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Chris Newbould

Chris Newbould
Chris Newbould's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The National (UAE)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg has pulled off this marketing stunt of a movie without appearing cynical. The story takes place half in the VR world and half in reality, but the characters are, surprisingly, both likeable and accessible.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Personally, I enjoyed the multiple twists, even if sometimes it felt like one had to keep notes on who was spying for whom exactly after the latest volte-face.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) It's not a terrible film. Unthaug choreographs some decent action and effects sequences and Vikander does her best with limited resources, but the overall question you're left with after two hours is, quite simply, why?‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/5 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) The movie is, however, a refreshingly honest approach to a subject all too often used as a plot device to inspire either an Oscar-winning tears-and-trauma performance or a trail of blood and violence. For this reason alone, it should be applauded.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) Gillespie doesn't pull any punches in Harding's abuse, but at the same time he often seems to play it for laughs, trivialising it with humour and fourth-wall breaking asides that undermine its horror.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) The biggest criticism of The Breadwinner for me is not one of the film itself, which is undoubtedly a triumph of storytelling, but simply that I'm not sure exactly who it intends to tell the story to.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) It deserves to sit very much in the upper echelons of Scott's impressive body of work.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The film could be used as an educational tool for governments unconvinced of the importance of effective social support networks.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) There's a clear fondness for the subject matter here, a respect for the protagonists that goes beyond caricature, and an unexpected poignancy to the challenges.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) At once a horror, a comedy, a thriller and a family drama, it will have you transfixed from beginning to end.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
71% Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2018) The film is in nine chapters, each shot in a single, long, sweeping take - a stylistic device that works on the whole, making us feel as we are really with Mariam as she embarks on her dreadful journey.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The whole thing is entertaining enough, just, but you have to wonder why Lucas and Moore made a film. What they essentially give us is a series of unrelated "overbearing mother" comedy sketches which would be better suited to a festive TV special.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... he director has delivered possibly the most entertaining instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Champ Of The Camp (2014) The made-in-the-UAE documentary avoids falling into polemic, offering a far more human critique of camp life than the many secretly shot exposés on the market.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
3/5 74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) The twists and turns aren't quite of Sherlock proportions, but... the film offers a perfectly engaging journey, with a delightfully unexpected final twist-within-a-twist.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) There is more to It than scares though. It, at heart, is a coming of age tale. ‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) O'Shea hasn't crafted a typical horror film here. The brooding pace and shaky, handheld camera is more arthouse introspection than slasher frenzy.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/5 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Paris Can Wait simply flickers away inoffensively in the background. It's just there.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
1/5 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) The audience is paying to be subjected to all this free advertising. Shouldn't that be the other way round?‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Like a Dalí painting, this film exists in a realm beyond the need to make sense, so find the biggest screen you can, sit back and let the madness begin.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) [It] should appeal to almost every audience demographic: [it's got] tragedy, comedy, romance, action, fast cars, violence, musical credibility and an impressive cast. If there's one criticism, it is that Wright possibly drags things on a little too long.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Without giving too much of the story away, if the film truly is holding a mirror up to life, we, as a species, might like to reconsider some of our recent actions.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 17% All Eyez on Me (2017) The weakest link here is undoubtedly the script, which is strange, because this is a movie that should really write itself.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 86% Okja (2017) A thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining movie.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
1/5 17% Overdrive (2017) Roll up, roll up for another game of action-movie cliché bingo, the game in which little-known directors try to squeeze as many genre platitudes into a 90-minute slot as they can.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/5 89% Maudie (2017) This is very much a film that rests on two stunning performances. It's going to take some special competition between now and December to keep Hawkins off next year's Oscars shortlist, and don't be surprised if Hawke is also in the mix.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 13% A Family Man (2017) The whole thing feels like an exercise in demonstrating Butler's acting range as his character arc takes him from boardroom beast to homely hero.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) [Gadot] seems born to play the part. Her ragtag band of sidekicks are a huge breath of fresh air next to the usual super-hero super-groups we're accustomed to.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/5 73% Gifted (2017) The recurring question of what is really best for a remarkable child like Mary, and who is in a position to even begin to answer that question, is one that will stick with you after the credits roll.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3/5 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The series remains as big, brash, action-packed and, well, downright silly as ever.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 67% Alien: Covenant (2017) Its success lies in that fact that Scott has remembered what made the franchise work so well in the early days -- and he milks it to the max.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) For the most part, Caro rises to the challenge, although the film is a slightly emotionless affair.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 80% Colossal (2017) The premise sounds ridiculous, but by the time the credits roll, you will wonder why no one thought to make an indie-romcom/Japanese Kaiju movie mash-up before -- and be grateful Vigalondo finally did.​‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 45% The Dinner (2017) It is rare for a film so bereft of even vaguely-likeable characters to be so watchable.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The movie does not quite reach the giddy heights of its predecessor, but that was always going to be a tall order.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
4/5 90% The Devil's Candy (2017) It is a pleasant surprise, then, that director Sean Byrne has crafted a minor masterpiece of the genre out of what initially seems a limited, derivative premise.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Banks is the standout... but by the final act, neither her hammed-up performance, nor the arrival of the Power Rangers' mechadinosaur companions The Zords, can save the film, never mind the world.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Give Beauty and the Beast a try and even the most cynical viewer would struggle not to be charmed by it all.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Worthy (2016) The film rattles along nicely towards its inventive final stand-off, which once again makes the most of the relatively limited resources through ingenious use of some chains, an aeroplane wing and basic physics.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2.5/5 56% Trespass Against Us (2017) When the final denouement does eventually come around, we are utterly indifferent.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2.5/5 42% Gold (2017) Director Gaghan seems to have gambled all his chips on a McConaughey Oscar, though, and turned in a film that, though perhaps great on paper, is much less than the sum of its parts. All that glitters is not gold, indeed.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 88% Jackie (2016) Jackie is one of the most conflicted films I've had the pleasure of watching. It is good -- but it does take a while to work out exactly what type of film it is supposed to be.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2/5 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Director Stacy Title... plays the whole thing with a straight face, which does the movie no favours, on top of a weak script, phoned-in performances, cheap effects and a poorly explained central mythology that leave viewers cold.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 68% Free Fire (2017) The film is loud, fast-moving, and utterly ludicrous on the surface, but let the sheer ridiculousness wash over you and you will be in for one of the most entertaining hour and a halfs you are likely to spend in a cinema.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 96% Moana (2016) The story is familiar, but the impressive animation and music should ensure that even the most jaded of viewers goes home with smiles on their faces.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 21% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Blood Wars is unlikely to convert many new fans to the Underworld cause, but for the sizeable army of existing devotees, it delivers admirably on every front.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 22% Inferno (2016) Overall, it offers an aesthetically and cerebrally satisfying way to while away a couple of hours this weekend.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) It doesn't quite hit the heights of some of Stone's true classics but is, nonetheless, possibly the most important film you will see this year.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/5 87% Morris from America (2016) As a European, albeit one whose country is apparently leaving Europe, I found the cliched approach to 'otherness' a little annoying.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/5 88% Blood Father (2016) Will this film resurrect Gibson's career? Probably not. Will it leave you breathless and wondering why you haven't watched your favourite Russ Meyer classics for so long? Absolutely.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016