Jo-Anne Titmarsh

Jo-Anne Titmarsh
Jo-Anne Titmarsh's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CineVue HeyUGuys
Publications: CineVue, HeyUGuys

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 80% 22 July (2018) A fine film covering an inexplicably horrible tragedy from Greengrass which succeeds despite the choices regarding language, both cinematic and spoken. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 60% American Dharma (2018) A disappointing film from Morris, whose light examination of a very dangerous man can only be seen as a missed opportunity. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A disappointment from Jarmusc. The film falls apart under its own misuse of fine actors, though there are some smaller star turns, and it never lives up to its promise. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 92% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) A great fun film, with an exceptional and powerful performance from Dong-seok Ma. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 79% The Traitor (2019) While a compelling look at a dramatic piece of history, the director's decision to omit certain key moral champions skews the film, and lets it down. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A riveting and hilarious look at the serious subject of class inequality. Immensely fun and beautifully made. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 65% Terraferma (2013) Whilst Terraferma is honourable in its intentions, it falls down in terms of quality. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 74% Chicken with Plums (2012) Chicken with Plums takes the audience into a magical and wonderful space. It provokes a lot of laughs, but was also the only time I saw audience members crying openly and unashamedly. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 79% Shame (2011) The two leads are pitch-perfect as the scarred siblings, with McQueen's superb cast matching his fearlessness directorial style through their performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 67% Wuthering Heights (2012) At a little over two hours, Wuthering Heights can often make arduous viewing. With little dialogue -- a lot of it often wooden -- and virtually no music it is up to the viewer to take what they can from the rich imagery in the film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 69% Dark Horse (2012) Though Dark Horse offers plenty of laughs, in no way is this a film in the wake of Hollywood man-child comedies... There's no easy resolution to Abe's situation and the audience is not really rooting for him to get the girl and the happy ending. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) No-one shoots like Tarantino, and this is a film which preaches ably to the converted. However a lack of restraint blunts the impact. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 83% Deerskin (Le Daim) (2019) Another triumph for Dupieux, with obesession, murder, some fine laughs and a troubled soul lost in time - Deerskin is one to watch. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) A triumphant film from Dexter Fletcher, with a star performance from Taron Egerton. Warts and all - this is easily one of the films of the year. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Another swipe at the miserable state of England, and those who press down on others to maintain the status quo. This is searing, raw and important filmmaking. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) A masterpiece, pure and simple. Céline Sciamma returns to Cannes with a stunning film everyone should experience. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 98% The Lighthouse (2019) A stunning piece of work, with two exceptional performances at its heart. The Lighthouse is a superlative piece of filmmaking on every level - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 89% Bull (2019) A remarkable debut from Silverstein, with some fine performances shining a new light on familiar ground. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 57% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) Unfortunately, despite intelligent performances by Ahmed, Schreiber and Sutherland, the film's story never engages us fully. An undeniably well-crafted, slick affair, Nair's latest is infinitely more honourable than it is successful. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 93% First Position (2012) Whilst the filmmaking is pedestrian, the dancers -- to paraphrase Joan's teacher -- "fly"... Kargman may not earn first position, but these dancers most certainly do. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Verity's Summer (2013) The relationship between parents and teenage daughter is wonderfully depicted, as is Verity's journey from innocent childhood towards the bleak reality of adult life. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 67% Spring Breakers (2013) This is Korine's trick: he pulls the audience into the decadence of Spring Break before exposing its soulless underside. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic (2012) Bog-standard documentary work. There is nothing new here in terms of technique and it adds nothing to the genre. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) The characters, settings and storyline are always immensely believable, providing a fascinating glimpse into the terrifying world of modern day piracy. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 92% Bad 25 (2012) A tribute to the master craftsman and musical talent that was Jackson and not a penetrative investigation of the man who made the music. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) A finely-crafted and incredibly moving work. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
1/5 47% Bait (2012) What could have been a fun, over-the-top gore-fest becomes a serious movie about love, forgiving and sacrifice. Alas, the script -- what there is of it -- and the actors just can't pull it off. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 45% To Rome with Love (2012) Lacks backbone. It also lacks a scrupulous editor and a decent script. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
80% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) This work is more visceral and politically-charged, perhaps even angrier, than his previous films, whilst retaining elements of beauty. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 81% Dogman (2019) A powerful and endearing portrait of the human struggle for acceptance and courage. Garrone's fascinating streak continues. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A worthy winner of the 2018 Palme d'Or, this is a compassionate and complicated love letter to family and the secrets and lies which accompany them. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee says that his hope is to "shake people from their slumber" and he achieves this with his entertaining, ultimately shocking film. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 94% Wildlife (2018) A sobering examination of a family falling apart under external pressure. Dano's eye for cinematic exploration does overwhelm some narrative inconsistencies but it's a solid debut, and well worth seeking out. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
97% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) [Laetitia] Dosch is in every scene of this film and she fills each one. Her nutty, stream of consciousness rambling and her reasoning that is so beautifully rational make her a compelling character. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
2/5 27% Suburbicon (2017) This screenplay has been around for a while and it's a shame it didn't remain on the slush pile, for the Coens and Clooney are better than this. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Andrew Haigh is not one to shy from painful emotion in his films and Lean on Pete is no exception. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/5 90% Our Souls at Night (2017) Robert Redford and Jane Fonda make such a magnificent couple, still exuding beauty and intelligence; particularly Fonda as Addie, who positively shines. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A charming, beautifully filmed movie that appeals on many levels and is a song to cinema and to love. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Steeped in glorious colour under the warm glow of a Florida sun, Sean Baker's The Florida Project is as indelible and warm as it looks. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
5/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) An exhilarating, tense and beautiful film. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) 120 Beats Per Minute is a powerful film dealing with people politicised by a disease and is a tribute to the people who fought and continue to fight for all our rights. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 92% Good Time (2017) Robert Pattinson is tremendous. He completely dominates the film and is in virtually every scene. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) So what would Sofia Coppola, one of a handful of female directors in competition in Cannes, bring to the story that is new by viewing it from a woman's perspective? The answer is: very little. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos has again given us something unique and hopefully, thanks in part to its stellar leads and a more superficially mainstream storyline, he will attain an even wider audience. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) While this is a familiar theme that viewers have watched countless times, the way Zhao has scripted and directed The Rider makes it something new. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2/5 46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) As with most sci-fi, this film deals with contemporary issues: namely, don't treat your planet badly and learn to live harmoniously. Yet there is little sci-fi here, probably due to budget limitations. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach has consistently written and directed intelligent comedies that take an intimate and warm view of dysfunctional families. The Meyerowitz Stories continues that theme and takes it up a notch. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
4/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Despite the high body count, Blade of the Immortal is both extremely funny and very warm. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/5 87% Okja (2017) The weakness of the film is that it really should be for children, but the amount of swearing and violence is clearly aimed at an adult audience. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) While the story of stars aligning and destinies repeating themselves and overlapping is appealing, in this story they align a little too neatly, leaving you less wonderstruck and more dumbfounded as to the story's credibility. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017