Movie Reviews and Ratings

Pioneer Movie Review

Pioneer Movie Review

A palpable sense of menace infuses this slow-burning Norwegian thriller, which is based on shocking, unsettling real-life events. Anchored by a terrific central performance from Aksel Hennie (Headhunters), the film sometimes strains to force the true story into a standard...

The Raid 2 Movie Review

The Raid 2 Movie Review

After the linear kick of 2011's surprise Indonesian hit The Raid, Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans is back with an epic-style sequel that sags under the weight of its ambitions. Indulgent both in its storytelling and in each set-piece, this two-and-a-half...

Half of a Yellow Sun Movie Review

Half of a Yellow Sun Movie Review

By trying to include an entire acclaimed novel on-screen, first-time filmmaker Biyi Bandele waters down momentous real-life events. The film is fascinating enough to hold our attention as it traces the first decade of Nigeria's independence, but the human drama...

The Double - Movie Review

The Double - Movie Review

After his acclaimed drama Submarine, actor-turned-filmmaker Richard Ayoade applies his considerable visual skills to this striking blackly comical adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella. Bristling with wit and snappy details, the film's style overwhelms its emotional core, leaving us unable to feel...

The Motel Life - Movie Review

The Motel Life - Movie Review

There's a lovely simplicity to this quietly unnerving story about two brothers who have never had a break in life. And while it is relentlessly grim, it's also elegantly well-made, held together by another revelatory performance from Emile Hirsch as...

Honour - Movie Review

Honour - Movie Review

There's such an important issue at the centre of this British thriller that the film should not be ignored, even if filmmaker Shan Khan strains to turn it into a formulaic thriller. It's beautifully shot and performed with emotional resonance...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

This is the Marvel movie that divides the fans from the casual filmgoers, as the movies become more like a TV series in which the world is saved from disaster every week. While it's shot and acted to an unusually... Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo & Cobie Smulders.

20 Feet From Stardom Movie Review

20 Feet From Stardom Movie Review

Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who made classic records so memorable. Packed with lively, engaging people and fantastic music, the film also offers a sharp look at the music industry over... Starring: Darlene Love & Merry Clayton.

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears Movie Review

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears Movie Review

Deliberately disorienting, this stylish Belgian horror movie will delight fans of Italian giallo as it finds an odd emotional connection even though the surreal plot never quite comes into focus. Yes, it's kind of like a David Lynch movie: gripping...

Rio 2 - Movie Review

Rio 2 - Movie Review

After the snappy, clever 2011 original, this sequel feels rather lazy by comparison: it's still visually colourful and sometimes witty, but the overcrowded story is all over the place, mixing wacky slapstick and corny satire with a political message. And...

Divergent - Movie Review

Divergent - Movie Review

Teens tackle yet another dystopian future in this well-made but derivative franchise-launcher. Filmmaker Neil Burger is more interested in whizzy visuals and a thorny plot to pay much attention to the characters or larger underlying themes, which leaves the film...

Noah - Movie Review

Noah - Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky continues to ambitiously experiment with genres in this Old Testament blockbuster, but this is his first real misstep as a filmmaker, as the impressive parts simply don't add up. Still, there are flashes of genius as the epic...