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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
0/5 40% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 92% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
2.5/5 22% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 27, 2018
4/5 82% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/5 83% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 53% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
1.5/5 47% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 97% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
5/5 90% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/5 50% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
0.5/5 20% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4.5/5 84% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
5/5 85% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
0/5 16% 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 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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
3/5 66% 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 43% 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 14% 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 72% 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 74% 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 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4.5/5 89% 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 22% 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 65% 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