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
4/5 100% Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021) An inspiring documentary which uses its sharp focus to convey the genuine heroics of a teacher who would otherwise by absent from such a spotlight. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
5/5 100% Petite Maman (2021) Another masterpiece from Sciamma, Petite Maman brings her considerable skill to bear on this warm and wonderful tale of time, grief, family and love. A must-see. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The World After Us (2021) An immensely likable film which imbues the struggles of two young artists with life and joy, while never shying away from larger pressures at play. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Azor (2021) This slow-burning journey through valleys of invisble menace conveys well the links between the mundane and the murderous. An impressive debut from Andreas Fontana. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) A beautifully told tale of courage and compassion, with Frances McDormand giving a career-best performance. This is essential, and one of the best films of the year. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 38% Miss Marx (2020) Miss Marx builds a compelling story from some fine performances, but loses out on conveying the brilliance of its lead character. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/5 72% The World to Come (2020) Eminently watchable, with strong performances, it's great to see female directors telling women's stories so intelligently and beautifully. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/5 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) A brutal and brilliant depiction of grief. It is uncomfortable, initimate and intense, told with an assured hand and an excellent cast. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
4/5 95% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) Absurd and brilliant. Dupieux's return to the big screen is at turns wonderfully comical and viscerally tragic. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/5 100% The Duke (2020) Gloriously entertaining, with Broadbent and Mirren on excellent form. A quintessentially British film which, while it doesn't reinvent the cinematic experience, is sure to be enjoyed by many. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
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 62% American Dharma (2019) 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 54% 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 97% 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 84% The Traitor (2020) 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 67% 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 68% 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 70% 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 85% 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 88% Deerskin (2020) 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 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) 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 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) 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 90% 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 90% Bull (2020) 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 96% 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 46% 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
87% 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 84% 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 93% 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
98% 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 28% 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 90% 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 88% 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 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) An exhilarating, tense and beautiful film. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017