Tim Martain

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
The Mercury
Total Reviews:
182

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 182
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 36% Goddess " Liking Goddess is easy - this Aussie musical comedy is undeniably charming and its leading lady, Laura Michelle Kelly, is captivating." — The Mercury
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Something that stood out (so to speak) was the sheer amount of cleavage being exhibited by the movie's three witches - I thought Disney had a rule about this kind of thing?" — The Mercury
Posted Mar 8, 2013
4.5/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " For a long, sprawling, high-concept, philosophical, stylistic mash-up of a film, Cloud Atlas is impressive and thought-provoking without ever being pretentious." — The Mercury
Posted Mar 3, 2013
2.5/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " While this movie easily has more charm than the cynically produced Twilight films, it somehow lacks the charisma." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 23, 2013
3.5/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Between the screenplay by playwright Tom Stoppard and the direction of Joe Wright, Anna Karenina is a stylistically fascinating film." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 15, 2013
3.5/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " A remarkable performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the glue that holds Lincoln together. Without him, this would be a very unremarkable film." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 11, 2013
4/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " There is no Team America-style, flag-waving bravado behind this story - it is quite the opposite." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Hitchcock's playful yet slightly dark tone makes it an easy film to watch and the insight into Hitch the man will be a hoot for any fan of his work." — The Mercury
Posted Jan 12, 2013
4.5/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) " What better analogy for our place in the universe than a couple of scared creatures stranded on a precarious liferaft in the middle of a vast nothingness?" — The Mercury
Posted Jan 6, 2013
3/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " THE Hobbit occupies that same awkward spot in popular cinema as the Twilight movies in terms of balancing good cinema against fan-service." — The Mercury
Posted Dec 28, 2012
3/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " Whatever its agenda might (or might not) be, Rise of the Guardians is a surprisingly rousing tale with a story that resonates easily, if not deeply." — The Mercury
Posted Dec 14, 2012
5/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " The Perks of Being a Wallflower is funny, nostalgic, heartfelt and sweet, and so vivid it will practically make you feel the warm summer wind in your hair." — The Mercury
Posted Dec 2, 2012
4.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Sometimes the old ways are the best. This is a theme and repeated line running throughout the new James Bond film Skyfall and never has it been more true." — The Mercury
Posted Nov 23, 2012
1/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " The Twilight Saga has finally ended, not with a triumphant roar but with the self-satisfied mumble of an inconsiderate lover rolling over and breaking wind as they fall asleep" — The Mercury
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " Seven Psychopaths is almost certainly not the movie you'll be expecting it to be, but as long as you stick with it, this is one of its greatest strengths, not a weakness." — The Mercury
Posted Nov 10, 2012
3.5/5 —— The First Fagin " The First Fagin is a great example of how true stories are often more extraordinary than fiction." — The Mercury
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3.5/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " A comedy with an almost cruel level of honesty that explores not just the weird dynamics of long-term friendships but the deeper forces that operate inside each individual." — The Mercury
Posted Nov 3, 2012
4/5 96% Argo (2012) " Argo will make you say "wow" not because of anything big and flashy but purely for its well-told story." — The Mercury
Posted Oct 28, 2012
4/5 51% Savages (2012) " Oliver Stone isn't known for making pretty films but ugly is something he does very well." — The Mercury
Posted Oct 20, 2012
3.5/5 67% Lawless (2012) " Don't expect to be carried along by big action and cliched dialogue, Lawless expects you to do some of the work yourself by immersing yourself in this richly textured world." — The Mercury
Posted Oct 12, 2012
5/5 40% Mental (2013) " It had me in its spell from start to finish and I ran the gauntlet of every possible emotion along the way. Outstanding." — The Mercury
Posted Oct 6, 2012
4/5 93% Looper (2012) " Well-constructed narrative, looping back on itself, spiraling willingly into its own paradoxes and dealing with all the weird overlaps in a way few movies dare to bother with." — The Mercury
Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/5 98% Marwencol (2010) " The film is never flippant, never disrespectful and always approaches Mark's hobby with eyes wide open and no agenda other than fascinated admiration." — The Mercury
Posted Sep 8, 2012
1.5/5 26% Kath & Kimderella (2012) " The dialogue has moments of blistering wit but even these brief flashes of gold are squandered with lame pay-offs and running gags that are just boringly repetitive." — The Mercury
Posted Sep 7, 2012
2/5 57% Love (2011) " At about the two-thirds mark, the film starts to wander off on its own, seemingly without really caring if the audience is following along or not." — The Mercury
Posted Aug 31, 2012
4.5/5 85% Bully (2012) " By exposing audiences to the stark realities of bullying, Bully just might encourage people to take it seriously instead of perpetuating the old adage "it's just kids being kids"." — The Mercury
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " It falters a little bit and it's really just an effort to keep a lucrative franchise alive without its iconic star, but it still seems to have plenty of life left in it." — The Mercury
Posted Aug 19, 2012
5/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " An Aussie film with real mainstream chops, not a film you watch out of patriotic obligation, but one you watch simply because it is a top-quality, enjoyable and affecting flick." — The Mercury
Posted Aug 11, 2012
1/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " Bekmambetov knows his way around supernatural movies very well but he just doesn't seem to have the sense of humour needed for this one." — The Mercury
Posted Aug 5, 2012
4/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) " Come for the half-naked hunky guys, stay for the expertly crafted story and gorgeous direction. No, I said "direction", now get your mind out of the gutter." — The Mercury
Posted Jul 27, 2012
4.5/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " The intimate symbiosis between the loosely defined concepts of good and evil is a vital element in Batman lore and something that Christopher Nolan understands very well." — The Mercury
Posted Jul 23, 2012
3.5/5 88% Not Suitable for Children (2013) " Breaking down some stereotypes and making you think about a common issue in an uncommon way, this is a smart little flick, with some top acting and fine humour to boot." — The Mercury
Posted Jul 14, 2012
3/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Something Webb does very well is to build and capture the emotion of this story, even if his handling of plot and action leave something to be desired." — The Mercury
Posted Jul 7, 2012
3/5 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " A solid performer, keeping its target audience in its sights much more firmly than many of its big studio contemporaries." — The Mercury
Posted Jun 30, 2012
2/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " Feels confused, directionless and overstuffed, with an uneven pace and a tone that lurches from dark gothic horror to candy-coloured fairy garden to epic fantasy battle." — The Mercury
Posted Jun 22, 2012
2.5/5 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Not bad but not memorable, it seems to only exist as a kind of nostalgic revival piece, a belated attempt to wring one last curtain-call from a long-dead series." — The Mercury
Posted May 25, 2012
2/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " It's funny enough, even hilarious at times, but is it really being incisive and intelligently manipulative, or is it just ignorant, offensive drivel? I can't tell." — The Mercury
Posted May 18, 2012
3.5/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) " Let's face it: it's Nazis from the Moon invading Earth in flying saucers, if you're expecting anything other than abject absurdity, you're in the wrong movie." — The Mercury
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Much like pizza and sex, even when a Tim Burton film isn't great, it's still pretty good, it's never really "bad"." — The Mercury
Posted May 12, 2012
3/5 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " More dark comedy than rom-com, perhaps a little too honest, like someone who is telling you something funny but then overshares just a little too much and spoils the moment." — The Mercury
Posted May 6, 2012
4.5/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Joss Whedon, with his demonstrated ensemble cast-wrangling expertise, is the only director who could have pulled this off. And he has set a new benchmark in doing so." — The Mercury
Posted Apr 28, 2012
3.5/5 85% Romantics Anonymous (2011) " So much is conveyed in what isn't said: the half-finished words, the broken syllables, the inarticulate noises, even the silences." — The Mercury
Posted Apr 23, 2012
3.5/5 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) " IF you're up for some solid intellectual stimulation and don't mind having to work hard for it, this one will really give you something to discuss with friends afterwards." — The Mercury
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Finally we have a female lead character who is strong without being brutal, appealing without being objectified, and confident without being female-chauvinistic." — The Mercury
Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Hollywood is obsessed with strip-mining old TV shows and movies for remake fodder these days, but 21 Jump Street is an example of how it can be done well." — The Mercury
Posted Mar 16, 2012
4/5 51% John Carter (2012) " John Carter is a product of a simpler time, when sense of adventure was paramount, and the film has this in spades." — The Mercury
Posted Mar 9, 2012
3/5 6% The Devil Inside (2012) " The less said about THAT ending, the better. But as a brief, brutal and nasty vignette showing the naked weirdness of an "authentic" exorcism, it's not sooo bad." — The Mercury
Posted Mar 4, 2012
4/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " I can see why some might find the film sickly or overly sentimental, even a little forced, but it worked well enough on me to have me wiping away a few tears." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 26, 2012
5/5 89% Buck (2011) " Imagine the Dude from The Big Lebowski if he had been raised on a dude ranch." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 17, 2012
3.5/5 59% Any Questions for Ben? " While the film does have its flaws story-wise, the killer dialogue with its uniquely Australian style of wit makes it a true joy to watch." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 11, 2012
4/5 85% Chronicle (2012) " Director Josh Trank does an impressive job of capturing the elation of three young men in the ecstatic throes of discovering they literally can do just about anything." — The Mercury
Posted Feb 5, 2012
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