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Jason Best

Jason Best
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 27% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Guy Ritchie's take on Arthurian myth is a misbegotten mash-up of sword-and-sorcery action fantasy and geezers-on-a-mission caper. It's all booming CGI and lairy banter. Bish bash bosh! ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) As cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle's camera zips and darts through slum alleyways and soars to the heights of Mumbai's thrusting new skyscrapers, the vitality of modern India bursts from the screen.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
3/5 72% Alien: Covenant (2017) When a crewmember gapes curiously at the pulsating membrane inside an alien egg, what happens next is an unpleasant surprise for him, déjà vu for us.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
2/5 40% Why Him? (2016) The more Franco swears or flashes his tats, the less funny things become, although Keegan-Michael Key as Laird's wacky assistant does raise the odd chuckle with his Pink-Panther-style, martial-arts ambushes of his boss.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Winter (2015) With her camera sticking claustrophobically close to the actors, Greensmith's film is sometimes an uncomfortable watch. But Flanagan's terrific lead performance makes it a compelling one too.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
4/5 92% Queen of Earth (2015) The mood is akin to Ingmar Bergman's Persona or Roman Polanski's Repulsion. So don't watch expecting a barrel of laughs. You might, though, detect hints of dark comedy.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
2/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) How much fun you have will depend on your tolerance for a diet of non-stop swearing and filthy innuendo. The voice cast don't just rain down f-bombs. They lob in a good few c-grenades for good measure too.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
2/5 40% 100 Streets (2017) Director Jim O'Hanlon gives the well-chosen locations an impressive sheen, but Leon F Butler's contrived script soaks everyone in soap.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 43% Moonwalkers (2016) Playing a psychedelic Swinging Sixties riff on the notion that Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landings for NASA, Moonwalkers concocts a goofy slapstick scenario out of the famous conspiracy theory.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) This first-rate teen comedy brilliantly captures the turbulence of adolescence thanks to writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's smartly funny script and to Steinfeld's terrific lead performance.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015) Die Hard in a police station is a nifty idea but it is wasted on this by-the-numbers instalment of the WWE action-movie franchise.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 73% Valley Of Love (2016) French screen icons Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu are such a charismatic pair you could watch them doing nothing and still find them compelling.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 60% Allied (2016) Take a step back, and the film's melodramatic intrigue begins to look shaky, but there are so many sequences of high suspense you might not even notice.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 96% Moana (2016) Disney's latest princess-y adventure gets off to a slow start, but the story picks up when Johnson's rascally demigod comes on board.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 47% London Town (2016) For all its flaws, the film's underlying sweetness makes it hard to dislike. Good, too, to see punk icon Joe Strummer - played with bolshie vim by Jonathan Rhys Meyers - as the story's unexpected fairy godfather.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) Bone-crunching fight scenes, over-the-top melodrama and jaw-dropping coincidences: epic martial-arts thriller Kill Zone 2 boasts the lot.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 64% K-Shop (2016) Writer-director Dan Pringle intersperses his protagonist's gory actions with verité footage of inebriated night-time revelry on the streets of Bournemouth that proves even more nauseating.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Hopping from planet to planet, battle to battle, the fast-paced narrative means there's little time to flesh out everyone involved. Yet even if their characters remain sketchy, several make vivid impressions... [Tudyk's K-2SO] is a scene-stealing delight.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
2/5 52% City of Tiny Lights (2016) It ticks off almost all the gumshoe-movie clichés: a chain-smoking, whiskey-slugging sleuth, an enigmatic femme fatale, neon-drenched streets and a tangled plot. It even has Venetian blinds.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 67% Free Fire (2017) The warehouse standoff is pure Reservoir Dogs, and so is the cheesy listening soundtrack, with John Denver used for ironic effect where Tarantino used Stealers Wheel.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/5 71% 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 76% 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
95% 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 85% 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