Owen Williams

Owen Williams
Owen Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine
Publications: Empire Magazine

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 62% The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Exactly as dark and surreal as you would imagine a post-apocalyptic black comedy by Spike Milligan would be. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 85% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Coming off like a peculiar mash-up of The Host and Dr Strangelove, Shin Godzilla is weirdly paced but does add a new twist to the old formula. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Once again combining a sense of genuine dread with a mischievous vein of humour, Insidious Chapter 3 successfully closes the trilogy with its beginning. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 61% Robot Overlords (2015) Unlike its titular villains, it's sleek and it never malfunctions. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 77% Northern Soul (2015) While the storyline is a little underpowered, it's so packed with vinyl gems (Edwin Starr, The Salvadores, Frankie Valli) that Northern Soul fans will be doing backdrops in the aisles. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 44% Life After Beth (2014) We must surely now be getting close to some sort of zombie saturation point, with even the zomromcom becoming a distinct subsubgenre. On Beth's evidence, however, there's life in the undead yet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 85% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Funny and nasty in the best traditions of Headhunters and Jackpot, this is the Stellan Skarsgård vengeance thriller we've all been waiting for. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 43% Blackwood (2013) A hokey, cliché-mining horror that boasts the odd haunted-house shock for the hardy viewer. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) For those who aren't still blindly faithful to something they liked when they were nine, despite the colossal scale, there's little to see here. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2014
4/5 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) A grimly funny social allegory that doesn't pull a single punch. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 100% American Interior (2014) A slow-burn delight. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 79% Patema Inverted (2014) The premise invokes frequent head scratching, but Patema Inverted is charming fun from any angle. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2014
2/5 27% Pompeii (2014) Over-reaching and unintentionally amusing, this is straight-to-video quality inexplicably delivered at blockbuster scale. A thunderous volca-NO. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2014
3/5 35% The Quiet Ones (2014) Messier than recent Hammer output, but effectively chilling when it's not making us feel the noize. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) A strong cast and an atmosphere of real dread mean that despite a catalogue of immediately recognisable ghost devices, The Conjuring amounts to more than the sum of its scary parts. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 29% Hammer Of The Gods (2013) A bloody-knuckled fightfest, back-dropped by the beautiful Welsh countryside, this defies its budget to bring a little epic to Viking Britain. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2013
3/5 33% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) A more modest success than the first Kick-Ass, but still of-a-piece with its scurrilous predecessor. Nobody flies a jet-pack up a skyscraper this time, but Kick-Ass 2 still has its share of over-the-top action, and the sweary laughs are just about intact. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/5 85% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) Not on a par with Ghibli's greatest work like Totoro or Spirited Away but not without charms of its own. A solid second effort from Miyazaki Junior. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2013
2/5 23% 009 Re: Cyborg (2013) A disappointingly dated and unpowered Manga update. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2013
3/5 70% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Furious 6, like its predecessors, is a big screen no-brainer that's objectively terrible but undeniably pleasurable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2013
4/5 85% Wu xia (Dragon) (2012) Full of blistering action sequences worthy of the Shaw Brothers legacy. A treat for martial arts fans. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2013
2/5 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) An interesting idea, but with so many cooks involved, the broth isn't quite good enough. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2013
2/5 55% Citadel (2012) Plenty of pungent ideas and a nice line in urban terror. The final product falls short of the best in Brit horror, though. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 70% Jianyu (Reign of Assassins) (2010) Come for the crunching fight sequences and balletic wire-fu, stay for some surprisingly affecting character moments. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013
1/5 No Score Yet The Fall Of The Essex Boys (2013) The umpteenth iteration of this hackneyed story delivers absolutely nothing that hasn't been done better in made-for-telly thrillers. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2013
4/5 57% V/H/S (2012) Like last year's Chronicle, here's another reminder that in the right hands found footage still has plenty of capacity to surprise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2013
3/5 51% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) Wu-Tang's RZA makes an assured directorial debut with this gloriously violent grindhouse martial arts fantasy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2012
4/5 67% In Memory of My Father (2006) Despite the dark tone, the likeably unlikeable ensemble cast is uniformly excellent, and there are some real laughs to be had. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2008
3/5 98% The Devil Came on Horseback (2007) A decent attempt at outling the crises but crucially lacking much depth. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2008
4/5 87% Jesus Camp (2006) Funny, sad and horrifying. Anti-fundamentalist rather than anti-Christian, this deserves to preach to more than just the converted. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2007