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J.R. Southall

J.R. Southall
J.R. Southall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Starburst

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 No Score Yet 'Doctor Who': The Tom Baker Years (1991) As usual the low budget archive sound and picture issues are but tiny niggles, when placed beside the value and enjoyment offered up by such a tremendous and truly essential collection of interviews. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
10/10 70% Cars 3 (2017) If you think it's just another Pixar film, then you're right, it absolutely is. And that's what makes it so wonderful and so worth having.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
10/10 58% Please Stand By (2018) From the start, Ben Lewin's film proves its worth with its quietly attentive and mostly authentic depiction of Wendy's condition, save for a few concessions it necessarily makes to its audience and its ninety-minute running time.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
10/10 100% Paddington 2 (2018) If there's even a smidgen of wonder in your soul, no matter how young or old you are, this is a film you need to own. It's a genuine triumph and delight.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
9/10 91% Iron Monkey (2001) Where Iron Monkey really comes alive is with the action, and here's where the audiences who enjoyed Crouching Tiger are repaid ten-fold.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
9/10 63% The L-Shaped Room (1963) It's a fascinating depiction of London at the turn of the 1960s, just before The Beatles arrived to turn the country on its head, and well worth a revisit in this glorious 4k restoration.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
9/10 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes manages a deft balance between allusion, esotericism, and obviousness that in part explains the runaway success of the series. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
8/10 87% The Haunting (1963) For the possible overuse of internal monologues and Julie Harris' overwrought but riveting performance as Eleanor, The Haunting still stands up as a relevant and effective study of both the psychology and parapsychology of its themes. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
8/10 88% Evil Under the Sun (1982) Perhaps less celebrated and well-remembered than the earlier Brabourne and Goodwin Christie adaptations beginning with Murder on the Orient Express in 1974, Evil Under the Sun is easily their equal and possibly even the best of them.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
8/10 22% The Serpent's Egg (1978) Well worth forking out for if you are a Bergman aficionado, or even just if you're interested in seeing the factors that led to World War II represented in a crime theatre scenario.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
8/10 66% Monster Hunt (Zhuo Yao Ji) (2016) Those who manage to make it through the cultural differences will find Monster Hunt a charming, emotionally engaging and moreover intelligent film, one which will handsomely repay their suspension of some admittedly quite wilful disbelief.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
8/10 71% Annabelle: Creation (2017) If you're an aficionado of this sort of thing, there will be nothing here to surprise you, but the mechanics of the movie will certainly entertain.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
8/10 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) What's remarkable is in how well achieved the extra-terrestrial intruder is, when we finally meet it face to tentacle.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
8/10 64% Jailbreak (2017) A genuine surprise and delight, and not just for martial arts fans.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
7/10 63% The Mirror Crack'd (1980) For the more hard-line Christie aficionados, Hamilton's film is likely to be just a little too casual in its adaptation. For the less discriminating, it's a blast. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
7/10 90% Miracle Mile (1989) Edwards doesn't quite possess the gravitas necessary to authenticate the end of the world, but he holds Miracle Mile together amiably enough, such that we do actually care what happens.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 71% The Howling (1981) The Howling is Network meets The Island of Dr Moreau, a treatise on nature versus nurture that isn't afraid to poke fun at its practitioners, and while it's not as entertaining as American Werewolf, in the final reckoning it is in many ways ... superior.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
7/10 91% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) Donald Pleasence is given free rein to pretty much play Calhoun as he pleases, and if the portrayal is somewhat fanciful, it's also incredibly engaging.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
7/10 80% Daisies (1967) It's a symbolic film comprised of deliberately inconsistent artifice both in its look and sound... an approach that serves a narrative which never seeks coherency.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
7/10 83% Bugsy Malone (1976) You'll have seen the film already, but this is a timely reminder of just how accomplished a production it is; once Parker had made the decision to cast only children in all the roles... everything else fell perfectly into place.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
7/10 85% Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword) (1985) Flesh+Blood hasn't lost any of its gruesome power.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
7/10 77% Hansel & Gretel (2007) It's a very slow film, with a third act that might have benefitted from a little pruning, but it's worth the journey to understand the destination.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Tom's Midnight Garden (1999) If you were twelve in 1989, chances are you'll thrill to the nostalgia kick. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
7/10 88% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) This is a sad movie then -- albeit its most touching moment comes in the form of a simple hug between two like souls -- but also a very beautiful one. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
7/10 62% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) This isn't the finest Hotel Transylvania, but it's considerably better than adequate and will no doubt turn up in a lot of Christmas stockings this year. It won't disappoint.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
7/10 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) This isn't as soulful or heart-warming as Paddington, but as children's movies with adult appeal go, it is considerably more entertaining and engaging than you might have been led to expect. No classic, but terrifically enjoyable nonetheless.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
7/10 51% Tomb Raider (2018) The execution of it is successful enough to just about paper over its shortcomings.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
7/10 47% Rock Dog (2017) In spite of some fairly middling song writing and relatively average animation, if you're in the right frame of mind Rock Dog is actually rather a blast. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
7/10 100% The Evil Within (2017) The fantastical landscape of the film is also forgiving of its flaws, as any shortcomings in the script or direction simply feed into the sense of things being not as they should be.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
7/10 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) This is a very cool, very Gallic, and very opaque Basic Instinct, and if it's ultimately only partly satisfying, it's still incredibly absorbing and a lot of fun.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
7/10 97% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) There's nothing too taxing or too involving here, just a very modest set of slightly farcical plots involving some not terribly bright farm animals, and it's all good-natured fun.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Ghost Lovers (Yan nu huan hun) (1974) Frankly The Ghost Lovers will have less appeal to fans of J-horror than to those more enquiring about how the oriental genre developed, or simply those looking for something absorbing and different, and in its own way quite fulfilling.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Iris (2018) Several instalments' worth of narrative set and filmed in Hungary is over within the opening half an hour, and things just accelerate from there. It's perfectly easy to follow, but brutally quick. And surprisingly entertaining.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Apprentice to Murder (1987) There's never a sense of the story really taking flight.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Visitors (2003) Not the most striking or memorable film, but effective nonetheless.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (The Case of the Bloody Iris) (1972) The dialogue, sound recording and acting are variable, ranging from pretty poor to, well, not especially good.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Slaughterhouse Rock (1988) There are all sorts of pleasures still to be had.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) When the project gets underway a sense of (ultimately bittersweet) hope is added to the narrative, but the score and pacing could have done with something a little different in the middle to break up the monotony.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 14% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) It is a relatively good-looking film that doesn't outstay its welcome, however, one not to avoid rather than one to seek out. We definitely recommend you take your inner three-year-old along if you do, though. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Re: Born (2019) Altogether anybody who enjoys a bit of screen martial arts won't be disappointed by a film that's probably destined to become something of a minor classic of the genre.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Twenty Twenty-Four (2016) The self-taught Mundy manages to invoke both the look and sound (and some of the feel) of Kubrick's best work, and simply because he's aiming for the stars, that he falls short doesn't make It Lives any less worthy of investigation.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
6/10 76% Son of Bigfoot (2018) You get Disney-esque talking animals, a villain straight out of the Postman Pat movie, and resolutions it's impossible not to see coming the moment the title sequence fades out. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
6/10 29% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) There are enough small touches -- Hazel's encounter with a tin can, for instance -- to ensure this isn't as by-the-numbers as it might have been.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Female Fight Squad (2016) Those drawn in by the title will probably not be disappointed, but this might actually end up rewarding casual viewers a little more than they might predict, too.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
6/10 56% The Lodgers (2018) Frankly, given how clichéd and predictable the resolutions to every mystery thrown up by David Turpin's script for The Lodgers are, it's something of a miracle Brian O'Malley ever procured the budget to shoot it.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
6/10 69% The Changeover (2019) Despite a low budget, McKenzie and co-director Miranda Harcourt have managed to produce a film that looks terrific, if rather subdued and grey, and the performances across the board are excellent.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Neighbor (2018) The Neighbour... is just about absorbing enough to hold your attention until its powerful but bleak finale. But only just.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Rescue Under Fire (Zona hostil) (2017) Rescue Under Fire isn't going to bother the big studio war films, but for a smaller scale -- and crucially, true -- story, it's easily well enough told to make it worth passing ninety minutes of your time with.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
6/10 50% Down a Dark Hall (2018) Thurman exhibits an eccentric authority that has to be seen to be disbelieved.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Human Goddess (1972) The acting and comic action are often clumsy and obvious, but Ho's film certainly has a heart and a little bit of politics too -- and should prove fascinating for fans of low-brow period cinema.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018