Review: Love, Rosie (2014)

Love, Rosie is “photo album cinema” at its worst, in which major events take precedence over genuine, intimate, and heartfelt moments – ★★

Review: What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

What We Did on Our Holiday might well be the most tonally inconsistent film of the year, but you know what? It sort of works… – ★★★

TV Review: The Walking Dead – Strangers (S5, E2)

There’s an inevitable reduction in pace in this week’s episode, though “Strangers” still packs quite a fierce dramatic punch when it needs to – ★★★

Review: Northern Soul (2014)

Elaine Constantine’s debut is heartfelt and engaging, but at times it’s a bit too drab for its own good – ★★★

TV Review: Doctor Who – Flatline (S8, E9)

The best episode of Series 8 so far, “Flatline” uses the effortless dynamic between Capaldi and Coleman to excellent effect – ★★★★

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is nowhere near as awful as it perhaps should be, though that’s the very definition of damning with faint praise – ★★½

TV Review: The Walking Dead – No Sanctuary (S5, E1)

“No Sanctuary” marks a triumphant return to greatness for everyone’s favourite zombie-slaying show, and is everything a season premiere ought to be – ★★★★

Review: Life After Beth (2014)

As a short film, Life After Beth could’ve been great. Alas, as a feature length effort, it’s more embarrassing than amusing – ★★

Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

Crude, faceless, dispassionate dreck; The Maze Runner marks a new nadir for the ever-burgeoning teen dystopian genre – ★

TV Review: Doctor Who – Mummy on the Orient Express (S8, E8)

A vast improvement on last week’s episode, “Mummy on the Orient Express” is a classic example of a self-contained story done just right – ★★★½

Top 5: David Cronenberg

To celebrate the recent release of Maps to the Stars, I take a look at my five favourite David Cronenberg films

Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

It’s fitting that A Walk Among the Tombstones is set in the nineties, because it possesses all the aesthetic and narrative sensibilities of that decade – ★★½

September 2014: A Recap

A brief recap of all the stuff I wrote in September 2014.

Review: The Giver (2014)

Like so many films of its ilk, The Giver extols the virtues of individualism while simultaneously conforming to every youth-centric, dystopian trope in the book – ★★

TV Review: Doctor Who – The Caretaker (S8, E6)

The “monster of the week” sucks major balls, sure, but The Caretaker has other, more intimate charms that make it a fun and worthwhile episode – ★★★

Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a masterclass in reticent fragility in this is slick and calculated thriller from Anton Corbijn – ★★★★½

Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014)

There’s definitely an audience for Let’s Be Cops‘ brand of witless humour, and it does a decent job of appealing to them. Alas, I’m not a member of said audience… – ★½

Review: If I Stay (2014)

If I Stay is inauthentic and gutless; the very epitome of upper middle-class mawkishness masquerading as something much more meaningful and profound – ★

Review: The Riot Club (2014)

I can’t say that I ever really enjoyed The Riot Club, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t think it’s “good” – ★★★

Review: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Woody Allen has made a few clunkers in the last fifteen years, but Magic in the Moonlight marks a whole new low for the once legendary director – ★½

TV Review: Doctor Who – Time Heist (S8, E5)

There are lots of nice ideas at the heart of “Time Heist”, but thanks – somewhat ironically – to the constraints of time, they’re all underdeveloped and muddled – ★★

Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

I didn’t want to resort to food puns but The Hundred-Foot Journey is flavourless, undercooked and much too sugary – ★★

Review: Sex Tape (2014)

Cameron Diaz plays Cameron Diaz in, with the exception of The Other Woman (also starring Diaz…), the most humourless and flaccid comedy of the year – ★

Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls is far from perfect, though in the final months of a year that has been nothing short of dreadful for children’s films, it feels like a real breath of fresh air – ★★½

TV Review: Doctor Who – Listen (S8, E4)

Listen has all the hallmarks of a typical Moffat episode, but for the first time since The Pandorica Opens they come together to produce an episode that is as poignant as it is thrilling – ★★★★

Classic Movies: Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Soviet propaganda at its most evocative and daring, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin remains the high watermark of its genre – ★★★★★

Review: The Guest (2014)

It’s impossible to pigeonhole Adam Wingard’s The Guest into a single genre, and that’s exactly what makes it so good – ★★★★

Review: Pride (2014)

The most authentic and joyous “feel-good” film to emerge from Britain since the nineties, Pride is affectionate, witty and utterly heart-warming – ★★★★★

Review: Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

The performances are decent but they aren’t enough to save this generic thriller from painful mediocrity – ★★

Review: As Above, So Below (2014)

As Above, So Below gets off to a genuinely decent start, only to completely surrender to the worst excesses of convention and cliché in the final act – ★★½