Movie Talk

Movie Talk is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jason Best
Rating Title/Year Author
Avatar (2009) Jason Best Watching the movie was eye popping without being eye aching, and as immersive an experience as Cameron has been promising. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 Kill Command (2016) Jason Best Kill Command punches above its low-budget weight thanks to its smart visuals and intriguing plot, even if it does owe a significant debt in style and storytelling to the likes of RoboCop and Terminator. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Upgrade (2018) Jason Best Combining sci-fi smarts and grindhouse gore, this retro-futuristic thriller sees Australian writer-director Leigh Whannell deliver a heady dose of cyberpunk paranoia and some jolting shots of pulp-movie violence. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Jason Best Lee lets rip with this bizarre story, balancing intrigue and suspense with mocking comedy and scorching satire. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 The Meg (2018) Jason Best Statham enjoys himself enormously, and always seems to be in on the joke. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Jason Best Zac Efron puts his clean-cut good looks and Teflon-coated charm to chilling use. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Jason Best Sadly, the sequel's vaguely feminist slant fails to produce enough decent jokes to earn our goodwill. And it's not just the gags about dildos and tampons that seem tired. So do the characters. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Death Race: Anarchy (2018) Jason Best Death Race: Beyond Anarchy does deliver its share of down-and-dirty exploitation thrills, although all but hard-core genre fans will find the film's sadistic violence and leering nudity hard to take. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
3/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Jason Best Only one thing could make the film even more sparkly, camp and cheesily enjoyable. And, sure enough, Cher turns up as Sophie's glam grandmother Ruby in time for the glittering finale. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Jason Best Yes, the plot is very much B-movie fare, but the star brings his A-game. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Jason Best When it counts, the action fairly zings along, yet it is the little things - appropriately enough - that set the movie's tone. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Jason Best Wittily tackles changing gender roles at work and in the home, with Helen relishing her dashing crime-fighting role as the public face of a campaign to make superheroes legal, while the befuddled Bob grapples with his own domestic battles. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Class Rank (2017) Jason Best You'll recognise elements of Rushmore's Max Fischer and Election's Tracy Flick in its young hero and heroine, for a start - but Stoltz and writer Benjamin August provide enough quirky individuality to keep things fresh. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 Hotel Artemis (2018) Jason Best The fight scenes are effectively brutal too, allowing Boutella to show off her action chops. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/5 Skyscraper (2018) Jason Best All this is nonsense on stilts, of course, but although the movie never reaches Die Hard's dizzy heights, Johnson's towering charm will keep you dangling. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 First Reformed (2017) Jason Best Schrader keeps us gripped, wondering and dreading what steps Toller might take. And when we do reach the end, he pulls off a truly surprising, transcendent climax reminiscent of Carl Dreyer's 1955 masterpiece Ordet. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 Tag (2018) Jason Best Knockabout comedy Tag won't be for everyone, but its raucous silliness is good fun if it finds you in the right mood. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Tiszta szívvel (2016) Jason Best You may well detect writer-director Attila Till's sleight of hand, but that won't detract from the film's mordant fun - or from its reshaping of the way disability is portrayed on screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Blue Iguana (2018) Jason Best It's Rockwell who makes the movie, zany and playful, and carrying with him both a hint of vulnerability and a whiff of danger. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 Mandy (2018) Jason Best The prospect of Nicolas Cage going full-bore crazy in a gory grindhouse revenge thriller will have genre fans salivating. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
Deadpool 2 (2018) Jason Best Every bit as outrageous, irreverent and fourth-wall breaking as before. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 People You May Know (2017) Jason Best American indie cinema takes another swipe at the shallowness of social media. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Le fidèle (2017) Jason Best Racer and the Jailbird is overly long and overly melodramatic... But the pivotal heist scenes are exciting and Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos have terrific chemistry. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Apostasy (2017) Jason Best This is a highly impressive feature debut for writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo, who draws on his insight and experiences as a former Jehovah's Witness to create a sensitive exploration of faith and family, freedom and community. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
The Butterfly Tree (2017) Jason Best Cameron strives for a quirky magic realism that she can't quite pull off. The leads are all fine, and some of the photography achieves an iridescent wonder. But the film's plotting is messy and its tone uneven. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) Jason Best This is a fascinating, outrage-provoking story but director Per Fly's bid to turn it into a cloak-and-dagger thriller falls disappointingly flat. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jason Best The ensuing adventure features plot holes you could squeeze a Brachiosaurus through, yet even if the story is preposterous Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remains good escapist fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Kissing Candice (2017) Jason Best A strange, hallucinatory Irish film about a restless teenager in a dead-end seaside town, Kissing Candice is a movie to experience rather than figure out. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 Leave No Trace (2018) Jason Best Understated sound design - from a helicopter drone to the hum of bees - subtly amplifies the film's themes of trauma and trust, independence and belonging. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 Free Solo (2018) Jason Best Even the coolest of cool heads will find their palms sweating and heart racing as they watch Honnold's solo ascent. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/5 The First Purge (2018) Jason Best For all the outrage on display the film's button pushing can only generate diminishing returns. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Jason Best The ensuing scenes of flight and fight are thrilling, but the bigger picture that slowly emerges of a world in which the rich remorselessly prey on the poor is scarier still. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Serenity (2019) Jason Best It seems Knight is set on remaking The Old Man and the Sea with a far buffer hero. Then Anne Hathaway's Karen lands on the island... a slinky blonde femme fatale with Veronica Lake peekaboo hair, who looks as though she has walked in from a 1940s film noir. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/5 Future World (2018) Jason Best Franco's film really is awful, but it's also weirdly watchable - if only for Jovovich's eye-popping turn and for the spectacle of Waterhouse stomping through the desert with her catwalk-model strut. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) Jason Best The atmospheric photography and solid acting make this worth seeing - not least for the unexpected sight of Jennifer Garner throwing some memorable wobblies as the twins' furiously neurotic mother. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Woody Woodpecker (2017) Jason Best The acting is cartoonish and the gags are mostly lame, suggesting that Woody's antics are best enjoyed - or endured - in small doses. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
4/5 Ocean's 8 (2018) Jason Best The soundtrack has a jaunty snap, the dialogue crackles, and there's a tingling frisson between Bullock and Blanchett - not to mention a cheeky message of female empowerment, too. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 The High Frontier (2016) Jason Best The pacing is uneven but the best scenes exert a powerful grip. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 The Devil's Doorway (2018) Jason Best Pulsing with indignation at clerical hypocrisy, Aislinn Clarke's film won't convert any found-footage sceptics, but it is a distinct cut above the low-budget genre's usual fare thanks to its careful craft and strong performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 Bad Samaritan (2018) Jason Best Tennant relishes the chance to deliver a heady blast of nostril-flaring villainy. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/5 Life of the Party (2018) Jason Best [McCarthy's] mishaps and triumphs are breezy enough; yet, for the most part, the laughs don't come. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 Hereditary (2018) Jason Best Be warned, this slow-burn film is seriously spooky. But expect prickling terror rather than jump-out-of-the-seat scares, although there is one sudden shock to make you gulp. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Double Lover (2017) Jason Best A Freudian would have a field day with the film's blatant symbolism (circular stairwells, stuffed cats, and so on), while the kinky eroticism could be a therapist's wet dream. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 Shock and Awe (2017) Jason Best The clumsily on-the-nose dialogue sounds as though it was cribbed wholesale from Geopolitics for Dummies. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 Beirut (2018) Jason Best Imagine that Mad Men's Don Draper got out of the advertising business and went into the spy game. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/5 Book Club (2018) Jason Best The gags are definitely broad rather than rapier-sharp but the cast make the most of them, and it's good to see older women taking the limelight for a change. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Jason Best The film is so dull you really do need to be a masochist to sit through it, although some viewers may find the lavish wealth porn an escapist turn on. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Iceman (2017) Jason Best A striking combination of revenge drama and speculative archaeology. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 Bone Tomahawk (2015) Jason Best A sense of dread is never far away, and the violence when it comes is unremittingly savage. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 Dark River (2017) Jason Best It is great to see Wilson, after years of acclaimed work on stage and TV (notably in Luther and The Affair), show off her blazing talent on the big screen as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019