Film Reviews

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' is a moving picture that dreams big and delivers intimately.
Cinema Paradiso: 25th Anniversary

Cinema Paradiso: 25th Anniversary

A rare breed of classic - both a love letter to cinema and a fine piece on its own merits, 'Cinema Paradiso' represents filmic paradise.
Gravity

Gravity

The next generation of virtuoso filmmakers will surely cite Alfonso Couron's remarkable sci-fi thriller 'Gravity' as a major inspiration. Believe the hype: this is a tour de force.
Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks makes another remarkable transformation in 'Captain Phillips', a bracing hostage thriller that examines power and duty with great depth.
Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

One of the most devastating performances of the year is in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'. Cate Blanchett sparkles.
Machete Kills

Machete Kills

'Machete Kills' rides a gravy bullet train brimming with fun-seeking, respected talent who admirably left their egos at the station. That alone makes it worthy of the ticket price.
Love, Marilyn

Love, Marilyn

A glossy Marilyn Monroe with a personal hook, 'Love, Marilyn' recruits some top talent to read out her personal writings. The resulting documentary shines brightly.
Prisoners

Prisoners

Some of the best acting you'll see all year is to be found in 'Prisoners' - an expertly crafted crime thriller with bottomless depth.
Pieta

Pieta

A grim but darkly rewarding watch, Ki-duk Kim's 'Pieta' may well emerge as the most twisted family drama of the year.
The Conjuring

The Conjuring

A gracefully constructed horror, James Wan's 'The Conjuring' owes plenty to established retro classics 'The Exorcist' and 'The Innocents' but still finds its own eerily effective voice.
Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

Despite the same leading man and director, 'Only God Forgives' is no 'Drive'. It's even darker, more brutal and verges ever closer to an arthouse pitfall.
The World's End

The World's End

A worthy finale to the 'Cornetto Trilogy' after 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', sci-fi comedy 'The World's End' backs its alcohol-fuelled laughs with a dramatic punch.
World War Z

World War Z

Better than the development hell production stories would suggest, 'World War Z' is a well crafted modern-day disaster movie.
Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

Excellent performances and a grounding in glossy history work wonders for Steven Soderbergh's Liberace story.
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

For the most part, Shane Black's spin on 'Iron Man 3' is a triumph - a fun, exciting and inventive summer blockbuster that disguises its inherent genre trappings and cliches by opting for a fresh approach.
The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines

A small town domino-effect crime saga of epic proportions, 'The Place Beyond the Pines' unfolds at bracingly close range via stellar direction and award-calibre acting.
A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet

Yaron Zilberman's debut feature film combines the wonderful talents of Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Ivanir who play off each other's performing styles with expert precision. A slow, quietly rewarding music drama...
Stoker

Stoker

A twisted, creepy subversion of Hitchcock's 'Shadow of a Doubt' blossoms via fine performances and 'Olboy' auteur Chan-wook Park's virtuoso direction.
Wreck-It Ralph 3D

Wreck-It Ralph 3D

A vibrant narrative and inventive visuals allow Rich Moore's animated feature 'Wreck-It Ralph' to win instant classic status.

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