Jason Buchanan

Jason Buchanan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
TV Guide's Movie Guide
Total Reviews:
136

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 71% Oculus (2014) " This supernatural spellbinder succeeds at disorienting the viewer with a cleverly structured screenplay, but it never quite manages to frighten despite some solid tension and eerie imagery." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A superior sequel that, at the very least, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its whizbang predecessor." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " This vital interpretation of one of the Bible's most popular tales is a powerful and provocative work of art that fearlessly uses Noahís story as a springboard to explore complex themes of faith and the sins of man." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " A high-flying whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Australian television star Stapleton, despite his best efforts, never summons the intensity that Gerard Butler so effortlessly exuded in the previous film." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 90% Cropsey (2010) " It isn't a pleasant journey -- nor one that is likely to be soon forgotten -- though it is a sobering, skillfully produced reminder that sometimes fact can be far more terrifying than fiction." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " Despite Padilha and Zetumer's best efforts to make the story their own, this ambitious remake ultimately crashes like a corrupt hard drive." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Despite the unconventional structure of the screenplay, Clooney's direction displays a strong talent for creating and diffusing tension at precisely the moments when it's needed most." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " While those simple oversights may prevent the movie from achieving perfection, they rarely undermine its earnest endeavor to explore shifting family dynamics and their impact on our ability to connect with others." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 94% Her (2014) " By working within the framework of a romantic drama, Jonze creates an emotionally honest film that feels endearingly familiar, yet enticingly unique." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 94% Lore (2013) " The dream of every director tasked with bringing such a difficult story to life is to have a star who can carry the drama, and in her feature debut, Rosendahl is a revelation." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " A refreshingly unsentimental tale of family bonding that unfolds at the leisurely pace of a lazy Sunday afternoon." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " No one with working eyes will be tricked into believing that Hanks is the spitting image of old Uncle Walt. But like the best actors, Hanks uses mannerisms and practiced vocal inflections to capture his subject's essence." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " An occasionally exciting yet mostly lumbering sequel that proves you can indeed have too much of a good thing." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " Helander and company have done such a wonderful job at forming the foundation of a new mythology that we can't help but want more. And if we can all be good little girls and boys, perhaps we'll get just that." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/4 78% Brave (2012) " It practically goes without saying that the animation in Brave is frequently breathtaking." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Sweeping, smartly paced, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Thor: The Dark World feels much more in tune with the playful tone of The Avengers than its own predecessor." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Even if this ride leaves us wanting more, it's impossible not to marvel at the exceptional craftsmanship behind its construction." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " The real butt of the joke isn't the good-natured folks who signed release forms to appear in the film -- it's you for expecting something a bit more from the contemporary torchbearers of physical comedy." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Captain Phillips not just an exceptional tale of grace under pressure, but an actively engaging experience as well." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 49% Carrie (2013) " While it's tempting to be cynical about a remake of a film that gave the much maligned horror genre a rare moment of real prestige, dare to judge Peirce's version on its own merits and you might just be frightened at how well it measures up." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 90% Attack the Block (2011) " Attack the Block isn't a great movie, but it's fueled by a sense of energy that still makes it somewhat irresistible regardless of its (sometimes far too obvious) flaws." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/4 98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Pre-adolescent angst has rarely been as eerie or unsettlingly honest as it is in director Tomas Alfredson's stylish, psychologically complex tale," — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3.5/4 88% Let Me In (2010) " Reeves, for the most part, delivers a film that's every bit as compelling as Alfredson's original. " — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " A compelling depiction of psychological decline." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Worth a look for horror fans possessing the patience required to process its heady themes. For those brave souls, the reward is a film with the power not only to get under your skin, but to prompt deep discussion about the pitfalls of human nature. " — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3/4 89% Rush (2013) " You don't have to be a Formula One fan to recognize that Rush captures the urgency of the race and the intimacy of a great rivalry with incredible craftsmanship -- all you need to do is buy a ticket." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/4 29% The Family (2013) " Besson and Michael Caleo just never manage to hit that sweet spot between comedy and drama, much less give us a reason to care about this unrepentant family of criminals." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " An emotionally taxing, morally complex mystery driven by powerful performances that explore the transformative effects of suffering with an intensity that will leave many -- especially those with children -- deeply shaken." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " A thoroughly watchable film for fans of British political thrillers, Closed Circuit is tense and fun, even if it's not a work of genius." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 2% Getaway (2013) " It might just be the longest 90 minutes you'll spend in a theater all summer." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) " Even while tackling sensitive issues such as alcoholism, bullying, and the consequences of nonconformity, Pegg and Wright never take themselves or their characters too seriously." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 5% Paranoia (2013) " Paranoia never quite manages to thrill in its attempt to portray corporate America as a sea that's swimming with unseen perils." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/4 26% Planes (2013) " The runways in Disney's Planes are paved with good intentions, but an overreliance on exhausted underdog tropes and a lazy central irony prevent it from truly soaring into the clouds." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/4 68% Elysium (2013) " This time, backed by a bigger budget and a more experienced cast, Blomkamp proves that his vision is indeed capable of sustaining a larger-scale story by delivering a carefully balanced mix of social commentary and innovative sci-fi action." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3.5/4 95% Star Trek (2009) " Fun, funny, exhilarating, and occasionally touching, Star Trek gives Gene Roddenberry's enduring sci-fi series a much-needed shot in the arm." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/4 90% District 9 (2009) " Every once in a great while -- perhaps only a handful of times each decade -- that rare film comes completely out of left field to let us know that there are still some original ideas out there, and that cinema can still be fresh and exciting." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3/4 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " Leave it to Sam Raimi to breathe some new life into the genre most closely associated with lame sequels and lifeless remakes." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " If only the story in the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg buddy actioner 2 Guns were as strong as the banter." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2/4 52% The To Do List (2013) " The To Do List feels tailor-made for Aubrey Plaza's deadpan delivery, but never quite manages to hit its stride despite an impressive supporting cast and an inspired central concept." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " A rare comic-to-film adaptation that doesn't sacrifice substance for the sake of thrilling action." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 85% Sightseers (2013) " An undeniable treat for lovers of morbid comedy." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " The Conjuring finds director James Wan improving on his previous haunted-house yarn Insidious in just about every way possible." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " For cynics and detractors, it may at time feel like this sequel exists for nothing more than to push the film's most marketable characters front and center." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 2, 2013
4/4 51% White House Down (2013) " Emmerich is obviously a storyteller who's comfortable working on such a sprawling canvas, and as a result it all coalesces in a near-perfect popcorn flick." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/4 48% Maniac (2013) " Like a cover song that takes an original tune in a fresh new direction, Franck Khalfoun's remake of William Lustig's notorious 1980 slasher flick Maniac boldly serves up a familiar story with an exciting twist." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/4 67% World War Z (2013) " A frantic zombie opus that strips away all the nuance of its innovative source material in favor of sheer cinematic spectacle." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/4 55% Hatchet III (2013) " If you've seen the first two films you know what to expect, but just like AC/DC still rocks hard with those same three chords they've been using since the 1970s, Green and McDonnell have a way of making the familiar feel fiendishly fun." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2.5/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " Uneven yet sporadically hilarious, the film does a spectacular job at toying with the public personas of its prolific stars, but frequently allows their riffing to go on far too long." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3.5/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Perhaps one of the most brave and unusual aspects of Man of Steel is the fact that by the time the credits roll, there seems to be a world of possibilities for the future." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 13, 2013
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