Jay Stone

Jay Stone

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Canada.com , National Post , Ottawa Citizen , Southam Newspapers
Total Reviews:
303
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 —— Hold Fast " Young Avery Ash, however, is a strong presence who grows on you, and aside from one sequence, the skinning of a rabbit, the movie provides a smooth and untroubled transition to reconciliation. And Newfoundland never looked better." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 100% Sweet Dreams (2013) " A touching tribute to hope and resilience." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 —— The Battery " Gardner puts the monsters in the background while he concentrates on the growing difficulties between the two friends." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 44% The Face of Love (2014) " The drama comes in Bening's subtle shifts from joy to embarrassment to fear. It's the face of love lost, and it's the one thing you can believe." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 67% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " It's tolerable because director Mike Clattenburg, who created the series, overlays the stumblebum ineptitude with a layer of affection." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " If there is such a thing as too exciting, The Raid 2 is it." — Ottawa Citizen
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 71% Oculus (2014) " There's plenty to rattle you in Oculus, a supernatural thriller that doesn't make 100 per cent sense, exactly, but leaves you deeply disturbed." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
1/5 —— Fateful Findings (2013) " Don't use up all your derision on the first part of the movie, because you'll need it at the end." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 86% Alan Partridge (2014) " A blithe, off-the-wall comedy that's partly a commentary on our changing media landscape and partly a chance to watch Partridge fumble his way into the spotlight, where he so longs to be." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 —— Cas & Dylan " Screenwriter Jessie Gabe has a few surprises up her sleeve, particularly at the end." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 82% Afflicted (2014) " "Found footage" has become a tired technique, but Lee and Prowse, who also wrote the screenplay, give it new life." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Bethlehem negotiates a tangle of loyalties that's as complex as the Middle East itself." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/5 58% The Returned (2014) " Director Manuel Carballo seems to be trying for the psychological unease of Blindness, or perhaps of something by Cronenberg, but it's never more than artificial terror wrapped in bland social commentary." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/5 63% Bad Words (2014) " It wants to be politically incorrect, and indeed there are many rants against women, insults to visible minorities, and general verbal mayhem. But you get the sense the movie never means it: this a Hollywood lesson in redemption." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 —— Three Days In Havana " At a brief 82 minutes (including a long credit sequence), it doesn't have time to fill in any of the plot gaps: it plays like a pitch, rather than a full film." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 92% Source Code (2011) " Source Code is a mind-bending minor classic of its type, a sort of Groundhog Day with terrorism and fewer weather reports. It's as if The Matrix hopped aboard a rapid-transit line and got derailed into the American military bureaucracy." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 23, 2014
4/5 90% Le Week-End (2014) " Director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi -- who have worked together four times, most recently on Venus -- have a keen sense of the vicissitudes of long relationships." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " It's a slight film, but director Ritesh Batra, making his first feature, encompasses the film's gentle performances into the chaos of Mumbai." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, who also co-wrote the screenplay, keep the action organic, but 7 Boxes is bookended with a couple of stylistic scenes." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Martha is a cipher in the mounting drama, but Olsen manages to give her real life with a sort of reverse charisma, curling her physical beauty into poses of aggression or loss." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " The stunts in Need for Speed are real: No computer pixels were harmed in the making of this film. It's the people who are fake." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 88% A Field in England (2014) " And now for something completely different: a black comedy set in 17th-century England at the time of the Civil War and given a lift with some psilocybin mushrooms. Oliver Cromwell, meet Timothy Leary." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 87% In Fear (2014) " The actors didn't know exactly where the script was going, but their improvised dialogue moves authentically from teasing to discomfort to light jokes about something deeper." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " As exceptionally unpleasant experiences go, this one is delicious." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's all there: super slow-mo, backgrounds burnished into flat surrealism, stark lighting. It's a new kind of movie storytelling that's both thrilling and exhausting. As they used to say in old Persia, beware of Greeks baring chests." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 100% The Square (2013) " What does a revolution really feel like? You learn the answer in The Square, an extraordinary documentary that puts its cameras on the ground to take us in the heart of the troubled, betrayed, idealistic and sad movement for democracy in Egypt." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " The tone of documentary accuracy makes the film even darker." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) " As an airborne drama, it's the most preposterous flight since that plane that had snakes on it." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/5 —— Takedown: The DNA of GSP " It's somewhere between a televised UFC match and someone's idea of a deep metaphorical look at man's instincts." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " The Great Beauty (or, more wonderfully, La Grande Bellezza) is a memory play, a meditation on life, a celebration of the incidentals that make it joyous and more." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/5 41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " There's probably a frightening movie in there somewhere, or at least a darkly intriguing one, but this version can't unravel the chills of a half-glimpsed mystery." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Director Shana Feste has emulsified both the plot and the characters, resulting in a love story with all the texture of Pablum." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 —— Sagrada - el misteri de la creacio " Sagrada plays like a video you might buy at the cathedral gift shop that outlines the history of the project." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 12, 2014
1/5 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " Put Robert Pattinson in Grade 12 and outfit his classmates with cleavage that would make Hermione blush, and you have a notion of the joys in store here." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/5 —— Sex After Kids (2014) " It's sweet-natured and it even comes with a message." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " The depiction of moral imperialism is frightening and infuriating." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " It seems relatively innocent, but such antics were once shocking." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/5 100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) " It's a film with a positive message. And some weird-looking fish." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Part product placement, part really insane produce placement, and part something else -- mayhem, mostly, with a side dish of running amok -- The Lego Movie is an unusual, sometimes brilliant film." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney, who also co-wrote and directed the film, sets it up like a sort of well-meaning version of Oceans 11, or The Magnificent 7, or The Dirty Dozen, or any of those number movies where groups of men are recruited for an impossible job." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 78% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " The camera stays on [Binoche] for long periods, and we become complicit in her suffering. It's a great performance in a movie that is difficult to watch." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " That Awkward Moment may not tell you much about human relationships but it's not a bad design guide for the privileged 20-something lifestyle of Manhattan, circa 2014." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1.5/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " A special-effects monster movie that's a deliriously loopy combination of the Underworld films, the Highlander franchise, and a brick of Swiss cheese." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/5 94% I Am Divine (2013) " I Am Divine doesn't get under the skin of Milstead, but that may not be possible: he was layered in too many costumes, both physical and psychological, and his life became a performance." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 80% Three Night Stand " This is a happily-ever-after story with a difference: not happily, necessarily, but maybe less miserable." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 80% Whitewash (2014) " It's a small movie, but it says a lot." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1/5 50% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) " This sort of thing can grow on you, but only if you're not careful." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 —— Ice Soldiers (2014) " Ice Soldiers is a gleefully preposterous slice of B-movie cheese, a sort of remake of The Thing (an unfriendly alien found in the Antarctic) but with a political subtext and more snowmobiles." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3.5/5 —— Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013) " Into this obsessive history, however, co-directors Deedle Lacour and Matt Riggle have smuggled a human-interest story." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Smoothly filmed, cleverly paced, and absent of any identifiable human behaviour, it's a tense, uncomfortable piece of elevated torture porn, haunting and distasteful." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
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