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James Hadfield

James Hadfield
James Hadfield's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Japan Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet It's Boring Here, Pick Me Up (Koko wa taikutsu mukae ni kite) (2018) Some viewers may wonder if the oblique storytelling really adds to much in the end.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Chaplain (2017) While cinematographer Tatsuya Yamada endeavors to keep things interesting, there's no getting past the austerity of the setting, but this becomes a source of the film's power.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Café Funiculi Funicula (2018) While there are a few moments that resonate, this is a weak brew, culminating in a finish of pure treacle. Cry? I nearly gagged.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Come On Irene (2018) If there's a lesson to be gleaned from "Come On Irene," it's that immigrants are the least of Japan's problems. It's the locals we should be worried about.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet And Your Bird Can Sing (2018) Aside from some clunky voiceovers bookending the film, his script never really brings the main characters into focus, leaving viewers to deduce what's going on between them.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Shino Cannot Say Her Own Name (2018) As it builds towards a climax that's both histrionic and entirely earned, Shino Can't Say Her Name starts to feel like an apt metaphor for every teen who has struggled to find their own voice.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Punk Samurai Slash Down (Panku-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) (2018) Even in its most assured moments, including a couple of fight sequences reminiscent of wuxia martial-arts flicks, Punk Samurai Slash Down doesn't seem to be offering much that Takashi Miike hasn't already done better. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Cat in Their Arms (2018) Saori's pop purgatory may have seemed worth caring about had it been portrayed by a more sympathetic actress.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 79% Batman Ninja (2018) This elaborately executed nonsense is the kind of project where you just know that the title came first.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet 50 First Kisses (2017) "50 First Kisses" nearly delivers on the numerical promise of its title. It's a shame that none of them are good.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) For a brief period, Deadpool seemed like the most subversive player on the cinematic superhero circuit, deflating the genre's pretensions with a barrage of self-referential humor and fourth wall-breaking asides.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson has spoken of how he enjoys watching Japanese films without subtitles, and he takes obvious pleasure in the overlapping layers of language generated here.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Avengers: Infinity War" is bold, bombastic, and likely to bum a lot of people out. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Liverleaf (Misumisou) (2018) "Liverleaf" is Naito's most technically accomplished work to date, but it could've used a little more soul.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Saimon & Tada Takashi (2018) The pangs of unrequited love are a familiar staple in high-school movies, but it's not often that they involve an altercation with a flying saucer.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dynamite Graffiti (Suteki na dainamaito sukyandaru) (2018) It's good fun, if a bit shallow.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/5 65% Manhunt (2017) It's got the white doves, gratuitous slo-mo and operatic gunplay that fans of [John] Woo's earlier films would expect, but the whole thing is as slackly executed as an "Expendables" movie.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Midnight Bus (Middonaito basu) (2017) There's some quietly engrossing drama at the heart of "Midnight Bus," though it's stretched thin over the film's trundling 157-minute runtime. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) In Hollywood's hands, Ghost in the Shell manages to be both dazzling and a little dumb.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The film only really comes into its element when the beasts start brawling, but still -- what brawls.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) There's something deeply sinister going on in The Wailing and I'm reluctant to divulge too much, because this is a film that's best enjoyed without prior knowledge of what's in store.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) There's clearly an audience for this kind of high-concept erotic twaddle, but if Park changes tack for his next film, I won't complain. He's having fun here; he's also only a few shades away from E.L. James.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/5 44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) For all the histrionics in It's Only the End of the World, the characters simply aren't all that interesting, and the film's emotional payoff proves decidedly slight. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/5 84% Silence (2017) For all its heartfelt sincerity, Scorsese's labor of love has the cumulative impact of a long-winded Sunday sermon: devout and thought provoking, yes, but also a bit of a drag.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
2/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One isn't taking any chances: It's desperate to ensure a seamless transition with Episode IV, as if this constitutes a meaningful end in itself.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2.5/5 45% Knight of Cups (2016) Malick's most experimental film to date, it's also his least emotionally involving: If The Tree of Life aimed for the heart, this one's too busy gazing at its navel.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) If it encourages a few more people to revisit Hitchcock's films -- or track down a copy of Truffaut's tome -- that's hardly a bad thing.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/5 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's tremendous fun, too. Rather than opting for a conventional prequel, sequel or (shudder) reboot, Fantastic Beasts delves back in time and shifts the action to the other side of the Atlantic.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4.5/5 96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) It's a potent blend: a psychedelic post-colonial pilgrimage with shades of Glauber Rocha, Werner Herzog and Alejandro Jodorowsky.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 54% Jason Bourne (2016) There are a couple of extended action sequences in Jason Bourne that are executed with such aplomb, they pretty much justify the admission price by themselves. The story... is rather less engrossing‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) If it's innocuous popcorn fodder you want, Star Trek Beyond is perfectly serviceable.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Dudok de Wit tells his tale in deft, economical strokes, without adding superfluous detail.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
1/5 15% Gods Of Egypt (2016) It's a mystery what happened to the movie's reported $140 million budget. The CGI effects vacillate in quality from ho-hum to horrendous.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/5 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) It's an awfully handsome picture, and its central tale of loss and reconciliation would resonate even without the magical elements.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) A lavish rehash of the 1967 Disney classic that takes computer-generated fakery to new heights.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
4/5 98% Timbuktu (2015) Timbuktu is a film that should resonate for a long time to come.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/5 61% The Program (2016) The film is anchored by a strong performance from Ben Foster, who captures both Armstrong's charisma and his underlying chilliness.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
2.5/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Whedon has already announced that he won't be on board for the next installment, and you can hardly blame him. These films don't require a director. All they need are bean counters.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Those in search of a bludgeoning good time will find it in his new scorched-earth action extravaganza, Mad Max: Fury Road -- it's hard to remember the last time a summer tent-pole movie over-delivered in the ways this does.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
4/5 97% It Follows (2015) It's a brilliant concept, tapping the same primitive fears -- body horror, burgeoning sexuality -- that underpinned the slasher genre, while reining in the wanton misogyny.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Viewers who experience ardent adulation each time a new iPhone hits the market will lap it up, but others might wonder what all the fuss is about.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
3.5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool is fleet, flippant and genuinely funny, peppered with pop-culture references, Marvel in-jokes and fourth-wall-breaking quips to the audience.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
2.5/5 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) What happened to Tarantino's inventiveness, his insouciant humor?‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
3/5 72% Youth (2015) There's much to like about Youth: It's charming and funny, with some strong performances from the ensemble cast. Yet Sorrentino's eagerness to elicit swoons from the audience can feel a bit too calculated at times.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
2/5 38% Love (2015) It's too bad that the film's performance outside the bedroom is so unconvincing: the acting is dodgy, the storytelling is limp.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/5 54% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) It's a shame that Escobar: Paradise Lost devotes so much screentime to its invented hero, because the portions with del Toro can be very fine indeed.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It wields an equally large cast with surprising dexterity, never losing sight of which players matter most to the story it's trying to tell.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016