Movie Reviews

Focus review: Romantic comedy caper a classy con job

Sandra Hall You may lose track of who's zooming who in this caper movie-cum-romance, but you'll never not be entertained.

Project Almanac review: Michael Bay-produced film is an irritating waste of time

Sofia Black D'Elia is Jessie Pierce in <i>Project Almanac</i>.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall The time you spend watching this tired old time-travel film is 106 minutes of your life you'll never get back.

Eastern Boys review: Robin Campillo's film a complex series of confrontations

Tense: Kirill Emelyanov faces off with Olivier Rabourdin (right) in Eastern Boys.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson Robin Campillo's Eastern Boys explores shifting dynamics of power as relationships unfold.

A Most Violent Year review: Where morality tale meets action flick

Jessica Chastain in <i>A Most Violent Year</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker J.C. Chandor's mob marital drama strikes some bold poses but is ultimately confined by its own conventions.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel review: Sequel overstays its welcome

Judi Dench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes The first film was charming. The second is overwritten, overdirected and overindulged.

Gangnam Blues review: Korean gangster tale of turf war stays on familiar ground

Opposing forces: Yoo Ha's gangster epic is well-made in what is by now a familiar Korean style.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson This violent yet glossy film portrays the early days of Seoul's most famous neighbourhood.

Eastern Boys review: Slow-burn thriller pulses with questions of sex, power and identity

<i>Eastern Boys</i>: An elegantly filmed work of suspense.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker French filmmaker Robin Campillo has crafted a slow-building story of intimacy and alienation.

Project Almanac review: Teen time travel flick backfires

Loopy: Jonny Weston and Virginia Gardner in <i>Project Almanac</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Part of the fun in any time travel movie is spotting the plot holes, but the creators of Project Almanac make it all too easy.

A Most Violent Year review: Oscar Isaac is superb in this fair-fight fable

<i>A Most Violent Year</i>: Like most mob movies, it's about the American dream.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson JC Chandor's impressive film ponders one man's efforts to keep his hands clean in a world where everyone else plays dirty.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold review: A return visit sprinkled with glitter

Age and verve: The second instalment is as likeable as the first in spite of its mounting implausibilities.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Bollywood and Hollywood join forces to delightful effect in The Second Best Marigold Hotel.

Fifty Shades of Grey review: Erotic tale may bore you to tears

Blame it on his childhood trauma.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Christian Grey is so one-dimensional in this adaptation of the supposedly erotic book that the main threat he poses is of boring you to tears.

Jupiter Ascending review: Mila Kunis swaps rom-com for space opera

Pretty with faults: Mila Kunis in <i>Jupiter Ascending</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Starring Mila Kunis as a humble cleaner who learns she is one of the rulers of the universe, the new science-fiction saga from the creators of the Matrix trilogy is visually spectacular yet...

Rosewater review: Stewart's directorial debut solid but overly cautious

Gabriel Garcia Bernal as journalist Maziar Bahari in <I>Rosewater</i>.

Paul Byrnes Born out of a sense of guilt, Jon Stewart's feature debut is good, but doesn't go far enough.

A Girl Walks Home Alone review: Delirious disorientation, vampire-style

There's a touch of James Dean about Arash Marandi in <i>A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night</i>.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker A beautifully composed and graceful vampire story with a difference.

What We Did on Our Holiday review: Comedy will delight fans of TV's Outnumbered

Worldly: Billy Connolly as Grandad is clearly relishing his job.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Billy Connolly leads a wonderful cast in a family comedy that steadfastly avoids the treacle.

Rosewater review: Jon Stewart's compassionate film, based on prisoner's memoir

After covering the Iranian elections, the journalist was accused of being a spy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Humour of the most absurdist kind does find its way into this story of a captive journalist and his interrogator.

The Interview review: Stupidity rules as Seth Rogen and James Franco target Kim Jong-un

James Franco

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson Sadly, this story of boys and their toys is too dumb to work as satire.

Citizenfour review: Extraordinary behind-the-scenes documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, left, and Glenn Greenwald in the documentary <i>Citizenfour</i>.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes Edward Snowden's story has been brought to the screen in an extraordinary new kind of documentary.

Fifty Shades of Grey review: Expecting trash? You might be in for a surprise - but not a pleasant one

Hot ticket: <i>Fifty Shades Of Grey</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker If you're expecting a trashy translation of a trashy novel you might be surprised.

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Somewhere Only We Know review: Young love and loss more like a postcard from Prague

Wang Likun as Jin Tian

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson This Chinese romantic drama is aimed at the young but is startlingly conventional in its values.