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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Lawless
Lawless(2012)

Hardy & Pearce are excellent. Beautifully shot, brutally violent & surprisingly humourous this is everything you could possibly want from a gangster film.

Berberian Sound Studio

A film that's almost impossible to review. It messes with your mind with abandon and it's reminiscent of The Artist in the way it makes you appreciate sound in film. If nothing else it's a MUST see for any fans of the 'giallo' sub-genre of horror films.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)
½

A brainless action movie. The set-pieces are exceptional, but that's all you get out of this movie. WAY too much use of lens flare too.

Shadow Dancer
½

A slow-paced, gloomy and very ambiguous film. If you can cope with all that it's a decent conspiracy/spy thriller with a great central performance from Riseborough.

Take This Waltz
½

An immensly frustrating film. Some of the scenes, particularly the one choreographed to the 'title track' by Leonard Cohen, are utterly stunning. However the love triangle is not put in proper context and the three leads appear to be acting in three different films with three very different tones.

Brave
Brave(2012)

Not one of Pixar's best, but sub-par Pixar kicks all other CGI animation in the arse. Great examination of the Mother/Daughter relationship too.

The Dark Knight Rises

This film had an impossible task following The Dark Knight, and even with that slightly lower bar it doesn't quite deliver. Epic, entertaining and with some clever character integration, but ultimately not a masterpiece.

Jackpot
Jackpot(2014)
½

If Shallow Grave was remade in Norwegian with a script by The Coen Brothers and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this is what it would look like. The blackest of black comedies and thoroughly enjoyable.

A Simple Life

A downbeat, yet not depressing examination of aging, death and our treatment of the elderly. Deannie Yip's performance as the proud, stoic victim of a stroke is tour-de-force.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Equal parts very black comedy, metaphysical meditation on fatalism and sweet love story. Some have criticised this wavering in tone, but I absolutely loved it. One of my favourite films of the year so far.

The Amazing Spider-Man

A flawed, but perfectly enjoyable Comic Book/Super Hero movie that doesn't ask too much and delivers on it's limited ambitions. A different and nicely handled take on the Peter Parker character that is let down by perfunctory action scenes and a rushed conclusion.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)

Speaking as a straight man, this is probably not a film aimed at me. However I did really enjoy it. Not quite as over-the-top as the marketing might have you believe, it's more a character piece than anything else. There is still an awful lot of male semi-nudity though.

Storage 24
Storage 24(2013)

This could have been a decent low-budget, claustrophobic horror a la Cube. However a lazy script and very lazy direction mean it misses the mark on all fronts. A wasted opportunity.

Your Sister's Sister
½

A charming, heartfelt film that is a wonderful calling card for the heavily improvised mumblecore sub-genre. After seeing this there is an argument that Mark Duplass is a better actor than director.

Killer Joe
Killer Joe(2012)
½

A disturbing, brutal trailer-park noir that is certainly not for everyone. While there are a few laugh-out-loud moments it would be a stretch to call it a black comedy. McConaughey & Temple are outstanding.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
½

I loved Bekmambetov's last film Wanted and think he is an incredibly stylish visual director. When all you want from a film is classy visuals and you don't even get that then there is something seriously wrong.

The Five-Year Engagement

If you wrote down the plot of this film point by point it would come out looking like a standard, generic rom-com probably starring Katherine Heigl. However this is done by the partnership who brought us Forgetting Sarah Marshall so it shares the same acerbic yet charming tone. A very fun movie.

Where Do We Go Now?

Half extravagent comedy, half powerful drama. Both sides are done very well, but they don't necessarily meet. In the end I'm not sure they need to.

Fast Girls
Fast Girls(2012)

A generic, formulaic film which is exactly what I was expecting. The romance angle is totally tacked on and everything seems very rushed.

Monsieur Lazhar

This is not a flashy film, but it doesn't need to be. It's beutifully understated and utterly wonderful. A heartfelt examination of grief, guilt and political corectness.

A Royal Affair

A brilliantly executed period drama that examines not only the participants in a tragic love triangle, but also the troubles of being a man of science on the cusp of the enlightenment. Boe Folsgaard is outstanding as the mad king.

Red Lights
Red Lights(2012)

Intriguing premise, decent acting and decent direction totally spoiled by an amazingly stupid ending. Without the last 10 minutes I would recommend this film as an OK supernatural/conspiracy thriller. With the last 10 minutes it's painful.

Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis(2012)

A surprisingly arthouse film in which characters don't have conversations, they declaim philosophical polemics at one another. It's a 'dark-night-of-the-soul' film which has been done better in the past.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

The tone is a little off, being caught between black comedy and absurdist humour, but it's still a surprisingly assured writing and directing performance from Brit Pop also-ran Crispian Mills. Simon Pegg is brilliant as ever and I found it a very fun film.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)

It does what you want it to. A fairly silly, over-the-top musical with charming leads and a stellar supporting cast. Cruise is surprisingly good not only as a singer, but also as a damaged man trapped by fame. Catherine Zeta-Jones is abysmal though.

Tatsumi
Tatsumi(2012)
½

The adaptations of the stories work much better that the biopic elements and the deliberately lax anime/manga animation style takes some getting used to, but this is still a fascinating examination of manga (or more accurately gekiga) culture.

Iron Sky
Iron Sky(2012)
½

As cheesy as a mozzarrella factory, but what do you expect from a film about space Nazis. CG cheap but effective, acting occasionally sub-par, it's still reasonably fun and surprisingly allegorical.

Men in Black III

An uncomplicated, fun blockbuster. Sometimes that's all you need.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)
½

With a film as hyped as this there was always a worry it would be disappointing. Prometheus delivers in spades and is a case in point for the value of 3D in cinema. Ridley Scott has provided the best 3D utilisation since Avatar. 3D is just a tool and when talented filmakers like Scott, Scorsese and Cameron use it it's wonderful to behold.

The Turin Horse

The kind of film that gives Arthouse cinema a bad name. Terminally slow, obsessively repetitive, philosophically confusing and unbelievably pretentious. Measured pace can be good, but this was just boring.

Snow White and the Huntsman

An OK film with outstanding CG and action choreography. I can't decide if Charlize Theron is putting in a performance of great psychological complexity or over-acting terribly.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson has a reputation for being quirky and this is no exception. Sometimes it works, here it doesn't. The kids just aren't up to the job and the film sometimes gets creepily inappropriate with them.

Tales of the Night

Aimed squarely at kids, but has a unique visual style.

The Source (La source des femmes)

A not-very-subtle allegorical film that examines the battle of the sexes, modernism vs. tradition and post-colonialism in Islamic countries. Very well acted though.