Tim Martain

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In a space dominated by massive studio franchises, it is so nice to be able to watch a film that feels like a real work of art, crafted by a person, not a committee. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) By focusing a bit more on its titular characters and a lot less on the series' usual mindless car-porn, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is a great action flick. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) This remake is likeable enough but where the cartoon animals were exquisitely drawn and expressive, their CGI counterparts are too lifelike to be truly endearing. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) There is much to love about Yesterday, from the acting to the cinematography to the music of The Beatles, but one gaping plot hole intrudes on the fun: that blackout. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
1/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) There is a mole inside MIB, so M and H must race to uncover the traitor's identity while the audience tries to pretend it wasn't completely obvious about half an hour in. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Turner manages to make you feel some kind of connection with Jean Grey, despite a total lack of anything in the script to make you care. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
1/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Even as a metaphor for puberty, Brightburn is heavy-handed and uninteresting. And the plot so unoriginal that I predicted the finale halfway through. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Much like the WWE, is damn fine entertainment, not to be taken too seriously, and full of laughs, cheers and some surprisingly heartfelt moments. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) This superhero movie probably does have something to prove but proves it by not really seeming to care whether it does so or not, which I think is a fantastic kind of protest. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Perfectly cast, sharply written, beautifully shot and full of some of the best slapstick and comedic timing since Laurel and Hardy themselves graced the silver screen. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Glass doesn't end at the climax. It rolls over, goes to sleep and snores for 30 minutes before the credits roll. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
2.5/5 66% Aquaman (2018) Kinda fun, mostly due to Momoa's charisma and presence, and the underlying sense of levity. Aquaman doesn't suck any more, but he definitely needs a better vehicle than this. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The delirious, unapologetic lunacy of this film is so completely charming that even my inner cynic just shrugged his shoulders and asked me to pass the popcorn. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
3/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Somewhere in all of the thrilling spectacle, the storytelling and characterisation have been pushed to one side. But despite some thin writing, it's a very fun ride. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) An Oscar-worthy performance stuck in a mediocre script, basically a great Freddie Mercury impersonator lip-syncing Queen's greatest hits for 2 hours. Entertaining but hollow. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) Even the first man on the Moon experienced more suffering in this world than he ever wanted to talk about. Touching, carefully paced, visually stunning, simply beautiful. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) In one scene, in which Ally (Gaga) is dragged on stage to sing at a stadium concert, the churn of emotions crossing her face is simply astonishing and so very, very real. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
0/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) A lazily written and neglectfully directed mess that is clearly nothing more than fulfilment of the need to round out a trilogy. Totally uncalled for. A waste. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A society rom-com with all the dazzle of Sex and the City, but without the pornography of label-worship. Rather than fawning over the excess, we feel almost offended by it. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
2.5/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The Happytime Murders takes its great premise and plays it so safe it becomes dull. Meet The Feebles, Team America and Roger Rabbit did all this before, and did it better. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It pays not to think too much about the plot, and the film actively distracts you from doing so. But it all looks fantastic, is great fun and two and a half hours roars by. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If you're still rocking back and forth in the foetal position after Infinity War, here's something to cheer you up a little. Great fun. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
1.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The plot is clumsily spelled out through a hysterical series of exposition scenes that are as lazy as they are cliched. Mad Scientist, would you like to explain it from here? - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Trying to recreate the feel of the original, this sequel misses the point. It's a bit like painting an obvious forgery of a Van Gough, but at least you got the colours right. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Firmly rooted within the Star Wars universe, thanks largely to a script by Lawrence Kasdan, who knows this universe intimately, and knows how to write Han. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2018
4/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 doesn't reward a deep analysis because it's not a complicated film. It's just wilfully stupid, but it is some finely crafted stupidity. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
1/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) When you have to look to the supporting cast for all the best laughs, it probably means that something has gone horribly wrong with the movie. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Thanos is given tremendous emotional depth and development but the rest of the vast superhero pantheon appear to have been given two hours of busy work. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) When it comes to horror movies, a little bit of tension goes a long way, and the sheer level of tension in A Quiet Place just might give you a heart condition. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a feast of nostalgia, action and visual style, which more than makes up for its fairly minor narrative shortfalls. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 51% 12 Strong (2018) Trey Parker and Matt Stone once joked that if Team America had been performed with actors instead of puppets, it would have been a Bruckheimer movie. Enter 12 Strong... - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
1.5/5 45% Red Sparrow (2018) A terminally slow-moving spy flick that would have been more thrilling if its less-than-mind-blowing twists had been played out with a bit more pace. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Didn't wow me quite as much as some of the other Marvel superhero movies, but that is because this movie that puts story and solid character development ahead of spectacle. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
5/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya wears its complete disregard for the truth quite proudly and is still probably a better portrait of the reality than anything we saw in the news at the time. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/5 48% Downsizing (2017) The trailer is one great big fake-out and, after the second act, the film lurches off in a completely different direction. And despite its tonal issues, it is very watchable. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) This chapter relies so much on its call-backs and references that it all feels a little bit too safe. But still a damn fine movie, pushing the story forward in style. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The irony is that this farcical comedy just might win the Oscar Wiseau always coveted. I'm sure Wiseau will take credit for it if it happens. And we won't mind. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
0.5/5 21% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Nobody's heart was in this thing, not even the extremely talented cast, who weren't even phoning their performances in, they just sent a quick text from the toilet. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4.5/5 85% Wonder (2017) Despite the narrative we are conditioned to expect, this film isn't all about Auggie. It is in the overlapping narratives from his peers that we see the true message. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
3.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) The characterisation is a bit lacking in places, and the Big Bad Guy feels a tad bland, but it finally feels like the DCEU knows where it is going. Good fun. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) For all the admirable world-building and faithfulness to the style of the original, the story is almost a let-down and the soporific pace of the film makes it a tough slog. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
5/5 69% mother! (2017) The feelings mother! provokes are quite profound and intense, even if the message is difficult to decipher. Maybe you only take from this film what you bring with you. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
5/5 86% It (2017) The relentless grotesquerie and deeply unsettling tone are the closest match I think I've ever seen on screen for Stephen King's particular brand of horror. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3.5/5 86% American Made (2017) In the case of American Made, the "true story" is more of a serving suggestion, but the fully embellished film is still great fun. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan has created a true masterpiece here: experimental in structure, gripping storytelling, haunting in tone, and more terrifying than most horror movies. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) As a storyteller and filmmaker, Edgar Wright has an uncanny knack for teasing the beautiful and whimsical out of even the most unlikely subject matter. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
4/5 86% Okja (2017) There is a lot going on in this film, in terms of plot, themes and tone, and director Joon-Ho Bong shows himself to be a master at holding it all together coherently. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
0/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Michael Bay's latest big robots action movie is partly based on the King Arthur legend because, well, why not take a big steaming dump on that story as well? - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/5 16% The Mummy (2017) The plot has more holes than Ahmanet's wrappings, the tone is all over the place, and the ending is a wreck. This is a terrible movie, yet somehow still kinda fun. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
4/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) This Wonder Woman will be inspirational to a new generation of young girls looking for a role model who is both physically strong and endlessly compassionate at the same time. - The Mercury EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017