Kim Newman Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Ridley Scott remains bent on the project of squeezing all suspense, mystery and terror (and, incidentally, life) out of the franchise that burst forth from his chest when he still had to listen to other voices .‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
3/5 42% Convoy (1978) A noisy but enjoyable destruction derby of a film.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The smallness of the story - it's all about petty gripes, projected as a threat to the whole galaxy - hampers the unironic aspiration to infinite wonder, which powers the cosmic reaches of the Marvel universe.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) Though stuck with stretches of guff and looking all too convincingly like video-era rubbish TV, Mindhorn delivers regular proper laughs and eventually wrings just enough drops of pathos to scrape by.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) The Transfiguration is a defining vampire film of the mid-2010s. An acutely observed study of social/emotional deprivation, but also a gripping, disturbing horror movie. And, yes, it's 'realistic'.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) A classy French-Belgian horror with an unusual female perspective on monstrous taboos. Shocking but not sensationalist, this is a strong cannibal movie worth chewing over.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4/5 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Creates a successful feeling of mounting dread punctuated by crashing thunder and surgical viscera.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
No Score Yet Fashionista (2016) Bringing back Fuller from Red White & Blue, Rumley builds a whole film around her and she's a remarkable presence, running the gamut from vulnerable to terrifying but never losing audience sympathy.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The film doesn't try to compare with the depth and resonance of any given King Kong, because it lacks the tragic last stand.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 97% The Love Witch (2016) A genre-stretching horror melodrama crafted with extraordinary detail and style. A touch languid, it's also mesmerising, provocative, unsettling and sensual.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3/5 86% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) Director Bille August and ace Scandinavian cameraman Per Holst make the film a visual treat.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
72% XX (2017) A trim, evenly-paced 80 minutes, XX is one of the more consistent contemporary horror anthologies.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
73% The Void (2017) It offers good shock/uck moments and a nicely unpredictable plot, even if a few crucial relationships are sketchily established, slightly undermining audience investment in the horrors.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
2/5 6% Rings (2017) Ring down the curtain, this franchise revival is not saved by the bell.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
2/5 35% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Reasonably entertaining but hectic (supposed) finale for the up-and-down series.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan papers over plot-holes with dry black humour and well-judged suspense, and - as always - holds back some surprises.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
1/5 18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) The weakest entry in a generally mediocre franchise.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/5 43% Cherry 2000 (1988) Likeable, but do you want to own it?‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room (2014) [The] in-joke casting takes the film into areas of camp which undercut its horror element.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
3/5 24% Captain Ron (1992) Russell puts in a worthy performance as the irrepressible Ron and Martin Short is typically neurotic as the father.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's spectacular and promising, though at first exposure its characters (human and otherwise) are often as grating as charming.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
50% Pet (2016) [A] suspenseful mystery thriller which initially seems a straight lift from Fowles' book but develops in other, surprising directions.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Whenever the action threatens to get samey or the spectacle verges on the monotonous, the film can rely on Cumberbatch's sense of fun to tide it over.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 89% The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) This is one of those semi-classic horror films which contains unforgettably creepy sequences and one or two great performances along with a great deal of fudged plotting.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
83% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Origin of Evil doesn't stretch the conventions of teen-appeal spookiness too far, but is solidly put together, mounted with a pleasant conviction and runs to several fine performances and some decent scares.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) If you can take the assault on your senses it's worth sticking with for a core of genuine, affecting drama and dollops of sly, quotable humour.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) A quality ghost story with an unusual backdrop and great performances.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) It's an intense, imaginative piece of work - which treads over familiar ground but modestly ventures a bit further in the climax ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
75% SiREN (2016) Better-natured than much contemporary horror, this will work well even with jaded genre devotees ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
78% The Master Cleanse (2015) [Takes] a fresh, surprisingly low-key and affecting approach to its lunatic premise.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
95% The Similars (Los Parecidos) (2016) Funny, suspenseful, inventive and charming, this knows when to tone down the homage and become genuinely frightening ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
100% Realive (2016) While it will play to fans of cerebral science fiction, it may be less grabby for general audiences.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) Abattoir gets past its clunky storytelling with a great look - dark, shadowed, with a 1940s hardboiled feel - along with some well-staged shocks and scares.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
97% The Love Witch (2016) Though a little too languid at two hours, The Love Witch is appropriately seductive.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
No Score Yet Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (2016) An unusual mixture of true crime and supernatural horror movie, Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word is an impressively overwrought effort from British director Simon Rumley.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
No Score Yet Director's Cut (2016) An extraordinarily clever - yet wickedly accessible - exercise in runaway metafiction ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) An intense, streamlined exercise in gruesome thrills, with a tiny glimmer of social context (it's all about the economy) which doesn't take away from the exciting struggle to get out of this house of horrors.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
88% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) 's not to trivialise the nuanced and serious Childhood of a Leader to say that it would work well as a prequel to a Fantastic Four movie that focused on the character of Latverian dictator Dr Doom.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's actually refreshing for a big-screen Star Trek to have a 'regular episode' feel.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
64% K-Shop (2016) With strong work from a good cast (Abaza in particular), this joins a small group of British horror films rooted in observation and anger.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/5 76% Baskin (2016) Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted - but certainly strong meat.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 92% Queen of Earth (2015) You have to be in the right mood for it, but this is one of the season's finest films.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
5/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made, and conclusive proof that, a) Kate Beckinsale has been seriously undervalued by the movies and, b) Whit Stillman is a major, distinctive talent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It's not as gloomy as DC's recent efforts (few films are) and judicious doses of wit and charm relieve the angst and the smashing.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) A riotous, rough-hewn and rousing punk reinvention of '70s-style grindhouse exploitation-with-a-brain-cinema.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) This is a superhero film which opens and closes with funerals and requires the world's finest detective and an avatar of truth and justice to batter each other (and everyone else) senseless for two-and-a-half hours.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) A notable, unusual existential thriller that is psychologically acute without the need for Oscar-clip self-pitying speeches, it's also terrifically suspenseful with a provocative punchline.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) A solid haunting-possession movie with good character work and unusual local colour, this works in a few surprises, sufficient scares and a nicely barbed punchline.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) It has a nice line in wry chatter and a pleasantly old-fashioned 'lost posse' plot with engaging, odd characters striving against the wilderness while swapping cynical frontier wisdom.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 97% The Survivalist (2017) This is a harsh, unsentimental science fiction film, though the performances suggest small surviving flames of empathy and yearning amid the tough, practical attitudes.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016