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Tim Martain

Tim Martain
Tim Martain's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Mercury

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty certainly has something to say. And it is a worthy something. It is just a shame to see it wrapped up in the form of an Oprah Winfrey Movie of the Week. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 12, 2017
1/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) What is most disappointing about it is that such a cinematic and narratively clever game could be turned into such a second-rate movie. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 5, 2017
5/5 70% Sing (2016) All the way through, Sing is a lively, life-affirming and uplifting experience to watch. And the sheer delirious joyousness of the final act is tear-inducing. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Really, this is the prequel that should have been made 10 years ago instead of that dreck that George Lucas defecated into the world. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/5 75% Trolls (2016) Trolls is cinematic junk food, but not just some sloppy greasy cheeseburger. It is one of those exquisitely pretty little cakes you find in really nice patisseries. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 11, 2016
3/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Saved from unfunny oblivion by its cast. There are plenty of laughs to be had but without the clear skill and timing of these actors, none of the material would work. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 11, 2016
3/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) It's a pale imitation of the original, a pretty good retread at best, but it's still a pretty funny one. You just can't recreate the shock value of the original. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 24, 2016
2.5/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) I couldn't help but feel there was something a bit cynical in the production of a New York-based Harry Potter spin-off. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 20, 2016
3.5/5 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) While it is well acted and well written, the execution does sometimes have a Hallmark-Movie-of-the-Week feel to it, heavy on the portentous drama and intrusive score. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange gets in, tells its story, thrills you, makes you laugh, and then gets out before you get a chance to get sick of it. No stretching, no padding, no wasted space. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 30, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) There's a hapless kind of charm to it, I guess. It's a harmless comedy, it will make a good Sunday night flick on a commercial TV station at some point. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) Inferno feels like a retread of the Da Vinci Code, just with an emphasis on clumsily teaching the audience all about Dante instead of Leonardo. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 63% Storks (2016) I think I'd recommend Storks more highly for parents than children, because the mums and dads will definitely get the biggest laughs out of the film. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 66% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) A disarmingly tender-hearted comedy that has a lot to say about loneliness, human connection, dreams and terrible pub music. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 28, 2016
5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) So many different shades of wrong all wrapped up in one movie that, even as I sit to write this, I'm unsure whether I was howling with laughter or begging for it to stop. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) A long way from perfect but still a joyously deranged action flick that was great fun to watch, despite some iffy plotting and under-written characters. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) I almost forgot it was Matt Damon in the movie after a while. He doesn't really get to do much acting, per se, he is just in centre frame for all the action scenes. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 29, 2016
5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) What happens when you let a comedy screenwriter and a director of bonehead car action movies get together and steer a Star Trek movie? Something pretty amazing, actually. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 24, 2016
5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) As much as the original was a product of its era, so is this: making fun of hipsters, trashing those awful ghost-hunting TV shows, and even referencing that current phenomenon of rock star sceptics. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 16, 2016
2/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The franchise that probably should have gone quietly into the night. A roller coaster ride is not a story. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 26, 2016
5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) If I wasn't choking back tears, Finding Dory had me laughing until I hurt myself. Oh yes, and it looks amazing, too. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 19, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) They aren't cops, they're just scumbags of slightly different shades. But the odd-couple dynamic is straight out of the Lethal Weapon playbook and it still works a charm. ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Ironically, the thing that vexed about the X-Men comic books as a kid is the exact same thing that I love so much about the movies as an adult: shades of grey. ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 24, 2016
2.5/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) As a film, The Angry Birds Movie is an okay kids' flick, no more no less, but as a video game adaptation it is actually remarkably well done. ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 15, 2016
3/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) If the first movie was all about the ludicrous excesses of the frat-house lifestyle, then this one is all about shining a light on the inherent misogyny of the same scene. ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 10, 2016
4.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Seriously, DC Comics and Warner Bros. need to consider just outsourcing their movie production to Marvel/Disney from now on so they can do it properly. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Disney's live-action reimagining of The Jungle Book might not be quite as small-child-friendly as the 1967 animated version, but it is still a solid family movie. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Apr 8, 2016
1/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) RIDDLE me this: how do you put three of the greatest comic book superheroes of all time into one big-budget movie and still make a mess of it? ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 25, 2016
5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) Much like George Orwell used animals as an allegory for communism and social inequality, Disney has used Zootopia to deliver a story about prejudice and intolerance. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3.5/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) There are few rom-coms out there brave enough to give us anything like a happy ending devoid of a last-minute taxi ride to the airport and a marriage proposal. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 18, 2016
5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) He swears like a sailor, he fills every conversation with sexual innuendo and generally behaves like a hyperactive teenager. But utterly oozing with charisma. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Jobs' insistence on a "closed system completely incompatible with anything else" is a convenient metaphor for the character we see on screen here. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/5 94% Carol (2015) Right down to the delicate touches, like the ways two different people's hands linger on Therese's shoulder, everything is constructed with minute attention to human detail. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 81% The Revenant (2015) Makes exquisite use of silence, with minimal musical score and many scenes where the only sound you hear is clumps of snow falling off trees or ice cracking. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jan 10, 2016
4.5/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) There are no midichlorians. There are no fart jokes. No sequences that blatantly scream "I AM A VIDEO GAME CONCEPT!" No Gunguns. And it's all wonderful. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) It plays everything pretty safe, but through the direction of Ron Howard it still elevates itself to be a very enjoyable adventure epic with a nice twist on a well-known tale. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 95% Creed (2015) I felt like I'd gone 12 rounds with someone who recited bad poetry while hitting me with a wet sock. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 29, 2015
5/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Honestly, the most disappointing thing about the entire Hunger Games series is that I never got a single chance to pan any one of them for anything. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/5 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) Definitely only a movie for devoted genre fans and who can appreciate the charms of unapologetic B-grade fare. It's silly, crass and meaningless. But damn, it's funny. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Nov 8, 2015
5/5 94% Sicario (2015) Sicario is a big brooding beast of a movie. Like some sort of dark thing that lurks in a corner glaring at you but not moving to attack you. Yet. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 24, 2015
4/5 73% Everest (2015) From the sound design to the spectacular cinematography, everything combines to create an uncanny sensation of being there. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 20, 2015
2/5 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) By about halfway I had stopped counting the cliches, tropes and derivative lifts because there were just too many and it was starting to distract me from the thready story. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Sep 11, 2015
4/5 61% Southpaw (2015) A boxing movie made me cry. There, I said it. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) TRAINWRECK is a blisteringly funny rom-com that is only let down by the fact that it is not as subversive or as transgressive as it aspires to be. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Aug 7, 2015
4/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) The balance is just right: hanging a lantern on the silly stuff but not dwelling on it for too long, while making sure the plot feels high-stakes and the characters believable. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 19, 2015
3.5/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) It's not...quite...about empowering women, but there is certainly something surprising and interesting going on here. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) There is a fine line between clever homage and lazy lip service. This film trips over that line, spills its drink, and pukes in the cab on the way home. But I had fun. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) All I know is I laughed myself silly. Judge me if you must. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 93% Slow West (2015) The feature-film debut for UK director John Maclean, Slow West is a strange beast that looks like the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson teamed up to shoot alternating scenes. ‐ The Mercury
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3/5 48% San Andreas (2015) I've seen some pretty good comedies lately that didn't make me laugh this hard. ‐ The Mercury
Posted May 29, 2015