Classic western tropes burn slowly to an intense finale. Classic Jeff Bridges.
12th May 2017Read more 4 star reviews
Stylish, thought-provoking indie contemplating the weighty responsibilities of parenthood.
22nd Apr 2017Read more 4 star reviews
Accomplished character piece. Almost stretches itself a bit thin, but it's stylish enough to transcend.
18th Mar 2017Read more 4 star reviews
Quintessential Gus Van Zant. Great art direction, acting and photography. Possibly better with age.
7th Mar 2017Read more 4 star reviews
Confident indie comedy-thriller that pitches itself perfectly.
4th Mar 2017Read more 4 star reviews
Brutally fast paced meta-fest, backed up by the most sensible bat-plot for a long time.
16th Feb 2017Read more 4 star reviews
Inventive ensemble drama, as David O. Russell takes another shot at Scorsese's crown. Great soundtrack too.
7th Jan 2017Read more 4 star reviews
A Star Wars Story
Second viewing and it's still holding together well. The third act is incredible.
22nd Dec 2016Read more 4 star reviews
A STAR WARS STORY
Impeccable world building and a nail biting finale mark a solid expansion of the universe.
18th Dec 2016Read more 4 star reviews
From 3 minutes in this was the best film I've seen in ages. Nostalgic indie sci-fi.
13th Dec 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Worthy, watertight journo movie. Full of great performances, but staying well between the lines.
21st Nov 2016Read more 4 star reviews
LA Confidential meets The Big Lebowski in the best way possible. Great turns from Reynolds and Crowe.
4th Nov 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Intense indie drama. Pacing is a little lopsided, but the sentiment and strong performances carry it through.
24th Sep 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Thoughtful, creative, mainstream indie from Mike Mills. Lovingly performed and put together.
8th Aug 2016Read more 4 star reviews
It's familiar ground , but this Baraka sequel hypnotises with embarrassing images of poverty and consumerism.
26th Jun 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Ambitious, arty, sumptuous take on the old classic. I still got a bit lost but Fassbender remains entrancing.
18th Jun 2016Read more 4 star reviews
There's a midlife crisis going on, but great visuals and a stellar back catalogue keep it exciting.
26th May 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Dated buddy cop movie that wrote many of today's movie cliches. Dated, but still brutal and funny.
16th Apr 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Shoegaze-heavy warm up gig for a long overdue comeback tour. Still generating a hypnotic wall of sound.
12th Apr 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Intense emotional rollercoaster, with Pixar's Pete Doctor perfectly navigating a complex concept.
26th Mar 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Text book Aussie crime pic. Hoons, cars, guns - gripping and full of decent turns.
10th Mar 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Brutal survivalist western. Magnificently ambitious and suffering only from being a little uneven.
22nd Jan 2016Read more 4 star reviews
The Force Awakens
Stylish remix, successfully handing the series over to a new gen of fans and characters.
19th Dec 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Accomplished indie that's getting better with age. Rich, 3D characters and performances.
5th Dec 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Sprawling collage, documenting over a decade of life inside Fugazi. Arty, and intense, just like the band.
25th Oct 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Overlooked gem from Scorsese’s doldrums. Heavy on film school tricks and filled with good turns.
8th Oct 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Classy, intense, small-scale crime epic from J.C. Chandor. Great automobile art direction too.
22nd Sep 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Taught, unpredictable thriller. Well played and masterfully directed by Steven Soderbergh.
30th Aug 2015Read more 4 star reviews
There's less novelty the second time round, but this unique film benefits and even seems less contrived.
20th Jun 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Slow 80s samurai doppelganger pic from Akira Kurosawa, which seems all the more epic in the post-CGI world.
19th Jun 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Scorsese's remake makes up for its lack of subtlety through pure bombast. Di Caprio's career highlight.
6th Jun 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Thoroughly pretentious, thoroughly enjoyable 90s PXL-Vision hipster indiefest.
4th Jun 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Inspiring, unpredictable music drama. Slow to start, but some nice turns keep it fresh for the drum solo.
25th May 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Witty, post modern detective pic, with standout comeback turns from RDJ and Val Kilmer.
20th May 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Sparse, atmospheric indie thriller - which quickly breaks the template with a couple of left turns.
17th May 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Genre-pushing 1950s Disney fairytale, this time in epic widescreen. Tastefully done.
29th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Great characters, fantastic scripts, a long-game season arc and a bunch of good twists make this very watchable TV.
26th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Rich, action-packed Disney entry, benefitting from J. M. Barrie's more layered source material.
26th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Textbook, sentimental, heartstring-plucking tale - done flawlessly.
25th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Genre-defining animation from Disney. Dated in some ways, but still full of style.
Halliwell says: Disney's first feature cartoon, a mammoth enterprise which no one in the business thought would work. The romantic leads were wishy-washy but the splendid songs and the marvellous comic and villainous characters turned the film into a world-wide box office bombshell which is almost as fresh today as when it was made.****
22nd Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Intense, paranoid witch hunt. Thought provoking and intricately crafted, with many stand out performances.
19th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Powerful, stylish drama. Beautiful cinematography, anchored by strong performances and a solid script.
12th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Compelling, stylish, indie-ish sci-fi. Laced with originality, if a little heavy handed in places.
5th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Electrifying modern thriller. Great script and a breakout turn from Donnie Darko. He's going to be big.
4th Nov 2014Read more 4 star reviews
If you like being punched in the emotional face you'll love this Pixar tearjerker. One of the best openings ever.
25th Aug 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Classy slice of 70s film noir, with a fantastic, effortless script and a star turn from Gene Hackman.
Halliwell says: Apparently a Chandlerish mystery, this is really a Pinterish audience-teaser with obsessions about communication and the meaning of life. A smart-ass entertainment for eager trendies.*
31st Jul 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Outstanding, intriguing, moving documentary about a deep black hole in the music industry.
20th Jul 2014Read more 4 star reviews
A mind bending time travel loop does a magnificent job of distracting you from an otherwise thin plot.
7th Jul 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Intense cat and mouse chase between two incredibly well drawn characters.
26th Jun 2014Read more 4 star reviews