James Hanton

James Hanton
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3 / 5 93% Love and Monsters (2020) It feels unsettled at times for sure, as though competing ideas are wrestling for where the film should go next, but Love and Monsters never loses its sense of fun. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
4 / 5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) A drama that speaks volumes about dealing with the obstacles life can throw your way, and questions whether the point is to overcome these obstacles, or embrace them. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
4 / 5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) This visually stunning, capably handled and occasionally bonkers kaiju calamity ... stands proudly as both Godzilla and Kong's finest hours for quite some time. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
4 / 5 100% Malni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore (2020) Hopinka's highly individual, beautiful style is worth savouring as he guides you through this introspective journey of identity, language and life. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
5 / 5 92% P.S. Burn This Letter Please (2021) An essential foray into a forgotten history of identity, rebellion, and art ... this documentary is a testimony to the deeply human drive to flourish against all odds. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3 / 5 100% Enfant Terrible (2020) An impulsive, provocative, and at times deeply troubling story brought to life with an impressively imaginative presentation. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4 / 5 100% Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché mixes the personal with the historical to produce a documentary of profound impact and style. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3 / 5 80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) This is far from Wiig and Mumolo's finest hour, but even so it is as colourful a demonstration of their talent that you could ask for. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
3 / 5 92% Baby, Done (2021) Prospective motherhood takes centre stage in this journey, brought to life by Matafeo's wonderful performance. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
2/5 40% Savage State (2021) Savage State looks and sounds great, but there is not enough kindling to keep this fire burning for as long as it needs to. It is a film crying out for more detail at the expense of the lovely but time-consuming saturation in surface-level beauties. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
4 / 5 88% Supernova (2021) "An uplifting reminder of how strong love can be. Firth and Tucci are utterly exquisite in a drama that will leave you reaching for tissues and for the ones you hold dear." - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4 / 5 91% The White Tiger (2020) "A timely attack on capitalism and corruption that will not fail to leave a lasting impression. " - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
2 / 5 64% Cup of Cheer (2020) There is occasionally some fun to be had, but an unsophisticated story makes this festive caper its own worst enemy. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
3 / 5 68% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) A fairly average winter escapade lifted by Russell's performance and an impressive level of detail. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
7 / 10 81% Over the Moon (2020) Over the Moon is pretty run-of-the-mill, but manages to be more than your average animated adventure. As a slice of uplifting, moving escapism, you could do a lot worse. - The Indiependent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4 / 5 91% African Apocalypse (2020) With powerful, unsettling imagery and a dedication to hearing those voices which white history has tried to drown out, African Apocalypse is compelling, essential viewing. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3 / 5 92% Wildfire (2020) Brady has managed to make a film that, while not as moving as it perhaps could be, is nonetheless a powerful and at times shocking statement about the strength of family ties. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
5 / 5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) This sensational story of freedom and belief makes for not only a phenomenal family film or animation, but one of 2020's finest cinematic achievements. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4 / 5 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) A portrait of empathy, forgiveness and the potential rewards of letting yourself take a risk you would ordinarily never consider. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3 / 5 43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) At its worst it can feel like a tolling, laboured and sometimes directionless trope through memory lane - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4 / 5 76% Savage (2019) A stellar debut littered with barbarism and touches of thoughtfulness. Savage is a bare-knuckle tale of emptiness and bloodshed in a world that offers little in return. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3 / 5 100% A Mermaid in Paris (Une Sirène à Paris) (2020) A Mermaid in Paris will leave you believing that everyone has someone out there for them... as opposed to there being, well, plenty of fish in the sea. - The Wee Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4 / 5 100% The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Tabineko ripôto) (2018) This depiction of love and sorrow is made all the better by its feline star, a worthy centrepiece for Miki's impressive family drama. - The Wee Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4 / 5 100% Away (2019) It feels like the strangest of dreams, nothing quite looking how it should, and yet you would hesitate to change a single thing. This is art blessed with the miracle of movement. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4 / 5 46% Dumbo (2019) A cocktail of Burton's delirious vision and the joy-filled ride that is a Disney movie. Dumbo is a truly rare beast indeed. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4 / 5 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) A heavenly blend of labour and love... a personalised, candid confrontation of youth complete with a great sense of humour and important underlying message. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/10 No Score Yet The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn (2019) It is well-meaning entertainment fodder for very young viewers, and to a certain extent that's okay. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Limbo (2019) With light slices of humour and a well-crafted ending, Limbo exists in the void between something perfectly executed and somewhat unmemorable. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3 / 5 76% In Bright Axiom (2019) A tasty subject matter is addressed with panache and a deep dedication to accounts of lived experience, with bonus points if you're a fan of purple neon lights. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
1 / 5 No Score Yet The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Out of touch, brainless and with no idea of how to shoot a good action film, Megaton's film takes a criminal two and a half hours to reach the highlight... the end credits. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 89% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) This is not simply another expose on a figure of near-myth, but a surprisingly affecting and insightful story of symbiosis and collaboration. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 67% Extraction (2020) Hemsworth's leading charisma is enough to keep you glued to this (occasionally magnetic) thrill ride. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 65% Astronaut (2019) Astronaut is a reflective and heartwarming tale of ageing that is let down simply by not settling comfortably on the story it wants to be. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 81% Tigertail (2020) Yang's exploration of the past just about remembers to include the present day, and the end result is a movie that pays homage to how memories shape your present. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 No Score Yet A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story (2020) Despite some clear flaws, Macri's film is still a fascinating chronicle of one of the most talented drivers to ever sit behind the wheel of a car. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 88% Onward (2020) A truly magical end product. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Though it's true the visuals are a distraction, the story is strong enough to almost make up for it. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Amidst a politically aggravated backdrop, Queen & Slim takes time to consider both the brutal and the beautiful. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 89% 1917 (2020) The single take is no gimmick, but a way of forcing you to sit through every minute of wartime, with all of its horror and false hope. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
2 / 5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It leaves many questions unanswered, a feeling of dissatisfaction deep in your stomach, and a strange sense of paralysing disappointment. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 No Score Yet Gorillaz: Reject False Icons (2019) Reject False Icons makes its point through wild celebrations and beautiful noise, as Gorillaz play out their experimental swansong on the big screen. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The plot seriously needs more focus, but this is still a level up from Welcome to the Jungle and again makes the right call in letting the cast do the hard work. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 95% Citizen K (2019) It never bores, never ceases to impress, and in the current political climate demonstrates that demands for transparency and trust are more pressing than ever. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 77% Judy & Punch (2020) Judy and Punch feels like it has one too many strings attached to grow into the enthralling and thought-provoking story that it needs to be. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 82% The Report (2019) It is a valuable lesson in failings at both the levels of the state and of human beings, but it could have done with feeling like a lot more than... well, a report. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is perfectly happy highlighting an uncomfortable reality in a very comfortable way. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 81% Abominable (2019) Dreamworks have delivered a film that has lighthearted and feelgood written all over it. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5 / 5 68% Joker (2019) The curveballs that Joker will throw at you stay in your head for hours afterwards, as does the haunting collapse of its protagonist. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4 / 5 No Score Yet Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite vendeuse de soleil) (2000) Mambéty's final film is brimming with colour and optimism, carried through by a central character blessed with ferocious resilience and executed with a glorious eye for detail. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3 / 5 65% The Riot Act (2018) It tries too hard, but Parks' design props the film up just enough to make it worth sitting through until an expertly staged conclusion. - Outtake Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020