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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) A compelling, grubby outback Western revealing the ragged reality behind a folk hero. Terrific performances, incredible visuals, and a reassertion of Justin Kurzel as a bold filmmaker most comfortable dealing with discomfort.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A delightful folk story from one of the best filmmakers working today - and a fitting final turn from Redford, all easy charm and grace. It takes a lifetime of effort to look this effortless.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 97% Apostasy (2017) With a trio of fine performances and remarkable poise and control, this intimate and compelling drama manages to explore and expose authoritarian religion without, ironically, being judgemental.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 60% High-Rise (2016) Don't expect a thriller in the seat-edge sense, but you will be thrilled - and repulsed - by this bold, faithful adaptation of Ballard's ever-prescient picture of First World strife.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 94% Carol (2015) Mara and Blanchett make for an unforgettable couple in a beautiful film about longing, loss and the confusion and wonder of love.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/5 90% What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015) My Nazi Legacy becomes horribly gripping.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 46% Closer To The Moon (2015) Caranfil's unlikely, odd little film is quietly moving - all the more so because it is true.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 62% The Program (2016) This powers on, visually dynamic and, like its compelling antihero, doesn't have an inch of fat on it.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 80% Convenience (2013) A lo-fi Brit com with all the pleasures of an American indie.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/5 65% Life (2015) Doesn't register emotionally in the way it strives for, but is diverting as a portrait of the nascent celebrity industry, with fine performances from Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/5 55% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) Surprisingly forgettable considering its mesmering villain, although Del Toro sparks the movie into life with what screentime he does get.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 56% We Are Monster (2015) Contains a stark beauty and a poignant, nagging sense of sorrow.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 92% Catch Me Daddy (2015) A bold and uncompromising debut feature from a bright new directing team. There's a question over whether it justifies its own misery, but if you care about homegrown cinema then you have to see it.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 89% Wild (2014) A quietly moving coming of age story that resists formula or easy redemption, driven by a strong, unvarnished performance from Witherspoon, who deserves huge credit as both star and producer.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 30% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) As spectacular and surprising as you would expect from Scott. Its spiritual uncertainty - and lack of triumphalism - perhaps robs it of a truly satisfying, cathartic conclusion, but also makes for a truly modern, thoughtful biblical blockbuster.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2014
4/5 80% Black Sea (2015) Though it perhaps inevitably lives in the shadow of some subgenre masterpieces, Black Sea is a superbly shot men-on-a-mission thriller with chest-tightening tension and a striking contemporary resonance.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) Tense, blackly comic and troubling because it's so recent and so real.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2014
4/5 96% '71 (2015) The villainy is, perhaps unavoidably, somewhat signposted, but this is a tense, gripping thriller that combines real-world relevance with high-concept entertainment. In a superb ensemble, O'Connell is outstanding.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 30% Believe (2014) A well-meaning but corny football fable.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) Odd and sexy, troubling and touching, frustrating and mesmerising, dull and haunting.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 100% The Class Of '92 (2014) An absorbing documentary about a football fairy tale - engrossing for any admirer of the beautiful game, but for United fans, it's unmissable.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
2/5 43% All Stars (2013) Derivative but occasionally fun.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2013
5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) A fitting epitaph for the hero Gotham deserves.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2012
4/5 93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) As funny, bittersweet and as distinct as you'd expect from Wes Anderson, a director who helps you know you are not alone.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 20, 2012
4/5 65% Resistance (2011) A beautiful, elliptical war film with the haunting qualities of a ghost story. Riseborough is terrific and Gupta proves that he's a talent to watch.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2011
4/5 88% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) A compelling look at the tragic and bizarre life of an enigmatic champion.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2011
3/5 22% Blooded (2010) A compelling look at extremism in all its guises, Blooded boasts some genuine scares despite a narrative structure that allows little room for surprises.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 94% Passenger Side (2010) A joy from start to finish. Bissonnette has crafted a unique, funny indie.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2011
4/5 50% Stone (2010) Great performances from the cast in this engrossing drama.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2011
4/5 75% The Insatiable Moon (2010) Real and rewarding.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2011
4/5 100% Waste Land (2010) Compelling and vivid, it's another fine piece of work from an up-and-coming talent.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2011
4/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) A raw but beautiful picture of love uniting and dividing: tender, real and heartfelt.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/5 65% The American (2010) A muted thriller, weighed a little too obviously with existential angst. Still, sexy and tense, with a brave, bare performance from Clooney.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2/5 65% Dog Pound (2010) Offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/5 49% The A-Team (2010) An energetic escape from Development Hell: suitably OTT, often fun and always loud.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2010
5/5 87% Inception (2010) With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2010
4/5 90% Crazy Heart (2009) A phenomenal, heart-breaking performance from Jeff Bridges powers this simple but affecting redemption story.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) An uneven, somewhat meandering thriller is given emotional pull by Mel Gibson's excellent comeback performance. The lethal weapon hasn't lost it.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2010
4/5 63% Exam (2008) A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/5 55% The Descent 2 (2009) An uninspired retread of a horror classic, this tries hard to justify its existence... and fails.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2009
1/5 27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009) Sometimes this kind of comedy just goes too far into rubbishness to make it back.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 87% Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) A monumental mockumentary from Brit cinema's premier director/actor double act. True, daft, emotional, hilarious.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 85% Looking for Eric (2010) Play It Again, Eric... Ken Loach perfectly captures the feeling of football and the need for hope. Touching and hilarious - a blinder.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 94% In the Loop (2009) Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washington: politically astute, hilarious and terrifyingly real.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2009
3/5 57% Defiance (2009) An amazing true tale is somewhat diminished by second-hand storytelling: entirely admirable, largely entertaining, and yet curiously hollow.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2009
4/5 80% Johnny Mad Dog (2011) Grubby and yet vital, it stays with you.‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2008
4/5 61% The Fall (2006) Beguiling, befuddling, brilliant. It's sure to divide audiences but, for all its ocular opulence and wild fantasy, at heart The Fall is a tender, touching tale about childhood, hope and the power of story.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/5 82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Apparently actors are narcissistic and Hollywood is ruthless... Stiller doesn't say anything we don't know, but stand-out turns from Downey Jr and Cruise make Tropic Thunder very funny for all its flaws.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2008
4/5 60% RocknRolla (2008) Forget the tabloids - this cocksure caper shows Ritchie is much more than Mr Madonna, while Butler and Kebbell have talent to burn. Punchy, funny, criminal entertainment.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
2/5 15% Made of Honor (2008) An inoffensive but bland romantic comedy.‐
Read More | Posted May 6, 2008