Jason Best

Jason Best
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T-Meter Title | Year
87% Emma. (2020) Austen's needle-sharp irony remains intact here, and the sumptuous costumes and settings tick all the period rom-com boxes. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
46% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) The movie is full of wisecracking banter and brilliant one-liners, although the lines do sound strange in the mouths of the film's young stars... [but] if you can handle the movie's fogeyish spirit, it really is huge fun. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
89% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Boring for them, exquisite for us, as the film blends gently toe-curling humour with tender insight, all set to a soundtrack of wispy pop songs by Scottish indie group Belle and Sebastian. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
70% 7500 (2020) The plot creaks and strains in places, but the very capable Gordon-Levitt keeps the film in the air even when the twists seem contrived. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
89% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Anyone who thrills to the radiant jangle of a Rickenbacker guitar will want to catch this evocative documentary about LA's Laurel Canyon music scene in the mid-1960s. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Without ever resorting to melodrama, writer-director Eliza Hittman has created a powerfully understated, quietly political and touchingly empathetic drama. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) Mendes has produced a thrillingly immersive movie... We might be even more involved in the soldiers' fates were we not also boggling over the staggering technical feats that went into the film's making. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The resulting adventure is inventive, chaotic, funny, and touchingly melancholy, giving Gilliam the opportunity to tilt his satirical lance at the modern world and offer a salute to die-hard dreamers everywhere. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) Film noir is not a genre one readily associates with Romanian Cinema... But this playfully slippery thriller doesn't only boast such familiar elements as a world-weary detective, a gorgeous femme fatale and a twisty plot, it's also cracking fun. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) [A] quietly chilling drama for the era of #MeToo and Time's Up. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
70% Bombshell (2019) Theron, with subtle help from prosthetics and makeup, is an uncanny match for primetime news anchor Megyn Kelly. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Mickey, the heroine of this thoughtful coming-of-age drama, is not your usual Midwest teenager. When she surreptitiously dips into her father's wallet, it's to put money in rather than take it out. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Dead Poets Society meets All About Eve in this stylishly offbeat addition to the boarding school genre. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
87% Hustlers (2019) Indecently charismatic, Jennifer Lopez swaggers, struts and pole-dances her way through this sizzling comedy-drama. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
29% The Rhythm Section (2020) Reed Morano gives the action scenes a real sense of sweat and adrenaline, including a terrific, white-knuckle car chase through the streets of Tangier that we witness entirely through Lively's blurry panic. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
88% Misbehaviour (2020) The movie captures the era's dodgy fashions and even dodgier sexual politics with vivid gusto. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) Dazzling hand-drawn animation, cute canine heroes and a delightfully nasty villainess all combine to make this a pedigree film. - What's On TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) Haifaa Al Mansour deploys sly charm and winning humour as she tackles her country's endemic sexism in this surprisingly feelgood tale. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
82% Avatar (2009) Watching the movie was eye popping without being eye aching, and as immersive an experience as Cameron has been promising. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 75% Kill Command (2016) Kill Command punches above its low-budget weight thanks to its smart visuals and intriguing plot, even if it does owe a significant debt in style and storytelling to the likes of RoboCop and Terminator. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 88% Upgrade (2018) Combining sci-fi smarts and grindhouse gore, this retro-futuristic thriller sees Australian writer-director Leigh Whannell deliver a heady dose of cyberpunk paranoia and some jolting shots of pulp-movie violence. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee lets rip with this bizarre story, balancing intrigue and suspense with mocking comedy and scorching satire. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 46% The Meg (2018) Statham enjoys himself enormously, and always seems to be in on the joke. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Zac Efron puts his clean-cut good looks and Teflon-coated charm to chilling use. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Sadly, the sequel's vaguely feminist slant fails to produce enough decent jokes to earn our goodwill. And it's not just the gags about dildos and tampons that seem tired. So do the characters. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (2018) Death Race: Beyond Anarchy does deliver its share of down-and-dirty exploitation thrills, although all but hard-core genre fans will find the film's sadistic violence and leering nudity hard to take. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3/5 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Only one thing could make the film even more sparkly, camp and cheesily enjoyable. And, sure enough, Cher turns up as Sophie's glam grandmother Ruby in time for the glittering finale. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) Yes, the plot is very much B-movie fare, but the star brings his A-game. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) When it counts, the action fairly zings along, yet it is the little things - appropriately enough - that set the movie's tone. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Wittily tackles changing gender roles at work and in the home, with Helen relishing her dashing crime-fighting role as the public face of a campaign to make superheroes legal, while the befuddled Bob grapples with his own domestic battles. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 86% Class Rank (2018) You'll recognise elements of Rushmore's Max Fischer and Election's Tracy Flick in its young hero and heroine, for a start - but Stoltz and writer Benjamin August provide enough quirky individuality to keep things fresh. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) The fight scenes are effectively brutal too, allowing Boutella to show off her action chops. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/5 48% Skyscraper (2018) All this is nonsense on stilts, of course, but although the movie never reaches Die Hard's dizzy heights, Johnson's towering charm will keep you dangling. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader keeps us gripped, wondering and dreading what steps Toller might take. And when we do reach the end, he pulls off a truly surprising, transcendent climax reminiscent of Carl Dreyer's 1955 masterpiece Ordet. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 56% Tag (2018) Knockabout comedy Tag won't be for everyone, but its raucous silliness is good fun if it finds you in the right mood. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 89% Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (2017) You may well detect writer-director Attila Till's sleight of hand, but that won't detract from the film's mordant fun - or from its reshaping of the way disability is portrayed on screen. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 39% Blue Iguana (2018) It's Rockwell who makes the movie, zany and playful, and carrying with him both a hint of vulnerability and a whiff of danger. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 90% Mandy (2018) The prospect of Nicolas Cage going full-bore crazy in a gory grindhouse revenge thriller will have genre fans salivating. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Every bit as outrageous, irreverent and fourth-wall breaking as before. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet People You May Know (2017) American indie cinema takes another swipe at the shallowness of social media. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 36% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Racer and the Jailbird is overly long and overly melodramatic... But the pivotal heist scenes are exciting and Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos have terrific chemistry. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 97% Apostasy (2017) This is a highly impressive feature debut for writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo, who draws on his insight and experiences as a former Jehovah's Witness to create a sensitive exploration of faith and family, freedom and community. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
46% The Butterfly Tree (2017) Cameron strives for a quirky magic realism that she can't quite pull off. The leads are all fine, and some of the photography achieves an iridescent wonder. But the film's plotting is messy and its tone uneven. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 38% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) This is a fascinating, outrage-provoking story but director Per Fly's bid to turn it into a cloak-and-dagger thriller falls disappointingly flat. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The ensuing adventure features plot holes you could squeeze a Brachiosaurus through, yet even if the story is preposterous Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remains good escapist fun. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 73% Kissing Candice (2017) A strange, hallucinatory Irish film about a restless teenager in a dead-end seaside town, Kissing Candice is a movie to experience rather than figure out. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Understated sound design - from a helicopter drone to the hum of bees - subtly amplifies the film's themes of trauma and trust, independence and belonging. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 97% Free Solo (2018) Even the coolest of cool heads will find their palms sweating and heart racing as they watch Honnold's solo ascent. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/5 56% The First Purge (2018) For all the outrage on display the film's button pushing can only generate diminishing returns. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) The ensuing scenes of flight and fight are thrilling, but the bigger picture that slowly emerges of a world in which the rich remorselessly prey on the poor is scarier still. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019