Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game struggles to strike the right tone in its latter half, but as a celebration of Alan Turing’s life, it’s a highly effective piece of cinema – ★★★★

Classic Movies: Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard isn’t just the best action film of all time, it’s also the best Christmas film of all time. Here’s why – ★★★★★

Review: The Drop (2014)

You’ve seen The Drop many times before, but to its credit it does what it does very well indeed – ★★★

Review: Life Itself (2014)

Affectionate, honest and informative, Life Itself serves as a fitting tribute to Roger Ebert’s admirable legacy – ★★★½

Review: Paddington (2014)

Paddington wears its heart and its values on its sleeve, thus making it one of the most politically relevant films of the year… no, seriously! – ★★½

Review: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

With its honest, unromanticised portrayal of depression and mental illness, The Skeleton Twins is immensely admirable, despite some avoidable narrative flaws – ★★★

Review: Say When (2014)

Say When is as conventional and pedestrian as you probably expect. If you’re into that kind of film, then you might enjoy it – ★★½

TV Review: The Walking Dead – Coda (S5, E8)

Intense, uncertain and devastating, “Coda” marks a fitting end to one of the best half-seasons of The Walking Dead to date – ★★★★

Review: Annabelle (2014)

An apartment block setting and a cheap reference to Sharon Tate’s murder do not a successful Rosemary’s Baby rip-off make, as Annabelle proves – ★½

Review: Dracula Untold (2014)

“Untold” is how Dracula Untold should’ve remained… – ★★

Review: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar, though admirable, is little more than the cinematic equivalent of watching a director whose reach far exceeds his grasp furiously masturbating at you without ever achieving a satisfactory climax – ★★

TV Review: The Walking Dead – Self Help (S5, E5)

“Self Help” addresses a number of character development issues, but it does so in a way that feels a little too familiar – ★★½

Review: Mr. Turner (2014)

Mike Leigh, like Turner, is a true artist – a master of his form – and it is his passion for the project that prevents Mr Turner from becoming yet another soulless, humdrum biopic – ★★★½

TV Review: Doctor Who – Death in Heaven (S8, E12)

Inconsistent, problematic, but with moments of brilliance, “Death in Heaven” is a rather fitting conclusion to Series 8 – ★★★

Review: Fury (2014)

David Ayer deserves plaudits for his uncomprising approach to Fury, but his direction and screenplay both lack purpose and meaning – ★★★

Review: Ouija (2014)

Eye-rollingly stupid and banal to the point of analgesic, Ouija is offensive, retrograde, sub-gothic garbage – ★

Review: The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook doesn’t always work, but it taps into the most fundamental human fears and explores them in a way that is fresh and intriguing – ★★★

The New American Nightmare in Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” – An Essay / Review

Some thoughts on the demise and perversion of the American Dream in relation to Dan Gilroy’s exquisite directorial debut Nightcrawler.

TV Review: Doctor Who – Dark Water (S8, E11)

“Dark Water” is Moffat at his darkest and most deliciously morbid, and it lays some fierce foundations for the finale still to come – ★★★★

Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Not even a cynical sociopath like me can deny that Alexander and the Yadda, Yadda, Yadda is both funny and charming, particularly in a year that has so far been simply dreadful for children’s cinema – ★★★

TV Review: The Walking Dead – Four Walls and a Roof (S5, E3)

The lines between the living and the undead become increasingly blurred this week as The Walking Dead continues to explore the desperate savagery of its surviving characters – ★★★½

TV Review: Doctor Who – In the Forest of the Night (S8, E10)

“In the Forest of the Night” is a pure filler episode, written by a man best known for his children’s books. Both of these things really do show… – ★½

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 – ★★