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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/5

2
3/5
3
2/5
Nativity! (2009)

4
4/5
5
3/5
Director and writer Rémi Bezançon has a view of family life at odds with that of our own curmudgeon Philip Larkin, and the final reel proves the point.
Posted Nov 27, 2009
6
3/5
Damon makes his character ridiculous in a very convincing way while never for a moment overplaying.
Posted Nov 20, 2009
7
3/5
Glorious 39 (2009)
There's much to admire in the film, such as sequences of the often forgotten panic when family pets were systematically put down as war became inevitable, but there's quite a lot to argue about too.
Posted Nov 20, 2009
8
There's no real answer given, but then the Coen brothers have never been known as philosophers. They are, however, pretty smart film-makers.
Posted Nov 20, 2009
9
2/5
10
2/5
The film is jaunty rather than erotic, hoping to show that, despite everything, some find hope amid the sleaze.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
11
2/5
You would have to love Eric Bana and his souped-up old racer to appreciate this car-themed documentary.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
12
2/5
Ang Lee's attempt to put the Swinging Sixties on the screen with love, respect and a dash of humour is a distinct disappointment.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
13
2/5
Amelia (2009)
Nowhere is there any sign of the passion that Amelia must have had.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
14
5/5
As strong and memorable as anything Haneke has previously accomplished, an austere and fastidious masterpiece that digs deep into what remains of the souls of the children and adults without appearing to strain for significance.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
15
3/5
Harry Brown (2010)
Caine's central performance is as impressive as anything he has recently done.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
16
4/5
2012 (2009)
17
3/5
A splendidly mounted and visually imaginative animated 3D version of the classic novel.
Posted Nov 6, 2009
18
3/5
1 Day (2009)
Undoubtedly well acted and shot, and with a rip-roaring hip-hop score, it's impressively non-moralistic, just showing us how it is. That may be why Birmingham's cinemas have refused to show it.
Posted Nov 6, 2009
19
2/5
Is it about female empowerment or is it a slasher story? Probably both, but it doesn't work as either.
Posted Nov 6, 2009
20
2/5
Paper Heart (2009)
Either you will find this cheaply made American independent docudrama charming or faintly irritating.
Posted Nov 6, 2009
21
4/5
Bright Star (2009)
22
3/5
While I'm sure that truth is indeed even stranger than this fiction, there is little here to drum that fact home with conviction. Dr Strangelove it is not, by a very long way.
Posted Nov 6, 2009
23
5/5
Citizen Kane (1941)
To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value.
Posted Nov 4, 2009
24
4/5
An Education (2009)
25
4/5
Nowhere Boy (2010)
26
2/5
27
4/5
The film has an immediate power no one could deny.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
28
1/5
They look as if they could provide more laughs but are defeated by bovine gags retrieved from a trashcan full of out-takes.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
29
4/5
The Cove (2009)
One would imagine, and hope, that an Oscar nomination beckons.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
30
3/5
Coffin Rock (2009)
Robert Glasson's film is well-shot and directed, and more than decently acted. As a genre movie, it suffices.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
31
2/5
The film can never quite make up its mind whether it's about the circus or the vampires and ends up a mess of its own making.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
32
4/5
33
3/5
Triangle (2009)
The whole film is smart cinema. I wouldn't be surprised if Smith didn't land up with a contract in Hollywood.
Posted Oct 20, 2009
34
3/5
Park is clearly an exceptional director capable of being weirdly funny, quirkily fantastical, brutal and sexy, sometimes at one and the same time. There's no one quite like him.
Posted Oct 20, 2009
35
3/5
Pontypool (2009)
An original take on genre movies of its kind.
Posted Oct 20, 2009
36
1/5
The debutant director is done no favours by a screenplay from Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau which gives him little to play with and them few chances to shine as actors.
Posted Oct 20, 2009
37
3/5
38
3/5
39
2/5
Zombieland (2009)
Inspiration is pretty fallow after about half an hour.
Posted Oct 16, 2009
40
Love Happens (2009)
Both stars seem bemused in their parts and it is left to Martin Sheen and a pet parrot to emote. The parrot, in fact, is the best thing here.
Posted Oct 16, 2009
41
3/5
Goodbye Solo (2009)
Working to a spare screenplay, Bahrani offers none of the usual clues about either the cabbie's surprising determination to prevent the tragedy or the old man's reasons for suicide. This doesn't always help the quiet drama.
Posted Oct 16, 2009
42
4/5
Like a folk tale crossed with a thriller and road movie. Without a doubt it is one of the best new British films of the year, if you can justly call it fully British.
Posted Oct 16, 2009
43
3/5
After watching this, you'll probably end up worrying as much as they do.
Posted Oct 16, 2009
44
3/5
Some British film-makers never give up and Shane Meadows is one of them. He'd make a movie of a custard pie if he could. And generally there's entertainment to be had from even his most hand-to-mouth efforts.
Posted Oct 16, 2009
45
4/5
Up (2009)
46
2/5
What a comforting fable to warm us as the evenings draw in. Away with cynicism! Enjoy if you can. The cast look as if they did.
Posted Oct 4, 2009
47
3/5
It is a tragic story that deserves to be remembered and has rarely been told on film.
Posted Oct 4, 2009
48
3/5
Vinyan (2008)
A dark and pessimistic drama which goes slap-happily mad towards the end but keeps you watching all the same.
Posted Oct 4, 2009
49
4/5
50
3/5
Creation (2010)