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Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Radio Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Amid all the creaking, thunder-cracking, storm-lashed mayhem, Ness's own hand at the tiller of the screenplay means the story's emotional core remains intact. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 89% A United Kingdom (2017) In bringing a little-told chapter of history to a wider audience at a time of ethnic tensions in the UK and abroad, Asante should be applauded; she remains a force for good ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) It's the on-set footage that brings Linklater alive, showing him in complete, Orson Welles-like control while breezily accessible and open. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 69% The Infiltrator (2016) The action moves credibly from Tampa to London and Paris, but anticlimax dogs the presumably factually accurate final act. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) The humans don't come out of it well, but Wiener-Dog herself surely offers uncomplicated hope, a rare commodity in Solondz's world. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 14, 2016
2/5 36% Spice World (1998) The first (and as it transpired only) feature film to exploit the enormous success of pop quintet the Spice Girls, this is an attempt to capture the comedic style of the Beatles films, and not nearly as bad as it might have been. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Alvarez directs without artifice, his flat tracking shots emphasising the repetition of "prison" life and the sadism of the guards. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) While the overall tone is folksy and idyllic, presenting a predominantly European world of not-for-profit initiatives that clearly work, Moore isn't afraid to go to darker places. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 98% Mustang (2015) Mustang never quite conforms to expectation, and some of the tonal shifts from comic to tragic jar, but it's a confident, illuminating debut. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2016
2/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Certainly there are elements to be enjoyed here, but you suspect it does not amount to a hill of beans. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2016
5/5 86% The Jungle Book (1967) The period's feathery drawing style abounds, and an all-round warmth pervades. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) There's something nasty about this orgy of below-par CGI destruction pulling the lever for quip-punctuated thrills. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) It may not have a lot to say - other than: hey, the movies are just swell - but it's all executed with true love. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 91% To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) A fine, moving, informative period piece for all ages, To Kill a Mockingbird is as much an abiding favourite as the book. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 28, 2016
3/5 73% Trumbo (2015) Trumbo doesn't stray far enough from spot-the-famous-person and comic melodrama to get to any deeper understanding of the human fallout of this shameful and divisive chapter in Hollywood history. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 94% Room (2015) Room is a moving, heartbreaking portrait of familial love in the face of insurmountable odds, but it also explores the complexity and hypocrisy of what we think of as "reality", as seen through Jack's eyes. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) An exhaustive, haunting but suitably punk-rock hagiography of Kurt Cobain. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 3, 2016
2/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Hemsworth's First Mate is bland. It's largely immaterial, as individuals are hard to pick out amid endless water-tank panic and eventual shipwreck. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/5 65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) On points, this beats the underwhelming Episode I: more action, less politics and better gags. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) Craig's humanised, more flawed interpretation of the role balances Campbell's physical direction and co-writer Paul Haggis's sparing wit, while Eva Green provides an alluring love interest. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 2, 2015
3/5 29% Casino Royale (1967) A surfeit of screenwriters (eight, including Billy Wilder) and directors (five, including John Huston) lends the whole a chaotic, disjointed air, but there is much fun to be had along the way. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 28, 2015
5/5 72% You Only Live Twice (1967) This is one of the best of the Sean Connery Bond films. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015
3/5 100% Containment (2015) Gets by on resourcefulness and sincerity. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 11, 2015
5/5 100% The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (2015) This incredible, personal story about an inspirational, no-nonsense figure resonates far beyond the music scene it also thrillingly depicts. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 81% X-Men (2000) The Marvel Comics characters are well realised, and Singer mixes the classic values of good storytelling with liberal amounts of digital magic. On the down side, this plays a little too much like the beginning of a franchise. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 15, 2015
4/5 86% X2: X-Men United (2003) Director Bryan Singer skilfully keeps multiple subplots spinning while moving inexorably towards a climax that puts the first film's Liberty Island sequence in the shade. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/5 48% San Andreas (2015) Nothing is subtle, and Ioan Gruffudd's cowardly tycoon is a copy of Richard Chamberlain's engineer from The Towering Inferno, but Johnson, a human edifice, is more than equal to the preposterous destruction. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 62% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) It struggles to fill the screen. It gives me no pleasure to write this. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) With the help of his young and pretty cast, Abrams has managed to successfully reboot a 43-year-old formula. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3/5 88% Still Alice (2015) [Moore] almost carries the film beyond disease-of-the-week blandness, but both Sarah Polley's Away from Her and Michael Haneke's Amour mined deeper and more surprising material from the familial fallout. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) The overall sense of righteous, non-violent anger is palpable. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 67% No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers (2015) Financial pressure delayed completion of the film, rendering it several albums out of date on release, but it remains a valuable document for fans ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) Inherent Vice does gets over-entangled, but, despite the pot haze, a credible plot emerges and Anderson chalks up another triumph. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) It's a bloodless romance and the action builds to an anticlimax, but the story is also adapted with surprising wit ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) Like Johansson's unearthly visitor, the film loses its way occasionally, but it's an experience you'll not forget in a hurry. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 75% Enemy (2014) Heavy with symbolism and the subconscious, Villeneuve's remote style, de-saturated palate and lack of answers make Enemy difficult to love, but it will stay with you. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 64% David Bowie Is Happening Now (2014) This informative walk-through provides a substitute for the glory of the real thing. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell and Matthew Macfadyen make the most of supporting roles, and it's impossible not to get caught up in the the momentum of events, which evoke a more principled time before news-media saturation. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3/5 72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) Only deep-seated musical snobbery would hinder enjoyment of this definitive, authorised, fastidious,and perhaps overlong telling of the Spandau Ballet story ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
5/5 98% The 39 Steps (1935) Alfred Hitchcock brings John Buchan's novel to the screen with characteristic wit and verve. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 6% Babylon A.D. (2008) Despite all its noise and bluster, this big-budget blockbuster is actually a rather slight dystopian sci-fi thriller. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 39% Armageddon (1998) The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 25% Pearl Harbor (2001) Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 27, 2014
93% The Great Escape (1963) This is one of the all-time great war movies, a PoW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 23, 2014
4/5 69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) This is a handsome, intriguing and subtly funny character study that almost leads to enlightenment. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 12, 2014
5/5 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather (1972) This elegiac organised-crime saga from the young Francis Ford Coppola is one of the all-time high watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography from Gordon Willis. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 97% Casablanca (1942) The reason Casablanca endures is that it's a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 94% Gone With the Wind (1939) Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 97% The Godfather, Part II (1974) Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014