TAKE ONE Magazine

TAKE ONE Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jim Ross
Rating Title/Year Author
Vivarium (2020) Jim Ross A single giant metaphor wrapped in more than one enigma and many influences, Lorcan Finnegan's film is a wonderfully executed pastel-hued nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Proxima (2019) Jim Ross In the end, PROXIMA isn't quite next to the stars, but there are enough unique elements, including a beautiful central performance, to forgive its more thudding metaphors. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Jim Ross Justin Kurzel's new film has some striking imagery and engaging performances but seems to lack the coherent storytelling required to drive home their impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Dark Waters (2019) Jim Ross Not only does the film act as another damning indictment of corporate America's indifference, but it also highlights the cost of shooting the proverbial messenger. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
() Jim Ross As a first feature, Valadez's film is remarkably accomplished and - contrary to the slightly duller English translation of the title would imply - has many 'identifying features' that mark out the director as one to pay attention to. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
Vai (2019) Jim Ross The film manages to communicate the essence of common experiences whilst retaining cultural specificity. That the collection achieves this with a visual vibrancy and tonal coherence makes it all the more remarkable. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
Jackpot (2011) Jim Ross As Nordic imports go, it's hardly as offensive as lutefisk. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) Jim Ross For all the missteps Waithe's script seems to take, it still contains engaging, well-conceived characters (major and minor) and the narrative foundations upon which Matsoukas has built a beautiful and varied set of visuals. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Jim Ross Outside the USA, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood seems quaint and even twee. Heller's film, however, provides a nostalgic window on how to process emotion, the power of forgiveness, and the complicated interior lives of those we share emotional space with. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Waves (2019) Jim Ross Although frequently visually stunning, a failure to portray a meaningful source of the drama means the film's impact doesn't last, and what does persist feels increasingly hollow. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
1917 (2019) Jim Ross Although the story's engagement levels can dip between set pieces, the skill of Mendes' collaborators elevates 1917 to something a little more than the marketing hooks would imply, even if technical prowess still dominates the emotions of the characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Jim Ross The Safdies have not conferred mystical powers onto their film, but like the black opal at its heart, UNCUT GEMS will transfix the viewer by reflecting something a little different back at you depending on what angle you consider it from. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Little Women (2019) Jim Ross After a slightly rough start, LITTLE WOMEN blends the technical and narrative elements of the film to move and amuse. Much like the life of the sisters, it is a multi-faceted story ripped from the pages of a real and complicated set of experiences. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jim Ross JOJO RABBIT is not an unqualified success, but it manages to get more right than it does wrong. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) Jim Ross ...the fact each of Hedges and Jupe flow into each other neatly - with attention to detail in tone and body language - speaks to the quality of both the performances and Har'el's direction. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Knives Out (2019) Jim Ross ...it could be seen as a big-budget Jonathan Creek special - and is probably Johnson's least interesting film - the quality of the performances combine with the richness of the production design & Rian Johnson's style to deliver something more memorable. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Jim Ross The film would be an achievement in terms of character and theme alone, but Talbot shows an awareness for imagery that elevates the script even further (co-written with Rob Richert and co-conceived with Fails). EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Joker (2019) Jim Ross JOKER is a beautiful but simplistically shallow tale of one man's downward spiral, tacked on to a recognisable cinematic icon. Todd Phillips's film is a Batmobile with the engine of a clown car. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Schemers (2019) Jim Ross A madcap caper, with something to say as well, Dave Mclean's film captures the best of Scottish humour without softening the edges of a tale based on achievement against all odds. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Day Shall Come (2019) Jim Ross THE DAY SHALL COME presents a character that longs for change. Although the issues are prodded rather than skewered, the film develops a sadness at the absurdity and lack of empathy that perpetuates a status quo with an expensive human cost. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Scheme Birds (2019) Jim Ross SCHEME BIRDS is a notable achievement on various levels - it reaches a level of intimacy and empathy with its subject that's rare in Scottish or British cinema. Placed in the hands of such technically skilled filmmakers, this important story simply soars. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Fighting With My Family (2019) Jim Ross It never quite settles into a real comedic stride, but there are enough touching themes about the impact of thwarted dreams, having conviction in your own sense of self, and sparks of Stephen Merchant's wit to endear the audience to the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Truk (L'enkas) (2018) Jim Ross Coming from director Sarah Marx, THE TRUK (L'ENKAS) is an accomplished first feature, with plenty to mark her out as one to watch. The script, however, is perhaps a little too caught up in what is happening rather than who it is happening to. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Jim Ross HOTEL MUMBAI is excellent at creating tension, but terrible at turning it into any meaningful empathy with or understanding of its wider roster of characters, despite the best efforts of Dev Patel. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Todos lo saben (2018) Jim Ross There is plenty to capture here, but it is a shame the story mechanics were purely something to hang these characters off, rather than harmonising with them. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Keep Going (Continuer) (2018) Jim Ross Lafosse finds way to take a visual scenario obviously heavily influenced by the Western genre and inject it with a modern flavour based on the two characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Netizens (2018) Jim Ross NETIZENS is an arresting cry for solidarity. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Loro (2018) Jim Ross LORO is not a typical approach to a biopic. It feels like the only one Sorrentino could possibly deliver on his subject. It also captures a humorous essence of Berlusconi whilst simultaneously serving him up 'arrosto'. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Wild Rose (2018) Jim Ross The lead performances carry the film, and the soundtrack is sure to sell well. With some more plot discipline, though, it's hard to shake the feeling WILD ROSE couldn't have been so much more. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Vox Lux (2018) Jim Ross ...there is much to congratulate Brady Corbet's second feature on. These varying grand ambitions, however, never quite harmonise to full effect, leaving VOX LUX feeling more diminuendo than crescendo as it progresses. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Woman at War (2018) Jim Ross WOMAN AT WAR never quite strikes the memorable blow it wants to, but neither does it crash to earth like a pylon sabotaged by Halla. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
High Life (2018) Jim Ross HIGH LIFE is a story so simple it loops back to the profound and so focused on its characters it collapses through the event horizon to feel universal. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
We the Animals (2018) Jim Ross ...a beautifully realised film that owes a great debt to a number of cinematic forebears. Although this may prevent it from becoming a cultural touchstone for others, it is nevertheless a rhythmic story that sweeps you into its coming-of-age tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Boyz in the Wood (2019) Jim Ross The minor misfires and more scattershot moments are made up for by the number of times Ninian Doff's film hits the bullseye dead centre. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Aniara (2018) Jim Ross ANIARA does not offer a resolution, nor hope, nor catharsis. The film presents, if anything, a warning: our existence is a universal privilege to cherish, not a selfish entitlement to be hubristically guarded. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Love Type D (2019) Jim Ross LOVE TYPE D has a very familiar look and feel, but the gene pool of this comedy is wide enough - Collington's script and shotmaking, the actors comic timing and chemistry, the smart concept - to result in the DNA of a healthy success of a film. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Robert the Bruce (2019) Jim Ross ROBERT THE BRUCE finds itself caught between two stools - and each saps impact from the other. The story, however, gathers pace, delivering a rousing end to an intimate tale with a different flavour to most historical war epics. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Galveston (2018) Jim Ross GALVESTON is far more contemplative than one might expect from the plot synopsis, and confident work from Laurent and the lead actors galvanises the light script to multiplicative effect. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018) Jim Ross Although perhaps a little too based in homage to be a memorable festival circuit breakout, it can certainly be appreciated for the gripping yarn that it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Jim Ross Impeccably made and superbly acted, the entire package is absorbing if perhaps lacking in satirical edge. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Jim Ross ...a film that is engaging and methodical even as the chaos and violence pile up. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Vanishing (2018) Jim Ross THE VANISHING is an effective thriller, featuring well-pitched performances from the leads, an appropriately lean script, and probably the first ever instance of Chekhov's Crab Rope. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Jim Ross An uneven tone robs the film of a bit of momentum and coherence, but the lead performances and Audiard's proven visual skill mean it never falls out of the saddle. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Kia and Cosmos (2018) Jim Ross KIA AND COSMOS takes a while to get going, but when it does it is a charming and endearing story. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Styx (2018) Jim Ross The film places what we should have sworn to each other front & centre, and whether we have moved away from simple human compassion in the face of geopolitical hurdles. STYX strips that away to present a drama that is as contemplative as it is engrossing. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jim Ross It might not shine as brightly as MOONLIGHT, but IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is a wonderful film. It doesn't just talk, it can walk the walk as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Eighth Grade (2018) Jim Ross Like a lot of teenagers, EIGHTH GRADE is funny, awkward, and ambitious - it is a film that represents an accomplished graduation for both Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Mid90s (2018) Jim Ross Although uneven, MID90s has an authentic and unaffected feel that uses certain motifs in an organic and honest way not typical of other films. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Jim Ross ...the fast-paced and video-game-influenced production is often touching and well-performed, if a little hard to engage with or decipher beneath the heavy layers of artifice. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Vice (2018) Jim Ross Weaving commentary and comedy together, the end result is a very enjoyable but simplistic and shallow analysis that feels caught between two approaches. VICE is a blunt object aspiring to be a precise satirical scalpel. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020