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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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
5/5 94% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
4/5 85% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/5 15% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
4/5 92% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
3/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) In a lot of ways is is a fairly predictable movie, hitting many of the same notes as its predecessors, despite its alleged efforts not to. But still a fine horror movie.‐ The Mercury
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
4.5/5 99% Get Out (2017) I didn't feel the comedic elements always sat well with the rest of the film but that's a small issue with an otherwise gripping, intelligent and suspense-filled thriller.‐ The Mercury
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
3.5/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Visually amazing but more care could have been taken with the human side of things: a bit more focus on the ghost, a bit less attention to the shell, if you like.‐ The Mercury
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) She's a funny girl, that Belle, but she's no precious snowflake.‐ The Mercury
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
2/5 13% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1/5 18% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
5/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/5 74% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
3/5 41% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3.5/5 59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 61% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
5/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 25% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
2.5/5 44% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 42% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015