Movie Talk

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 End of Watch (2012) Jason Best With throat-grabbing immediacy, giddily frenetic cop thriller End of Watch thrusts you into the front seat of an LA patrol car. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
2/5 Magic Mike (2012) Jason Best Soderbergh gives the stripping scenes a raucous razzle-dazzle, but the dramatic stuff in between is meandering and dull. Once the cast have whipped off their trousers there's nothing very substantial underneath. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
2/5 New Year's Eve (2011) Jason Best The stories are cheesy, all the stars overact and the direction... is disgracefully slack, but if you're watching in a spirit of holiday goodwill then its fuzzy warm-heartedness is passably entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Son of Rambow (2007) Jason Best The film goes beyond comic pratfalls to deliver a convincing portrayal of childhood imagination and the shifting power relations of teenage friendships. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
In Bruges (2008) Jason Best You get the sense, now and then, that McDonagh is taking a little too much relish in his character's political incorrectness, but the writing is so scabrously funny that you'll laugh despite your best intentions. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 Pitch Perfect (2012) Jason Best Pitch Perfect combines the tuneful underdog triumphs of Glee with the sassiness of Bridesmaids to produce a sweet-sounding, wickedly funny movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
2/5 Pusher (2012) Jason Best What was edgy and exciting in the mid-1990s now fails to deliver the same buzz. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Hit & Run (2012) Jason Best Hit & Run is very much hit and miss. The plot careers all over the place and a lot of the jokes definitely sputter, but with the laidback, goofy Shepard at the wheel, the film somehow keeps on the road. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
LOL (2012) Jason Best A glossy but shallow Hollywood adaptation of the hit French film Lol: Laughing Out Loud. The original director, Liza Azuelos, is at the helm too, but the sass and spark of the French movie seems to have been lost in translation. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Jason Best [A] profound and moving meditation on friendship and honour, patriotism and growing old. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 My Brother the Devil (2012) Jason Best The prospect of yet another Hackney-hoodie crime drama hardly quickens the blood, yet writer-director Sally El Hosaini's contribution to the genre is more thoughtful and original than most. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Lola Versus (2012) Jason Best For all Gerwig's undoubted charisma, Lola Versus too often resembles an extended episode of Friends without the laughs. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Willow (1988) Jason Best Cult favourite Willow saw producer George Lucas attempting to recreate the fantasy-adventure spirit of his Star War films in a sword-and-sorcery setting. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Zookeeper (2011) Jason Best Kevin James's zoo man shovels up a steaming pile of ordure. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
The Cold Light of Day (2012) Jason Best Even if Cavill's bewildered hero is taken aback by successive turns of events, the viewer will probably see every twist coming. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
3/5 The Sweeney (2012) Jason Best Love stages the action with a panache that belies the film's relatively modest budget and the big-set piece scenes... have an exhilarating energy and punch that British crime movies rarely deliver. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
Brotherhood (2016) Jason Best Morally muddled, cliché riddled, cack-handed urban crime melodrama. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
The Knot (2012) Jason Best Truly dire wedding comedy The Knot represents an all-time low in Noel Clarke's distinctly patchy big-screen career. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) Jason Best What hobbles the film is the screenplay's overly strenuous efforts to bind its parallel stories together. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Mozart's Sister (2010) Jason Best Féret plucks hints and whispers from the historical record, adjusts other details and invents the rest to weave his fictional story. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Jason Best If you've a soft spot for romantic comedies you'll fall hook, line and sinker for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Machine Gun Preacher (2011) Jason Best The sight of a Kalashnikov-wielding white man swooping to the rescue of black children is awkward to say the least... But Butler brings a blazing intensity to his role. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Albatross (2011) Jason Best Brown Findlay's feisty livewire gives the film the spark lacking in the routine plot. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Dolphin Tale (2011) Jason Best Director Charles Martin Smith tugs a little too hard on the viewer's heartstrings, but Freeman's shrewd underplaying prevents the film from drowning in schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Rio (2011) Jason Best With Blu and Jewel chained together (like the hero and heroine of The 39 Steps), there are thrills, spills and gags galore. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
The Ides of March (2011) Jason Best [It] takes a view of the political process that is closer to the dark cynicism of House of Cards than the rosy optimism of The West Wing. The writing isn't as clever or witty as either of those, but a powerhouse cast makes the most of every line. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Flypaper (2011) Jason Best As the overly clever story unfolds, there are too many twist and turns to give the cast a chance to shine. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Priest (2011) Jason Best The film looks good and the action sequences have zip, but the characters are underdeveloped and the dialogue is dire. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
The Devil's Double (2011) Jason Best Cooper is terrific in his two roles, but he's much better than the film itself, which is as flashy and violent as the decadent world it depicts - and just as shallow. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) Jason Best Imagine a zany mix of Amélie and Lara Croft, Indiana Jones and Tintin, and you have Louise Bourgoin's plucky heroine. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Jason Best The idea of Cowboys & Aliens is so wild that it's a shame the film doesn't make more of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
The Conspirator (2010) Jason Best Robert Redford's intriguing historical drama brings to light an overlooked episode from America's past but clearly intends to shine a torch on the present-day US as well. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
The Resident (2011) Jason Best The Resident is atmospherically shot but the predictable script doesn't supply enough twists to whip up truly nerve-jangling tension. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Don't Look Now (1973) Jason Best Roeg's film isn't just a chiller; it's a profound study of love and grief too. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Jason Best The film's pessimistic view of life and relationships probably won't win the director any new fans, but the intricate, darkly ironic plot should keep the Allen faithful intrigued. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Stake Land (2010) Jason Best The pace is deliberately measured, with time to spare for the orphan hero's elegiac voiceover narration. When the action comes, however, it does so in savage and bloody bursts. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Fight Club (1999) Jason Best A savagely funny film that shocks, provokes and sucker punches the viewer. You either love it or hate it. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Hereafter (2010) Jason Best Clint Eastwood's latest movie opens with a spectacular natural disaster, an awesome scene (inspired by a real event) that takes the viewer's breath away. After that, disappointingly, this earnest drama about the afterlife is a bit of a plod. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Jason Best Beneath the comedy... there's an undertow of sadness. The main characters are haunted by the fear of loneliness and the fear of ending up unemployed - which makes the film an appropriately bittersweet confection for our own straitened times. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Africa United (2010) Jason Best The filmmakers' backgrounds and experiences mean that the film's most picaresque and fairytale-like elements are still grounded in reality. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Killer Inside Me (2010) Jason Best The prolific Winterbottom has got closer than most to the bleak spirit of his film's source - the 1952 novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson. No mean feat. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Great White Silence (2011) Jason Best The Great White Silence truly is awesome. Ponting, who set sail with the British Antarctic Expedition a hundred years ago as its official photographer and cinematographer, captured images that still have the power to stun the eye and touch the heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Expendables (2010) Jason Best Sylvester Stallone's 1980s-style Guys On a Mission throwback is boneheaded stuff indeed, but it coasts along from one explosion to the next on the nostalgic goodwill that fans still feel for its roster of ageing stars. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary (2017) Jason Best A decidedly weird time-travel drama that puzzled viewers so much that many went back to see it again and again... and still came away scratching their heads. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
Wild Target (1993) Jason Best Wild Target retains its charm almost two decades on, but the premature deaths of Rochefort's two young co-stars in the intervening years gives the film an unexpected poignancy. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
The Princess and the Frog (2009) Jason Best The Princess of the Frog's black heroine is undoubtedly a step forward, yet in other respects the movie is backward looking - but in a good way. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Jason Best This is a romance in which the lovers exchange such endearments as 'Your face is so adorable, I'd like to scoop out your eyes and eat them'. It won't be to everyone's taste. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
StreetDance (2010) Jason Best Yet even if the plot is clichéd, much of the acting shaky and most of the 3D effects cheesy, the film has a zippy vibrancy that makes it hard to dislike. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Up in the Air (2009) Jason Best Up in the Air is as slick and polished as its protagonist... Yet whereas the closer you look at Clooney's Ryan the more you uncover his moral vacancy, when you dig more deeply into the film itself you discover its heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
The Ghost Writer (2010) Jason Best Watching Blair's thinly disguised surrogate get put through the wringer in The Ghost is probably the closest we'll ever get to see him face retribution for his follies and crimes. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020