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Jason Best
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon delivers this tale with unblushing gusto, ramping up the spectacle at every opportunity and turning the big musical numbers into routines worthy of Busby Berkeley. At times, the film's flamboyance gets too much.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1/5 50% Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2017) Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies is very much a one-joke movie - and the title is as funny as it gets.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) A genre blending fantasy adventure that combines creature-feature spectacle and grunts-in-the-jungle thrills: King Kong meets Apocalypse Now. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet Kicking Off (2015) The duo are such gormless barmpots that spending the best part of 90 minutes in their company is almost as much of an ordeal for the viewer as it is for the poor ref. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
10% I.T. (2016) This high-tech thriller gets off to a clunky start...Frecheville's Ed goes from zero to nostril-flaring psycho in seconds. But having tipped his hand far too early, director John Moore successfully ramps up the tension in the second half.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
3/5 84% Imperium (2016) Imperium isn't as probing or as gripping as some other films tackling neo-Nazi violence - such as American History X ... But Radcliffe convinces us that when his hero gets into a jam he really is thinking on his feet to get out of it.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
37% Angels & Demons (2009) Hanks's Langdon still barely draws breath without waffling the same expository gobbledegook that made The Da Vinci Code such a plodding experience, but this time he does more than just walk and talk - he spouts and sprints!‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) As [he] cuts a swathe through his enemies, there isn't the zoomed-in quick-cutting that action movies so often deploy to whip up a sense of excitement. Instead, the camera simply hangs back to let us see Wick in full flow and admire his fatal handiwork. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) An enjoyable piece of B-movie silliness, Split supplies mystery, suspense and creepy trepidation, and boasts a tour-de-performance from James McAvoy in the leading role. Or rather roles.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 38% Kids in Love (2016) Not everyone will be charmed by the film's uncritical depiction of upper-crust privilege, but the ever-watchable Poulter holds things together, while Cara Delevingne, perfectly at home in this milieu, adds her customary boho chic in a supporting role.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 100% Frankenstein (2015) An offbeat updating of Mary Shelley's classic Gothic tale that strikingly mixes grind-house gore with high-brow ideas.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
4/5 88% Christine (2016) Rebecca Hall's Christine is not someone you would rush up to hug. Smart and driven, she is also abrasive, pushy and socially inept - qualities that [she] embodies in her performance with immense technical skill and heartbreaking empathy.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) The movie is fairly formulaic [but] Irons delivers a masterclass in cranky eccentricity and buttoned-up reserve.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 62% The Trust (2016) The ending is a tad flat [but] there's fun to be had along the way, not least from the way Cage adds kooky flourishes to the narrative. 'I have an idea,' he says when inspiration strikes... 'It's kind of wacky.'‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 77% Goat (2016) The barbaric practice of hazing... turns out to be a toxic brew of sadomasochism and machismo, which makes this unflinching American indie drama at times tough to watch.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet The Asian Connection (2016) An amateurish effort all round.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 11% Cell (2016) This apocalyptic horror thriller is a movie that will appeal less to fans of the genre than to technophobic grumps who reckon mobile phones turn people into mindless zombies.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/5 32% Mojave (2016) Trailing a whiff of sulphur every time he appears, Isaac injects real menace into his role, while Hedlund oozes entitlement and angst.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
2/5 14% Anti-Social (2015) Writer-director Reg Traviss gives the shoot-outs plenty of welly, but the dialogue is mostly dire and the action sometimes grinds to a halt for an earnest oration on the politics of graffiti art or postcode gang violence.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
76% Julie & Julia (2009) Streep is mannered and camp... gleefully impersonating Child's eccentric demeanour and hooting voice. Yet her performance brims over with such joy and mirth and love that it's hard not to be won over.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Bursting into cinemas with a raucous 'Ho-ho-ho', Office Christmas Party succeeds in its mission of bringing a welcome shot of seasonal good cheer.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) There's genuine outrage behind Lee's angry blast of hip-hop agitprop, and his fury has good cause... Unfortunately, his film is also a gaudy mess.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
89% Roxanne (1987) Witty, sweet, utterly delightful.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Pound for pound, boxing must throw up more bizarrely larger-than-life characters than any other sport, and in the figure of Vinny Pazienza... [Miles Teller] is indubitably playing one of those.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
97% Raging Bull (1980) It's certainly bruising to watch, thanks both to the ferocity of its fight scenes and the violent misogyny of its protagonist. This is a film that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to portraying machismo.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Much of the fun simply comes from watching the old crew conform to our expectations, giving new spins to old routines. Familiarity breeds content‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 79% Evolution (2016) Lucile Hadihalilović's surreal movie Evolution will get under your skin and into your head if you give it a chance.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 93% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) The film takes its mood from its hero: gentle, good-humoured and tinged with melancholy. The pace is leisurely, but Antonio's openhearted kindness is so winning and charming that you won't mind the time it takes to get to the destination.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Move over Harry. The Potterverse has a new hero. Newt Scamander, played with bags of beguiling, diffident charm by Eddie Redmayne, takes on the boy wizard's mantle and proves that JK Rowling has conjured up another winner. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3/5 40% Strangerland (2015) It's the parched Outback landscape, thrumming with beauty and menace, that leaves the biggest impression.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) What ensues is basically one long, frenetic chase. But kids will enjoy the slapstick silliness while pet owners may find themselves chuckling in recognition, or possibly even cringing, at many of the gags.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 55% Pioneer (2014) With his ratty moustache and balding head, Hennie makes an unlikely leading man (if this were Hollywood, the chiselled Bentley would surely fit the bill), but he suits the film's dour, downbeat mood, reminiscent of 1970s paranoid conspiracy thrillers.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
5/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) French screen icon Isabelle Huppert delivers one of the finest performances of her career.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
2/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The movie's razzle-dazzle showmanship is fun enough in the moment, but... see past the misdirection and sleight of hand and you'll be left with the nagging suspicion that what's been plucked from the hat is not a rabbit but a turkey.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck [is] an autistic savant who's a whiz at maths and a dab hand at killing people, too... as plots go, none of this exactly stands up to forensic scrutiny, but the film's manifest flaws don't detract from its incidental pleasures.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) A Street Cat Named Bob prove[s] we are so hardwired to respond to feline cuteness that it only takes a stray ginger cat to turn a story of recovery from heroin addiction and homelessness into a feelgood tale.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 85% Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (2015) When it comes to gender-fluid Scandinavian tales with a supernatural bent, Girls Lost can't match the potent charge of 2008's Let the Right One In.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) The movie dawdles in its early stages... But when we get to the meeting itself, the result is comedy gold, with Michael Shannon's Elvis busting karate moves in the Oval Office, gobbling the president's M&Ms and upending protocol at every turn.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) As good as the actors are they can't persuade us to buy the story's melodramatic contrivances.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) With Skarsgård's hero more dependent on blatant CGI effects than jungle vines for his feats of derring-do, the action is never as engaging as one might have hoped.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) It's Cumberbatch who makes the movie zing. He's sardonic. He's funny. He's buff enough for the martial arts. And he fits into the movie's comic-book world surprisingly well.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) Who knew Dwayne Johnson was quite this funny? He's so hands-down hilarious in Central Intelligence he makes motor-mouth comedian Kevin Hart, his co-star, look like the film's straight man.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Decadent and dazzling, The Neon Demon has elements of dream-like fairytale, surreal horror and deadpan satire, all bound together by a hypnotic electronic score from Refn's frequent collaborator, Cliff Martinez.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) Depressingly crass.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
81% Starfish (2016) Writer-director Bill Clark doesn't flinch from depicting the physical effects of Tom's illness, and neither does he pull any punches when it comes to showing us its gruelling emotional costs.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) It's empty-headed nonsense, of course, but the action has a rowdy vigour and the turtles' boisterous high spirits will strike a chord with younger viewers.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Would first contact play out as imagined by Close Encounters of the Third Kind or with the gung-ho bluster of Independence Day? Denis Villeneuve's intelligent and humane sci-fi drama Arrival definitely flies the flag for the former camp. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) The Cabin in the Woods will get you thinking about what it means to watch a horror movie, but it's not just a mischievous exercise in post-modern cleverness, it's also a giddily funny, gulpingly scary, enormously entertaining thrill ride.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
70% Renoir (2013) Gilles Bourdos succeeds in capturing both the sun-dappled landscapes of southern France and a feature of equal importance to Renoir, 'the velvety texture of a young girl's skin'.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) The film launches a barrage of avian and porcine puns, plus a flock of knowing pop-culture references... Most of these will fly right over the heads of younger viewers, but the film's rambunctious silliness will go down a treat.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016