Ross Miller

Ross Miller
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) A thoughtful, ambitious and keenly-judged feature debut from Reinaldo Marcus Green that deals with the ricocheting effect of a black man being gunned down by police officers. - Thoughts On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) [A] lovely warm hug of a biopic featuring two terrific central performances that make you feel like you're watching the real Laurel and Hardy right before your very eyes. - Thoughts On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Once you settle into the tone of the piece, it's one of the finest recent examples of directorial mannerisms propping up the strengths of words and vice versa. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Blunt is a terrific bit of casting, finding the essence of the character while putting down her own enjoyably mannered stamp. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) We now have a Transformers film that remembers to have fun and, most importantly, realises that even a little heart goes a long way. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
3/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) It has flaws to spare... but fairly rewarding in its sense of immersion in a well-designed world of towering scale that reminds us why the big screen is referred to as such. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A visually stunning, innovative incarnation of the character. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) The film is a treat to behold whenever it dives into the ocean as Wan embraces the absurdity at every turn, wearing the inherent goofiness as a badge of honour. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Rarely has a film about stealing been so nice. In its own unassuming way, it's an affecting and strangely comforting experience. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Its swagger and sheer brazen weirdness is to be admired, commended and revelled in because we just don't get films like this very often. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) [Has] bite and grit to spare, sometimes at the expense of making it all hang together, but it's refreshing to see a version of the story stare meaningfully into the void. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) It has swagger, personality and confidence but also a heartfelt sincerity that's as refreshing as it is endearing. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) Director Steven Caple Jr. takes over from Ryan Coogler to deliver a worthy follow-up that lands heavy blows where it counts and in a few places that are unexpected. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Manages to integrate the [internet's] simultaneous vastness & intricacy in a way that's both inventive in pushing the narrative forward & just fun to behold for its own sake. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Gets too tangled up in its own pedestrian yet needlessly convoluted narrative web. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) This incendiary, no-holds-barred film feels like it has been birthed, blood-covered and screaming, from the era in which we live. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Rarely has there been so much stuff happening on-screen at the one time that amounts to so little. It's just noise you wish could be turned down. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) A minor Coen effort in the grand scheme, but this whimsical, offbeat, surprising, beautifully self-aware and strangely affecting chronicle is a treat for fans of their work. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Difficult and self-indulgent but also fascinatingly probing and endlessly ambitious in structure, themes and the out-there places it's willing to take the audience. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Conjures enough wistful enchantment in the little moments or wow-factor visual spectacle in ostentatious set-pieces.. But it doesn't half tie itself up in knots getting there. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) Satisfyingly commits with gnashed, quasi-zombified teeth to its B-horror movie sensibilities. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Those performances and McQueen's deft directorial handling of thrills mixed with larger themes makes sure this superior crime saga stands out from the crowd. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) What's important here is that the film evokes the essence of the man as much as it gives a firm portrayal of what his outlaw rebellion stood for and meant to the people. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
2/5 37% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) The narrative somehow manages to feel both restless and painfully slow at times. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 91% Mirai (2018) This is a beautiful film, dazzling and bold yet gentle-hearted in the ways it goes about presenting its world. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
1/5 42% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) The script simply isn't sharp enough here to sell as proper reverence, instead coming off as a cheap wannabe with a dislodged funny bone and very little bite. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 63% Peterloo (2019) [There's] a sense of a collective voice speaking through individuals, each brought to colourful life by a dense script and stellar performances. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) The film brilliantly races along to the melody of several ear-worm musical numbers that will have you humming along as they touch your soul. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) The film fits a familiar mould but at least it attempts to visually stand out from the crowd. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Makes sure its unashamedly idealised points about freedom of the press and political culpability stand loud, proud and are as timely now as they were back then. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 81% Early Man (2018) This is another likeable, affectionate family [Aardman] animation that benefits from the human touch. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) And yet, for all its faults, there's enough going on in Bohemian Rhapsody that grabs the attention. This mostly falls at the feet of Rami Malek, who goes above and beyond. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) A powerful and essential film for today, fuelled with passion and anger but also courage and the sincere hope to see things change for the good and for always. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/5 86% Possum (2018) Propelled by a limitless feeling of dread, Holness' film blurs the lines between nightmare and reality to conjure what is a deeply unsettling experience. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
2/5 56% The Descent 2 (2009) Overall The Descent: Part 2 is a major step down from the first film in almost every area, from the amount of scares to the effectiveness of the gore and even down to such things as the dialogue. - ScreenRant EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Tackles a big, messy subject and while that gets the better of it at times there's nevertheless a determined, angry fire raging underneath which makes for compelling viewing. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) For all but absolute newcomers to that sort of thing, it leaves many tricks and treats to be desired. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) In shrewdly wiping the slate clean from the bloody mess of the franchise's diminishing returns, it provides an efficient and effective pay-off after a long wait. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) We have a one-of-a-kind actor on delightfully unhinged form... the film delights in letting Nicolas out of the Cage. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A bold, playful film that feels bathed in the very essence of noir cinema and all the delicious unravelling of mysteries it has to offer. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Importantly, the domestic drama rings true, lending the intricacies and careful calculations of the training and the eventual mission itself a crucial emotional backbone. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) You come away with the feeling it's time to retire this character for good. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) The shapeless, headache-inducing inevitable final showdown ironically feels like the appropriate culmination of an action approach that lacks all impact. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Soulful, honest and heart-breaking. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 78% Black '47 (2018) A lean, mean historical actioner which doesn't hold back on brutal realities, mostly succeeding in mixing genres and grappling with weighty themes. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) It transcends into utterly electrifying territory whenever the central couple lob venomous bombs of truth at one another. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
3/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Even when the convoluted machinations of the plot get the better of it, there's an intriguing off-kilter flavour that carries you through its murky narrative waters. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) It's a supremely fun ride to unpack its Russian doll-like narrative. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) There's something joyfully old-fashioned about its wide-eyed, nostalgic sense of wonderment. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) A heavy-footed, relentlessly and morosely violent action film smothered by perhaps the genre's worst affront: it's hard to tell just what the hell is going on. - The National (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018