Jason Buchanan

Jason Buchanan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
TV Guide's Movie Guide
Total Reviews:
153

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " It's an airy confection that gives the familiar just enough sweetness to go down smoothly." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " If nothing else, Guardians feels like an invigorating throwback to the pop-culture properties that were Saturday-morning staples in the 1980s." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Not grimy enough to qualify as neo-grindhouse and not smart enough to be effective social satire." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 64% The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) " Thompson does a commendable job of making his points without overstaying his welcome. Given a bigger budget and better resources, it would be very interesting to see his take on some other controversial cases." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A potent blend of sci-fi spectacle and substance, Matt Reevesí exhilarating interspecies-war drama Dawn of the Planet of the Apes may be the best film in the franchise since the 1968 original." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Thanks to Derrickson's direction and Scott Kevan's cinematography, New York City is a winding labyrinth of filth and decay that seems to be crumbling under the oppressive weight of the evil all around." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Surprisingly elegiac right out of the gate, these early scenes give the movie its affectionate foundation while simultaneously revealing the filmmakers' keen eye for casting" — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/4 66% The Rover (2014) " Whatever [Michod's] screenplay lacks in terms of explicit dialogue or narrative complexity, however, it makes up for in subtle, reflective details and sun-scorched tension." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Even if 22 Jump Street feels 22 minutes too long, chances are youíll be laughing hysterically though 12 of them, and fighting to find your breath during the rest." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Like many compulsively watchable films, the wealth of details in the writing, direction, and characterization all but ensure that Edge of Tomorrow holds many treasures to be discovered on repeat viewings." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " As refreshing as it may be to see MacFarlane unleashed from the shackles of contemporary pop culture, he's still sent to the gallows by a script that he should have shot down." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " This deftly scripted and unusually affecting installment of the long-running series is marked by the notable return of director Bryan Singer, who succeeds in delivering a film that ranks among the very best of the franchise." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards ultimately fails to do justice to the big lizard's legacy." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " In the end, Neighbors is one of those disappointing comedies that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " An intoxicatingly kinetic sequel that scores high marks for action and characterization, but stumbles in its attempt to give high-voltage villain Electro a spark of motivation." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " It's an incomprehensible mess of a film with the sole saving grace that it never takes itself even remotely seriously." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 89% Bears (2014) " A wondrous experience for cubs and mama bears alike." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/4 74% 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 32% 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 (2013) " 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 80% 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 74% 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 56% 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
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