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Rating
Title/Year
Author
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2
Star Trek (2009)
3
4/5
O' Horten (2007)
Hamer orchestrates all this with patient, near-minimalist skill, combining pawky comedy and plenty of heart. The result is a quirky story that remains in the mind.
Posted May 8, 2009
4
4/5
Delta (2009)
Kornel Mundruczó's film has been dubbed the Hungarian Deliverance - but even John Boorman's classic wasn't shot as beautifully as this.
Posted May 8, 2009
5
3/5
Aesthetically, it may be an awful event but Sounds Like Teen Spirit takes that in and still makes you watch it with pleasure - and a little pain too.
Posted May 8, 2009
6
3/5
Chéri (2009)
Chéri looks a real treat, which is half the battle. It may not quite give the measure of Colette, nor Frears at his absolute best, but you don't have to look at it through rose-tinted glasses to luxuriate in its splendour.
Posted May 8, 2009
7
4/5
Star Trek (2009)
You do get a sense, despite all the other attempts to re-do Star Trek, that this lot boldly go where no man has gone before, and that Abrams has reinvented the series without murdering everything that has gone before.
Posted May 8, 2009
8
3/5
The End (2004)
The second half of this most watchable debut sows a few doubts. The old sweats admit that prison has wasted half their lives, that they indeed "done wrong" and, in two cases, that God has saved them from themselves.
Posted May 1, 2009
9
3/5
Helen (2008)
It is a plain and simple story which is told so directly and with such a lack of obvious sophistication that it finally triumphs beyond all expectation.
Posted May 1, 2009
10
3/5
I can't actually claim that his take on Hannah Montana is anything more than a basinful of easy entertainment for younger teens, it does what it sets out to do with commendable fluency and zeal.
Posted May 1, 2009
11
2/5
Though it pours the sentiment on at its conclusion, Waters's film has a nasty misogynist edge, suggesting that women are gasping for cads such as Connor to seduce them.
Posted May 1, 2009
12
3/5
Peter Harness's screenplay does not manage the desired subtlety and descends now and then into pawkiness and sentimentality - and Crowley's direction is never quite sophisticated enough either.
Posted May 1, 2009
13
2/5
It's sound and fury signifying virtually nothing, expensively mounted, crashingly noisy but hardly a big-budget must-see.
Posted May 1, 2009
14
1/5
City Rats (2009)
Danny Dyer, Susan Lynch and Tamer Hassan do their best to convince but City Rats is never more than a compendium of clichés hoping to amuse and move us. In the end it does neither.
Posted Apr 25, 2009
15
2/5

16
4/5
How it plays out makes, in the hands of an excellent director such as Macdonald, a taut and clever thriller - even if it's not as modern as it likes to believe.
Posted Apr 24, 2009
17
3/5
Shifty (2008)
Couched in a kind of Pinteresque slum language that needs a glossary to be totally intelligible, the film boasts an authenticity and wholly natural performances, particularly from Mays, and is devoid of the usual clichés of its genre.
Posted Apr 24, 2009
18
3/5

19
3/5

20
3/5
Tony Manero (2009)

21
1/5

22
2/5

23
4/5
It is Sturgess who dominates the film, though, showing us how an ordinary man can get involved in the messy, heartless business of informing, seemingly unaware of what might eventually transpire.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
24
5/5

25
3/5
17 Again (2009)

26
1/5

27
4/5
In the Loop (2009)
In the Loop is like a British version of a Marx Brothers movie in that no sooner is one round of colourful invective blurted out than another three follow in rat-tat succession.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
28
4/5

29
2/5
The attempt to explore men's problems with something akin to intimacy founders on the sad fact that neither character is the least bit intriguing.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
30
2/5
Good (2008)

31
2/5

32
4/5
He and his team have conjured up, from a remarkable piece of writing, one of the best, most imaginative and resonant vampire stories I've seen.
Posted Apr 9, 2009
33
2/5
Religulous (2008)
That's the trouble with Religulous -it is funny but never very acute.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
34
3/5
This lively story about a young girl who gets hit by a meteor on her wedding day that turns her into a giant is certainly wacky enough.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
35
4/5
The third documentary in Raymond Depardon's Peasant Profiles series is impassive but impressive.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
36
2/5
The soundtrack is the saving grace of a film that doesn't cut it in any other direction and often gets irritatingly full of boyish rudery and sentimentality.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
37
3/5
Tyson (2009)
It makes for a fascinating film about a man who was drawn by fate into a level of fame and fortune he couldn't deal with and has become a convincing ringside commentator on his own life.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
38
3/5
Traitor (2008)
It isn't often that you see a thriller about international terrorism as even-handed as Jeffrey Nachmanoff's Traitor.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
39
4/5
This is a much more intimately reflective drama than Winterbottom usually supplies, and it tells us a lot about loss in a dozen small ways. The cast, particularly the children, do the director proud.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
40
3/5
The Damned United is highly watchable, a comedic fiction that happens to be mostly fact.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
41
2/5
Knowing (2009)
Knowing, though the story of disasters, isn't a total disaster itself. It's just too ambitious for its own good.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
42
2/5
The Young Victoria is thus about as sexy as a cold fish and as imaginative as a kipper.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
43
3/5
The story is told with a merciful lack of sentimentality, while Williams's performance seems totally natural. Added to that, Reichardt paints the smalltown scene with an attention to detail that a lot of other films miss.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
44
3/5
Watchmen (2009)
At least it looks good, like a version of The Dark Knight coupled with Taxi Driver, and remains faithful to the skin if not the bone of Moore and Gibbons's astonishing vision.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
45
3/5
Surveillance (2009)
It's a bleak piece of Americana with a twisted smile on its face. Sick, if you like, but there's a real film-maker here and I've never seen Ormond and Pullman so effectively not be their usual screen selves.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
46
3/5
The twists and turns of the plot keep you on tenterhooks throughout, even if this competently made film sometimes looks as if it were shot in a Denmark depleted of ordinary citizens.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
47
3/5
Burstein orchestrates their passage through school with some sympathy and no real revelations - except for the fact that she guesses, probably correctly, that most teenagers are nothing like as dangerous and bolshie as a lot of adults believe.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
48
3/5
49
2/5
The Unborn (2009)
The screenplay by Goyer himself, who wrote Blade and co-wrote The Dark Knight, this time doesn't limber up.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
50
1/5
New In Town (2009)
New In Town is rather like tapioca itself, soggy and virtually tasteless. It's like a Frank Capra movie with hardened arteries.
Posted Feb 27, 2009