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Rating Title/Year Author
3/10 The Boy Next Door (2015) Brian Henry Martin It's impossible to imagine a more implausible role as 'Jenny from the Block' citing Homer's Odyssey to a classroom of attentive students. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2015
8/10 Selma (2014) Brian Henry Martin It is beyond baffling why British actor David Oyelowo has not been nominated for either a BAFTA or an Oscar for his exceptional lead performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in new drama, Selma. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2015
7/10 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Brian Henry Martin Although it begins as a predictable 007 spoof, Kingsman: The Secret Service soon finds its own groove. Director Vaughan has a licence to thrill and does so with some exhilarating action sequences. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2015
8/10 Whiplash (2014) Brian Henry Martin Whiplash delivers a dark and dazzling jive into the hidden world of competitive playing. This is what happens when the kids from Fame meet the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/10 Taken 3 (2014) Brian Henry Martin The tagline for Taken 3 is 'It Ends Here' and we must all pray that it does. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2015
5/10 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Brian Henry Martin With all the big hair flowing and giant horn blowing, Middle-earth begins to resemble a middle-of-the-road rock video. And even sounds like it too, "If this is love, take it from me," bleats Elven archer Tauriel, "why does it hurt so much?". EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2014
8/10 Life Itself (2014) Brian Henry Martin Ebert never sat on the fence, in fact sometimes he smashed it to smithereens. "I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it." EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2014
2/10 The Pyramid (2014) Brian Henry Martin Director Grégory Levasseur never gets to grip with the shifting sand plots as we are led down one dead-end sequence after another. And, it's not just the stranded scientists who are desperate for daylight, I too was left running for the exit. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2014
5/10 Interstellar (2014) Brian Henry Martin In space no-one can you hear you scream, but they can certainly see you cry. Never before have I seen more blubbering in a movie than director Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2014
7/10 Ghostbusters (1984) Brian Henry Martin What you realise about Ghostbusters thirty years on is that Bill Murray is a comedy genius. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2014
9/10 '71 (2014) Brian Henry Martin 1971 was one of the worst years of The Troubles and many of us would be forgiven for not wishing to return to that very grim time in our recent history. However, '71 is a sensational watch, a must-see for film goers in Northern Ireland. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2014
9/10 Ida (2013) Brian Henry Martin Maybe a black and white Polish road movie set fifty years ago does not promise a fun night at the flicks. But you would be wrong. Ida is truly extraordinary experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2014
1/10 Into the Storm (2014) Brian Henry Martin Unfortunately, Into The Storm is a unnatural disaster and not because the worst tornado of the century smashes into a helpless town in Oklahoma but because the performances and dialogue are so dire. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/10 Last Love (2013) Brian Henry Martin Sir Michael Caine is London personified, a British movie icon with one of the most distinctive voices in cinema. So why on earth would you mis-cast him as an American in Paris with a totally implausible accent? EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2014
9/10 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Brian Henry Martin When Ape chieftain, Caesar bellows "GO" at a bunch of gun-toting humans, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Not since Darth Vader strode into Star Wars have I been as bowled over by such a formidable screen presence. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/10 Grace of Monaco (2014) Brian Henry Martin I can't imagine a more disastrous film than Grace Of Monaco. It's a right Royal cock-up, featuring a muddle of a central performance by Nicole Kidman and a mess of a plot. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2014
7/10 The Good Man (2012) Brian Henry Martin Any movie that begins with three boys pushing a goat down the street in a shopping trolley has to be worth watching - and it is. This is just one of the many memorable scenes from the terrific debut feature film from Phil Harrison. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2014
8/10 Pulp Fiction (1994) Brian Henry Martin Back in 1994, I was a rookie young reviewer cutting my teeth and slowly losing the will to live watching the bloated Hollywood fare of Forrest Gump, The Flintstones and Lassie. Then, along came Pulp Fiction, swaggering with cool and bending all the rules. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2014
7/10 Jimmy's Hall (2014) Brian Henry Martin It's not the Devil, but the Communists who have all the best tunes in 1930's Ireland. Jazz tunes that have the local community jiving in Jimmy's Hall, an entertaining tale of Reds, raves and political repercussions. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2014
8/10 Locke (2013) Brian Henry Martin Surely listening to two builders talk on the phone about the pouring of concrete into the vast foundations of a skyscraper should be the dullest conversation ever? Not so this is genuinely exciting stuff. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2014
8/10 Calvary (2014) Brian Henry Martin If there is one Irish film to see in 2014 it is Calvary. Not only is it wickedly funny and darkly profound but rather brilliantly explores the complexity of contemporary Irish faith. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/10 The Monuments Men (2014) Brian Henry Martin What should have been a magnificent seven style caper led by George Clooney falls strangely flat. The only monuments these men come close to nailing is their own tombstone performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2014
5/10 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Brian Henry Martin Jack Ryan seems neither sufficiently suave nor highly skilled to fully capture our imaginations. After all, he's really just a super banker, whose mission success here depends on downloading data onto his memory stick. Hardly thrilling? EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2014
8/10 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Brian Henry Martin I have always been a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey even though many of his film roles have failed to showcase his considerable talent. But he finally comes of age with a sensational performance in his new film Dallas Buyers Club. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/10 Grudge Match (2013) Brian Henry Martin Ageing Bull versus Rocky Glaucoma? Has somebody knocked me silly? Or am I really watching 70 year old Robert De Niro bashing 67 year old Sylvester Stallone in the boxing ring? Is this a joke? EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6/10 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Brian Henry Martin Thankfully for anyone with a weakened bladder, the running time second time around is significantly shorter than the overblown starter. A whopping twenty minutes shorter, which makes it better. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2013
8/10 Nebraska (2013) Brian Henry Martin Bruce Dern is back and better than ever, playing a stubborn-as-a-mule senior citizen hell bent on a fool-hearty mission in the bittersweet road movie, Nebraska. Affectionate and heart-warming, this is an absolute joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2013
6/10 Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Brian Henry Martin Emma Thompson is terrific as the no-nonsense raspish writer who tongue-lashes the great and good. It is easy to forget that as well as actor, writer and all round good egg, Thompson is also a very accomplished comedienne. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2013
4/10 Parkland (2013) Brian Henry Martin Parkland dissects the unfolding drama with the cool blade of an autopsy. Red-hot conspiracy theories are diffused in favour of cold hard facts, making this less compelling drama and more frigid reconstruction. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2013
9/10 Gravity (2013) Brian Henry Martin Finally the 3D film to knock your socks off. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is a spectacular watch, which leaves you with a jaw dropping, head spinning, truly immersive space experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2013
8/10 Philomena (2013) Brian Henry Martin Judi Dench plays Philomena with great heart, perfectly capturing the indomitable spirit of a loveable Irish mama. So despite winning great acclaim playing Queen Elizabeth,Queen Victoria and M, Philomena feels like the part she was born to play. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2013
7/10 Enough Said (2013) Brian Henry Martin Enough Said is an adult comedy to savour, a wonderfully sharp and humorous exploration of the muddy path of growing older and looking for love. Gandolfini is great as the reluctant romantic lead, effortlessly sliding from calamity into comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
8/10 Captain Phillips (2013) Brian Henry Martin Fasten your cinema seats, for the thrills, spills and downright terror of a hijacking on the high seas. Director Paul Greengrass, brings Somali pirates and commercial shipping colliding together in a pulsating maritime thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2013
7/10 The Weekend (2013) Brian Henry Martin It's Autumn in Paris and the autumn of their lives, which acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi captures beautifully. His two-handed script is sharp, sardonic and full of wisely observed one liners. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/10 Thanks for Sharing (2012) Brian Henry Martin Thanks For Sharing did not leave me wanting more but less. And demanding a cinematic court order that comedy and drama live apart for a while, or at least until they can share the screen in harmony. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2013
8/10 Blue Jasmine (2013) Brian Henry Martin Flitting between the extravagance of Jasmine's former life and her undignified current climb down allows for a entertaining and insightful look at the depression of recession. There are of course, a few great Woody one-liners but the mood is blue. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/10 A Belfast Story (2013) Brian Henry Martin "We need something new" says Meaney's world-weary cop to himself in one strange scene, "Not the same old thing. Please God, not the same old pattern!", which made me think, was he talking about the escalating murders or the slumping script? EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2013
3/10 About Time (2013) Brian Henry Martin For Richard Curtis, this must have been hilarious on the page - but on the big screen it is tedious. At the end, I was left wondering, could I travel back in time to before I bought my ticket? EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2013
6/10 One Direction: This Is Us (2013) Brian Henry Martin I am actually cheered by the prospect of our somewhat stuffy cinemas being invaded by a frenzied flock of female fans. Surely this is what we need - genuine excitement? Kids camping out all night, dancing in the aisles and screaming at the screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2013
7/10 The Way, Way Back (2013) Brian Henry Martin Sam Rockwell makes the biggest splash with a sizzling supporting performance. Not only is he naturally funny, but he has the great ability to make every sharp line of dialogue sound freshly improvised. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/10 The Lone Ranger (2013) Brian Henry Martin The Lone Ranger is a noisy, never-ending nonsensical mess, which easily tops the flops in the silly season of summer blockbusters. Last year, director Gore Verbinski made the Oscar winning animation Rango, this year, he's flogging a dead horse. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2013
8/10 The Conjuring (2013) Brian Henry Martin I was not expecting to be scared out of my wits by this creepily crafted and sublimely superior supernatural horror, but I was. Before the end, my cinema seat had worked itself through the three demonic stages of infestation, oppression and possession. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2013
7/10 The Heat (2013) Brian Henry Martin Prepare for some hilarious laugh enforcement, Sandra Bullock proves to be the perfect foil to the uproarious Melissa McCarthy, who is fast becoming the funniest performer in cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2013
6/10 The Wolverine (2013) Brian Henry Martin This is a miso soup of epic action with all things Japanese thrown into the martial arts melting pot. All that's missing is Godzilla warbling in a karaoke bar. The Wolverine is sure to be big in Japan but will this extra claw be a box office draw? EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2013
6/10 The East (2013) Brian Henry Martin Brit is a hit as the spy who is split in two. Her covert performance twisting and turning from one side to the other keeps us guessing to the end. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2/10 After Earth (2013) Brian Henry Martin The dejected Will Smith is forced to inject himself with pain relief. The label warns that the drug could cause extreme drowsiness and impaired vision. One can only imagine that Will was suffering from both when he agreed to film this daft script. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2013
7/10 Man of Steel (2013) Brian Henry Martin Man Of Steel is the real deal. Director Zach Snyder embraces the darker tone of the Batman trilogy, making Superman more shadow than sunshine. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2013
9/10 Behind the Candelabra (2013) Brian Henry Martin Michael Douglas dazzles as Liberace, hard to imagine a more dynamic screen performance this year. Can this really be the hard nosed heart-throb who played Gordon Gecko? EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2013
1/10 The Big Wedding (2013) Brian Henry Martin This is not so much Meet The Fockers as meet the shockers. The jokes are something old, nothing new, mainly borrowed and sadly blue. De Niro is a shadow of his former shelf, not so much Taxi Driver as taxidermy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2013
8/10 Mud (2013) Brian Henry Martin This is American cinema at its very best as Huckleberry Finn meets Stand By Me.The two boys are terrific and McConaughey is sensational as Mud, dazzlingly frazzled as the hunted and haunted man on the run. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2013