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

Review: Lucy (2014)

Lucy is a genuine balls-to-the-wall Summer blockbuster that doesn’t chicken out in its final act. For that alone, it deserves a lot of credit – ★★★

TV Review: Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood (S8, E3)

Plot wise, “Robot of Sherwood” is a ramshackle mess, but it makes the most of Capaldi’s comic skills and is, despite its flaws, still mildly entertaining – ★★½

Review: Fruitvale Station (2014)

Fruitvale Station wears its heart and its politics on its sleeve, but it tells a story that needed telling and, most importantly, it tells it well – ★★★★

Classic Movies: Sin City (2005)

Frank Miller’s neo-fascist fantasies, splayed out for all and sundry to gawp at, do not make for an enjoyable viewing experience – ★★

Review: Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

Deliver Us from Evil‘s conformity to every cliché in the book is actually its one saving grace – ★★★

TV Review: Doctor Who – Into the Dalek (S8, E2)

Capaldi is still the stand-out but, after a shaky start last week, it seems the writing might finally be beginning to catch-up with him – ★★★★

August 2014: A Recap

A brief recap of all the nonsense I wrote in the month of August

Review: What If (2014)

What If riffs off the same styles and ideas as (500) Days of Summer. Make of that what you will… – ★½

Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

The formula has been toned down to such a fatal extent that The Expendables 3 doesn’t even pack the cheap, mindless thrills of its predecessors – ★★

Review: Into the Storm (2014)

Into the Storm is about as thrilling as passing wind, and just as uncomfortable, embarrassing and rancid – ★

Review: Évocateur – The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

Morton Downey Jr; if you thought Glenn Beck was a shrieking crackpot, you ain’t seen nothing yet… – ★★★

Review: X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)

Bryan Singer uses Days of Few-CHA Past to retcon the fuck out of the universe he helped to bring to the big screen and has a helluva lot of fun in the process – ★★★½

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Despite its flaws, this sequel is – much like its characters – far more grown-up and mature than its predecessor – ★★★★

Review: Magic Magic (2014)

Magic Magic starts as an eerie psychological thriller but its refusal to offer any explanations is simply unforgiveable – ★★

A Terrible Week for Cinema…

A very brief tribute to Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

Review: Hercules (2014)

Hercules is loud, brash, camp, cheesy… and thoroughly entertaining – ★★★

Review: The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

The Inbetweeners 2 does exactly what you want it to; no more and no less – ★★½

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is a film at war with itself; a war in which only one vision – the studio one – can ever truly win – ★★★

Review: Last Vegas (2014)

Last Vegas often feels like the cinematic equivalent of a terminally ill old man begging to be put of his misery – ★½

The Greatest Documentaries of All Time – A Discussion

An open discussion of Sight & Sound’s recent list of the greatest documentaries of all time. What are your choices?

Review: Earth to Echo (2014)

Earth to Echo riffs heavily on timeless classics like E.T and The Goonies but never quite matches their charm – ★★½

Review: The Purge – Anarchy (2014)

Commending The Purge: Anarchy for being better than its predecessor – which it is, admittedly – is the very definition of “damning with faint praise” – ★½

Review: Jersey Boys (2014)

Eastwood is in uncomfortable territory and it definitely shows, though the glorious soundtrack just about helps see Jersey Boys through – ★★★

Review: The Two Faces of January (2014)

Hossein Amini’s feature debut is a competent thriller that is elevated beyond mediocrity by the strength of its three central performances – ★★★