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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Hard Eight (1996) Although it tries to be clever, knowing and gritty, Hard Eight is never more than boring.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
9% The Bachelor (1999) This '90s remake of Buster Keaton's 1925 Seven Chances will have the legendary slapstick-stuntmaster somersaulting in his grave‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
57% Absolute Power (1997) It's let down by a wildly implausible script... but it's still enjoyable, and the sleaze theme is nothing if not timely.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
100% Ikiru (1956) An introspective, naturalistic contemporary drama combining progressive social criticism with a universal humanist message.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/5 41% Hardball (2001) It's simple stuff to be sure, but it's done so damn well you really don't mind.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
46% Big Nothing (2007) An imitation of other indie noirs it may be, but Big Nothing is one film that offers more than its title suggests.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
2/5 10% The Air I Breathe (2008) Even at 95 minutes it's a yawn-a-thon. Deep and meaningful? Stop and take a breath...‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
1/5 21% Mercury Rising (1998) This should never have been made. Avoid it and pretend it wasn't.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
51% The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997) Where's the scene of someone riding a dinosaur? Where's the climatic showdown between a triceratops and T-rex? Where's the scene of a massive monster going down in a hail of gunfire? Where's the point?‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
81% Liar Liar (1997) Carrey fans the world over should rejoice at the squidgy-faced one's return to form -- this is quite possibly his best, most consistently funny film yet.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/5 65% 13 Going on 30 (2004) Garner makes the most of this humble, good-natured rom-com, propelling it from the minor leagues to the majors.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 91% If.... (1968) [Its] potency is due to the way former documentarian Anderson manages to blend European surrealism into the film's near-documentary style, successfully highlighting the students' frustrations by setting their fantasies against cold-shower reality.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3/5 56% The Santa Clause 2 (2002) Sweet? Yes. Sentimental? You bet. But like all the best Christmas pictures, this doesn't let the schmaltz swamp the wit or the charm - and has a sledload of both.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
57% Km 31 (2006) It's less the lack of cohesion or freshness that perturbs than the frighteningly low scare count, writer/ director Rigoberto Castaneda flailing for the right Ring tone with cheap shocks and slightly pricier CG effects.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
46% Lake Placid (1999) Fantastic stuff. Tense and silly and very, very funny, this is easily the best horror comedy for years.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) Lyonne makes the most of the material and But I'm A Cheerleader is a flawed-but-fun romp.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
37% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) The continent shift provides little more than window dressing.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 45% Stepmom (1998) It's a hardened soul who can bear the last 10 minutes without reaching for the Kleenex.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 65% The Beast (La bête) (1975) Seemingly intended as a Buñuelian farce, the pitiful animal effects and erotic scenes instead provoke derision.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 27% Event Horizon (1997) Whether all the mind games, blood 'n' guts and loud bangs scare you or not depends on your tolerance of gore and horror, but director Paul Anderson keeps the picture stealthy and dark, aided by a crashing score from Mark Kamen.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 59% Pitch Black (2000) But, much like cult pulper Assault On Precinct 13, this supersedes its derivative B-movie roots to emerge as a craftily crafted and stylishly shot outer-spacer.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/5 45% Deep Impact (1998) There are some impressive disaster effects in the final hour, and thanks to some clever and knowing twists, Deep Impact keeps you averagely entertained right up until the cataclysmic tidal-wave finale.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/5 91% Mughal-E-Azam (1960) It's well worth visiting a seminal movie that set many of the thematic traditions for contemporary Indian cinema.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
4/5 87% The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Making marvellous use of settings and locations, Hitchcock treats the viewer to superbly choreographed set-pieces.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Little can convey the texture of the Texan writer/director's fourth feature, other than to say it is unmistakably Andersonian, as off-kilter and tricksy as The Royal Tenenbaums.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2014
86% Chicago (2002) It's refreshing to see a robust, streamlined adaptation that drips with steamy sex appeal while staying true to the original.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2014
5/5 98% His Girl Friday (1940) It's a miraculous balancing act from Hawks, who keeps death-row drama bleeding under the movie's screwball skin to give this frantic battle of the sexes a fiendishly dark sophistication.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
5/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) With Mystic River, Clint stared down loss and revenge. Here, he's made an elegiac and beautifully measured film about the power of love.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 74% Crash (2004) Provocative, moving and powerful, this multi-stranded LA story is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. Just don't drive to see it.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
5/5 93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) A worthy conclusion to a modern epic. Don't worry that your expectations will be too high -- Return Of The King will exceed them all.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
5/5 92% Reservoir Dogs (1992) No matter how many times you've freeze-framed the bit at the end, it's still up there with Die Hard and Taxi Driver as one of the great once-a-year indulgences.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/5 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) Entertaining, witty and acutely funny, with the ability to appeal to more than Shakespeare buffs. But for real fans of the Bard, it's a glorious treat that's smart and humorous, with highly appealing performances all round.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2013
5/5 87% American Beauty (1999) American Beauty is a profoundly satisfying piece of cinema which works its way inside you, grabs hold of your heart and simply refuses to let go.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/5 91% The Departed (2006) This is Scorsese's Serpico, his French Connection, his Heat, and he brings the same eye for anthropological detail to the boys in blue as he does to his beloved wiseguys.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/5 85% The English Patient (1996) Films this good don't come along very often -- The English Patient is one to savour.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2013
5/5 77% Gladiator (2000) This is visceral film-making at its finest, painted on the grandest of canvases, and yet, one which maintains the finest eye for detail.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2013
3/5 83% Dances With Wolves (1990) For all its worthiness and pictorial beauty, the narrative is damaged somewhat by Costner's over-cautious, sentimentalised portrait of the Sioux as early eco-warriors.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 83% The Sound of Music (1965) Handsomely shot on location in Salzburg and expertly edited, The Sound Of Music plucks at your heartstrings with clinical precision.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2013
3/5 71% Forrest Gump (1994) Largely enjoyable.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2013
5/5 93% Amadeus (1984) Cinema is usually great at telling you someone is a genius -- it's just not very good at showing you. Not so Amadeus.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2013
5/5 94% Rocky (1976) It's Sly's droopy-eyed, hangdog/underdog that carries Rocky's tale of transformation. He's no oil painting, no blue-eyed hero. He's not supposed to make it -- and that makes us instantly connect with him.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2013
2/5 83% A Man for All Seasons (1966) Fred Zinnemann's historical drama is the kind of authentic, stately yawner that probably wouldn't even score a greenlight today.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2013
5/5 88% Platoon (1986) The grisly reality is brought to life by Stone's dialogue and emotion-charged combat scenes, raising thought-provoking questions of morality in this still-resonant classic.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/5 86% Grand Hotel (1932) This is Golden Era Hollywood-studio style at its most opulent.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2013
5/5 99% On the Waterfront (1954) An astounding drama that's still a contender almost 50 years on.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
4/5 97% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) This is intelligent, liberal-minded Hollywood moviemaking at its most crafted -- if a tad overlong at just under three hours.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
5/5 96% Unforgiven (1992) Unforgiven exposes the true price behind the way the West was won.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2013
5/5 94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Cast, direction, score, look -- perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2013
3/5 89% Midnight Cowboy (1969) Strip away everything else and it's the performances that make Midnight Cowboy what it is.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2013
5/5 95% The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspective of the Second World War.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013