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Jason Best

Jason Best
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 67% 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 15% 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 17% 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
3/5 33% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016) The payoff surprises by extending sympathy in unexpected directions. Besides, the stars really do look the part, with Brody making a convincingly dogged sleuth, while Strahovski is every inch the dangerously seductive siren.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Eliminators (2016) Eliminators boasts a shaky plot and terrible dialogue, but the fights - including a scrap inside one of the gondolas on the Thames cable car - are brawny enough to keep fans of the genre satisfied.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/5 21% Marauders (2016) Willis is going through the motions, but Christopher Meloni delivers a far more committed performance as the determined FBI agent investigating the case.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
3/5 79% The Phenom (2016) Ethan Hawke is making a habit of playing flawed fathers, but his feckless dads in Boyhood and Ten Thousand Saints appear positively benign in comparison with the toxic parent he plays in [this] psychological sporting drama.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
3/5 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The Villainess opens with a sequence of unfettered carnage [that] will leave you gasping and wincing in equal measure.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
3/5 23% Sleepless (2017) You'll probably spot most of the twists coming. But the film's relentless pace ensures the excitement rarely flags.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/5 20% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) What on earth are vampires and werewolves doing blazing away with machine guns anyway?‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
3/5 43% Forsaken (2016) Veteran TV director Jon Cassar (a 24 stalwart) isn't aiming for anything particularly original or revisionist here, and some viewers will take issue with his film's measured pacing... But the movie has enough grace notes to keep Western fans engaged‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
4/5 84% Goldstone (2016) A compelling mix of slow-burn mystery and explosive action set against the harsh beauty of the Outback landscape.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 91% Tanna (2016) The cast had never seen a movie camera before, let alone acted; and their costumes amount to grass skirts and penis sheaths (their habitual wear). Yet their candid performances put many trained thespians to shame.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/5 30% Inconceivable (2017) The title says it all. Overwrought psycho thriller Inconceivable is so wildly implausible it will leave you shaking your head in disbelief or hooting with laughter.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/5 37% Snatched (2017) There are some fairly lame thrills and spills as the women strive to escape, and a big dose of gross-out comedy involving a giant tapeworm. That said, you'll probably find the film's supporting cast funnier than its stars.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Dench, predictably, is superb. A shame, then, that at times she appears to have been cast in Carry on Vic.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Whitney Houston's majestic voice sadly takes second place to her baleful decline.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 25% Unforgettable (2017) The over-the-top action that ensues is both wildly implausible and utterly predictable. Watched in the right mood, however, and the clash between Dawson's sympathetic heroine and Heigl's 'psycho Barbie' baddie delivers campy, guilty-pleasure fun. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet X Quinientos (2016) Arango films with the eye of a sympathetic anthropologist, immersing us in his protagonists' lives and inviting us to join the dots between them.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
4/5 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Call off the search for the next James Bond. She's already here.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Racing Hearts (2014) It's curious to see Gold Blend ad couple Anthony Head and Sharon Maughan as Dornan's (American) parents, and we do learn some interesting facts about the role pigeons played in World War One.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
3/5 88% Blood Father (2016) The ensuing action is very much in the Taken vein... but director Jean-François Richet handles the action briskly, while Mel displays an impressive emotional vulnerability - when he isn't knocking lumps out of the bad guys.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
3/5 63% Storks (2016) At times, the pace is a bit too frantic for comfort, and the endlessly yammering Tulip is a tad exhausting, too, but the film's surreal silliness will leave you smiling all the same.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
5/5 98% His Girl Friday (1940) Hawks conducts the intrigue at such a frantic lick - achieving speed by means of overlapping dialogue and manoeuvring the actors within the frame rather than by quick cutting - that we are willingly swept along. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson gives the movie a giddy momentum that propels its hero and heroine through their episodic adventures. Besides, his world building is so prodigal that there is always something flamboyantly entertaining to observe.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet Laid in America (2016) Crass and witless.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
3/5 71% Viceroy's House (2017) Chadha's Upstairs Downstairs view of events is a tad soapy, although she does give us some striking scenes that bring the film's history vividly into focus.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
3/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Definitely not in Blade Runner's league... But the action is a blast and Johansson is fabulous, once more channelling the otherworldly vibe she displayed so distinctively in such films as Lucy, Under the Skin and Her. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay finds entertainingly tongue-in-cheek ways of explaining the intricacies of credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations... and he makes the fact-based plot as gripping as a thriller. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) From the start, Nolan gives the action a terrifying immediacy, pummelling us with the intensity of his images and the throbbing power of Hans Zimmer's score.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
4/5 92% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Don't let the title put you off. This offbeat horror movie based on the cult YA novel by Dan Wells is as much a subtle psychological drama as it is a gory chiller. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
1/5 0% ID2: Shadwell Army (2016) It's all very unconvincing - at one tense moment down the boozer Mo proves his bona fides to the Shadwell top dogs by knowing soap icon Ena Sharples' tipple of choice‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) As you might expect from Ford, this is a movie that is stunning to look at; less predictably, it is also brutally tense.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
3/5 50% Pet (2016) This cunningly nasty psychological horror thriller does a good job of wrong-footing the viewer.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright's car-chase thriller has so much va-va-voom it will leave you grinning with pleasure.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017