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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/5
The production design gives us plenty for the eye but a dull screenplay and patchy editing hardly bring the fantasy to life.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2
2/5
The whole resembles a soufflé which simply refuses to rise. Maybe I was just not that into it.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3
3/5
Doubt (2008)
It does not make the most of what ought to be rather frightening and ultimately moving material.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
4
2/5
An intended tour de force, it is strangely unable to engage the emotions. In the end it amounts to an overweight movie that delivers less than its clever director, David Fincher, seems to think.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
5
3/5
Bolt (2008)
Even if it's a bit too knowing in places for children and a bit lightweight in others for adults, as a whole it gives Pixar every chance to show that even with a moderate story line it can give us something to savour.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
6
3/5
It's uneven, but memorable in its way.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
7
4/5
The book and the film may be nailed to their Fifties period (everyone seems to smoke perpetually) but what Revolutionary Road says about not so quietly desperate lives is still appropriate today.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
8
2/5
It's not a bad film; just not quite good enough to take hold.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
9
2/5
This may be the best movie he's made. It's in French, by the way.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
10
3/6
The Broken (2008)
Here is a film from a director with a little more imagination and skill than story-telling sense.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
11
3/5
Valkyrie (2008)
12
4/5
13
4/5
Milk (2008)
14
4/5
Frost/Nixon (2008)
15
2/5
Faintheart (2008)
16
2/5
You want to cringe as the picture begins, but you end up quite enjoying it.
Posted Jan 16, 2009
17
4/5
The Wrestler (2008)
The Wrestler is, in essence, an excellent B-movie centred upon a defiantly top-rate performance from Rourke.
Posted Jan 16, 2009
18
4/5
It's a fantasy with realist stud marks, full of energy, colour and, frankly, cliché.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
19
3/5
Sex Drive (2008)
It is played with gusto and each of the characters avoids stereotype. It is also genuinely funny at least half of the time. The other half is a bit prurient in a style with which we are all too familiar now.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
20
2/5
Role Models (2008)
Neither Rudd nor Scott are naturally funny performers, and neither are nearly as effective as their two young charges. Lynch's Sturdy Wings manager is easily the best bet for laughs.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
21
2/5
The film meanders along in conversational style, encouraging improvisational realism but also the thought that maybe these middle-class characters, not quite slackers, are less interesting than they, or the director, think they are.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
22
3/5
Defiance (2009)
Defiance remains a fantastic story. No one could doubt the sincerity of its telling. What Defiance lacks is simply an ability to make it come fully alive.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
23
1/5
Bride Wars (2009)
A story so ludicrous and soft-centred that none of the actors has much of a chance, and both comedy and romance seem stifled at birth. Everyone concerned seems to have given up halfway through. You can't blame them.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
24
4/5
The Reader (2008)
Winslet's intricate performance and Daldry's skills of persuasion make it a worthy memorial to its producers, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, the values of whose own films it faithfully replicates.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
25
3/5
If you discover a lot about the process and progress of the revolution, this is definitely not the cultural hero of myth, breathtakingly bathed in revolutionary light.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
26
2/5
Yes Man (2008)
27
2/5
Australia (2008)
Australia is a film for which you have constantly to suspend your disbelief. I did for some of the way, but in the end began to think it was a cross between the plonking Pearl Harbor and an expensive but routine sort of Oz western.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
28
3/5
Twilight (2008)
29
4/5
Gibney says the film took so much out of him that he limped into the Sundance Festival with a ruptured disc, a green liver and spots in his eyes that will not disappear. I hope he now thinks it worth the trouble. I'm pretty sure watchers will.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
30
3/5
A new score by Irving Berlin also contributed to its marzipan popularity. But it's the title song that really produced lasting gold. That and the fake snow.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
31
3/5
All the more astonishing because it is true and shot with some flair in Philipp Stölzl's film.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
32
4/5
As uncompromising as all his work and, though beautifully and often breathtakingly shot by fellow director Fred Keleman, is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
33
3/5
The Lemon Tree, though quite plainly made, is another feather in the cap of the director who made the equally affecting The Syrian Bride.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
34
2/5
Inkheart (2009)
This is one of those adaptations that tries to keep you watching with its sheer busyness. At times, though, you just want it to stop and catch breath with the aid of some rather better lines and deeper characterisations.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
35
4/5
The 1931 version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, directed by the great Rouben Mamoulian, is still the best version there is, far more frightening than the glossy MGM version Victor Fleming made a decade or so later.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
36
3/5
This is really a shaggy dog story that takes too long to start barking. But when it does, it works a treat. It's amazing how much you can forgive if the last part of a movie is right, and this one covers itself in something like glory in the nick of time.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
37
2/5
38
3/5
39
4/5
40
4/5
Julia (2009)
41
4/5
It is not without its problems, but this is, at the very least, an attention-grabbing first feature with a fine example of ensemble playing from its cast.
Posted Dec 5, 2008
42
2/5
43
3/5
44
2/5
45
3/5
Flawless (2008)
46
3/5
47
2/5
48
3/5
Changeling (2008)
49
4/5

50
2/5
Not, perhaps, the greatest voice you never heard, but a performer who was unlucky to miss the boat.
Posted Nov 21, 2008