Jeremy Aspinall

Jeremy Aspinall
Jeremy Aspinall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times The List
Publications: Radio Times, The List

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 65% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) It has its lulls, but Sono's English-language debut is batty stuff and remains weirdly enthralling. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
3/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) The nods to wuxia epics like Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are eye-catching, and the scene-stealing return of a notable MCU character delivers laughs... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
3/5 78% Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (2021) The film is inevitably a tad one-sided, but it leaves no doubt that the man was an inspiration for his numerous fans. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
3/5 42% Wendy (2020) The metaphors are sprinkled liberally like fairy dust, as childish imagination and joy clashes with the reality and bitterness wrought by old age. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
3/5 73% Minamata (2021) It's a redemption story, but thankfully sentimentality is generally kept at bay: the reality and the unsparing photographic record are just too harrowing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
3/5 83% Boys from County Hell (2020) A sleepy Irish village steeped in vampire folklore gets a rude awakening in this lively, low-budget comic horror. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
3/5 54% Settlers (2021) It's a sombre affair that even a helpful WALL-E-type droid can't lighten, but the mystery is teased out enticingly thanks to ambient mood music from Nitin Sawhney. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
4/5 96% Riders of Justice (2021) Jensen's terrific combination of wry gallows humour, droll but nuanced performances - especially Lars Brygmann as twitchy, off-kilter Lennart - and soul-searching drama delivers a Danish delight. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 86% A Perfect Enemy (2021) Imminently watchable, if a slight case of style over substance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 56% Edge of the World (2021) Nevertheless, it is beautifully shot in authentic locations, and Meyers's Apocalypse Now-like narration illuminates Brooke's struggle to balance the staggering beauty and the bloody savagery of his private kingdom. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
4/5 83% Nobody (2021) However, Nobody oozes with irony and a sense of its own absurdity, delivered with deadpan aplomb by Odenkirk... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
2/5 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) A brooding Norton acquits himself fine, and there's a thrilling chase through a Brazilian favela, but there's little tension and the underwhelming CGI leaves the battling behemoths looking like shiny plasticine figures... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 30% Antebellum (2020) The one-dimensional supporting characters tend to undermine the social commentary underlying the narrative, but this is an appealing debut from directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) An indulgence for Snyder, maybe, but one that superhero fans will enjoy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 100% Away (2019) Expanding on the "overcoming the odds" theme from his previous animated shorts, Zilbalodis conjures up an enthralling if unsettling odyssey for his young protagonist... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 79% Synchronic (2020) While the script meanders occasionally, the movie is anchored by friendship, love and sacrifice as much as it is by Steve's psychedelic exploits in time and space. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
2/5 36% The New Mutants (2020) The intention to explore a mash-up of haunted-house horror and young-adult drama instead of spandex pyrotechnics is a worthy one, but this swansong to Fox's X-Men franchise sadly fails to deliver on its premise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 83% Mank (2020) Although a political subplot threatens to slow the sprightly pace, the script (by Fincher's dad, Jack) is peppered with enough pithy asides and wry observations to more than compensate. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 75% Pixie (2021) The Irish landscape is a bonus, offering a striking backdrop to a fun caper culminating in a shoot-em-up straight out of the Tarantino playbook. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 72% A Call to Spy (2020) It's no big-budget epic, but director Lydia Dean Pilcher's second feature proves to be a fascinating tale of distaff derring-do. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) Hawkins provides a masterclass in generating tears and laughter, occasionally in the space of a single scene. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
4/5 91% The Celebration (Festen) (1998) This is family drama at its most coruscating. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/5 80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) It may be an acquired taste for some - more arthouse than grindhouse - but the combination of foreboding folklore, ghoulish black comedy and sheer oddness ensures this enigmatic tale of terror is never dull. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/5 77% Too Big to Fail (2011) The standout performance comes from Hurt, whose careworn Paulson is at the centre of the maelstrom that has had such a serious impact on the global economy. It's informative but gripping and scary, too. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
5/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) Thanks to a mesmerising performance from Kotlar, you are never less than gripped by his torturous frights of passage. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/5 44% The Karate Kid Part II (1986) The only interesting aspect of this by-the-numbers sequel is that the action is set largely in Japan. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 86% Moon Man (2013) Sentimental it is not, just charming and quaintly unassuming. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) It's a slow build and not prime-cut Miike, but the killer twists and turns... are worth the journey. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 100% Frankenstein (2015) Mary Shelley's 19th-century tale about man playing God gets a fascinating 21st-century refit from Candyman director Bernard Rose. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 92% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2020) Pastoll invests time in his housing-estate locations in Belgium and Northern Ireland - without going fully into Ken Loach mode - and builds tension deftly with the aid of Matthew Pusti's menacing score. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 52% Ladyworld (2019) Trouble is, the incessant soundtrack of noises and ethereal voices really does grate after a while, eroding any sustained suspense just as events take on an increasingly surreal hue. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 70% The Emperor of Paris (L'Empereur de Paris) (2018) Director Jean-François Richet's good-looking adventure is not in the class of gangster epic Mesrine, his terrific 2008 collaboration with Cassel, but the star's steely charisma more than compensates as does the cracking finale in a subterranean lair. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 94% Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Deftly acted by the young cast and stunningly shot, Panek's sophomore feature is an enthralling reflection on human nature, but with nail-biting jeopardy never too far away. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 63% The Banana Splits (2019) Baby boomer fans of the Splits' TV antics will be intrigued, but a gorefest featuring killer Teletubbies or Muppets - now that would be shocking. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 98% For Sama (2019) It's undoubtedly harrowing and not for the faint-hearted, but Waad's love letter to her daughter is a moving, life-affirming experience that demonstrates humanity can abide in the most desperate of conflicts. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 14% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Trouble is, there are too many leaps of illogic to sustain the seeds of a good idea, and with so many engrossing small-screen offerings around, the ante for delivering the thriller-killer goods has been well and truly upped. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 78% The Night Sitter (2019) gleefully ghoulish horror - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) It's a richly rewarding experience, with the only quibble being the absence of Scott and Sigourney Weaver among the talking heads, although cast members Tom Skerritt and Veronica Cartwright provide quality firsthand insight. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) A potted history of Satanism puts much in perspective, but the real eye-opener is the influence of Charlton Heston and his most famous biblical role. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 96% American Factory (2019) It's a tad long, but Bognar and Reichert's fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary is still a prophetic snapshot of things to come in a world increasingly subject to automation and globalisation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 87% Animals (2019) Irreverent, funny and refreshingly unsentimental, Hyde's sophomore drama gives Withnail & I a bawdy run for its money thanks to a nuanced script and believable lead performances that put flawed but fascinating women up front and centre. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 33% Domino (2019) Scandi police procedural meets Homeland in this underpowered thriller from director Brian De Palma, which unfortunately does little justice to either. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 88% Batman: Hush (2019) Purist fans may question some of the changes to the original story but it's still a lively, action-packed affair with friends, foes aplenty and a feisty punch-up with a compromised Man of Steel keeping the intrigue and interest high. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) This is straight-out slasher horror with superhero stylings, though it may be as much a comment on the tarnishing of America under Trump as it is a Twilight Zone-like spin on the Superman legend. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 70% Stockholm (2019) It may not all be true or indeed the complete story, with little of the aftermath re-enacted, but Hawke makes you wish it was. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 64% Dead Ant (2019) If a collision between Spinal Tap and 1950s creature feature Them! sounds like a blast, then this big-bug brouhaha (with emphasis on ha-ha) should tickle your fancy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 74% Ghost Light (2019) Quirky rather than hilarious and nowhere near as scary or gruesome as the play, this affectionate if overlong love letter to summer-stock theatre from director John Stimpson may be too light on laughs and carnage for some. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 87% Starfish (2019) Peppered with mind-bending images, White's visually impressive feature debut takes cues from genre flicks like The Signal, Pontypool, The Endless and Cloverfield, as well as producing jolting shocks and a manga-style animated interlude. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 70% The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) ...this is affectionately serviceable fare that's more trick than treat. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 100% Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer) (1952) Be careful what you wish for is the moral of this captivating 1952 fantasy horror, a rare genre movie from Finland. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019