The Boy Next Door (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Taken 3 (2015)
"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?". "
Life Itself (2014)
The Pyramid (2014)
"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. "
Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984)
"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."
Into The Storm (2014)
"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."
Last Love (2013)
"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? "
"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."
Grace Of Monaco (2014)
The Good Man (2012)
"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. "
Pulp Fiction (1994)
"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."
Jimmy's Hall (2015)
"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. "
"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. "
The Monuments Men (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
"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?"
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
"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. "
Grudge Match (2013)
"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."
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
"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. "
"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. "
"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. "
"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."
Enough Said (2013)
"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. "
Captain Phillips (2013)
"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. "
Le Week-End (2014)
Thanks For Sharing (2013)
"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."
Blue Jasmine (2013)
"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."
A Belfast Story (2013)
""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? "
About Time (2013)
One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
"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."
The Way Way Back (2013)
"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."
The Lone Ranger (2013)
"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."
The Conjuring (2013)
"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."
The Heat (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)
"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?"
The East (2013)
After Earth (2013)
"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. "
Man of Steel (2013)
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
The Big Wedding (2013)
"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. "