The Sun Herald

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Wolf Creek 2 (2013) Ed Gibbs This critic's eyebrows were raised more for the inclusion of Rolf Harris' Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport than for any would-be chills, which bizarrely fail to materialise. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2014
8/10 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Ed Gibbs Former heart-throb turned indie king, Matthew McConaughey goes for broke with what could well be his most affecting on-screen turn yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2014
6/10 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Ed Gibbs In the wake of Mandela's recent passing, this well-intentioned adaptation of the great man's best-selling autobiography inevitably takes on a greater poignancy and stature. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2014
4/10 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) Ed Gibbs This latest instalment in the found-footage, domestic-horror franchise opts for far greater supernatural silliness than its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2014
10/10 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Ed Gibbs A flawless piece of classic Coen brothers cinema, exquisitely timed and told by all. Quite possibly their finest work yet. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2014
8/10 Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Ed Gibbs As far as family entertainment goes, there's very little to fault with this rather delightful and moving picture. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2014
9/10 Philomena (2013) Ed Gibbs Remarkably, given the very serious subject matter, the film exhibits an infectious comedic flair that never goes too far. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2013
9/10 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Ed Gibbs A deliriously barmy, laugh-out-loud sequel that manages to top the much-loved original, with fond nods to Australia in tow. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2013
8/10 La cage dorée (2013) Ed Gibbs Alves has served up a loveably authentic romp, that manages to speak to a broad audience, while also echoing the experiences of millions of emigrés around the world. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2013
7/10 One Chance (2013) Ed Gibbs One might wistfully wish for something more earthy in tone (that is, more Brassed Off than The Full Monty). It's great fun, though. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2013
8/10 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Ed Gibbs A hit on the festival circuit, affectionately told, Twenty Feet from Stardom is a treat. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2013
6/10 The Fifth Estate (2013) Ed Gibbs A well-acted but uneven take on recent events that feels strangely superfluous. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2013
2/10 The Counselor (2013) Ed Gibbs Evidently, the film's raison d'etre proves to be its spectacular undoing. McCarthy's script is awful: bogged down with leaden dialogue that prolongs scenes for no reason. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2013
7/10 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) Ed Gibbs It's all done with far more heart than one would expect. Perhaps Coogan, like Partridge, is now mellowing with age. Whatever next: grandkids? EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2013
8/10 Prisoners (2013) Ed Gibbs Not since Erskineville Kings, in 1999, has Hugh Jackman appeared so emotionally exposed on screen. It is an exceptional, Oscar-worthy performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2013
8/10 Rush (2013) Ed Gibbs A thrilling, adrenalin-fuelled ride that recreates 1970s track-side action with aplomb. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2013
6/10 The Turning (2013) Ed Gibbs A tighter adaptation of Winton's book, helmed by one, possibly two filmmakers, would have sufficed. As a collective, it feels weighed down by its own remit. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2013
6/10 White House Down (2013) Ed Gibbs Foxx and Tatum offer an effective buddy pairing lacking from the similarly preposterous Olympus Has Fallen. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2013
8/10 You're Next (2011) Ed Gibbs Sharni Vinson kicks some serious butt, in this very watchable horror romp from Adam Wingard. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2013
6/10 Elysium (2013) Ed Gibbs Damon is, as ever, thoroughly watchable but given its predecessor's smarts, Elysium fails to capture District 9's spirit or sense of originality and wonder. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2013
8/10 Beyond the Hills (2012) Ed Gibbs Mungiu has crafted an alarming and engaging real-life horror story, based on a 2005 case of exorcism. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2013
6/10 Pain & Gain (2013) Ed Gibbs A fascinating yarn that could have provided for stunning story fodder. Thanks to spirited turns from his three leads, Michael Bay just about gets away with it. But only just. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2013
8/10 100 Bloody Acres (2012) Ed Gibbs A wickedly funny romp that heralds the arrival of some seriously fiendish talent. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2013
8/10 Behind the Candelabra (2013) Ed Gibbs Its raison d'etre is a terrifically spirited performance from Hollywood's most heterosexual of Lotharios, Michael Douglas, aided and abetted by Damon and Lowe. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2013
7/10 Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Ed Gibbs A self-contained, astutely executed project, with Whedon's old guard giving their all for the sheer joy of performance. Great fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2013
6/10 The Look of Love (2013) Ed Gibbs Far from the swinging '60s or sleazy '70s so often portrayed with glee on screen, the London of Paul Raymond's world feels grim, dark and, ultimately, devoid of passion. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2013
5/10 Monsters University (2013) Ed Gibbs The Pixar themes may be present and correct, but its values are sorely lacking. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2013
1/5 A Haunted House (2013) Ed Gibbs A painfully unfunny, overly familiar send-up of recent horror franchises. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2013
5/10 The Call (2013) Ed Gibbs A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2013
8/10 Spring Breakers (2012) Ed Gibbs Parents will look on with dismay; others will leave feeling bemused but thoroughly entertained. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
8/10 Iron Man 3 (2013) Ed Gibbs An outrageously entertaining, CGI-soaked tale of foreboding that transforms into a good-natured send-up of everything that proceeded it, replete with gags galore. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2013
7/10 Haute Cuisine (2012) Ed Gibbs A whimsical view of the woman who fuelled the corridors of power in France with culinary common sense. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2013
6/10 Warm Bodies (2013) Ed Gibbs An occasionally funny romantic zombie comedy (or rom-zom-com) that offers a fresh twist on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2013
6/10 Trance (2013) Ed Gibbs A hugely entertaining but dreadfully convoluted crime romp, in which logic flies out the door as wandering illusions of the mind take hold. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2013
7/10 The Loneliest Planet (2011) Ed Gibbs Scoring a popular hit on the film festival circuit, director Julia Loktev elicits superb performances from a minimal cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2013
5/10 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Ed Gibbs Bizarrely, its biggest flaw lies with casting. Carrell is too familiar to convince as a Lothario, Buscemi looks vaguely lost, while Carrey is too long in the tooth. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2013
5/10 Broken City (2013) Ed Gibbs Aside from feeling bemused and confused by the end, the web of deceit that's presented is not even vaguely believable. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2013
7/10 The Paperboy (2012) Ed Gibbs Nicole Kidman is enthralling in this swampy, deranged neo-noir set in the American south. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2013
6/10 Beautiful Creatures (2013) Ed Gibbs LaGravenese elicits some wonderfully hammy turns, particularly from Irons and Thompson, although a tighter edit wouldn't have gone amiss EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/10 Anna Karenina (2012) Ed Gibbs Wright's staged version tries desperately to gain one's attention (which it does) and engage one's affection (which it doesn't). EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2013
8/10 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Ed Gibbs David O. Russell's latest buzz film straddles a fine line between farce and kitchen-sink drama before settling into a groove that gets under one's skin. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2013
8/10 Monsters, Inc. (2001) Ed Gibbs A shrewdly timed reminder of Pixar's early, heady days, when the animation powerhouse could do no wrong. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2013
7/10 Life of Pi (2012) Ed Gibbs Flawed it may be, but at its core lies an epic journey that shows Lee reborn as a creative force. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2012
7/10 Quartet (2012) Ed Gibbs Connolly stands out as the up-to-no-good Scot with a wandering eye, while Smith is in her element as the would-be ma'am. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2012
5/10 The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) Ed Gibbs Crowe has a blast - and has never been better - in this oversteamed paean to chop-socky classics. With its severe edit, though, the narrative proves almost incomprehensible. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2012
8/10 The Angels' Share (2012) Ed Gibbs Loach brings a warm-hearted poignancy to this feel-good tale of the more disadvantaged in society who, miraculously, find redemption. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2012
7/10 Seven Psychopaths (2012) Ed Gibbs It can't hope to match its predecessor for charm and accessibility. Where In Bruges felt droll and gentler in tone, Seven Psychopaths is unwieldy, ramshackle and gory. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2012
9/10 The Intouchables (2011) Ed Gibbs Oscar-nominated, lauded at festivals overseas and now, one of the most successful French pictures of all time, The Intouchables is simply irresistible. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2012
6/10 Lawless (2012) Ed Gibbs John Hillcoat's tale of Prohibition bootleggers boasts excellent performances, but doesn't feel as focused or nuanced as The Proposition (his last collaboration with Cave). EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2012
8/10 Looper (2012) Ed Gibbs A delight, a revelation of imaginative storytelling. Willis delivers his most assured performance in years. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2012