Luke Whiston

Luke Whiston
Luke Whiston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TheShiznit.co.uk
Publications: TheShiznit.co.uk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw isn't an objectively bad film by any stretch, it just feels held back. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B+ 90% I Am Mother (2019) This is where I Am Mother distinguishes itself - bypassing doomsday to what happens in the aftermath, and how we come back. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B 90% Paddleton (2019) A drily ambling exploration of masculinity and overcoming self-imposed barriers... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C+ 83% Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Period. End of Sentence. may be a fairly flimsy documentary that never lives up to that puntastic title, but what it does do is serve as a necessary conversation starter. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C+ 89% Behind the Curve (2018) The subjects are hopelessly blinkered and need either a good talking to or, in the worst cases, intervention and rehabilitation. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B+ 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's a deft setup for a number of clever sight and continuation gags as romcom tropes are flipped and flipped again. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C 71% Triple Frontier (2019) There are at least three or four good films buried within Triple Frontier but they went with the surface level stuff and called it a day. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C+ 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It's a shame, then, that this meeting of weirdo star power is never more than pedestrian... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C- 31% The Silence (2019) The Silence is a dull affair that reads aloud from many pages in the Big Book of Horror Tropes... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 64% Unicorn Store (2019) Maybe we should start celebrating how close we came to fulfilling our dreams more often - that might encourage us to not give up and find a way to realise them eventually. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 38% Point Blank (2019) Point Blank takes a by-the-numbers plot and floats to a finish. There's nothing wrong with that. Just nothing note-worthy. And in the battle for our attention that's not going to pay the bills. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 53% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Elizabeth Harvest is an effective enough sci-fi thriller which puts the science on the backseat in favour of shock twists. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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D+ 31% Shaft (2019) Whatever Shaft is saying about race, authority, age, gender or masculinity - which are interesting talking points no matter how badly fumbled they are - I keep going back to the rancid humour. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B 95% See You Yesterday (2019) As a debut feature from writer-director Stefon Bristol and co-writer Fredrica Bailey, See You Yesterday is an ambitious sci-fi in its own right, and a worthy entry into the canon of black representation. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C- 66% Wine Country (2019) This seems like one of those films where everyone got in a room with a rough idea of what was happening and ad-libbed, expecting the results to be natural cohesive comedy genius. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C+ 89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) ...a noble idea, but nothing close to the near-philosophical musings on life, loss, belonging and contentment is found here. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 23% Rim of the World (2019) Films aren't just a collection of sensation-grabbing set-pieces - they have rules to engage with your brain, and viewers need someone to connect with. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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A 100% The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is a dizzying mix of music and visuals that balances itself perfectly between overt ridiculousness, telling a bittersweet story, and respect for the craft. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C 19% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) It's a shame spiral all the way to the bottom of the barrel. You can make your own helter skelter jokes. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 71% The Wandering Earth (2019) The Wandering Earth isn't a bad film at all if you want to kill a few hours wondering what is going to explode next - it's just hampered by an overly-rigid and predictable structure. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B+ 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) It's refreshing and never not genuine. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C+ 73% The Perfection (2019) It's difficult to know when bungled takes are compensated by good enough film-making that the end result is acceptable... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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D 19% Polar (2019) Polar is a cliched, sloppy mess of sub-standard action and forgettable lines that might entertain someone who has never seen a movie from the last decade of R-rated action cinema. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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C+ 44% Murder Mystery (2019) It would be welcome to see more movies between them in the same vein, even if Murder Mystery was a bit of an uninspired trek... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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82% Avengement (2019) While Avengement isn't exactly a classic in any regard, it's a step in the right direction for a new breed of British thumpfests that - if Adkins can wield his sensibilities correctly - may just begin to rival their Eastern origins. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
B- 74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) The challenge is how to retrofit backstory to a format that was never meant to have any story at all, which hangs a lot of faith on an audience tuning in that probably weren't all that curious... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
C+ 37% In the Tall Grass (2019) It all sounds intriguingly mysterious, but in play it's a frustratingly wrought sequence of vague weirdness that seems to be weird for the sake of it, until finally it has to somehow end. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 63% Fractured (2019) Basically what I'm saying is we've seen this film several times before - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's plenty of room for contemporary remakes/re-tellings/rehashes... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B+ 76% Guava Island (2019) In just under an hour we get a tight and surprisingly dark plot with a powerful message about the evils of capitalism, charismatic performances from all involved, and some pleasing visuals of the island. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B- 42% The Laundromat (2019) Ultimately you'll get the most out of The Laundromat if you're a Soderbergh completist, or looking for some slightly dated, mildly bizarre lightweight human drama inviting you to boo and tut at the screen. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B+ 50% Earthquake Bird (2019) Earthquake Bird is definitely a cut above Netflix's usual fare. On a surface level the film doesn't have that weird plastic sheen Netflix releases always seem to be cheapened by. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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D- 36% 6 Underground (2019) It's not clever. It's not classy. He thinks it is. But it's bold and tough, and you will respect the awesome might of military technology, else be visited in the night by wicked-rad army ninjas in stealth Blackhawks... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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B 71% The King (2019) ...between Chalamet's solemn commitment and Pattinson's overt silliness there's an impeccably well made film, that feels authentically grounded when it comes to the costumes and interior decor of the Middle Ages... - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
B- 68% The Knight Before Christmas (2019) It's all harmless enough, and I'm not afraid to admit that despite my best efforts to be cynical I actually warmed to The Knight Before Christmas. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
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A- 96% Atlantics (2019) The result is an unsettling tale of human plight and otherworldly reckoning that is haunting in every sense of the word. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy needs a good palate cleanser for a number of reasons - and in Dolemite Is My Name he's found it. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
B 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) If you enjoyed the original series and respect Gilligan's commitment to giving Jesse a send off, you'll probably get a lot out of this extra two hours of screen time. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
B- 96% The Irishman (2019) ...still a treat for us to see these giants of cinema coming together to do their thing but the wear is beginning to show, even if the will is strong and the mind is still sharp. Adjust your expectations accordingly. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
B+ 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Lears makes efficient use of time, diving just enough into the lives of the candidates to understand where they're coming from, but not making them come across so weepy as to be ineffectual. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
A 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) There's nothing else like it, and it is really, really good. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
B 93% High Flying Bird (2019) A thoughtful, cerebral entry in this black renaissance period. - TheShiznit.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019