stirred. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015
5/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Graham Young Running to a brisk 85 minutes, the movie never wastes a second. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2015
4/5 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Graham Young Outlandishly entertaining and gadget-packed with eye-popping set pieces including a bumper-to-bumper car chase, Kingsman aims to be nothing more than a supremely escapist night out laced with lots of Tarantino-lite kinetic violence. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2015
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Graham Young Anything James Bond can do, it seems, Jason Bourne can do, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2015
Star Trek (2009) Graham Young Star Trek works by paying homage to the past without being chained down by its history. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2015
5/5 The Hurt Locker (2008) Graham Young The idea of watching people risking being blown to smithereens might not create a box office blockbuster. But this is certainly director Kathryn Bigelow's best film since Point Break in 1991. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2015
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Roz Laws It's highly implausible at times but still entertaining, touching and romantic. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
2/5 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Graham Young Yawnography. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 The Gambler (2014) Graham Young Monahan's script is far too wordy for its own good and the uneven score (by two composers) seems to be taken over by a Michael Nyman fan at all of the wrong moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 Ex Machina (2015) Graham Young The lush setting avoids the stifling grey look of so many other sci-fi films and the commendably-restrained special effects are as outstanding as the three fast-rising lead actors. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 Interstellar (2014) Graham Young Interstellar's themes are universal and some of the dialogue really resonates too. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 Obvious Child (2014) Graham Young An independent film with characters you'll care about as well as a rare silver screen attempt to at least begin to try to understand the nature of abortion. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) Graham Young It's unlikely to appeal beyond Cave's core fan base -- but they are sure to love its sheer eccentricity. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 The Drop (2006) Graham Young The Drop is predictable but this portrait of greed and ambition on the mean streets of New York hits most of the right menacing notes. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 The Imitation Game (2014) Graham Young Morten Tyldum's masterful drama neither shies away from Turing's homosexuality nor lingers on it, framing nail-biting events at Bletchley Park with the mathematician's 1951 arrest in Manchester. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Graham Young While Keaton is a tour-de-force, Fight Club star Ed Norton is similarly rejuvenated as co-star Mike. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
In Bruges (2008) Graham Young In Bruges is a refreshingly different take on the hitmen genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Graham Young A James Bond movie, fairy tale and potentially a full blown horror story rolled into one, if you enjoyed the original Swedish vampire thriller Let The Right One In, you'll find much to admire here. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Graham Young The new story sees some rebellious creatures coming out from their underworld to attack humans. Watching Hellboy physically sorting them out is terrific fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
5/5 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Roz Laws I was a fan of the first film about this unlikely hero, a big red guy with horns, a tail and a liking for sweets, kittens and cigars. And the good news is the sequel is even better. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Graham Young Bridge to Terabithia is the most moving, intelligent drama with children for a decade. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2014
4/5 Coraline (2009) Graham Young This is a wonderful-looking animation with a wafer-thin plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2014
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Graham Young The cinematography and creature effects are terrific, while the subtitles never get in the way of the story which follows young girl Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) into a nether world which will test her to the limit with a series of dangerous tasks. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/5 Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) Graham Young ( ... ) whimsical to the point of being an itch you can't scratch. When one of Britain's most successful stars tries to say with a perfectly straight face,"I'm not rich and I'm not important," you'll find it impossible to believe him! EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 The Expendables 3 (2014) Graham Young After the two earlier movies were rated 18 and then 15, many will decry the lack of blood in the new 12A, but the actors seem to be enjoying their pensioners' paintball party complete with helicopter funships. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 Step Up: All In (2014) Graham Young The dancing is king. So if you can't stand the heat of competition, stay out of the kitchen. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 The Nut Job (2014) Graham Young Children under seven will enjoy the slapstick nature of the fun and the irresistible Gangnam Style end credits sequence [but] parents might question why a film of this nature needs to feature humans using guns. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 Believe (2013) Graham Young Believe has its heart in the right place and it's nice to see a homely British film about family life. A bit like watching your own team, you'll feel yourself cheering it on regardless of how badly it is playing at any given time. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Graham Young In a have, have-not society the script might have had less threat of gore and more depth as a genuine thought-provoking social commentary of our times. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 Pudsey the Dog: The Movie (2014) Graham Young There's a pig that keeps trying to lay an egg. Repeatedly, for those slow on the uptake. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Graham Young Forget motion-capture, this is motion-rapture. Meanwhile, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up) finds some extraordinary piano notes to emphasise contemplative silence as much as imminent threat. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Graham Young With multi Oscar-nominated British cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall) advising, DreamWorks' visual work is stunning, but the story feels fragmented by the mixture of strange accents and additional sub-plots. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 Begin Again (2013) Graham Young John Carney's retread never gets close to replicating the stunning emotional core of Once. But for those seeing Begin Again from a fresh perspective, it's ( ... ) a more light-hearted ( ... ) alternative to the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 Last Love (2013) Graham Young Caine's brave attempt to speak pigeon French with an American accent produces some unintentionally comedic moments. Every time he says 'Merci', for example, you'll think he's spotted a horse. As in "mare, see!" EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 Boyhood (2014) Graham Young What Boyhood lacks in terms of story development and pace, this inevitably flawed but compelling experiment compensates by showing its central cast experiencing real life and growing considerably older without the need for special effects and prosthetics. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 A Hard Day's Night (1964) Graham Young A Hard Day's Night is a chance to experience to the joyous, early days of pop - while at the same time noting how the pressures of re-energising national life were beginning to close in on the enchanting innocence of youth. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 Cold in July (2014) Graham Young The 'That's for the hat' speech is a delicious bit of fun, but the film's final third is so derivative and keen to shock if feels like a different movie entirely. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 Chef (2014) Graham Young Bitingly funny, bang up to date and flavoured with the winning combination of good music and plenty of stunningly-shot kitchen scenes which will leave you swearing you can smell every meal that's cooking. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 Walking on Sunshine (2014) Graham Young Sexy, not smutty, and resisting the temptation to be anything other than a family-friendly romp, Walking on Sunshine is such a feelgood pre-holiday tonic it should be available on the NHS. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 3 Days to Kill (2014) Graham Young ( ... ) a mindlessly entertaining, disjointed, frequently unbelievable hell-for-leather action adventure. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 Jersey Boys (2014) Graham Young Jersey Boys features brilliant art direction but frustrates in equal measure by straddling too many decades, with the scant emotions of an off-set death clearly defining the problem. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Graham Young A positive and inspirational experience, far removed from cloying sentimentality. Hollywood might have lost touch with several genres in recent years, but on this evidence the weepie is back. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 Belle (2013) Graham Young Though having the kind of pedestrian pace which often hits British costume dramas (Keira Knightley's 2008 film The Duchess excepted), Belle is sumptuously filmed and feels relevant. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) Graham Young If you enjoy going to the cinema to see wonderful cinematography and inventive quirkiness, then T. S. Spivet is your man. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 Devil's Knot (2013) Graham Young It doesn't quite gel as either a proper whodunnit, an insight into a killer's mind, a debate about lyrics in heavy metal music or a gripping legal case. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 Grace of Monaco (2014) Graham Young A potentially sweeping romantic drama about a Hollywood actress giving up her career for true love's kiss feels more like a fly-on-the-wall documentary about EU attempts to inflict a mansion tax on the wealthy. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 22 Jump Street (2014) Graham Young Despite some inevitable lulls, several scenes are as consistently funny as anything we've seen for years. And, like Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in last year's The Heat, the dialogue between the two leads makes up for the holes in the plot. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 Maleficent (2014) Graham Young While little is properly explained - hence the excessive narration - the scene where Jolie clutches her chest while howling for her beautiful wings, is deeply moving. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014