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Destroy All Neighbors (2024) Review - 'Destroy All Neighbors' is an over-the-top horror-comedy B movie sendup that fails to deliver on its outrageous premise for its duration. Review by Kieran Judge.
Mean Girls (2024) Review - The 2024 'Mean Girls' musical is as brittle and fake as plastic, Tina Fey phoning in what could have been a meaningful remake. Review by Margaret Roarty.
The Beekeeper (2024) Review - David Ayer's action-thriller 'The Beekeeper' starring Jason Statham offers 100 minutes of badly shot action sequences and should buzz off. Review by Kieran Judge.
Network (1976) Review - Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's 'Network' (1976) truly was a film ahead of its time, putting all ends of the political spectrum to task. Review by Kieran Judge.
Zack Snyder Movies Ranked - All 11 Zack Snyder feature length films, from 'Dawn of the Dead' and '300' to 'Batman v Superman' and 'Rebel Moon' ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
Foe (2023) Review - Despite glimmers of 'Marriage Story', 'Her' and 'Black Mirror', Garth Davis' 'Foe' (2023) starring Paul Mescal and Saoirse Ronan is severely lacking. Review by Rehana Nurmahi.
Good Grief (2023) Review - Daniel Levy's feature directorial debut 'Good Grief' (2024), a Netflix Original, promises a lot but doesn't reach the heights of 'Schitt's Creek'. Review by Martha Lane.
The Boy and the Heron (2023) Review - 'The Boy and the Heron', thought to be the final film from Hayao Miyazaki, is up there with the best that Studio Ghibli has ever made. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Ferrari (2023) Review - Enzo Ferrari biopic 'Ferrari', from 'Heat' director Michael Mann and starring Adam Driver, reinforces negative stereotypes and fails in its mission. Review by Clotilde Chinnici.
James Gunn Directed Movies Ranked - From 'Slither' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3' via 'The Suicide Squad', the six directorial features of DC/Marvel's James Gunn, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Sofia Coppola Movies Ranked - From 'The Virgin Suicides' to 'Priscilla' via Cannes and Oscars winners, the films of director Sofia Coppola ranked from worst to best. Article by Margaret Roarty.
A Ghost Story for Christmas Films Ranked - Every short film released as a part of the BBC's fifty-plus-years-old 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' series ranked from worst to best. Article by Kieran Judge.
Night Swim (2024) Review - Blumhouse horror 'Night Swim' (2024), starring Wyatt Russell and Kerry Condon, is derivative of 'The Shining' and other better horrors. Review by Kieran Judge.
One Life (2023) Review - 'One Life' (2023), the James Hawes BBC film starring Anthony Hopkins as "The British Schindler" Nicholas Winton, doesn't hit every mark but does strike a powerful chord. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Films 2023: Joseph Wade - From the moving to the insightful, the culturally relevant to the thematically resonant, these are the 10 best films released in 2023. List by Joseph Wade.
23 Most Popular Articles 2023 - Our reading list of the 23 most popular articles published to in the year 2023, as chosen by clicks from you the readers.
2023 Superhero Movies Ranked - Every superhero movie released in 2023, from 'Shazam 2' to 'Aquaman 2' via 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse', 'The Flash' and beyond, ranked from worst to best. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
9 Highest-Scoring Films 2023 – The Film Magazine - The 2023 movie releases that received the highest review scores - 5 stars - from the insightful expert writers on The Film Magazine.
10 Best Films 2023: Margaret Roarty - In a year of struggle for filmmakers the world over, these 10 films - selected as the very best of 2023 - proved that relatable art is needed now more than ever. List by Margaret Roarty.
Rebel Moon (2023) Review - Zack Snyder's pitch for a new 'Star Wars' movie has been re-tooled for Netflix and the sci-fi epic 'Rebel Moon', a film sadly derivative of better movies. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Films 2023: Mark Carnochan - 2023 marked a year of change in cinema trends, highlighting a growing desire by audiences for good and moving films. Here are the 10 best films 2023, according to Mark Carnochan.
Anyone But You (2023) Review - 'Easy A' director Will Gluck balances humor and heart in 2023 romcom 'Anyone But You' starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell that proves love doesn't get old. Review by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Films 2023: Sam Sewell-Peterson - Memorable blockbusters, films from distinct filmmakers, and movies representing under-represented communities, combine as the 10 best films of 2023 according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ at 45 – Review - The 1978 sci-fi horror adaptation 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' starring Donald Sutherland remains an all-time classic 45 years on from its release. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best The Muppet Christmas Carol Moments - A list of the 10 best, most fun, emotionally resonant, powerful and beloved moments from The Jim Henson Company's 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'. List by Katie Doyle.
‘The Ten Commandments’ at 100 – Review - Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 silent epic 'The Ten Commandments' is impossible to watch without your mouth hanging open in awe. The artistry is astounding. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (2023) Review - 'Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget' (2023), the 'Chicken Run' sequel almost a quarter of a century in the making, pales in comparison to the original. Review by Emi Grant.
Godzilla Minus One (2023) Review - Takashi Yamakazi's 'Godzilla Minus One' aka 'Gojira -1.0' (2023) has a very strong claim to being the best kaiju movie in 70 years. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Maestro (2023) Review - Bradley Cooper stars in and directs 'Maestro', a biopic on "West Side Story" composer Leonard Bernstein that is long overdue but served well. Review by Rob Jones.
Wonka (2023) Review - Timothée Chalamet might be the only saving grace of Paul King's barely passable 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' prequel 'Wonka' (2023). Review by Margaret Roarty.

Catch Me If You Can: Christmas Classic? - How Steven Spielberg's crime caper 'Catch Me If You Can' (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, is definitely a Christmas film. Article by Grace Laidler.
10 Best The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Moments - The most impactful, memorable and iconic moments from Peter Jackson's trilogy concluding 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'. List by Martha Lane.
10 Best The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers Moments - The most spectacular, meaningful and memorable moments from Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers', the trilogy's middle entry. List by Martha Lane.
10 Best The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Moments - The most impactful, hilarious and memorable moments from Peter Jackson's timeless epic 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' (2001). List by Martha Lane.
Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain (2023) Review - 'Saturday Night Live' act Please Don't Destroy transition to the big screen with 'Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain;, proving their talents as they do. Review by Mark Carnochan.
10 Best Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Moments - The very best moments from arguably the greatest animated superhero movie of all time, Sony Pictures Animation's 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'. List by George Taylor.
May December (2023) Review - Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore and Charles Metlon impressively belie their characters in Todd Haynes' awards frontrunner 'May December', a film that is hard to forget. Review by Connell Oberman.
10 Best Christmas Short Films - The 10 best, most beloved and critically acclaimed Christmas short films in history, from those by Rankin/Bass to Dr Seuss to Aardman and beyond. List by Joseph Wade.
Ridley Scott Films Ranked - All 28 films directed by Ridley Scott ranked from worst to best, including 'Alien', 'Blade Runner', 'Gladiator' and 'Napoleon'. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Little Women (1933) Review - George Cukor's 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" starring Katharine Hepburn is perfect for those who may need an umbrella during a sun shower. Review by Margaret Roarty.
It’s a Wonderful Knife (2023) Review - 'It's a Wonderful Knife' (2023) adds a twist to 'It's a Wonderful Life', creating a technically proficient 90-minute blast of a slasher movie with some real star power. Review by Kieran Judge.
Terry Gilliam Movies Ranked - All 13 feature films directed by former Monty Python and unique filmmaker Terry Gilliam ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Brazil'. '12 Monkeys', and more. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
50 Unmissable Christmas Movies - The most famous, most rewatchable, most iconic, most popular, best ever Christmas movies. 50 unmissable festive movies to watch this Christmas.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains Ranked - The supervillains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ranked from worst to best. List includes Loki, Thanos, The High Evolutionary, Killmonger, Kang and more. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with The Coen Brothers - Where to begin with the work of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, the multi-award winning filmmaking duo known as the Coen Brothers. Article by Martha Lane.
MCU Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked - Every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Iron Man', 'Black Panther', 'The Marvels' and 'Avengers: Endgame'. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Wish (2023) Review - Disney's 100th birthday release 'Wish' is a disingenuous, one dimensional, form of corporate self-fellatio that is insufferable to watch. Ariana DeBose and Chris Pine star. Review by Mark Carnochan.
David Fincher Movies Ranked - David Fincher's 12 feature films, including 'The Killer', ranked by how closely they're identified with the image of "a David Fincher movie." List by Jacob Davis.
Napoleon (2023) Review - Ridley Scott reunites with 'Gladiator' star Joaquin Phoenix for historical epic 'Napoleon', a film about Napoleon Bonaparte's conquests that had a lot of potential. Review by Joseph Wade.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Review - There is a universal truth at the core of John Hughes' 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987), an exercise in empathy that has maintained its potency. Review by Connell Oberman.
Thanksgiving (2023) Review - For the most part, Eli Roth's slasher horror 'Thanksgiving' (2023) does exactly what it says it's going to. It gives a good, bloody slasher flick. Review by Kieran Judge.
Kathryn Bigelow Movies Ranked - All 10 feature films directed by the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director at the Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow, ranked from worst to best. List by Kieran Judge.
‘Frozen’ at 10 – Review - Walt Disney Animation mega-hit 'Frozen' is 10, and with a progressive and influential central narrative it maintains its impact and importance. Review by Martha Lane.
Dashing Through the Snow (2023) Review - 'Dashing Through the Snow' (2023), Disney's direct-to-streaming Christmas offering from Tim Story starring Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, is a one-watch-and-done festive adventure. Review by Martha Lane.
Embers (2023) Review - Christian Cooke's 2023 feature 'Embers' breaks down our understanding of therapy and mental illness, achieving a short, sharp shock that lingers in the mind. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023) Review - The prequel to 'The Hunger Games' is another worthy entry into the canon, 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' offering a rich and intriguing peak into the past. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Saltburn (2023) Review - Emerald Fennell has done it again. 'Saltburn' (2023) is like a Shakespearean episode of 'Skins' with a dash of 'Succession', and Barry Keoghan offers a special performance. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Jodie Foster: 3 Career-Defining Performances - The best and most defining performances of Jodie Foster's iconic, award-winning and decades-spanning acting career. Article by Connell Oberman.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Is Scorsese’s Macbeth Adaptation - How Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' (2023) is a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Full essay and analysis by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Hunger Games Moments - The 10 best moments from the 'Hunger Games' film franchise. The very best bits from the four central franchise films released 2012-2015. Article by David Roskin.
The Marvels (2023) Review - Nia DaCosta takes on 'The Marvels' (2023), a "decent enough time at the movies" that doesn't quite top the canon of Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Dream Scenario (2023) Review - Kristoffer Borgli's 'Dream Scenario' (2023) seems like a dream scenario for star Nicolas Cage, and is an effortlessly watchable and compelling film in its own right. Review by Rob Jones.
Poor Things (2023) Review - Emma Stone stars as Bella, a remarkable creation formed by the hands of Willem Dafoe's Doctor, in Yorgos Lanthimos' most laugh-out-loud funny movie to date. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Killer (2023) Review - David Fincher offers one of 2023's best films in 'The Killer' starring Michael Fassbender, a thriller that deserves to survive the plight of the Netflix algorithm. Review by Mark Carnochan.
How to Have Sex (2023) Review - Molly Manning Walker's 'How to Have Sex' (2023), winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, is a film about sex and consent thankfully absent of the male gaze. Review by Gala Woolley.
Wingwomen (2023) Review - Mélanie Laurent directs and stars in 'Wingwomen' (2023), a Netflix Original buddy actioner reminiscent of 'Ocean's Eleven' and 'Lethal Weapon'. Review by Rob Jones.
Bottoms (2023) Review - Emma Seligman's 'Bottoms' (2023) is a hilariously violent teen sex comedy co-written by co-star Rachel Sennott. This is a memorable satire that packs a punch. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Second Cut’s Top 10 Best Films of All Time - Regular 2nd Cut Podcast hosts Jacob Davis, Kieran Judge and Sam Sewell-Peterson discuss their selections for the 10 Best Films of All Time, with controversial picks (including a 3-in-1).
Five Nights at Freddy’s (2023) Review - The long-awaited film adaptation of 'Five Nights at Freddy's' (2023), starring Josh Hutcherson in a haunted family fun restaurant, proves fan service can only get you so far. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Children of the Corn Movies Ranked - All 11 'Children of the Corn' horror movies, including the original 1984 Stephen King adaptation, ranked from worst to best. List by Kieran Judge.