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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Riot Club (Posh)

Despite its flaws (mostly derived from the script), The Riot Club is still able to become grippingly tense when it wants to be.

Schindler's List

Overly long and not particularly fast-paced, Schindler's List is still a brutally realistic insight into the Holocaust and the study of human behaviour.

Apocalypse Now

A brilliantly brutal insight into the sheer madness of the Vietnam War.

Get Hard
Get Hard(2015)

Slow-paced and silly but undeniably funny.


The story can be gripping but Casablanca is somewhat outdated for a modern audience.


A fantastic portrayal of boyhood that brilliantly captures life as a whole and everything that comes with it.


The best instalment in the Rocky franchise, supported by a great script and stellar performances.


Brilliantly thought-provoking and original.


A well-crafted study in film which intrigues as much as it baffles.

Training Day
Training Day(2001)

Denzel Washington is excellent in this mostly engaging police drama.


Overly long, slow, and even harder to like when Montana is such an unlikeable lead.

Batman: The Killing Joke

Part of the appeal of The Joker is not knowing where he has come from; the mystery of this only makes him scarier, but in The Killing Joke his origins story is revealed thereby taking away some of the intrigue that comes with the character. Not that this matters too much in a 76-minute cartoon.
The film moves at a fairly slow pace but raises some interesting questions about the similarities between The Joker and Batman, or The Joker and everyone else for that matter ("I've demonstrated there's no difference between me and everyone else. All it takes is one bad day. That's how far the world is from where I am.")
However, the conclusion is not satisfying enough and there is really little to be found in this adaptation of the comic book.


A well-acted, intriguing film.

Suicide Squad

The plot is convoluted and messy, the editing poor and the characters empty. A wasted opportunity.

Good Will Hunting

A fantastically written script and brilliant performances lend greatly to this engaging drama.

The Legend of Tarzan

A forgettable tale featuring a bland Tarzan lacking any sort of character.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Strongly comical and a great set of characters, yet lacking in a solid plot

Hail, Caesar!

A pretty bland affair lacking substance.

The Conjuring 2

A strong sequel to the brilliant predecessor, which only fails to lose its practicality in the concluding scenes, where things start to become less realistic and so less scary.

Liar Liar
Liar Liar(1997)

Jim Carrey is brilliant.

Saving Mr. Banks

Sentimental but not packed with enough content to fully enthrall the audience.

A Brilliant Young Mind

An interesting and thought-provoking film, brilliantly acted by Asa Butterfield.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

Fantastically acted and equally inspiring.


Legend is both an outstanding showcase of Tom Hardy's talent and an entertaining ride.


It is an incredibly well-directed film but lacks tension considering we are already aware of the outcome.

The Illusionist

The Illusionist lacks the proper characterisation and ability to enthral the audience that other like-minded films (such as The Prestige) have. The final twist is a welcome surprise, however.


Insightful and thought-provoking but overly long.


Funny and brilliantly acted by Seth Rogen.

The Jungle Book

When compared with the 1967 original, this 2016 iteration falls short and becomes somewhat of a standard kiddie film.

The Gift
The Gift(2015)

Deeply suspenseful and intriguing throughout.

Green Street Hooligans 2: Stand Your Ground

It's important not to take this film too seriously, but it can be entertaining.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Though its plot is not always cohesively clear, The Winter Soldier is still a fun ride.

The King's Speech

A solid royal biopic with a fantastic performance from Geoffrey Rush.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The story is as convoluted and messy as the running time.

Beasts of No Nation

A brilliantly engaging film inspired by the fantastic performance of its young male lead.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Being a 2-hour action sequence means that Mad Max has the ability to both captivate and bore.

Righteous Kill

Not even Pacino and De Niro can save this poorly scripted film; the surprising twist at the end is excellent yet badly executed.

No Country for Old Men

No Country For Old Men is at its most thrilling when Javier Bardem is in action, playing the cat-and-mouse game alongside Josh Brolin. These scenes are incredibly tense but the film is defeated by the less-interesting Sheriff, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who ultimately slows things down as the arguably neutral player of the three lead roles.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown(1997)

As with every Tarantino film, Jackie Brown is an intelligently-crafted ride that may be a little overstuffed but is enjoyable nonetheless.

The Hateful Eight

While lacking the pace and thrills of previous Tarantino films, such as Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight is still a well-crafted, unique tale complimented by fantastic acting.

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-Lewis' character is so uniquely troubled and interesting that the film stays consistently attractive throughout despite never moving far from its location; There Will Be Blood is a fantastic character study into someone that sees the worst in everyone, helped hugely by the performance of Day-Lewis.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Fantastically original but Mr and Mrs Smith loses its chemistry and sparkle as soon as the action gets a little too out of hand.

12 Years a Slave

Unbelievably hard to watch, but a film that has to be watched - it's a brilliant piece of cinema with outstanding direction.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Far less engaging, stylish and satisfying as the original, A Game of Shadows is still as brilliantly comical but lacks the thrills and pacing of its predecessor.

Straight Outta Compton

This is an interesting and insightful biopic wrapped up in some great performances from the relatively unknown cast.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)

While The Revenant frequently speeds up and then slows back down in pace, thrills and general audience engagement, it is still a beautifully-crafted adventure nonetheless.

John Wick
John Wick(2014)

John Wick's story is neither particularly original or engaging, with the intensity of the action being the only area of interest for the audience to invest in in what would otherwise be a pretty poor script.


It's a thought-provoking story that visually engages, although it does start to lose much of its original interest in the latter stages of the film.


While it boasts fantastic acting and brilliant cinematography, Sleuth seems to drag along, more so after 70 minutes has gone by.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

While The Force Awakens does have some great action and entertaining cinematic moments, it falls short on character development and providing the audience with an emotional thrust for the story.

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai is incredibly well-acted by both Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe, with good direction and edge-of-the-seat action (most of the time).

Red Dragon
Red Dragon(2002)

Clever, thrilling and disturbingly engaging.


Gory, engaging, and visually-impressive fun until the final act forces the film to lose its thrill.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Life of Pi is visually outstanding, a fine piece of storytelling so wonderfully acted by its young male lead.

The Jungle Book

With impressive animation, fun, catchy songs and an excellent script, The Jungle Book is easily one of Disney's best.

Men in Black III

An entertaining flick with enough originality to keep the franchise breathing.

Still Alice
Still Alice(2015)

A fantastic portrayal of the horrors of Alzheimer's disease which is only flawed by a general sense of a lack of substance and a moderate conclusion.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2 is strong both as a comedy and also creatively but tends to lose its sparkle as it progresses into the final act.


A terribly scripted attempt to recreate the greatness of its predecessor.


Wonderfully acted by Tom Hanks and incredibly original, Big only starts to lose its childish charm and likability when the lead character does.

Casino Royale

A gritty, intense and ruthless Bond is what we get in this excellent instalment in the franchise, featuring the greatest Bond chase/opening scene to date and a fast-paced plot that is always keeping you on your toes.


Spectre is a beautifully shot film with terrific action that just falls short with an anti-climactic final showdown.


An outstanding piece of filmmaking, Inception is an intelligent and thrilling film which has very few faults other than some pacing issues. An intellectually and viscerally impressive plot coupled with an excellent cast of A-listers, a satisfying climax and fantastic directing, Inception is a masterpiece in today's modern world of film.

The Omen
The Omen(1976)

While the deaths are creatively brilliant and The Omen never struggles to create tension, the pace of the story and the way in which it is told is perhaps outdated almost 40 years on.

Hannibal Rising

A bland and boring affair aside from the entertaining methods of execution Hannibal uses on his victims.

Pineapple Express

Hilarious and extremely well-acted, Pineapple Express is a fun, enjoyable ride which doesn't take itself too seriously.

The Expendables

The Expendables isn't the kind of film that's meant to have a plot, let alone need one - its a summer blockbuster full of A-list stars, big, ballsy action and laden with huge explosions sure to entertain the average viewer. The film moves at such a pace that you don't really get time to stop and think about any kind of story featured in this very enjoyable action spectacular - this is what the movie does very well. Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li are all at their trigger-happy best too.

American Psycho

Christian Bale is outstanding as Patrick Bateman, and the script is particularly intelligent and creepily written.

This Is England

It works as a spin-off but not as a stand-alone feature film.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

John C. Reilly is the only star that shines in this poorly constructed flick which allows us to care very little about any of the characters on offer.

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

A wonderfully thoughtful film driven by the talent of Asa Butterfield as the young male lead.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

A dull, simplistic successor lacking in any form of plot and/or cohesive storytelling.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

With fabulous acting, an action-packed plot and fantastic special effects, At Worlds End is a solid instalment ruined by an overly long plot which therefore affects the pacing. The climax is impressive though.


Hilarious, gory fun, with excellent casting and a superb script.

The Lion King

The Lion King is a pretty good animation, with a brilliant voice cast, aside from Matthew Broderick who appears mis-cast as Simba.

Monster House

Talented vocal work and a fairly decent script make Monster House a fun ride for its target audience.

Shutter Island

A complex, well-acted and excellently scripted movie. DiCaprio is fantastic and Scorcese brilliant.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Though it can be both a visual spectacle and a gripping piece of storytelling, Exodus: Gods and Kings falls short with its poor character relationships and a script that lacks the common sense to polish up the story as well as leave the audience with a satisfying conclusion.


An intense thriller that succeeds with its delivery of suspense and mystery but fails to deliver a satisfying end; the final act feels somewhat forced as the film hasn't had enough time to build-up the character of Mr Turner to an adequate standard.


A mildly entertaining actioner plagued by weak dialogue and cardboard acting.


An extremely odd yet somehow engaging film with a fantastic performance from Tom Hardy.


An interesting insight into the history of the Klitschko brothers.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

Pure comedy brilliance, beating Shaun of the Dead on most counts and proving the Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost formulae works. And works very well.

The World's End

Not a patch on Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, The World's End is still a largely comic tale featuring an array of characters who generally fail to interest when compared to the brilliance of the characters in the two previous Pegg/Frost films.


While it does feature many of the genre cliches we're all familiar with, Southpaw is an equally inspiring and engaging sports drama.


Despite some obvious flaws, CHAPPiE can be mildly entertaining.

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

Not a patch on its predecessor yet still a solid actioner. Good, entertaining fun.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Outstanding action scenes, fantastic acting (especially from Arnold Schwarzenegger, who steals the show as the T-800), "movie quote" laden dialogue and a superb script, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of James Cameron's many masterpieces, and easily the best film of the up-and-down series. The effects still hold up, even today.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Age of Ultron is a fast-paced, action-packed sequel that delivers fresh ideas alongside an overstuffed plot.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Matt Damon's outstanding performance alongside an excellent cast makes this unsettling thriller a memorable cinematic experience.


A brilliantly compelling film plagued mainly by its overly long running time.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)

A cheesy gimmick with a mildly compelling story.


The action epic, the acting superb, the script outstanding - Troy is a spectacle of entertainment.


An epic with fine acting and grittily violent action sequences, Braveheart is a fantastic ride.

American Sniper

American Sniper is both a cleverly crafted story and a relatively gripping one which does not have enough filler and content to make it an excellent motion picture.

The Dark Knight Rises

Firstly, lets start with new series villain, Bane. A heavily-muscled, deep-voiced Tom Hardy gives the trilogy a hulking antagonist which matches Batman - no, surpasses Batman - in sheer physical strength, size, and presence. Batman has to adapt to a much a physically superior opposition who looks near unbeatable. Bane is a very watchable villain, with Tom Hardy doing an excellent job at portraying someone who's emotions have to come from the eyes, and not a lot more.
Among those back for the threequel include Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine's Alfred (who has a much more prominent role to play in Bruce Wayne's story this time around). However, two new characters have stand-out roles as Anne Hathaway takes on an athletic, dangerous Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, and Chris Nolan favourite Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays good-hearted city cop John Blake, a character whose story arc is almost as interesting as Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne.
Ah, Christian Bale. The main man who has been the backbone of a star-studded trilogy, and has given a stand-out performance in every one. Without him, I don't believe the series would be the same, so lets give credit where its due.
Which also needs to be given to Christopher Nolan. His fantastic action sequences and directorial presence - which is a fairly obviously felt throughout - alone give the film a positive which is greatly needed. However, the epic, sweeping finale is the stand-out, edge-of-your-seat moment of an incredibly good film, Bane's army against Gotham's good guys.
It must be said, also, that a few surprises are in store after this outstanding climax.

IN SUMMARY: A fitting ending to one of the greatest, highly-recognised trilogies of all time.

Layer Cake
Layer Cake(2005)

A highly intelligent, entertaining British crime thriller.

The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison

A semi-interesting mix of bland familiarity and refreshing rarity which just about merits its 3 stars.

Dawg Fight
Dawg Fight(2015)

An interesting insight into the world of backyard fighting.

The Purge
The Purge(2013)

While The Purge builds tension and atmosphere brilliantly, the script is annoyingly flawed.

The Equalizer

Despite the small involvement of ChloŽ Grace Moretz than was previously eluded to, The Equalizer is still a refreshingly brutal action film with Denzel Washington's fantastic performance at its heart.

2 Guns
2 Guns(2013)

While it may be convulated and messy, 2 Guns is a fun, action-packed ride with excellent chemistry between its two main stars.

I Am Ali
I Am Ali(2014)

An insightful look into the life of Ali from not only the man himself but the people around him. However, the film is too long and tends to drag in certain areas where the pace slows drastically.

Furious 7
Furious 7(2015)

While the audience has to suspend disbelief on more than one occasion, Furious 7 is still an excitingly fresh instalment that pays great tribute to the late Paul Walker.

Star Trek Into Darkness

An exciting addition to the Star Trek franchise that just about equals the excellent predecessor.

22 Jump Street

Silly, comical fun that succeeds due to the strong chemistry between its main stars.

Fifty Shades of Grey

A bland, uninteresting tale that clearly reads nothing like the book.

Generation Iron

An insightful look into the world of modern bodybuilding that is not near as entertaining as cult classic "Pumping Iron".

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Funny, entertaining and brilliantly violent.


The action is intense, gory, the acting fantastic and the script close to perfect.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Very excited for this; should be an outstanding trilogy.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The visuals are stunning, the acting superb and the action non-stop; Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth is a welcome one.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Arguably the best of the trilogy, Battle of the Five Armies is a satisfying end to a set of films that has by no means reached up to its expectations.


Alien 3 fails to build any kind of tension or suspense, and so loses its appeal quickly as the final act is reached.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

An entertaining comedy, improved by Emma Stone's brilliant performance.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

A well-crafted, humorous movie with Clint Eastwood's fantastic performance at its core.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

A cleverly constructed film that brags an array of solid performances and brilliant direction from Guy Ritchie.


A brutal, fast-paced flick with a solid performance from Statham.


It can be an entertaining ride, but the film becomes too psychological for its own good.

Harry Brown
Harry Brown(2010)

A brilliantly violent film with Michael Caine's fantastic performance at its heart.


An extremely tense and suspenseful film which never quite reaches a satisfying conclusion.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13(1995)

An intense insight into the Apollo 13 mission with solid performances and fantastic direction.


Thrilling, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring, Interstellar only falls short wit its lengthy running time and suspension of disbelief that must be embraced for the conclusion.

The Adjustment Bureau

Both interesting and entertaining, largely down to Damon as the lead.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Overly long and perhaps overly ambitious, Fight Club is still a well-acted, unpredictable ride.


A violently realistic film which keeps things intense throughout due to fantastic action sequences and a solid cast.


An interesting tale made all the more entertaining by Maggie Gyllenhaal's fantastic performance.


A well-acted and highly entertaining actioner only let down by unrealistic way it conducts itself.


A dark fantasy turn for Disney that pays off.

This Means War

An at-times entertaining flick with so-so acting and terrible editing.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

An overly long, convaluted, poorly-written fourth instalment in tired old franchise.

Reservoir Dogs

Impeccably acted yet surprisingly tedious at times, Tarantino's debut falls short of the perfection it claims to have.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

A perfectly acted, well-written and impressively directed piece of cinema history.


Extremely clichť and mildly entertaining.

How High
How High(2001)

Funny, entertaining and surprisingly well-acted by the two leads.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

A highly exciting film that delivers on acting, directing, scripting, and most importantly, effects - this means it matches if not surpasses its predecessor.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2

Hilariously acted, scripted and directed.


An entertainingly quirky film that delivers a fantastic performance from James McAvoy.

Lone Survivor

A brutally honest tale of bravery, sacrifice, friendship and courage. The directing is superb and the sound design spot on, coupled with brilliant performances from all cast members.

Thor: The Dark World

It's a long drag that never quite finds its pace in all the convoluted science of this Thor film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

A cleverly created film that just does enough to entertain with its impressive action sequences and solid acting.


A funny, original film that is both well-directed and exceptionallly well-acted.


Human drama takes centre-stage over the monster mayhem here, perhaps a little too much, but audiences can be happy that Godzilla is restored to former glory.

Welcome to the Punch

A thoughtful police drama held up by some solid acting.


A well-animated, funny tale with plenty of character to keep young ones glued to the screen.


An interestingly gripping film that could not he more relevant in today's society.


The visuals are stunning and the acting as equally impressive, but Noah is so unorthodox in its nature that many will be at odds with this epic.

The Wolf of Wall Street

DiCaprio is outstanding in this clever yet faultlessly witty Scorsese flick.

White Men Can't Jump

An originally comic sports flick with enough appeal to draw in the viewer for the duration of the picture.

Ill Manors
Ill Manors(2012)

It's an interesting and gritty London crime drama that unfortunately descends into the silly and obscure by the final act.

The Great Gatsby

An interesting yet undoubtedly slow adaptation of the much-praised book.

Paid in Full
Paid in Full(2002)

A well-rounded film shedding new light on a tried & tested narrative.

Walking Tall
Walking Tall(2004)

It's a fun, entertaining actioner which shouldn't be taken too seriously.

The Rundown
The Rundown(2003)

A lumbering mess that simply doesn't know what it wants to be.

300: Rise of an Empire

The film makes us care very little for the cardboard characters, and so we are left with a horribly-rendered CGI mess.

A Bronx Tale
A Bronx Tale(1993)

Fantastic direction from Robert De Niro sees this Bronx tale exceed with its outstanding cast and solid script.


By today's standards it's a load of cheesy, over-the-top nonsense. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger still entertains.


A mildly engaging flick with enough imagination to grip the viewer.

About Time
About Time(2013)

A fantastically-crafted Richard Curtis feature which could be one of his best to date.


The acting is fantastic and the script superb, the action engaging and the directing solid.


It's standard Statham in this fairly engaging London-based actioner.


A horrifyingly interesting depiction of drug addiction.

The Thing
The Thing(2011)

Dumb, silly nonsense.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

A high-intensity watch with a suitably silly vibe throughout.


An insightful look into the new Snoop Lion.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

An adequate set-up to an impressive sequel.

The Last Stand

It's silly nonsense; the acting is stale, the script dreadful and the action is tedious.


A stylishly pleasing and humorously engaging British feature with a pitch-perfect cast and solid screenplay.


The cast is brilliant, and the story compelling; but Carrie doesn't fully deliver, especially as it leers towards a CGI-fest finale.


Short, snappy, and mildly intense.

8 Mile
8 Mile(2002)

A fantastically engaging film with a surprisingly good performance from Eminem.

Batman Forever

Silly, laughable, nonsense.


The visuals, the concept and the acting, but the film starts to lose gravity as it develops.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

It's entertaining, yes, but not a patch on the Jackass films.

Captain Phillips

Hanks is fantastic (as ever), the action is intense and the cinematography superbly apt for the situation. However, Captain Phillips can be a little slow at times, and the direction from Greengrass could be a tad better.

The Bridge
The Bridge(2006)

A fascinating documentary into the deeply disturbing.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Even within the first 5 minutes you can see what Hansel and Gretel is going to be; a silly, dumb, horribly scripted movie with some laughably bad moments.

Insidious: Chapter 2

While Insidious 2 does have its fair share of problems (including some poor dialogue and strained comedic elements), it does deliver on an interesting, tense story and the fantastic directorial style from James Wan that we have come to love with films like The Conjuring and Insidious.


The cast is superb, the direction pitch-perfect and the race sequences thrill - this is one hell of a ride.

Cars 2
Cars 2(2011)

A lacklustre feature with a very poorly written script and unusually bad direction from John Lasseter, Cars 2 could have been a much better prospect with such a cast.

Project Nim
Project Nim(2011)

A fascinating and compelling story which tells its tale masterfully.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

A perfectly-acted and well-directed remake with a superb and fascinating climax.


Elysium delivers on its fast-paced and solid thrills, as well as stellar acting from Damon and Copley, but falls short with a fairly lacklustre yet emotional climax and a running time that needed to be stretched longer.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained is a very wacky, stylishly filmed Tarantino picture with outstanding acting (especially Christoph Waltz and surprisingly Leonardo DiCaprio playing villain this time) coupled with intriguingly funny yet exceptionally gory moments.

The Lone Ranger

Not even Johnny Depp's inexorable charm can stop The Lone Ranger from being a Disney disaster; the script is poor, the length stretched out and the action cartoon-like.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A step outside-the-box in today's world of blockbusters and action flicks, scuplted largely by Jack Nicholson's incredible performance and Forman's interesting directing.

The Conjuring

James Wan's directorial ability excels in The Conjuring, a highly effective and welcomly grounded old-school scare flick accompanied nicely with some solid acting.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

Easily one of the greatest comedies of all time, The Hangover offers a clever script, memorable acting and laugh-out-loud humour which ultimately overshadow any flaw.

The Hangover Part III

A mess of illogical and coincidental circumstances, bundled together with some poor pacing and small substance. It appears The Hangover series has most definitely run its course; this is a certain far cry from the well-received and classic original.

The Eagle
The Eagle(2011)

The Eagle is good while it lasts, but it doesn't last long enough; it's a fairly underwhelming effort, a film without wholly developed characters and a poor climax.

Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain(2013)

A fun and highly adventurous Michael Bay flick, both in its provoking black comedy and bold colour contrast, mixed with an unusual undertone of gore. However, sometimes Pain & Gain doesn't know what it wants to be; a comedy, a horror, a drama or an action film? Nonetheless, the 3 main leads are solid in this quirky Bay feature, acting-wise and physically.

The Wolverine

The Wolverine is a fast-paced and engaging alternative to its 2009 predecessor, with fantastically constructed action and strong direction. However, a cartoonish and underplayed climax makes this a slightly lesser film that it could have been.


An entertaining, effects-laden blockbuster with wit, Thor is up there with the best of Marvels' movies. Chris Hemsworth is brilliant as the titular character.

Wrath of the Titans

A horrendous film with an abysmal script that includes terrible dialogue, a ridiculous plot and wooden characters. The 3D is the normal so-so fodder.


Flight, with a fantastically good performance from Denzel Washington, features a compelling first act, a slow-paced and mild second yet rounded off with a conclusive third. It's a mixed bag, but a welcome return for Zemeckis to the live-action world.

Gangster Squad

The characters are no where near as fleshed out as they should be, but Gangster Squad is still an entertaining and stylishly violent time that shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Flags of Our Fathers

An accurate portrayal of every angle of the war, drenched in emotion. However, Flags of Our Fathers falls short on its character depth and development.

The Pursuit of Happyness

A heartfelt and realistic feature with Will Smith's strong performance at its core, while also suffering from pacing issues towards the final act.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

The concept behind Pacific Rim and the story underlaying it is perfect, just like the acting and effects. However, it falls short on the pacing and some script bits.


Insidious is fantastic at bringing the scares, jumps and thrills, yet falls short in a weird, silly final act. Fans of the supernatural will be pleased.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

The documentary is fairly well-structured, it's just a shame about the subject.


A horrible effort from a great director, with horrible CG work and bags of laughable sequences.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

Finally Superman is done right, but Man of Steel stills falls short of greatness with a shaky second act and occasional moments of inactivity. Still, the acting is superb, the action and effects impressive and the first act fantastic.


The acting is superb, especially Tobey Maguire, yet the script in Brothers majorly falls short with incredibly downplayed drama and uneven running time.


A clever and engaging film, but one that overstays its welcome.

The Hunter
The Hunter(2012)

The Hunter is a fairly mediocre effort - there's no meat on the script, with the plot thin and the character arcs broken. While Willem Dafoe impresses, The Hunter should be a lot better than it is. The ending will surely disappoint too.


A riveting and fantastically diverse film with surprisingly solid direction from Mel Gibson.

Keith Lemon: The Film

Mildly entertaining. It's what you should expect from Keith Lemon.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

Despite some plot holes and script errors, The Grey features outstanding cinematography, superb acting and dramatic action that engages the viewer for it near 2-hour running time.


No where near as intense as The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal lacks on pace and a stromg script. However, its fantastic performances and strong direction keep it together.

The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins gives a stand-out performance in this smart, well-written and gruesome Hannibal tale.


An interestingly crafted piece with an excellent performance from Fassbender.

Fast & Furious 6

A fun, witty and exhilarating entry which includes some suitably extreme yet action-packed set pieces. However, the pacing is wonky and the repition of the car races bores.

The Pacific
The Pacific(2010)

A brutally honest, fantastically made mini-series which does well to even possibly surpass the huge success that was Band of Brothers.

The Lovely Bones

A brilliant adaptation of the book; Stanley Tucci and co. are incredible, the script solid and the violence realisticly brutal. An exceptional effort from Jackson.

Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: LA, for the most part, underachieves as an action movie. It's a slow, choppy deal which starts promisingly but ends unconvincingly.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)

The mood, action, and tone of the this Marvel flick are all right here, but the pacing and plot aren't. Still, miles better than its sequel.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

A horrible, sick, twisted movie with terrible acting and an extremely laughable script.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

Iron Man 3 doesn't quite live up to the original, yet clearly surpasses the second; it's a mixed bag of fantastic Downey Jr. acting, excellent wit and well-constructed action sequences, combined with incoherent pacing and a so-so script. Phase Two of The Avengers look promising though.

Escape From Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz still holds up, in some ways, today; Eastwood is easily the star of the show, the suspense is incredible and the score flawless. However, the film feels too short and simple - the final product of a movie made in 1979 is much sifferent from one made in 2013.

The Karate Kid

A fun and satisfyingly entertaining remake of the 1984 original. Jaden Smith impresses.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

A highly entertaining, clever, and fantastically cheographed fifth instalment in the ever-growing franchise.


Safe's first two acts are fairly solid, with Statham at his most violent best and the plot stable. However, the film steadily veers off into a slow and uninteresting third act which not even The Stath himself can save.

Hostel: Part III

Inventive and simple, Hostel 3 can however, be severely falted by its acting, directing and script.

Super Size Me

An insightful look into the fast food world of America. The problems faced in the film still apply today.

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin In The Woods is funny, fun, and stylishly original - but it can't escape from the gimmicky kills and poor visuals.

The Shawshank Redemption

Everything about Shawshank Redemption is perfection; acting, drama, storytelling, script, direction... a true classic.

Fred: The Movie

I stopped watching after about 5 minutes.

Lakeview Terrace

An interesting eye-grabber of a film which never loses its pace and keeps the intensity high.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Aardman's work here is incredibly detailed and finely done - there's a joke in almost every background scene! The voice acting features a stellar cast, the pacing is solid and the script is above-average. Both kids and adults alike will most likely love this.

Grown Ups
Grown Ups(2010)

Grown Ups can be fairly entertaining, sometimes in part thanks to a solid cast. However, the script and direction make this a flick which is (at-times) extremely cringe-worthy.


An interesting and well-edited insight into the amazing life of Iron Mike.

Meet the Fockers

Hilarious and fantastically casted.

The Raid: Redemption

The action is brutal, intense and extremely well-choreographed, the pace keeps it riveting and the script is well above-average.

The Raid
The Raid(2011)

The action is brutal, intense and extremely well-choreographed, the pace keeps it riveting and the script is well above-average.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

A delightful insight into the life and works of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Rambo (Rambo IV)

A brutal and at-times entertaining flick with some fantastic action sequences and gory sequences. However, the violence becomes so forthcoming that for many it will be at times hard to watch this fourth instalment in the successful franchise, and this, coupled with some empty characters, clunky story and poor computer visuals will make this a no-go for the majority.


Clever, inpeccibally-acted, incredibly-scripted and claustriphobically scary, Buried is excellent.

Jackass 3.5
Jackass 3.5(2011)

Fun, entertaining and hilarious, 3.5 still doesn't live up to the brilliance of Jackass 2 or 3.

Jackass 3
Jackass 3(2010)

Perhaps the best in the series, Jackass 3-D features some clever 3D and stunts, coupled with a riveting selection of hilarious daredevils that carry the film in all its splendour.

Jackass 2.5
Jackass 2.5(2007)

A so-so side-effort with leftovers from Jackass 2.

Jackass: Number Two

Funny, entertaining, and with cleverly original stunts, Jackass 2 is a solid sequel.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

This sequel to the poorly-recieved 2009 action flick is jammed with intense and fast-paced action, sound acting and some incredible visuals. You're never bored, the script is compelling but some characters, scenes and dialogue fall short.

Jack the Giant Slayer

The script is generally poor band the CGI below-average but the action, acting and enthralling tale add to a fairly solid kids flick.

Rocky IV
Rocky IV(1985)

Ridiculously outdated - but it still entertains at some points.

Rocky III
Rocky III(1982)

The script, sound effects and believability of Rocky 3 are completely outdated and now-laughable, but it still entertains.

Bad Boys
Bad Boys(1995)

What starts off as a fun, entertaining action flick soon turns into a slow, unbelievable, outdated and unoriginal movie.


Silly, stupid, and horribly scripted, Kuncklehead does, however, of some entertaining sequences.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Laughably terrible. I stopped watching ater 22 minutes.

Horrid Henry: The Movie

Terrible. But kids will love it.

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)

The action is at-times thrilling and accurate, yet the acting and script falls short.

21 Jump Street

Fun, hilarious, truthful and brilliant acted. 21 Jump Street does, however, play longer than it needs to.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

A fun, entertaining sequel to the action comic-book her hit.

A Good Day To Die Hard

Some solid acting and great action scenes can't make up for an apalling script.


A select few scenes are thrilling, and the cinematography is fantastic, yet Poseidon falls short with its predictability, at-times laughable acting and clunky script. Yet a fair amount of the special effects still holds up today - although this is no mean feat, given the likes of The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Perfect Storm (2000) still dazzle more than this 2006 flick. From Wolgang Petersen, the director of such a masterpiece as Troy, you expect more.


Excellently acted and refreshingy gruesome, Lawless is fun ride. However, it falls short with its implausibility and unfulfilling climax.


A compelling, gritty gangster picture.


A laughably bad film with implausibility at the max.

The Impossible

While the screenplay may be ever so slightly so-so, The Impossible is still a visually-pleasing. fantastically-acted human drama.


The script is well-written and the acting is brilliant, especially from Smith.

Wild Hogs
Wild Hogs(2007)

It's a mediocre effort with an above-par cast.

The Expendables 2

While the script may be slightly off-par and the dialogue overly corny, The Expendables 2 still delivers the goods, with the violent, bloody action and star-studded cast suitably impressive.

X-Men: First Class

Fantastically acted and well-scripted, First Class is a welcome addition to the X-Men franchise.

The Inbetweeners

As funny, original and engaging as the hit TV series, The Inbetweeners Movie is a brilliant addition to the movies of 2011.


The acting is absolutely fantastic (special mention for Michael Fassbender), the visuals incredible and the action gorily impressive.

The Raven
The Raven(2012)

It may feel a little too cat-and-mouse for many peoples liking, with the script a tad too thin, but the cast and gruesomely thrilling murders will please some.


A charming, funny yet fairly engaging flick with strong performances from Brand and Mirren at its heart.

Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus

A fun, yet predictably silly Christmas flick.

Kindergarten Cop

A fun, yet ultimately cheesy movie which sees Schwarzenegger in uncomfortable territory.

The Bourne Identity

the action is compelling and the acting top-notch; The Bourne Identity is a fantastic set-up to an above-average trilogy.

The Bourne Legacy

A so-so flick with a horrible climax.

Scary Movie
Scary Movie(2000)

A fairly poor comedy flick which does, however, have its laugh-out-loud moments.

Bride of Chucky

A ridiculous, laughable mess which I switched off half way through - as wil you, no doubt.

Meet the Spartans

Horribly random and cringe-worthy, Meet the Spartans offers little laughs and some poor directing.


Extremely low-budget, awefully-scripted, cheesily-acted bollocks.


A horrible mess. However, the target audience will enjoy.

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

A fun, original, and well-acted christmas flick.

The Adventures of Tintin

The mo-cap is spectacular and the cast stellar, yet the script falls short like the unsatisfying climax.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

On par with the original, and still as fun, Home Alone 2 is a fresh take on the series.

The Crazies
The Crazies(2010)

Yes, the pacing is poor and the script half-baked, but The Crazies features some fantastic acting and a fairly satisfying climax.

Deep Impact
Deep Impact(1998)

Well-acted, visually-pleasing stuff.

Mr. Bean's Holiday

A funny, entertaining romp with Rowan Atkinson at his best.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The all-time classic spaghetti western, an entertaining enough movie which is kept alive by its fantastic leads.

Son of Rambow

A hilariously entertaining, stylishly-crafted movie kept well alive by its two young leads.


Decent stuff, although you'd expect more from Spielberg.

Top Gun
Top Gun(1986)

An entertaining, well-acted flick with enchanting jet sequences.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

A fast-paced, action-packed, CGI-laden blockbuster which proves a sterling effort.

Rain Man
Rain Man(1988)

Dustin Hoffman is fantastic, the script memorable and the directing superb.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

So implausible and so bad is the poor CG work that you'll have yourself laughing throughout.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Tron Legacy begins promisingly, but ends in a tedious, clunky mess.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

A funny, original, fast-paced ride which set-up a trilogy that will go down in Pixar's "best of" collection.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

An original, well-crafted, and excellently-voiced sequel.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

A satisfying end to a brilliant trilogy.

Never Let Me Go

The leads are excellent and the script fantastic; Never Let Me Go is an emotionally faithful adaptation of the book.

The Rite
The Rite(2011)

Solid, grossly engaging stuff.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Ghost Protocol starts superbly but begins to lose both pace and the attention of the audience going into the final act.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Featuring well-cheorographed, blood-soaked action sequences, a fast-paced plot with some solid acting, Vampire Hunter does, however, suffer from some poor CG work and an unsatisfying, underwhelming climax.

Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee(2006)

A so-so flick with a good turn from its lead.

Nanny McPhee Returns

Vastly better than the original, this sequel is fast-paced fun, with interestingly well-scripted characters and another good performance from its lead.

Night at the Museum

A welcome, fast-paced flick with an interestingly engaging concept.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Appealing to kids and surprisingly entertaining for the adults, this sequel both expands and widens the scope of the original's concept, with satisfying effects.

Little Fockers

The A-list cast help this entertaining comedy flick become a solid installment in the series.


Will Ferrell is hilarious and the script fantastic in this welcome Christmas flick.

Bruce Almighty

Jim Carrey is fantastic in this hilarious and fairly original comedy flick.

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Not as good as the third, but still a welcome addition to a waning franchise.

Ali G Indahouse

A funny, satisfying and well-scripted movie from the mind of Borat himself.

101 Dalmatians

This fun, pleasing family film is good, tail-wagging stuff.

Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)

An appealing car-caper which manages to keep you engaged for most of its 1 hour and 57 minute showing.


A solid dino-animation flick with plenty of thrills yet a dull and uninspiring script.

Chicken Run
Chicken Run(2000)

Funny, original, and very well-scripted, Chicken Run is one of Aardman's best.

War of the Worlds

Fantastic CGI and above-average acting, as well as a fast-paced plot can't save the incredibly unsatisfying and weak end.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Quirky, fun, yet appealingly dark, Tim Burton's take on the classic Roald Dahl novel is a welcome one.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Featuring a poor script, with some laughable dialogue and weak acting, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is firstly not a satisfying end to an above-average, children's-based trilogy, but is also a let-down as a stand-alone movie.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Entertaining and very true to its fable-like tone, Prince Caspian is a fair sequel to the pleasing original.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

A fast-moving, faithful adaptation of the much-loved book. A solid series-starter.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

It's a so-so movie with a fine script, yet the directing and acting lacks somewhat.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Below-average stuff, only suitable for its target audience. But it entertains well-enough.


The effects are now extremely dated yet Blade still holds up as bloody good fun.

Blade II
Blade II(2002)

The effects are now dated but Blade II still gives us most of the gruesome fun we found in the first.

Blade: Trinity

Action-packed, vamp-killing fun.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)

Its fun and well-paced, but please, don't ever let Pierce Brosnan sing again. Ever.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The action is spectacular, the CG work incredible and the storytelling fabulous.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fast-paced, action-packed yet emotionally engaging, The Fellowship of the Ring is a fabulous set-up to a masterpiece trilogy.

Real Steel
Real Steel(2011)

Well-acted with fantastic CGI work and fast-paced action, but Real Steel suffers from a fairly tedious script.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A fun, stylishly-filmed flick which falls short on an incoherent script.

Bridge to Terabithia

Magically compelling, well-acted fun.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)

The CGI is fantastic and the action engaging, but the plot bores and remains too thin to truly get involved in - much is the same for the uninteresting characters.

The Da Vinci Code

Tedious and uninteresting, The Da Vinci Code bores beyond belief, and not even its solid lead can save it.


A thrilling vampire flick with just enough gore and solid acting to please the average filmgoer.

Cowboys & Aliens

A solid, fun ride with fantastic CGI and a fast-moving plot.


Even after 10 minutes of watching this poorly-constructed film I found it an extreme bore. Good luck trying to make it to the end, because I didn't.


Funny, action-packed, and also very entertaining, RED also features an unbeatable cast line-up of over-50s.

The Social Network

A clever, well-acted and excellently-scored film.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Fantastic CGI and an impressive cast are some of the positive notes in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, but this can't save it from being a standard flick and nothing more.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Terribly paced and majorly tedious, yet Prince of Persia does have fast-paced and entertaining action sequences.

Green Zone
Green Zone(2010)

A so-so effort which effectively bores, not making the most of its A-list cast.

Alice in Wonderland

The 3D is actually good, and Burton brings a welcome gothic twist on the classic tale.


An average but fun effort from Disney.


Both Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman are excellent, whilst the script is solid.

St. Trinian's

A so-so effort with a fun premise at its heart.

Apollo 18
Apollo 18(2011)

A tense, entertaining movie with a well-thought plot, but unfortunately falls short on scares.

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

The martial-arts sequences are fantastic and Tony Jaa wonderful, yet the movie falls short in the final act.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

A fairly original, silly yet fun idea which helps produce a compelling animated effort.

District 9
District 9(2009)

Funny, original and entertaining, District 9 is an all-round excellent movie.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

An action-packed and fairly entertaining film with impressive visuals and solid casting.

Terminator Salvation

Not as good as the original Schwarzenegger trilogy, but still a solid effort with a fair turn from Sam Worthington.

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

An absolute abomination - the CGI and blood work is appalling, the script half-baked, plot underwhelming and acting laughable. An implausible mess.

Marley & Me
Marley & Me(2008)

Bags of fun, and dog owners will adore it - but Marley & Me isn't exactly perfect.


The pace and script are not enough to provide the star-studded cast with what they need.


A compelling, fun, mixed-aged bag of surprises then only fails to impress on little levels.

The Tale of Despereaux

A so-so effort with an A-list cast.


An engaging, well-paced and expertly-written film which realistically portrays the grittiness and violence of an urban West London.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Mickey Rourke is fantastic in this very well-constructed movie, with special credit to director Darren Aronofsky.


Australia begins well enough, but ends up an endlessly tedious movie which you feel will never end.


Good, original, family fun.

Step Brothers

The two leads are fantastic in this hilarious comedy which features a solidly fun premise.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

A solid, action-packed instalment in the franchise with an OK plot but some terrible dialogue.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

Fantastic visuals and a fast-paced plot make this shiny sequel better than the original.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Unentertaining, badly-paced stuff.

Case 39
Case 39(2010)

Ren√ (C)e Zellweger is fantastic but the premise and pacing so-so in this fairly effective horror.

The Eye
The Eye(2008)

A good premise, effective scares and jumps, and a solid performance from Jessica Alba make this a fairly engaging horror.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The adventure aspect, and acting overall, is fantastic, and the CGI is excellent, but the abominable twist at the end comes out of nowhere and just doesn't fit.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

A hilarious and pretty well-scripted movie with Jim Carrey's excellent performance at its heart.

Disney's A Christmas Carol

The visuals and performances are fantastic, but the script feels half-baked and badly-paced. Still, a solid christmas hit.

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

It starts well but ends terribly - an implausible and badly-presented mess.

Gulliver's Travels

A solid comedy with an A-list cast.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Refreshingly dark with an array of fantastic vocal work, as well as interesting and imaginative characters, Corpse Bride is one of Burton's stop-motion best.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

A solid film which matches the original on most levels.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

As entertaining and well-acted as ever, this is a solid start to a fantastic series of movies.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Entertaining, well-scripted and fantastically acted, this is one of the best Potter films to date.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

The action is engaging, the acting powerful, the score as excellent as ever and the story emotionally resonant - this is a satisfying end to a series of superb - bar one or two - movies.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Dark, compelling, exceptionally acted - one of the best in the series.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Entertaining, action-packed and very engaging, the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter series is easily one of the best.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A solid feature which rates as probably one of the worst of the Potter films.

Inglourious Basterds

Violent, entertaining and funny at the same time, Inglorious Basterds is one of Tarantino's best.

Enemy at the Gates

Well-acted and excellently acted, Enemy at the Gates is fast-paced, engaging and a good ride.

We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers is a gritty, bloody portrayal of the Vietnam War, with Mel Gibson at his finest as Lt. Col. Hal Moore. However, the war cliches are present in number here and the pacing is fairly faulty.

The Hurt Locker

A compelling, well-acted and high-intensity war film.

Men in Black II

A lacklustre effort which doesn't even come close to the original's charm and warmth.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

While the effects are now dated, Men in Black is nonetheless a funny, fast-paced, action-packed and smartly-written movie.


A solid musical with fun scores and fantastic acting.

Vertical Limit

The effects are dated, the plot and characters thin but Vertical Limit's action, acting and script are nonetheless solid.

The Parent Trap

A funny, engaging film with Lindsay Lohan's fantastic performance at its heart.

Despicable Me

A solid animation feature. Nothing more, nothing less. Steve Carell provides some excellent vocal work.


A terribly paced, at-times tedious film which does, however, have some great visuals and interesting characters.

How to Train Your Dragon

A solid, sharply-animated thrill-ride with an A-list cast of vocal work.

The Invention of Lying

A funny, quirky comedy with an interestingly new story at its heart, as well as an excellent performance from Gervais.

The Pacifier
The Pacifier(2005)

An unfunny mess. Not even Vin Diesel can save this one, who - with terrible consequences - switches from his tough guy role to a family-friendly, comedy one. Not a good move.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

A hilarious, quirky comedy which drops more F-bombs that Tom Cruise does in one scene of Tropic Thunder.


A fun, solid police actioner with a stellar cast and fast-paced action.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

A solid sci-fi with some excellent action sequences.


A fun, well-acted ride with plenty of blood and heart.

Superman Returns

A somewhat lacklustre Superman instalment.

Minority Report

A complex and thrilling movie which sits as one of Spielberg's best. The cast is fantastic, but the twist a little too expected.

War Horse
War Horse(2011)

An emotional and compelling ride which falls short in Act II.


A hilarious, fall-on-the-floor-laughing comedy which is both deeply engaging and fun.

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(2010)

A solid but badly-paced take on the Robin Hood tale. Crowe is excellent.

Public Enemies

An engaging and overall compelling film with Johnny Depp's fantastic performance at its core.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

The performances memorable, the script excellent, the score incredible, the action engaging and the directing outstanding. A masterpiece.

The Losers
The Losers(2010)

Fast-paced, action-packed fun, The Losers is an enjoyable ride.

The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli is an enjoyable, and refreshingly violent ride with great performances from the star-studded cast.

The Simpsons Movie

Crisp, sharp, animation and laugh-out-loud laughs make The Simpsons Movie just as fun and enjoyable as the hit cartoon show.


A fun, fast-paced, action blockbuster with an A-list cast.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

A funny, engaging comedy. Impressive.


A funny, well-constructed film with fun characters and a whole lot of blood.


A fun, gory ride with fast-paced action and engaging characters.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Solid storytelling from the director of "Shakespeare in Love" John Madden. The cast is stellar.

Love Actually

A fantastic cast and an excellent script make Love Actually a solid romance hit.

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)

A hilarious, well-scripted film which is so engaging largely down to its interesting characters and excellent cast.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

A solid, action-packed, well-constructed film with an excellent cast and engaging features, even for non‚"comic fans.

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

A solid, violent semi-autobiographical tale with a surprisingly impressive turn from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Easily the best in the series, Revenge of the Sith is fast-paced, action-packed, eye-grabbing fun.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Greater, funner, and more action-packed than its somewhat underachieving predecessor. The CGI is outstanding, battle scenes engaging and characters interesting.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The pacing is terrible but the action, CGI and creativity are all pitch-perfect. If you're seeing this in 3D, avoid it.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

An extremely odd movie with poor CGI work, a horrible script and Nic Cage at an all-time low.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Horrible CGI, an appalling climax and a disjointed plot make Journey 2 one of the worst films of the year. Michael Caine is clearly only here for the money.

The Woman in Black

Offering effective scares, chills & thrills, with a fast-paced plot, a well-written screenplay, and Daniel Radcliffe at his best, The Woman In Black is a chillingly good thriller.


An absorbing, well-constructed film which makes good use of its found-footage cinematography. The young cast are brilliant, and the story fast-paced.

Red Tails
Red Tails(2012)

A well-constructed film with fast-paced action and above-average acting, especially from David Oyelowo.

The A-Team
The A-Team(2010)

A solid, if implausible, action-packed movie which unfortunately trails off into an underachieving climax.


A fun, ballsy blockbuster which unfortunately falls short in the final act.


A solid video game adaptation with fast-paced action and a fairly fluid plot.

Crank 2: High Voltage

An extremely odd and unnecessary ride.

Hobo With a Shotgun

One of the most outrageously violent and disturbing films of the century.

The Forbidden Kingdom

The martial-arts action is fantastic, and the two leads are great together - this, coupled with a solid story and characters, make the The Forbidden Kingdom an above-average kung fu flick.


A faithful and compelling interpretation of the life of the Notorious B.I.G., and will provide insight into the rapper's relatively short life into those closely familiar to him. Jamal Woolard is perfect for the role - he's even the exact same height as the 6'3" Biggie Smalls.

xXx: State of the Union

A ridiculous, implausible and badly-crafted movie which isn't a patch on the fun, action-packed original. The CGI is poor, and without Diesel and XXX director Rob Cohen the film is nothing. Samuel L. Jackson is clearly only here for the money.


A fast, action-packed film which redefines the spy genre, breaking out of the stereotypical James Bond image we so clearly see when the words "spy film" are mentioned. Vin Diesel is brilliant, the plot fluid and the action fast-paced, spectacular fun,

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Dead Man's Chest brings the same level of fantastic acting, but delivers more adventure, better special effects, a bigger scope and a more interesting villain. The best instalment of the series.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

A fun, witty, swashbuckling adventure with an A-list cast of excellent actors.

The Green Mile

A compelling, enaging, and emotionally-active film which makes itself one of the greatest films of all time down to flawless performances from every single cast member (especially star of the show Michael Clarke Duncan), an absorbing plot, strong, interesting characters and an excellent screenplay. A masterpiece.

The Unborn
The Unborn(2009)

Some effective chills and a solid plot make this a standard horror.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

The jokes are cringe-worthy, the premise abysmal and Jason Lee laughable, Alvin and the Chipmunks is not for anyone over the age of 8.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Bringing its own style of quirky stop-motion animation to the table, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a well-crafted adaptation of the fabulous Roald Dahl novel.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Hilarious and well-crafted, with an excellent screenplay and quirky characters, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a solid animation feature.

Flushed Away
Flushed Away(2006)

Witty, original, and featuring the voices of A-listers like Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen, Flushed Away is a welcome effort into the Aardman Animations collection.

Open Season
Open Season(2006)

Funny, engaging, fast-paced and with an excellent turn from Gary Sinise, Open Season is welcome animation effort.

Over the Hedge

An A-list cast don't do much for this mediocre effort from DreamWorks Animation.


An exciting, fast-paced ride offering wit, charm, and some A-list vocal work.


Witty, emotional, fast-paced; Up is another film to add to Pixar's "best of" collection.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Talented vocal work, a well-structured screenplay and hilarious dialogue make this film one of Pixar's best.


WALL-E has an array of fantastic visuals and brilliant scripted moments, but for most Act I is a slow, dull afair, only quickening its pace mid-way through Act II.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

Witty, quirky, and mostly memorable, Horton Hears a Who! is an animation film that has to be seen.

Jurassic Park III

A tense, well-acted instalment which is a tad worse than the second, trailing off when we arrive at the bird-cage scene...

The Lost World - Jurassic Park

Vastly different from the book and not a patch on the original, The Lost Word is still a fun, enjoyable, blockbuster ride.


The special effects are pitch-perfect, the acting great and the script fairly standard, Jumper plays out well on-screen.

Vanishing On 7th Street

An appalling film which even Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton can't save from being a dull, illogical and clunky mess.

Shattered Glass

An interesting and compelling look at the story that ruined Stephen Glass. Hayden Christensen is fantastic.


An incredibly gory, action-packed yet clunky medieval flick, offering a solid British cast and (very surprisingly) Paul Giamatti as King John.

Van Helsing
Van Helsing(2004)

A fun, action-packed blockbuster with suitably impressive CGI.

Solomon Kane
Solomon Kane(2012)

Solomon Kane takes a while to get going, but when it does it's a solid medieval action flick, with impressive CGI. However, James Purefoy isn't at his best here, and the dialogue is consistently cheesy whilst the pacing is slow at times.

Johnny English Reborn

A large improvement on the slow original, Johnny English Reborn begins promisingly but trails off into a poor final act... it's simply longer than it needs to be, with a dragged-out climax that unfortunately brings back memories of the underwhelming original.

Johnny English

Rowan Atkinson is great, but even he can't save this dull, clunky film from failing miserably.

Land of the Lost

An unfunny, tedious mess of a film which unfortunately fails to make the most of two willing comedy geniuses.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)

AVP: Requiem is good gory fun, but not as enjoyable as the blockbuster original. The characters are underdeveloped and its hard to see what's going on half the time, but Requiem is still a entertaining instalment - and, I'll admit, the last instalment - into the franchise.

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator

A fun summer blockbuster guaranteed a good time, AVP isn't meant to have character development or emotional character-based scenes; it's just meant to be pure, enjoyable, entertainment - and it is.

Seven Pounds
Seven Pounds(2008)

An emotional, well-placed drama with a fine performance from Will Smith at its core.

I, Robot
I, Robot(2004)

A fun, entertaining blockbuster with a brilliant performance from Smith at its heart, I, Robot is an enjoyable, action-packed sci-fi.


Will Smith is fantastic in this solidly-made film of The Champ's life. Pacing becomes a subtle issue into Act II.

Green Lantern

Impressive special effects and a solid turn from its lead actor couldn't save this DC character's on-screen debut from being a badly-paced film with a clunky script and underdeveloped characters.

Black Hawk Down

A gorily realistic portrait of war with pulse-pounding scenes of visceral and hard-hitting combat. However, Black Hawk Down is let down by underdeveloped characters and pacing.


An interestingly entertaining movie kept alive by its leads.

Tropic Thunder

A hilarious, fall-on-the-floor-laughing movie, with an outstanding cast of actors who make this film what it is; a funny, memorable, fun, comedy ride.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

An unfunny, clunky movie only fitting for a supposedly 6 year-old audience.

Michael Jackson's This Is It

An interesting insight into the concert that never-was, and a fitting tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

The Bucket List

An emotional, at-times fun ride with excellent performances from the two legendary leads.

Season of the Witch

A slow, dull, tedious mess with an abysmal script and terrible acting from Cage, whilst Perlman tries to make the "most" of what he's actually got.


A Vietnam War classic, featuring memorable performances from both Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.

The Last Airbender

The special effects are fantastic, but this doesn't save The Last Airbender from being a clunky and awfully-constructed film with laughable dialogue, poor acting and a slow pace.


While the animation may be poor, Hoodwinked is still a fun, witty ride.


Kids will love this wittily original film which features an A-list cast and a fairly high entertainment value.

Puss in Boots

A solid, witty, enjoyable animation spin-off.

Surf's Up
Surf's Up(2007)

A funny, original movie which delivers a refreshing mockumentary style of filming, Surf's Up is a fun, enjoyable ride.

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)

A fun, toe-tapping ride.

Happy Feet Two

Happy Feet Two begins as a promising sequel to the 2006 smash-hit, but ends in a tedious, confused mess without a half-decent story at its core.

The Patriot
The Patriot(2000)

An emotionally resonant ride which is both entertaining and passionate, with Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Jason Isaacs the stars of the show.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

An underdeveloped, tedious mess which simply acts as a prelude for much better things to come.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The best Potter out of the 8 there are; fantastic special effects, a mesmerising and fast-paced plot with some solid acting from the leads, Goblet of Fire is also our first taste of the darker side to the Harry Potter film franchise.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

James Franco is excellent, Danny Boyle's directing superb and the gut-wrenching scene in which he tears through his arm is - realistically - never downgraded or downplayed to a lighter, less gruesome moment.

Slumdog Millionaire

A so-so film from an excellent director.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Outstanding - incredible acting, an excellent script (from the writer of Forrest Gump), superb directing; this is storytelling at its best. A masterpiece.

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is a solid, action-packed blockbuster with standard acting and incredible effects.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

A fantastically original, quirky film which is full of unexpected twists and turns, as well as an A-list cast. Pure brilliance.

Shark Night 3D

The effects are appalling, the script abominable and the acting underplayed. A terrible effort.

Friday the 13th

A so-so remake with bad pacing a pretty poor script. Well-structured, gory kills and and a solid first act save this movie.

The Blair Witch Project

Without any scares, thrills or chills, The Blair Witch Project offers a promising second act but eventually leads to an abominable climax where you're left there, having just wasted 1 hour 27 minutes of your life.

The Last Exorcism

A standard horror which somewhat under-delivers on the jumps & scares.

The Others
The Others(2001)

A spooky, well-acted thriller with an unexpected and rather brilliant twist in the final act.

Final Destination 5

A laughable effort which unfortunately continues an unrealistic, implausible mess of a horror series.

Resident Evil: Extinction

Good, gory, blockbuster fun.

The Incredibles

Pixar turns to more serious fodder with this original, witty, fun ride which remains one of the studio's best.


An original, funny, fast-paced ride, easily the best in the series and up there with the best of the decade's animation films.

Shrek the Third

A fun, standard, run-of-the-mill kiddie animation. Pop culture references are aplenty.

Shrek Forever After

A mediocre effort which doesn't even live up to the third in the franchise, let alone the fantastic original and its equally impressive sequel.


Creepy, imaginative and very entertaining, Coraline is easily one of the best stop-motion animation films ever, - let alone one of the best animation films - right up there with The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is just as funny as the original, with even more kung fu action and a greater scope. Impressive, but sure to bring a Kung Fu Panda 3.

Kung Fu Panda

Funny, original, Jack Black is great - and its sequel is just as good.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Ground-breaking effects, fantastic acting from both James Franco and Andy Serkis as understandable chimp Caesar, superb directing and an excellent script, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of the greatest films of all time, whilst also breathing new life into a long-running, up-and-down franchise.


Visually stunning, with an A-list cast and a steady pace, Beowulf brings a seriousness to motion-capture which was only later bettered in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Entertaining, gory fun.

The Polar Express

Fantastic visuals, Tom Hanks is great, the story is solid and the underlying message will appeal to kids. A fun ride.

Conan the Barbarian

As much as I would love to like this film, it does however fall short with very tedious acts 2 and 3. The pacing is terrible and the dialogue flimsy, but Jason Mamoa is solid as the new Conan and the action is gory, relentless fun.


A funny, well-executed film with a brilliant performance from Will Smith.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

An emotional ride which takes you through the life of Tom Hanks' exceptionally played Forrest Gump. A tear-jerker with an sweat underlying message, Forrest Gump is easily one of the greatest films ever made.

The Day After Tomorrow

While it falls short in the later stages of Act II, slowing its pace down, it soon picks itself back up again in the final act. The Day After Tomorrow features very impressive special effects, the acting is standard, but the script, and perhaps direction, are a bit clunky.

10,000 B.C.
10,000 B.C.(2008)

Its just plain fun - the action is fast, eye-grabbing, the effects are outstanding yet the characters are underdeveloped but well-acted.

The Perfect Storm

Great special effects and acting, although the script is a bit so-so yet the pacing is good.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Original, witty, clever.... The Nightmare Before Christmas is how stop-motion should be done.

Little Miss Sunshine

A hilariously good time. The cast, script and directing are absolutely superb.

Pumping Iron
Pumping Iron(1976)

Pumping Iron is a witty, insightful look into the world of a professional bodybuilder.

Sherlock Holmes

A solid, fresh take on the detective with a fantastic turn from Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and excellent directing from Guy Ritchie, who brings his take on the detective - a distinctive, stylish take.

Live Free or Die Hard

An appalling fourth instalment, Live Free or Die Hard is a slow, dull, tedious mess.


A dull, dragged-out mash-up of sci-fi, action and horror.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers 3 suffers from a lacklustre running time, dragging on into a dull Act II and delivering an unsatisfying, underachieving climax. The worst of the trilogy.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The scale, the action and the entertainment take a step-up in this fun summer blockbuster which just betters its solid predecessor.


The effects outstanding, the action relentless and the pace sufficient, Transformers is excellent blockbuster fun.

Resident Evil: Degeneration

A slow, dull mess of a film which fails spectacularly.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic(2011)

A run-of-the-mill action flick which unfortunately suffers pacing issues, with a lacklustre Act II and III. Jason Statham is standard as elite assassin Arthur Bishop.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)

Tom Hanks is absolutely outstanding in this film about a man who gets stranded on an island - a premise which doesn't seem like it could hold a 2 and a half-hour long film together. Yet it does. And with fantastic pay-offs. An intelligent script, superb directing and Tom Hanks as the star of this excellent show, Cast Away is one of the greatest films I have ever seen.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

An action-packed superhero flick with Hugh Jackman giving his all, even if the dialogue is poor in places.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins acts mostly as the stepping-stone to bigger and better things for Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, yet this task it carries out very well. Gotham City is dark, brutal, dangerous - a world away from the Saturday morning cartoons and comics. The action is entertaining, the cast exceptional and the script superb.

The Dark Knight

One of the greatest films of all time - dark, thrilling, creepy and giving Christopher Nolan's trilogy an entirely different reputation, The Dark Knight is no child's play, proving comic book films can step into an adult word of crime and violence. The A-list cast is absolutely outstanding, especially the late Heath Ledger as The Joker, with the action brutal and relentless, whilst entertaining at the same time. A huge step up from Batman Begins, and also one of Christopher Nolan's finest films to date - right up there with the likes of Inception and The Prestige.

The Amityville Horror

An efficient and well-acted remake with scares and thrills aplenty, The Amityville Horror is solid, entertaining yet also creepy.


Tobey Maguire is excellent in the first of the Spider-Man films, providing a memorable turn as school-nerd-turned-superhero Peter Parker. Willem Dafoe is fantastic as the creepy and troubled Norman Osborn, and James Franco is equally great as son Harry Osborn. The action is fresh, web-slinging fun which provides a nice set-up to the start of a memorable, entertaining trilogy of films.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

An entertaining, action-packed sequel, Spider-Man 2 boasts a more interesting villain and a clearer character arc for Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker. The action is fantastic, with some memorable set-pieces, and Alfred Molina is brilliant as Dr. Octopus, this new villain. The film falls short with pacing and a higher focus on Kristen Dunst's character, which I found dull. However, still a solid sequel to the original.

The Amazing Spider-Man

A surprisingly solid reboot of the Sam Raimi's beloved Spider-Man franchise, which once again proves Andrew Garfield as a flexible actor whose range of films stretches beyond drama. On par with, say, Spider-Man 3.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Spider-Man 3 is a highly entertaining film, offering a new selection of characters, most notably villains, for the franchise whilst also keeping the action intense and interesting. The story is solid, the cast standard (Tobey Maguire is still great as Spider-Man), yet the film falls short with cheesy dialogue and poor script.

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace is a very mediocre Bond movie - the action is so frequent you have no time to stop and think about the plot, which is a complicated mess based upon Bond trying to get revenge on someone. The frantic fast-cutting is also a flaw of Quantum of Solace, at times so much so that you'll have no idea what's going on. This film plays out like an average action flick, yet this is a James Bond movie - it certainly doesn't play out like one.

The Hangover Part II

While it may not live up to the laughs of the original - which it is almost identical to anyway - The Hangover Part II is still an enjoyable ride offering mostly crude humour in replacement for the laugh-a-minute gags of the first. The cast is top-notch yet the implausibility is just too high. Oh, and The Hangover Part III is on the way.

The Scorpion King

An entertaining action adventure which suffers from a poor script and faulty directing, but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is willing and the rest of the cast is fairly solid.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

A solid horror which, while delivering few genuine thrills & chills, isn't afraid to dive straight into the action - pacing is not a problem here, and neither is acting, with the young Bailee Madison stealing the show as Guy Pearce's daughter. A fairly average flick.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

One of the greatest films of all time, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is both a satisfying conclusion to the outstanding trilogy and a visually breathtaking film, emotionally driven and impeccably acted. A masterpiece.


A visually stunning film which stands above all other disaster films, Roland Emmerich's 2012 features some surprisingly solid acting from the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Oliver Platt, with intense thrills and an impressive plot.


A drooling mess of a film which has dated, ugly effects, a contrived, bumbling plot and laughable action. Definitely one of Roland Emmerich's low points.

King Kong
King Kong(2005)

Visually spectacular and emotionally resonant, Peter Jackson's King Kong is a fantastic film featuring intense, edge-of-your-seat action, an excellent cast with the likes of Adrien Brody, Naomi Watts and Jack Black at their best, and visual effects that only epic films such as James Cameron's Avatar or The Lord of the Rings trilogy could compete with. Both Weta Digital - the effects company Jackson used for both this film and The Lord of the Rings trilogy - and Andy Serkis (who does a stunning job bringing Kong to life using motion capture) did an incredible job with the creation of King Kong, whose scene-grabbing prescense is clear from the first time we see the 25-foot gorilla. King Kong will go down as one of Jackson's best, alongside The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park still holds up on its own even now, and is still as intense, memorable and heart-pounding as it was back when it was released in 1993. The film is a classic, a masterpiece which further confirmed the reputation of Steven Spielberg as one of the greatest film directors of all time, and Stan Winston's models are life-like when re-watched in the present day. Jeff Goldblum is the star of the show, giving one of his funniest and most entertaining performances to date, whilst the rest of the cast are fantastic. The script is outstanding, with a ton of memorable quotes, and Spielberg's sense of peril - which he so greatly conveys toward the audience - is still clear 19 years later. An absolute masterpiece.


James Cameron is well and truly back with this riveting piece of original storytelling which couples incredible effects with solid acting, edge-of-your-seat action and stunning cinematography. The film somewhat lacks in its overlong running time and a slow Act II, but this is overshadowed by the scope and originality of this box-office smash hit.

Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

While it may sufficiently please its target audience, "Astro Boy" is a compilation of appalling scenes stapled together into a lacklustre package full of cringe-worthy dialogue, awful animation and is so dull you'll most probably be asleep by the abominable ending.

School of Rock

Funny, smart, original; School of Rock is all of these things plus more, with Jack Black giving one of his finest performances in any film to date. The children in this film are surprisingly good actors and actresses, and the premise is one thats both original and comedic.


An entertaining, funny London-based cockney flick with an absolutely A-list cast and a solid story.


Warrior is a solid MMA drama with both Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton at their best (botth physically and acting). However, Warrior suffers minor pacing issues but finds its feet again at the climax.

My Soul to Take

A mediocre effort with little to no thrills at all.

Drag Me to Hell

A laughably odd horror movie, which, while offering intense and creepy scares aplenty, has a ridiculous premise and weirdly stupid scenes of gore.

Scream 4
Scream 4(2011)

A fresh instalment to the franchise, Scream 4 is only what its meant to be - an entertaining horror flick designed to bring the Scream series back into the view of the public eye. It does so well, with gore aplenty too - this is a satisfying, solid slasher.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

A fantastic film which overcomes some dated and lacklustre special effects to achieve the status of a 4 star film. Will Smith's performance is outstanding.

The Matrix Revolutions

A satisfying and entertaining end to a trilogy that has set a benchmark for martial-arts action. This threequel is a solid action flick which ties everything up nicely. Hugo Weaving is excellent.

The Matrix Reloaded

An excellent sequel which provides more martial-arts action and entertainment value than the original, The Matrix Reloaded is a fantastic movie full of impressive and well-crafted scenes, as well as excellent acting and a "badass" feel.

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

Entertaining only the target audience, Speed Racer does, however, include very impressive special effects.


A well-crafted, intense film which single-handedly created the modern blockbuster. Exceptional.


A testosterone-fuelled action classic starring "The Austrian Oak" in a fantastically tense film with never loses its pace and always keeps the audience guessing. The effects now are extremely dated, but it still stands as an action classic in the eyes of many.


Predators is a fresh, action-packed reboot of the series, bringing in a solid cast and flinging you straight into the action from scene 1.

The Traveler
The Traveler(2010)

The Traveler is both an extremely laughable film and possibly the most predictable film of the century, with Val Kilmer at his all-time worst and the rest of the cast pulling in terrible performances. One of the worst films I have ever seen in my life.


Filmed using shaky-cam, Cloverfield is a terrible mess where half the time its hard to see what's going on due to the horribly dumb way in which this 84-minute flick was filmed. The scares are in low quantity - instead of focusing on the action, your left focusing on what's actually happening - and are majorly lacklustre. The ending is abrupt and atrociously planned out; in the end, this film suffers from diabolical acting, filming, directing and scriptwriting.

Saw II
Saw II(2005)

Saw II is one of the best in the franchise (which shows the extent of the series' positive moments), offering gore-happy fans a new tale full of gruesomely devilish traps sure to please the majority of Halloween-huggers watching this, but leaving the rest of us with a fairly average yet entertaining take on this sequel to the original smash-hit.

Saw 3D
Saw 3D(2010)

I found this Saw movie - meant to be the last in a mediocre series of torture-violence films - to be fairly refreshing with its new traps and eye-grabbing opening. However, it suffers from a lacklustre cast and below-average plot. Still, at least its not as bad as Saw V.

Saw V
Saw V(2008)

An absolutely terrible instalment in a fairly mediocre Saw franchise, Saw 5 is a tedious, slow, drawling mess which relies heavily on flashbacks from previous films as its story, which is also atrocious. By far the worst in the series.


A graphic, bloody and refreshingly epic tale of the Battle of Thermopylae. The combat and action is viscerally violent and laden with limb-cutting, decapitating and disembowelling, Zack Snyder's flick only falling short with its occasionally cheesy lines and single-mindedness.

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

Borat is, quite definitely, one of my favourite films - it is also the funniest and most outrageous film of the century, delivering huge praise for its new take on reality-comedy, putting "Borat" in real-world situations where the consequences will make you laugh so hard you'll struggle to breathe. For this, Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius firmly stapled into the line of comedy legends.

The Wolfman
The Wolfman(2010)

A fresh, gory take on the 1941 classic, I, for one, enjoyed this entertaining horror which, whilst short on genuine chills, is all the same a remake which is sure to leave you with a positive reaction to some excellent effects, solid acting and a good script.

The Incredible Hulk

An action-packed, Hulk-smashing film which throughly reignites this long-lost superhero giant, delivering the Hulk we always wanted - defined, muscular, vein-popping and a stark difference to Ang Lee's appalling interpretation of Hulk. When watching this back, the effects are poor, yet the film still holds up on its own with a good turn from Edward Norton as Bruce Banner.

Captain America: The First Avenger

By far the worst of Marvels' Avengers movies, Captain America delivers a fantastic First Act but trails off into the tedious and slow middle, before arriving at a mediocre ending. Its cheesy, slow, and Chris Evans looks laughable in his Captain America helmet & costume.

Marvel's The Avengers

Action-packed and full to the brim with A-list stars, Avengers Assemble is a great summer blockbuster which would be perfect if it weren't for a collection of tedious scenes - Act 2 is where the film suffers, yet Act 3 is where it picks itself back up again, delivering an exceptional climax. Justice League of America watch out.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

An interesting and entertaining Tim Burton flick which unfortunately suffers from pacing issues, never truly finding its rhythm, and a batch of cringe-worthy jokes. However, Johnny Depp is great as Barnabas and the rest of the cast (especially Chloe Moretz) aren't too shabby either.

Snow White and the Huntsman

An extremely poor attempt at a re-imagining of the Snow White & The Seven Dwarves tale, this slow, tedious flick suffers from major pacing issues, an unfulfilling ending, an appalling script and Kristen Stewart as her usual glum, sad-faced self.


A vivid and accurate presentation of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic as she sets off on her infamous maiden voyage. Cameron once again shows us a blockbuster injected with fast-paced action, incredible acting and interesting characters.

Saving Private Ryan

My favourite film - exceptionally gritty and realistic action scenes which truly portray the horrors of World War II in all its glory, fantastic acting from a top-notch cast led by the ever-amazing Tom Hanks, an unbelievably emotional ending and a beginning,first gory scene which has yet to be matched by any film.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age 4 was a surprisingly interesting new take on the series, with some great comedy moments - however, the fourth instalment seems adamant to recycle and use up previous ideas from older films in this long-running quadrilogy which had its best run with Ice Age and Ice Age 2. Well, its basically what you would expect from an animated kiddie flick whose sole purpose is one of money-making.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

What Taken 2 does do is run as your average, run-of-the-mill action film, and it does this very well. The action is fantastic, with Neeson surprisingly able for someone who just turned 60 in June. Sure, the fighting, running-and-gunning aspect of Taken 2 does take a while to get going, but when it does, it plays out very well.
The acting is also excellent in places; Neeson is flawless as ever, as is Maggie Grace, playing the innocent daughter that was abducted in the first film. Rade ҆erbedŇ 3/4ija, a Croatian actor who pops up in X-Men: First Class, is also solid as the Albanian Mafia leader whose son was killed by Neeson in the first film, hence the "revenge" status he holds on Brian Mills throughout Taken 2. Surprisingly, it is Famke Janssen, as Brian Mills' ex-wife Lenore, who fails rather miserably here. Her acting in Taken 2 is cheesy, plain, and uninspiring, leaving Neeson hanging in many scenes.
As you can tell, Taken 2 is not flawless whatsoever; its premise is average, its ending predictable, its acting cardboard in places, but it does hold an array of excellent action pieces, a fair running time and Neeson at his usual best.


A fantastic new addition to the Bond franchise which, while at times suffering from a slow plot, delivers action, gadgets and interestingly villainous baddies all in one.