Review: Carrie (2013)

My ★½ review of Kimberly Peirce’s remake / adaptation of the classic horror novel and film Carrie. Is it just another unnecessary re-imagining of the same old story?


Top 20 of 2013, Part II: #10 – #1

As the year draws to a close here is the (almost) definitive list of my top 10 films of 2013…

Top 20 of 2013, Part I: #20 – #11

Numbers 20 – 11 on my countdown of the best films of 2013… expect surprises and perhaps even some controversy.

Review: Maniac (2013)

My ★★★½ review of Franck Khalfoun’s remake of the 1980 cult splatter horror classic Maniac; is it just another pointless remake or does it have a certain merit?

TV Review: Doctor Who – The Time of the Doctor

My ★★★½ review of The Time of the Doctor, which marks Matt Smith’s final episode of Doctor Who and the start of Peter Capaldi’s reign.

Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

It was released 3 months before the “so bad it’s good” White House Down but it does it possess that film’s sense of anarchic fun? Here’s my ½★ review of Olympus Has Fallen.

Review: The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

My ★★★½ review of The Broken Circle Breakdown, the 2013 film from Felix Van Groeningen, based on a play by Mieke Dobbels & Johan Heldenbergh.

Review: The Patience Stone (2013)

Author Atiq Rahimi adapts his novel The Patience Stone for the big screen, but how successful is this tale of female empowerment when portrayed on film? Here’s my ★★★★ review.

Review: The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

My ★★★★½ review of The Place Beyond the Pines, the epic, generational drama from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance.

Review: What Maisie Knew (2013)

My ★★½ review of What Maisie Knew, a modern take on Henry James’ novel of the same name that explores the breakdown of a dysfunctional family through the eyes of a young child.

Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey (2012)

In preparation for The Desolation of Smaug (out now), I revisit the first chapter of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey – ★★½

Christmas Films: Top 5

A countdown of my five favourite Christmas films of all time, that I watch each year without fail.

Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

My ★★★★ review of Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass’ adaptation of the true story of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.

Review: Elysium (2013)

Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, his first feature film since the critically-acclaimed District 9, has been met with a somewhat muted reaction… here’s my ★½ review.

Review: Philomena (2013)

My ★★★½ review of Philomena, the true story of journalist Martin Sixsmith’s quest to help Philomena Lee find the son that was stolen from her 50 years previously.

Review: Evil Dead (2013)

I’ve never been a fan of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead so will this be one of those rare occasions when I think a remake is better than the original? Here’s my ★★★½ review…

Review: Prisoners (2013)

My ★★★½ review of Prisoners, the new thriller from Denis Villeneuve about two young girls who go missing during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Review: Alan Partridge – Alpha Papa (2013)

Alan Partridge, one of TV’s greatest comedy creations, finally hits the big screen but does Alpha Papa live up to the hype? Here’s my ★★★ review.

Review: Spring Breakers (2013)

My ★★★★ review of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, in which Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez go all out in an attempt to leave their Disney history behind them. But is the film any good…

Review: Behind the Candelabra (2013)

My ★★★½ review of the film deemed “too gay for Hollywood”, Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s HBO biopic that looks at the last ten years of the life of Liberace.

Review: Warm Bodies (2013)

My ★★ review of Warm Bodies, the so-called “RomZomCom” from 50/50 director Jonathan Levine.

Review: Gangster Squad (2013)

My ★½ review of Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer’s film which is loosely based on Paul Lieberman’s article Tales from the Gangster Squad.

Review: Stories We Tell (2013)

My ★★★½ review of Sarah Polley’s intimate documentary about her family and how it relates to a much broader truth about the art of storytelling and filmmaking.

Classic Movies: Body Double (1984)

In light of my negative reappraisal of Dressed to Kill on Tuesday, I decided to give Body Double another go to see if it too is little more than a shameless rip-off of a Hitchcock classic. Here’s my ★★★½ review.

Trailer Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

A brief analysis / review of the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2; what questions does it pose, what secrets does it reveal and, most importantly, does it look any good..?

Review: Gravity (2013)

My ★★★★ review of Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s first feature film since 2005’s Children of Men, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Review: The Hunger Games – Catching Fire (2013)

The sequel to 2012’s The Hunger Games has been surprisingly well-received but does it live up to the hype? Here’s my ★★ review…

Classic Movies: Dressed to Kill (1980)

In the wake of the recent remake of Brian de Palma’s Carrie, I decided to give a couple of the man’s other classics a rewatch; up first, it’s the Hitchcockian thriller Dressed to Kill… – ★★

Review: Frances Ha (2013)

My ★★★★ review of Frances Ha, the latest effort from Noah Baumbach, about a twenty-something woman struggling to find meaning in the World. Does it live up to the critical acclaim?

Review: Percy Jackson – Sea of Monsters (2013)

Does the follow-up to the first Percy Jackson film offer anything new, or is it just as rotten & derivative as its predecessor? Let’s take a look…