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Cracks (2009)
A superbly made, emotionally engaging drama that's worth seeing for the terrific performances from Eva Green, Juno Temple and Maria Valverde.
 Drear... Scott hasn't yet learned how to pace drama across feature length, how to build scenes, alter rhythms, change moods, modulate emotion. Everything proceeds at the same semi-sluggish pace, as if stuck in second gear, and every incident is given equal weight.
 (Todd McCarthy, Variety)
 Scott has fashioned a film as ponderous as it is obvious, weighed down by a string-heavy soundtrack and achingly slow editing, and starring a gorgeous French actress who is as suited to this role – a hick, British-bred teacher – as Neville Chamberlain was to that of prime minister.
 (Nina Caplan, Time Out)
 the twisted and tragic lives of the three protagonists might better have been presented on stage.
 (Jason Korsner, UK Screen)
 I kept hoping Dumbledore would pop in and liven things up.
 (Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday)
 Boring, predictable and pretentious… If this film has any point, it conspicuously fails to make it.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Irreversible (2002)
Structurally fascinating, emotionally devastating and horrifically violent... If you can stomach the violence and are interested in cinema, it demands to be seen.
Bride Wars (2009)
Watchable comedy, enlivened by strong performances from Hudson and Hathaway and a decent script that isn't afraid to make the central friendship the most important relationship in the movie… Hathaway is adorable… Hudson gives her funniest performance to date.
Glorious 39 (2009)
Hugely entertaining and impressively directed… gripping… with a suspenseful script and terrific performances from a great cast... Hitchcockian, horrific (in places) and highly recommended.
Benny and the Bull (2009)
Hugely entertaining, visually inventive and extremely funny comedy with a superb script and terrific performances from Hogg and Farnaby.
The Limits of Control (2009)
Beautifully shot, enjoyably surreal and darkly funny, this is something of a treat for Jarmusch fans with a drily amusing script, a wonderful supporting cast and a terrific central performance from De Bankole… Highly recommended.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Brilliantly directed, beautifully shot and superbly written, this is a thoroughly gripping detective thriller with terrific performances from Nyqvist and Rapace – it's also easily one of the best films of the year.
Hop (2011)
Impressively animated, nicely written and gently amusing family comedy, enlivened by a terrific central performance from James Marsden and a weirdly note-perfect vocal effort from Russell Brand.
Nine (2009)
Nine is an enjoyable, well written musical that's worth seeing for the terrific performances.
Micmacs (2009)
A hugely enjoyable, impressively directed and frequently funny comedy-drama that should appeal to both adults and children alike. Highly recommended.
Life As We Know It (2010)
Like The Switch, Life As We Know It struggles to recover from its monstrously crass central premise, but if you can get past that it's actually rather enjoyable, thanks to strong performances from the two leads and a formulaic but effective script that pushes all the right buttons.
Your Highness (2011)
Less sword and sorcery than f-word and saucery, this is a frequently funny foul-mouthed fantasy adventure with a gleefully puerile script and strong comic performances from McBride and Franco.
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