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James Marsh

James Marsh
James Marsh's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International, South China Morning Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 71% Master (ma-seu-teo) (2017) A high-octane action thriller [set in] the corrupt world of finance and big business. But beyond the glamour, action and exotic locations, it's a shallow, superficial endeavour. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/5 33% Railroad Tigers (2017) [Jackie] Chan's familiar blend of action comedy is undercut by a persistent line in wince-inducing pro-China rhetoric. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 8, 2017
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Solid performances, impressive effects work and the bruisingly heart-wrenching story at the film's centre ensure A Monster Calls will have viewers in pieces. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3.5/5 44% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall, while big, brash, and achieving cross-cultural understanding on only the most basic level, shows the director's flair for visual grandeur. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 28, 2016
0.5/5 No Score Yet Fallen (2016) In its strongest moments, the film plays like ill-conceived fan fiction, but for the most part is wafer-thin, nonsensical and laborious to watch. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 27, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet If Cats Disappeared from the World (Sekai kara neko ga kietanara) (2016) It is well crafted, ably performed and even strikes the occasional chord of emotional resonance, but my inner science-fiction nerd was unable to let go of its illogical central conceit. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga sakebitagatterunda) (2015) There are hidden references sure to delight Anohana fans along the way, but otherwise this is a run-of-the-mill anime romance, hobbled by an unnecessarily contrived denouement. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu Wo Wakasuhodo No Atsui Ai) (2016) Rie Miyazawa gives a heart-wrenching performance ... as a terminally ill matriarch determined to reconcile her splintered family in her last remaining weeks. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 79% We Are X (2016) A heart-wrenching portrait of a physically and emotionally fragile artist, and the band of equally vulnerable, tormented misfits he assembled around him. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3.5/5 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) [The film is] a victory that transcends its formulaic shackles in powerful, life-affirming fashion. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 6, 2016
2.5/5 19% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) The action uses plenty of martial arts and swordplay between the shoot-outs and fang fights, but characterisation barely expands beyond wardrobe or relationship status. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson has clearly lost none of his talent for cinematic spectacle, and Hacksaw Ridge invariably looks incredible. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 28, 2016
2.5/5 30% Masterminds (2016) Galifianakis and McKinnon are genuinely entertaining, especially together, but when taken as a whole, Masterminds squanders its potential all too frivolously. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 91% Southside With You (2016) The film turns a potentially grating one-trick pony into a fascinating snapshot of America, the black experience and two future leaders in the throes of some kind of awakening. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Jean-Christophe Castelli's screenplay feels stilted and contrived, desperate to check off as many political points as possible, but without earning them dramatically. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 8, 2016
4/5 85% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) A joyous, intelligent and moving journey, but above all else it's a celebration of music and its unique power to transcend boundaries and unite us all. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 25, 2016
4.5/5 100% I Am a Hero (2015) As the hapless loser transforms into the gun-toting hero of his fantasies, we are treated to one of the most joyfully entertaining horror movies in recent memory. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 24, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Tsukiji Wonderland (2016) Tsukiji Wonderland ventures deep into the bowels of the culinary Mecca, to study not only the Japanese love of all things fish, but also their exemplary work ethic and pride in fair trade. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Inerasable (Zan'e: Sunde wa ikenai heya) (2015) Yoshihiro Nakamura's first foray into horror in more than a decade proves a cracking return to form, both for the director and the J-horror genre. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
4/5 96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) The Age of Shadows [is] a joy to watch, its 140 minutes of action unspooling with barely a pause for breath. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 38% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) While this should set politically correct alarm bells ringing, Up for Love manages to be consistently charming, genuinely romantic and often very funny. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 16, 2016
3.5/5 20% The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016) A delightfully macabre sense of humour... helps alleviate the otherwise ghoulish subject matter. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Ten Years (2015) Rarely has Hong Kong politics been addressed as overtly as in Ten Years, a speculative science fiction anthology from a quintet of the city's most promising young directors. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Part action thriller, legal procedural, autism drama and mismatched romance, it is strong in parts but less than the total sum. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 42% Mr. Right (2016) While too self-aware to eclipse the films of the '90s to which it is so clearly indebted, Mr. Right still manages to scratch the same itch. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 10, 2016
2/5 50% Sadako Vs Kayako (2016) Director Koji Shiraishi barely fulfils the obligations of his film's title, delivering an awkward horror-comedy that's a far cry from its eerie predecessors. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Brimming with magic, mystery and monsters, Tim Burton's family fantasy nevertheless manages to feel lethargic and discernibly lacking in any of the director's trademark visual style. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 100% Seoul Station (2016) Like all the best horror films, the grisly events unfolding onscreen are merely a cypher through which the filmmaker can address prominent social issues. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 20, 2016
2/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) A baggy, laboured rehash that, at 123 minutes, lumbers on for an eternity. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 12, 2016
3.5/5 78% The First Monday in May (2016) Bursting at the seams with celebrity appearances and day-to-day drama, the appeal of The First Monday in May should reach far beyond the style-savvy and fashion-conscious. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 5, 2016
4/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) By casting unknowns, Katis only ratchets up the tension more, leaving his audiences breathless throughout, unable to second guess who might make it out alive. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 22, 2016
4/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) The film's zombies-on-a-train premise delivers plenty of bloody violence and breathless action, punctuated by social commentary, strong characters and a heavy dose of melodrama. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) This unadventurous reboot can only highlight how recent epics like Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' have already plundered the William Wyler film of its richest assets. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Laika has created here a genuinely enchanting fable of extraordinary artistic merit, and clearly respectfully enamoured of its subject matter. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 14, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Line Walker (2016) The big-screen treatment only magnifies the problems in this cliched and ludicrous crime thriller. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2.5/5 27% How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2016) What could have been a biting satire pitting small-town conservatism against big-city liberalism, the film plays its suburban sexploits so safely it threatens to say nothing at all. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/5 50% A Second Chance (En chance til) (2015) Bier paints an impeccably bleak picture of her homeland, while Coster-Waldau sells the plot's more implausible moments with a nuanced performance of desperate realism. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 19, 2016
2/5 58% Me Before You (2016) The overbearing lack of subtlety and nuance is accentuated by Emilia Clarke's tone-deaf performance - a far cry from her commanding presence in Game of Thrones. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan integrates state-of-the-art computer-generated animals and foliage into a shamelessly old-fashioned jungle adventure that regularly evokes King Kong and The Jungle Book. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet The Gigolo 2 (Aap wong 2) (2016) The supposedly erotic comedy fails to perform: the sex scenes are cautious and stilted, the humour desperate and obvious, and the romance woefully naive. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) The message remains, ultimately, one of female empowerment ... but here it's presented through an endless blizzard of latex genitalia, racial epithets and bodily fluids. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 21, 2016
3/5 62% The Little Death (2015) Josh Lawson's film does its best not to judge its characters, and his jokes occasionally probe some dark and daring territory. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 20, 2016
0.5/5 No Score Yet The Last Race (2016) 'The Last Race' seems less interested in Eric Liddell's story than in pouncing on yet another opportunity to dramatise Japanese wartime atrocities against the Chinese. ... Poorly conceived and wretchedly executed. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 13, 2016
2/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The plot [is] overly contrived yet preposterously shallow, with performances so underdeveloped you can almost hear the actors counting their pay over the expository monologues and incoherent scheming. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3.5/5 71% Pasolini (2014) Abel Ferrara's reverent portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini's last day alive serves as both a fan's impassioned eulogy and a speculative glimpse at what might have transpired. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 6, 2016
4/5 96% Sing Street (2016) Sing Street pays loving tribute to a decade of woeful fashion choices and the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and The Cure, while capturing the emotional vulnerability of adolescent artistic expression. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 6, 2016
3.5/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) A Perfect Day offers few surprises, but manages to rise above its clichés thanks to committed, off-kilter performances, particularly from Del Toro and a back-on-form Robbins. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 1, 2016
1.5/5 15% Regression (2016) Despite its Euro-gothic pretensions, the film struggles to sell its far-fetched premise and is further hobbled by a slew of unconvincing performances. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 30, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Inside Men (Nae-bu-ja-deul) (2015) Inside Men is a ... slick South Korean thriller exposing high-level corruption in equally brutal and compelling fashion. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 21, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) Unfolding like Dog Day Afternoon meets The Big Short, the film attempts to hold the Wall Street elite accountable ... but operates more successfully when simply looking to entertain. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 11, 2016