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Jason Best

Jason Best
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Salaam Bombay! (1988) "The original Slumdog Millionaire"... Salaam Bombay! doesn't sweeten its depiction of poverty with feelgood fantasy, but Nair does nevertheless convey the energy and vitality that here co-exists with extreme deprivation.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The plastic brick caped crusader gets his own solo movie - and it is just as daft, just as endearing and just as funny as its predecessor.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) The plot is downright nonsense, of course. Brown couldn't write a shopping list. But things get even more ridiculous following a whiplash-twist half way through.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 45% Rock Dog (2017) Its blend of breezy music biz satire, quirky characters and rumbustious action is rather endearing.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 43% Gold (2017) Playing a flabby, balding gold prospector, Matthew McConaughey tests his screen charisma to the limit‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/5 76% Lights Out (2016) For the most part, Swedish director David F Sandberg... keeps us jumping as the lights go on and off. And unlike the ghost, at a brisk 80 minutes, his movie doesn't outstay its welcome.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
4/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A movie that tears into its characters' nostalgia for the past - and our own - with darkly comic gusto.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Night Fare (2015) A silent, tattooed hulk, the driver is as implacable as the truck in Steven Spielberg's Duel and almost as effective as a source of dread.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) To be honest, the fight scenes go on too long and the CGI is laid on a bit thick. It isn't necessary. Gadot's magnificent heroine is enough of a wonder woman in her own right not to need it.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Once at sea... Greengrass doesn't put a foot wrong, ramping up the tension as the pirates' tiny skiff attempts to board the giant container ship, turning the screw still tighter as a fraught battle of wits unfolds between the opposing leaders...‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
61% Desierto (2016) You don't have to strain to detect a political edge to the story.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
2/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Not even Dwayne Johnson's buoyant charm nor Zac Efron's self-mocking cool can prevent this wantonly crude Baywatch reboot from sinking like a stone.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
3/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Flimsy stuff, for sure, but the stars' easygoing chemistry and sharp comic timing keep the laughs coming. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 28% 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 71% 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 44% 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 55% 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 89% 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