Alan Jones

Alan Jones
Alan Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times Starburst
Publications: Radio Times, Starburst

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 71% Dark Encounter (Transience) (2019) Spun around an intriguing premise, Strathie's film cleverly draws on genre staples such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind as he deflects attention away from the core twist and the ultimate reveal. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
5/5 100% The Father (2021) Astutely adapting his acclaimed play, Florian Zeller makes a breathtaking directorial debut with his wrenchingly perceptive look at advancing dementia and the toll it takes on those close to the afflicted. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 90% Wattstax (2000) The highlights are Isaac Hayes belting out Shaft, Rufus Thomas doing the Funky Chicken and the Reverend Jesse Jackson singing I Am Somebody. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 92% Leap of Faith (2019) While always interesting and engaging, and interspersed with key recurring clips, the main thrust of what is essentially a glorified DVD extra is to mythologise Friedkin's life, filmography and faith. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 100% Bad Boy Bubby (2005) Hugely effective at best, irritating and shocking at worst, you won't ever have seen anything quite like this one. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 7% Fantasy Island (2020) Comatose direction by Jeff Wadlow turns the comedy leaden, the horror perfunctory and the twists stupefying. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 80% The Raven (1935) Remarkably scripted, this vintage horror show, combining both the striking imagery and mournfully beautiful poetry of Poe, is brought to startling life by performances of twisted ferocity from the two kings of the genre. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
5/5 88% Island of Lost Souls (1933) The first, and best, version of HG Wells's provocative fantasy The Island of Dr Moreau is one of the best chillers ever made. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Provides a vivid reminder of just how much the gay community has transformed in the past 50 years. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
1/5 23% Showgirls (1995) Practically nothing works in this tacky sashay through Valley of the Dolls clichés and unerotic burlesque. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 70% Heartbreak Ridge (1986) There's a by-the-numbers feel to it all, but Eastwood is the main reason to watch, as he whips the troops into shape in readiness for the invasion of Grenada. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 75% The Gauntlet (1977) Eastwood... blurs the line between law enforcement and the way the Mob conducts its business to provide extra food for thought in a compelling and well-paced tale. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 82% Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) Director Richard Donner accents humour rather than explosive action and the result is an oddly toned, cartoon-like adventure with the comedy elements making the nasty violence seem even more gratuitous. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
5/5 93% The Long Goodbye (1973) Ranks as one of the most intelligent adaptations of the celebrated thriller writer's work since The Big Sleep in 1946. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3/5 80% Hard Eight (1996) Despite the somewhat lethargic pace, this is a cool, sharply observed thriller that knows its own strengths and makes the most of them. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
12% Jaws 3 (1983) It certainly isn't the greatest film in the world -- it's sloppy, full of holes and none too convincingly acted -- but for all that, it is an intermittently enjoyable popcorn entertainment. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
55% Brainstorm (1983) An absorbing and disturbing look into telepathic engineering with a spectacular pay-off that deeply touches us all, dealing as it does with the subject of life after death. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 19% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) The musical sequences are lively enough and Maggie Smith gives her usual sterling support. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
4/5 96% The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) Eloquent, insightful and narrated by Torch Song Trilogy's Harvey Fierstein. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
4/5 98% Paris Is Burning (1991) Livingston provides an eye-opening, moving and revealing ode to desperate self re-invention, achieved through the tarnished glamour of an extended disco family. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3/5 71% Child's Play (1988) A steady stream of standard scares is dragged from a thinly stretched, formula slasher plot, thanks to panache beyond the call of duty from director Tom Holland. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 85% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Greenaway's stunning "designer dream" is sick, sexy and rude in about equal provocative proportions and totally unforgettable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
76% Basket Case (1982) It shouldn't work at all, but amazingly it does and exceptionally well too. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
63% The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) The Sword and the Sorcerer has everything anyone could wish for. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 53% The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997) While the cloned package does elicit a nagging sense of déjà vu, such feelings never get in the way of the overpowering excitement and spectacular special effects, which are served up in deliciously scary dollops. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
1/5 17% The Beast in the Cellar (1971) Quite what induced Beryl Reid and Flora Robson to get involved in such a pointless exercise is a mystery, but they are the only reason for watching this forgettable nonsense. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
4/5 86% Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) [G]round-breaking exploration of heterosexual and homosexual relationships. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
4/5 75% Candyman (1992) Madsen is absolutely terrific, giving a thoughtful and well-shaded performance as the emotionally abandoned heroine, and Rose's bold direction milks every terrifying moment of this compelling and atmospheric movie. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
1/5 10% Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999) Director Turi Meyer attempts to disguise the film's numerous shortcomings by overdoing the gore to a laughable degree, but it still remains yawningly predictable and unrelentingly stupid. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
2/5 27% Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994) Eschews the spooky scares of Candyman for pure gruesome schlock as Condon tragically waters down the original's supernatural strength. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/5 75% The Fog (1980) Carpenter also relies heavily on cheap scare tactics (supernatural mists and people jumping out of the dark) rather than subtle suspense, but some sequences do turn the tension dial up quite high. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 67% Sometimes They Come Back (1991) While director Tom McLoughlin aims to engross and gross-out in equal measure, the numerous plot inconsistencies scupper everyone's good intentions. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/5 41% The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) No Three Coins in the Fountain cliché is left unused in this inane confection that is sugar-coated blandness personified and not remotely funny. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Strong support from parents Nick Frost and Lena Headey add to the slick package of killer one-liners, ace fight fiction and emotional poignancy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 85% Emma (1996) This bright and breezy drama weaves a magical spell, with Paltrow at its charming centre. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 70% Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) Jones is astonishing as the anguished victim of the transplant, whose wife fails to recognise him and rejects him, prompting his revenge plan. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 94% Young Frankenstein (1974) This loopy send-up of classic chiller clichés from Universal's monster heyday is one of director Mel Brooks's best comedies, and it's also one of the genre's most thorough and successful fright film parodies. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
1/5 13% Christmas Carol - The Movie (2001) Charles Dickens's oft-filmed classic ghost story here suffers the final indignity of being turned into a sentimental and unimaginatively drawn cartoon. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/5 26% Countdown (2019) Nothing really makes sense, even by the movie's own crazed rules with the uninspired ending adding further resignation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan brings masterly touches to key moments of pure horror, like True Knot victim Bradley "Baseball Boy" Trevor's death, for a remarkably sinister and eerily on-target adaptation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 50% Tales from the Lodge (2019) Neither funny nor scary enough, this over-stretched anthology is no match for the likes of its clear inspirations, 1945's Dead of Night and 1972's Tales from the Crypt. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 94% The Dead Center (2019) [Billy Senese's] second feature feels exceptionally authentic - no trace of medical soap operatics here - and is well played by a roster of newcomers, allowing it to build to a genuinely impressive clinical crescendo. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 81% Judy (2019) Zellweger sings the classic Garland songbook with such astounding accuracy there won't be a dry eye in the house come the sensational Over the Rainbow finale. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) New Scream Queen on the chopping block Samara Weaving (niece of Hugo) holds the murderous aristocratic mayhem together, while Andie MacDowell and company prove good sports by entering into the filthy-rich and gory spirit of the rigorous gross-outs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
1/5 44% Little Monsters (1989) A dismal disaster. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 77% F (2010) The head-scratching climax aside, the shadowy settings, impeccably timed jolts and palpable sense of dread combine for a chilling, if bleak, experience. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) But for those who have loved the high-society soap tomfoolery and lowbrow kitchen-sink mischief... it's time to rejoice as Downton Abbey the movie is everything you want it to be and with a cocktail olive on top. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) As distinguished as it is disarming, IT Chapter Two could very well be the ultimate adaptation of a Stephen King novel. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 74% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) Predictable though it may be, this exuberantly feel-good charmer from co-directors/writers Maxime Govare and Cédric Le Gallo is a non-stop blast of wild campery. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 84% Crawl (2019) Looters and would-be rescuers ensure the body count is kept buoyant with knockout 'gator attacks while the game cast energetically sink their teeth into the pacy, punchy concept. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019