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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/5
Heartbeats (2011)
Lushly, not to say swishly made, the whole thing is really just a pseudo-poetic trifle.
Posted May 27, 2011
2
2/5
It's not with a sense of delight that you realise you're on exactly the same ride again but with dawning dismay.
Posted May 27, 2011
3
4/5
It is all rather wonderful - a balm to the spirit and a tribute to the natural world, unsullied by consumer society.
Posted May 27, 2011
4
2/5
There are momentary shafts of something like wit within this slightly bland mix...
Posted May 27, 2011
5
3/5
If it falls short of either Gomorrah or A Prophet, it is an above average prison thriller, telling us of a strange man who fought most of his enemies to a standstill until he died.
Posted May 27, 2011
6
5/5
Undoubtedly it is one of the best films about war ever made.
Posted May 27, 2011
7
Drive (2011)
Refn ... is an avid fan of American thrillers and is clearly familiar with most of its clichés. Every one is displayed, in one sequence or another, during the film.
Posted May 20, 2011
8
4/5
9
4/5
Win Win (2011)
10
3/5
11
3/5
Blitz (2011)
12
3/5
13
2/5
Planeat (2011)
14
2/5
15
The Conquest (2011)
16
3/5
Only Almodovar could get away with this potentially grizzly melodrama and make you laugh as well as shudder.
Posted May 19, 2011
17
4/5
Melancholia (2011)
It looks wonderful, and almost every-one in the cast shares the intensity Von Trier always brings to his films.
Posted May 18, 2011
18
4/5
The film is beautifully acted throughout and its essential warmth and humanity shine through every frame.
Posted May 18, 2011
19
The Beaver (2011)
The main problem with the film, competently but rather blandly directed by Foster, is that you can't believe this fairy tale for a moment.
Posted May 17, 2011
20
The film has a suitably dramatic ending but that comes rather too late in the proceedings after Moretti, ever an actor who likes the limelight, has turned his film into something too lightweight to get to grips with its central dilemma.
Posted May 16, 2011
21
There are times when the film seems more like a religious experience than narrative cinema...[it] sticks in the mind even if it tries the patience.
Posted May 16, 2011
22
3/5
Red Hill (2010)
The film just about transcends its abundant clichés. It's Coen Brothers lite but made with some panache.
Posted May 13, 2011
23
3/5
Browning is a real find. But despite Leigh's evident promise and audacity, this is not a film which achieves as much as it clearly hopes.
Posted May 13, 2011
24
2/5
Restless (2011)
This paean to the troubles of youth has none of Van Sant's edge, which seems to have been replaced by whimsicality as two young people, one dying of cancer, the other mourning the loss of his parents in an accident, meet at a funeral and fall in love.
Posted May 13, 2011
25
4/5
This is not only a good-looking, well directed and splendidly shot and acted film. It is an unforgettable snapshot of a failed country, and one of the best films in London at the moment.
Posted May 13, 2011
26
5/5
Taxi Driver (1976)
Melodramatic as it often is, the film is a riveting watch and De Niro provides a character study it is impossible to forget.
Posted May 13, 2011
27
1/5
It's a dispiriting mess throughout.
Posted May 13, 2011
28
4/5
It refuses to be either prurient or particularly erotic. Its quietness, however, is deceptive. Quillévéré is clearly a director to note.
Posted May 13, 2011
29
4/5
This is a film that's not very pleasant to see. But it's a valuable document that you will certainly remember.
Posted May 13, 2011
30
3/5
Amreeka (2009)
The film is more gentle than harsh, relying on a very fine performance from the charming Faour and settings in Palestine and Illinois that seem very real.
Posted May 13, 2011
31
3/5
The Way (2011)
The film is arguably too long but is pleasantly sincere in its efforts to prove the difference between "the life we live and the life we choose".
Posted May 13, 2011
32
3/5
33
Without Swinton, often seen in close-up, the film might have sunk without trace under the weight of its morbid subject matter. But she is pitch perfect throughout, restrained but still forceful.
Posted May 12, 2011
34
35
3/5
There's a bit of hyperbole that suggests the surprise English victory - thanks largely to Botham's heroics - changed English sport forever. But it certainly gave us some unforgettable moments.
Posted May 6, 2011
36
3/5
The great thing about this veteran national treasure is that he can make almost anything interesting - and he doesn't have to try very hard here.
Posted May 6, 2011
37
2/5
My Dog Tulip (2010)
In truth, it's boring.
Posted May 6, 2011
38
Deep End (1971)
A highly original slice of London life, beautifully made.
Posted May 6, 2011
39
2/5
The film's themes, about friendship and turning 30, are laid bare in sometimes farcical terms.
Posted May 6, 2011
40
3/5
Jig (2011)
It's a quest for perfection that leads to tears or triumph, and Bourne shoots it all with rare skill.
Posted May 6, 2011
41
3/5
13 Assassins (2011)
What's special about 13 Assassins is a 45-minute battle scene in which 13 heroic warriors take on the vastly superior army of a wickedly sadistic Shogun lord.
Posted May 6, 2011
42
3/5
Hanna (2011)
There's little doubt that Wright has made a technically proficient and often imaginative film, attempting to be an action movie with a mind of its own, referencing fairy tales, reality and super-duper spectacle.
Posted May 6, 2011
43
2/5
As well as the actors play, everything depends on the screenplay, and Mark Underwood's writing doesn't quite swing it.
Posted May 6, 2011
44
3/5
Director Francis Lawrence knows what he is doing and doesn't get too ambitious with this old-fashioned piece of storytelling.
Posted May 6, 2011
45
3/5
There is no doubt where Bouchareb's sympathies lie but his attempt to marry a political lesson with the structures of an action movie doesn't always work. Current events give his argument renewed force, however.
Posted May 6, 2011
46
3/5
Tracker (2011)
[Winstone] is the main reason to watch Tracker, though the scenery comes a good second.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
47
2/5
Shadow (2011)
It is short, sharp and competently made but only narrowly avoids falling into the torture porn genre.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
48
3/5
A little messy at times, like McGee himself, but just right for nostalgics.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
49
2/5
Insidious (2011)
The film is the work of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who founded the Saw franchise. But Insidious, with its haunted house predictability, is pale stuff by comparison.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
50
3/5
Makes for a more original thriller than most, with the saving graces of irony and humour.
Posted Apr 28, 2011