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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Goonies
The Goonies(1985)
½

My brother's girlfriend made me watch this film and was stunned that I had never seen it before. I expected it to be amazing, but to be honest I found it a bit tedious. Yeah it has the right messages like friendship bla bla, but I just couldn't really get into the film. I didn't really think it was anything special. It wasn't all bad, it had some good moments, the fat kid made me laugh, Sloth was adorable and the kids were fairly cute. Children and big kids will like this film, but if you're not really one for action and adventure this film wont leave you fulfilled. It's decent enough, but its not for everyone.

Grade: C

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

I'm probably going to get a lot of thumbs down for my rating and review, but Black Swan is extremely overrated and is not for the horror haters. I spent most of the time covering my eyes and praying for the film to end; it was just too gruesome, bloody and violent. The story is no doubt good, yes it portrays the competitive and harsh world of ballet, but couldn't it have done it without all the over explicit gore and nightmare inducing horror? Natalie Portman plays a ballerina who is under huge pressure to get the part of the black and white swan and the pressure leads to starvation and self mutilation. Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell put on good performances and the film offered an interesting and though provoking insight into the world of ballet, but personally I dont like such dark, morose and violent films. For those who dont like horror, you wont enjoy this.

Grade: D

Paul
Paul(2011)
½

Very decent film with entertaining performances from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who are always a good comic duo with great banter. Although the film is not laugh out loud funny, it has some humorous moments and was really heartwarming to watch, I'd say its a comical version of E.T. I'm not genereally into sci fi and adventure, but this is one of those movies where the genre doesn't have to appeal you and you can still enjoy it without being a sci fi fan. Even though this is a really good film, its not one I would watch over and over again.

Grade: B+

Chalet Girl
Chalet Girl(2011)

Chalet Girl is a "nice" film, but its nothing you haven't seen before. Its pretty much a predictable teen flick about an ordinary girl who gets with the guy of her dreams who sweeps her off her feet. You know that from the start. It's watchable and has some funny and touching moments, but for me it played it safe and lacked originality. Don't get me wrong, it is a likeable film, but its hardly a groundbreaking classic. Felicity Jones (she kind of reminded me of an English Juno)and Ed Westwick are likeable and have good chemistry though. Decent film, but it didn't blow me away.

Grade: B-

Orphan
Orphan(2009)

This was actually a fairly decent horror film, I wasn't really expecting very much, but I was actually suprised. The Orphan is terrifying, poignant, even occassionally witty and completely unpredictable with a good twist. The film is about a couple (Vera Farmiga and Peter Skarsgard) who adopt a nine-year-old Orphan Esther (Isabelle Furhman) who captures their hearts with her charm, however bad things start happening whenever Esther is around. The Orphan has some really good performances and good characters. This film certainly had me on the edge of my seat and the suspense kept buliding and building. Not being a horror fan, this was pretty decent in my books.

Grade: A

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

Perhaps not as good as I initially expected at first, but this film slowly grows on you. Emma Stone is excpetional though, a highly likeable quirky character one can relate to. Stone plays a good girl whose lie about losing her virginity increases her popularity, but at a price. The film had its had its funny moment, yes, but I felt that it tried to be too funny at times or maybe it wasn't really my kind of humour. However I did like the story and the characters, especially the parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson). The film is something a lot of kids can relate to, including the cruel politics of high school. I'd say it was an interesting, engaging and orignal outake on the issue of virginity and all in all I'd say it was worth watching.

Grade: A-

An Education
An Education(2009)
½

I thought that An Education was an outstanding film; I honestly did not expect it to be so good. The film was strongly acted with a terrific performance from Carey Mulligan, who really surprised me. Mulligan plays a naive and studious 16-year-old schoolgirl who is seduced by an older man, who brings excitement into her mundane life. An Education is one that can relate to people in some way especially teenagers, as it shows naivety and loss of innocence and desire to be grown up and do exciting things. It truly is a beautiful film that depicts that growing up is all about learning and making mistakes.

Grade: A+

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)

The Aviator is a strongly acted film with excellent performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckingsale. This film gives you an interesting insight into the life of aviator and billionaire Howard Hughes, which is worth watching. However this film does not suit all with its length and depth, which some might find too tedious to sit through. On the whole this is an interesting film and DiCaprio was really outstanding. Furthermore I found the film a little boring and I also felt that the story of Howard Hugh's life wasn't complete.

Grade: C+

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

I thought that Role Models was nice film with a nice story, but to honest it wasn't anything more than "nice." Yes the story has some deep moments and all, but for me it was a bit average. Role Models is about two guys, Mr Average (Paul Rudd)and the Goof (Seann Scott-Williams), realising that there is more to life than themselves. They have the choice to either go to prison for 30 days or work with troubled kids as community service. Both hate the job, but end up growing close to the kids. I didn't think the film was extremely funny, I don't really think I laughed much, but its well-meaningness paid off. The film is decent, but only slightly above average, it's not a film that I would watch loads of times. I thought that the film would be better from the good reviews, but it wasn't as good as I previously anticipated. Just another film about two dorks who have an epiphany.

Grade: C+

Annie
Annie(1982)

Annie is simply one of the best musicals there is; if you can't like Annie, than you've got a heart made of stone. The songs are catchy and Aileen Quinn who plays Annie is a young star. Annie is loveable and the story is poignant and captivating. The cast is brilliant, especially Tim Curry and Carol Burnette, who really is hilarious as the cruel Miss Hannigan. Literally Miss Hannigan adds comedy to the film. Annie is impossible to dislike. Annie will always remain my favourite childhood musical.

Grade: A*

Due Date
Due Date(2010)

Due Date was just as I expected, a slightly above averago and slightly funny film. The story is about a guy (Robert Downey Junior)who misses his flight and has to take a road trip with a wacky and eccentric budding actor (Zac Galifianakis)in order to get to the birth of his child on time. Zac Galifianakis made the movie worth watching with his entertaining and quirky performance. On the other hand I thought that the film was too ridiculously far fetched and unrealistic to take itself seriously. I thought that the relationship between the two characters was also a tad nonsensical and unbelievable. This isnt a film that I would want to watch more than once either, once is enough. On the whole this film had some funny moments and it was mildly entertaining at times. However Galifianakis makes the film.

Grade: C

Factory Girl
Factory Girl(2007)

I can't understand why this film has recieved such a low rating from RT. I thought that this film was well acted, chilling and thought provoking. The film is about the rise and fall Edie Sedgewick, Andy Warhol's muse; Sienna Miller couldn't have been better and Guy Pierce was fantastic as the strange and mentally unstable Andy Warhol. The film is heavily poignant and depicts Edie's struggle with fame and drug addiction and her relationship with Warhol. I felt so sad for Edie and to a degree I sympathized with Warhol, but at the same time heavily disliked him. The film gave me a big insight into the life of Warhol and Sedgewick. I think the story did focus on the characters enough, although maybe there could have been a bit more background on Warhol. But otherwise I thought the film was excellent and to me the bad reviews remain a mystery.

Grade: A

17 Again
17 Again(2009)
½

OK it's formulaic, not highly original and predictable, but it was entertaining and light to watch and Zac Efron wasn't too bad in this film, he was actually quite charming. 17 Again is about a man who is sick of life since he gave up his dreams of being a basketball player when he got his girlfriend pregnant in high school. As a result he has a bad relationship with his kids and wife. He meets a janitor, who gives him the chance to go back in time and be 17 again. I liked how the story was about repairing the relationships, which added depth to the story, although some parts were freaky like his daughter fancying him (even though she didn't know it was her dad). The film was witty in parts and the characters were likeable and the cast was decent. I thought that Thomas Lennon was hilarious as the geeky and sci-fi obsessed best friend. I liked the story and it can relate to teenagers and even parents. The film I would say is predominantly for a teenage audience though. However it's fun to watch and makes you wish that you were 17 again.

Grade: B

Failure to Launch
½

Failure to Launch is a really crap film. Not even Matthew McConnaughey was likeable in this film. There was no chemistry between him or Sarah Jessica Parker. This is probably once of the least romantic rom-coms I've seen- there was no romance or energy. Zooey Deschanel and Justin Bartha had way more chemistry and they weren't even the main characters. Zooey Deschanel was really funny in this film and there were a few gags, but not enough to make it a good film in all honesty. I just thought that it was unoriginal, average and forgettable. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.

Grade: D-

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

The Spy Who Shagged me is as good as the first Austin Powers film. Austin Powers is still as 'shagedelic' as ever with great new characters. Austin Powers never looses its charm and I was laughing throughout. Mike Myers never disappoints. This film is well, groovy baby!

Grade: A

Funny Face
Funny Face(1957)
½

Let's face it I love Audrey, but Funny Face isn't my favourite Audrey film. The film started off well but it became a bit boring after a while and some of the singing and dancing scenes were too long and made me feel a bit sleepy. The songs weren't really very memorable either. I liked Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, who were both charming and I thought that they had decent chemistry, but I thought that as a couple they were a bit mismatched. This film reminded me a bit of My Fair Lady. Funny Face is about a clever, but plain and boring girl, Jo who works in a book shop and doesn't care about beauty, but photographer Dick, persaudes her to become a model for the magazine he works for. I liked the story, but it did drag on. On the whole it was a decent film, but it was a bit unbelievable (although all musicals are to a degree) and it tended to drag on.

Grade: C+

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
½

Austin Powers is comical, charming and cheeky with fabulous characters. Austin Powers is definitely one of the best movie characters there is. Mike Meyers is a talented comic genius. Austin Powers is a James Bond spoof about an ageing sex obsessed hipster, Austin Powers who is assigned to defeat notorious, but hilarious villain, Dr Evil. Austin Powers is a hoot with it's funny sexual inuendos and charm. Whenever you see Austin Powers it just makes you want to smile. This is the perfect comedy and there's no doubt that Austin Powers will immediately cheer you up. However if you're a bit prude, then I wouldn't recommend it.

Grade: A+

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

Avatar is seriously overrated. The film took a long time to get into and it was only halfway when it got interesting. Still the film wasn't anything special. Even my contact lenses protested. The film was far too long for my liking. Sometimes long films dont feel long when they are good, but this film felt like eternity. I enjoyed the romantic aspect, but its not as enchanting as Titanic. I also liked the message that we should respect the earth, but the special effects act as a distraction from the deepness of the story. I think that there could have been far more character development, like there was in Titanic. The effects I suppose are good, but they didnt win me over. In all honesty the film was quite boring and not very memorable.

Grade: C

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

I'm sick to death of these "cult classic, best movie of all time" types of films. It's always the underrated films that are the best, but the overrated ones are terrible. This film is about a man who is mentally unstable and wants to take the disintergration of society into his own hands. I get the message and what it's saying, but otherwise the film is too complex. I found the film quite boring and a bit too dull. Some parts of the film were interesting, such as Robert De Niro's character trying to save a prostitute and I think that would have been a better as a film if it was just based on that. The film is hard to relate to as De Niro's character is so messed up. I just felt that at times the film didn't make sense and it's just too grim and psychologically dense. I mostly just found the film boring, too fucked up to enjoy and forgettable. I saw this film once before and I hardly remembered anything. This film is way too overrated and it's nowhere near as great as it's made out to be. I just didn't enjoy the feel or tone of the film. Also it was way too violent, bloody and gory. This is definitely not my kind of film at all. I think it's more or a guy film. Give me a chick flick any day.

Grade: E

One Fine Day
One Fine Day(1996)

One Fine Day is one of those typical family rom-coms that is always on TV, but it's decent with charm from George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer. I liked their chemistry at first, but then towards the end it began to loose it's spark. One Fine Day is about two parents who meet by chance when their children miss the school field trip. At first they hate each other and you can pretty much predict the rest. It's a sweet film, but by the end I did find the romance was a bit on the low. It was still worth watching and it had some nice moments such as George Clooney being the immature, but doting dad. This film is nice, but it's not a favourite.

Grade: B

Prime
Prime(2005)

I thought that Prime was a more than decent rom-com. I thought that Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg were fantastic. Meryl Streep is a star in every film. I liked the story and I think this film is different from other rom-coms. The film is about a 37 year old woman Rafi (Thurman) and a 23 year old guy David (Greenburg) who fall in love, but the age gap is constantly working against them. Little do they know that Rafi's therapist (Streep)is actually David's mother. The film depicts the problems with relationships where the age gap is so big and when religion becomes an issue in a relationship. I think the chemistry between Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg was really good and believable and I liked them as a couple. I thought this film was really funny as well; I found myself laughing quite a bit. Prime stands out from other rom-coms, it's not cheesy, cliche or predictable. I highly recommend this film despite the average reviews. I think it's worth far more.

Grade: A

Revolutionary Road
½

The acting in this film was phenomenal. Both Kate and Leo were astounding and impressive and worked so well together. Whilst Titanic is about falling in love, Revolutionary Road is about falling out of love. Winslet and DiCaprio play a suburban couple Frank and April, who everyone envies, but they want to escape the monotomy of their suburban lives and move to Paris, where they believe that they will be able to lead an interesting life. This film is quite depressing and emotionally draining, but on the whole this is a spectacular and highly cathartic drama. Even though it sounds a bit cynical to say this, its good for once to see a film that depicts the darkside of marriage, rather than rom-coms that paint everything to be peachy all the time. The film is definitely thought provoking.

Grade: A+

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
½

Ferris Bueller is a silly, but fun film. It's also witty, energetic and charming and full of adventure. Ferris Bueller is a cocky and charming boy who bunks off school to have fun with his best friend and girlfriend. OK it's a bit daft how Ferris never gets caught no matter how obvious it is, but it's still great fun. However sometimes Ferris' smart aleck temperament can get a bit too much, but nevertheless he's still pretty likeable. This film shows that you should make the most of your youth and enjoy yourself.

Grade: B

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal(2001)
½

Shallow Hal like it's title is shallow all the way through and defeats the purpose of the movie. Shallow Hal is a decent watch, but it's nothing special nor a favourite. Jack Black's character wasn't very likeable and it's still more or less about looks, which as I said goes against the true purpose of the film. It takes too long for him to realise the inner beauty and still it's not that convincing. Shallow Hal isn't remotely funny and it's not really that deep or authentic either. Shallow Hal is watcheable and has some decent moments, but that's it really. It's worth a watch, but it's mediocre.

Grade: C

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is enormously sad, poignant and chilling and harrowingly depicts the horrors of the Holocaust. The film is about two boys, once of them Bruno, who is a son of a commandant at a concentration camp, which is nearby where they live. Bruno discovers the camp and starts up a forbidden friendship with a little boy in the concentration camp, Schmul. The friendship is beautiful and so terribly sad. The ending was really shocking as well. I cried so much during this film. This is a very depressing and harrowing film, which will haunt you for a while and it makes you think about how cruel life can be. This film is worth watching, but you'll need a big box of kleenex beside you the whole time.

Grade: A

The Sixth Sense
½

I'm not really a horror fan, but this is one of the only few and I mean few decent horror films there are. This film is in a different league from most stupid slasher films. For a start I love the story, it's by far the best written horror film I've seen. Most horror films I've seen are badly written and forgettable with bad acting, but this film is different. It has terrific performances from it's cast; Bruce Willis, Hailey Joel Osment and Tony Colette are all outstanding. The film is about a nine-year-old boy (Osment) who can see the dead and he starts seeing a child psychologist (Willis) who can help him. The twist in the film is amazing by the way! The Sixth Sense is highly poignant and heartwarming and you really feel for and emphasize with the characters. Some parts of the film are quite scary, but it's got some nice and moving moments as well. This film is brilliant and other horror movies should take the leaf out of this film.

Grade: A+

Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman(1990)

Pretty Women is a really decent chick flick with a good original story and likeable leads. Julia Roberts plays a prostitute who falls in loves with a billionare businessman, played by Richard Gere, but she has to learn to fit in with his world. Both Roberts and Gere are fabulous and have nice chemistry. The story is heartwarming and charming and isn't overly cheesy like most rom-coms, although it does have some cheesy moments. OK it's predictable and formulaic all that jazz, but it is a rom-com after all. For me there is something about Pretty Woman that shines and stands out from the rest. The film has a lot of warmth and charm about it and it's really enjoyable. It's a great film and considered a classic. I strongly recommend it, I heard that even guys secretly enjoy this film.

Grade: A-

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

This is one of those films where its as good as the books. It's morbid, but funny at the same time. Jim Carrey is absolutely hilarious and always steals the show. He turns what seems like a dull movie into a comedy. Meryl Streep is also fantastic, but however I found children a little wooden, but they weren't awful. The film is about three recently orphaned children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny who are sent to live with a greedy and cruel guardian, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who is only after their fortune, which they are to inherit. Carrey is not only great at playing comic roles, but also at being the villain. I loved this film when it came out and I saw it twice. Perhaps I might have outgrown it now, but it was my favourite film when I went through the book phase. Films dont always succeed the book, so this has done a good job.

Grade: B+

You've Got Mail
½

It's a sweet film, but it doesn't really work for me. This film is nothing new, it's just like any other rom-com. I like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and I think they worked well together, but the story is unoriginal and the characters are just the archetypal rom-com characters. The film is about two people who talk on cyberspace, but in reality they both have rival bookstores. The story is really obvious and predictable. It didn't really captivate me that much and I found it all too familiar. It has some charm, but it's not as charming and funny as When Harry Met Sally for example. There aren't really many laughs in this film and I didn't really engage much with it. It's a harmless film, but it's too much of a 'been there done that' type of film to really stand out.

Grade: C

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

This film is one of the saddest films I've seen. Jack Nicholson is absolutely terrific and charming in this film, which is about a sane man (played by Nicholson), who is referred to a mental institution and he tries to change the dreary lives of the patients. I thought that cast were very good, including Louise Fletcher who plays the evil nurse. This film is beautiful, uplifting and extremely sad at the same time. This film epitomises trying to fight for freedom and deomcracy, which is prohibited in the mental institution. However my only criticisms are that the film can be quite depressing and that the ending is wrong, if the ending was different I probably would have given this film 100%. Nevertheless this film is a classic, that everyone should see, although a box of tissues may also be required.

Grade: A

Elf
Elf(2003)
½

Elf is a well-meaning, but childish film, which is more suited for a younger audience. I'm not really a huge fan of Will Ferrell to be honest, he didn't really surprise me in this film either. The film is about an Elf (Will Ferrell)who has grown up in Lap Land, but goes to New York City to find his real family. The film is a bit immature and Will Ferrell looks like a bit of an idiot; it's as if he's dressing up for a kid's party or something. Elf is just like every other predictable kid's Christmas film. The film does have some nice moments and it is witty here and there, but whilst it isn't detestable, it's nothing special either. If you consider yourself a big kid or a Will Ferrell fan, than this is the film for you.

Grade: C

Pinocchio
Pinocchio(1940)

Pinocchio is a beautiful film which is poignant yet joyful. Pinocchio is naive good hearted wooden puppet who craves to be a real boy, but is lurred into trouble by many bandits wanting to make money out if him. The characters and songs are very memorable and Pinocchio is a warm hearted, yet sometimes chilling tear jerker. It sends out a good message to kids, the obvious being not to lie and the other not to go off with strangers and listen to the most trusting people. I love the story and the characters in this film. Pinnochio is a lovely film which will make you weep tears of sadness and tears of joy.

Grade: A

School of Rock
½

School of Rock, like it's title, well rocks! Jack Black is a great sport in this film with his strong and exuberant personality. This film is filled with fun and excitement and Jack Black is like the loveable big kid. The film is about a layabout played by Jack Black, whose dream it is to start a band, but he's unsuccessful and he struggles to pay the the rent and get a job. He accidentally gets himself a job as a supply teacher in a private school and he decides to form a band with his pupils... This film is highly original and enterertaining and can connect to the audience emotionally through issues such as parental pressure. This film has lots of charm and humour and is suited for everyone, you don't have to be into rock to love this film.

Grade: A+

Hitch
Hitch(2005)

Hitch is a good spirited film with good intentions. Will Smith and Kevin James are both excellent, although Will Smith comes across a bit too cocky at times. This film is predictable and cliche and uses the same guidelines as other chick flicks. It starts to get a bit boring after an hour and is a bit disengaging at times. I have to say that Will Smith and Eva Mendes make a really annoying couple. But however this film on the whole isn't too bad and is pretty decent. It has good moments and its worth a watch. This is a film guys will enjoy as well as gals. It's definitely suitable for a first date, literally.

Grade: B-

Titanic
Titanic(1997)

This is my favourite film of all time! Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are both equally incredible and fully engage with their characters, making Jack and Rose highly likeable leads. The chemistry between Kate and Leo is top notch. Titanic has to be by far the best romantic film I've ever seen. I love the story; it's so cleverly written and pieced together. The story is about two lovers from completely different classes who meet on Titanic and fall in love, but they must fight for their love when their backgrounds and the sinking get in the way. I love how the story is not just about the sinking and how it focuses strongly on charater development and romance, which Avatar didn't do. I think the rest of the cast are also fantastic, especially Billy Zane. I like how Titanic focuses on other important issues, such as class inequality, loneliness and liberation. The sinking is extremely poignant and terrifying and you feel the angst build inside of you. This film is perfect, althought my only criticism is that it starts off slow and I wish the ending was different, but it still doesn't put me off. Titanic is just simply mind blowing and unforgettable and it has this lingering effect on you, which you can't get out of your mind.

Grade: A*

Liar Liar
Liar Liar(1997)

Jim Carrey delivers another side-splittingly funny and entertaining performance. Liar Liar is about a lawyer whose son's birthday wish comes true, he's not allowed to lie for 24 hours. I thought that the story was original and heartwarming and it's something that can relate to both adults and children. It just goes to show that telling the truth isn't always the best thing. This film is extrememly entertaining, although sometimes a bit over the top and cliched. This film is also interesting because it gives me an insight to law, which I'm going to study. So for anyone who wants to be a lawyer, this is a good law movie, but I recommend this to everyone.

Grade: B+

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Borat is insulting, disgusting and perverted. There is nothing funny about Borat. How people can laugh at a film which has more lawsuits than laughs is beyond me. Borat is simply vile and it's toilet humour is not amusing. Borat is a film which seems promising and the first few minutes start off well and there a handful of geniunely non offensive funny bits, but Borat is predominantly vile. It goes way too far with its racist and perverted jokes to the point it becomes sick. If you like gross humour than this is the film for you, but otherwise don't bother. The way that people were exploited to make this film disgusts me. Borat is a disgrace and should be banned. It's ridiculously overrated and needs to come off it's high horse.

Grade: U

American Beauty

With excellent performances and an honest insight into life, this film succeeds. This film is realistic and poignant and depicts how dull and depressing life and existence can become. The film is a about a man whose life is meaningless through a deteriorating marriage, but his life changes when he falls for his teenaged daughter's best friend. I thought that the performances in this film were terrific; Keven Spacey, Annette Benning, Thora Birch and Mena Survari were all amazing. This film also epitmosies the beautiful things in life which we dont often pay attention to, giving it depth. It's a very bizzare and dark movie with lots of connatation, but it has a lot of meaning. My only criticism is that it is a bit too depressing and I didn't really like the ending. Otherwise this is a really good film.

Grade: B+

Shaun of the Dead

I think that this film was awful. I don't understand how it can hold a 91% rating on RT! I'm not really a fan of horror, but this film was pretty bad. I thought that the gore and horror was pretty tacky and was far too gross! I thought that the film started off well, but then it became boring, dull and too angsty to sit through. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I thought the story and the idea was completely dumb. I thought that parts of the film were witty, but it wasn't as hilarious as everyone made it out to be. I thought that the characters weren't too bad, and I thought that Nicholas Frost was brilliant, but I hated the story. It was so pointless and stupid. Most of the film was spent trying to wade through a crowd of zombies. It was just boring and I thought killing off the characters was pretty stupid and I hated the ending. I really don't get what the hype is about.

Grade: F

Matilda
Matilda(1996)

This has to be one of my favourite childhood films of all time! When I was little I used to watch this film so many times, that the video actually broke. I practically know this film word for word. Matilda is about a six year old girl who is extraordinarily smart, but her parents do not appreciate her gift. She discovers that she has magic powers which she uses to her advantage, especially to play tricks on her cruel and brutal headmistress. Matilda is funny, heartwarming and touching, with brilliant characters. The cast was brilliant and very entertaining and I especially thought that Pam Ferris was terrific and majorly scary as the Trunchbull. I loved the whole story and I especially loved the ending. The film doesn't vary hugely to the book, but I like the film better, it will always remain an old favorite.

Grade: A*

Are We There Yet?
½

This was an utterly rubbish and predictable movie with too much slapstick and bad jokes. The whole story is about two kids who hate their mum's new boyfriend, but have to go a long journey with him, where the kids cause havoc to try and get him to split up with their mum. The kids are just plain annoying and largely put me off the film. The film is too immature, idiotic and unrealistic. It will fail to satisfy an adult audience, but kids under 12 will like it. This film tries too hard to be funny and poignant, but it fails with both. This is a really crappy movie that fails to impress and I'm sure the sequel is just as ridiculous. The film is watcheable to a degree and it's not the worst I've see, but that's the highest praise it gets from me. Otherwise this film is really stupid and pointless.

Grade: D-

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs Doubtfire is one of my favourite childhood classics! I used to watch it over and over again. Robin Williams is absolutely hilarious and entertaining and brings so much heart, energy and humour in his role as Mrs Doubtfire. He is truly a genius in this film. This film is tremedously funny, highly original and extremely poignant. It truthfully depicts the impact of divorce and I'm glad it's not another one of those Parent Trap type of films. Mrs Doubtfire is one of those classics you never outgrow and it's suitable for all audiences. I think it's underrated by RT, but all the good films are. This will always remain one of my favourites.

Grade: A*

Walk the Line
½

Walk the Line is a mesmerizing and highly poignant film with outstanding performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. They were both...wow is all I can say. The film depicts the troubled life of country singer Johnny Cash. Walk the Line is deeply touching in epitomising Cash's drug addiction, crumbling marriage and love for June Carter. I thought Ginnifer Goodwin was also fantastic as Johnny Cash's possessive and horrid wife. Phoenix and Carter had good chemistry and they were both extremely likeable, although the romance part took a bit too long to develop. This film is absolutely astounding and I would go as far as to call it a classic. It's unforgettable and captivating and I highly recommend it! However tissues may be needed.

Grade: A+

Shrek
Shrek(2001)

Shrek is a pure classic! It's original, charming, funny, and poignant with unforgettable and loveable characters. This is not just a children's film, it is something that everybody can relate to. There are so many issues intertwined such as judgement,loneliness, friendship and alienation, which helps it to relate to the audience on an emotional level. This film is utterly irresistable and unforgettable!

Grade: A*

The Shawshank Redemption

This is an absolutely mind-blowing, uplifting and touching film about a man who is convicted of a murder he did not commit and faces life imprisonment. This film depicts the harsh, bleak and mundane life in prison and it really makes you see criminals in a different light and in some ways even begin to empathize with them. The film epitomises that not all criminals are completely evil and remorseless and how they have potential to change and learn from their mistakes. I thought Morgan Freeman was absolutely sensational and Tim Robbins was also brilliant. The friendship between their characters was truly beautiful. It emphasizes just how important friendship is. I thought this film was extremely sad, but liberating at the same time. I especially loved the ending! This is a film that I strongly recommend, but be warned that you should have the tissue box near you, because this film will make you weep with sadness and with joy.

Grade: A

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Fight Club is a dark and chilling film about an ordinary nameless man who has chronic insomnia and feels unfulfilled with his boring life, but everything changes when he meets Tyler Durden, who is the complete opposite to him. Together they both start a fight club. Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter were all really good in this film. I thought that twist in the film was amazing and the film deals with a lot of interesting, although complex themes, such as terrorism and fighting with your inner self. However I thought that the film was extremely complicated at times and it's a hard film to understand and even after reading up about it I still dont fully understand it. The film has a really 'fucked' mood to it and it feels as if you're high when you're watching it, though nevertheless it's a highly interesting and engrossing film. I hated the ending though.

Grade: B-

Shrek Forever After

Shrek 4 is a nice film, but it's not as funny, charming and original as the first two Shrek films. This film had some nice moments and a nice message and new set of issues, but the story wasn't as engaging and imaginative and it was a tad boring in parts. However I loved Rumpelsliltskin in this film and I thought he was actually quite funny. There were a few witty bits here and there and only one really hilarious part that truly made me burst with laughter, but that was it. Shrek 4 wasn't a complete success, but not a complete disaster. It was still heartwarming an touching in parts and it was worth going to see.

Grade: B

Love Actually

Love Actually is an over sentimental and cheesy flick jam packed with too many stories. The film isn't very original and I found some of the characters were annoying and forgettable. Love Actually is too cliched and predictable and for me does little to stand out. I'm a women and I should love this, but it's too overbearingly cheesy and it just doesn't do anything for me. Maybe it's because I'm not really a romantic. It's watcheable enough and it's not completely detestable, but it's not really my kind of film. It's something I might watch if I was bored though.

Grade: D+

What a Girl Wants
½

What A Girl Wants is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's really cheesy and predictable and a film suited for young tween girls, but I still can't help but like it. I thought that Amanda Bynes was really cute, vibrant and likeable. The film is about a 17-year-old American girl who goes to England to find her long lost father who is running for prime minister, only to find that she doesn't fit into this world. The film is fun and sweet and Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth worked well together. This film has a lot of charm and something about it shines. OK it's not realistic but it can still relate to people in terms of the father and daughter relationship and being yourself. Even though the message is a bit old and corny, but it's still nice. This film wont be to everyone's taste, but its fairly enjoyable and light.

Grade: B+

White Chicks
White Chicks(2004)
½

This movie has it's good moments, but it has a lot of flaws. White Chicks is a dumb and highly unrealistic film with bad acting. Terry Crews is the only one who steals the show; he was absolutely fantastic and by far one of the biggest perks in this fim. The Wayan brothers were pretty average in this film as two cops who go undercover as white women. The disguise was so ridiculously unconvinving; they looked like men in drag. White Chicks does have lot of funny moments and it's mildly entertaining, but it's just too stupid to be taken seriously. I used to love this film, but I've outgrown it; it just doesn't do anything for me anymore. This film is worth and watch though with some genuinely funny moments, but steer clear of this if you're not a fan of the Wayans brothers.

Grade: C

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is absolutely hilarious, vibrant and enjoyable. I always watch this film with my family and its our family favourite. This is definitely a film to watch with the family. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is about a woman from a tight knit Greek family who falls for a non-Greek with the disapproval of her family. I laughed throughout the whole film and there are so many unforgettable moments that make me laugh thinking about them now. I loved the family, they made me roar with laughter. My Big Fat Greek Wedding has a big heart and is a big triumph. I can't think of anything wrong with this film. There's everything to love about it. I highly recommend this film!

Grade: A*

Grease
Grease(1978)

Grease is a fun, light and entertaining musical with catchy numbers and lots of energy. The film is also able to relate to teenagers in many ways, such in terms of peer pressure and puppy love. Grease is about two teenagers who fall in love during the summer, but reunite at high school to find that things are different. Danny and Sandy are likeable, as are the other character and the atmosphere is great. OK Grease is cheesy and predictable, but who cares- it gets away with it. Grease is definitely one of those feel good films that will suit just about everybody.

Grade: A

The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)
½

The Holiday is a sweet, but rather fluffy film, which is predictable and safe, like most rom-coms. However the film was pleasant, light and enjoyable with decent performances. Beneath it's jolly surface the film does has some deep issues, which make it more poignant. I thought that the characters were likeable and the tone of the film was really nice. The Holiday can be a bit too cheesy and sentimental at times though. I have to say all in all this is a decent rom-com and it's hard to dislike it. It's definitely one of those feel good Christmas films. I really recommend this film, although I don't think guys will enjoy it.

Grade: B

The Graduate
The Graduate(1967)

The Graduate is a dull, overrated and average film about a college grad, Ben who pursues an affair with an older married woman Mrs Robinson, but then falls in love with her daughter Elaine. I didn't think that Dustin Hoffman was anything special, he was just as bland as the movie. The film had no charm to it. I didn't really empathize with any of the characters, as I thought that they were all unlikeable. I thought that the romance between Ben and Elaine was a bit yawnsome and the chemistry wasn't soaring. I thought that the ending was really confusing as well. On the other note the film was watcheable and I enjoyed the drama at times, but that was it. I really don't get what all the hype is about.

Grade: D

The Truman Show

The Truman Show is a chilling, original and thought-provoking film about a man Truman Burbank whose life is a sham. He is oblivious to the fact that his ordinary life is an ongoing soap opera. I thought that Jim Carrey was impressive in his role, showing that he can make the transition from comedy to playing a more serious role. I thought the whole cast was simply amazing. The Truman Show is a highly poignant film depicting the impact and obsession with reality TV. The Truman Show is one of those films that you just can't stop thinking about. You just think, how can you do that to a human being? I highly recommend this film.

Grade: A

The House Bunny

For a film that seems appealing the House Bunny is a huge disappointment. It goes from promising to plop. The House Bunny is cliched, shallow and forgettable. However Anna Faris puts on a decent performance and is quite likeable, but there's not much else which is right with this film. Even though the story is original, it appears to be just another average chick flick. I don't think it's particularly well written and apart from Anna Faris, the cast was nothing spectacular. Also the film can?t decide on the message it gives out and ends up giving the wrong one, that you have to be attractive to be noticed. It's an all too familiar dumb flick it's not terribly funny either. However the film wasn't completely terrible. It's watcheable with a few decent bits, but it's just one of those films that are OK when there's not much else to watch.

Grade: D+

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine is simply awful! I just cannot understand on the life of me what is so spectacular about this film. The fact that it is so overrated makes my blood boil. Little Miss Sunshine is a bland film about a dysfunctional family who go on a long journey to take the daughter to a beauty pagent. I hated everything about this film. It had no charm whatsoever. I really can't understand how this is a comedy either. Whoever said that this is a comedy clearly needs their head checked. During the course of the film, I only laughed once. Little Miss Sunshine is one of the most depressing films I have seen. Also I hated the family, they were dull and charmless. The only notable performance was from Alan Arkin, who was quite amusing, but that was it. The tone of the film throughout was incredibly dim and it was too heavy going. I didn't find it heartwarming or poignant at all; in fact this film made me feel depressed. This film is awful, words cannot express how much I despise this film.

Grade: F

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

Ghost World is a bizzare film, which I have to admit isn't immediately likeable. The first time I saw it I didn't really like it, but the second time I saw it I changed my mind. Ghost World is a quirky and mentally thought provoking film about two misfits who begin to grow apart after their graduation as one of them befriends and becomes attached to a lonely and socially awkward man. I thought that Thora Birch was terrific and is a star in the making, but Scarlett Johansson was mediocre. The style of the film is strange and it has a cynical tone, which can be off putting, but Ghost World does depicts some deep issues, such as social alienation. However I wouldn't view this film as a comedy, as one I didn't think it was particularly humorous and two, I think the tone is too bland. Also I didn't think that the characters were likeable and it's hard to empathize with them. On the other hand Ghost World is unique, interesting and partly entertaining. It leaves you feeling in a weird sort of mood afterwards. It's worth a watch, but it's not really a favourite. It's also a bit too overrated.

Grade: B-

Get Him to the Greek

This is an entertaining film, but it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. The main jokes are pretty much in the trailer. However Russell Brand makes up for it with his charming and irresistable persona. Him and Jonah Hill worked well together. The film surprisingly has a lot of depth, which I really wasn't expecting. It depicts friendship and the downside of fame poignantly and there were a lot of "aww" moments. Whilst the film perhaps wasn't hilarious, it does have some decent funny moments, although sometimes it tries too hard to be funny. On the whole this is a decent film worth watching.

Grade: B

Casanova
Casanova(2005)

Casanova is a delightful, charming and wildly entertaining film with top-notch performances and brilliant comedy. Heath Ledger was irresistably charming as Casanova and even Sienna Miller was surprisingly excellent as the fiesty feminist Francesca, Casanova's true love. I thought the rest of the cast were magnificent and I loved the characters. I was expecting Casanova to be another depressing romance, but far from it. It was more like a romantic comedy. I thought that some parts were hilarious and I loved the light-hearted tone of the film. I have to say I also loved the setting, which was visually stunning. As fantastic as the film is, my only criticism is that there could have been more sex scenes, but otherwise that's it. I loved this film, especially the ending. This film is underrated and I highly recommed it.

Grade: A

He's Just Not That Into You
½

He's Just Not That Into You gives an interesting insight into the dynamics of different relationship and relationship failures. However I found the film quite irritating at times as it insinuates that all women sit by the phone all day waiting for a guy to ring. It depicts women as being needy and desperate, which I thought was unfair. I found the characters incredibly annoying, which made it hard for me to empathise with them, as you feel that they bring it on themselves. Still on the other hand I thought that the film was decent enough and highly watcheable. I thought that some of the advice was worth taking note of, but it was still frustrating how it insinuates that women are hopeless at relationships. Otherwise I didn't take it too personally.

Grade: C

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
½

Despite good performances from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, I don't understand what it so amazing about this film? I thought that the film was nothing special. I found it bizzare and confusing and I wasn't keen on the quirky style. This film tries to hard to stand out and be different. I hate films that try to hard. The concept of the film is interesting though; the film is about a couple who when they break up have a procedure to erase each other from one another's minds. I just don't think the film worked. It was a bit too bland and depressing and I just couldn't get into the mood of the film. Although Carrey and Winslet were very good (I was surprised by too see Carrey playing a serious role), I didn't like them as a couple. I found them irritating and I didn't care much for them. I found this film tiresome instead of touching. It is by far one of the most overrated films I've seen.

Grade: D-

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

This is one of the best teen movies of all time. You can literally watch this film and dozen times and never tire of it. Mean Girls is funny, cleverly written and relates to all teenagers. This film is about a naive girl Cady(Lohan) who has been raised and homeschooled for most of her life in Africa, but when she moves to America and enters high school for the first time she finds it's not what she expects and ends up losing herself as she tries to fit in. Even Lindsay Lohan is impressive when she is given good material to work with. The cast were fantastic, especially Tina Fey and I loved the characters. This film also shows how cruel girls can be and how hard it is to fit in at school. There is a lot else you can learn from this film and it's far more memorable and meaningful than any other teen flick.

Grade: A*

In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes(2005)

In Her Shoes is a decent movie, but not the best I've seen. I found the beginning of the film really interesting, but then half way through it got a bit boring. In Her Shoes is one of those films where it's enough to just watch it once. I thought that the film was quite deep though and I liked how it focused on the up and down relationship between two sisters who are completely different. I thought the whole grandmother pilava was a bit unecessary and didn't really make the film interesting. I think the story should have just focused on the sisters. The film at times was a little unengaging, but some parts were decent. I thought it was a nice story though and worth a watch, but its not a favourite.

Grade: B-

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You is definitely one of my favourite films. Its charming, smart and funny. This film is so underrated. Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles were both phenomenal as the pair of likeable misfits. Heath Ledger was absolutely charming (and not to mention gorgeous) as the good-hearted bad boy and I loved Julia Stile's sarcastic and fiesty feminist character. Both of them made me laugh and the chemistry between Stiles and Ledger was really strong and believable. The rest of the cast were also fantastic. The story is cleverly written and I loved the witty dialogue. I also liked how it's based on Shakespeare, making it far more intellectual than any other teen film. The film is also poignant at times and delivers many important messages and themes such as being true to yourself. This is a film that not only relates to teens, but to parents as well. Futhermore I also have to compliment the soundtrack; the music suited the film perfectly. You can watch this film again and again without getting sick of it. Each time I see it I seem to love it even more.

Grade: A*

She's the Man
½

She's the Man is a badly-written, amateurish and poorly acted film with few laughs. I thought that story was stupid and Amanda Bynes was unconvincing in her disguise as a boy, even a baby could have figured out that she wasn't a boy. She's the Man is just another shallow and predictable teen flick. This film doesn't relate to it's teenage audience in any way. The film had two or three funny moments, but that was it. The film wasn't completely dreadful, but its one of those straight onto DVD flicks. It's OK to watch when you have nothing better to do and you feel in the mood to watch something stupid, but otherwise she's the Man is forgettable and flawed.

Grade: D

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)
½

Knocked Up is absolutely hilarious with a thumbs up performance from Seth Rogen. This is one of those films that you can watch over and over again and not get bored of it. The first time I saw it I didn't really find it funny, but when I saw it again I was roaring with laughter and I'm proud to call it a favourite. I wouldn't say that whole romantic aspect of the comedy is convincing and the romantic chemistry between Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl is not quite there, but the comedy makes up for it and they still work well together. They play two people from two completely different backgrounds who are faced with an unexpected pregnancy after a one night stand together. Even Katherine Heigl who I usuallly find hugely irritating is decent in this film. I love the rest of the cast, especially Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. I love the bromance between Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen. Knocked Up has a dozen of unforgettable funny moments that even now thinking about them make me laugh. I highly recommend this film. It will teach you the most important lesson you need to know; always wear a condom.

Grade: A+

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
½

This film is one of the saddest films I've seen. It depicts just how cruel life can be. Benjamin Button is a film about a man who ages in reverse, preventing him from persuing a proper relationship with the love of his life, Daisy. Both Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette were phenomenal and they had good chemistry. However I found this film way too depressing and dark and it was a bit too long. Some parts did tend to drag on a bit, but on the whole it's a good film. It's one of those Forrest Gump type of films. I recommend this film, but I suggest you go see a comedy after this. This film will certainly haunt you for a while.

Grade: B

You, Me and Dupree
½

You, Me and Dupree is another forgettable flick with average performances. You, Me and Dupree is about a guy who moves in with his best friend and his wife, only to outstay his welcome. Owen Wilson is charming in this, but its frustrating seeing him playing the same kind of roles all the time. The film wasn't really that funny and was a bit immature at times. It did have some nice moments and it does have some strong themes such as friendship and marriage struggle, but on the whole it's another unoriginal, forgettable, seen it all before type of film. It's worth a watch, but its nothing spectacular.

Grade: C-

Drillbit Taylor
½

Drillbit Taylor is unfunny, unoriginal and badly written. Normally I love Owen Wilson, but even in this film he isn't likeable. Usually Owen Wilson is charming, but there was nothing charming about this film. None of the characters are really very likeable to be honest. Drillbit Taylor is that all too familiar bully flick. It tries to be heartwarming, but it's not. The story just wasn't deep enough. I didn't really find the film engaging either and switched it off 3/4 of the way through. This is just another average forgettable straight onto DVD flick. Don't bother with it.

Grade: D-

The Notebook
The Notebook(2004)

The Notebook is an overly sentimental film, which is every romantic's dream come true. I like a good romance, but I found the Notebook to over the top. OK Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling had great chemistry and I thought that the acting was very good, but at times I found them slighly annoying. The film is nice, but for me it didn't have enough tension or drama. I liked the story, but more could have been done with it to make it more enthralling. Otherwise its pretty harmless and its a decent enough flick. Romantics will love this, but be warned that this is probably every guy's worst nightmare.

Grade: B-

Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers is a hilarious and highly entertaining rom-com. The film has the right balance of raunchiness and romance. I liked the dirty humour and how it wasn't done over the top. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn make a great comic duo. I thought that they were both fantastic and charming. OK Wedding Crashers is predictable and a bit cheesy at times, but because it's so charming it works. I thought that the story was original; the story is about two womanisers who crash weddings to meet and sleep with women. I thought that the rest of the cast was great, especially Isla Fisher who was insane and I thought Rachel McAdams was really likeable. The film had loads of funny moments, but it's deep as well and depicts strong themes such a friendship. I highly recommed you see this film.

Grade: A

The 40 Year Old Virgin

The 40-year-old virgin is a satisfying comedy, which is both saucy and sweet in the right measures. Steve Carrel is fantastic as the sweet, but neurotic virgin. In fact the whole cast is brilliant. This film is genuinely funny with loads of great moments. The script is well written and the characters are great. The film also takes itself seriously and has a lot of depth and a great message; it's not about when you loose it, but who you loose it with. Although you can't help thinking how you could leave it that late. I really enjoyed this film. I highly recommend it.

Grade: A

Disney's A Christmas Carol
½

To be honest I was really disappointed with this film. This is another overrated IMAX film. At first I was desperate to see this, but it wasn't really worth it in the end. It seemed appealing because it had Jim Carrey in it and he's hilarious is almost anything, but this film wasn't funny, poignant or charming. Jim Carey did not impress me at all. I envisioned him as stealing the show as his role as the Scrooge, but how wrong I was. This film was utterly lifeless. I kept waiting for it to start, but it never took off. It was a pretty boring film and it just didnt do much to engage me. It didn't really reach out to me on an emotional level or any sort of level. The special effects act a distraction from this rather bland film. I literally sat there waiting for the film to finish. I only remember laughing once, but that was it. I just left the cinema, feeling disappointed to have see another average film. This isn't a film I'd see again in a hurry or recommond. For a U rated film it was pretty scary, so dont take your kids to see it.

Grade: D-

Down With Love

This isn't the best romantic comedy I've seen. There isn't much chemistry between Renee Zelwegger and Ewan McGregor and the romance is not believable. However Ewan McGregor is very charming and visually Down With Love is stunning and I loved the outfits. This movie is fun and quirky at times and the whole story is great, but it's just not believable enough and it seems really unrealistic at times. This film doesn't take itself seriously enough and it's not deep enough either. However this film was worth a watch and even though the film isn't serious the atmosphere of the film is fun. The film's chromatic visuals are definitely worth it.

Grade: B-

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

Forrest Gump is a beautiful, mind blowing and heartwarming film. Tom Hanks was absolutely outstanding! The rest of the cast were great too, but Tom Hanks' acting was phemonal. Forrest Gump is a man who has an extremely low IQ and is considered to be "slow", but he doesn't let it hold him back from achieving his goals. Forrest Gump is a highly loveable and inspirational character, showing that people can achieve many extraordinary things in life. It really has a beautiful message. This film is a real tear jerker. It is a bit too sentimental and overbearingly sad at times, but it's impossible to not like this film. I couldn't help crying my eyes out at the end. However Forrest Gump is a little bit too long and some parts do drag on, but other than that you can't really critize this film. What a beautiful film.

Grade: A

Dirty Dancing
½

Dirty Dancing is extremely overated. For me it is just another average cheesy film . For a start there is absolutely no chemistry between Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze; it wasn't convincing. It was more like the kid sister tagging after the cool big brother type of relationship. There was more chemistry between Patrick Swayze and Cynthia Rhodes. However I did enjoy the dancing and the film did depict some serious issues. The film was watcheable and the story was passable, but as a romance I didn't find it satisfying. The film was just too lukewarm for me. Dirty Dancing just doesn't have a sparkle or any charm about. For me it was average entertainment.

Grade: C

The Devil Wears Prada

This is another one of my favourite films. I love everything about this film; its cast, amazing wardbrobe and soundtrack. This film couldn't have picked a greater cast and it is extremely entertaining, funny and charming. Meryl Streep delivers another grand, faultless performance, as the icy and unreasonable fashion editor Miranda Priestly. Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci also deliver darn good performances. The Devil Wears Prada is arguably one of the best chick flicks there is. It's also one of those films which surpasses the book. This film strongly relates to people whose career and boss dominate their life. This film is unforgettable and irresitable. You can watch this film a dozen times and never get bored of it.

Grade: A*

Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones is an absolute treat. Even though it follows the same route as any other chick flick, it's charming and super funny like no other rom-com. I wouldn't usually consider Renee Zellwegger a fanstastic actress, but in Bridget Jones she's impressive and proves to be versatile. I thought the rest of the cast were brilliant. Bridget Jones is loveable and funny with her easy-going and embarrassing persona. She's the ultimate heroine. The thing I love about the film is that its not one of those tedious and forgettable romantic comedies where the jokes are dull and the course to finding love is always smooth. Bridget Jones is definitely a favourite and you can watch this film over and over and not get tired of it.

Grade: A*

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
½

It's not bad for a sequel, but its not as good as the first one. There's still some funny moments, but its pretty much similar to the first one. Its predictable and cliche and there's very little you can do with a sequel to a romantic comedy. I thought the whole marriage hullabaloo was a bit tedious and like most rom-coms it tries to insinuate that a woman's main goal is marriage. However it wasn't enough to put me off the film. Bridget is still charming and doesn't loose her sparkle and I still found the film entertaining and funny. Its pleasant and enjoyable enough to sit through.

Grade: B

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor(2001)

Pearl Harbor is one of those films which looks appealing, but is actually a huge disappointment. It unsuccessfully tries to be the next Titanic, but ultimately fails, which is a shame as its wasted potential from a good cast. The story is badly written and the romance is pretty lame. Not to mention there are numerous historical inaccuracies, which are a part of the film's failure. Any good film can outweight its length ,but Pearl Harbor is incredibly boring to sit through and seems to last for 10 hours. I thought that there was too much action and it went on for way too long. Don't bother with this film unless you are into lame romances or seriously into technology or action.

Grade: E

Thirteen
Thirteen(2003)
½

Thirteen is a terrifying eye opener depicting a young girl's loss of innonence. Evan Rachel Wood gives an outstanding performance and Nikki Reed and Holly Hunter are equally mesmerizing. The film is about a naive girl Tracey (Wood)who is desperate to fit in and befriends the most popular girl in school, psychotic and charming Evie (Reed) who introduces her to a life of sex, drugs and crime. I didn't even think that these girls were thirteen! This film is realistic as it portrays the issue that kids today are in fact growing up way too fast. This film also epitomises the power of peer pressure and the desperation to fit in. Thirteen is thought provoking, chilling, poignant and unforgettable. Its definitely one of my favourites and makes me appreciate not growing up fast. I strongly recommend this film, especially to mothers and their teenaged daughters.

Grade: A*

500 Days of Summer
½

500 Days of Summer is an original, humourous and well-written anti-romantic comedy. This film is not your archetypal cheesy formulaic rom-com- its quite the opposite. The story is about a guy Tom who is looking for love and falls in love with Summer, the girl of his dreams, but she does not the reciprocate the feelings he has for her. I love the fact how unlike most rom-coms, it doesnt induce the stereotype that women are the ones always seeking Mr Right, but how it can also be the other way round. This film is deep, witty and poignant with excellent performances from Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The rest of the cast were also good, especially Chloe Moretz, who was absolutely charming as the precocious and wise kid sister. This film is a must-see. I love everything about this film from its quirkiness, non-linear order and refusal to conform to the typical rom-com. This film is one of my favourites and other romantic comedies should take the leaf out of this film.

Grade: A*

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde

The first one was a hit, but this one is a flop. It has to be one of the worst and most pointless sequels ever made. The storyline is ridiculous and badly written with lame jokes. I found the story pathetic, unengaging and at times confusing. I gave it such a bad rating because this sequel is pathetically bad and it bounces from smart back to dumb. This film just doesn't take itself seriously and it lacks the charm and depth of the first. This film is tiresome and annoying and not even the Elle Woods spark makes it work this time. This film makes Paris Hilton look smart. This film is absolutely rubbish, don't bother with it.

Grade: F

Legally Blonde
½

Legally Blonde is funny, clever and original with another terrific top-notch performance from the versatile Reese Witherspoon who plays the not so dumb blonde who tries to get into law school to get her ex boyfriend back. Reese Witherspoon's character Elle is highly likeable, vibrant and fun. This film is one of the best chick flicks out there. Sure it's predictable, but it's great fun and it delivers a heartwarming message. Underneath it's dumb blonde cover it's a smart film. Legally Blonde is delightful to watch and shows that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. This film is definitely a favourite.

Grade: A*

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)
½

It?s a bubbly and energetic film with catchy songs and Meryl Streep never fails to be the star. I thought Amanda Seyfried shined and the cast were generally very good, although Pierce Brosnan cannot sing to save his life. Mama Mia certainly leaves you with that feel good feeling and the vibe is vibrant and chromatic througout. However sometimes the film can get a bit too cheesy and gooey, and you ask yourself why don?t they just get a DNA test? Some parts did drag a little, but you can't really hate this film. On the whole it?s fairly enjoyable fun, but its more of a film that mums will love.

Grade: B

Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married is a realistic, highly emotional and touching film about a young drug addict who is released from rehab for her sister's wedding, but her presence creates a void in the family. Anne Hathaway was beyond impressive! In this film she proves that she can be versatile. Give this girl an award. The rest of the cast were also very strong. This film poignantly depicts the dysfunctional surburban family and how deep tragedy can make and break a family. This film is highly cathartic and made we want to cry my eyes out. I highly recommend this film, but if you're not one for super sad weepies, than I suggest you give this a miss.

Grade: A

About a Boy
About a Boy(2002)

Two words. Seriously overrated. About A Boy is a bland and dull film which manages to be more irritating rather than heartwarming. I didn't think that Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult had any sort of chemistry. I found the characters annoying, especially Hugh Grant who I found obnoxious. The only thing I'll give this film is that it's watcheable and occassionally witty, but that's about it. This film is just emotionally bland and it left me feeling nothing; it didn't tugg at my heartstrings whatsoever.

Grade: D+

What Happens in Vegas
½

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher are an attractive couple, but in this film their characters are unlikeable and they have no chemistry. The film was watcheable, but it was too irritatingly immature and amateurish. The acting was also average and unimpressive. The whole concept of film is clever, but unfortunately it doesn't really work. This film is easily just another forgettable rom-com.

Grade: D-

Brokeback Mountain
½

I think that Brokeback Mountain is overrated. I thought that the film tried too hard to be the Titanic of gay romance films. I'm not homophobic, but some parts were a bit uncomfortable to watch and the film wasn't my cup of tea. However I did sympathise with the men, it couldn't have been easy, but I also felt sympathy for the wives that they were cheating on. I just thought that they had plenty of opportunities to get together, but instead it spans out into a two hour pilava. The film wasn't bad, but for me it wasn't anything spectacular. It was worth a watch, but I thought that it was a bit too bleak and long.

Grade: C

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally really sets itself apart from all the other rom-coms. Sure it has it's cheesy moments and it's predictable, but that fact that it's so likeable seperates it from the other forgettable rom-coms out there. When Harry Met Sally is actually funny and the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal is great. The story was well written and both Harry and Sally are highly likeable characters as opposed to the usual annoying and forgettable rom-com couples. Terrific film, it gets a thumbs up from me.

Grade: A

Alice in Wonderland
½

I was rather disappointed with Alice in Wonderland. I knew deep down it would be another one of those overrated 3D films and I was right. The film lacks charm and I thought that the cast were disappointing; even Johnny Depp. He couldn't stick to one accent and his outrageous appearance is there to distract from his average performance. Helena Bonham Carter was the only one who made this film bearable through her witty and amusing performance. Mia Wasikowska who played Alice was mediocre at best. This film was extremely boring to sit through and you're constantly wondering when it's going to get good. There were no memorable moments for me. I found the vibe so lukewarm throughout. The visuals were nice, but they try to make up for the unengaging story. This story doesn't capture your heart, but your money instead. I should have trusted my instincts.

Grade: D-

Twilight
Twilight(2008)

This film may be a hit with giddy and over-excited vampire crazed teenaged girls, but it's nothing spectcular for non fans. When I went to see this in the cinema, it was packed with teen girls practically having orgasms everytime Robert Pattinson appeared on the screen. At best Robert Pattinson's acting was mediocre and he's just as bland as the film. I didn't like the book and I wasn't impressed with the film either. The story wasn't to my taste and I found it boring and cheesy. Twilight tries to the Romeo and Juliet of vampires but its just too corny. Although the chemistry was good and the leads are attractive, the acting is average. Twilight was watcheable and not unbearably awful, but not exactly my cup of tea. Twilight is like marmite, you either love it or you hate it and I have to say I certainly wasn't lovin' it.

Grade: D

Pretty Persuasion

At first I wasn't too keen on this film, but then I saw it again and I liked it. The plot is calculating, cunning and chilling. Evan Rachel Wood is fantastic as destructive, psychopathic and evil Kimberly who is desperate for fame and will do whatever it takes, even if it means destroying people's lives. This film epitomises deep issues such as racism, promiscuity, lack of family stability and fame. However I can identify with the criticisms. Some parts of the film baffled me and the film tries too hard to be funny at times. At first I found the film racist, but racism and religion serves a point in the film. It acts as a contrast to the immorality within the story. On the whole I think this is a good film with a strong cast and the message that the film tries to bring across is clear.

Grade: A-

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

This film is one those irresistable, charming and funny films which is smarter than it seems. Romy and Michele are two likeable dumb blondes who in actual fact aren't that dumb. Romy and Michele epitomise true friendship and staying true to yourself, making it reach out to people on a personal and emotional level. The film can also relate to everyone whose had a rough deal in high school. Nervous about your next high school reunion- just think of Romy and Michele. Their blonde moments are super funny and even though Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino aren't brilliant actress they're still vibrant and a good sport along with the rest of the cast. I highly recommend this film, though it might not be to everyone's taste.

Grade: A-

What Women Want

What Women Want is an enjoyable, original and charming comedy that both men and women can identify with to some degree. Mel Gibson is absolutely fantastic as the chauvinist womanizer who through a freak accident is given the power to read women's minds. Gibson is a great sport and he is charming and irresistable. Helen Hunt is also equally likeable in her role. What Women Want is thoroughly entertaining with some good funny moments. The vibe throughout the film is warm and immediately perks up your mood. The whole film is generally good although some parts do drag, but on the whole this is a great film that you should definitely see.

Grade: A-

Juno
Juno(2007)
½

Juno is a witty, but at the same time poignant film about the issue of teenage pregnancy. Juno is the girl you wouldn't expect or imagine to become a teenaged mum- an outspoken tomboy who doesn't sleep around, but one sexual encounter with her best friend leaves her pregnant. It goes to show that it could happen to anyone. Ellen Page is a young star and makes Juno a highly likeable character. The rest of the cast also do a superb job. Juno is well written and I love the clever dialogue (if only I was as quick witted as Juno). The film deals with Juno's maturity, but also her lack of it at times. Juno is predominantly brilliant, but the only thing that was missing was the explanation of why Juno fell pregnant in the first place, which could have been useful to the film i.e. ignorance about contraception or it's failure. Otherwise Juno is a film I highly recommend.

Grade: A+

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

The first time I saw this film I absolutely hated it, but then I saw it again and I found it really quite funny. Will Ferrell I will admit is not the best of actors, but he pulled off some funny moments. The film is dumb and very unrealistic and had far too much slapstick, but other than that I have to say that it was quite amusing. OK the film is unrealistic for most of the time, but it depicts a realistic enough picture of sexism. The humour lightens the serious issue, which makes it more relaxed to watch. Anchorman will never be a favourite I have to admit, but it's worth a watch, at least for the dumb laughs.

Grade: B-

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

Sweeney Todd is a morose, depressing and unchromatic film, but Helena Bonham Carter's brilliant performance and the catchy songs make it entertaining enough. Johnny Depp wasn't as outstanding as Helena Bonham-Carter, but he carried off a decent enough performance. The rest of the cast were actually quite impressive, but it was Helena Bonham Carter who stole the show. Even though Sweeney Todd is predominantly bland, it does contain a smidgen of dark humour and I thought that the non-existent romance between Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovette lightened the dark atmosphere. Sweeney Todd won't do horror haters any justice, but for everyone else it's a decent enough film, though perhaps slightly overrated.

Grade: B

The Duchess
The Duchess(2008)

The Duchess is a sad film about the highly envied Duchess of Devonshire whose life is far from enviable. I'm not usually a fan of Keira Knightley, but I thought that she was terrific in this film. Ralph Fiennes was also brilliant, if not chilling as the evil Duke. This film was extremely poignant and I felt immense pity for the Duchess throughout from her loveless marriage and lack of freedom. The film had enough drama and catharsis to make a good drama. Apart from that I also loved the costumes and Keira Knightley was stunning to watch. This film is underrated. I highly recommend this film, but I do warn you it's extremely sad, so get out the tisues.

Grade: A

Shrek the Third
½

This film isn't as good as the first two, but it's not a failure- I don't know why it is being given so much stick, although I do agree the charm has dried up a bit. There are still some witty moments and Shrek always focuses on some new issues, which can relate to adults. I liked some of the ideas (such as the villians becoming good), but I wasn't madly keen about the storyline. It was a bit of a repeat of the second film. It's not as clever, orignal, touching and funny as the first, but it's still decent enough. I enjoyed it and I think it's worth watching. I can see where it goes wrong, but it's not a disaster.

Grade: B

Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents is one of those romantic comedies that are in a league of their own. The cast is great and the film is extremely funny. Both Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro are both fantastic and highly comical in their roles. There are so many memorable funny moments that make me laugh even thinking about them now. Meet the Parents is also well written and its amount of humour and seriousness balances out well. This film can also relate to anybody who has problems with their in-laws. Meet the Parents is one of those unisex rom-com that both men and women will enjoy. I highly recommed you watch this.

Grade: A

Our Family Wedding
½

Our Family Wedding is a decent film, I don't know why it's rated so badly. OK it is very cliche and predictable, but it was extremely funny and even the racist jokes were done tastefully. This film is kind of a bit like Meet the Parents. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I thought that it was very entertaining. The cast worked well together and the performances were decent. The title says it all- it's the couple's marriage, but the family's wedding. Although some parts of the film were slightly unrealistic, the issues depicted were realistic. It epitomises pre marriage angst and war of the families. However this film certainly is enough to put anyone off marriage.

Grade: B

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a classic and a favourite. Audrey Hepburn oozes with charm in her role as Holly Golighty, a misunderstood young woman to whom love is the least important thing. Hepburn is a born star, no wonder she is such an icon in this. George Peppard was irresistable as the sweet and good natured writer who is infatuated by Holly. Peppard and Hepburn have a good chemistry and rapport. Breakfast at Tiffany's is both witty and poignant and leaves you with all sorts of emotions. The film depicts how sad and empty life can be, but also the joys that love brings. This is a beautiful film and is one of my favourite romances. You simply have to see Breakfast at Tiffany's. Put it on your list of films to see if you haven't already seen it.

Grade: A*

Notting Hill
Notting Hill(1999)
½

Notting Hill is one of my absolute favourites. It's sweet, extremely hilarious and touching. I wouldn't consider Hugh Grant a good actor, but in Notting Hill he is actually impressive and highly likeable as the ordinary, funny and sweet romantic guy who is madly in love with a famous Hollywood actress for all the right reasons. I didn't warm to Julia Roberts' character at first, but she grew on me. I also thought Grant and Roberts had good chemistry and I enjoyed watching them together. The cast was brilliant, especially Rhys Ifans who was absolutely phenomenal as Spike; he has to be one of my favourite movie characters. This film is far different to any typical rom-com. For a start it's side splittingly funny, secondly the story however predictable it is is moving, charming and not overbearingly cheesy. Notting Hill is one of those rare romantic comedies that actually stand out. I love everything about this film. I highly recommend it- guys you have to see it too, it's not just a woman's film.

Grade: A*

27 Dresses
27 Dresses(2008)
½

27 Dresses is a yawnsome and unoriginal rom-com about a dull and annoying woman desperate to find her Mr Right and get married. It's so predictable that you dont even need to watch the film. Neither Katherine Heigl or her character are likeable. In fact not much about this film is likeable. I can easily think of 27 things I dislike about this film. As a woman I should love this sort of film, but I'm sick to death of these cliche rom-coms about marriage. I even found this film quite insulting as it insinuates that a woman's biggest life goal should be marriage. This film wasn't in the slightest bit funny and is completely forgettable. The only thing I'll give this film is that it's watcheable (well mostly because of the deliciously gorgeous James Marsden). I don't recommend this film unless you're a sucker for romantic comedies.

Grade: E

It's Complicated

It's Complicated is an enjoyable, but touching comedy about a divorced couple who have an affair 10 years after their divorce. Meryl Streep is magnificent as always; that woman can do no wrong! Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin also delivered fine performances. It's Complicated successfully masters the right balance of being both funny and poignant. It epitomises that effect that divorce has on the family and how hard it is to forget the pain. This film also shows that romance isnt dead when you're 50+. I highly recommend this film. It will make you both laugh and cry.

Grade: A

The Beach
The Beach(2000)
½

It may not be one of Leo's greatest movies, but it's got enough adrenaline, drama and DiCaprio at his peak look-wise to make you sit through it. The location is absolutely beautiful, which adds to the appeal of the film. DiCaprio isnt too bad acting-wise in this either. The film seems kind of exciting and promising at first, but then it lets you down half way through as the story looses it's appeal. I didnt like the story towards the end and it put me off the film. However this film is definitely worth a watch, though the story is not as spectacular as it's setting. If you're a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio you'll enjoy him in this.

Grade: C

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Please someone tell me what is so great about this film. This film is seriously and I mean seriously overrated. Pulp Fiction is confusing and has no point or structure to it. It's was way too bloody, gruesome and violent for a start and I didn't enjoy any part of it. There was too much going on and too many characters and I just couldn't find a plausible link between the different scenarios. I found the film unengaging and too complicated to follow. The only thing I'll give this film is that it was occassionally witty, but that's it.

Grade: U

John Tucker Must Die
½

It starts of well, but then it becomes messy and stupid. John Tucker must die is a shallow, superficial and dumb film about four girls being secretly in love with the school hottie, whilst at the same time trying to destroy his reputation. It seems promising, but then it gets tiresome and pathetic. There is no chemistry between John Tucker and Brittany Snow's character. The message that the film is trying to convey is confusing. This film is watcheable and occassionally funny, but nothing spectacular. The acting isnt great either. John Tucker Must Die is worth a watch, but its certainly no favourite.

Grade: C

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is dark, chilling and quirky. Johnny Depp is super as the creepy, eccentric and socially inept Willie Wonka. I dont see how this film is a children's film as I think it's too dark and heavy-going. I can see how the moral relates to children- that greedy, spoilt and obnoxious children will be punished. I think the way the message is shown is a bit too harsh for a child audience. I actually think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is more geared for an older audience as it brings out issues such as the parents shaping their children's behaviour and mental imbalance, which is depicted through Willie Wonka. This film should be at least rated a 12. However I think the film is brilliantly acted and the child actors are especially impressive. I like the idea of the escapist chocolate utopia which is enchanting for both adults and children. I still think that this is an excellent film and it will have you daydreaming about chocolate.

Grade: A

A Little Princess

This has to be one of my favourite childhood films of all time! This film is beautiful, touching and highly cathartic. I cried so much during A Little Princess and I barely ever cry during movies. I was blubbing like a big baby. Any film that makes me cry gets 100%. The cast were phenomenal, especially Liesel Matthews who shows such talent at such a young age. This film is enchanting and poignant in every way. I especially love the ending!!! This is just one of those films that you never outgrow- I'm 18 and it still has the same effect on me as when I was a little girl. Absolutely beautiful film!

Grade: A*

The Blind Side
½

I didn't expect this film to be that good, but it was absolutely amazing, one of the best I've seen so far this year. Sandra Bullock and the other actors deliver strong performances. This film is beautiful, touching, unforgettable and heartwarming. It has the right balance of humour and depth. This film shows that you can achieve anything and that there are good people out there. I absolutely loved this film. I thought that I'd be sitting here writing another average review, but I cannot really fault this film at all, only that I dont understand the rules of football. This film should have got a much higher rating on RT. It's always the crappy films that are overrated and the amazing films like this that are underated. I suggest that you this film. This is a film for anybody and everybody. It will make you cry, with sadness and with joy.

Grade: A*

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

Shrek 2 is just as good as the first one. The characters never loose their charm and the new characters are just as fantastic. The story is well written and it has the right amount of adventure and fun. The film is just as equally funny and charming as the first one and it focuses on a new set of issues, such as love and appearances, which makes it very interesting. It is rare that sequels are as good as the first and Shrek 2 definitely succeeds!

Grade: A*

Cruel Intentions
½

This is a charming, clever and cunning drama which is well acted and is underrated. However I can identify with its flaws. The plot has a tendency to over complicate itself and the ending is wrong, although it doesnt spoil the film. There could have been a stronger and longer development of the romance, but on the whole Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon work well together. Sarah Michelle Gellar is absolutely fantastic as the scheming and evil Kathryn. I love how bad, juicy and exciting the story is and its really worth watching, however its flaws do weigh it down a bit. If the ending was different and the plot wasnt so complicated I would give it 100%

Grade: B

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is funny and raunchy in the right measures. The film is enjoyable with great performances from its cast. Jason Segel was impressive and Russell Brand was extremely entertaining and made me laugh throughout. I loved the dirty humour and there was also this likeable warmth about the film. OK the film is predictable and I thought that the reasons for the break-up could have been elaborated on in more detail, but however this is a clever and memorable film. I highly recommend it!

Grade: A

Youth in Revolt
½

This was a decent film and Michael Cera arguably makes a slight versatile stretch, but its a bit difficult when you're confined to the same type of roles. However I can't really complain as I find him irresistable. He tries to be the bad boy in this film to impress a girl, but you know he can never fully pull if off because he's too much of a nice guy. This film was definitely funny and entertaining and its relates to youngsters in many ways. The moral of the story in the end was a bit blurred, for example it didn't reinforce the message that you shouldn't change who you are for somebody. The film has it flaws, but on the whole its generally worth a watch.

Grade: B

Superbad
Superbad(2007)
½

I loved the vulgar humour and Jonah Hill and Michael Cera were delightful as the high school misfits who just want to get laid. This film can relate to many teenagers out there who feel under pressure to fit in, drink and have sex. This film is a film both girls and guys can enjoy, but its predominantly more of a "guy thing." This film is great first time round, but its not a film I would watch over and over again.

Grade: B

Baby Mama
Baby Mama(2008)

I wanted to see this film for ages and I'm really glad I finally did. I greatly enjoyed this film. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler worked well together and were likeable leads. The film was actually very funny; I found myself both laughing and crying and I rarely cry during movies. The film wasn't predictable at all and I didn't see some of the things coming. I highly recommend this film. It's sweet, poignant and simply irrestistable. You should add it to your summer movies list.

Grade: A