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J.R. Southall

J.R. Southall
J.R. Southall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Starburst

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 No Score Yet Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) When the project gets underway a sense of (ultimately bittersweet) hope is added to the narrative, but the score and pacing could have done with something a little different in the middle to break up the monotony.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 52% Down a Dark Hall (2018) Thurman exhibits an eccentric authority that has to be seen to be disbelieved.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Rescue Under Fire (Zona hostil) (2017) Rescue Under Fire isn't going to bother the big studio war films, but for a smaller scale -- and crucially, true -- story, it's easily well enough told to make it worth passing ninety minutes of your time with.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
7/10 84% Bugsy Malone (1976) You'll have seen the film already, but this is a timely reminder of just how accomplished a production it is; once Parker had made the decision to cast only children in all the roles... everything else fell perfectly into place.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet La ragazza dal pigiama giallo (The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas) (The Pyjama Girl Case) (1977) While The Pyjama Girl Case follows the usual giallo patterns...Mogherini's dialogue and character development leave a lot to be desired, and his direction favours interesting compositions over cohesive storytelling. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Iris (2018) Several instalments' worth of narrative set and filmed in Hungary is over within the opening half an hour, and things just accelerate from there. It's perfectly easy to follow, but brutally quick. And surprisingly entertaining.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
7/10 91% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) Donald Pleasence is given free rein to pretty much play Calhoun as he pleases, and if the portrayal is somewhat fanciful, it's also incredibly engaging.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
6/10 100% The Changeover (2017) Despite a low budget, McKenzie and co-director Miranda Harcourt have managed to produce a film that looks terrific, if rather subdued and grey, and the performances across the board are excellent.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
7/10 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) This is a very cool, very Gallic, and very opaque Basic Instinct, and if it's ultimately only partly satisfying, it's still incredibly absorbing and a lot of fun.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Apprentice to Murder (1987) There's never a sense of the story really taking flight.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
7/10 80% Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword) (1985) Flesh+Blood hasn't lost any of its gruesome power.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Human Goddess (1972) The acting and comic action are often clumsy and obvious, but Ho's film certainly has a heart and a little bit of politics too -- and should prove fascinating for fans of low-brow period cinema.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
7/10 75% Hansel & Gretel (2007) It's a very slow film, with a third act that might have benefitted from a little pruning, but it's worth the journey to understand the destination.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
7/10 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) This isn't as soulful or heart-warming as Paddington, but as children's movies with adult appeal go, it is considerably more entertaining and engaging than you might have been led to expect. No classic, but terrifically enjoyable nonetheless.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Twenty Twenty-Four (2016) The self-taught Mundy manages to invoke both the look and sound (and some of the feel) of Kubrick's best work, and simply because he's aiming for the stars, that he falls short doesn't make It Lives any less worthy of investigation.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
5/10 31% Jackals (2017) It feels like a really well-made home movie -- and that can't have been the plan.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
7/10 51% Tomb Raider (2018) The execution of it is successful enough to just about paper over its shortcomings.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
9/10 90% Iron Monkey (2001) Where Iron Monkey really comes alive is with the action, and here's where the audiences who enjoyed Crouching Tiger are repaid ten-fold.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper (1995) It's almost rescued by the cast.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet It Came from the Desert (2017) This isn't especially 'good', and by setting its sights no higher than to pastiche the films it's aping (as much Aliens as Them!) it falls short of being in any way meaningful. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
6/10 55% The Lodgers (2018) Frankly, given how clichéd and predictable the resolutions to every mystery thrown up by David Turpin's script for The Lodgers are, it's something of a miracle Brian O'Malley ever procured the budget to shoot it.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5/10 8% Space Truckers (1997) This is unquestionably terrible. But it's also rather fun.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
7/10 89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) This is a sad movie then -- albeit its most touching moment comes in the form of a simple hug between two like souls -- but also a very beautiful one. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Run Chrissie Run! (Moving Targets) (1984) Its characterisation - while superficially complex - is rather too thin to fully convince‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Ghost Lovers (Yan nu huan hun) (1974) Frankly The Ghost Lovers will have less appeal to fans of J-horror than to those more enquiring about how the oriental genre developed, or simply those looking for something absorbing and different, and in its own way quite fulfilling.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
8/10 50% Jailbreak (2017) A genuine surprise and delight, and not just for martial arts fans.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Slaughterhouse Rock (1988) There are all sorts of pleasures still to be had.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Female Fight Squad (2016) Those drawn in by the title will probably not be disappointed, but this might actually end up rewarding casual viewers a little more than they might predict, too.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Re: Born (2016) Altogether anybody who enjoys a bit of screen martial arts won't be disappointed by a film that's probably destined to become something of a minor classic of the genre.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Visitors (2003) Not the most striking or memorable film, but effective nonetheless.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/10 84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Aiming to be a synthesis of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, My Entire High School suffers from all of the issues that Anderson largely avoids.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
8/10 63% Monster Hunt (Zhuo Yao Ji) (2016) Those who manage to make it through the cultural differences will find Monster Hunt a charming, emotionally engaging and moreover intelligent film, one which will handsomely repay their suspension of some admittedly quite wilful disbelief.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars (2017) It's not overly engaging, and other than in its politics it doesn't say an awful lot.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Viking Siege (2017) Make no mistake, this is not by any stretch of the imagination A Good Film. It is, however, surprisingly entertaining in all sorts of odd ways.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
3/10 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) Almost every set or action or line of dialogue feels like the substandard equivalent of something you've seen or heard being done better elsewhere.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
9/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes manages a deft balance between allusion, esotericism, and obviousness that in part explains the runaway success of the series. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
9/10 80% The L-Shaped Room (1963) It's a fascinating depiction of London at the turn of the 1960s, just before The Beatles arrived to turn the country on its head, and well worth a revisit in this glorious 4k restoration.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
8/10 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) If you're an aficionado of this sort of thing, there will be nothing here to surprise you, but the mechanics of the movie will certainly entertain.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
10/10 68% Cars 3 (2017) If you think it's just another Pixar film, then you're right, it absolutely is. And that's what makes it so wonderful and so worth having.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
6/10 75% Son of Bigfoot (2018) You get Disney-esque talking animals, a villain straight out of the Postman Pat movie, and resolutions it's impossible not to see coming the moment the title sequence fades out. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
5/10 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) That is Roberts' biggest problem because in spite of managing to keep the obviously slight narrative ticking over such that it never gets excruciatingly dull, we never really get to care either - and thus the killer twist at the end is totally wasted.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/10 No Score Yet The Girl in the Bikini (Manina, la fille sans voile) (1952) Willy Rozier's film is a dreary production with a script and performances that most school plays would put to shame. Nevertheless, it does possess a weird kind of otherworldly charm, almost in spite of itself.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet Cabin 28 (2017) There are less productive ways to waste an hour and ten minutes of your time, but most of them involve wet paint that's already been applied.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/10 No Score Yet Out of the Shadows (2017) There's promise here, but next time around Dee McLachlan needs to work out what kind of story she's telling and stick to the brief, rather than throwing the kitchen sink at the project in the hope enough will stick to have made it worthwhile. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 89% Miracle Mile (1989) Edwards doesn't quite possess the gravitas necessary to authenticate the end of the world, but he holds Miracle Mile together amiably enough, such that we do actually care what happens.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
8/10 87% The Haunting (1963) For the possible overuse of internal monologues and Julie Harris' overwrought but riveting performance as Eleanor, The Haunting still stands up as a relevant and effective study of both the psychology and parapsychology of its themes. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/10 25% Eat Locals (2016) There is enough ability here for sure to make this worth a look. But somewhere between page and screen, whatever it was that attracted all that talent has evaporated into the night.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/10 No Score Yet Fractional (2011) It's a more than reasonable effort especially given the meagre resources, making far more of itself than any number of similarly budgeted features. Worth a look.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
8/10 86% Evil Under the Sun (1982) Perhaps less celebrated and well-remembered than the earlier Brabourne and Goodwin Christie adaptations beginning with Murder on the Orient Express in 1974, Evil Under the Sun is easily their equal and possibly even the best of them.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
7/10 71% The Mirror Crack'd (1980) For the more hard-line Christie aficionados, Hamilton's film is likely to be just a little too casual in its adaptation. For the less discriminating, it's a blast. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017