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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
72%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"Playing like a mumblecore The Graduate set in the affected milieu of the Tribeca art crowd, Tiny Furniture announces Dunham as a talent to watch..."

Jamie Graham

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Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"It'll be worth a case of doubloons to anybody with little ones to entertain over the Easter hols."

Neil Smith

90%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Herzog's tapestry testifies to life's light from death's darkness."

Kevin Harley

——

The Island President (2012)

"Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom."

Sam Wigley

——

Corpo Celeste ()

"Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch."

Tom Dawson

——

StreetDance 2 ()

"The homegrown appeal of StreetDance gets lost in a sequel with one foot across the pond, the other over the channel."

Neil Smith

100%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"Reveals not only the realities of artistic censorship, but its firework-laden finale shows how cinema thrives on spontaneity."

Tom Dawson

100%

Wild Bill ()

"Full of quirky, absorbing characters and performances, Fletcher's debut is a hugely enjoyable East End western and a lesson on how to avoid the excesses of the Brit-crim-com."

Matt Mueller

——

Babycall ()

"The script needs more nurturing but Noomi Rapace takes up some of the slack in Pal Sletaune's maternal mystery."

Kevin Harley

89%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Like its source, this is both credible science fiction and a teen tale that doesn't patronise or pander to its audience."

Matthew Leyland

30%

Act of Valor (2012)

"If the politics are simplistic - think Team America - the performances (by real, anonymous SEALs) are even more so."

Matt Glasby

95%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"Good enough to survive evoking Bicycle Thieves and The 400 Blows, this small story contains universal truths, told with irresistible force."

Jamie Graham

94%

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)

"Closer in metaphysical spirit to Kiarostami than to Leone, it lingers thanks to beautifully lit widescreen images of lived-in faces and barren, beautiful landscapes."

Tom Dawson

99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"A doc that'll make more than just fashionistas smile."

Carmen Gray

23%

The Raven (2012)

"[A] flashy hodge-podge of biopic, mystery and gorno."

Neil Smith

89%

In Darkness (2012)

"Stands apart from other attempts to film unfilmable events by painting a pitch-black portrait of its heroes as well as its villains."

Paul M. Bradshaw

90%

How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire ()

"Writer/Director Daniel Edelstyn makes an affable debut with this personal doc chronicling the unexpected, vodka-flavoured turn his life took after he discovered his gran's journals."

51%

Contraband (2012)

"Don't expect glamorous outlaws, sunny locales and exotic masterplans - this low-key thriller lifts the rusted lid off an all-too-real world of despairing criminality."

Jamie Graham

66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"It's slight, sure, and there's a better, less-glossy film buried in the material, but warm performances redeem Crowe's agreeable return."

Andrew Lowry

86%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Holding its middle finger up to '80s retro-hounds, this remake gets it largely right. Fast, filthy, fresh and funny, Jump is worth a punt."

James Mottram

51%

John Carter (2012)

"A handsome new sci-fi adventure that feels rather familiar. Enjoyable enough while it lasts, John Carter is big on ambition and disappointingly short on action."

Jonathan Crocker

75%

If Not Us, Who? ()

"This is a shrewd two-pronged portrait of psychological unravelling against a vast political backdrop, with a daring, disturbing performance from Lauzemis."

Emma Dibdin

26%

Project X (2012)

"Pandering shamelessly to 15-year-old boys, it's sexist, obnoxious and, unlike the superior Superbad, mean-spirited - especially if you're a dog or a dwarf."

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Breaking Wind (2012)

"Flush."

60%

Wanderlust (2012)

"After the flak they took in Martha Marcy May Marlene, it's nice to see at least one film give cults the benefit of the doubt."

Neil Smith

100%

Ordet (The Word) (1954)

"At first glance it may seem slow, but stick with it and the psychological tensions enthral."

Philip Kemp

38%

A Man's Story ()

"Sadly, rather than provide insight into Boateng's creative process, director Varon Bonicos is dazzled by the globetrotting, celeb-schmoozing lifestyle."

Simon Kinnear

77%

Trishna (2012)

"Some will balk at Pinto's passivity, but Trishna again shows Winterbottom to be one of the few directors today who are liberated, rather than constricted, by classic literature."

Neil Smith

8%

Payback Season ()

"Favouring its relentless dubstep soundtrack over its characters, the film feels like more like background filler."

Paul M. Bradshaw

43%

Bel Ami (2012)

"A good-looking yet curiously tame adaptation of a saucy classic that showcases Pattinson's ambition if not his full abilities."

Jane Crowther

20%

The Decoy Bride (2012)

"Predictable, plodding and paltry, Folkson's film looks cheap and like the mock wedding, nothing in it - especially the emotions - feels real, with the quality cast looking understandably disinterested."

James Mottram

100%

Urbanized (2011)

"A rich, ambitious exploration of the ways our surroundings are shaped, and the subtler ways they shape us."

Emma Dibdin

86%

Carancho (2011)

"Scenes spark then fade, until the sinuous climax arrives with collision force."

Jonathan Crocker

78%

Blank City (2011)

"The film works best as a love letter to a grubbier, poorer era in Manhattan history."

Matt Chapman

85%

Khodorkovsky (2011)

"Edged with cynicism and wit, Tuschi's film can't hide its admiration - but real answers lurk tantalisingly out of reach."

Jonathan Crocker

7%

The Devil Inside (2012)

"A low-budget, low-watt belly botherer saved from history's dustbin by a few gruesome moments and a gob-smack of an ending that (almost) makes it worth the slog."

Ken McIntyre

79%

Michael (2012)

"Haneke fans will be impressed by this rigorous, finely acted study of a suburban paedophile. Skillfully avoiding sensationalism, it nonetheless compels the viewer to contemplate the banality of evil."

Tom Dawson

18%

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"Funny in all the wrong places and long at 95 minutes. Cage might be on fine psychotic form, but the flaming skull barely manages a sizzle this time around."

Paul M. Bradshaw

95%

Yellow Submarine (1968)

"What a trip."

100%

Pinocchio (1940)

"Even in our cynical age, it still manages to impress."

100%

Pinocchio (1940)

"At the heart of this art is the thrill of the then-new: when Pinocchio hits sea-base and gushes "Gee! What a big place!", we share a sense of joy at the filmmakers' creative adventures."

Kevin Harley

98%

Annie Hall (1977)

"Many things mark Annie Hall's place in cinema history, but none of them are the reason you should see this movie. That would be the humour, poignancy and acute observation contained in each and every frame."

54%

Safe House (2012)

"Bring earplugs and you'll enjoy an efficient vehicle for Denzel that makes good use of its South African scenery. Espinosa nimbly combines flash with Paul Greengrass-style flair."

Neil Smith

81%

Red Dog ()

"The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path."

Tom Dawson

100%

Laura (2005)

"OK, the plot verges on absurdity - but who cares?"

Philip Kemp

5%

Black Gold ()

"Banderas hams and Pinto flutters. If it weren't for Strong and some colourful art direction, you could chalk this up as a busted well."

Matt Mueller

2%

One for the Money (2012)

"Heigl's fine and there's some zingy dialogue, but the violence jars with the comedy and, despite being written and directed by women, it still comes off as needlessly sexist."

Ken McIntyre

63%

Blood Car (2007)

"A mumblecore mix of social commentary, black humour and fanboy salute that's either the Emperor's New Clothes or bonkers-brilliant."

Jane Crowther

56%

The Adopted (Les adoptés) ()

"It's glossy but saccharine, hammering home its coming-to-terms-with-life message as Laurent steers the story into contrived tragic waters."

Tom Dawson

77%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

"The pleasure of seeing a supergroup of Brit-veterans soon withers in an OAP comedy that plumps for light laughs over deeper insights."

Mark Samuels

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