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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
2/5

8
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
9
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
10
3/5

11
3/5

12
3/5
Tony Manero (2009)

13
1/5

14
2/5

15
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
16
5/5

17
3/5
17 Again (2009)

18
1/5

19
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
20
4/5

21
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
22
2/5
Good (2008)

23
2/5

24
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
25
2/5
Religulous (2008)
That's the trouble with Religulous -it is funny but never very acute.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
26
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
27
4/5
The third documentary in Raymond Depardon's Peasant Profiles series is impassive but impressive.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
3/5
The Damned United is highly watchable, a comedic fiction that happens to be mostly fact.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
33
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
34
2/5
The Young Victoria is thus about as sexy as a cold fish and as imaginative as a kipper.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
3/5
41
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
42
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
43
3/5
Though The International starts decently enough, its flailing action set-pieces and dialogue such as "sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it" drag it down to a very pedestrian level.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
44
2/5
Franklyn (2008)
McMorrow is clearly an intriguing and talented British director but Franklyn is almost impossible to follow, thus wasting the talents of the good cast trying their best to make sense of it.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
45
4/5
The Class (2008)
To say this is an important film would perhaps be offputting - but it is, and please don't be offput.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
46
4/5
Gran Torino (2009)
Gran Torino is made without fuss and acted out with the kind of natural grace only a real titan of the cinema could manage. And Clint is a titan - one of the best directors in America and a performer whose range has extended mightily throughout his career
Posted Feb 19, 2009
47
2/5
The whole thing is a piece of romantic codswallop that relies on the ordinary but feisty charm of Fisher.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
48
3/5
It's expertly made, mind you, and features a performance from Benicio Del Toro, practically masked in whiskers, that is both brave and sincere, like the mistaken Che himself.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
49
2/5
Darnell Martin's film is distinguished by some more than adequate performances but drifts through the story of the record label.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
50
3/5
Even if you don't like metal, this is a movie to enjoy almost as much as Cut Loose and Mad Dog, their most faithful fans, undoubtedly will.
Posted Feb 19, 2009