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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
2/5 39% 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 79% 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 87% 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 79% 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 84% 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 79% 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 No Score Yet 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 26% 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 83% 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
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Edge of Seventeen and Easy A, Love, Simon is proof that there is still plenty of life, fun and intelligent storytelling to be had in the high school movie genre.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
4/5 86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Think Suffragette meets Goodbye, Lenin! by way of Made in Dagenham.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) While kids will definitely enjoy the CGI creatures and the carnage and wisecracks they wreak, the real stars of the movie are the main trio of human actors.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 100% Earth: One Amazing Day (2017) As expected from the [BBC's] wildlife team the photography is top-notch with clever use of framing and film speeds capturing some amazing imagery...‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Throw in a poignant, elegant score (sadly one of his last) by Johann Johannsson (Arrival) and Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir and the result is an understated and elegiac drama.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
4/5 81% Early Man (2018) The claymation creations are character-filled delights, the vocal cast (which also includes Maisie Williams, Richard Ayoade, Johnny Vegas, Miriam Margolyes and Rob Brydon) is top notch and the gag quotient off the Richter scale.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund follows-up his memorably compelling 2014 relationship drama-cum-cringe-comedy Force Majeure with another thought-provoking meditation on modern social mores.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) If you thought Armando Iannucci's takes on modern British and American politics were entertaining, just wait till you get a load of this hilarious and horrifying spin on a key moment in Russian history.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2.5/5 10% Monster Family (2018) Narrative logic leaps scupper story coherence, while the Tom Jones-loving Drac... seems like he's in a different movie to all the other characters.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
2.5/5 17% Death Wish (2018) ... while screenwriter Joe Carnahan (TV's The Black List, Smoking Aces) tries to inject some kind of debate about Kersey's actions into the story, director Roth decides to go more grand guignol the longer the story goes on.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Paramount executives were concerned Garland's movie was "too intellectual" and "too complicated" to appeal to wider audiences. What rubbish - Annihilation is the thrilling, smart science-fiction movie you need in your life...‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) ... thanks also to a terrific commitment to naturalistic lighting and hand-held cameras, that focus pays off in spades come the final third of the film.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/5 14% Winchester (2018) Despite an impressive cast that also includes Sarah Snook (Predestination), the Spierig brothers' (Daybreakers, Jigsaw) haunted house horror never really compels or offers anything more than low-level chills.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4.5/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) A kind of a cross between My Weekend with Marilyn, An Education and the 1980s TV series Bread, Film Stars is a sumptuous slice of movie making that deserves to find a wide audience.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) There's a lot to like about Finding Your Feet.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 81% The Party (2018) A cross between Death at a Funeral and a Mike Leigh/Woody Allen-style domestic drama, Potter's twisty-turny narrative never feels forced if, at times, it strains credibility by how action-packed one soiree can be.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4.5/5 93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) A deserved nominee for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards, Abacus is as fascinating as it is likely to foment rage.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) Similar in style to Listen to Me Marlon, Asif Kapadia's Amy or Brett Morgan's Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Lili Fini Zanuck's look at life of Eric "Slowhand" Clapton offers plenty of visual treats and audio gems.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4/5 84% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Shot over five years, Sophie Fiennes' fly-on-the-wall documentary of the pop-culture icon-cum-provocateur Grace Jones is a fascinating look at the life of a true original.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3.5/5 71% The Ritual (2017) So while, at times, it slavishly lives up its title, The Ritual does a great job of telling predictable horror tropes in a terrifying new way.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
4.5/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Entirely hand-painted by a team of more than 100 specially-trained artists, this animated historical mystery is a breathtaking achievement.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4/5 25% Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del Rey Midas) (2017) Throw in an effective orchestral score and a couple of genuine surprises, and the result is an unexpected delight.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) If you enjoyed The Social Network or Steve Jobs, with their psychological insights, compelling characters, clever soundtrack choices and non-sequitur asides, then you'll love this.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
3/5 41% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) Bunch creators David Alaux, Eric Tosti and Jean-Francois Tosti have come up with an intergenerational animated action movie that is at its best in its moments of humour...‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4.5/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) ... the result is a thoroughly entertaining and strangely thought-provoking watch.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) Spanish helmer Collet-Serra keeps the action, twists and conspiracy coming thick and fast, while also throwing in some artful editing and genuine jumps.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
4/5 86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Ponoc's Mary possesses the same strong female protagonist, weird and wonderful beasties and slightly surreal charm as Ghibli's best.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
3/5 13% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) The battle of wits between humans and the assorted animals provides much of the laughs and most of the best scenes of this amiable but unmemorable animated adventure.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) Meticulously crafted, perfectly paced and brilliantly acted, the only thing that lets this terrific 1970s-set thriller down is too many ideas.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
4.5/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) No disrespect to either John Lithgow or Brian Cox, but this is the Winston Churchill performance from the past year to you need to see.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... the first must-see of 2018.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3.5/5 66% Breathe (2017) Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy's chemistry is what lifts this surprisingly inert period drama.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4.5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Beautifying shot, hauntingly scored and terrifically acted, Call Me By Your Name is a film whose imagery (particularly its final shot) and characters will stay with you for days.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3.5/5 97% Coco (2017) ... there's an overwhelming sense of deja vu about Coco.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017