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Jason Best

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Elba, eyes narrowed, brow furrowed, delivers a one-note performance of weary stoicism, while McConaughey fails to embody evil incarnate, though he does at least display the odd flash of malevolent wit.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Spacewalk (Vremya pervykh) (2017) The Russian equivalent of Apollo 13... a thrillingly nerve-wracking watch.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 85% Ghost Stories (2018) Nyman and Dyson [link their] stories with cunning craft and lots of sly humour. Be warned, though. The laughs catch in the throat.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Mangold's film is undoubtedly overlong and some stretches do drag, but Jackman and Stewart's superb, nuanced performances ensure that it's not just the fight scenes but also the emotionally charged ones that really pack a punch.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) An adventure tale whose plot revolves around the pleasures of losing yourself in fantasy worlds, Ready Player One is ... a giddy rush of a movie that zips along on a tide of breathless action and boundless pop-culture trivia.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) All the breathless action and cliffhanger thrills you could want from a souped-up B-movie of this kind. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) After the addictive pleasures of Nordic noir, brace yourself for the heart-in-mouth thrills of the first Scandinavian disaster movie.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) As the film flashes back and forth between Jasmine's gilded past and her self-pitying present, Blanchett creates an indelible portrait of a woman who oozes self-delusion, snobbery and a massive sense of entitlement.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 35% The November Man (2014) You'll have seen The November Man's espionage shenanigans done much better elsewhere, but Brosnan proves his spry spy veteran has still got what it takes while veteran director Roger Donaldson keeps the action nimble.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
4/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) No matter how many times you've seen Janet Leigh's luckless Marion fall victim in this 1960 classic, you'll discover fresh nuances and perspectives.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
4/5 93% Thelma (2017) Amid all the supernatural weirdness, however, it is the film's emotional conviction that makes it work so well. And that's down to Harboe, superb in the lead and possessor of a tingling chemistry with co-star Wilkins.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Two Down (2015) Alex Hassell and Tori Hart make a good impression as the studiously polite gunman and his unflappable host.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A blockbuster adventure that combines epic spectacle, moral complexity and surprising emotional depth.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
2/5 10% Monster Family (2018) Frankly, this lacklustre computer animated effort is about as original as a second-hand Halloween costume and a lot less fun. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's Hemsworth who is mostly responsible for the film's tongue-in-cheek hilarity and nails its best jokes with impeccably timed deadpan aplomb.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/5 70% The Ritual (2017) In the hands of director David Bruckner, the deep, dark woods are scary enough on their own, but hallucinatory psychological terrors and grisly physical dangers also lie in wait for the ill-fated quartet.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 25% Birth of the Dragon (2017) The film's lively inventions pay off, however, when we reach the epic showdown and Lee's fists of fury come up against Wong's serene Shaolin artistry. Even if this isn't how things happened, it is certainly rousing on screen.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet JL Ranch (2017) Along the way, Voight's crusty hero takes pops at interfering federal bureaucrats and pesky Greens. Which gives you an idea where the film is coming from.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet [This] sudsy melodrama boasts a noteworthy cast... But neither the long-simmering central feud nor a skein of subplots amount to very much.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Honey 3 (2016) The dance numbers have plenty of zip, but the scenes in between are painfully predictable.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2017) Get your head around the film's slightly convoluted mythology and you will be rewarded with an engaging adventure.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Escape Room (2017) Getting yourself locked in a room and having to puzzle your way out of it isn't everyone's idea of fun. But you can see why the on-trend adventure game should appeal to horror filmmakers as a plot device.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Wes Ball certainly gives the action a commendable amount of dash and panache... even if he does provide a few too many nick-in-time rescues for comfort.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins handles this intimate tale with assurance and delicacy, seducing us with the film's gorgeous photography and drawing us ever deeper into its hero's fraught journey.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) This psychological horror thriller is certainly dourly realistic. It is also very slow going. Yet it generates surprising sympathy for its sociopathic protagonist [and] makes some shrewd points about pain, loss and urban violence.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 85% It (2017) To be honest, Muschietti's movie is better at the tale's teen-bonding bits than its scary ones (the young cast are fabulous), and when it comes to doling out frights nothing tops the chilling opening sequence.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 20% Blind (2017) Baldwin and Moore have an appealingly mature chemistry that allows us to forgive the predictability of the story that brings them together.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
1/5 20% The Book of Henry (2017) Like a drunk clown at a children's party, this is the kind of movie you watch mouth agape. You just know the foolhardy juggling act it is attempting - a mix of precocious-kid comedy, crime thriller and weepie - is going to end in disaster. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
1/5 18% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) What with the mishmash of accents, and Helmar's soporific voiceover, The Ottoman Lieutenant is ludicrous from start to finish. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 33% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) The modest scope of B-movie action thriller The Hunter's Prayer can be gauged by the fact that its big-time criminal tycoon (played by Downton Abbey's Allen Leech) has his international headquarters in Leeds.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 95% Sing Street (2016) A departure for Carney is that Sing Street is set in the past; another is that it has teenage protagonists; and this combination gives his new film a nostalgic sweetness and exuberance that is thoroughly winning.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 60% Come And Find Me (2016) Mystery thriller Come and Find Me has its share of suspenseful scenes, but countless flashback scenes... slow the film's momentum and stop us buying its many far-fetched twists.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
4/5 100% The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (Daeho) (2016) There's a mystical-patriotic undertow running through this epic period adventure, which pits a legendary hunter against a majestic, even more legendary tiger in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1925.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Heartbeats (2017) Striving for a fusion of Hollywood and Bollywood, dance music drama Heartbeats concocts a cross-cultural romance for an aspiring hip-hop dancer from LA and a Mumbai wedding entertainer. But the resulting masala is distinctly tepid.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Scottish Mussel (2016) Talulah Riley is clearly aiming for the whimsical Caledonian charm of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero or Ken Loach's The Angels' Share [with this] eco-friendly comedy about pearl piracy in the Scottish Highlands.Sadly, she falls some way short.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 68% Life (2017) The plot may not withstand calm reflection after the credits roll, but while the film is running Espinosa keeps our nerves far too jangled to care.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet Non-Transferable (2017) Low-budget/high-concept rom-com Non-Transferable is corny but sweet, although writer-director Bradley probably most deserves applause for his gumption in getting the project off the ground.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
2/5 15% Mine (2017) Hammer does a fine job in his largely solo role, so it's a shame directing duo Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro choose to saddle him with several hallucinatory/real visitors during his ordeal.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
2/5 26% Upside Down (2013) Bizarre romantic fantasy Upside Down is mostly desperately twee, but Argentine director Juan Solanas displays flashes of visual ingenuity, while Timothy Spall adds amusingly sympathetic support as Adam's cigar-chomping ally.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
2/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) This absurdly drippy fable makes about as much sense as its daft title.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
4/5 92% The Girl in the Book (2015) Fittingly, at a time when the issue of sexual harassment is more urgent and raw than ever, this subtly compelling drama portrays a young woman grappling with the long-term repercussions of her teenage encounters with a predatory older man. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Throughout, Coppola keeps the film's pressure-cooker tensions on the boil, introducing elements of suspense, sensuality and sometimes near-camp humour.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Director Jon Watts is avowedly channelling the spirit of 1980s John Hughes teen movies... And it's this strand that sets the movie's enjoyably breezy tone and gives Holland's puppyish charm the chance to shine.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) There's a streak of darkly funny absurdity running through the film as well, not least in the climactic in-the-street showdown, which finds John Travolta's wooden-leg-toting marshal caught awkwardly in the middle when the bullets start to fly.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Doo Dah Man (2015) Based on the teenage experiences of co-writer Jack Ballo, the pair's backroads adventures are fairly low-key... but the surrogate father-son relationship that emerges from their travels proves quietly engaging.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
2/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) As the pair pound away at each other, it's the hapless viewer who's left begging for mercy, battered into submission by Snyder's overbearing direction and Hans Zimmer's bombastic score.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 60% Mum's List (2016) The scene at a dinner party in which Spall's Singe likens the pain of bereavement to struggling against the sea's undertow will knock you off your feet.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
94% Casino Royale (2006) When Bond kills an adversary in a hotel stairwell, the violence is nasty and brutal - and you feel bystander Vesper's shock and revulsion too. She doesn't merely wince and get over it, as so many of her predecessors did; she's clearly traumatised.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Combining conspiratorial gobbledegook with lots of running and jumping over medieval rooftops, this adaptation of the popular videogame series comes across as the Da Vinci Code with added parkour. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
3/5 45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) The outrageous cheek of the action sequences brings to mind Roger Moore-era Bond... they both share a relish for ridiculous gadgets. Moore's 007 had a car that turned into a submarine; Xander has a motorbike that transforms into a jet ski.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017