Tim Martain

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 62% Unfriended (2015) " To be able to tell a story from entirely within the narrative limitations of a few windows on a computer screen is actually quite an achievement. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 3, 2015
5/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " Proves an action movie can have it all: smart without being convoluted, flashy without being shallow, fun without being hollow, and exciting without being dumb. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 24, 2015
4/5 100% X+Y " The emotion and humanity of the characters is so raw that at times it almost feels like a documentary. The director has honed a fine skill for profiling a character. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3.5/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) " The score by Danny Elfman makes it sound a little too much like a romantic comedy at times but Big Eyes is a smart flick with a lot to say and many talking points to present. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/5 30% Chappie (2015) " The emotional power of Chappie's portrayal makes it stirring to watch but it just doesn't feel like enough care was taken with the rest of the film surrounding the robot. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " Quite frankly, the story was trying my patience for a while. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 1, 2015
1/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " Basically, it's Cinderella, complete with sparkly dresses and a magical sky person telling poor Cinders she is actually very special. Truly awful. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4.5/5 99% Selma (2015) " The repeated references to nonviolence form an especially powerful theme, a reminder of what can be accomplished not through simply taking revenge, but by staying your hand. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 15, 2015
5/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " In the same way Shaun of the Dead became an almost perfect zombie movie simply by sending up the genre, Kingsman just might have done Bond better than Bond. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2.5/5 73% American Sniper (2015) " For a film that seems to have its heart in the right place, it certainly botched the delivery of its otherwise quite worthy message. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 22, 2015
5/5 93% Birdman (2014) " The humour and drama of Birdman are a slick delivery vehicle for a philosophically detailed existential crisis story, with life imitating art imitating life. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 15, 2015
5/5 61% The Water Diviner (2015) " Crowe's directorial debut is a call for tolerance and understanding, pacifism and reason, and, above all else, compassion ... for everyone affected by every war. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 11, 2015
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " This is a human drama that invites you to think, not just about the technicalities and the philosophies behind code-breaking, but also the social and psychological themes. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 1, 2015
3/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " Horrible Bosses 2 is mostly a good laugh with some comic moments that really sing. But, here's the thing: rape jokes are not funny. And this one left a bad taste. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Whether you are religious or not, you must admit, the epic scale of the biblical Exodus is a fantastic story. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 8, 2014
5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Nightcrawler paints a pretty grim picture of modern society and the logical outcome of our collective insatiable thirst for information, bigger shocks and faster delivery. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 29, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " To be honest, Mockingjay Part 1 is probably the weakest of the three so far, but if this is as bad as it gets, that is still something of a triumph. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 89% The Drop (2014) " Certainly not your average crime flick, The Drop has much more subtle sensibilities than its equivalent British or Hollywood contemporaries, and that is assuredly a good thing. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 18, 2014
4/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " Christopher Nolan can do whatever the hell he likes. He's earned that right now. And if he uses that clout for films like Interstellar, we all win. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 8, 2014
4.5/5 77% Fury (2014) " If you're considering seeing Fury but you're reluctant because you don't want to watch a "tank movie", don't worry, because it isn't. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4.5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is so expertly crafted that its 150-minute running time flies by - this story is worth every tightly-wound second. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3.5/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " With some good acting performances, some very horror-movie sensibilities, a good mystery and a solid dystopian aesthetic, The Maze Runner trilogy is off to a great start. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/5 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Kinda fun and enjoyable despite its dubious pedigree, not because of it. I got the distinct feeling this movie deserved a better treatment than it got from its makers. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 13, 2014
3.5/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " What We Do in the Shadows is a sharp little character-driven comedy that gets its laughs not so much from the plot but simply from its cast of weirdos. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3.5/5 84% Predestination (2015) " There are clues scattered throughout the story that point towards the ending, which would be clever if they weren't plonked in so loudly. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 30, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " An environmental, post-apocalyptic, revolutionary-uprising sci-fi action movie on a train. Sub-genres don't come much more specific than Snowpiercer. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 14, 2014
5/5 78% These Final Hours (2015) " These Final Hours is tragic, sad, thrilling and tense, a triumph of cinema that tells its gut-wrenching tale in under 90 minutes - take note, Hollywood. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/5 60% Hercules (2014) " With repeated themes of emotional trauma, running from your demons, and facing the consequences of your actions, Hercules is a deceptively textured and layered action movie. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/5 17% Sex Tape (2014) " Not a great movie but still one of the funnier iPad commercials I've seen lately. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 18, 2014
0/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " AT the centre of our galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Not even light can escape from its powerful gravitational pull. And not even that sucks as much as this movie. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 5, 2014
4.5/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street is not just a sequel, it is a 112-minute running gag about sequels, including the adaptation of the title. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 21, 2014
4/5 65% The Rover (2014) " The familiarity of the setting and everyday items clashes with the Armageddon atmosphere and the eerie soundtrack to make a strangely creepy setting. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 13, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " This is Mystique's movie. The filmmakers are obviously making the most of Jennifer Lawrence's current star power by putting her right out front for this one. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " Gareth Edwards, who directed the genre-twisting film Monsters, knows how to turn a monster flick into something more thoughtful while still maintaining an exciting exterior. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 16, 2014
2.5/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " There seemed to be two separate movies running in parallel, and I couldn't shake the feeling that these two halves just didn't fit together properly. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 10, 2014
5/5 98% The Babadook (2014) " Davis gives possibly the performance of her career in The Babadook, portraying this emotionally destroyed woman with an authenticity and honesty that is punishing to watch. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 5, 2014
1/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " What should have been a brain in a vat just became a brain in a blender. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 25, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Fiennes is magnificent, his droll wit and a "keep calm and carry on" delivery occasionally peppered with highlights of profanity and fire. Comedic timing perfection. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 12, 2014
5/5 81% Tracks (2014) " It looks amazing, the acting performances are perfect, the story is engaging, and its themes and tone combine to create a rewarding movie about an iconic Australian character. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 8, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " It probably warrants a second viewing, just to see if it all holds together under closer scrutiny once you know its secrets. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Now, weight loss does not equal acting, but in this case it forms a central part of McConaughey's remarkable dedication to completely inhabiting this role. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.5/5 49% RoboCop (2014) " To its credit, Robocop tries very hard to be as good as the original but it lacks the satirical finesse and isn't as smart as it wants to be. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese seems to have mixed every genre and every tone from all his previous work together in one big three-hour character-driven opus. And the damn thing works. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 27, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2013) " If Judd Apatow had directed this, it might have made a very good comedy, but in Jonze's hands it is beautifully philosophical and heartfelt. Utterly, devastatingly beautiful. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3.5/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " While it might lose some of the finer detail and plotting of the book, it more than makes up for this in the sensuous way it recreates its setting and its engaging characters. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 12, 2014
3/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) " I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching the movie, but I felt a bit disengaged with the story, as if it only existed as a device to hold the big pretty visuals together. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 3, 2014
4/5 48% Carrie (2013) " It might be remade almost shot-for-shot, but times have changed since the `70s, and I personally think Peirce's clear agenda for updating its dominant themes is a welcome one. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 30, 2013
4.5/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " There is no law of diminishing returns here. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is every bit as potent and gripping as its predecessor and a real triumph of entertainment. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Less violent and less mean-spirited than Jackass, Bad Grandpa is a funny little diversion and that's about it, but that's okay. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 16, 2013
1/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " The Counselor is a chore of a movie to watch and even the cast's collective talent can't save it from its brain-numbing dialogue. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 9, 2013
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