Alan Jones

Alan Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 31% Lost River (2015) " Gosling is clearly angling for a parable on American consumerism, but he's more concerned with arresting fantasy-noir visuals, surreal dreamscapes and weird atmospheres than a coherent story. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
5/5 100% Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (2007) " Scott's visionary thriller makes the acid rain/neon-drenched Los Angeles of 2019 a far colder, more violent and depressing place. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " The monster muscle-car franchise continues to relentlessly assault the senses in this globe-trotting sequel, with horror maestro James Wan's direction adding extra high-style brilliance to proceedings. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/5 58% Robot Overlords " Feels like an artefact from the Children's Film Foundation era, only with misplaced adult humour and bad language. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) " Under the expert guidance of TV series writer/director Paul Tibbitt, sophisticated adult gags jostle with inspired childish silliness, each element dovetailing for increased inventiveness. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 47% Home (2015) " ET meets Lilo & Stitch in this sweet, screwball culture clash comedy adapted from Adam Rex's children's novel The True Meaning of Smekday. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 90% After Hours (1985) " It's weird, wonderful and wildly funny. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 18, 2015
4/5 88% Naked (1993) " Leigh's bravura mix of comedy, tragedy, violence and warmth marks this uncompromising exposé as British film-making at its finest. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 4, 2015
4/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " Another irresistible swirl of heart-warming life lessons, funny valentines and intoxicating local Indian colour, this captivating sequel is not second best at all, more a worthy companion piece to the 2011 crowd-pleaser. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) " Uplifting and full of that hard-to-capture sparkling sense of wonder, this is an enthralling addition to the trustworthy Disney brand of memorable, magical fairy tales. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) " A hectic but better than expected entertainment. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/5 84% Predestination (2015) " A thoughtful, if wonky, small-scale epic of retro-futurism. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/5 70% Trash " The three non-professionals playing the rubbish-sifting comrades exude a believable solidarity and charismatic energy, though Brazilian star Selton Mello overdoes his role as a sadistic cop. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 71% Cry-Baby (1990) " The nostalgic delights in Waters's reform school drool are often more subtle than his other period offering, Hairspray, but it's still a polished debunking of pop culture from the "Pope of Trash". " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 73% American Sniper (2015) " A confident yet thoughtful performance from a bulked-up Bradley Cooper is the solid centre of director Clint Eastwood's absorbingly matter-of-fact biopic of the most lethal sniper in US military history. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Works on most of its profound levels. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) " The denouement is unexpected and satisfying, while the peril provided by the Second World War backdrop cleverly matches the supernatural suspense. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 26, 2014
2/5 27% Annie (2014) " The 1977 Broadway hit has suffered an overblown 1982 adaptation, a sickly 1999 TV movie and a terrible stage sequel. But the worst hadn't happened to it until this awkwardly updated, misconceived and sloppy remake. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " The excitement is dampened by a draggy middle where Moses gets married and a tedious epilogue, but Scott's keen ability to explain scripture miracles in credible terms is this biblical blockbuster's major asset. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 56% The Remaining (2014) " Nimbly directed by Casey La Scala, and performed with engaging conviction, this Book of Revelations faith-based shocker is surprisingly effective. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2/5 7% Ouija (2014) " The age-old seance question "Is anybody there?" can be equally aimed at those behind the camera. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 31, 2014
4/5 81% Let Him Have It (1991) " With drab-chic production, Christopher Eccleston's marvellous central performance and a pop nostalgia soundtrack, the odious miscarriage of justice comes vividly to life to scandalise anew those unfamiliar with the true facts. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 28, 2014
2/5 32% Extraterrestrial (2014) " Revelling in its B-movie conventions to little dramatic effect, this intergalactic slasher is often unintentionally hilarious. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) " Jennifer Kent's striking debut feature is a bold and intensely emotional psychological horror. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/5 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " An entertaining smooth ride. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 84% Northern Soul " Like a British Saturday Night Fever, it captures the look, energy and exuberance of a youth culture, while not shying away from the more violent and amphetamine-fuelled darker sides. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2/5 29% Annabelle (2014) " That creepy grinning doll from The Conjuring gets its own origin story in this disappointingly banal supernatural spin-off. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 70% Honeymoon (2014) " It will be a hard heart indeed that won't be affected by the way the story is resolved. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/5 27% Lost in Space (1998) " A charmless if flashy affair. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 17, 2014
4/5 79% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) " A nonstop giggle from start to finish, this beguiling grab-bag of time-travel clichés, hard-rock music and Valley-speaking cool dudes is a flawless, purpose-built junk movie. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3/5 89% Light Sleeper (1992) " [A] leisurely paced but ultimately rewarding study of terminal addiction in all its many forms. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 9, 2014
1/5 43% The Last Movie (1971) " One of the all-time classics of pretentiously incomprehensible cinema. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3/5 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Perhaps it is slightly one-note. Yet this bolder vision conveys the essence of co-director Frank Miller's art better than ever. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 87% Alleluia " The two leads captivate as the besotted psychotic duo in a nightmarish odyssey that's offbeat right up to its enigmatic conclusion. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 86% Altered States (1980) " Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " There's the usual winning mix of wisecracking banter, overblown war craft and mad combat skills with a take-no-prisoners attitude and jokey references to the action heroes' pasts ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 33% Flashdance (1983) " Director Adrian Lyne caught the post-disco visual mood of the time to win over even the most cynical viewer. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 11, 2014
5/5 98% Up (2009) " Up is breathtaking in its imaginative detail and astonishing in its emotional range. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " If it does become faintly dull and preachy, the trim humour and detailing - the CHiPs spoof CHoPs, Motorjito cocktails, the pickup truck with superb pickup lines - soon get it squarely back on the fun runway. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 41% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) " Elias Koteas scores as a mock-turtle vigilante, and there are some nifty turtle effects from the Henson Creature Shop, but little else hits the target, despite Barron covering the cracks with fast editing. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/5 43% Step Up: All In (2014) " It's the recycled plot, tired romantic complications, hackneyed rivalries and soap operatics between the dance-offs that are the trouble. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 84% Scarface (1983) " The sharp, if expletive-ridden, dialogue in Oliver Stone's script and the vivid cinematography of John A Alonzo help make De Palma's urban shocker a modern-day classic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2014
1/5 3% Zoom (2006) " Imagine a mix of Sky High and The Incredibles with all the fun, laughs and clever adventure taken out and you've got director Peter Hewitt's atrocious comic-book fiasco. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 28, 2014
1/5 5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) " Complete with a Xanadu-style dance routine, Pam Grier as Pluto's mother indulging in tired blaxploitation moves and rent-a-cameo John Cleese as a virtual reality chauffeur, this is a flop of epic proportions. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2014
4/5 71% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " Attaining a near perfect Disney-style mix of colourful inventiveness, engaging characters, eye-popping spectacle (especially in its 3D version) and fun-scary set pieces, it's a polished delight with ageless appeal. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/5 3% Feardotcom (2002) " The real torture in this vengeful cyber-spirit saga comes from having to sit through such ugly trash. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/5 6% The Last Airbender (2010) " Writer/director M Night Shyamalan's once glorious reputation is tarnished further by this tediously juvenile fantasy adventure. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 7% I Know Who Killed Me (2007) " Lindsay Lohan takes on a dual role in director Chris Sivertson's twisty, perversely fascinating psycho thriller. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/5 5% The Avengers (1998) " The cult 1960s TV series gets royally shafted by Hollywood in this stunningly designed blockbuster that's stunningly awful in every other department. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 100% The Endless Summer (1966) " Groovy music by the Sandals, a five-piece surfing outfit, accompany the beautiful images and Brown's hip surfer-speak is a history lesson in itself. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 7, 2014
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