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Jason Best

Jason Best
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 84% 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 22% 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 19% 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 90% 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 25% 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 36% 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 26% 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 75% 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 64% 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 50% 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 44% 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 93% 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 94% 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 54% 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
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Salutes the trailblazing achievements of three African-American women who worked behind the scenes at Nasa as 'human computers', doing the hard sums before electronic machines were up to the task. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
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 91% 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 21% 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 44% 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 79% 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 18% 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 70% 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 39% 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