It's never a good sign when you find yourself missing Gerard Butler.
Every year there's a couple of films that make me want to blockade the multiplex.
The story of how Radio Hauraki came to be is a truly great one.
REVIEW: Lone Survivor does for soldiers what Friday Night Lights did for footballers: it gives us entry into a near impenetrable world, it makes it credible.
REVIEW: There is a great hole in the world where Mel Gibson used to be.
Matthew McConaughey became a leading man in the 1990s, but never quite graduated to Pitt/Clooney/Depp megastardom, and was seemingly destined to grind out the next decade of his career being an attractive place to temporarily hang a shirt in rom-com hell.
A few years back I was much impressed with a film called Into The Wild.
A few years back, writing for another paper, I took my seat in the old and unlamented Rialto, and tried my darndest to watch Basic Instinct 2.
Does it matter that this is a remake of a hilariously trashy and energetic 1981 movie? I doubt it.
REVIEW: Tom Hanks is utterly convincing as Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks. It's a sanitised Walt we're given here, but still a credible one.
REVIEW: Solomon Northup was a well-liked New York city gentleman.
REVIEW: There is no mention that Nelson Mandela saw the Long Walk To Freedom. And that strikes me as a pity.
One day in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood four boys bonded forever by standing up to a neighbourhood bully, and lifting a bottle of whisky from the local drugstore.
American Hustle is hugely entertaining, perfectly paced, and generally impressive as all hell.
REVIEW: Alexander Payne has come back with a film that is at once both sadder and funnier than almost any other Hollywood film.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't a bad film. It's just an uninspired and unoriginal one. For a Friday night out, it'll do.
It's not often a film is already famous for being a failure before it has opened.
Adapting a beloved and much respected novel is a fraught business.
Winning the rights to adapt Jordan Belfort's memoir of a decade of stock-market fraud, high-living, addiction, and eventual imprisonment must have been an absolute gift to Scorsese.
Graeme Tuckett rounds up his top 10 films of 2013.
Anchorman 2 is a nine-years-later return to the great high point of Will Ferrell's career.
Filth should be a ripper of a film - pity the director completely failed to understand the source material.
A strong lead character, a well thought-out world - there's a lot to like in the Hunger Games franchise.
Thirty years after it was first released, Geoff Murphy's Utu gets a full restoration, and mild re-edit. What emerges is, perhaps, Utu the way it should have been seen in 1983.
Director Jeff Tremaine, with star and co-writer Johnny Knoxville, have dialled back on the trademark Jackass shenanigans, and seem to be making a bid to have Bad Grandpa accepted as a comedy drama in its own right.
REVIEW: The Butler succeeds as an impassioned and necessary portrait of an entire era in recent American history.
The Counselor could and should have been a dark and acceptably nasty piece of work, but it fails on every level.
I can only review a film for what it is and The Turning is the finest collection of linked short films I have ever seen.
Lightning can and does strike twice. This film is easily as fine as the first, and in its closing sequence, perhaps even better.
If About Time is indeed Richard Curtis' final film, it is a rousing farewell.
With a stunningly well-done first hour, Captain Phillips could have been great. Instead, action movie cliches pummel any interest.
Beyond the Edge is the film Hillary and Tenzing deserve: understated, modest, but truly enthralling.
Well performed, well written and shot through with a love for its setting, Being Venice is warmly recommended.
It's not that there's anything wrong with Justin Timberlake's new vehicle Runner Runner. It's just that there isn't much right about it, either.
REVIEW: I liked the first Machete. The sequel. Machete Kills, is absolutely dire.
REVIEW: Despite Naomi Watts giving it her all in the lead, Diana is ultimately a hollow and unworthy film
REVIEW: Biopic Diana has been savaged by critics. And it is a swan in a turkey.
Behind The Candelabra is a fascinating yarn, done justice by a hugely talented and intelligent film-maker.
If you're hoping for something other than cynical, exploitative drivel, avoid Planes like a bad mussel.
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