"Timely, relentless, intelligent, and best of all, genuinely entertaining. Though it probably has very little to do with the actual founding of Facebook, it has a lot to do with how we live our lives today. Eisenberg's awkward automaton is a chilling portrait of modern ambition"
"This one will knock you flat. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of such immediate intimacy and emotional gutsiness that you'll be unable to stop watching, even if you wish you could. An incredible, mature achievement"
"Stark and spooky, displaying an America that's rarely explored on film, with an indelible lead performance from Jennifer Lawrence. The film has a true, live-wire feeling to it that doesn't let up until the credits roll"
"Made in 2009 but released stateside in 2010, Andrea Arnold's film is a raw, uninhibited portrait of life in England's housing projects. Katie Jarvis gives a startling, ferocious performance as Mia and Michael Fassbender, as her neglectful mother's new boyfriend, has a dangerously seductive charm. A coming of age film that rises above the cliches of its genre to say something truly insightful"
"A riot of a film, volatile and fiendish in the best sense. Natalie Portman, a bright star who seems to do her best when guided by a strong hand, gives a career best performance as Nina. Throw the passion of "The Red Shoes" into a blender with Polanski's "Repulsion" and add a dose of "Showgirls" for good measure and you'll have a good idea what you're in for"
"Whether or not it ends up being a hoax, it's a marvelously entertaining exploration of an art world at the mercy of its own hype, featuring some incredible footage of street artists at work, with Banksy and his robotically-altered voice stealing the show"
"This one flew under the radar earlier in the year, which is a shame because it's a small gem of a film. Subtle and funny, with intriguing things to say about guilt in the modern world when the gulf between the have's and have-not's grows bigger by the day"
"A fantastically fun throwback to the golden days of the Western genre from modern filmmaking's most mischievous tricksters. Jeff Bridges is great as always but the true anchor of the film is Hailee Stenfield's performance, which has a maturity and strength beyond her young years"
"The film has the pace of something by Ozu and the plot itself is paper-thin, but those willing to give themselves over to Coppola's deliberate rhythms will find themselves rewarded. Elle Fanning, in particular, has a natural charm that's enjoyable to watch"
"I'm a big fan of Tati and this animated film from The Triplets of Belleville director pays a lovely tribute to one of cinema's last great silent clowns. Nearly dialogue-less but elegantly crafted and full of moments both charming and bittersweet"
"Operatic and sensual, this film can either come off as over-the-top or deeply moving, depending on your mood. Tilda Swinton gives a fearless performance as the matriarch of an Italian family on the brink of decline"
"A lovely little gem of a film, with a magnificent central performance, both prickly and sympathetic, from Paul Giamatti, well-supported by Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, and Rosamund Pike as his father, second wife, and third wife respectively. A movie that has the true messiness of life and an insightful examination of both modern romance and Jewish tradition"
"Whether or not we actually needed another Toy Story installment is up for debate but what we have is another heartwarming and surprisingly insightful flick from Pixar, who seem to have this market cornered. Nice to see Buzz and Woody in action again"
"Caustic but brilliant, these are not characters who particularly want our affection and probably don't deserve it. But Greta Gerwig, as a young woman perpetually frustrated by her feelings, is riveting to watch"
"A slow burn, meticulously built on a specific set of characters though not particularly plot heavy. It's a melancholy, often challenging affair, exploring the lives of people who've been dealt a bad hand. Lesley Manville in particular will make viewers cringe but it's one of the most starkly honest portrayals of a woman of a certain age that's every been on screen. Well done"
"Deliberately dreary, ultimately sneaky, this political thriller from Roman Polanski isn't quite the director at the top of his game, but it still offers some excellent surprises, in particular the wily presence of Olivia Williams as the politician's mournful wife"