Empire 3 star reviews

Films given a 3 star review in Empire magazine
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1.
Predators (2010)
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A group of elite warriors are hunted by members of a merciless alien race known as Predators. (107 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
2.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée. (109 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Ian Nathan ” - TristanMitchell
 
3.
The Expendables (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Genevieve Harrison ” - TristanMitchell
 
4.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Six
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
5.
Salt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by William Thomas ” - TristanMitchell
 
6.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The adventures of a teenager who is fresh out and in elementary, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year. (94 mins.)
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Ian Freer ” - TristanMitchell
 
7.
Going the Distance (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another. (102 mins.)
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Ian Freer ” - TristanMitchell
 
8.
Bonded by Blood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted... (96 mins.)
Director: Sacha Bennett
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by David Hughes ” - TristanMitchell
 
9.
No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. (93 mins.)
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Patrick Peters ” - TristanMitchell
 
10.
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note. (99 mins.)
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Dan Jolin ” - TristanMitchell
 
11.
The Runaways (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. (106 mins.)
“ Issue 255 - September 2010
Reviewed by Angie Errigo ” - TristanMitchell
 
12.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name. (129 mins.)
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
13.
Piranha 3D (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. (88 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
14.
Just Wright (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. (100 mins.)
Director: Sanaa Hamri
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Angie Errigo ” - TristanMitchell
 
15.
The Kid (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
About Kevin Lewis who grew up in poverty but survived to make a better life for himself and his family. (111 mins.)
Director: Nick Moran
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Paul Webster ” - TristanMitchell
 
16.
The Other Guys (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by James White ” - TristanMitchell
 
17.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself". (133 mins.)
Director: Ryan Murphy
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by TH ” - TristanMitchell
 
18.
Frozen (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. (93 mins.)
Director: Adam Green
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
19.
Peepli (Live) (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media. (95 mins.)
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Anna Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
20.
Collapse (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness. (82 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
21.
Made in Dagenham (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. (113 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
“ Issue 256 - October 2010
Reviewed by Liz Beardsworth ” - TristanMitchell
 
22.
Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
23.
I'm Still Here (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. (108 mins.)
Director: Casey Affleck
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Damon Wise ” - TristanMitchell
 
24.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire. (133 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
25.
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother. (99 mins.)
Director: Burr Steers
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Andrew Male ” - TristanMitchell
 
26.
Life as We Know It (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. (114 mins.)
Director: Greg Berlanti
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Anna Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
27.
Mr. Nice (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The life story of Howard Marks, an elite British drug smuggler. (121 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Dan Jolin ” - TristanMitchell
 
28.
New York, I Love You (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York. (103 mins.)
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Liz Beardsworth ” - TristanMitchell
 
29.
Despicable Me (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. (95 mins.)
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
30.
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The film bears witness to German artist Anselm Kiefer's alchemical creative processes and renders in film... (105 mins.)
Director: Sophie Fiennes
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
31.
Africa United (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa... (88 mins.)
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Ian Nathan ” - TristanMitchell
 
32.
RED (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants. (111 mins.)
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by Angie Errigo ” - TristanMitchell
 
33.
The Hunter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In an act of vengeance, a young man randomly kills two police officers. He escapes to the forest, where he is arrested by two other officers... (90 mins.)
Director: Rafi Pitts
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
34.
Involuntary (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
“ Issue 257 - November 2010
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
35.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with new-found friends and seek the legendary Guardians to stop the menace. (97 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Dan Jolin ” - TristanMitchell
 
36.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
37.
Jackass 3D (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by James White ” - TristanMitchell
 
38.
Mammoth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. (125 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Ian Freer ” - TristanMitchell
 
39.
The Orgasm Diaries (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A photographer and a taxidermist have a summer relationship. (97 mins.)
Director: Ashley Horner
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Anna Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
40.
Into Eternity: A Film for the Future (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage. (75 mins.)
Director: Michael Madsen
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Sam Toy ” - TristanMitchell
 
41.
My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman. (82 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Anna Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
42.
Adrift (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A 1980s-set drama about a teenage girl undergoing her sexual awakening when she learns about her father's infidelities. (97 mins.)
Director: Heitor Dhalia
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Anna Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
43.
Dream Home (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
44.
Robinson in Ruins (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A tour through the south of England featuring images of nature and various industrialized settings. (101 mins.)
Director: Patrick Keiller
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
45.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee recalls his many past lives. (114 mins.)
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Simon Crook ” - TristanMitchell
 
46.
The American (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (105 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Nev Pierce ” - TristanMitchell
 
47.
Leap Year (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo, and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rowe
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Paul Webster ” - TristanMitchell
 
48.
Machete (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Simon Braund ” - TristanMitchell
 
49.
An Ordinary Execution (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Moscow, 1952. Anna is taken to the Kremlin where she has to cure Stanlin himself. She needs to keep the secret at all costs and as her relationship with the URSS leader grows, her couple with Vassilli tumbles. (105 mins.)
Director: Marc Dugain
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by Phil de Semlyen ” - TristanMitchell
 
50.
Miral (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by David Hughes ” - TristanMitchell
 
51.
Loose Cannons (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s... (110 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
“ Issue 258 - December 2010
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
52.
Burke and Hare (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. (91 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
53.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen ” - TristanMitchell
 
54.
Skyline (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. (97 mins.)
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
55.
The Be All and End All (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At fifteen, Robbie has only one thing on his mind - losing his virginity. The problem is that he's in hospital with a fatal heart condition. And who has to overcome the odds and help him fulfill his final wish? His best friend Ziggy. (100 mins.)
Director: Bruce Webb
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Simon Crook ” - TristanMitchell
 
56.
Megamind (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Sam Toy ” - TristanMitchell
 
57.
On Tour (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies... (111 mins.)
Director: Mathieu Amalric
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
58.
Outcast (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
It tells the tale of Petronella (a Scottish/Romany girl) and Fergal (her mysterious Irish traveller boyfriend)... (98 mins.)
Director: Colm McCarthy
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
59.
Burlesque (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. (119 mins.)
Director: Steven Antin
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Helen O'Hara ” - TristanMitchell
 
60.
The Way Back (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India. (133 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by David Hughes ” - TristanMitchell
 
61.
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh. (112 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Olly Richards ” - TristanMitchell
 
62.
The Next Three Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. (133 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Issue 259 - January 2011
Reviewed by Angie Errigo ” - TristanMitchell
 
63.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Dan Jolin ” - TristanMitchell
 
64.
TRON: Legacy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world. (125 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen ” - TristanMitchell
 
65.
Amer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Sam Toy ” - TristanMitchell
 
66.
Conviction (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Angie Errigo ” - TristanMitchell
 
67.
GasLand (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Patrick Peters ” - TristanMitchell
 
68.
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A documentary on the mysterious and influential pianist. (109 mins.)
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
69.
Honeymooner (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Yearning to be married Fran Goldman is forced to reassess his strategy of love after being dumped by his fiancée four weeks before the wedding. (74 mins.)
Director: Col Spector
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Ian Freer ” - TristanMitchell
 
70.
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. (108 mins.)
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
71.
The Ward (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
72.
Living on Love Alone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Julie Bataille is fed up with student jobs. At 23, with a 5-years university degree, she wants to work for real... (85 mins.)
Director: Isabelle Czajka
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Patrick Peters ” - TristanMitchell
 
73.
Neds (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Paul Webster ” - TristanMitchell
 
74.
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. (78 mins.)
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
75.
Brighton Rock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish. (111 mins.)
Director: Rowan Joffe
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by Phil de Semlyen ” - TristanMitchell
 
76.
Nénette (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A documentary on a 40-year-old orangutan that is locked behind bars. (70 mins.)
Stars: Nénette
“ Issue 260 - February 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
77.
The Dilemma (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by Genevieve Harrison ” - TristanMitchell
 
78.
Get Low (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive. (103 mins.)
Director: Aaron Schneider
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by Adam Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
79.
The Mechanic (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims. (93 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by David Hughes ” - TristanMitchell
 
80.
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love. (84 mins.)
Director: Kelly Asbury
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by David Hughes ” - TristanMitchell
 
81.
My Kidnapper (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 2003 Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers taken hostage in Colombia. One year after his release one of his kidnappers contacted him by email. Now he's going back to meet him and finally close this chapter in his life. (83 mins.)
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
82.
Son of Babylon (2009)
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A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war. (100 mins.)
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by Patrick Peters ” - TristanMitchell
 
83.
Two in the Wave (2010 Documentary)
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Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later... (91 mins.)
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
84.
Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by Adam Smith ” - TristanMitchell
 
85.
The Rite (2011)
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An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course. (114 mins.)
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by James White ” - TristanMitchell
 
86.
Archipelago (2010)
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Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly. (114 mins.)
Director: Joanna Hogg
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by David Parkinson ” - TristanMitchell
 
87.
Fair Game (2010)
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CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. (108 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
88.
Ironclad (2011)
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In 13th-century England, a small group of Knights Templar fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John. (121 mins.)
“ Issue 261 - March 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
89.
I Am Number Four (2011)
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Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story. (109 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Olly Richards ” - TristanMitchell
 
90.
Sanctum (2011)
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An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world. (108 mins.)
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen ” - TristanMitchell
 
91.
Unknown (2011)
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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. (113 mins.)
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Kim Newman ” - TristanMitchell
 
92.
Carmen in 3D (2011)
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(170 mins.)
Director: Julian Napier
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Angie Errigo ” - TristanMitchell
 
93.
The Company Men (2010)
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The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. (104 mins.)
Director: John Wells
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by James White ” - TristanMitchell
 
94.
Hall Pass (2011)
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Rick and Fred, two husbands who are having difficulty in their marriages, are given a Hall Pass by their wives: for one week, they can do whatever they want. (105 mins.)
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by James White ” - TristanMitchell
 
95.
Life Goes On (2009)
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A doctor faces challenges in life as well as from his daughters after the sudden passing of his wife.
Director: Sangeeta Datta
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Patrick Peters ” - TristanMitchell
 
96.
Norwegian Wood (2010)
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Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. (133 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Andrew Male ” - TristanMitchell
 
97.
Chalet Girl (2011)
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Former skateboard champion Kim wants to make more money after her mother's tragic death. She joins the elite posh servicing company, which sends her off to Austria. (97 mins.)
Director: Phil Traill
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Chris Hewitt ” - TristanMitchell
 
98.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute as Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Dan Jolin ” - TristanMitchell
 
99.
Country Strong (2010)
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A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way. (117 mins.)
Director: Shana Feste
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Simon Braund ” - TristanMitchell
 
100.
Forget Me Not (2010)
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Love Happens. When you least expect it. Forget Me Not is a moving, modern day love story set over twenty four hours against a stunning London backdrop. (93 mins.)
“ Issue 262 - April 2011
Reviewed by Ian Freer ” - TristanMitchell