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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 20% The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi) (2016) While The Wasted Times is not quite the ordeal its title may suggest, it nevertheless makes for convoluted, impenetrable viewing.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Anti-Porno (Anti-Porn) (2016) Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono takes encouraging strides towards a more feminist outlook in Antiporno, his entry in film company Nikkatsu's ongoing roman porno reboot project.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3/5 100% Duckweed (2017) A sweet-natured tale of regret that yearns for simpler times in a country struggling to keep up with its own evolution.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3.5/5 85% Silence (2017) Silence is a sombre, introspective meditation on faith and resilience that often makes for demanding viewing.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/5 92% Logan (2017) Discarding the spandex and playful camaraderie of the X-Men for a grizzled, dustball future where mutants are all but extinct, it is also the series' most nihilistic chapter.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3.5/5 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The Girl with All the Gifts resists the temptation to become a young adult reimagining of 28 Days Later, instead emerging as an effectively atmospheric and often grisly horror film.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2/5 67% Asura: The City of Madness (2016) A relentless 136-minute tirade of shouting, slapping, shooting and stabbing.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1/5 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The space between us and this excruciating nonsense isn't nearly far enough.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet News From Planet Mars (Des Nouvelles De La Planète Mars) (2016) While never allowing events to spiral into full-blown farce, the French comedy News from Planet Mars constantly tests the limits of its somewhat absurd reality, to mostly winning effect.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
2/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Rather than drawing from established classics to develop new ideas, A Cure for Wellness frustrates by offering little more than slightly quivering lip service.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Cook Up a Storm (2017) The culinary strengths of East and West go head-to-head in Raymond Yip's cheerfully frivolous new comedy.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
1.5/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) For anyone who has ever felt the touch of another, the series remains dull, cold and almost endearingly frigid.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2.5/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Loyal fans should find the conclusion of the Resident Evil series satisfactory, but audiences yet to be won over won't find anything new to sway them now.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Warrior's Gate (2016) Director Matthias Hoene's The Warrior's Gate plays like a relic from a bygone era, when broad Asian stereotypes were commonplace and went largely unchecked.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
4/5 90% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land of Mine carefully sidesteps the clunky pun of its title to tell a powerful, moving story of young men sacrifiiced to war and its equally violent aftermath.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/5 31% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
3.5/5 35% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
2.5/5 17% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson has clearly lost none of his talent for cinematic spectacle, and Hacksaw Ridge invariably looks incredible.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
2.5/5 33% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/5 46% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
4/5 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
4/5 97% The Age of Shadows (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
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 36% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
4/5 96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016