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Screenwize is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cris Kennedy, Simon Weaving
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Simon Weaving Whilst there are some heart-pumping action sequences, neither the technology nor the woeful script can save the experience from feeling a little like watching those clips of early flying machines, with plenty of flapping but little elevation. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/5 Gemma Bovery (2014) Simon Weaving A strangely dull and dated affair, sugar coated by the beauty of the landscape and the beauty of Gemma Arterton. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2015
3.5/5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Simon Weaving A spectacular demolition derby of action that totally overwhelms every other aspect of the film: characters, narrative, emotion and charm flattened in the dust. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) Simon Weaving No more than an excuse for James to play out his affable brand of humour - mixing physical slapstick with a verbose running commentary of both grandiose and self-depreciating observations on life and himself. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4.5/5 Testament of Youth (2014) Simon Weaving A cinematic and moving coming-of-age love story, sticky with the personal fallout that comes with news from the trenches. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3.5/5 Black Sea (2014) Simon Weaving Twelve men in a leaky boat with greed for company and the Russian Navy above them. A shame that none of them are very likeable. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2015
3.5/5 Mommy (2014) Simon Weaving Although the performances are outstanding, and there's plenty of Dolan's trademark vigour, it's a long and at times overindulgent examination of a hyperactive teenager, his white-trash mum and their kindly neighbour. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2015
3/5 The DUFF (2015) Simon Weaving A predictable prom-com, but the journey is fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2015
4.5/5 Foxcatcher (2014) Simon Weaving Plays like a slow-motion wrestling bout, the characters edging and circling each other, occasionally finding an emotional grip before sliding apart to re-assess the stakes and manoeuvre positions. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013) Simon Weaving A nostalgic, moving and tender story of love, change and loss, made beautiful by the mesmerising performance of Jessica Chastain. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4.5/5 Inherent Vice (2014) Simon Weaving This preposterously funny hippie-noir is a warm, back-to-the-'70's journey of paranoia and intrigue, dentists and dope - a kind of fin de siecle of the Californian '60s. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 Big Eyes (2014) Simon Weaving Athough this is not an entirely successful change of pace for director Tim Burton, there's enough in the story to make his version of events very watchable. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 '71 (2014) Simon Weaving A superb debut feature from director Yann Demange, who expertly captures the mood of ragged violence and the naivety of British forces arriving in the midst of a deeply complex political conflict. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4/5 Cinderella (2015) Simon Weaving This is an enchantment - with the occasional touch of nostalgia - just the way it should be. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4/5 Paper Planes (2014) Simon Weaving A wholesome, feel good tale of a primary school under-dog who dreams of getting to the world paper plane championships in Japan. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/5 American Sniper (2014) Simon Weaving Not one of Clint Eastwood's best film, this is a biopic of Chris Kyle, a Texan rodeo-rider who became a Navy SEAL sniper, credited with 160 kills while on duty in Iraq. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2/5 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Simon Weaving A disappointing messy instalment, this combination of battle scenes and soap-opera marks an extraordinary achievement - the completion of a 20 year journey in Middle-earth by Peter Jackson EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2015
5/5 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Simon Weaving A journey of crisis and transformation as an ageing actor (Michael Keaton) battles colleagues, family and friends, but mostly his own powerful inner demons. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/5 The Judge (2014) Simon Weaving Highly watchable with a great cast, this tale of an estranged father and son coming together through a courtroom drama is undermined by moments of nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2014
4/5 The Little Death (2014) Simon Weaving A loveable, clever and feel-good film despite the fragmented structure. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/5 Freedom (2014) Simon Weaving Noble in intention, this story of slavery and the origin of John Newton's hymn Amazing Grace opens with style but then steadily sinks into messy theatricality, overwhelmed by its own earnestness. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 The Expendables 3 (2014) Simon Weaving The saggy-faced Stallone takes this old-school smaction franchise to new depths of inanity!! EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3.5/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Simon Weaving Think a wild ride through an amusement park with five crazy friends. Or Star Wars meets Flying High. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2.5/5 The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013) Simon Weaving This predictable and one-dimensional Danish crime thriller sees an anti-social detective ignoring the rules and trying to rescue a damsel in distress. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 The Selfish Giant (2013) Simon Weaving A powerful, often gruelling but supremely tender fable about two boys scrounging for scrap in Britain's industrial wasteland. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2014
2.5/5 Devil's Knot (2013) Simon Weaving With a rather stilted and unfocused aesthetic, this tale of bias and bungling covers the same sad ground that documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS did so very well. Reese Witherspoon works hard but she and Colin Firth are wasted. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3.5/5 Still Life (2014) Simon Weaving Contemplative and graceful, it's a showcase for highly watchable English character actor Eddie Marsan. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2.5/5 Reaching for the Moon (2013) Simon Weaving The rather pale and uninspiring story of obscure poet Elizabeth Bishop's love affair in Brazil in the 1950s and '60s. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2014
4/5 Good Vibrations (2012) Simon Weaving Chock full of vigour, great punk tunes and larrikin wit, this feel-good film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a man who brings music to a battered 1970s Belfast. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 Sunshine on Leith (2013) Simon Weaving A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness all to the upbeat sound of The Proclaimers. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2014
3/5 Chef (2014) Simon Weaving This easy-going, feel-good film about a passionate chef who looses his job, starts in sparkling style but turns into a predictable come-back story. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2014
3.5/5 Jeune et jolie (2013) Simon Weaving Intimate and erotic it's also a strangely restrained film, Ozon making sure that events never erupt and that emotions rarely boil over. It's a simmering, unresolved tale of secrets and discretion. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 Canopy (2013) Simon Weaving A concept film with strong similarities to ALL IS LOST (the recent lone sailor film starring Robert Redford), this low budget debut feature from Australian director Aaron Wilson is all lush jungle and eerie sound design. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2.5/5 Hannah Arendt (2012) Simon Weaving Von Trotta doesn't do justice to this strong woman and her contribution to thinking about the nature of evil. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 Any Day Now (2012) Simon Weaving Set in the 1970s, this drama about custody rights and gay relationships has noble intentions and some fine performances, but loses its way with melodrama and an overripe sound track. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3.5/5 Romeo and Juliet (1964) Simon Weaving A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) Simon Weaving A strange and tender film that owes as much to The Canterbury Tales as it does to Von Trier's personal psychology. Joe's sex-addicted life has been a lonely pilgrimage - and here she lies on a stranger's bed, seeking some kind of redemption. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Simon Weaving Lars Von Trier's complex and brilliant double feature about a woman telling her life's story - a tale of insatiable sexual desire, loneliness and the search for self acceptance EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/5 The Missing Picture (2013) Simon Weaving A haunting and personal work of beauty and a testament to one man's refusal to accept oblivion. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 I, Frankenstein (2014) Simon Weaving Mary Shelley's words come to mind: "Oh, why did you create me!" EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 The Monuments Men (2014) Simon Weaving George Clooney's worst film to date, this is a congenial and inert story about irritatingly casual Americans saving Western Civilisation from the Nazis. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.5/5 Her (2013) Simon Weaving With Jonze playing down his trademark absurdist humour and opting for a melancholy tone, we are left with a rather sad cautionary tale about the future of human intimacy. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 American Hustle (2013) Simon Weaving Wide characters, deep storytelling, bad hair and a great 1970s soundtrack fill this stylishly seductive comedy about small time con artists working their way up the food chain. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Simon Weaving Martin Scorsese is back at his best with this rollicking update on the gangsters of New York, the mean streets now filled with stockbrokers and share dealers, driven characters in search of the good life the easy way. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3.5/5 Captain Phillips (2013) Simon Weaving Director Paul Greengrass mixes gritty realism with some stirring military ops for an edge of the seat piracy thriller EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2013
4.5/5 Prisoners (2013) Simon Weaving This moody police procedural with Jake Gyllenhaal in sublime form may be nearly three hours long, but it's worth every minute. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3.5/5 2 Guns (2013) Simon Weaving Washington & Wahlberg drop wisecracks and bad guys from one side of the Mexican border to the other in this playful cop-buddy action thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2013
4/5 The Turning (2013) Simon Weaving A bold and visionary cinema project, that evokes the Australian landscape with a collection of nostalgic haunted and very real characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2013
2/5 The Family (2013) Simon Weaving This humourless satire about a Mob family in hiding in France collapses under the strain of meaningless violence and a charmless, wandering plot. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2013
3/5 Rush (2013) Simon Weaving The dramatic events of the 1976 Formula One Championship are played out as superficial rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2013