Sight and Sound
Norte, the End of History (2014)
"Diaz's most vocal fans do him no favours in this regard: he might become a better, more self-critical director if people stopped reassuring him that every new film he makes is a deathless masterpiece."
Bicycling with Moliere (2014)
Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)
"This inextricable intertwining of love and justice, private and public, personal and political, is the film's great cri de coeur and its structural brilliance, as costume and courtroom drama comment on, and merge into, each other."
Pain & Gain (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
"It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work."
Venus in Fur (2014)
The Punk Singer (2013)
How To Disappear Completely (2014)
"Shot wide, and made to resound to a throbbing electro pulse... How To Disappear Completely is a haunting, apocalyptic vision that hypnotises the viewer into a trance state while establishing an almost tangible sense of approaching dread."
On The Job (2013)
"This is the first Filipino film to have been shot entirely on green-screen chroma key, so at least there are oddly stylised backgrounds against which all the one-dimensional characters can play out their sub-Night of the Living Dead siege routines."
The Search For Weng Weng (2014)
"Overlapping to a degree with Mark Hartley's Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010), Leavold's quest to uncover the man behind the legend becomes an affectionate if bittersweet history of Filipino exploitation cinema"
Struggled Reagans (2014)
"This melancholic oddity may be slow to start, but once it gets going it offers many peculiar insights into film and fantasy; it also manages to be very moving, despite or perhaps because of its overt artifice."
Upside Down (2013)
"at once a star-crossed romance, an allegory of (class) discord and (musical) harmony, and a theological investigation into nature and nurture, free will and determinism. It's out there, alright - and there's nothing else out there quite like it."
LFO: The Movie (2013)
Time Lapse (2015)
Bunker 6 (2013)
El Desierto (The Desert) (2013)
A Touch of Sin (2013)
"Edwards takes care to include people in the frame, often for size reference, and stages excellent moments of awe-inspiring peril in which tiny figures are dwarfed by monsters and general devastation."
An Autumn Afternoon (1964)
"Abderrahmane Sissako may not be the most prolific of filmmakers, but he is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and ambitious writer-directors working in film today, and quite possibly one of the best."
The Wind Rises (2014)
Blue Ruin (2014)
We Are the Best! (2014)
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
Starred Up (2014)
"For all its shockingly graphic bloodshed and atmosphere of pervasive doom, the moments when Starred Up grabs the jugular most are the scenes in Oliver's anger-management classes, where Eric sits with people of similar age and vulnerability."
Under the Skin (2014)
In Darkness (2012)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"It's Fiennes who coolly walks off with the film. Switching seamlessly between courtliness and profanity, he displays a gift for comic timing that's rarely been unleashed since his Essex gang boss in 2007's In Bruges."
The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)
"With Anderson's images, seductive as they are, we can ultimately only guess -- what Margot's plays are about, or who Etheline's suitors are... And that makes Anderson's film an exhilarating experience, a real jungle gym for the imagination."
"This is a story about people floating through space, and Alfonso Cuarón's feature brilliantly contrives to make the viewer feel similarly untethered, to often thrilling effect. This is surely the closest cinema comes to three-dimensional virtual abseiling."
We Are What We Are (2013)
Stranger by the Lake (2014)
"The combination of Jonze's dialogue, the intensity of the performances and the way the film's style wraps you up in Theodore and Samantha's inner-ear relationship makes this feel like a uniquely apt diagnosis of contemporary ills."
"Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction."
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Fill the Void (2013)