Jason Buchanan

Jason Buchanan
Jason Buchanan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TV Guide
Publications: TV Guide

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 42% Faster (2010) ...both highly watchable and an easy recommendation for action fans. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) A rousing dose of retro-fueled fun, replete with sharply dressed secret agents, hi-tech gadgets, lethal henchmen (er, henchwomen), and, of course, a diabolical villain with a secluded mountain-top stronghold. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/5 11% Seventh Son (2015) Seventh Son is derivative to its core. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
2.5/5 80% Black Sea (2015) You'll be holding your breath right along with these treasure hunters as their hope for survival grows as black as the ocean depths. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 87% John Wick (2014) Instead of complimenting one another, the direction and plotting effectively end up cancelling each other out, which makes this promising action throwback a faint echo of the past rather than an invigorating retro blast. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 91% The Guest (2014) It's all anchored by a magnetic lead performance from Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/4 97% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) When is a failure not a failure? This isn't a riddle or a trick question, but rather the unique scenario we're compelled to ponder while watching Jodorowsky's Dune. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/4 93% Whiplash (2014) Make no mistake: It's Simmons' explosive, career-defining performance that really brings Whiplash to life. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/4 91% Birdman (2014) Lubezki's cinematography, paired with Antonio Sanchez's jazzy, percussion-heavy score, creates an atmosphere of explosive tension that lingers strongly, even throughout Birdman's more satirical and fantastical beats. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
2/4 72% American Sniper (2015) American Sniper could have been the movie that brought the toll of the War on Terror home. Instead, it's simply a harrowing reminder that, for many soldiers, the struggle still continues long after they've left the battlefield. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 72% Interstellar (2014) In Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, sci-fi fans are treated to a true cinematic anomaly: an impeccably crafted slice of escapism driven by scientific concepts that fascinate and thrill in equal measure. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) It's an airy confection that gives the familiar just enough sweetness to go down smoothly. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) If nothing else, Guardians feels like an invigorating throwback to the pop-culture properties that were Saturday-morning staples in the 1980s. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Not grimy enough to qualify as neo-grindhouse and not smart enough to be effective social satire. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) Thompson does a commendable job of making his points without overstaying his welcome. Given a bigger budget and better resources, it would be very interesting to see his take on some other controversial cases. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
3.5/4 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) A potent blend of sci-fi spectacle and substance, Matt Reevesí exhilarating interspecies-war drama Dawn of the Planet of the Apes may be the best film in the franchise since the 1968 original. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Thanks to Derrickson's direction and Scott Kevan's cinematography, New York City is a winding labyrinth of filth and decay that seems to be crumbling under the oppressive weight of the evil all around. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
2.5/4 51% Earth to Echo (2014) Surprisingly elegiac right out of the gate, these early scenes give the movie its affectionate foundation while simultaneously revealing the filmmakers' keen eye for casting - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/4 66% The Rover (2014) Whatever [Michod's] screenplay lacks in terms of explicit dialogue or narrative complexity, however, it makes up for in subtle, reflective details and sun-scorched tension. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Even if 22 Jump Street feels 22 minutes too long, chances are youíll be laughing hysterically though 12 of them, and fighting to find your breath during the rest. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Like many compulsively watchable films, the wealth of details in the writing, direction, and characterization all but ensure that Edge of Tomorrow holds many treasures to be discovered on repeat viewings. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) As refreshing as it may be to see MacFarlane unleashed from the shackles of contemporary pop culture, he's still sent to the gallows by a script that he should have shot down. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) This deftly scripted and unusually affecting installment of the long-running series is marked by the notable return of director Bryan Singer, who succeeds in delivering a film that ranks among the very best of the franchise. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 75% Godzilla (2014) Edwards ultimately fails to do justice to the big lizard's legacy. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 72% Neighbors (2014) In the end, Neighbors is one of those disappointing comedies that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) An intoxicatingly kinetic sequel that scores high marks for action and characterization, but stumbles in its attempt to give high-voltage villain Electro a spark of motivation. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) It's an incomprehensible mess of a film with the sole saving grace that it never takes itself even remotely seriously. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 91% Disneynature Bears (2014) A wondrous experience for cubs and mama bears alike. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/4 75% Oculus (2014) This supernatural spellbinder succeeds at disorienting the viewer with a cleverly structured screenplay, but it never quite manages to frighten despite some solid tension and eerie imagery. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) A superior sequel that, at the very least, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its whizbang predecessor. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/4 76% Noah (2014) This vital interpretation of one of the Bible's most popular tales is a powerful and provocative work of art that fearlessly uses Noahís story as a springboard to explore complex themes of faith and the sins of man. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 61% Non-Stop (2014) A high-flying whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/4 45% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Australian television star Stapleton, despite his best efforts, never summons the intensity that Gerard Butler so effortlessly exuded in the previous film. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 91% Cropsey (2010) It isn't a pleasant journey -- nor one that is likely to be soon forgotten -- though it is a sobering, skillfully produced reminder that sometimes fact can be far more terrifying than fiction. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/4 49% RoboCop (2014) Despite Padilha and Zetumer's best efforts to make the story their own, this ambitious remake ultimately crashes like a corrupt hard drive. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.5/4 31% The Monuments Men (2014) Despite the unconventional structure of the screenplay, Clooney's direction displays a strong talent for creating and diffusing tension at precisely the moments when it's needed most. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 40% Delivery Man (2013) While those simple oversights may prevent the movie from achieving perfection, they rarely undermine its earnest endeavor to explore shifting family dynamics and their impact on our ability to connect with others. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 94% Her (2013) By working within the framework of a romantic drama, Jonze creates an emotionally honest film that feels endearingly familiar, yet enticingly unique. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 94% Lore (2013) The dream of every director tasked with bringing such a difficult story to life is to have a star who can carry the drama, and in her feature debut, Rosendahl is a revelation. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/4 91% Nebraska (2013) A refreshingly unsentimental tale of family bonding that unfolds at the leisurely pace of a lazy Sunday afternoon. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) No one with working eyes will be tricked into believing that Hanks is the spitting image of old Uncle Walt. But like the best actors, Hanks uses mannerisms and practiced vocal inflections to capture his subject's essence. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2013
2/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) An occasionally exciting yet mostly lumbering sequel that proves you can indeed have too much of a good thing. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Helander and company have done such a wonderful job at forming the foundation of a new mythology that we can't help but want more. And if we can all be good little girls and boys, perhaps we'll get just that. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/4 78% Brave (2012) It practically goes without saying that the animation in Brave is frequently breathtaking. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/4 67% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Sweeping, smartly paced, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Thor: The Dark World feels much more in tune with the playful tone of The Avengers than its own predecessor. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) Even if this ride leaves us wanting more, it's impossible not to marvel at the exceptional craftsmanship behind its construction. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/4 61% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) The real butt of the joke isn't the good-natured folks who signed release forms to appear in the film -- it's you for expecting something a bit more from the contemporary torchbearers of physical comedy. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Captain Phillips not just an exceptional tale of grace under pressure, but an actively engaging experience as well. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 50% Carrie (2013) While it's tempting to be cynical about a remake of a film that gave the much maligned horror genre a rare moment of real prestige, dare to judge Peirce's version on its own merits and you might just be frightened at how well it measures up. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 90% Attack the Block (2011) Attack the Block isn't a great movie, but it's fueled by a sense of energy that still makes it somewhat irresistible regardless of its (sometimes far too obvious) flaws. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2013