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Dan Jolin

Dan Jolin
Dan Jolin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 33% Live By Night (2017) A handsome period drama with the occasional impressive flourish, but despite its rich subject matter, it's Affleck's weakest film yet as a director. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Part fairy tale/creature feature/domestic melodrama, this adds up to far more than a 'one boy and his monster' story - and is a tougher emotional journey as a result. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) It may be predictable, but Bleed For This still grabs with its astonishing against-all-odds true story, and its belter of a central performance from Miles Teller. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2016
5/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) Part body-swap comedy, part long-distance romance, part... something else. If you only see one Japanese animated feature this year, see this one, and see it more than once. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) A lesser Werner, but still worth dipping your brain into. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is Villeneuve's The Day The Earth Stood Still or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and somehow he makes it true to the tropes while also feeling like something new. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Too long, arduous, lecturey and patience-testing for even the all-new Matthew McConaughey to rescue. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) A bit Up, a bit Moonrise Kingdom, a bit Midnight Run, even... Taika Waititi's latest is an oddball treat of a mismatched-buddy pursuit move. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 95% Tickled (2016) Like Stories We Tell or Dig!, Tickled subverts your expectations. Definitely strange rather than ha-ha. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 38% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) An otherwise mundane rom-com that doesn't know how to handle its one point-of-difference; and even that isn't as much of a big deal as its writers think it is. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Like Avengers Assemble forced through a Deadpool mangle, Suicide Squad gives new life to DC's big-screen universe. So bad-to-the-bone it's good. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) As spectacular as you'd hope from a sequel to the 1996 planet-toaster, and as amusingly cheesy. You'll enjoy yourself enough that you won't even miss Will Smith. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) An intimate, emotional journey, which may lack the scope and scale of previous Ghibli adventures, but remains a bittersweet sayonara for the studio. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) A lavish curio that at times tests your patience, but rewards you with its sumptuous design. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) While the overall structure of his argument here is flimsy, the details he reveals have impact, suggesting a fair and just society is not an unattainable Utopia. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2016
3/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) A lesser entry in the LeCarré Cinematic Universe, though Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård rescue it from complete blandness. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 12, 2016
5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Matching its blockbuster scale and spectacle with the smarts of a great, grown-up thriller, Captain America: Civil War is Marvel Studios' finest film yet. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) A largely inventive and energetic portrayal of a past-their-prime music legend that's let down by its unnecessary trad biopic beats. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Soulful sci-fi. A tribute to '80s classics, but with a 21st-century twist: Close Encounters of a new kind. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 60% Concussion (2015) A middle-of-the-road drama populated by stock characters. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Likely to fry the mind of anyone who hasn't yet built up a resistance to the brothers' foibles and predilections over the past 16 films, it's easily the most Coen-y Coen movie they've put out. But then, they are stealing from the best. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 73% Trumbo (2015) It feels terrestrial rather than cinematic, but the joy of Trumbo is in the heroism of its subject and an amazing performance from Cranston. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 73% He Named Me Malala (2015) A fittingly poignant treatment of an inspiring subject. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
4/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) It may be a little overwrought for some tastes, borderline camp at points, but if you're partial to a bit of Victorian romance with Hammer horror gloop and big, frilly night-gowns, GDT delivers an uncommon treat. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
5/5 94% Sicario (2015) A beautifully murky, hard-edged thriller. Quite simply, one of the best films of the year. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
4/5 61% Legend (2015) Helgeland's savvy new take on this well-known story proves that crime can pay, while Hardy is astonishing and magnetic in two truly towering performances. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
4/5 83% Eden (2015) Partly the story of a music scene, but mostly the story of a man who realises that living the dream isn't always the best thing for your life. Vivid, immersive and blessed with a perfectly nostalgic soundtrack. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 76% The Connection (2015) For all the charisma of its hero and villain, it falls down on its failure to resist cliché. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
1/5 13% Sword Of Vengeance (2015) Glum, dumb and (even at 87 minutes) bum-numbing. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
2/5 48% San Andreas (2015) If you crave Emmerich-esque disaster-porn with a mega body count, there's plenty here to OMG at. But when it comes to character depth or plotting, San Andreas is a sadly familiar wasteland. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
2/5 33% The Informant (Gibraltar) (2014) Sadly underpowered by the standards of Dafri's previous scripts and unconvincingly plotted, this thriller goes down as a disappointing misfire. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) For a movie whose premise depends on the mockery of someone who offensively stereotypes (Ferrell's character assumes that Hart's has been to prison), it deals heavily in stereotypes itself, wanting its cake and eating it too. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) Unique, beautiful and endlessly fascinating. It really is a work of art. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) The Scooby-Doo-ish central plot is forgivable in a movie with so much visual verve, energetic action and a character so wondrously designed as Baymax. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) Stylish, elegant, tense, cerebral, satirical and creepy. Garland's directorial debut is his best work yet, while Vikander's bold performance will short your circuits. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) Another dramatic triumph for Bennett Miller, though it is his toughest and least glamorous outing yet. A sad and horrible story, expertly and compellingly told. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2015
4/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy. And also the funniest horror film to come out of New Zealand since Braindead. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/5 80% Get On Up (2014) Energising, stylish and engrossing, although its scattershot chronology and egocentric approach might not be to everyone;s taste. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2014
5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Sharp, dark, satirical and bone-rattlingly thrilling, with a career-peak turn from Jake Gyllenhaal. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Like a good butcher's cleaver, it's weighty, solid and sharp - an effective matching of director and star in what is hopefully the first of a new film series. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 71% What If (2014) Formulaic, familiar and predictable, but also likable and well-cast, with enough verve to keep it out of the rom-com bargain bucket. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 73% The Congress (2014) A fascinating and visually impressive intellectual helter-skelter ride, but the lack of narrative coherence lets down its promising sci-fi concepts and satire. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Colourful, tongue-in-cheek fun, purpose-built for grown-up lovers of kitsch '80s science-fiction. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 60% Hercules (2014) With Hercules, Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson are out to entertain you - no more, no less. And that is just what they do. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) A playful and frantic science-fiction twister which mimics the best (Aliens, The Matrix, Groundhog Day) while offering something fresh and - most importantly - thrilling. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) While Miyazaki's two-hour-long, historical-melodrama swansong is destined to be his most divisive film yet, it is also his most adult and interesting, and never less than visually breathtaking throughout. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) It may climax with an overly formulaic splurge, but The Winter Soldier benefits from an old-school-thriller tone that, for its first half at least, distinguishes it from its more obviously superheroic Marvel cousins. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 76% Noah (2014) Inventive, ambitious, brutal and beautiful: a potent mythological epic. But also willfully challenging, as likely to infuriate as inspire. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 34% Labor Day (2014) A tender, nostalgic and warm 'family' drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014