Tim Martain

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " This sequel once again defies the odds, director Alan Taylor improving on the already solid foundation built by Branagh to deliver a movie that is as self-assured as it is fun. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 2, 2013
0/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Machete don't text, but he does seem to have jumped a shark. The first film was great fun, but Machete Kills seems to have misunderstood its own joke. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 25, 2013
4.5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " The stunning vista of the Earth spinning below, the scale of the emptiness, the distances, the astronauts and wreckage tumbling through the void...This is what 3D was made for. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " It may sound like an odd recommendation but A Hijacking is brilliant precisely because of the skilful way it makes you feel engaged, unwell, anxious and terrified all at once. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3.5/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " It was nice to watch a movie that had no delusions of grandeur, a simple flick that both plays to its strengths and makes light of its own weaknesses. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/5 43% Red 2 (2013) " RED 2 plays it pretty safe, carefully emulating the style and tone of its predecessor, so if you enjoyed the first one, RED 2 should tick the same boxes for you. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 31, 2013
4/5 68% Elysium (2013) " Its parallels with present-day asylum-seeking are obvious, and while the analogy might be a little heavy-handed, it still hits its mark and makes its point very well. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/5 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Abracadabra! The character development has vanished! But the flowers are still standing! " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 10, 2013
3.5/5 89% The World's End (2013) " The weakest film in the three, which is a disappointing way to wrap up a trilogy, but once it stumbles past its lumbering first act it warms up considerably. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 5, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " A fairly solid stand-alone story that embraces everything that has preceded it and mostly keeps the momentum going in the lead-up to the next X-Men film, due next year. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 27, 2013
4/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " If Fast and Furious 6 was stupid in the bad way, This is the End is stupid in the best and funniest way. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 20, 2013
4.5/5 85% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " Whedon's legendary talent for dense dialogue and wrangling sprawling casts of strong characters into engaging stories has never been put to better use. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3/5 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " I laughed, I had fun, but there is something annoyingly non-committal about the direction and tone. And why not just call it "Tonto" and be done with it? Who are we kidding? " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 6, 2013
4/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " It'll be controversial, but to hell with it: Michael Shannon is a better General Zod than Terrence Stamp. There. I said it. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 68% World War Z (2013) " Almost more action movie than zombie movie, World War Z is less about the zombies than it is about the effect the outbreak has on the world. And it works. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 24, 2013
0/5 11% After Earth (2013) " Stay home. Paint something. Watch it dry. It'll be more rewarding. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 14, 2013
0.5/5 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " I recently saw a guy on TV having his scrotum nailed to a table in front of a laughing studio audience ... and Fast & Furious 6 is still the dumbest thing I've ever seen. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4.5/5 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " To call this an unlikely love story is an understatement, but it is precisely this level of weirdness that makes the romance between R and Julia so surprisingly touching. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 12, 2013
4/5 70% The Croods (2013) " The Croods is simple enough in its story and structure that its emotional honesty and touching message will catch you quite off-guard. " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 8, 2013
2.5/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " Remember those Mr Magoo cartoons where the doddery old bald guy would blunder around various locations, leaving chaos in his wake while constantly insisting "I'm on vacation"? " ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 23, 2013
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 No Score Yet 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
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