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Pandorum (2009)
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A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. (108 mins.)
“ A small rag-tag crew regain consciousness with no memory of where they are or who they are as they are pursued by unknown adversaries. It is a race for survival to uncover the mystery. One of the best and grittiest sci-fi movies of the past two decades. ” - Paul Timms
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ A gruesome modern psychological tale of revenge in a small English town. Tinged with very dark humour and replete with moral indictments the protagonist faces a world painted black by immoral excessiveness requiring an excessive solution painted red. An outstanding performance from the entire cast but especially Paddy Considine and the big break for Tony Kebbell (Rock n Rolla). One of the most inventive and very best English movies. ” - Paul Timms
Casshern (2004)
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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru. (142 mins.)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
“ An outstanding live-action masterpiece of imagination and design by director Kazuaki Kiriya (later of the equally outstanding Goemon). Operatic in terms of acting and action, this is a steam-punkish, future-shocker set in world dictated by the development of biotechnologies, the arrival of a mysterious savior underpinned with supernatural and metaphysical tones. A silent rage of a movie that kicks the entire genre square in the Alan's.

While it coalesces just about every cliche of master movie making, it has its own definitive imprint and is an epic of unimaginable proportions.Press play. ” - Paul Timms
Valhalla Rising (2009)
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Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land. (93 mins.)
“ Compelling and in-depth performances from Mads Mikkilsen (Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans) Ewan Stewart (Rob Roy, Titanic), and others, this is a first-class visceral execution in method and cinematography. Like nothing you have seen before. A Heart of Darkness medieval style Valhalla Rising is based on the novel of the same name by Clive Cussler. ” - Paul Timms
Dagon (2001)
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A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring. (95 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ One of the eeriest horror-fantasy movies made by cult director Stuart Gordon, and certainly the best H.P.Lovecraft adaptation committed to film so far.

Dagon completely eschews almost all standard forms of contemporary horror-movie making of which the latter's consistent over-use of the screechy violins effect has been causing concerns with my ear doctor. Instead Gordon utilizes the pall of silence deliberately to understate the mood whilst building up a momentum of sickly insidiousness that manifests itself through to the crescendo of the shocking prophetic conclusion. ” - Paul Timms
The Town (2010)
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As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Ben Affleck's finest moment in his career as actor and director. Casting Jeremy Renner into a movie was a shrewd decision and shows how he adds the explosive element that takes such a work to an entirely new level. This movie is near flawless in terms of script, acting, cinematography, execution, and casting. The torque is on a par with Hurt Locker, and Brooklyn's Finest. ” - Paul Timms
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Kathryn Bigelow. One of the few women director's that indirectly takes on the patriarchy of Hollywood action and high tension film-making on its own terms. I say indirect because her later films seem to be honest engagements with the issues that she deals with and Hurt Locker is the height of that expression.

Hurt locker is based on a factual account of events of a bomb disarmament unit in Iraq but with a necessary fictionalization of the possible psychological implications of the daily tasks to which they volunteer themselves. The aim of this movie is to put you in their place; as close as you can get to the experience as possible.

Again, all the cast give great performances including Guy Pearce, but none will deny another show-stealing performance from Jeremy Renner. This is Bigelow's career highlight, and worth the wait. A psychologically intense movie of the highest order. ” - Paul Timms
Thor (2011)
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The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
London Boulevard (2010)
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An ex-con with a reputation tries to go straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London's underground crime lord. (103 mins.)
Director: William Monahan
“ Very well written movie. Well filmed. Funny, tragic and every actor quite simply shines. ” - Paul Timms
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
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During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ This is a history lesson par excellence: the attention to historical detail has never been matched in any other film produced so far. Visually resplendent one can only hold breath for so long awaiting the arrival of "The Way Back". Peter Weir didn't get ahead of the game with this movie. He became the headmaster! ” - Paul Timms
The Way Back (2010)
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Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India. (133 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ If you are still one of those archaic drones that insist socialism or communism is or was a good idea should watch this movie. This is emotive, and compelling viewing. ” - Paul Timms
Silent Hill (2006)
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A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. (125 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
“ Incredible fantasy horror. This is also quite probably the best translation of game to movie produced so far. The casting really works for all the characters. Very dark, gothic and incredible visual effects and design. True to the game in every sense, but also a movie that stands on its own. ” - Paul Timms
The Descent (2005)
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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ Tired of watching horror movies where hopelessly disaffected ditsy young sorority girls get slaughtered, always run away screaming and getting hacked and slashed (the jocks are no better spending most of the time screaming like ditsy young girls, completely useless at plumbing or fixing stuff in general and utterly failing to save the damsels in distress). This one turns it on its head. Not a ditsy male blonde in sight and girls kicking ass. Its very gory. And one of the best British horror films made. ” - Paul Timms
Gothika (2003)
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A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done. (98 mins.)
“ More twists and turns than a twisty turny thing, this movie delivers atmosphere, shocks, horror, suspense, special effects to create one of the best and quite possibly one of the most under-rated horror movies of the past decade (and is a Halle Berry career best). Mathieu Kassovitz of La Haine transmigrated very well to the plane of horror. Shame about Babylon A.D. ” - Paul Timms
Day Watch (2006)
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A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event. (132 mins.)
“ Tarantino went a bit over-board comparing Nightwatch, the first of the trilogy, with Lord of the Rings. Forget comparisons. This, the second of the trilogy, and stands alone in its own right as a long-awaited watershed in modern movie-making from Russia. But Bekmambetov has not simply caught up with the world with his dazzling and eerie special effects. He has surpassed many and laid the blue-print for those to follow. His characters have an honesty about them and perform in such a way as to help translate the entrenched mythology and folk lore from the ancient times to the modern day in a very convincing and sympathetic way. By far one of the best and most imaginative movies of the past decade. ” - Paul Timms
Triangle (2009)
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The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ When someone uses that turn of phrase "what a nightmare", they probably haven't seen this film, because this is - in a the well-executed movie kind of way. A murder-mystery-horror. ” - Paul Timms
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
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A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable. (98 mins.)
“ Finally, the best Clive Barker adaptation since the Hellraiser and Candyman. So far, its gone under most people's radars but this is a great movie with some interesting psychological turns and as usual, gory as hell. ” - Paul Timms
Taken (2008)
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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ Morel has produced action movies of the highest caliber, and has reached maturity with Taken. ” - Paul Timms
Running Scared (2006)
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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
“ Not your straight forward action movie. This one involves two protagonists - a low-level criminal and a gun he has been asked to dispose of. Its journey will effect all those who encounter it in unimaginable ways as it moves through the narrative - dark and surreal. ” - Paul Timms
Tropic Thunder (2008)
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Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ One of the most original comedies ever made with an ensemble cast including Robert Downey jnr and (believe it or not) Tom Cruise as the megalomaniac film-mogul. Tom Cruise is very funny! A classic. ” - Paul Timms
The Other Guys (2010)
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Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned. (107 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ Simply one of the funniest comedies you'll ever see. Ever heard the one about the Lion's hunting Tuna. You will soon enough. ” - Paul Timms
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ I simply can't wait for the sequel. This is movie is gold standard and Robert Downey Jnr's finest movie. ” - Paul Timms
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
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In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ The next three movies are quite simply Brad Pitt illuminated and quite possibly one of the most versatile actors. ” - Paul Timms
Fight Club (1999)
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An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Fincher's finest film from one of the finest writers. Its crazy to believe that the studio executives didn't like this film. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Helen Bonham Carter. All outstanding is. If you have any interest in movies from an academic point of view, film studies, cultural studies etc, then this is the postmodern movie par-excellence. ” - Paul Timms
Snatch (2000)
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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Brad Pitt playing a pikey. ” - Paul Timms
Event Horizon (1997)
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A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ No one seems to like Paul W Anderson very much. The 'proper' movie critics don't seem to anyway. So if I enjoy this film does that expel me from the 'proper critics school of film' criticism? I don't care much for critics, so school's out. And as this movie has all the elements of a great horror film; Originality, entertaining banter, well-timed humour, suspense, mystery, gore and horror. Its out in space, and lets face it, space is inifinite but the movie industry treats it in a very limited way. This is definitely one of the most entertaining space-horrors made. ” - Paul Timms
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
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An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Dark, surreal, questions reality. Is the writer writing or is he being written? Yes, its that kind of movie with more than a touch of Lovecraft. ” - Paul Timms
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers. (125 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ For a land with a very rich and diverse mythological heritage, it is sadly lacking in the production of raw fantasy/historical based movies. Sadly we seem stuck with a majority of terrible King Arthur and Robin Hood interpretations after reinterpretation (and Harry Potter doesn't count!) Enter Tristan and Isolde. Great cast with action, romance, and betrayal. The best movie of its kind for a long long time. ” - Paul Timms
Street Kings (2008)
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An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ Keanu Reeves shining moment in moviedom. If you can believe it. ” - Paul Timms
The Matrix (1999)
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Some movies come along and influence an entire genre. Matrix is one of those movies. ” - Paul Timms
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ This movie has quite simply irrevocably changed the way in which movies are being made. It will be regarded as a watershed in the history of film making. ” - Paul Timms
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
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A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy. (129 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ The movie that launched the fantasy genre into a new age spawning a legion of by-and-large low-budget, lack-luster followers. Launched Arnie's career. Sadly not in anyway faithful to the much darker and broodier literary character. But with the legendary John Milius directing it contains moments of sheer cinematographic genius and atmosphere which make it the timeless classic that it is, just don't mention 'Conan the Dest@£$%W...". Max von Sydow cameos. ” - Paul Timms
Solomon Kane (2009)
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A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil. (104 mins.)
“ Robert E Howard adaptation. More faithful to the character of the story than Conan. An excellent adventure-fantasy movie by the producer of 13th Warrior, Samuel Hadida. Purefoy is enigmatic, driven and mesmerizing. Sadly one of Pete Postlewaite's last movies and as always his subtle style command's attention. Cameo from none other than Max von Sydow. ” - Paul Timms
The 13th Warrior (1999)
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A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land. (102 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ A story about a clash of cultures resolved by the two opposites coming together for a common cause: well to fight an evil of old time, obviously! Such evil certainly provides the substrate by which two conflicting cultures can rise out of their mutual ignorance and come to understand one another at time of great peril and crisis. Shame it cannot be applied to the real world. Hence we must inevitably resign such movies to fantasy.

A very absorbing, visually stunning and stylish movie from the director of Lethal Weapon and from the writer of Jurassic Park. The emphasis on the cultural particularities between the Norsemen and the 'Arab' really ties all the spectacular elements of the movie, and which you will carry with you long after the movie has concluded. ” - Paul Timms
Gladiator (2000)
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When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott single-handedly revived the epic sword and sandals genre. ” - Paul Timms
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
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Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott made Gladiator. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon and make a complete CGI hash of what could have been a glorious revival of the genre. Then Ridley Scott came back and made it glorious again with Kingdom of Heaven. Another sumptuous historical tale which put every other director to shame. ” - Paul Timms
Goemon (2009)
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi)... (128 mins.)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
Machete (2010)
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After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. (105 mins.)
“ The Grindhouse train keeps, well, a grinding, and just keeps getting better. Over-the-top ludicrous action, gore and over-acting. Why did it take them so long to give Danny the lead in a movie. And Steven Segal plays a bad man. Yes! A very bad man. ” - Paul Timms
Planet Terror (2007)
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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ Stylish, gross-out grindhouse movie. Certainly the better of the two. Another case of go-go girls kicking ass, the way it should be! Ensemble cast give it their gory best. An instant cult movie, stylish with a dream-like quality! ” - Paul Timms
Hellboy (2004)
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A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. (122 mins.)
“ Another great transformation of comic book to screen. A prophetic creature born of occult experiment into a world that seems to be experiencing a collision of every kind of potential mythos festering beneath a world of alternate history,which is simply bursting to get out and ruin Hellboy's day. ” - Paul Timms
Mutant Chronicles (2008)
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28th century soldier Mitch Hunter leads a fight against an army of underworld Mutants. (111 mins.)
Director: Simon Hunter
“ Comprises a collision of different historical eras to create a steam-punk other world collage; three continents ravage the world staging a protracted war. These forces must unite their greatest warriors after they awaken an ancient and all consuming evil from the bowls of the wretched and scorched earth. Atmospheric, stylish and great ensemble cast. A rose in a thorn bush of, sadly, a world lacking in fantasy movies with style, character and substance. ” - Paul Timms
Reign of Fire (2002)
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A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet. (101 mins.)
Director: Rob Bowman
“ A very ambitious and raw fantasy adventure/dragon tale deviating away from the usual childish and ridiculously pompous tales that are spun within this genre, not to mention the rubbish CGI dragons with voices. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where slumbering dragons have been awoken and hand-full of survivors eek out a living. Enter Van Zann (Matthew McConaughey). They don't make anti-heroes like this. ” - Paul Timms
Doomsday (2008)
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A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race. (108 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
Excalibur (1981)
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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ John Boorman's greatest movie, and the only telling of the King Arthur tale worth watching. ” - Paul Timms
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
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In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. (142 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
“ Incredible action with ground-breaking digital effects used. an historical fictional movie based on real accounts of a beast terrorizing the poor God-fearing farmers and peasants during 18th century France, prior to The Revolution.

If not entirely believable (Native American Indian knows Kung Fu), the movie still pays close attention to historical accuracy with the story weaved into the context of the period very well at a time of great turbulence and the desperate measures men took on both the political as well as the personal level.

Like 13th Warrior, the cinematography and stylish camera work are second-to-none. Atmospherics abound and if you get hold of the dubbed into English version you'll have a great time with the accents!

The actors themselves all exude charisma which really adds the Pièce de résistance and remains one of the most entertaining movies of all time and certainly the best mainstream French movie that does not require some obtuse understanding of the peculiarities of French culture
(as goes for most foreign movies I have included here, other than the more obvious peculiarities such as 'French kissing' and being sliced by a Samurai sword). ” - Paul Timms
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Atypical attack on our taken-for-granted reality and comfort zone of ideologies bought on the supermarket shelf and as advertised on TV. Don't believe me? Read Slavoj Zizek's 'The Plague of Fantasies' preface, then watch this movie. You'll never be the same. "I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubblegum!". Entertainment and education is here. If you want it. Now just put on the damn sunglasses! ” - Paul Timms
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
Sin City (2005)
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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
Watchmen (2009)
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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
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Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. (132 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ A very tense moralistic thriller. Each of the characters is tested in terms of their loyalty to themselves or to whom they serve. Maybe for some its is only themselves they truly serve all along. A totally engrossing movie. ” - Paul Timms
30 Days of Night (2007)
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After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ Excellent horror movie. ” - Paul Timms
A History of Violence (2005)
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
Daybreakers (2009)
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In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (98 mins.)
Burn After Reading (2008)
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A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it. (96 mins.)
“ A chain of events that leads to an outrageous 'moral of the story'. John Malkovich is hilarious, as is Brad Pitt's hyperactive and over-imaginative personal fitness instructor. ” - Paul Timms
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. (94 mins.)
Director: Grant Heslov
“ A completely different kind of comedy, based on real military investigations into psychic phenomenon. Subtle humour - big laughter. Clooney can still do the best goof-spoof ball since 'O'Brother Where art Though'. ” - Paul Timms
Gamer (2009)
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In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he? (95 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
“ Excellent future-shock action movie. Could this be the future of gaming? ” - Paul Timms
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005 TV Movie)
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Based on the phenomenally successful role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons 2 takes you deeper into the dark and fantastical world of this fantasy epic... (105 mins.)
Director: Gerry Lively
“ Fairly low-budget but very entertaining. A much more accurate representation of the D&D world and therefore, the characters become a lot more absorbing than its bigger budget predecessor. Expect some of these actors to start appearing in the upper echelons of the 'upper movie-acting pantheon' over the next few years, in particular Steven Elder who plays Dorian the Cleric.

Except for Reign of Fire, certainly the best of the 'Dragon' movies. ” - Paul Timms
Hannibal Rising (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ incorporates many of the more interesting parts taken from the graphic novels from an economical standpoint (although Arkham Asylum would have been great as a movie). These 'best parts' cleverly combine to provide us with the justifications necessary to introduce us to the beginning of the legend. ” - Paul Timms
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese's best film. Visuals and costumes are stunning and if you can believe that the Five Points around which the movie is based (New York) was a set completely built from scratch in a film lot in Italy, then you realize how much attention and effort went into producing this movie. Not entirely accurate but a history lesson none-the-less. Outstanding performances from all the cast. Not one of them fails in their performance. ” - Paul Timms
From Hell (2001)
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In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper. (122 mins.)
“ Visually sumptuous and captures Alan Moore's graphic novel very well, although praise for this should also go to the artist Eddie Campbell. Very gory in parts, atmospheric, and although the story itself is a collage of all the theories that have been proposed about Jack the Ripper, the setting has very good detail in its contextual and historical design.

What Alan Moore's original graphic novel and the Hughes brothers movie have done is produce something at once educational as well as horrifying, artistic and dramatic. Heather Graham's acting is slightly off-putting and does not sit comfortably well in her mannerisms, both physical and verbal. However, it can be forgiven with the presence of some of the finest actors in the industry, Johnny Depp, Ian Richardson, Jason Flemying (a career-best performance by far) and Paul Rhys. Ian Holmes presence is exemplary and as he proves again and again he is one of the finest actors we have ever been graced with. ” - Paul Timms
Devil (2010)
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A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
“ A tense claustrophobic horror-thriller, forget Shyamalan's involvement - this director has been given the reigns and knows not to whip us with the 'riding crop' into the oblivion of patronization as is prevalent in anything that Shyamalan's, whether it is the plot, the subject matter, the storytelling or the very structural particularities of the movie itself. ” - Paul Timms
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ Another Philip K. Dick adaptation. This film shows Spielberg's skills as a master movie maker. Surpasses all others. Max von Sydow (Robin Hood, Intacto, Conan the Barbarian) makes an appearance in many of the films I have chosen. Is it any wonder when he brings that special magic to everything he touches, effortlessly. ” - Paul Timms
Monster Man (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two guys and a female hitchhiker are terrorized by a monstrous looking man driving a giant monster truck. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Davis
“ Hilarious but gory horror-movie road trip. Full of all the necessary tropes to make this a highly underrated and very entertaining movie. ” - Paul Timms
Shallow Ground (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl... (97 mins.)
Director: Sheldon Wilson
“ An original mystery-horror. They don't make enough horror movies like this. ” - Paul Timms
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ This is one of the most ballistic movies for some time. The main plot centers around the total but very familiar disillusionment experienced by a teenager trying to impress the girl of his dreams and getting more than he bargained for in a completely indirect way. It is a coming-of-age story, but not as you know it. ” - Paul Timms
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Clooney and co. put in their best goofiest and hair-brained performances in this Cohen brothers rendition of the Greek classic, The Odyssey. ” - Paul Timms
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Another Cohen Brother's classic about three friends who cannot help but be true to who they are no matter how much the world throws at them. These guys resist the world with everything they have including what I like to call (and a signature of Cohen brother's movies), 'the industrious and self-righteous layman's everyday philosophy': those simple little anecdotes that pop up at the most inappropriate of times. ” - Paul Timms
Pitch Black (2000)
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A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur. (109 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
“ One of the most original low-budget sci-fi movies. Another great anti-hero is born - Riddick! ” - Paul Timms
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
Legends of the Fall (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war. (133 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England... (99 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ "if it bleeds, we can kill it". ” - Paul Timms
Predators (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race. (107 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Tarantino's best and least annoying movie. This pretty much made or revived the careers of every actor who took part. ” - Paul Timms
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Quintessential London cockney rhyming gang slang movie (along with Snatch). This is educational if you ever fancy a visit to the East End of London. ” - Paul Timms
Blue Juice (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
JC is at the end of his Twenties and is living with his girlfriend Chloe in a small coastal town in England... (90 mins.)
Director: Carl Prechezer
“ Again, quintessentially English. A surfing movie with a difference (the English equivalent of Point Break) and a very heart-warming tale of love on the rocks (literally). Set in Cornwall. ” - Paul Timms
Ravenous (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal. (101 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
“ Highly original historical-mythological horror. An ensemble cast including Robert Carlyle and Guy Peirce. ” - Paul Timms
RocknRolla (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into his hands. (114 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Very clever movie which utilizes many of the symbols, signs and motifs of communist and fascist ideologies (although the story and dialogue itself contains many anti-communist elements), and transposes them into a sci-fiction world of 'citizens' 'doing their part' (for the social good and democracy) fighting an alien insect horde called 'bugs' intent on destroying mankind and ruling the universe. ” - Paul Timms
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Viet Nam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ An semi-autobiographical story based on Oliver Stone's experiences, this is a first-person narrative and coming-of-age story as seen through the eyes of Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) who naively signs up for a tour of duty, not realizing the horrors of war he will encounter and the moral issues confronting him on an individual level and on the socio-political level. One of the few movies made in the eighties worth watching. ” - Paul Timms
Tattoo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them. (108 mins.)
“ Stylish and unusual thriller ” - Paul Timms
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Deaths tells the story of an all-American guy who is murdered each day by horrifying pursuers, only to wake up in slightly different lives to experience the terror of being murdered again. (87 mins.)
Director: Dario Piana
“ Very original horror-mystery. ” - Paul Timms
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick's best movie in every way imaginable, and unsurpassed Steven King adaptation. ” - Paul Timms
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ The only other decent Stephen King adaptation. Thomas Jane's best performance. an absolutely engrossing movie right to the very end. ” - Paul Timms
Three Kings (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help. (114 mins.)
“ A highly original war movie ” - Paul Timms
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Visually resplendent retelling of the original (sadly still inaccurate) tale of Pocahontas. Still, now with the availability of academic consultants, the historical contexts make this a realist movie far beyond the fantasy and nationalistic tendencies of many 'history movies' (just try watching Elizabeth - The Golden Age). There is a much greater sense of the dire conditions faced by the first colonists of Virginia. ” - Paul Timms
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. (92 mins.)
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the end of the 1960's, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
“ Set in Camden & Yorkshire 1969. One of the greatest and most heart warming British movies ever made. ” - Paul Timms
Year One (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom. (97 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Ridiculous but hilarious movie. Who can resist a re-telling of the bible as kind of apocalypto-type fable. Lots of cameo appearances. Very entertaining. ” - Paul Timms
Spun (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer