James Luxford

James Luxford
James Luxford's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies Metro (UK) Radio Times The National (UAE)

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) An endearingly honest, darkly comic account of one man overcoming his past. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The plot is ludicrous, and talks about the internet like a confused grandmother trying to send an email, but if you're looking for Mr Bean-like laughs you've come to the right place. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Filled with great music, a captivating romance, and fine performances, A Star Is Born is ... an enthralling meditation on how the entertainment industry makes casualties of so many of its stars - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) In the end, The Happytime Murders offers what's in the trailer, and very little else. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 80% The Festival (2018) It takes a little while to get going, but once it does The Festival is a funny take on a British summer institution. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Characters are barely developed, their motivations seem flimsy, and the film's third act (set in a cavernous private mansion) is plain ridiculous. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 27% Breaking In (2018) Quick, disposable entertainment that leaves you wanting to see Union given a meatier action role. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) A pleasant if unremarkable family film that will do just enough to keep young fans happy. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 82% Journeyman (2017) A moving tale of love and conflict, told by two wonderful British actors. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/3 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck is absolutely gorgeous, but doesn't have the substance to back that up. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 27% Proud Mary (2018) The idea of Henson as a cool action hero is something most movie fans can get excited for, but she needed a much better film than this. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 39% Mary Magdalene (2018) A well-constructed drama, but one that will inform rather than inspire. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
1/5 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) A 24 carrot flop - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) The dark heart of Lynne Ramsay's latest may be too brutal for some, but You Were Never Really Here is a terrific piece of film making - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) If matters outside of film making mean this is one of (Allen's) final movies, it's a flat note to go out on. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) A delightfully acerbic look into a poisoned American Dream, where adulation is worth going to prison for. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is a film that describes the joys, mistakes and dramas of teenage years more eloquently than anything you might see this year. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) The committed leads make Operation Finale worth watching, even though it never really gets to the core of its complicated moral debate. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Stripped of comedy and song, the film sits in a dour netherworld - too dark and scary for young viewers, too simplistic for adults. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner succeeds in creating a sense of the machinations of a political campaign, and the journalistic monster that seems to constantly threaten to consume it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) After the sombre slogs of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, it's refreshing to see a hero that doesn't take himself so seriously. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 29% Venom (2018) The action is solid, and the character well realised. So why doesn't Venom work as it should? It's all down to balance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) In a year where we have a superhero movie every other month, here's someone to point out the sillier aspects of the superhero craze. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 68% Wildling (2018) As a late-night scary movie, Wildling has enough to hold the attention for 90 minutes and is entertaining for the most part. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 19% The Titan (2018) The Titan raises some interesting questions about the world we live in. However, with no depth or spectacle, it fails to provide any answers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) There's a lot to like about Ready Player One and, at times, it shows glimmers of the kind of fantasy adventure that made the words "A Steven Spielberg Film" so sacred to movie fans in the 80s. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Brittle, angry and disillusioned, it's a stunning portrayal of what Stanhope's experience has done to him. It's a revelation from an actor who is clearly capable of a lot more than what we have seen of him. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 34% Home Again (2017) It's pretty fluffy stuff, however the good-natured tone makes it all easy to swallow, as you begin to care about this unconventional family. Key to this empathy is Witherspoon. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 72% Happy Death Day (2017) Although it's gleefully superficial, Happy Death Day never removes its tongue from its cheek, and is all the better for it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 14% Geostorm (2017) Don't be fooled by the title, this is a trashy popcorn movie dressed up as a climate-change fable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) If you have the stomach, there's a revelatory performance from Vaughn beneath all the bloodshed. A master class in controlled rage, he's the beating heart of the story and the reason it is so affecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) More vindication than revelation, Bloodlight and Bami is a feature-length display of artistry and a reminder of why Jones has been so enduring a figure for so long. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 31% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) A hollow film that feels rushed and insincere, A Bad Moms Christmas is far from the festive satire it purports to be. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) What happens on screen may never outlive what happened off it, but for around two hours Scott's thrilling ride will make you forget the headlines. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
5/5 88% The Post (2018) While sentimental at times, The Post has something to say about the world, and just happens to do it beautifully. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Too many times, a franchise has almost been taken by surprise at its success and produced a follow-up that is rushed and soulless. This film happily avoids that trap, but also might be one of the best movies of the year. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The film belongs to [Ryan] Gosling. He evokes the classic detective heroes of cinema, hiding his need for connection just beneath a hard surface. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/5 41% Brimstone (2017) There are many positive points to Brimstone, a brutal Western with a point to make about female subjugation. Unfortunately, that point gets lost due to an unnecessarily long running time... - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 69% mother! (2017) It's a film maker seeing how far he can push you, not realising that the line was passed about half an hour in. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 41% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) If you're looking for innovation you've come to the wrong arena. What Last of the Enforcers is about is taking likeable characters and creating an enjoyable excuse to spend more time with them. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 52% England Is Mine (2017) Given the man himself is so interesting, it's frustrating that his portrayal is so bland. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) As a film... The Dark Tower is a messy affair that lets fans, newcomers, and its own star down. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 97% God's Own Country (2017) Combine that with superb direction, and it will be a must see for Art-House fans who need an intelligent antidote to Hollywood's drab summer offerings. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
2/5 86% American Made (2017) A forgettable flight of fantasy. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
2/5 52% England Is Mine (2017) While it's passably interesting, England Is Mine leaves the impression that a true Morrissey biopic would have to have some input from the man himself. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 65% The Wall (2017) The thin story isn't quite enough to stretch over an hour and a half, but The Wall has enough to make the majority of the experience nail-biting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 38% The Last Word (2017) The Last Word certainly has good intentions, but can't prevent its spiky lead character going too far with her acid tongue, or her unrealistic plans. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
3/5 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) Be sure to have a hanky to hand for a tale that tugs at the heartstrings in its own understated way. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/5 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) More a list of bullet points than a life story, All Eyez on Me has its moments but fails to do its subject justice. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017