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Earth to Echo - Movie Review

Earth to Echo - Movie Review

The filmmakers behind this pre-teen adventure admit that they were trying to combine the magic of E.T., Stand by Me and The Goonies, but they've forgotten that none of those complex, deeply involving classics ever talk down to their audience....

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - Movie Review

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - Movie Review

It's fitting that filmmakers Stephen Silha and Eric Slade assemble this documentary with as much colourful poetry as they can muster, because the subject matter was a remarkably life-loving man whose impact on the arts shouldn't be underestimated. James Broughton...

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie - Movie Review

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie - Movie Review

With inept directing and editing and an incoherent script, this film utterly wastes any chance to create a charming little movie around the winner of 2012's Britain's Got Talent competition. Among a multitude of filmmaking sins, director Nick Moore (Horrid...

I Am Divine Movie Review

I Am Divine Movie Review

With an appropriate explosion of humour and colour, this documentary traces the life of a fiercely individualistic actor, digging beneath the surface to explore both his origins and his legacy. And frankly, it's about time someone documented the iconic cross-dressing... Starring: Divine, John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter & Holly Woodlawn.

Love Me Till Monday Movie Review

Love Me Till Monday Movie Review

Refreshingly avoiding the usual romantic-comedy formula, this low-key British film has an enjoyably loose tone even if it sometimes feels rather random in its approach to the story. Drawing on the age-old idea of a young woman searching for "the...

Begin Again Movie Review

Begin Again Movie Review

Fans of the Oscar-winning 2006 Irish film Once (and its more recent stage-musical adaptation) may find this American drama a little derivative, but it's a strong story in its own right. Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine and Yasiin Bey.

Tammy Movie Review

Tammy Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy is clearly in a rut: the title character in this film isn't very far removed from her previous roles in The Heat and Identity Thief. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass, Gary Cole, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette and Sandra Oh.

Mr. Morgan's Last Love Movie Review

Mr. Morgan's Last Love Movie Review

Complex emotions and a gentle exploration of interpersonal connections make this Paris-set drama worth a look, especially since it's so nicely played by the eclectic cast. German filmmaker Sandra Nettlelbeck (Mostly Martha) lets the story unfold slowly and steadily, getting...

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Boyhood Movie Review

Boyhood Movie Review

By shooting this film over 12 years, writer-director Richard Linklater is able to explore family dynamics in an intensely involving way that's never been seen on-screen before. Watching the film is such an immersive experience that it's impossible not to... Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke & Lorelei Linklater.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction

With each film in the Transformer saga, Michael Bay makes it clear that all he's interested in are massive metallic special effects bashing into each other and usually exploding. Because otherwise this is a vacuous thriller without any characters to... Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver & Sophia Myles.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review

Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year. Not only are its big set-pieces thrillingly rendered with first-rate special effects, but the characters are complex... Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou & Craig Ferguson.

Rage Movie Review

Rage Movie Review

Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in the same moral universe as the Taken movies, where mass murder is excusable if your daughter's been kidnapped. Despite a low-budget aesthetic, director Paco Cabezas... Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan, Michael McGrady, Danny Glover, Peter Stormare & Pasha D. Lychnikoff.