Alan Jones

Alan Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Radio Times
Total Reviews:
231

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 94% Fargo (1996) " The result is a modern masterpiece." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 87% Romancing the Stone (1984) " In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinĂ©e adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 40% Divergent (2014) " Even if the visuals are rather drab and the action more brisk than imaginative, there's enough menace and suspense to create an entertaining diversion." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " It's the same mix of colourfully frantic action, sharp sight gags and catchy musical numbers." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 53% D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) " Although highly derivative of ET, WarGames and others, this science-fiction drama is still a charming, lightweight diversion." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 70% TRON (1982) " It may seem somewhat dated these days, but it would probably be fair to credit this Disney movie with being the forerunner of the Toy Story movies." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 57% Short Circuit (1986) " Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
5/5 100% The Terminator (1984) " Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
5/5 87% Far From Heaven (2003) " This exquisite evocation of the 1950s tear-jerkers of director Douglas Sirk is gorgeously designed, stunningly photographed, ravishingly scored and beautifully acted." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
5/5 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " Seven is a work of extraordinary style, upsetting power and narrative daring." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 25, 2014
5/5 96% GoodFellas (1990) " Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/5 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " It's pleasant enough, with Fraser's goofy charm particularly winning." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
1/5 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " Flat characters are stuck in underdeveloped situations in this attempt by first-time directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont to recapture the mood of a John Hughes 1980s teen comedy." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Jim Mickle's savvy re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican art-house horror marks a quantum leap forward in maturity and style for the Stake Land director." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 88% RoboCop (1987) " It's Verhoeven's scabrous dissection of American social issues, trashy sitcom culture and corporate greed that makes this comic-book opus a subversive and thought-provoking edge-of-the-seat treat." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " It all comes across as risk-averse, over-baked and hollow." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 75% Ransom (1996) " Lower your expectations and this overplayed urban combat drama will reward with a few tense moments." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/5 75% The Lost Boys (1987) " While it's not quite as original or witty as it could have been, this unashamedly glossy take on vampire mythology has a clever script that's packed with twists, and builds to a surprisingly tense climax." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 21, 2014
5/5 89% Midnight Cowboy (1969) " [A] tawdry, strident yet deeply affecting tale." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 97% Schindler's List (1993) " Spielberg uses stark, brutal realism to put over his powerful points about racism and ethnic cleansing, and the use of stunning black-and-white photography and gritty hand-held camera footage give the film a potent documentary style." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) " A dazzling fairy-tale adventure that evokes the studio's early 1990s refreshment of its animated output through an injection of Broadway talent." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 86% A Midnight Clear (1992) " A powerful tragedy full of surprises and visual style." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) " This smartly scripted Cinderella love story is crammed with charm and the expert direction of Jon Turteltaub hits all the right emotional buttons." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2013
5/5 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Only the deliciously demented imagination of Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton could have come up with such a dark vision of the holiday season." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4/5 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " The highest-grossing Japanese film of all time is a luxuriously animated legend of ancient gods going head to head with mankind and industry over the balance of nature." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
5/5 96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " This grim spin on Alice in Wonderland is del Toro's finest work to date." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 89% Shrek 2 (2004) " There's plenty of subtle satire and double entendres for young and old alike to savour." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Guillermo del Toro's mastery of fantasy film-making and his understanding of the multi-faceted richness of the genre guides this sequel to visually imaginative and intricately detailed heights." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " Seamlessly and vigorously conveyed, this satisfying segment raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " This beautifully designed, cherry blossom-hued cartoon is brighter, breezier and bouncier than most." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
5/5 94% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) " Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this powerful and enchanting concluding episode to his massively ambitious adaptation of JRR Tolkien's trilogy." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/5 94% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998) " It's an opulent odyssey that balances romance, comedy and thrills in one glittering and constantly surprising package." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
5/5 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) " One of Hollywood's quintessential productions, this musical adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic fable is probably the most beloved fantasy film of all time and the ultimate family picture." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 82% Excalibur (1981) " The search for the Holy Grail and the final battle are simply stunning sequences, and, while the dizzying pace leaves scant time for proper characterisation, Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren make their mark." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 6, 2013
5/5 87% The Matrix (1999) " Thematically complex, yet intelligently integrating eastern philosophy, Lewis Carroll and ancient mysticism." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " It's slick, glossy and engaging, if nowhere near as clever as zom-com Shaun of the Dead." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 8, 2013
5/5 86% The Haunting (1963) " This is one of the best supernatural chillers ever made." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 89% Ginger Snaps (2001) " In this highly sophisticated and disturbing Canadian horror movie, director John Fawcett transcends the banality of the werewolf formula with verve, well-paced action and genuine terror." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 90% The Wicker Man (1973) " Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made -- and he's right." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/5 86% Slither (2006) " Amiably retro in its icky shock value, this love story with an alien twist is often so funny it's scary." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 98% Rosemary's Baby (1968) " It's one of the most powerful films ever made about Devil worship because Polanski expertly winds up the paranoia with spooky atmospherics and morbid humour." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) " Although expertly remade twice - in 1978 and 1993 - and rather less successfully in 2007, the original is still the most striking, with a justly famous scalp-freezing ending." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 95% Dawn of the Dead (1979) " Cynical, devastating and relentless, director George A Romero's gruelling masterpiece about the American Dream turning into a terrifying nightmare is a brilliant blend of black comedy and hip, if harrowing, carnage." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 95% House of Wax (1953) " [A] glorious-looking slice of gothic horror, which also helped establish Vincent Price as a horror icon." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 96% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) " A top-flight terror classic that spawned seven sequels and a TV series." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 93% Horror of Dracula (1958) " Bram Stoker's terrifying vampire creation becomes a modern classic in the adept hands of the House of Hammer." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 96% Village of the Damned (2004) " Compelling, creepy and often unbearably tense." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 96% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973) " The magnum opus of Vincent Price's film career, this stylish, witty comedy horror boasts an irresistible premise, an inspired ensemble cast, fabulous music and first-rate production values." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Even in the dark, it's clear where this is going -- but Wan does know his way around a haunted house." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 96% Night of the Living Dead (1968) " Director George A Romero redefined the meaning of horror for fear-sated audiences in the 1960s with this seminal classic." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
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