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Alan Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 76% Split (2017) Shyamalan gets his Hitchcock groove on in this deviously playful horror thriller that satisfies as a companion piece to his earlier, more successful works. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) The goth fetish horror series carries on regardless in this agreeable fifth episode, the first from a female director. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 83% Silence (2017) Silence would benefit from being shorter than its 161 minutes and it does become a tad repetitious, but Scorsese is clearly unloading his psyche in a very entrenched, passionate and specific way. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Coupled with the Parkour-inspired stunts Kurzel insists on keeping the CGI in check for the feel of an old school adventure and executes the action with a great deal of care and attention to detail. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The well-created atmospheres of bleak desolation, shivery seat-edged thrills and sheer-intensity of spirit-world dabbling paper over the more nonsensical sections of the scattershot narrative that does eventually build to quite a chilling crescendo. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Not only opens up a whole innovative universe of dark cinematic surprise but also exciting new territory for Potterphiles as the wizarding world moves from sedate rural England to the helter skelter jazz age of prohibition era New York. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 45% Rupture (2016) Intriguing and different enough to earn its stripes in the transformation genre. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 22% Let's Be Evil (2016) [A] cautionary tale that tackles modern schooling issues and refreshes terror-tot fiction like Village of the Damned. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 28, 2016
5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Forget all you know or think you know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ... Derrickson has blown the glitter dust off one of its second-string superheroes and provided him with a barnstorming origin story ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The vintage feel, complete with old-fashioned titles, period visual style and even fake reel change marks, makes for a satisfying if bloodless shocker, a vast improvement on the first. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
5/5 90% The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Williams gives a sensitive portrayal of a man hounded by the media and consigned to a freak's world, whose descent into being and nothingness provides a memorable climax. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 64% The Bat Whispers (1930) [It] is by far the best movie adaptation of the stock spoof horror play set in a creepy mansion where masked menace lurks. It's also a superior mystery chiller in its own right. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
5/5 88% Dead Alive (1993) This horrendously funny gross-out shocker from Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson is a brilliant black comedy and the ultimate gore movie. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 82% The Invisible Man Returns (1940) The first sequel to the Claude Rains classic, while more modestly scaled than its predecessor, still receives a first-class treatment from director Joe May and, in many instances, surpasses the visual magic of the original. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 83% Dr. Cyclops (1940) The standard plot now looks hackneyed, and the cueball-headed Dekker is stereotypically crazy. However, the impressive array of oversize props make this a lot of fun to watch. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 78% Twins of Evil (1971) Touches of ethereal gothic atmosphere and a neat funereal flamboyancy make this slick shock package a cut above the rest. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 89% The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) Lorre literally steals the show with a masterfully bravura performance in a superior slice of psychological horror. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 78% Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) This is a text-book example of top-grade ghoulish horror from Hammer's golden era. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 80% The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) This was the classic that single-handedly revived traditional British Gothic and firmly placed the "Hammer House of Horror" on the global gore map. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 91% Son of Frankenstein (1939) The third instalment of Universal's classic series features Boris Karloff's last fling as the Monster and is a superior shocker all round. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 87% The Devil-Doll (1936) The scares may be dated, but the miniaturised special effects, relying on oversized props, are still enthralling, and the offbeat fantasy atmosphere Browning expertly conjures up is highly unusual. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 95% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) It's for [Chaney's] inimitable genius alone that this sprawling saga is now most fondly remembered. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3/5 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) The unique outrage oozing from every slippery frame is made palatable by sheer gonzo lunacy. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) Not to be taken seriously at any point, this is just a crowd-pleasingly nasty revenge saga, which builds to a surprising and unexpectedly downbeat desert showdown. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) The film-makers are consistently inventive in ways you can't un-see, with images you truly won't forget. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2016
4/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) It startles and chills before McCarthy offers genuine hope for humankind to define the best and most unusual zombie movie since 28 Days Later. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) There's really nothing that special here, but an upgraded arsenal of equipment (drone camera, GPS, etc.) produces a far more visceral experience. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Related in gritty Scorsese fashion with striking Hollywood style, and revealing Trapero's top-notch storytelling prowess and expert technical flair, the movie builds to a truly stunning climax. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) An entrancing marvel of peerless stop-motion puppetry and creative CGI, this visually dazzling fable woven around richly imagined metaphors for love, loneliness and loss elevates Laika Entertainment to Pixar level. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Gruesomely visceral and startlingly vicious, this is mainstream horror at its best. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 83% Julieta (2016) Though it isn't vintage Pedro Almodóvar by any stretch, this sumptuous saga of love, loss, grief and guilt features enough touchstones to the unconventional Spanish director's previous repertoire to please his loyal cult. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 28, 2016
3/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Collet-Serra knows his genre stuff and layers this basic girl-in-bikini v monster premise with shrewd tension and submerged suspense, finding inspired new ways to terrorise. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The thirteenth Star Trek movie adventure pleasingly and emphatically returns the latest reboot and its replacement cast to the vibe and spirit of the classic TV series. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) It boasts four comedy stars at the top of their game and a director fresh from revolutionising contemporary comedy, but this reboot of one of the biggest hits in the comedy fantasy arena is uninspired, bland and lame-brained. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 75% The BFG (2016) Twinkly-eyed, vulnerable and melancholic, Rylance exudes soulful warmth pours off the screen in a well-rounded, elegant characterisation -- even if the CGI does sometimes leave him looking like a Middle-earth Noel Edmonds. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 28, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) There's lots of furry fun to be had in this familiar canine caper, despite the overstretched plot being overpopulated with too many crazy characters. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 89% The World's End (2013) here's an engaging chemistry between the five boozers, while the surprise cameos, early 1990s indie soundtrack, zany violence and visual effects add to a self-aware, matey romp that slips down a treat. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 78% Evolution (2016) Hadzihalilovic's aquatic fairy tale feels like the bastard son of Jacques Cousteau and David Cronenberg. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2016
5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) This compelling biopic is a hugely entertaining, compassionate and ultimately rather touching portrait of self-delusion and devotion. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 85% Sign o' the Times (1987) One for devoted fans only. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 25, 2016
1/5 33% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) The soundtrack - which is among the star's best work - is reduced to the level of background music. It's a vanity venture, not even worth watching for kitsch value. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) It builds slowly through wrenching family drama to imaginative sci-fi sustained as much by heart and emotion as thrilling special effects. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Effectively self-contained psychological horror bursts into full-blown science fiction in director Dan Trachtenberg's robust debut feature. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) The inventive visual side is stirring, dazzling and vibrant, an exemplar of creative grandeur and finesse. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
3/5 81% Southbound (2016) It's a solid shocker throughout, with horror icon Larry Fessenden as our radio DJ guide to the menacing morality lessons. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 7, 2016
3/5 39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) Its shortcomings are fairly easy to overlook. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/5 10% The Forest (2016) Zada keeps the tiresome terrors coming, though they're undermined by his consistently formulaic approach. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 33% The Green Inferno (2015) Roth's beautifully photographed, man's-inhumanity-to-man tract offers brutal thrills, grisly gore and bleak, thought-provoking horror, served up with the signature aplomb that his fans appreciate. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) It works like a charm, delivering furtive glances and fetid cadavers in equally absurd proportion to remain a commodious and dastardly fine pleasure throughout. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 25% Backtrack (2016) So tired and over-familiar, even the basic supernatural ingredients fail to cohere in the engaging and spine-chilling way that they should. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 29, 2016