"Audiences high on popcorn fumes will laugh along at the smut. But, at its core, this is a spiritually empty vessel trying to make a lot of box office noise. Blazing Saddles (1974) or Cat Ballou (1965) it ain't. "
"It seems that miracles do happen in modern cinema. It's warm, funny, tender, serious and ( ... ) decidedly old fashioned. There's no swearing, no pandering to repeated toilet gags and the 'gross-out' market is all but ignored. "
Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
In Secret (2014)
The Two Faces of January (2014)
"A sumptuous film to watch. Humphrey Bogart would have loved the men's clothes, Dunst recalls the golden age of individual Hollywood actresses and the sun-baked locations are so dry you'll thirst for a summer drink. "
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
"Winter Soldier has enough intrigue to satisfy fans and a Heat-style street battle cements it as a stand-alone thriller, albeit one which doesn't really reflect how 'winter soldiers' were 1970s' Vietnam veterans concerned about US war crimes. "
Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
Starred Up (2014)
Labor Day (2014)
Under the Skin (2014)
"Offering a compelling, alien's-eye view of our murky human world, Under The Skin is dark, edgy, mysterious and very strange, with the most distinctive score since There Will Be Blood chipping away at our nerves. "
Veronica Mars (2014)
The Zero Theorem (2014)
"Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall [but] the film lacks an emotional tangent to pull in the mainstream. "
Need For Speed (2014)
"What is most surprising about Need For Speed is how badly it starts off. With too much exposition and not enough spark between the characters, it's as if the overlong 130-minute film will live up to its title for all of the wrong reasons. "
Escape From Planet Earth (2013)
"One only has to think of Battlefield Earth and After Earth to realise that putting the name of our planet into a movie title isn't always a good idea. Happily, Escape From Planet Earth is a reasonable exception. "
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
Ride Along (2014)
"A dumb action thriller with brains. Its closest relative is Executive Decision (1996), Kurt Russell's pulsating hijack thriller which might well have given Osama Bin Laden a few ideas in the first place... "
"It's exciting to see post-communism Russian cinema patriotically revisiting its own history like this. I didn't mind the clichés, because part of Stalingrad's 131-minute charm is that in some ways it feels 40 years old. "
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
The Invisible Woman (2013)
The Pirate Fairy (2014)
Cuban Fury (2014)
"Nick Frost delivers one of the great physical performances of the modern cinema era. Sexually, though, [Cuban Fury] is inexplicably playing for a decidedly 'adult humour' audience, thus eliminating ( ... ) family audiences. "
The Monuments Men (2014)
"Much of the story could have been introduced with a prologue, leaving Clooney's character Frank Stokes to either concentrate on one raid or the perilous journey of a particularly prized piece of art. "
The LEGO Movie (2014)
"It's brilliantly animated and incredibly well shot - whether it's the dazzling 'Busytown' cityscapes that children's author-illustrator Richard Scarry might once have created or simply two characters defying the breathtakingly shallow depth of field. "
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
That Awkward Moment (2014)
"Playing like an explicit, junior equivalent of Sex And The City combined with the emotional immaturity that Adam Sandler delivers with his own style of ensemble movies, the film's plot lines are messy and unfocused. "
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Lone Survivor (2014)
"Peter Berg is effectively offering four Rambos for the price of one - the Seals' bullet-whistling gunfight scenes are a combination of Saving Private Ryan on a ridge, Heat on a hill and Open Range out in the open. Bang, bang, bang! And bang again! "
Delivery Man (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
The Railway Man (2014)
"As an Oscar winner for The King's Speech (2010), Firth has nothing to prove. But this is a performance which he might eventually consider to be his finest, speaking volumes for men who quietly carried the burdens of evil on their shoulders. "
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"Had the icy transformations, the shadows, the devilment and the edge-of-seat action all been sustained for longer at the expense of the odd spoonful of sugar it would have been untouchable in the modern era. "
Kill Your Darlings (2013)