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James Croot

James Croot
James Croot's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Stuff.co.nz, Flicks.co.nz

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 100% Mega Time Squad (2018) Writer-director Tim van Dammen (Romeo & Juliet: A Love Story) mines the conceit for all its comedic value, while creating a variety of memorable situations and characters.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/5 47% The Meg (2018) Thank goodness then that The Meg has Jason Statham (Crank, Fate of the Furious) at his most Jason Stathamy.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Final Blade (2018) Winner of a number of awards at film festivals around the globe, The Final Blade is a slickly made slice of crowdpleasing entertainment.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 56% LBJ (2017) So while providing some enlightening insight into the 36th President ("a sensitive man with an enormous ego," as this film's JFK puts it), LBJ never truly engrosses.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Sure the plot may be old hat, stolen from any number of 1990s action-thrillers, but with so much double-crossing, dastardly deeds and breathtaking stuntwork you'll hardly care as the near two-and-a-half hours flies by.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4.5/5 94% The Wife (2018) Based on Meg Wolitzer's 2003 novel of the same name, The Wife is a slow-burning drama that richly rewards the patient viewer.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 51% Superfly (2018) As with the original, this is not for everyone, especially with its old school leery camerawork, but as late-night entertainment SuperFly is not without its charms.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4.5/5 88% Whitney (2018) As well as offering plenty of insight and revelation... [director Kevin] Macdonald's movie also feels slightly superior because of his visual and audio choices.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Interlude in Prague (2017) [Aneurin Barnard] is a likeable enough Mozart, one a little more world-weary than that portrayed by Tom Hulce in Amadeus.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 77% Funny Cow (2017) An impressive performance by Shameless' Maxine Peake is at the heart of this challenging, but sometimes compelling 1970-set British drama.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2.5/5 40% Occupation (2018) Occupation (a second film is already in the works) feels like a film that wants to be the next Tomorrow When the War Began, but sometimes seems more akin to Peter Jackson's debut Bad Taste - without the laughs.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) This solid, but unspectacular sequel (Washington's first in a more than 50-film career) is a movie that plays by a "very particular set" of rules.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
81% Becoming Bond (2017) Telling his tale direct-to-camera and in his own words, Lazenby makes for a hilarious and charismatic guide to an incredible story.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 97% Mandy (2018) Those still suffering from withdrawal symptoms from the end of David Lynch's epic Twin Peaks revival last year - the cure has been found.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) But while Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) proves she can carry a film, the impressive ensemble (which also includes Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams) are saddled with fairly one-dimensional characters.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
81% The Child in Time (2018) An absorbing, haunting and heartbreaking drama.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/5 17% Show Dogs (2018) I would call it Ludacris, but then he's voicing the main character.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2/5 61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) After a couple of amiable, zany and entertaining efforts, the Hotel Transylvania franchise finally runs aground with this limp effort that offers only sporadic laughs.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 67% Ideal Home (2018) Writer-director Andrew Fleming (best known as a director of cult 1990s movies Threesome and The Craft) makes terrific use of his two talented leads and their comedic abilities.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4.5/5 81% The Escape (2018) Arterton in particular is a revelation, delivering a finely nuanced, yet powerhouse performance that deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (Belle et Sébastien 3, le dernier chapitre) (2017) Like this French series' previous two installments, returning writers Juliette Sales and Fabien Suarez have crafted an amiable Biggles-esque boys' own adventure filled with domestic drama, danger and doggy derring-do.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/5 73% Adrift (2018) Adapted from Oldham's book Red Sky in Mourning: The True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's follow-up to 2015's Everest is another thrilling true-life tale of tragedy and triumph of will.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 68% Edie (2017) [Sheila Hancock] delivers a nuanced and poignant performance as a woman determined to achieve her goal, yet still doubting her ability to carry it out (and equally impressively Hancock did all her own "stunts").‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Not Pterrible, but hardly dinomite either.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
5/5 77% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) A Robert Altman-esque roam, encompassing everyone from Max's employees to some truly garrulous guests, C'est La Vie!... is French farce baked to perfection.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) While there is plenty of fun to be had from the set-up and setting...[the film] is blighted by underwritten characters, an underwhelming nemesis and a seemingly unending desire to remind people just what a star-studded event the Met Gala is.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) A Tolkien/Martin-esque sweeping intimate saga, prolific anime screenwriter Mari Okada's feature-length directorial debut is notable for its impressive visuals, emotional depth and syrupy score.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4.5/5 100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) ut despite "Mags" and "Jude" sometimes living up to their cantankerous reputations, this isn't an all-star episode of Grumpy Old Women. Instead, it's an absorbing and fascinating look back at the last 60 years of British stage and screen.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) It's easy to see why [Annette Bening] was nominated for her performance during the 2017 awards season.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 85% Upgrade (2018) Gleefully anarchic, wince-inducing and laugh-out-loud in equal measure, Upgrade is perfect late evening entertainment.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 44% Mr. Stein Goes Online (Un profil pour deux) (2017) Recommended for those who like their comedy broad and their more mature cinematic characters brazen.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
84% Cargo (2018) Reminding one of 1970s Australian horrors and Kiwi man-alone movies, Cargo... is an evocative, provocative tale.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3.5/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The formula is strong with this one.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's [Ryan Reynold's] enthusiasm and willingness to send up his own previous rom-com friendly image that really sells the anarchic comedy.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) Bringing her now well-worn gauche, middle-aged, cat sweater-wearing character shtick to the sorority comedy genre doesn't exactly yield the same success as Spy or even The Boss for McCarthy.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Swagger of Thieves (2017) A cross between Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and Anvil: The Story of Anvil, with just a hint of This is Spinal Tap, Thieves is a dissection of seemingly dysfunctionally doomed band you just can't look away from.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 80% Unsane (2018) Offering up a very different persona from The Crown's Elizabeth Windsor, Foy is a revelation as Sawyer struggles to stay sane and alive in a Kafka-esque nightmare.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Let's Talk About Sex (2018) Whether Let's Talk About Sex will ever become part of the educational curriculum is debatable, but there's no doubting it is likely to... drum up business for everyone on display here - from Nauti NZ to Waitara's Beccy Boop Pole Studio.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) Director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's fourth collaboration together feels like the perfect third part of an unofficial trilogy they began with Juno and Young Adult.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4.5/5 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Coming out in a time of US President's facing allegations of criminal behaviour and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Chappaquiddick is a fascinating look at an under-examined, key moment in American history.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
2/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Although marginally better than Robert De Niro's Hide and Seek, one hope's we can snuff out this sub-genre before someone comes up with a spooky Spotlight or sinister Spin the Bottle.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
4.5/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A two-and-a-half-hour thrillride, with plenty of action, laughs and potential for tearing-up, directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo have done an amazing job of shoehorning Marvel's myriad of superheroes into a coherent tale.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
3.5/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Yes, some of the narrative twists are a bit creak... but there's enough drama and feel-good factor to leave you feeling, unlike sampling the potentially unctuous pastry of the title, more than satisfied.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's just a pity that there wasn't as much attention paid to the script as the costuming department, because to paraphrase [Michelle] Williams' airheaded Avery, this movie is "super weird" and only partly effective.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) An understated gem and a fabulous showcase for a triumvirate of American acting titans.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/5 15% The Little Vampire 3D (2017) Throw in a choppy, ragged plot and the result is an underwhelming adventure that will probably struggle to please either kids or their parents.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3/5 28% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Solid, but unspectacular school holiday entertainment.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2.5/5 52% Rampage (2018) In the end, all we're left with is a pale, loud American imitation of a Godzilla movie that doesn't even manage to get much glee out of the Rampaging itself. The 12-year-old me left feeling slightly let down.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/5 91% Walking Out (2017) Both [Matt] Bomer and [Josh] Wiggins do a terrific job of making the panic and fear of an unfamiliar situation seem real, but it's the [Andrew] Smiths who really make the scenario and snow-clad surroundings come alive.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 84% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) I found myself equally charmed and confounded by its seemingly endless eccentricities.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018