The Final Cut

The Final Cut 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 Di Rosso, Lauren Carroll Harris, Luke Goodsell
Rating Title/Year Author
Sweet Country (2017) Jason Di Rosso It confirms Thornton as a perceptive director, one whose absence at this level has been felt. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2018
Darkest Hour (2017) Jason Di Rosso The film is carried by Oldman, of course, who can now add Churchill to his career gallery of real life characters that includes Sid Vicious, Beethoven and Lee Harvey Oswald. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2018
All the Money in the World (2017) Jason Di Rosso Had Scott shown more faith in his film's own complexity, he might have made something great. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Jason Di Rosso The Star Wars franchise is in good hands with writer-director Rian Johnson, who delivers an enthralling, often funny and at times achingly beautiful galactic adventure in The Last Jedi. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
Only the Brave (2017) Jason Di Rosso For a film so unambiguously cheering for its heroes, it has an unsettling way of questioning the cost of their achievement. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017) Jason Di Rosso What Franco's performance brings out is a sense of emotional pain that's perhaps not obvious in the real Tommy Wiseau. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Their Finest (2016) Jason Di Rosso The Danish director pulls tears and laughs from the material, and touches on social issues that a contemporary audience will appreciate. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Get Out (2017) Jason Di Rosso As a keenly observed portrayal of the African-American experience, it seems every bit as important a film as Moonlight is, even if the Academy will probably never recognise its brilliance. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Don't Tell (2017) Jason Di Rosso Don't Tell is two films, in a way. The film it is and the film it could have been. To its credit, the distance between the two is sometimes not much at all, but it never completely disappears. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Una (2016) Jason Di Rosso The lingering question posed is whether or not Ray is a good man who suffered a lapse in judgement. If you believe Ray for even a split second, and the film is good enough to make you believe him, you've had a peek at the way this kind of predation works. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Lost City of Z (2016) Jason Di Rosso [Lost City] may be rewriting history, but when you take the film on its own terms, it's a nuanced, thrilling portrait of a man fighting convention and prejudice. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Office Christmas Party (2016) Jason Di Rosso Josh Gordon and Will Speck have made a gross-out comedy for the times that's both vulgar and conservative, panicked and strangely self-satisfied. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) Jason Di Rosso The film is a rich, if flawed, portrait of a haunted man and a romantic tribute to the Australian bush as a mirage of freedom. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Founder (2016) Jason Di Rosso The dramatic impact of betrayals creeps up on you, partly because the film rolls on with a smooth, upward motion and few obvious signposts, partly because Ray is so likable. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Jason Di Rosso The film breathes, and while it's overlong, the important thing is you never feel like you're suffocating with too much information or plot. A new series beckons and the magic is back. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Arrival (2016) Jason Di Rosso Villeneuve has failed to deliver anything near the emotional intensity of his previous work and the ever-dependable Adams can't save the film from some ponderous sci-fi noodling. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Light Between Oceans (2016) Jason Di Rosso ...If this sounds like your cup of milky tea, The Light Between Oceans should satisfy, but not dazzle. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Elle (2016) Jason Di Rosso In a year that's seen mainstream cinema struggle to reach any great heights, it's refreshing to find a film that's as engaging and defiantly hard-to-pin down as Elle. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Jason Di Rosso The alternating action and suspense are just enough to keep it afloat, but not enough to make it fly. A solid three stars. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Boys in the Trees (2016) Jason Di Rosso It feels like an urban legend told at a slumber party - earnest and creepy with a plot twist you see coming - but first-time writer/director Nicholas Verso's delight is palpable. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016) Jason Di Rosso [Consolation] is a dark and thought-provoking film that will linger with you long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Girl on the Train (2016) Jason Di Rosso The Girl on the Train needed more heart than head, without sacrificing its core idea about the reasons women self-destruct. Blunt's red-raw performance does remain a reason to see it. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Magnificent Seven (2016) Jason Di Rosso Stranger still, in a film this progressive, this woke, that they talk about wanting their land back, without the faintest acknowledgement that they, in turn, have stolen it from Native Americans. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Boss (2016) Jason Di Rosso The Boss, directed by McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone, is a comedic flatline: poorly paced, flaccidly scripted, morally disjointed. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Where to Invade Next (2015) Jason Di Rosso Where to Invade Next is worth a look, for its small revelations. I mean, even if you've heard that kids in French state schools eat better food than our kids, actually seeing them eat scallops in fish broth is one of the film's truly eloquent moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Jason Di Rosso Zack Snyder is not a subtle director. An understatement, I know. But it's more obvious than ever here. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Eye in the Sky (2015) Jason Di Rosso Guy Hibbert's clever screenplay gets a lot of mileage out of a simple idea. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Witch (2015) Jason Di Rosso It's only when the family's livestock become involved that cracks appear in the earnest surface. I haven't cackled so much since the satanic goat in Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Lady in the Van (2015) Jason Di Rosso At its best, The Lady in the Van exposes the hypocritical, torn feelings many of us experience around the homeless, old age, and how women are 'supposed' to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Mermaid (2016) Jason Di Rosso Admittedly it's pantomime at times, but it's saved by some laugh-out-loud acerbic humour that the Chinese do so well...The Mermaid is worth a look. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Deadpool (2016) Jason Di Rosso I like Reynolds as an actor, and even I was bored. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Steve Jobs (2015) Jason Di Rosso The spark of genius in Sorkin's script is that it's structured around three key product launches across a decade and a half, instead of attempting a full biography like the dismal Ashton Kutcher film a few years back. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Anomalisa (2015) Jason Di Rosso The bleakness is more about Kaufman's disappointment with human beings. No one in the film seems to know what to do about it. Though wilfully pessimistic, it's a striking achievement. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Sisters (2015) Jason Di Rosso Like so many films by SNL alumni, it struggles to keep up the pace, and a few good scenes - or skits - are all you get. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Revenant (2015) Jason Di Rosso The Revenant is a highly polished film about grand themes: greed, justice and the dispossession of indigenous lands. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Spotlight (2015) Jason Di Rosso Journalism is the hero here and this film is a compelling, impassioned and nostalgic glimpse of the work and time it requires. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Room (2015) Jason Di Rosso While Room is in some ways an obviously manipulative fairy tale that suffers from some story compression in the first half, it has the capacity to hit some deeper insights later. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Big Short (2015) Jason Di Rosso The Big Short is entertaining stuff, even if ultimately it foregoes the human scale contradictions at the heart of the story-especially in Carrel's storyline-for the Big Sermon. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Jason Di Rosso This film is the best thing out this week - it's breath-taking in stretches. But its lack of empathy for the human condition it so presumptuously lectures us about is a nagging flaw. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Jungle (2017) Jason Di Rosso Unfortunately, [Daniel] Radcliffe doesn't have the breadth to find a middle register between grim, action movie determination and boyish charm, and suggest the required psychological complexity. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2017
Detroit (2017) Jason Di Rosso [Director Kathryn Bigelow's] forte doesn't serve this film's full ambition as a statement about American racism and a testimony of the suffering of its victims. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Jason Di Rosso It's no surprise the director of Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople could bring out a softer side to the Marvel material. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
Good Time (2017) Jason Di Rosso Electricity pulses through the film - amped by Daniel Lopatin's grand slabs of retro-futurist synth - which also recalls the inventiveness and physicality of silent cinema comics like Buster Keaton. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Jason Di Rosso Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel we didn't need, a film that mimics the original's style, but falls short of capturing its danger and romance. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Jason Di Rosso Often a reviewer feels compelled to compare a movie with a much better book or play. In this case, it's the documentary. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
Nocturama (2016) Jason Di Rosso The film is a carefully constructed hall of mirrors within which Bonello shows us the horror of anger without empathy, and the state as the most terrifying player of all. It is a pitch black allegory for our time. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2017
It (2017) Jason Di Rosso Pennywise remains a chilling figure, lurking beneath the streets of a small Maine town, but you feel his most poignant appearances are still to come. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2017
Ali's Wedding (2016) Jason Di Rosso At a time when Muslims tend to be absent from our screens bar in the most tragic and brutal scenarios, the idea that these characters have the compassion and courage to work through their significant issues autonomously drives the film's feel good energy. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017) Jason Di Rosso Steven Soderberg's funny, underdog heist movie is a heartfelt paean to the kinds of Southern working-class whites normally caricatured as Confederate-flag-waving racists. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017) Jason Di Rosso An action thriller of hyper-stylised visuals and a catchy 80s soundtrack, it raises your heartbeat to fight-or-flight levels. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2017