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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Final Girls
½

Stand-out enjoyable in a crowded landscape of horror movies.

Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys(2014)

Now knowing anything about the group, I found it enjoyable for what it is.

The Gift
The Gift(2015)

A rarity these days, a thriller that actually keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Magic Mike XXL
½

More of the same, why was this even made?

A Christmas Story

Maybe you had to have grown up with this, but I can never even finish it as an Adult.

Wild
Wild(2014)
½

Solid performance but a forgettable film

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland(2015)

Just falls apart and never really picks itself up.

The Longest Ride
½

It's a movie within a movie and thats what makes it watchable.

The Fault In Our Stars
½

Fantastic rendition of the book.

Pixels
Pixels(2015)

Generic but likeable Sandler outing.

Southpaw
Southpaw(2015)

Gyllenhaal once again proving he is the king of versitility. Fantastic.

Straight Outta Compton
½

faux-documentary on the lives of NWA. Recommended.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

One of the best films ever made by Hitchcock.

Vertigo
Vertigo(1958)
½

Hitchcock takes you on a journey to remember.

Self/less
Self/less(2015)
½

What's the last Reynolds movie that was actually any good?

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)
½

Completely Overrated.

Death Sentence

Good directing but a hollow story.

Agnes Browne
Agnes Browne(1999)

Great introduction to this comedy franchise.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)

The worst movie of the decade.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that Tom Cruise is Box Office gold. Here we have the fifth movie in the franchise that started with a gamble on a live-action film version of a '60s TV show which, by all accounts have been continuing with each iteration to outdo the last. Where the 'Bond' movies seem to get worse and laughable as they continue, the 'M:I' movies seem to hit the mark each and every time as individual hits. This franchise is different in the fact that each movie can stand on its own with little backstory needed to get viewers up to date. Cruise, even in his early 50's, is as good if not better than most action stars half his age. As part of the writing team and the Director of this, his third movie, Christopher McQuarrie knows how to get the audience glued to the screen. With thrills, comedy and edge-of-your-seat action to boot McQuarrie completes the holy grail. This franchise has gone from strength to strength and is all the better for it. Each director has put their own original spin on the franchise. I remember when 'Ghost Protocol' came out, it hit all the right notes and became my favourite movie of the year. MI:5 has accomplished the same thing this year too. Everyone in this film is perfectly cast and kudos to the casting director for casting the actors in believable roles. Special shoutout to Sean Harris who is a perfect villain reminiscent of classic 'Bond'. Each scene is constructed to perfection and even in scenes where Hunt is close to death, I found myself in the theatre, tense and stressed over whether he would make it through or not. This movie is style defined entertainment at its best and Cruise never misses a beat. If this movie does anything, it solidifies the franchise as one of the greatest of them all deserving all the praise it gets. I for one will be front and centre for the premiere of MI:6.

Trainwreck
Trainwreck(2015)

Funny and unconventional. Check it out.

Hot Pursuit
Hot Pursuit(2015)

Be warned. There is no way you can ever get the hour and a half back after watching this atrociously bad movie.

Terminator Genisys
½

Yet another reboot in the Terminator franchise which started now some 30 years ago. Sometimes a fresh reboot is a good thing and for the most part has worked here especially over the ill-fated Terminator 3 and 4 retry. Let's start with casting. Linda Hamilton originally embodied the role of Sarah Connor and this was perhaps the most important role here. Giving it to Emilia Clarke was a ridiculous move, no doubt stemming from her popularity on Game Of Thrones. I felt that Jason Clarke was also badly cast and needed to have more screen presence than the actor could give for us to believe him in the role. On to the plot holes and increasing confusion there, having the writers come forward to do a press release about the film to explain what actually happened in the plot that no one could make sense of really goes to show how half-baked the original script actually was and at what point did the viewers care that Arnie is old? There were some laughs to be had but constantly talking about his character being 'too old' (especially as he is an android) took away from the movie I thought. The action and special effects were pretty spot on though I thought and were usually of high caliber. I wanted to love this movie but I just came away with thinking 'meh'.

Son of a Gun
Son of a Gun(2015)

A welcome change for Australian cinema.

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

Over-rated and not scary.

Sleepaway Camp

Not as good as it was made out to be

It Follows
It Follows(2015)
½

Climbs and climbs and then falls down at the end.

Insurgent
Insurgent(2015)
½

Not as good as the first but watchable.

Minions
Minions(2015)

Stands on its own. Here's hoping for a 2nd!

The Cobbler
The Cobbler(2015)

The beginning of the end for Sandler.

Muppets Most Wanted

Another well done film in the franchise.

Jurassic World

Here we go again. Back to Isla Nublar we go, where it all started. This time not content with having Dinosaurs, the board of InGen wants more which gives us the plot of the movie about a mutant Dinosaur that gets loose. It has blockbuster potential written all over it and so far is not disappointing at the box office. As a popcorn flick and without too much thought it works well and keeps you entertained till the very end. The problem is that there are not many 'new' viewers that haven't already seen the other three movies in the franchise. While Spielberg was hands off in this interation, the directing was pretty spot on. The plot was just so full of holes and weird non-relevant parts that it turned what could have been a decent movie into a hodge-podge of broken, misused ideas. There were chunks of the film that didn't really need to be there and while most of the casting was fine for this type of movie, the child actors more often than not were a sad, pale and annoying imitation of the brother and sister duo from the first movie. The director and the studio having made the choice to make this movie more family friendly took away from the edge-of-your-seat thriller that the previous films were. So many chances for the Dinosaurs to promote terror and fear and yet nothing. Even the velociraptors weren't as terrifying this time around. The comedic moments never seemed to work properly either and replacing Dennis Nedry with two new programmers couldn't even save that part of the plot. Pratt and Howard were standouts in their respective roles and everyone else in the cast just felt like filler. So many things unexplained that could have added to the story. One thing I have to say though that they did get right in the movie was the feeling of being in a theme park, with its overcrowded lines and even laughingly throwing in the remark about overpriced drinks. I am not sure how another movie in the franchise after this will work but hopefully next time a studio executive actually reads the script properly before green-lighting it.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

One of the most, if not the most hyped movie of the year mostly lived up to the hype it created. There's more Marvel. It finally feels like a Superhero world and we are just living in it. The problem is that the first movie by Whedon was just so damn incredibly amazing that the second just couldn't top it. Yes, there was action and plenty of it as well as alot of new characters brought into the mix but Ultron is just not a good enough villain compared to Loki. Maybe it has to do with the character being CGI and not having enough acting range to promote distaste as much as Loki. I also felt that the love affair between the Hulk and Black Widow distracted from the main storyline. Paul Bettany's character needed to be fleshed out a bit more as well. Minor grievances aside the movie is still a solid addition to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Spy
Spy(2015)
½

McCarthy is superb and really shines. Here's hoping for another.

San Andreas
San Andreas(2015)
½

Well done in all respects. Keeps you wanting more and more.

Pitch Perfect 2
½

Has lost the spark of the original but still manages to entertain.

Insidious: Chapter 3

Not the greatest sequel but watchable nonetheless.

Cinderella
Cinderella(2015)

Extremely well-done live-action version of the classic fairytale.

The Imitation Game
½

Well cast, written and engaging.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Though severely lacking Mel Gibson the movie continues the franchise appropriately well.

Survivor
Survivor(2015)

Useless waste of talent.

Preservation
Preservation(2015)

A movie needs an actual plot.

The Wedding Ringer

For a mostly unknown cast, the movie was funny from start to end.

Coherence
Coherence(2014)
½

Original idea played out nicely.

The Immigrant

Leeading class performances all round. A drama that keeps you there till the end.

The Expendables 3
½

The third (already!) in this new franchise about action stars of the 80s and 90s blowing things up and having alot of fun doing it. This time around Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer join the already star-studded team from the previous films. Is it as good? I would say definitely not. For some unknown reason the storyline shifted to a younger generation of hero to save the day. While it could work as a standalone movie, that is not what the viewers wanted to see. Having the 'old' guys retire themselves did not make a good storyline. It felt that the writers didn't really give an actual great plotline a chance. I'm not sure that this outing was better than a direct to home video B movie. That being said there were some good action scenes and the dialogue was mostly great banter. If there was to be a fourth film they really need to think about it as I don't see the franchise lasting very long, if the next one is equivalent to this.

Guardians of the Galaxy

I was very reluctant to go into this film as the trailer was absolutely terrible but like the Marvel fan that I am I was willing to give it a chance based on all the talk that was happening surrounding it. It is something I had never heard of before as they aren't the typical superheroes. I really have to give props to James Gunn and Nicole Perlman for their incredible, punchy and witty script. I think the movie was very well cast but Vin Diesel probably needed a bigger speaking role instead of uttering the same 3 words over and over. I welcomed the scenes with Josh Brolin but would have loved so much more. I guess we will hopefully get to see that in the new Avengers movie. Lee Pace and Karen Gillan were the real standouts here though. They were brilliant in their respective roles, unrecognisable in fact compared to their previous outings as a manipulative 80s marketing geek and Doctor Who's companion respectively. It has plot holes galore and needed alot of character work but seemed to come together as a complete film. If the movie has done anything it has put these complete unknown characters on the Marvel films 'map' into possibly an ongoing money making franchise of its own. Marvel are at an all time high now, they really can do no wrong. Now all they have to do is take back, no demand back the Spider-Man franchise from Sony and catapult Spidey back to fame.

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

At 2 hours and 49 minutes, a film by Christopher Nolan has to be good to keep the audience occupied enough to finish the movie and good it was. While Nolan has had a good track record with releasing some really great movies, this time around its a different beast. What we end up with is a remarkable achievement in modern film-making. From the questions asked at the beginning to the more questions asked at the end, you are taken on a journey of emotion, exploration and thought-provoking experiences. Starting with a seed and having it slowly grow throughout the film, its a film that really has to be seen by everyone. It's ambitious, visually spectacular, well cast and edge-of-your-seat gripping. Like 2001: A space odyssey before it, its a modern classic of cinema and quite easily one of the best films ever made bar-none and an instant favourite of mine.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Though mostly nothing from this movie was originally in the book, the movie succeeds in making the audience believe that this was the plan all along. From the opening scene which picks up with Smaug destroying Lake-Town to every scene after that the movie rarely slows down. There seems to be more humour this time around too with the inclusion of bit-part characters getting their fair share of screen time. The CGI never seems underdone and the definition of the picture is top-notch. The movie is a fine last installment in a franchise that has now officially ended. It really is too bad that Jackson made the original movies in only three single parts otherwise myself and alot of other fans would have loved another 6 parts in the franchise.

Furious 7
Furious 7(2015)

How do you review the seventh movie of a franchise without being biased? I understand at this stage down the road that the creative people behind the franchise might find it hard to continue to keep their audience entertained. They really have outdone themselves this time around. Furious 7 is by far the best in the franchise and is made better by a change of direction in the movie thanks to the work of James Wan, known for his spectacular best of breed Horror movies. This time around Statham joins the cast and delivers a performance that is very different from what he usually plays, ie the good guy who gets the girl, not so here. Everyone has their fair share of screen time and throughout the movie are points of celebration of Paul Walker's contribution to the franchise which culminates a fantastic and memorable ending. There is never a dull moment to be had with this movie. I, for one cannot wait for the eighth instalment. I would be very happy if the franchise just kept going provided the actors wanted it to. It's heart pounding action while being funny at the same time and with a great soundtrack to boot. Highly Recommended.

Jupiter Ascending

So incredibly bad. Everything about this movie is a waste of time, money and crew.

Wild Card
Wild Card(2015)
½

Run of the mill action but enjoyable nonetheless.

What We Do In The Shadows

A hidden gem. What an amusing, brilliantly original film that entertains to the very end.

Vice
Vice(2015)

Willis' worst film to date.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Better than its predecessor but still lacking in so many ways.

The Others
The Others(2001)

A fantastic outing and reminder that things aren't always as they seem.

Left Behind
Left Behind(2014)

I have lost all respect for Cage.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

Fincher creates a dark and enthralling film that shows that Affleck does have what it takes to command the screen.

American Sniper

Eastwood has done it again. A tense, action-packed but honest film.

Seventh Son
Seventh Son(2015)

A horrible life-sucking disaster of a movie.

John Wick
John Wick(2014)

Better than what I though it would be. Watchable.

The Interview

I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. While it is pretty crass, it also makes fun of the fact it is.

Surviving Christmas
½

Really deserves better than what it got. While not the best film out there, it also is a welcome addition to the Christmas genre after so many worse ones.

Fury
Fury(2014)
½

Well cast and engaging right to the end. Something that really has not been done before and worth watching.

Snowpiercer
Snowpiercer(2014)

It has its moments and is overall well put together but it just stumbles to many times.

Dracula Untold
½

Dracula Untold was kind of too hard to pass up seeing. The trailer, so well done just begged me to check the movie out. I can safely say that the movie although not a hit out of the park did not disappoint. We all know the story of Dracula and yes, it has been overdone to the point of boredom. What makes this outing so different is the fact that it turns the tale on its head. What makes it even more appealing is that the role was not 'given' to some 'A' lister who would not have done it the justice it deserved. Relatively unknown Luke Evans is great in the title role and brings the right amount of brood the role needs. The direction is also clever and reasonably well done, at times winning over the sympathetic audience with the portrayal of Vlad's personal struggle on top of everything else happening in the story. I am not sure whether this can be more than a once-off film though but you never know. Check it out. Just don't have any expectations going in.

Horns
Horns(2014)

Does tend to go a bit over your head at times but proves to be a great horror thriller. Radcliffe once again excelling at his chosen project.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Fresh off the back of the Transformers series and feeling like they need to make their own mark in the blockbuster genre, Nickelodeon teams with Michael Bay to give us this 2014 installment. Problem is that it may have Michael's Bays signature action in it but the list of flaws it produces outweigh the positives. Visual effects aside, which are amazing in their own right, the casting decision of Megan Fox was not one that frankly should have been chosen. April O'Neil is a whole different type of person, look and personality and while just for a brief moment they made it work, the movie did not benefit from Fox's inclusion. It is hard not to compare this reboot with the original it was trying to win the audience over from. The original was as it should be, a big budget real-life cartoon complete with great character casting and witty dialogue. Even the footsoldiers were better in the original and definitely better than the weird vigilante type character portrayed here. The back story seemed to work mostly, though heavily flawed. One thing that was definitely a wrong choice was the voice of master splinter, having it be changed so dramatically from the original incarnation was a very bad move and is akin to changing the Optimus Prime voice in Transformers which thank god did not happen. Annoyances aside, it deserves a watch and was no way near as bad as how Sony treated the Spider-Man reboot.

Blended
Blended(2014)
½

Finally an Adam Sandler comedy that was watchable to the end. Enjoyed watching it.

The Sessions
The Sessions(2012)

Not your usual type of movie but it proved to be heartfelt and true in its viewing.

God's Pocket
God's Pocket(2014)

No big actors could save this utter frustrating crap.

Rob the Mob
Rob the Mob(2014)

There's nothing that makes this a must see. Worth checking out if there is nothing else.

Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas(2014)

Not sure where the actual movie is wanting to go here.

The Calling
The Calling(2014)
½

Move along nothing to see here.

Jamie Marks Is Dead
½

Has its moments but struggles somewhat.

Dom Hemingway
½

Feels non-original but turned out to be fun nonetheless.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

To say this is the worst superhero movie ever made is putting if mildly. Sony have well and truly ran this character into the ground. It will be impossible to ever come back from this hole that has been dug. Everything and anything about this movie is horrible. Acting, Casting, Writing all terrible. Everyone involved needs to forget this ever happened. Sony have 2 choices now, transfer the rights back to Marvel where it should of been originally or grovel and beg to Raimi and McGuire to come back and forget the reboots ever happened.

Lucy
Lucy(2014)
½

The film explores a fascinating subject bringing its focus into the present but keeping a sci-fi feel. Besson's direction though is second to none and brilliantly but weirdly ties in each scene. One gripe I do have is the length of the movie is way too short and the start and especially the ending needed to be fleshed out alot more. The lack of some explanation on plot points did hurt the film somewhat too. The casting choice of Johansson was spot on and she plays her role quite effectively. Its high-velocity and a great topic to boot with an ending realisation that the future knowledge of the world can fit onto a USB stick!

Palo Alto
Palo Alto(2014)
½

Rich with realism and packed with talent.

Brick Mansions
½

Quite enjoyed it for what some people have called a pointless remake. Though there are alot of things wrong with it, it does make great B-film action to fill the time.

Neighbors
Neighbors(2014)

If this is what comes out of a joint venture between the two actors then bring on more I say! a laugh riot from start to finish.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A hell of lot better than the pitiful original. Though it does lack alot of extra depth that other Marvel movies have, it also miscast Redford who drowned in the weight of his role.

Captain America: The First Avenger
½

Badly directed, a mis-cast Hugo Weaving and too many flaws to count.

Norbit
Norbit(2007)

It really is one of the most unfunny comedies ever made.

Fading Gigolo

Not sure why I didn't like it more, it just felt very average.

The Other Woman

Fun, if totally never gonna happen rom-com.

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Bigger, better more B-rated fun.

August: Osage County

So much talent especially with Roberts and Streep here. It's a sour tragedy but ultimately a very well done film but also something you won't watch more than once.

Bad Words
Bad Words(2014)

Well written, acted and cast.. A must see.

Divergent
Divergent(2014)

Started off slow but seemed to gain its footing amongst typical teenage garbage and bad acting.

Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks(2012)

You could do worse with 1 hr and 44 minutes of your time but not by that much.

Rio 2
Rio 2(2014)
½

I must be missing something here considering it made 3 times its budget.

Petals on the Wind

Reasonably better than the first but still deeply flawed just like its story.

About Time
About Time(2013)

Happily ever after can be achieved with a little help.

Need For Speed
½

Tries and tries but doesn't succeed in actually being a good movie.

Noah
Noah(2014)

Superb performances combined with directing with only the writing and pacing dragging it down.

The Motel Life
½

Has it moments but is ultimately forgettable.

Grand Piano
Grand Piano(2014)
½

It does have a talented cast but a boring and unoriginal premise makes it hard to like.

Boys of Abu Ghraib

A fine if not troublesome depiction of the physical and mental hardships soldiers face everyday.

22 Jump Street
½

Improves on the first one and makes fun of itself at the same time.

Transcendence

Feels like punishment watching this. A confusing mess that never really gets off it's feet.

I, Frankenstein

What have they done? Completely ruined a legend story that's what.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Being the fourth movie in the franchise and having rated the last three before it so highly, you would automatically think that this has to follow suit. Not this time. The biggest change by far is the casting, now everyone is all new (even the non-humans!). Mark Whalberg replaces Shia LaBeouf. His character's daughter now has a new love interest in an Irish racing car driver and the military of old is now gone replaced with the politician played by Kelsey Grammer. While the decision to make Grammer the bad guy of choice, I agreed with, the casting and subsequent character played by Mark Whalberg I did not. 'Cade' does not for one moment come across as an inventor, tinkerer, someone capable of building robotics or being responsible for a teenage daughter. The CGI team seem to have changed Prime's appearance to make him look more human but he loses the 'robotic' aesthetic. Prime's personality and tone has changed in this film to a more aggressive alter-ego which we have never seen and does not fit with who we have known him for all these years. The 'Bounty Hunter' AKA Lockdown had no point in the movie really and not properly explaining where he came from and what his end-purpose was did not help things. Megatron in his reincarnation needed more fleshing out and a better sub-plot. The dinobots who are collectively most of everyones favourite of the Transformers, only appeared in the last act just before the movie was in the home stretch. They were not given voices or proper treatment and a new one was added for no reason. The flying dinobot Pteranodon getting a name change and two heads and tails, why we will never know. The Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus also replaced with a Spinosaurus for again no apparent reason but to irritate the audience. With stupid writing choices like Prime being able to fly all of a sudden to giving us lame new Autobots, this movie has alot of things going against it. Frank Welker being brought back was a welcome addition as was the fact that Michael Bay stayed on to direct with his signature direction. Everything except for Stanley Tucci's excellent performance are forgettable and that is a shame. The film is the weakest in the franchise by a mile and needs to be bettered by the next addition which I am sure will most definitely be made.

Maleficent
Maleficent(2014)
½

When I first heard about this film being made I thought "Absurd", how can they change the story of Sleeping Beauty to have an audience actually like Maleficent? Whether it was an imaginative and well written script or Jolie's screen-stealing performance, the movie worked. All my misconceptions went away and I found myself rooting for Maleficent through most of the movie. Jolie's performance was nothing short of brilliant and Robert Stromberg's direction has catapulted this movie into Disney live-action superstardom. The story changed from the original Sleeping Beauty but it never comes into question when watching this film, as if they way the film is presented is the way it was originally written. Though some casting decisions are questionable, sets are grand and special effects are jaw-dropping. The whole feel of the movie is Tim Burton-esque but remains family friendly viewing. I have no hesitation in saying that it is one of my favourite films of this year.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

It is not often that a film can redeem itself after a start that you could say was just awful. It was this hurdle that had to be jumped, one that included bad casting, bad acting and sub-par writing, that all seemed to melt away once the movie picks up the pace and Cruise takes most of the screen time. Doug Liman, one of the best action/adventure directors out there in my opinion, made it work and delivers a non-stop, heart pounding spectacle of a movie. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt have great chemistry together and the movie almost becomes too smart for the audience, which days and days later is still talked about. Whatever you think of the ending, one thing is for sure everyone has their own interpretation and all of the opinions seem feasible as to what actually happened. It's groundhog day but adds plenty of action to boot. Overall, a rocky but satisfying journey.

Missionary
Missionary(2014)
½

Obsession can drive you to do weird things.

Under the Skin

Thanks to Johansson, the weird unexplainable at times film is made memorable.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Another to add to the list of X-Men flavoured movies. Does the movie stay true to the franchise? I would say definitely so. The writers have taken what worked in previous films and expanded that, bringing original and prequel characters (and actors together). Unlike the disastrous 'Amazing Spider-Man' movies no characters were recast which immediately helped the audience move into familiar territory. Time travel often hard to do is seamlessly done here. and performances by the talented cast were top notch. Hopefully now that the timeline has been changed we get to see more movies with the original actors as well as the prequel actors. I was thoroughly impressed with the film and Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn have delivered a great addition to the franchise. As long as these movies keep being made (and are good) then I will keep watching.

Godzilla
Godzilla(2014)

Roland Emmerich's Godzilla which although flawed was enjoyable enough to come back to a few times over the years. Now almost 20 years later the famed monster gets remade into another popcorn blockbuster. Gareth Edwards does succeed in his direction here but just like its predecessor is severely flawed. If you take it for what it is - a highly marketed B-Class movie then fun you will have. I do admire that the writers tried to be different here but they have moved so far away from the subject in question that Godzilla himself is a bit part player in a film that should have been all about him. It probably would have been better to call the film 'Prehistoric Aliens Featuring Godzilla'. If anything the film does showcase some great looking CGI.

Winter's Tale
½

Despite casting, this thing is a mess.

300: Rise of an Empire

Comes across as a B-movie sequel that never really hits the mark of the first one.

3 Days To Kill

Not what I expected but watchable nonetheless.

Rage
Rage(2014)

Not the best movie but does offer enough twists to keep you entertained.

13 Sins
13 Sins(2014)

Efficient and Original.

Vampire Academy

The story has potential but the whole movie is weighed down by immaturity and and dullness.

The Sapphires
½

Not bad but isn't going to win any awards either.

Oculus
Oculus(2014)
½

Smart, Original and frightening.

El Cid
El Cid(1961)
½

Another great epic movie with 2 charismatic stars at the helm.

Philomena
Philomena(2013)
½

Dench once again magnetizes the screen of the story about the Catholic church once again involved in scandal.

Hitchcock
Hitchcock(2012)

Excellent and real-life look into one of the greatest director's of our time.

Abduction
Abduction(2011)

The consensus is spot on with this one. Poorly written, very badly cast and underwhelming to say the least.

Blazing Saddles

Yes, a true rarity - a parody which is actually really funny.

RoboCop
RoboCop(2014)

While the casting leaves alot to be desired, namely Jay Baruchel, the movie works but only slightly as an average remake of the original.

Hotel Transylvania
½

Flawed but fun and entertaining

The Veteran
The Veteran(2012)

If it knew what it was trying to be then we would too. Goes from bad, to worse.

Frozen
Frozen(2013)

A definite return to form for disney. Well done.

Rosemary's Baby

Spooky, curious and weird all at the same time.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
½

Not the most original film out there but if you're out for a simple, spy-action thriller then give this a go.

Anna
Anna(2014)

Doesn't really shout best movie of any list.

The Dark
The Dark(2004)

In no way a cohesive interesting story.

Compliance
Compliance(2012)

Couldn't even get through the whole movie. It pains me to know that there are actual gullible idiots in the world.

In the Line of Fire
½

Eastwood commands the screen and Peterson delivers us a great movie.

Unforgiven
Unforgiven(1992)

One of the better westerns.

Pompeii
Pompeii(2014)

It has a disaster, a bad guy and a romance. What more could you want? alot.

Walk Of Shame

One of those rare movies where you really have to watch it before you read the reviews. Funny and Well cast.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Could not even get through 30 minutes of this rubbish. Just awful.

Escape From Alcatraz
½

Intriguing and methodical.

Any Which Way You Can
½

Not as good as the first but still a good sequel.

Every Which Way But Loose
½

Fun and weird but laughable at the same time.

Hide Your Smiling Faces

Unique and natural in it's execution.

Enemy
Enemy(2014)
½

Utterly confusing while at the same time making it impossible to look away from. Even repetitive viewing will still keep you asking questions.

Kill Your Darlings

A talented cast means nothing if the rest of the movie falls apart.

Enough Said
Enough Said(2013)

Quirky and fun and with Louis-Dreyfous who shines at comedy, it's an enjoyable albiet random film.

Wolf Creek 2
Wolf Creek 2(2014)

If this is the extent of what Australian cinema can make, then throw in the towel and close shop.

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)

When you have full creative control of a movie, sometimes it isn't the right way to go as proven here where Gordon-Levitt gives us a cartoon parody of someone we feel absolutely nothing for.

Saving Mr. Banks

Tom Hanks once again brilliant in bringing a world famous true person to life and with a cast led by Emma Thompson is hard to not miss.

In a World...

A weird comedy that just works.

Zulu
Zulu(2013)

A well done, acted and directed film.

Mud
Mud(2013)
½

A film that doesn't know when to give up. Brilliant.

Joe
Joe(2014)

A masterpiece in every respect. Every detail of this film from production, cast and crew is relentlessly perfect. Flawless.

A Birder's Guide To Everything

It's wholesome and rich in good writing, where the characters represent actual teenagers.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

The storytelling is done well and this movie works more as an untrue story more so than a fabricated real one.

We Are What We Are

Make sure you know what you are eating!

All Is Lost
All Is Lost(2013)

The sea is a powerful beast.

Cheap Thrills

Money, money, money. You'll do just about anything for it.

The Legend of Hercules

Has this movie tarnished Hercules name? I'd say so.

Welcome to the Jungle

5 Words. Worst Movie Of The Year.

The Machine
The Machine(2014)

Ethics and morals. Nothing else matters.

The Art of the Steal

A revenge movie hidden in a heist movie.

Ride Along
Ride Along(2014)

Has some funny moments but is just another cop comedy.

Hard Candy
Hard Candy(2006)
½

Tough to watch, real and performance strong.

Hustle & Flow

It comes across as authentic and is expertly written. With a talented cast this movie is a must see.

The Book Thief

The right amount of everything. Well Done.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Intelligent, heart-wrenching and sad film. It's resonates in reality and that's what makes it great.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

Watchable just not memorable.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Another Scorsese bomb. The script although comedic at times really benefits from the addition of Jonah Hill. DiCaprio once again cast in a role that he did not deserve but was given and even though he accomplishes the basics of the character, anyone in that role with the same script would have been able to entertain. The rest of the cast were well suited to the movie but the decision to make Hill‚??s character ‚??mad scientist‚?? like was the wrong decision. The movie is way too long for this kind of genre and even though Scorsese is known for his long-winded movies, it actually hurt the movie this time around. At even half of its length the movie would have been more effective and not suffer from the constant barrage of dullness that followed it through the entire movie. I wish that I could have liked this movie more than I did.

From Dusk Till Dawn

A great video outing for a fun popcorn night.

Tape
Tape(2001)
½

Not bad but gets really dull really fast.

Dawn of the Dead

If you're in the mood for a Zombie movie that completely doesn't make any sense of anything then check this out.

The Place Beyond The Pines

The sins of the father... A worthwhile compelling story but messy and different to a fault combining and twisting 3 stories into one.

Magic Magic
Magic Magic(2013)

It doesn't know whether it wants to be a drama or a horror or a thriller and doesn't succeed in any of the genres. A failed attempt at filmmaking.

47 Ronin
47 Ronin(2013)

A trailer of greatness but a movie that is not so. Shame though, the story and actors are all more than capable at a fantastic outing but the movie sinks under its own boring and lifeless weight.

Adult World
Adult World(2014)
½

If you've watched everything else then you might wanna give this a go.

The Perfect Storm
½

Impressive visuals but ultimately lacking any heart or memorable moments.

Bad Country
Bad Country(2014)
½

Yep, run of the mill b-movie action.

Captain Phillips

Though you can't fault the team of Hanks and Greengrass the movie just feels like it didn't need to be told and served no real point in being made.

Sparkle
Sparkle(2012)

A movie called 'Sparkle' should be about Sparkle. She really only features prominently in the last scene otherwise being a bit player throughout the rest of the movie. Too formulaic and had a sense of being like so many other sister-love, overcoming issues stories.

Dallas Buyers Club
½

This real-life Texan man story is not for the faint of heart. It's about one man's determination to not let the odds beat him, stretching 30 days into 7 years as an AIDS infected patient. The writing team of Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack should be commended for writing an excellent screenplay. Both McConaughey and Leto had a lot to prove in this film, namely that they were worthy of their respective Oscar wins and I am happy to say that not only did they meet the expectations put upon them but are well deserved of their win for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Both actors were well outside their normal character assignments and did outstanding jobs. The movie portrays the main character starting off as a homophobic ladies man but then through the challenges of his illness befriends and ultimately redeems himself through close friends with and without AIDS. The film is tough, engaging and a hard one to miss.

Her
Her(2013)
½

Spike Jonze's 'Her' is both intense and sweet at the same time. While the movie is nothing new and has been done to death for what seems like ever, Phoenix puts a heartfelt effort into the main character and we actually feel for his predicament. It runs alot longer than what it should though and has you asking questions as to the validity of some scenes. Johansson comes across as a believable AI though does seem creepy at times. The film was never going to be a box office success but it caters to its intended audience well. Overall, there are some genuinely memorable moments but the ending seems badly written and falls apart though also ultimately keeps you wondering when and how long before this is actually real-life.

Non-Stop
Non-Stop(2014)
½

You always expect great things with Liam Neeson and here we have a good but not great movie. The whole thing takes place in an airplane and has an impressive cast line-up with a few TV show standouts. There are no shortage of tense and nail-biting scenes and these do showcase Neeson's talents well. The movie keeps you guessing to the very end and then some. While this movie probably would have never been seen or even theatrically released if Neeson was not involved I do believe that it does have enough action to keep even the easily distracted entertained.

After the Dark
½

Well presented. A movie that puts the onus challenge on you while giving you opinions of it's own that are both thought provoking and careless.

In Fear
In Fear(2014)
½

Starts off really well with a great premise but then becomes more and more nonsensical ultimately hitting an ending that leaves you perplexed.

The Best Offer

It's smart and intriguing to watch with many twists that leave you perplexed to the very end.

Dark Blue
Dark Blue(2003)

Just doesn't seem to hit the target of an actual good movie.

Rush
Rush(2013)
½

A well done, fast-paced, engaging and well put together true story. Howard has outdone himself here.

Crimson Winter

No direction, amateur film-making.

The Counselor

You just keep waiting for something to happen and it never does. Useless scenes and lost dialogue.

We Own the Night

It works but only just. Feels like we have seen it before.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Being released at the right time when Mandela is still in the minds of the public helps catapult the movie into thought-provoking territory. You really have no idea what life was like for the African visionary, quite extraordinary in fact. At almost 2 and a half hours long, it somehow still feels a bit rushed and I believe that the movie could have benefited from a longer duration. The biopic could have span a few movies and still not tell the entire story that Mandela is more than due. There were times when Elba and Harris' imitation accents became annoyingly comical but most of the time did not detract too much from the main action. The movie respects the memory of Mandela and showcases it to the best of Chadwick's ability.

Kinsey
Kinsey(2004)

Well presented look into how the sex culture evolved.

Boiler Room
Boiler Room(2000)

Unusual casting but well done nonetheless. Pacing was never slow or dull and the movie made you think.

12 Years a Slave

How can a film with such a powerful story be such a let down? It is hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong here but it could be the terrible screenplay or even the bad casting decisions namely Cumberbatch and Pitt amongst others. The only person that truly stood out and was well cast was Fassbender. His performance of a slave master was outstanding and deserves an award. While the casting and the writing might be to blame here I cannot fault the direction from McQueen who does a fantastic job with the sub-par material given to him. There are scenes where Solomon seems content to be pushed around by his white oppressors even though he could clearly overpower them and return to his home at what seemed like many a time in the 12 years. The film seems to be more concerned about making an impact with trivial things than allowing the audience to actually feel for Solomon. Taking out useless subplots probably would have helped the story along. Overall, a depressing film but not in a good way.

Minority Report

The more you watch it the more you start to question the world we live in now and how it can change for the right and wrong reasons. Well cast, directed and edge of your seat action.

Joyful Noise
Joyful Noise(2012)

You really do want to like it and it does actually have it's moments but ultimately is just a rehash of older and better movies.

Homefront
Homefront(2013)

Well done on an 90s action classics feel. Acting and Casting were well done here.

Big Ass Spider!

So cheesy that it actually worked.

The Ref
The Ref(1994)

Offers some laughs but something you would not watch again.

A Midnight Clear

Solid cast depicting the harsh and emotional tribulations of being a soldier in the 40s.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

Both actor and director carve out brillaince while taking you on a journey of gritt and weirdness.

Ninja III: The Domination
½

Cheesy and corny as hell but worth it.

The Three Musketeers

This blast from the past was a favourite and truly one of the best cast versions there is.

Sherlock Holmes

Ritchie hits it out of the park here. A homerun in every way.

Volcano
Volcano(1997)

The premise is fantastic but the screenplay is just awful. Everything is rushed to an exhausting pace that falls flat. It's cliched, predictable and ultimately forgettable.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)
½

When you have no expectations of a movie, it is a rare 'once in a while' one that blows you away. Expertly brought to the screen and perfectly cast.

A Single Shot
½

Nicely Acted and Photographed.

The Hunger Games
½

Another case of what may work as a book doesn't translate well into film. Jennifer Lawrence plays well and is reminiscent of a younger Leelee Sobieski. Unfortunately there is nothing else that's really worth watching the film for with the exception of the always brilliant Stanley Tucci who carries most of the film. Bad directing, bad acting and a disney movie of the week feel. You're not missing much here.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
½

Alot better than the first one. More engaging, better written and more suspenseful.

American Hustle

It's times like this that I really wanted to be wrong about this movie especially after all the positive attention it has but there is just no liking it. Though actors like Bale and Lawrence are amazing, it is the dull and lifeless script with the incredibly slow pace of the movie that hurts it so. American Hustle should have been a stage play as it works so much better off film especially with the absurd sets used. It starts with a useless scene and ends with another. Overrated.

Back in the Day
½

Not funny or well written. The only redeeming thing being the soundtrack.

Enter the Ninja

Cheesy and overdone but hey, it's Ninja.

Revenge of the Ninja

Again with the cheesiness but back then this movie kicked ass.

Machete Kills

Grindhouse at it's weakest. I can't believe that these kind of movies were considered top notch back in the day.

Super Ninja
Super Ninja(1982)

So bad that's its actually watchable. Epitomises all the jokes and laughter about the genre as a whole.

Filth
Filth(2014)

Dark, twisted, complex and above all else engaging.

Ninja
Ninja(2009)

I watched this after watching 'Shadow' so it isn't as good but still an enjoyable flashback to the 80s Ninja films.

Last Vegas
Last Vegas(2013)

It does have alot of shortcomings but overall is enjoyable enough to watch if there is nothing else around.

Straight A's
Straight A's(2013)

It has potential but you just come out afterwards thinking WTF did I just watch.

Ninja: Shadow of a Tear

Rating this on the 'action movie' level I thought it was great! Pays homage to the great martial arts movies of the 90s. Didn't expect it to be this engaging. Adkins is a star in this genre.

Lone Survivor
½

A suspenseful, real and emotional real life story that hits most of its marks. The casting is mostly great and the montages help being the movie out of 'Hollywood'. Definitely one to check out.

Reasonable Doubt

It is predictable but still manages to keep you entertained for the hour and 30 minutes.

Cold Comes The Night

Run of the mill action movie but watchable nonetheless.

The Fifth Estate
½

Cumberbatch performance is sadly not up to scratch here. Trying to speak Australian but coming out as South African proved annoying one too many times. The plot wasn't really well written either. It doesn't capture Asange at all.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

Doesn't quite hit the high note of the last few Allen movies but is still strangely watchable.

Babel
Babel(2006)

A pure example of how language and communication can change your life forever.

Escape Plan
Escape Plan(2013)
½

It's old school fun and that's it. Good to see the two powerhouses together.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
½

Not as good as the original but a barrel of fun nonetheless. They all excel in this type of comedy.

While You Were Sleeping

It works but only because of the lead actress.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Laugh out loud well-written comedy that is perfectly cast.

Out of the Furnace

Well cast and directed. Revenge is bittersweet.

Curse Of The Dragon Slayer
½

It's like some amateurs went and stole the costumes and props from Lord Of The Rings and went and made their own somewhat similar movie.

A Christmas Carol
½

Well done but very dated holiday film.

The Hunt for Red October
½

All-Star cast make for a thrillingly entertaining movie.

White Christmas

Another great holiday classic.

The Deer Hunter
½

Well acted and put together. Deserved of its awards.

American History X
½

Powerful. Thought-Provoking but sometimes flawed.

Bad Santa
Bad Santa(2003)
½

So wicked its a must watch.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Up there with must own Christmas movies.

Santa Claus: The Movie

Impossible to have grown up not loving this movie.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Ranks up there with the best of the best Christmas movies.

Elf
Elf(2003)

A holiday Movie Icon.

The Family Man
½

While the sub-genre has been overdone, it still works here with the two charismatic leads.

The Family Stone

So true to life for most families that it's hard not to like this movie.

Fred Claus
Fred Claus(2007)

Turned out to be not bad at all. Added to the list.

Jack Frost
Jack Frost(1998)
½

It has it's moments but should be on the bottom of anyone's holiday list.

The Santa Suit

Not too bad for a TV only release.

This Christmas

Couldn't even get half way through it.

The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)

Got off to a really bad start but evened out by the end.

Call Me Claus

Just awful. Can see why this was a TV movie.

What Doesn't Kill You

It's the choices we make in life that shapes who we are.

The Way Way Back

Quirky and dysfunctional and well written.

Masters of the Universe

One of the most significant childhood memories I ever had watching this movie for the first time.

Now You See Me

It's only once maybe twice a year that a movie pushes so many boundaries that you instantly place it in the favourite films for that year and that's exactly where Now You See Me lands. It's original, well cast, flashy, never slows down and never takes anything too far. Magicians are the masters of trickery and eye-seduction and this movie shows all that and more. Solomon, Yakin and Ricourt give us a brilliant, imaginative and entertaining screenplay with a constant turning of amazing events. Leterrier's direction is never dull, puts the characters in the light they need to be and transports us to a place where magic lives. This is an instant hit and deserves its place as one of my most favourite films of all time.

Insidious
Insidious(2011)
½

A fun outing on the scary side of things. Great to see horror done so well.

Insidious: Chapter 2
½

Plays out nicely but although the story is alot more fleshed out, it doesn't have the impact that the first one did and also sets up for a sequel for an obvious money grab.

James and the Giant Peach

Done mostly OK but could've done with some Disney flair.

Force of Execution
½

This Seagal film surprised me considering his bad ones of late. Rated in terms of a b class action movie by Seagal.

White Reindeer

Quirky and watchable although very weird.

Crave
Crave(2013)

Not sure where this fits or even if it has a place anywhere. Bad.

Enemies Closer

Typical Van Damme these days.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
½

There are a lot of hit and misses here.

Half Nelson
Half Nelson(2006)

Well acted and directed but ultimately falls short of a worthwhile ending.

The World's End
½

Something went very wrong here.

Thor: The Dark World
½

From the start of this film, something just didn't seem to fit and as the movie went on the gaping hole got bigger and bigger. I'm still wondering how after such a spectacular first film (which is one of the best superhero movies to date) that things could have gone so wrong. While the casting remained the same and the acting was mostly OK, to say that it was mostly the Director Alan Taylor's fault wouldn't be totally correct but the fact he comes from a TV background it doesn't translate well to the big screen. He directed the film like he would a TV show like you would be expecting commercials where he cut most scenes. While he is partly to blame the writers are the majority blame here. The writing was amongst the worst I've ever witnessed, there was no clear thought process here, giving the audience the feeling we were watching a mashup copy of so many other movies. Its no wonder the production studio needed to fly Joss Whedon in to correct most scenes. The second Thor could have been so much more than what it was and ended up being just dreary blah. Hopefully the production team can learn and evolve with the third one and bring the franchise back to where it should be.

Millions
Millions(2005)
½

Direction not too bad but the story needed a second or third script. The younger brother too instead of being cute comes across as an idiot making mistake after mistake.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Great family movie about a kid that we can all look up to.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
½

Fun, well cast and cultured.

Downloaded
Downloaded(2013)

Great documentary about how the whole world's dynamics was changed by one company.

Bridge to Terabithia

Overall not a bad movie, shows the importance of imagination. Let down by bad writing and some casting mistakes.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(2003)

Always be young at heart and have fun doing it. The best family adaptation of Peter Pan yet.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Fun and inventive with great casting to boot.

The Guilt Trip
½

Not the disaster that everyone makes it out to be.

Great Expectations
½

Should have been made for TV instead where ads to break up the way too long and boring movie could've made it more tolerable.

Before Sunset
½

Things happen for a reason especially with people who you meet in your life. Even though usually impossible, there's always that chance that you've already met your soulmate.

Before Sunrise

Expertly written and performed. A journey that is both engaging and memorable.

Before Midnight
½

Charming, intelligent and true to life.

The Story Of Luke
½

Shines a comedic light on Autism. Well written, acted and cast.

Charlie Countryman

So much more than the sum of it's parts, it's different, reckless and entertaining..

Red 2
Red 2(2013)
½

Better and more watchable than the first one.

Red
Red(2010)
½

Mediocre at best.

Getaway
Getaway(2013)

This is what desperate looks like.

Prisoners
Prisoners(2013)
½

Complex, powerful, convincing and unforgettable. Very well done on all accounts.

A Little Princess

Another girl turned Orphan story but this one is alot better than most.

The Secret Garden

Though it may be dated, its an enjoyable kids film.

Great Expectations
½

Charming in it's own kind of way.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

Going into a movie with so much expectation behind it after being spoken about so much by friends and critics, surely has to end bad right? No. Not so here. Cuarůn brings his signature style here made famous by his epic and brilliant previous movies. The movie shifts between horror, thriller and drama and does it very well. Clooney and Bullock are absolute screen magnets here playing their roles brilliantly. The film puts you in the shoes of an Astronaut and vividly demonstrates anything and everything that can go wrong up in Space. Just as one plot point gets resolved, less than 5 minutes later the characters are in danger once again. It's nail-biting, nerve-racking and edge of your seat stuff. I did see it in 3D which once again added no benefit to this movie (or any other movie really) but am glad I did. It's film-making mastery and deserves every award that it can get.

What Richard Did

Never have the words 'think before you act' been so true.

The Citizen
The Citizen(2013)

It's movies like this that make you love the art of film. You can't help but feel saddened at how racism and hatred can destroy people's lives but believing that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hours
Hours(2013)
½

A movie deserved of your viewing if not just to see the actual struggle that survivors of the disaster had to go through to help loved ones.

2 Guns
2 Guns(2013)

What happened? Not even the star cast could save this film. It's just a middle of the range bottomless pit of nothing.

Elysium
Elysium(2013)
½

What could have been good was just undermined by complete failure. The casting is horrific everyone but Damon needed to be recast. Copley's accent tended to give the film an amateur feel and his character nonsensical. Foster had her own accent which was terrible and didn't work either. The whole movie just fell to pieces and deserved so much better than the release it actually got. It's a huge let down compared to the director's previous movie.

Jobs
Jobs(2013)
½

What's more interesting than a story about one of the greatest visionaries who ever lived? It seems a bit disjointed and hurried maybe trying to cover too much too fast. Kutcher's performance was probably the worst in it, he just doesn't embody the character very well not to mention his comical walk. Glossing over the many, many inconsistencies and being a movie more about Apple it should have been a TV movie instead and called Apple instead of Jobs.

Funeral Kings

Light-hearted and fun. Worth checking out.

People Like Us
½

Understated and overlooked movie that should be seen if only for the amazing writing.

Moonrise Kingdom

Passable in a quirky overdone watch-once way.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
½

Shows the side of the stringent protocols that the popular world take for granted and those that suffer from it.

We're The Millers

You know you're in trouble when the best actor in the movie is the bit part player 'Scotty P'. There are some laughs to be had scattered thoughout the movie but don't pay to see this wait for free to air to show it instead..

The Full Monty

Fantastic comedy about some average Joes making the most of a bad situation.

The Kings of Summer

Best friends embarking on a journey they will never forget. It's engaging, well acted and memorable above all else.

The Words
The Words(2012)

There are parts that work but they are far and few between. If the film took Quaids part out then it would be decent movie but the story within a story within a story makes it just too convoluted.

10 Years
10 Years(2012)
½

Average and watch once rom-com. Tended to drag on and the end credits sequence were definitely the best part of the movie.

The Secret Village

Don't waste your time and demand a refund. Production values are shot, script is appalling and direction is a mess. Nothing remotely worth watching here.

The Witches of Eastwick
½

It's not funny. Creepy yes. Should've been called lunatic with 3 friends instead.

The Company You Keep
½

Somehow it just ends up being underwhelming. The casting and actors are great. The pacing felt slow and the screenplay too many lul points.

Killing Lincoln

An informative documentary. Would be good to use as a resource for teaching history maybe.

The Internship

Maybe if they had put it somewhere other than Google or made it truer to life. The script falls flat too many times and becomes tedious. Could have been alot better. Is not a good light for Google at all.

The Conjuring

A mostly well done horror but it being so over-hyped did not help it that much. Its mostly formulaic and aims to get more of a scare by basing it on true facts. Could've and should have been so much better.

White House Down
½

It's the B-Movie version of Olympus Has Fallen. Everything about this movie is horrendous. While the directing is fine, the screenplay is appaling. The movie was so badly cast in all roles that the casting director should change professions. Waste of money the whole thing.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Not a bad movie, but it seems to fail in alot of ways. Could have been a whole lot better.

Superbad
Superbad(2007)

Not since the 90s have we seen teen comedies as great as this. Deserves all the praise it gets. Spot-on casting.

Dazed and Confused

Amazing, I am now only watching this so many years later. It's a diamond in the rough. It deserves its cult status, everything about this movie is awesome.

The Lone Ranger
½

You're in for trouble when your only saving grace here is Johnny Depp, without him there is no movie. For such a big budget movie to be an absolute abomination, it's sad.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)
½

Why can't Hollywood just give Del Toro every single big budget movie? He took this ridiculous screenplay that resembled a screen power rangers and made it likeable. The CGI was great and the action non-stop. Can't wait for the next Del Toro movie.

U Want Me 2 Kill Him?

Well acted and directed. A sad, compelling and unbelievable true story. You just never know who you're talking to.

The Indian in the Cupboard

Really well done, surprised this didn't get more attention when it first came out.

Nothing Left to Fear

It's great when producers, and studios don't do any kind of research when making movies. Everything, especially the incredibly bad actors was a fail in this film. Atrocious film-making.

The Freebie
The Freebie(2010)
½

It drowns under the weight of it's boring and slow story. Honesty is the best policy and when a couple can't be honest with each other then it's time to get out especially when it's as dull as this one.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Though it falls short in the end it does offer some genuinely funny moments.

Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain(2013)

Even if this was a true story, it would've been better as an article in the middle of a newspaper. Everything about this movie was atrocious and I don't understand why no one was embarrassed when this was released. Joins the list of worst movies in history.

The Good Doctor

It's hard to see Bloom not being stereotyped in his movies but maybe there is a reason, the independent type movies just don't suit him. His out of his depth here and can't create the character that was needed. The movie seemed to drag on a bit. but the writing was very good though.

Trouble with the Curve

Clint Eastwood is as engaging as ever and his chemistry with the perfectly cast Amy Adams was amazing. It's not your average first pick off the shelf movie but once you do watch it you'll be glad you did.

White Squall
White Squall(1996)

It's amazing that a movie that doesn't seem appealing from the cover turns out to be an absolute masterpiece. Everything is perfectly done in this film and it is among Ridley Scotts best films to date.

R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D.(2013)

I just really can't believe it with a budget of $130 million you would think someone along the way would've woken up from this disaster and stop it from being released. It tries to be a western while at the same time completely ripping off the Men In Black franchise, the script is really poor, the casting amazingly bad and god knows why Jeff Bridges decided to adopt possibly the worst character voice I've ever heard to the point that it felt like nails on a chalkboard. Reynolds adds nothing to the movie and plays his character like every other one he's ever played. Whoever thought this movie was a good investment should immediately be fired.

This Is the End
½

Just take it for what it is, a fun and completely indulgent hour and 47 minutes of pure enjoyment.

Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2(2013)
½

Just as fun as the first. If you let go of the inconsistencies and the ludacris writing, it's actually is quite enjoyable.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

Overall, it's not a bad movie but just not a great one either. Made on the back of the popularity of the Walking Dead TV Show, it seems to gradually get more uninteresting as the movie goes along.

The Great Gatsby
½

The writing and directing are completely competent here but it's the bit part players and the length of the film that let it down here. It needed more oomph and it just wasn't here.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
½

Completely comes back from the worst movie of all time first one and builds enough to keep interest but not enough to be any kind of a decent movie.

Hit & Run
Hit & Run(2012)
½

Well written and cast. It's surprisingly smart and never has a dull moment.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

A well acted and directed movie that is one of the best movies of the year. Highly Recommended.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

I understand where it's trying to go but it comes across as a welfare ridden disaster story with a tantrum 'normal' child protagonist.

A Common Man
A Common Man(2013)
½

Kingsley single handedly saved this film from being an absolute disaster.

Vice Versa
Vice Versa(1988)
½

In typical 80s fashion, dispenses with the plot and sense and is just pure fun and entertainment.

The Purge
The Purge(2013)

Good premise, but constantly falling apart from stupid film making decisions.

Lucas
Lucas(1986)

Seems OK at the start but then just gets too weirdly tedious after that.

The Master
The Master(2012)
½

I really wanted to like it but it's just a mess of complicated puffed-up tripe.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies(2013)

Going in with no expectations and coming out with a happy smile that everything was done so well in this film. One of the best films of the year.

Stoker
Stoker(2013)

Sometimes I wish that Kidman did movies cause they were good and not just for a paycheck.

Detention
Detention(2012)

Somehow you just find yourself watching it right to the end.

Loverboy
Loverboy(1989)

In the realm of all good 80's comedies, this is something that has be to in everyone's movie collection. Recommended to watch for nostalgia.

Angel Heart
Angel Heart(1987)
½

Twisted and engaging at the same time.

Silkwood
Silkwood(1983)

Builds, builds, builds and then....nothing.

Nanny McPhee Returns

What made the first one watchable is completely gone here. The film is a nonsensical parody of itself and feels more like a grab for cash than a labour of love.

Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee(2006)
½

It does have heart, but is void of the magic that made Mary Poppins a massive hit. If this was a stage play though, it would have been a better experience. The translation to film just doesn't work.

Zookeeper
Zookeeper(2011)
½

It was fine for the first 10 minutes, then it went fast downhill from there.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

A partnership made in Hollywood land. Funny, well cast and just dying for another sequel!

Wreck-it Ralph
½

Entertaining and nostalgic at the same time. Worth watching over and over.

Trance
Trance(2013)
½

Nothing short of amazing from Boyle, talented cast, director and superbly written.

Snitch
Snitch(2013)

Though the Rock's best film he's ever done in terms of acting, there really is nothing else to look forward to in this movie.

Sharknado
Sharknado(2013)

So bad, that it actually deserves a watch.

Redemption
Redemption(2013)

One of the career lows for Statham.

The Invasion
The Invasion(2007)

Apart from the great acting here there is really no real strength to the movie.

Housos Vs. Authority

Please give me my hour and a half back.

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)

Not even in the same universe as the original.

Epic
Epic(2013)

Sometimes you wonder why companies spend so much money on pieces of crap like this and then I remember, it's a cash cow for kids.

Disconnect
Disconnect(2013)

Not sure if it really gets the message across like it plans but nonetheless a well done movie.

Dead Man Down

Really poor effort from everyone involved.

Darkman
Darkman(1990)

Another fine Raimi film.

Craigslist Joe
½

Fantastic documentary that proves that a friend is never that far away.

The Canyons
The Canyons(2013)

So incredibly bad that it makes you cry. Nothing in this movie is remotely worth checking out, from the horribly unrealistic and talentless acting to the dud screenplay. I'm really surprised that Ellis didn't destroy all copies of this movie prior to release.

The Call
The Call(2013)

Great thriller with an original story and a very surprising ending!

Behind the Candelabra
½

It writes well and the cast can definitely play the part, but it feelst too one sided at times and fails to get the story behind Liberace, solely concentrating on his affairs and love life with others.

Extracted
Extracted(2013)
½

Goes to show that low budget sci-fi flicks can be just as good as big budget ones. This movie for me bettered 'Inception', better writing and better acting. It was a surprise that I'm glad I watched.

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)
½

Apart from great CGI, this movie is horrifically appalling. I'm pretty sure that the script for this movie had to have been better than the finished product but as it stands one of the worst films of the year.

Last Passenger

Not sure what to think, I was waiting for the action to start but really never did. Weird for sure.

Mama
Mama(2013)

Not bad for a horror movie, while it isn't the scariest of movies, it definitely is a different one with an ending that really is hauntingly depressing.

The Da Vinci Code

Thrilling piece of 'what if' movie making. Recommended.

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks

Fascinating, Riveting, Eye-Opening, nothing more to say.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)
½

Not only does this reboot completely make us forget about the massive failure of the 2006 reboot Superman Returns but is also better well done than the Reeves Superman 3 and 4 movies. While it still doesn't reach the heights of both Donner versions, it does take the character out of that comic book reality and brings it into real life a-la Batman Begins style. The magical trinity of filmmaking talents - Nolan, Snyder and Goyer are incredible and this trio definitely should work together over and over. The casting of Lois while an unusual choice proved to be the right choice in the end and makes you completely forget about the horrible job that Bosworth did in 2006 with Superman Returns. General Zod, another fine actor but I keep thinking what the film would've been like with a different character playing Zod. It's an epic blockbuster but somehow remains grounded in morality thanks to a brilliant performance by Cavill who was the perfect choice for the role. It's gritty and natural, thanks to Nolan for his input we actually 'feel' for this incarnation of Superman and his internal struggle with loyalty to old and new. This superman reboot evens beats out the Dark Knight Rises as a more prolifically made and manufactured piece of film making. There are always minor things which seemed to annoy people but overall, the strength of the movie outweighs the annoyances.

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away

Doesn't follow the norms of movie making but nontheless a spectacular and amazing feat of acrobatics and glamour. Recommended.

Broken City
Broken City(2013)
½

Run of the mill thriller. It lacks the heart and the casting to be anything spectacular. Crowe just isn't the right fit for the movie and lets it down. Watchable in the end but not solid.

Olympus Has Fallen

This is the movie that Die Hard should have been. Fast, Well Acted, Action-Packed, Nail-Biting and bold enough to use North Korea instead of Afghanistan as every other terrorist movie has.

Altitude
Altitude(2010)
½

The starting premise is fine but then it quickly descends into ludicrous territory. Nightmares, time travel and teenagers, yes its that bad.

Apartment 1303 3D

Disastrous. Everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves for making this.

The Wolverine
½

The second outing on his own proves to be the right move for the franchise. This second time around the annoyances and plainness of 'Origins' is rectified. This time the setting moves to Japan, and all through the movie Wolverine gets to show an emotional and different side of himself we haven't seen before. The movie was well cast and did not feel tedious at all throughout, there were a few let downs which I didn't like namely the last battle for one; writing wise, it wasn't the direction that it should have gone in and the loss of Wolverine's adamantium 'blood' was a stupid decision too. Though these are minor it's good to see Marvel's best-to-film character still going strong after all this time. Bring on the sequel.

King Kong
King Kong(1933)

Even though the effects and the ape itself looks severely fake and outdated, the fine actors more than make up for it with their great talent. This movie really is the start of all the craze.

The Princess Bride

Witty and funny old school romantic tale.

Pitch Perfect
½

I went in with very low expectations and wow, was I wrong. It was amazing. Really well done, it's your typical boys against girls college story but with a comedic and musical twist. Really well cast and directed. Check it out you won't be disappointed.

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)
½

I just don't understand why this film is rated so highly. It goes nowhere, makes no sense and is extremely over-rated.

Les Miserables

Definitely the best telling of the non-musical story to date. Good enough to have been released in theatres, but alas was only released on TV. Everyone is well cast and the story flows nicely.

Barbarella
Barbarella(1968)

A very cheesy classic but really what else can you ask for with this storyline. All the absurdness works though for this 60's classic.

Forbidden Planet

A film of this age usually isn't as high-tech as you would want for a sci-fi movie but nonetheless this movie delivers. It's well done, a true classic and still holds true to today in it's virtues.

Fast & Furious 6

How can a franchise that has lasted this long continue to deliver great movies? The 6th instalment is by far the best one yet, and is really what Die Hard 5 should have been. Action, suspense, well cast, well directed with so many explosions and one liners that it easily holds the place of the best one yet in the franchise and just when you think that the series couldn't get any better we see a glimpse of what's to come at the end of this movie. wow. There's something primal about this movie. Diesel is magnificent in the role, that Walker has made his own too and tying it all into the first movie was brilliant in bringing the action back home again. If they continue to make these, I will continue to watch. Here's hoping the next one comes more sooner than later.

The Hangover Part III
½

The series comes back with a major bang, re-uniting the wolf pack one last time and taking us along for the fantastic ride. Number 3 redeems itself from the mediocrity of the 2nd and goes off on it's own tangent, coming back to tie the whole story in. The real star of the show here though is Jenong who shines in the role of Chow. The cast performs well and the movie is somewhat directed pretty good. The story this time around has more authentic laughs then the copy cat lines of the 2nd. All in all a fantastic ending to the series, that really does go out with a bang.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

I love it when the trailer tells you one thing but the movie shows you another. Case in point Iron Man 3. The character of the Mandarin was the evil that we were meant to see, but then in the movie the premise gets turned around and we end up with an even bigger villan in the form of Guy Pearce. This Iron Man definitely is the best yet and I have to say it - Downey Jr, can do no wrong. No one can and will ever play this role better than him and if Marvel do a 'Spider-Man' on him and replace him with a lesser actor like they did in Spider-Man it will surely spell the death of the series. Everything in this from the writing, casting and CGI were flawless. This most definitely is the best super hero movie yet.

A Good Day To Die Hard

First let's talk about a plot. Where was it? and which 10 year old wrote it? Apart from Willis, every actor is miscast especially his 'new' son, who fails to convince anyone by his performance or acting ability. It's a real shame, coming from such a brilliant film as the fourth to this disaster. I'm not sure what happened or why Willis OK'd this draft of the script. Underdeveloped to the max, and featuring stunt sequences so ridiculous that you laugh. I mean, walking into Chenobyl with no hazmat suits? really? Hopefully this isn't the last we see of John McClane and we get another to finish the series, this time without his son or daughter as main characters.

Argo
Argo(2012)

There are words that you don't use when you watch this film like great thriller, entertaining, well done, suspenseful. Argo is more of a documentary picture and should have been made that way. It would've worked better and allowed more understanding and emotion to come though. While the casting was OK, Affleck's direction lent to more like an episode of 24. The wigs and costumes were laughable and I'm not even sure what Affleck was trying to accomplish with his wig. It feels like a movie being way overpraised because of Affleck's involvement and the subject that it tells the story of. It was watered down for good reason but instead should've went in the opposite direction.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Over the top, stupid CGI, what was that end bit anyways with that Westminster abbey?. It's a bad take on an old tale,Hoult was disastrous as Jack. It's dull and never really appeals in any way.

Enchanted
Enchanted(2007)

Smart, well cast, engaging, fun and for everyone not just the children. It pokes fun at itself and is not scared to do it. Who k knew that Sarandon could be a real great witch too? Good on you Disney.

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher(2012)

Average thriller with Cruise as the lead attempting to be this 'Reacher' character. Comes off as too formulaic, the tough loner story, and hopefully this is a once off movie only.

Beautiful Creatures

There's Twilight and then there's this. Not once watching this did I feel that it wasn't done well. Yes, its a teenage love story but the suspense and action make up for that. The actors are nowhere near as bad as Twlight either. Great special effects and the movie oozes charisma.

Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

So bad that it belongs on TV. Hasselhoff can't really pull of the badass character and the whole movie seems really over the top fake. Watch it once but never again.

Identity Thief
½

Definitely not the worst film of the year, but by far not the best either. It has its share of funny moments but never really succeeds in hitting it out of the park.

Vehicle 19
Vehicle 19(2013)

It starts off great and then just ends up falling to pieces after that, with a not so great ending. It's decent enough for what it is.

Oz the Great and Powerful

There was just something not quite right, and I can't put a finger on it. Either it was the lack of singing, a miscast Franco, a not so epic Kunis or the badly written monkey friend. What to choose?

The Host
The Host(2013)

If you take the female lead out of the movie, the movie would actually work as a sci-fi, but as it stands its vomit inducing, tedious and not clever at all.

Noel
Noel(2004)

Surprisingly good for a run of the mill xmas rom-com. What's good is that its done a bit different and goes to show don't judge a book...

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

This movie if you look past the stupidity of it, isnt half bad. It should be aimed more at children however and although well cast would have been better in the '80s than today.

Alex Cross
Alex Cross(2012)

Everything about this screams help. Badly written, badly cast, Matthew Fox as a badass? funny at best. Just too many things that are wrong with this film to speak of.

Gangster Squad

Has an all star cast and the cinematography is sophisticated but it fails to keep you interested and ends up turning into a dick tracy knock off.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill(2011)
½

Another British gangster movie that is not bad but not really good either.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)
½

A run of the mill not clever disaster of a movie that had so much potential.

Lost Highway
Lost Highway(1997)

Had a chance to be great...until they decided to make the main character 'switch' bodies with someone else. Then it all turned into confusing, typical gangster who's lost his mistress film and not a good one at that.

Movie 43
Movie 43(2013)

Crude, weird and overall something that should only be watched if there is no other movie left. Still wondering how all the a list actors signed on for this.

Parker
Parker(2013)
½

Yes, it's formulaic, but then again you''re not watching this to be blown away. That being said it's an enjoyable return to form for statham and recomended for some senseless fun.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Family fun comedy. There aren't alot of laughs here but some good ones nonetheless. Jim Carrey's character wasn't really needed in the picture though.

Welcome to the Punch

Run of the mill, everyday, action thriller with a british setting this time around.

This Must Be The Place
½

Quirky film with a well played character by Penn, but ultimately a movie not worth remembering.

To Rome with Love

After a great last movie, for Woody to come back with this mediocre, uninspiring disaster of a film is beyond me. The only redeeming quality of the film was the great backdrops. Everything else is a complete failure.

Small Apartments

Kooky and fun black comedy. Certainly not a hit out of the park but worth a watch just to see a creepy Matt Lucas.

Arbitrage
Arbitrage(2012)

Fine directed movie that never really seems to pick up itself and create a welcoming environment to be watched leaving a bland and mediocre taste.

Spanglish
Spanglish(2004)
½

Easily one of the worst movies Sandler has made, nothing about this movie should be praised, especially the dreadful screenplay.

Red Lights
Red Lights(2012)
½

Builds, builds, builds and then...nothing. What a shame.

The Frozen
The Frozen(2012)

For a B class movie, I was pretty impressed. Fair enough the acting wasn't too great but the writing and suspenseful directing more than made up for it, leading to a great ending.

Antiviral
Antiviral(2013)
½

Well made, smart, thought provoking and sickening.

The Impossible

For a fairly simple script this film sure packs a punch. Juan Antonio Bayonaa does a commendable job in direction and with the two leads the film plays out beautifully, tugging at your emotions and sense of fear too. It's based on a story that has happened and can happen, not on a fake end of the world story that you find it hard to believe. While the focus is mainly on the one family, you never lose the sense of scale and impact that the disaster has. The film is human and faultless and a definite, should have won best picture of the year in my opinion.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

It's enjoyable and depressing at the same time but not quite a home run too.

Here Comes the Boom

Likeable and enjoyable comedy.

Zero Dark Thirty
½

Trying to regain that magic that 'The Hurt Locker' had, proved too difficult this time around for Bigelow. The film endlessly drags on with information usually not needed, the real story doesn't even start until halfway through the film. The choice of Chastain as the lead was the wrong move, forced and cardboard-like. Pretty much the whole cast especially the soldiers were very badly miscast. It would've been more effective as a TV movie where the tedious procedural nature would've fit better.

Django Unchained

You expect after a while that every Tarantino movie will be good and that they pretty much are mostly above average, not so with the latest offering. Not only did this blow me away but definitely can be considered one of the finest Tarantino's ever made. Brilliance in film-making in every respect and worthy of best picture. It's intelligent, creative and witty and extremely hard to find any flaws.

The Last Stand
½

There is one thing that I have come to expect from Arnie after all these years. Entertainment, pure mind-numbing entertainment and he certainly delivers here. Arnie's return to the silver screen is not only well done but is extremely enjoyable too. Hard to believe that he has been out of the game for almost 10 years after his stint as Governor. Jee-Woon's direction is great for this action film and the film was well cast too with no standout weaknesses therein. While this film will never win an award for movie of the year, for what it is, a return to form of a great action star, this is pure kick-ass fun.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

Ambitious, Spectacular, Big, Colourful, Thought-Provoking, Baffling. I could go on forever with adjectives but this movie really has to be seen to be believed. Not often you get to see a movie that covers all 3 time periods, the past, present and future and done so well at that. It's something that hasn't been done before and in this, the story and the well cast actors along with the directors make it quite the outing. If you only watch it once, you're missing out as the more you see it the more you can take it all in. While at times it can make you feel disconnected, the momentum continues for the almost 3 hour runtime and sits like poetry being read.

Flight
Flight(2012)
½

What to say but a total letdown. You think to yourself that when we have Denzel at the helm, the movie should be half decent right? The movie would have had more weight to it if Zemeckis turned it into a Documentary instead. It's a movie about an irresponsible addict, his dealer, and the idiots that let him get away with it. Is it trying to portray some message, who knows and who really cares? I for one don't.

The Man With the Iron Fists
½

Talk about a mixed bag of fun. With Tarantino placing the 'Presented By' credit, it does have alot of influence from the big man himself but is RZA born and bred, posting himself in nearly every aspect of the credits. It's very reminiscent of Kill Bill and the over the top Kung-Fu genre that seem to always make me laugh. It's authentic and colourful and worth the price of admission.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
½

All the hype that surrounded this movie you'd think it would've been a massive letdown, but Jackson's return to Middle Earth was a triumphant and amazing spectacle of familiarity. The movie is typical Jackson-esque at just under 3 hours long but at no time does it feel like it ever drags along. Even the scenes that are in the same surroundings with the same characters don't feel long at all. I found after the movie finished that I wanted more, more Middle Earth and more story. Directing, casting and acting are all at their best here and this time around the CGI is even kicked up a notch. I had the opportunity to see the movie in High Frame Rate 3D which changes the frames per second to 48 appearing more lifelike, at times I found myself shocked that I was virtually looking through a window while at other times in the high CGI scenes the 48FPS made the picture blurry, like dirty glasses. Put that down to the new teething problems of the technology. That aside, the movie comes highly recommended.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

Focused but lacking anything resembling a great outing. It definitely is not close to the best that Spielberg has made. One thing is for sure , Daniel Day-Lewis is incredible in the title role absolutely doing the role justice and making it hard for anyone to play the character ever again. While it's not one to add to your collection or even watch again, it should be watched just for the acting of Daniel Day-Lewis.

Fire With Fire
½

Run of the mill average action movie.

The Amityville Horror

The story is good but unfortunately nothing else is.

The Amityville Horror

A fairly good remake, with more thrills than the original and definitely better made.

Stand Up Guys

With such a talented cast , you think what happened? The script should never have been written and the movie never made.

Valley of the Sun

Indi movies like this, make you love the art of film.

Seven Psychopaths

Well cast but the screenplay is all over the place.

On the Road
On the Road(2012)

Well acted. While it is random at most times it does a great job of depicting friendship and strength of will.

House at the End of the Street

The story isn't half-bad, but the casting and acting by everyone is pitifully atrocious.

The Baytown Outlaws

What a surprise. Went in thinking it would be average but ended up really liking it. Great B movie story and the actors are well cast.

Citadel
Citadel(2012)

What did I just watch?

Disney's A Christmas Carol

Not bad for a retelling, the CGI is great but I almost feel it would've made so much more sense to have it as live action instead.

A Christmas Carol
½

Patrick Stewart really shines in this role and the screenplay is true to the tale.

Sinister
Sinister(2012)
½

It has all the underpinnings of a great horror movie, but never really makes it. Plot holes, stupid choices and flat out badly written.

Primer
Primer(2004)

An actor-director movie that is so confusingly dense that it's beyond comprehension.

I Spit On Your Grave
½

A slow start it may have but this story of vengeance is one that will have you clenching your teeth from immense scenes of uncompromising brutality. Disturbing, thought-provoking and unrelenting. Revenge has never been so bittersweet.

The Italian Job

More of an advertisement for Britain than a movie. Completely over-rated and often pointless but a great one hour and a half and worth seeing just for the best mini car-chase ever done.

Used Cars
Used Cars(1980)
½

Forgotten in the era of VHS comedies. One to check out.

UHF
UHF(1989)

Stupid harmless fun and what else would you expect from Weird Al?

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)
½

While I appreciate Soderbergh's effort to un-sleaze the stripping industry, the story often falls short with more than a few plot holes. Often not knowing which direction it should go in and the actors, not the best in acting talent. Watch it if you don't mind a funny attempt at a quick-buck chick flick.

Kingpin
Kingpin(1996)

Average Comedy. A few laughs to be had.

Deadfall
Deadfall(2012)

Lazy, lame and messy. Had so much potential.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
½

Viiewing this movie as part of the greater franchise and not on it's own, it blows the other movies out of the water. The acting is finally passable and the writing intense as can be for this film. It ends the series perfectly and contains one of the most shockingly epic end scenes I've seen in a while. A very fun 2 hours.

Trapped
Trapped(2002)

Great casting and storytelling bring a thrilling 100 minutes of film.

Lawless
Lawless(2012)

Superbly acted but ultimately flawed gangster film.

The Five-Year Engagement

Great casting and funny as can be. A change from the slew of bad rom-coms of recent times.

Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)

Daniel Craig‚(TM)s 3rd outing as Bond brings intensity, action, villians and more Vodka Martini‚(TM)s. It‚(TM)s a solid sequel to the Bond collection but in no way outdoes the previous two films in the series. It‚(TM)s more of an action film and doesn‚(TM)t follow on with the other films as such. Mendes does an amazing job at direction with the cinematography amongst the most breathtaking I have seen in a while. There were a few things which didn‚(TM)t really sit well with me though ‚" like the young ‚~Q‚(TM) who‚(TM)s try at comic timing was astrocious or the ending which changes everything for the franchise going forward or some plot points which seemed badly written. However, Bardem is classic villian material and plays his character eeriely brilliant. It seems that the franchise is returning to the days of the ‚~Connery‚(TM) Bond and time will tell whether or not that is a good move.

Quantum of Solace

A solid outing for bond, somewhat lacking compared to the first one but still great nonetheless.

The Forgotten
½

Good acting and directing still can't help when the story is somewhat too disjointed and not so thriller-like.

Stolen
Stolen(2012)

Seems like a common occurrence with Cage these days. Another year, another crap movie. One to avoid, no doubt.

End of Watch
End of Watch(2012)

Gyllenhaal's new movie brings alot of questions and doesn't tend to answer any of them at all. The film is extremely badly directed by Ayer with confusing short sub-plots, time-jumping and unintelligent characters. There seems to be no underlying message here other than "Let's make an extended episode of Cops". It shows Cops as being unprofessional, lame and all about violence. The 'handycam' shooting style - again, way overdone and didn't add anything to the story. It falls short in so many areas and will definitely not be remembered as impressive or game-changing.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
½

The 'Christmas Special' is the best of the lot and the most enjoyable so far. The guys work well together but please let this be the last in the series.

Elf-Man
Elf-Man(2012)
½

Talk about one of the most unexpected films of the year! Everyone in this movie does a great job and newcomer Wee Man debuts with much gusto. The movie is very 'Chris Colombus' and I enjoyed the writing and directing. Will be adding to the must watch Christmas movies list.

Retreat
Retreat(2011)
½

Having big names attached to a project doesn't mean that it is going to be a good movie. The story lacks drive, heart and content.

Night of the Templar

What were these veteran actors thinking? This movie is appalling. The lead actor looks like he just stepped out of a plastic surgeons office, the other actors have never acted in anything before. Terrible, Terrible. Stay Away.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

This might've been better as a commercial or a picture book instead. It's forgettable, not smart and even condescending.

Killer Joe
Killer Joe(2012)

There's no doubting the strong performances by the cast here but the movies fails at being comprehensible. It's dark, violent and un-necessary. I'm not sure how you like your twisted movies but I don't on this occasion.

The Gift
The Gift(2000)
½

A convincing thriller but is plagued by the numbers and stereotypes if presents.

Sound of My Voice

Just when you think you're watching a run of the mill cult film , something happens that makes you ponder the film for hours after you view it..

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

A like where it's trying to go but ultimately the movie comes mashed up and takes you out of the world that once was king even to the point of Van Damme and Lundgren giving up their lead roles.

Damsels in Distress

From the get-go you know that this isn't your typical movie.

Safety Not Guaranteed

A light-hearted journey into the strange but charming and proving that having a modest budget can still churn out a great movie.

Maximum Conviction

Average Seagal action movie. Nothing more to say here. Only for the fans.

Moving Violations
½

Not even sure why this was ever considered funny. Rip off of the bigger movies of the time.

Running on Empty
½

Phoenix is fantastic in the role that would've catapulted his career. Great drama with a great supporting cast.

Iron Sky
Iron Sky(2012)

An utterly useless, boring and completely un-needed movie.

Highlander
Highlander(1986)

A movie from a very different time.

Savages
Savages(2012)

Going into the movie and judging by the preview you expect a mediocre, average film. Watching it though presents a totally different opinion. Stone really delivers with this film, it's hard-hitting, gritty and dirty. The cast with varying talent are beefed up a few notches by the seasoned veterans, like, Del Toro who not only steals every scene he is in but pretty much carries the movie for the most part. Seeing Hayek in her 'bad guy' role is also a welcome change from her 'good guy' characters she usually plays. The surprising stand out here is Lively who has given her all and holds her own with the other leads more often than not out-acting them. The film is aggressive, slick, twisted and a great 2 hours of fun.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)
½

It's when Cruise let's go and has fun that he best shines. Something so different from what he normally plays and a great job he did do with this role. The film is non-stop energy and excitement and the all-star cast really do work well together. This movie is really an ad for the stage play and does make me want to go and see it, as it is meant to be even better. The music is rockin' and you end up having such a great time watching it. Fair enough it has alot of things that are wrong with it, but the films fast-pace and fun tone make you wash over those. Recommended.

Excess Baggage
½

You know what? It actually isn't half bad. The actors are what really make this movie work. Check it out.

The Campaign
The Campaign(2012)

Worth a watch if you're a fan of Ferrell or Galifianakis, is it the funniest movie of the year? not by a long shot. Good moments throughout and laughs till the very end. It seems to lose itself in the 2nd act and kind of goes downhill from there. That being said the pacing and chemistry between the two leads doesn't take you out of the movie. Roach has learnt alot from his time with the Austin Powers series and Meet the Parents and brings it to the table here.

Erased
Erased(2013)

You know you're not meant to be a leading man when your on screen daughter can out-act you. Poor Aaron Eckhart, struggling for a role as good as he had in the Dark Knight. Clearly this movie isn't it.

Get the Gringo

It works surpisingly and doesn't make you feel like you just wasted your time watching it. Gibson actually pulls off the character and the ensemble aren't too bad either.

In the Cut
In the Cut(2003)
½

It is a good thriller on it's own but suffers from bad writing, un-needed characters and an ending that is so underwhelming.

Stash House
Stash House(2012)

Maybe with different actors and a different director this could've worked but as it stands it's horrible and not in a nice way. There is nothing about this movie that is memorable.

Looper
Looper(2012)
½

A fresh take on the 'future' genre. Looper was a surprise that I didn't anticipate. The preview really doesn't do this film justice. It's tough, gritty and unpredictable. Though at times you question the logic - like why the future looks like the 1980's? or how lead bullets are still used or why did they need to use awful prosthetics on Levitt's face? The story doesn't give you enough time before you have to move onto the next plot point. It's a movie that plays on emotion more than the in's and out's of time travel. Levitt's shock performance was refreshing and showed us he really can pull off a great performance and makes up for the last few sub-par movies he has made. Throw in Blunt and Willis and they definitely should be proud of this movie too. Johnson's fresh approach to science-fiction and his imaginative approach to the story makes this action thriller a must see.

The Cabin in the Woods
½

Not in a long while have I seen something as fresh as I have with this film. Goddard and Whedon come together for this film which is very reminiscent and a nod to the Buffy and Angel series I loved. It‚(TM)s consistently surprising and comically plays out the very things that we hate about run of the mill horror movies. It builds and builds and finishes with a great twist. While the cast chosen weren‚(TM)t the best for their particular roles and their acting talent not as strong as I would have liked, the screen-writing and directing more than made up for it. It tips the genre on it‚(TM)s head and entertains you throughout, rather intelligently reinvigorates the horror genre.

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Cleverly written and superbly acted. Live the emotional journey with the characters.

The Gate
The Gate(1987)

Fun kids movie about monsters in the backyard? nice one. Just remember to suspend disbelief.

Wanderlust
Wanderlust(2012)
½

Rudd and Aniston goes through the motions, it's messy and disappointing and most likely looked better on paper.

Wet Hot American Summer

Not funny parody of 80's teen comedies? This is a laugh in itself.

The Eye
The Eye(2008)

Attaching Alba to a film does not necessarily make it better, especially as a remake it lacked and failed more than the original version. Writing, direction and acting all average here.

The Tall Man
The Tall Man(2012)

The movie drags on way too long, passing any kind of credible story and ends with the most ludacris finale of recent times.

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Segel and Helms with their careers taking off, i'm at an odds as to why they would even have done this. It leaves no impression, no lasting memory and should've been the pilot for a bad sitcom instead.

London Boulevard
½

The acting is strong from both leads but the film being poorly written and incomprehensible tries to be a mix mash of everything and fails at it all.

Awake
Awake(2007)

Phenomenal psychological film-making. Suspense is kept high throughout the film thanks to the amazing writing and directing by Harold. The talented actors keep the thrill going and the climax is surprising and disturbing at the same time. An absolute must see film.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

No other movie in recent times has had such pent-up demand as this has. Neeson still has what it takes to deliver us a kick ass sequel to an amazing film. Neeson makes us 'feel' for him and his family and though this time it may not be as enthralling as the first film was, it nonetheless resonates highly with fans of the first film. The film seems to go by quickly and is a relatively short one, that more or less seems to lead into a third movie. Sometimes the action sequences seem out of touch and the plot seems to overlook many things concluding with the final scene being somewhat underwhelming. One thing is for sure though, action fans won't be disappointed.

Snow White and the Huntsman

The film's style and use of CGI is well implemented but the film suffers from sub-par acting and casting. Stewart's performance of Snow White is atrocious and doesn't do justice to the role of Snow White and Hemsworth's performance is wooden as can be. You could of just had a movie with Theron as the sole lead and it would've been 100 times better than this one. She pretty much carried the entire movie and was stunning as the Queen. It mimics other 'epic' movies and is well written but lacks the heart it needs for greatness.

Taken
Taken(2009)

Breakout movie of the year. Flawless and so well done you'll want more. Briliant.

Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis(2012)
½

The intention is there, but the execution fails and not by the fault of Cronenberg's directing. Trying to be so much more than it is. It fails in alot of areas and this could start the downfall of Pattinson's career as he has yet to best Twilight. Every moment is blurred and hurried with urgent and non-sensical dialogue and you never really care what they're saying in amidst of it all.

The Deep Blue Sea

Weisz and Hiddleston's acting aren't to be criticised here but the drawn out and faulty translation of the film from script.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Tim Burton does what he does best and gives us enjoyable dark horror comedy. Though it plays out as choppy and incoherent at times with plot holes aplenty the gothic soap opera is strengthened by the great performances of the cast and ridiculous setting.

Sideways
Sideways(2004)

A man on the verge of a mid-life crisis takes us on a sad and depressing journey. Average acting and average drama.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Well acted fairytale that is played out with utmost charm.

Game Change
Game Change(2012)

Nicely written and acted. Makes us feel sorry for Palin and the people that put here in the position she wasn't suited for.

Dr Seuss' The Lorax

Entertainingly funny with just the right amount of subtext.

Resident Evil: Retribution

Up-front this movie can‚(TM)t be reviewed like the norm because it doesn‚(TM)t fit into those conventions. Resident Evil is a cult status action bonanza of a franchise and the latest instalment is proof that there is still alot of life left in it. This film is the best of all 5 so far and goes back to the horror/thriller roots of the first one. Well done in every way and great special effects to boot. Highly Recommended if you love the franchise.

The Wraith
The Wraith(1986)
½

Failing in logic, story and imagination.

They Live
They Live(1988)

Some movies achieve cult status for no reason at all and this is one of them. Plot is full of holes, the acting is atrocious, the effects are sub-par.

The Innkeepers

Builds, builds, builds and then - nothing. Could've been so much better and making us wait till the last 10 minutes of the film was tedious.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
½

The two leads have great chemistry together, but the point or direction of the story seems flat and stale. It's a feel good film and original if that counts for anything.

Overboard
Overboard(1987)
½

Run of the mill rom-com of the 80's.

Tequila Sunrise

Uninteresting and not creative thriller

Restitution
Restitution(2011)

Disgracefully abysmal on all levels. Everyone involved should hang their heads in shame and never speak of this film again.

Song for a Raggy Boy
½

A powerful true story of abuse, relationships, turning a blind-eye and how one man becomes the rock that the students depend on to get them through it all.

Fright Night 2

Proving that a classic is hard to do again.

Lady in the Water

Completely and utterly not magical. Tedious, incoherent, and forgettable.

Fright Night
Fright Night(1985)

Cheesy, Fun, and Old-School effects. A horror classic!

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

It's action-packed and slick but falls short in a lot of areas. I did like the nods to the original movie and appreciated how it was written to be very different but there were just too many disjointed parts with alot even not needed or even going on way too long. The style seems like formula already done in so many other movies and with Beckinsale taking over almost every scene, there was nothing left for everyone else especially Biel who is alot weaker in talent. All in all, the effects and sets are outstanding though and this film definitely warrants a watch sometime.

The Cold Light of Day
½

You would think that going into this that it wouldn't be much but the film is surprising and it ends up playing out as tense and reasonably well done.

Piranha 3DD
Piranha 3DD(2012)

I can't believe I thought this would've better than the first. Terrible sequel and well deserving of it's crap reviews.

On the Inside

Anyway you wanna sell out, it ain't working. Terrible movie and something that Stahl and Wilde should try to forget as quick as they can.

The Expendables 2

Non-Stop for a moment from the opening scene. The addition of Chuck Norris (and his theme tune) was a nice touch as well as Willis and Arnie having a bigger role this time around. Arnie is the king of one liners. Van Damme made a great bad guy and had enough screen time with the rest of the cast too. Jet Li didn't have a big role this time around but everyone else more than made up for his absence. It's cheesy, fun and testosterone filled and that's what I love about it. Stallone knows how to make an action movie and does not dissappoint this time around. Seeing Arnie and the rest of the cast do what they do best, cracking the odd jokes and revelling in the many, many years of combined awesomeness as action stars was a guilty pleasure. Here's hoping that the third outing (if it happens) is even better again.

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)

We get a glimpse into real people and real situations. Although the film might be fabricated it still tells the story of real soldiers and the emotional and physical struggles they go through everyday.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

If ever you want to erase a movie from memory it's this one. Truly horrible in every way.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Up there with the best of adventure movies.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Sppoky but great outing for everyone's hero Indiana.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Acting, writing and directing all come together flawlessly.

Safe
Safe(2012)

The action is decent but if feels too much like a generic triad kidnapping film to be nothing more even with Statham in the lead.

Goon
Goon(2012)

It's not really a movie about Hockey but about Doug's story to fame and finding love. Great character acting by the ensemble cast and Baruchel is funny as can be as Dougs' best friend.

The Money Pit
½

Not enough substance to actually call it any kind of funny.

The Fog
The Fog(2005)

Better than the original in every way.

Avenging Force

Probably not the best of the Duo of James' and Dudikoff, but it's an 80's movie so you don't watch it for the acting.

The Bourne Legacy

Not for one minute does the action stop in this fourth instalment, with the series not missing a beat. Renner and Weisz are the odd couple but fit the story and complement each other perfectly and Weisz once again dominates every scene she is in. The movie delves into another angle of the Bourne universe intelligently playing out as an alternate reality where the viewer chose to follow the life of Cross and not Bourne. At times even re-iterating that Cross' life is just as intense and fast-paced as Bournes. Gilroy takes the lead from Greengrass and puts his own spin on direction, making some great choices with setting up the characters and the action. The conspiracy is still unravelling, and if the franchise continues with well-constructed stories such as with this one, I for one will be ready for more.

Battleship
Battleship(2012)

Queue the sink your batteship quotes. This film did badly sink and no amount of AC/DC tunes and Liam Neeson was going to save it. An overall extremely poor movie in all aspects. Trying to direct like Michael Bay when you're clearly not doesn't fair well for the Television director and the fact that Taylor Kitsch was put into a lead role when he clearly doesn't have the acting talent severely hurt the film even more. It's messy and a complete failure and should be seen and used for nothing more than a Navy commercial.

The Fog
The Fog(1979)

Has it's thrills but unfortunately doesn't stand the test of time looking very dated with a villian who actually looks funny.

Wilde
Wilde(1998)
½

Fry brings a depth to the character of Wilde that has never been seen before. The world's greatest writer is showcased brilliantly by Gilbert and the acting cameos round out this great and impressive telling.

Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Chevy definitely is the master of comedy. Here is another go and ends up being a pretty enjoyable movie. Carpenter uses special effects and great character actors in this contemporary love with odds comedy.

MAC and Me
MAC and Me(1988)

Truly an awful movie. McDonalds and Coca-Cola joining forces to clone E.T., the premise, the puppets and acting - all bad.

Above Suspicion
½

Not bad for a TV thriller. Reeves is great and fills the role with eerie talent.

The Awakening
½

The British know how to make a great horror thriller, old fashioned tone and great scripting help make this movie a must see. This is how horror should be.

Vanishing On 7th Street

Completely thrilling and well acted but the stupid confusing screenplay and superficial character development leave you wondering why couldn't it have been done better or at least explained anything?

Wrath of the Titans
½

You know you're in trouble when the kid actors are more talented than the lead. It's more of the same from the first one, wooden acting, bad script work and most of all forgettable.

Clash of the Titans

Sometimes you wonder, what does the studio do with all the money they spend on the movie. Making it a good movie seems like the last thing on the list.

The Dark Knight Rises

The film has more action and special effects than it‚(TM)s predessors, but it seems to lack the intelligence and spontaneity of ‚~The Dark Knight‚(TM). Full review at www.ethanhunter.com

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

While it was meant to be a great attempt at remaking the original series, the fact that it didn't distance itself and tried to imitate the original came through as a cheapening of the original. Even though a cameo by Spock himself was a surprise it came across as more of an attention grab and the problem is that no matter which way you try to make it justified, the fanboys of the original series will always disagree.

Soldier
Soldier(1998)

While at first it comes across as a forced sci-fi action movie there are so many more levels that the movie works on and Russel gives us a great believable performance to boot.

John Carpenter's Vampires

Typical run of the mill, vampire and vampire slayer movie, not a bad one at all though.

Darklight
Darklight(2004)

Well done religious myth based TV movie that could've been an entire TV series.

Empire Records
½

Likeable teen comedy with some fantastic and as yet obscure actors. This was the 90s.

Congo
Congo(1995)

While it does stray from the book in almost everything, the movie works for what it is, an popcorn adventure in the same realm of Jurassic Park fantasies.

Jaws 2
Jaws 2(1978)
½

Following on from a classic has to be hard in any year, but this underrated sequel proves that those follow ups don't have to be all bad.

Jaws
Jaws(1975)

One of the most epic horrific thrillers ever to come out of Hollywood. A movie so good that, it, still to today inspires many copycats.

Conspiracy Theory

Bad, bad, bad - script, directing, acting. A concoction of nonsensical movie making. Everyone involved should be embarrassed.

Event Horizon

It's sad to see how quickly the starting great premise turns into a comedy of horror. It's a mix-mash that is nothing but crap all over.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)
½

Zemeckis and Hanks deliver a superb film about an ordinary in love guy that uses his emotional lifeline for his soulmate to survive years of being stranded after a plane crash. Highly Recommended.

The Rocketeer

Great childhood classic. Doesn't hold up like it used to but great nonetheless.

Explorers
Explorers(1985)

When a movie transports you back in time to when you were a kid all of a sudden nostalgia kicks in, familiarity sets and the world becomes innocent again.

The Evil Dead
½

No holds barred gross out thriller. A view into Sam Raimi's genius mind.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
½

One of those rare occurances where the 2nd outshines the first in terms of effects and amusement.

Army of Darkness
½

Bruce Campbell shines again as the protagonist but the film is let down by being a send up comedic version of it's original self with a fairly stupid ending.

Trick 'r Treat

Clever, short and mischievous. Great Halloween entertainment.

Drag Me to Hell

Brilliant, shocking and merciless. Raimi true to form.

The NeverEnding Story III

One of the worst sequels of all time. Everything about is is bad and kids should not watch it as I fear they might throw something at the television.

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter
½

Not as good as the original but OK nonetheless. New characters introduced and a new worthy opponent too.

The Neverending Story

One of the best children's movie of all time. Takes you on a journey with Bastian and makes you wish you were there with him at every turn.

The Godfather, Part III

The weakest of the 3 by alot. The 16 year break didn't help the movie and it felt inconsistent from the first 2. Abandoning storylines and characters and even bringing incest into the picture! It felt tired and strained, nothing more than a run of the mill mafia film.

The Godfather, Part II

Not as flawless as the first but great nonetheless. It does seem to jump around alot which proved tiresome at times but the great performances kept it going. Michael's rise to power comes at great expense and recaptures most of what the first one had.

The Godfather

A masterpiece in all respects, everything is strong in this film and takes you on the journey with the politics and emotional torment of the main crime family. Easily one of the best films ever made.

I, Robot
I, Robot(2004)
½

Although not the best film in existence, it delivers all it needs to do with convincing performances, CGI and a plausible storyline.

The International
½

Original, suspenseful, well acted, fast paced. What more can you ask for?

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
½

Classic 80's movie and should be in anyone's collection.

The Wiz
The Wiz(1978)
½

Not half bad when it comes down to it. It is a fresh take on the Wizard of OZ story but lacks all of the heart and characterisation that made the other so damn good.

The Wizard of Oz

A masterpiece of film. One that transcends generations and continues to entertain time after time.

The Dark Knight

Quite possibly one of the best Superhero movies ever made. Everything about it is perfect. From the opening scene where we meet the Joker to the emotional struggles that we still see of Bruce from the previous film. This film is darker, worthy of the franchise and places Ledger's character as the best incarnation of the Joker to date. Frame after frame you're glued to the screen and for very good reason.

Batman Begins

You really do seem to forget just how Nolan changed the franchise around for the better after the disasters that came before it. The humanism and the realism, this film has it all. Forgiving the kind of lame bad guy - 'The Scarecrow'. The origin story is done well and even though some acting performances aren't as strong as others, Bale is the perfect fit nonetheless.

Outbreak
Outbreak(1995)
½

Frightening, thought-provoking and haunting. Keeps you thinking "What If?"

Deep Impact
Deep Impact(1998)
½

One of the best disaster movies ever made, focuses on humans, letting the impending doom situation take a back seat to the emotional investments of the characters.

The Last Emperor
½

Bertolucci's biopic is visually astonishing. The struggles of East meets West, Modernism vs Traditionalism and the Emperor caught in it all.

Superman Returns

A good try but falls short on so many levels.

Ted
Ted(2012)

There's no denying MacFarlane's comic genius. He's in the business of being funny and 'Ted' proves no different. Forgiving Mark's bad accent or the boss that can't pull off sleazy, Ribisi's character is a welcome change from his normal stereotype. Being one of the very few people over 20 in the cinema, that actually got all of MacFarlane's obscure references also made the movie that much more enjoyable.

The Three Stooges

So when do I get my time investment back? Definitely in the top of the worst movies in history.

Lockout
Lockout(2012)

A real life video game and not a good one at that.

The Amazing Spider-Man

You would expect a movie so heavily marketed to at least come close to what Sony Pictures previewed for us last year now. While it doesn't reach the lows of Eric Bana's disastrous 'Hulk' it surely doesn't best its Sam Raimi directed predecessor. You could say that you can't compare the two but what Raimi's version did so good Webb's version did so bad. Marc Webb is a television director and that's where it starts to go wrong. His directing is 'movie-of-the-week' and not blockbuster worthy. It frustratingly never reaches the heights it should. Just when you think we have something here with the first 5 minutes it slowly starts to go downhill from there. Almost everyone was miscast including Garfield himself. Emma Stone's turn to a more serious character from her usual funny ones showed she doesn't have what it takes and is no Dunst. Why was Sally Field even in this movie? She butchered the character of Aunt May, she looked tired, and uninterested as if she was just going through the motions and the Bully? Don't get me started. Garfield was cast to bring this franchise back into popular mainstream but his look, acting demeanour and even hints at comedy failed. He wasn't meant to play this role and it shows. The film was an entirely unnecessary remake, complete with a bad screenplay. There is no reason to see it at the cinemas and even if you never see it, you're not missing anything.

Men in Black III

Very rarely does the 3rd movie in a franchise best out the previous 2 but the perfect casting combined with great acting and direction and the usually difficult to accomplish time travel premise done right make this a must see.

Gandhi
Gandhi(1982)

Profoundly epic, emotionally evocative and truly remarkable.

Alien Resurrection
½

A great comeback for the franchise, more than making up for the 3rd one but lacking the heart that made the first two so brilliant due to the directing and not the writing.

Alien3
Alien3(1992)

Definitely the weakest of the series by far. It tries to play out like a continuation but is seriously disjointed and all over the place.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

Just when you thought the first one was brilliant, Cameron ups the ante and blows the first one away.

Alien
Alien(1979)
½

Brilliant in all aspects but badly showing it's age.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)

There is a reason why this movie never became a box-office success, everything about it is painstakingly bad. It is a disaster with a touch of Disney put in for good measure, there is nothing I can say that could be highlighted as a positive. Boring and bad, bad and boring, nothing more.

Dark City
Dark City(1998)

Cinema at it's absolute highest. A truly remarkable film that combines noir with sci-fi and hits it out of the park.

The Crow
The Crow(1994)
½

A movie that takes the leap from comic and does it brilliantly. Brandon Lee shines in the last performance of his career.

21 Jump Street

Just when you think Hill would have to do all the leg work, Tatum hold's his own. Punchy writing and great comic timing contribute to a fun 2 hours of Comedy.

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)
½

Not bad for a run of the mill comedy. Does it reach the heights of Borat? The answer is a resounding no.

Bel Ami
Bel Ami(2012)
½

The story whether it was done in the 1890s or present day, remains the same - a person who seeks to have everything coming from nothing. It is let down in parts by Pattinson's weak ability to portray the character's driving power lust properly.

JCVD (Van Dammage)
½

A well told account of the things that led the once action hero to where he is today.

Space Cowboys
½

The ensemble of talented actors portray abandonment and inadequacies of being past your prime beautifully.

Mirror Mirror

What could've been a great movie with Roberts in the evil helm is hampered by bad writing, a severly miscast Snow White and an utterly idiotic bollywood ending.

The Woman in Black
½

Reminiscent of the old school horror thrillers, it was superbly put together and kept you interested to the epic end.

Bronson
Bronson(2009)
½

An intense drama that is both well written and superbly played by as well. Captures the intricacies of Bronson and keeps you wanting more.

I Love You Beth Cooper

A truly pathetic film in every way.

Nine Months
Nine Months(1995)

Career lowlight for all involved with this production.

This Means War

A run of the mill Witherspoon Rom-Com which shoudl've been alot more than what it was being directed by McG. Shows the male leads trying their hands at not being typecast all the time but ultimately failing.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)
½

Soderbergh's worst film to date.

A Few Best Men

To say that this is one of the worst comedies in recent times is an understatement. I've lost time watching this pathetic attempt at comedy that I will never get back and to top it off it's yet another film that tries to make fun of the Australian way of life and fails miserably.

Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs(2011)

A truly awful film in every sense of the word. Fails on all levels.

Buying the Cow

Not the best comedy out there but certainly not the worst.

A Lonely Place to Die

Surprising Thriller that is worth a watch.

Marvel's The Avengers

A superhero movie without all the cheesy crap that usually comes along with them. A brilliant Comic-Book Drama, written, directed and acted out to perfection. The bar has been raised yet again and this time no other superhero movie will ever reach its height.

In the Loop
In the Loop(2009)

Well written and played, the characters present the story and the actors play them to perfection.

Footloose
Footloose(2011)

It's the 1984 version with slightly less likeable characters. While not overly bad it didn't blow me away by any means.

Puss in Boots
½

Great writing and witty little characters make for a great Animation that is worthy of checking out!

Forever Strong

American's playing rugby? There's a first for everything. Son proving his worth to the Father has been done before.

Sliding Doors

One of the better Rom-Dramas out there. An original idea that really makes you think what you would do in that position.

Carnage
Carnage(2011)

Bad over-acting, worse direction and overall a miserable taking of an hour and 20 minutes from your life.

Lord of War
Lord of War(2005)

Great direction and cinematography show us a world where opportunity is king.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

Just when you thought this was just for kids, the movie is a return to form for the dated characters and shows Segel's deep admiration for them.

Contraband
Contraband(2012)

Bland, run of the mill action film, nothing to see here.

American Reunion

It's not often you grow up with a franchise but this brought back all the old memories from long ago. A fun and great escape from reality. It felt like you were watching the original for the very first time.

Shame
Shame(2011)

A powerhouse of acting and directing. Fassbender showcases the emotionlessness of a sex-addict who is oblivious to the world around him even as it crumbles.

Young Adult
Young Adult(2011)
½

A sad and depressing look at a woman who never really grew up and still believes life is high-school portrayed brilliantly by Theron.

Margin Call
Margin Call(2011)

Smart, gripping and complicated. The start of our own horror story. One of those rare times when writing and directing come together in sync.

We Bought a Zoo
½

A solidly written, well directed and brilliantly cast film. It's wholesome without being cheesy - a welcome change from the norm.

The Ides of March
½

A political drama not to miss. The ensemble cast is brilliant and the writing punchy. Clooney proves he has what it takes to make a great movie.

Melancholia
Melancholia(2011)

Dunst gives one of the best performances of her career here (and the directing wasn't bad either) but you can't deny the subpar script that lets down the film. In the end it's more of a film about the relationship of two sisters more than the Sci-Fi end of world film it was made out to be.

Jack and Jill

Quite possibly the worst movie in Sandler's history. If you can get past the first 15 minutes then hats off to you.

The Sitter
The Sitter(2011)

Return to form for Jonah Hill, although the kids really make the movie.Reminiscent of John Candy's Uncle Buck.

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)
½

You come out of the film knowing that what you just watched was not only great cinema but taught you a thing or two about Baseball. Pitt and Hill are perfect as the leads and Miller compels you to keep watching. Recommended.

The Iron Lady
½

An outstanding and worthy performance by Streep, gets to the heart of who Thatcher really is and was. Unfortunately Streep's talent is even too much for this film, at times the film suffering from slow pacing and bland writing.

Patch Adams
Patch Adams(1998)

I really wanted to like it more but it fell short too many times. Not Williams' best.

RV
RV(2006)

Williams' worst movie by far. This didn't work on any level.

The Beach
The Beach(2000)
½

Beautiful cinematography combined with fantastic directing brings together a very under-rated film.

I Don't Know How She Does It

Even with Sarah's star presence this movie fails in every way.

Good Morning, Vietnam
½

Possibly the best movie of Williams' career.

Valentine
Valentine(2001)

Isn't a horror movie meant to have some kind of substance?

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

For an hour and 40 minutes you get transported back in time where the world was simpler and everything was black and white. Recommended.

Twelve and Holding

You can't help but feel sorry for the kids and their dilemmas, but the movie doesn't fully succeed in the watch more than once category.

Our Idiot Brother
½

An ensemble cast of terrific comedic actors brings the usually boring script to life and gives us plenty of great laughs along the way.

Little Ashes
Little Ashes(2009)
½

You can see where it's trying to go, but it never really gets there.

Tristan & Isolde
½

Just doesn't work on every level imaginable.

Warrior
Warrior(2011)
½

It's a story of 2 brothers and their inner struggles with themselves. It tries to convey a story of hurt and loss and only partly achieves it. Edgerton's severe lack of acting talent shines through the great script which he has trouble with. All in all the film plays out forced and not authentic.

What's Your Number?

Even though we've seen this kind of movie done hundreds of times, the chemistry between evans and Farris works. Farris was born for Comedy.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Terrifying, eye-opening and flawlessly executed. Swinton is oscar worthy in the role of her career, while Reilly was badly miscast. Real-Life Horror.

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal(2001)

Just when you think the laughs will come in thick it never does launch off the ground.

Tower Heist
Tower Heist(2011)

Never really seems to go anywhere or get you involved even with the cast of who's who.

Hugo
Hugo(2011)
½

A film for both children and adults alike. Takes you back to a time when things were simple and people loved the cinema. Brilliant effort by Scorsese.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It stays more true to the book but still can't match the intensity, casting and chills of the original.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Chilling, intense and electrifying. Nothing short of fantastic.

The Devil's Double
½

Surprisingly good. An insight into a spoiled devil and his brutality which comes back to haunt him.

Midnight in Paris
½

Superb all round. Directing and Writing are top notch. Highly Recommended.

U-571
U-571(2000)
½

Just doesn't seem to come together as a whole.

Final Destination 5

Stale and overdone is what comes to mind with this franchise even though it's more of a gimmick to show 3D off then an actual good movie.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
½

Brilliantly executed by Ritchie. The rivalry of the minds is epic. Highly Recommended.

Underworld: Awakening
½

The best instalment of the franchise to date, making up for the pitiful third one with a little bit of 'Resident Evil' splashed in for fun.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

Even though at first it comes across as a re-hashed topic, the film and the director's spin seem fresh and natural, pulling you in immediately.

Chronicle
Chronicle(2012)

Not sure how this even got the green light. Atrocious in everything. It really doesn't get any worse than this movie. Nothing, I repeat nothing in this movie is worth your time watching it.

Project X
Project X(2012)

If you're looking for 15 minutes of laughs only then go ahead and watch this movie otherwise you'll get more enjoyment out of watching A Current Affair.

Drive
Drive(2011)

Raw emotion and the consequences of life's chosen path. Arthouse at it's best.

Puncture
Puncture(2011)

Evans is intense and believable in the true story of the man vs the corporation. A wake-up call for the health industry as we know it.

Contagion
Contagion(2011)
½

Undeniably Brilliant film from start to finish, Steven draws you into the world of "Can it happen?" and the cast actually makes it so.

Timeline
Timeline(2003)

Richard Donnor's film is fresh and works.

Deadheads
Deadheads(2011)
½

Good to see a Zombie movie from the other point of view, even though it was a bit over the top.

Neo Ned
Neo Ned(2005)
½

You never know where you'll meet the right person and the journey you'll have to get there...

Immortals
Immortals(2011)

and the point of this movie will reveal itself anytime now...

The Hunter
The Hunter(2012)

What was meant to be a powerful re-telling of the novel comes across as a badly acted and directed mess. You'd only watch this to see the beautiful Tasmanian scenery and nothing else.

Dark Water
Dark Water(2005)

There was good reason why I had never heard of this film. It stands as one of the worst would-be horror movies of all time.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)

There's no denying the acting talents of Washington and Reynolds but the film falls flat on it's confusing and lifeless script.

The Double
The Double(2011)
½

You're left wondering, what did I just watch? The film never really finds it footing.

The Debt
The Debt(2011)
½

While the narrative plays out well the film is let down by the bad acting of Worthington and bad casting decisions.

Colombiana
Colombiana(2011)

Even though it has alot of action, there is really nothing else on offer here.

Killer Elite
Killer Elite(2011)
½

Never felt it had a point to it and the fact it's based on a true story is shocking.

Page Eight
Page Eight(2011)
½

Although well acted it plays as a confusing mess of a thriller.

The Whistleblower
½

Was not expecting the gripping and worry-some thriller that I got. Recommended.

The Three Musketeers

The fact that this movie got the greenlight is a wonder, as it's possibly one of the worst movies in existence. Bloom should be ashamed of himself for being involved. Bad. Beyond Bad.