Alan Jones

Alan Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Radio Times
Total Reviews:
254

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 254
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) " Despite outdated acting techniques and staging, this is a must-see for all cinema buffs, as make-up genius Lon Chaney's Phantom is a Hall of Horror landmark." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 91% An American Werewolf in London (1981) " Director John Landis here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 91% Minority Report (2002) " This masterfully sleek vision of the future from director Steven Spielberg is an awesome mix of skewed science fiction, twisty Hitchcock-style thrills, stunning blue-grey tinged photography and outstanding design." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 92% Insomnia (2002) " This skilfully directed psychodrama from Christopher Nolan proves that hit European movies can be remade successfully." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 91% The Fly (1986) " Only Cronenberg can get away with working out his raw phobias on screen while being poignantly witty and repulsively entertaining at the same time." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 97% The Iron Giant (1999) " This wonderful Warner Bros version of Ted Hughes's The Iron Man is a first-class achievement in cartoon virtuosity that liberally borrows images from 1950s comic-book art and science-fiction movies to stunning effect." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) " Endlessly imitated but never rivalled, this opening instalment of George Lucas's original space trilogy dresses up the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 91% Hairspray (2007) " If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 93% Iron Man (2008) " In an exemplary piece of casting, Downey Jr gives a powerhouse performance, adding depth and believability to his character as both self-indulgent waster and do-gooder superhero." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 95% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) " Hold on tight, because it starts at full throttle and never lets up." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 96% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) " Director Irvin Kershner's imaginative supervision of George Lucas's brainchild gives this second part of the first Star Wars trilogy a truly epic dimension, adding a mature, philosophical aspect to the nonstop barrage of brilliant special effects." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " It's a long but entertainingly showy melodrama full of cineaste jokes, tricksy wordplay and references to film-makers GW Pabst, Leni Riefenstahl and Sergio Leone." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 93% Out of Sight (1998) " George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez sizzle in this sexy, sly and snappy crime caper from director Steven Soderbergh, that neatly combines its 1970s heist-picture roots with sparkling romantic comedy." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " Nothing is overplayed, from the scary surveillance tracking methods to the high-level corruption, making this a superbly crafted masterclass in intelligent action film-making." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 69% Cliffhanger (1993) " High adventure and vertigo blend with blood and bullets to make this tension-packed tall tale a spectacular avalanche of dizzying escapism." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 3, 2013
4/5 90% Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (1982) " Leonard Nimoy has rarely been so moving." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/5 91% Men in Black (1997) " Great special effects, inventive alien designs and Smith and Jones's hip, hilarious double act make director Barry Sonnenfeld's Lethal Weapon-style buddy picture a fast-paced pleasure." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
5/5 98% Aliens (1986) " Surpassing its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle, this sequel to Ridley Scott's outer-space nightmare from director James Cameron is an outstanding science-fiction thriller." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 92% WarGames (War Games) (1983) " This inventive nail-biter is very much a product of its time -- blending the arms-race unease of the early 1980s with the beginning of the home-computer revolution -- but it still manages to both grip and entertain." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 93% Speed (1994) " Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 98% Jaws (1975) " John Williams's Oscar-winning music and the excellent performances of Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss add to the ingeniously mounted tension that cleverly plays on all our deepest primeval fears." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
5/5 92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) " Linda Hamilton turns in another terrific performance as the fiercely committed heroine who puts a necessary human face on Cameron's high-decibel mayhem and pyrotechnical bravura." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
5/5 89% Trainspotting (1996) " Unapologetic and hard-hitting, Irvine Welsh's controversial bestseller is brought to the screen as a dazzling assault on the senses." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " The duo, clearly so comfortable in their characters' skin, indulge in intelligent banter, sharp humour and emotional truths." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 22, 2013
5/5 94% The Truman Show (1998) " Tthis ingenious satirical comedy drama about media omnipotence is both dazzling and sophisticated from audacious start to poignant finale." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 19, 2013
3/5 9% Captivity (2007) " Joffé's interest clearly lies in society's obsession with celebrity rather than the nuances of the genre, but Cohen's precision script succeeds in keeping him on the terror track." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " Apart from the odd effective sequence, this is nothing but a by-the-numbers survival story peddling contrived emotion, glittering sets and repetitive CGI peril." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " Too much creeping around and a lack of genuine creepiness doom this tepidly spooky experience." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 49% No One Lives (2013) " Genuinely striking and unnerving, the film manages to ramp up the fright factor to such overly intense levels that uneasy laughter provides the only release." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
4/5 62% Byzantium (2013) " A haunting, touching and visually sublime reinvention of undead mythology." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
2/5 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " Not so much moving as stomach churning." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 12, 2013
2/5 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " This dumb ramble isn't a patch on the original." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " This is, at best, dull escapism but there are a few reasons to keep watching, including Stanley Tucci camping away as the hissable villain and knight Ewan McGregor being sausage-rolled up by a chef colossus." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " [A] fast and furious all-action continuation of the classic fairy tale ..." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " A colourfully cute romp for kids." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 8, 2013
4/5 65% Antiviral (2013) " This dark fable is a subversive stomach-churner and not for the faint-hearted." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 81% The Impossible (2012) " [A] visceral and deeply moving true story ..." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 3, 2013
4/5 72% Grabbers (2013) " This ambitious mix of mirth and menace is an offbeat and hugely enjoyable affair." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 27, 2012
5/5 91% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1960) " The on-screen fireworks were reportedly fuelled by off-screen hatred, but the chemistry between the stars is unquestionably hair-raising and upped the Gothic stakes to camp shock levels." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
2/5 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " A one-note pastiche featuring impressive wire-fu, bloody mayhem and CGI mutilation." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " Destined to become definitive holiday entertainment for all the family." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 30, 2012
5/5 85% Sightseers (2013) " Indecently funny, delightfully eccentric and far bloodier than you'd expect ..." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 30, 2012
5/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " A model feel-good movie that sparkles with heartfelt humour ..." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 94% Halloween (1978) " [A] simple but horribly effective low-budget suburban horror ..." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 29, 2012
2/5 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " Doors creak, shadows flicker, cats jump: the laziest sequel yet in the supernatural franchise barely bothers to change the formula at all." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3/5 43% On the Road (2012) " It's beautifully shot, handsomely mounted and well cast ..." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " The ultimate message about ignorance being the scariest thing of all is a sincere one, but it gets lost in the nonstop, eager-to-please, uninspired zaniness." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 12, 2012
4/5 63% Sinister (2012) " Cool in its crafty mood placement, confidently restrained during its nastiest moments and mining provocative lines of devastating nuance, the movie reaches a terrifying crescendo as the grisly Super 8 reels bleed into high-pitched scares." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2012
3/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " A total mess that strains for poetic meaning. Yet it also has enough hypnotic power to carry one's attention through even the clumsiest and obvious passages." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 78% Dredd (2012) " This is brisk and brutal film-making." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 7, 2012
4/5 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " A dazzling curio in which every sound effect reverberates with multiple meanings." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 6, 2012
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