James Luxford

James Luxford
James Luxford's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies Metro (UK) Radio Times The National (UAE)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 90% Luce (2019) Luce is a complicated story sewn together by wonderful performances, with a fascinating exploration of society's messy morality. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 75% Happy Christmas (2014) If you need a Christmas film with more heart and less schmaltz, this could be the right choice. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Overall, Mistress of Evil expands just enough upon its predecessor to justify its existence, but fails to add anything memorable to the mythology. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Given its real-life inspiration, there's something uncomfortable about Hotel Mumbai's devotion to showing the true horror of what happened, but it leaves you in no doubt of the heroism of those involved. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) A Million Little Pieces is an artistic and visually pleasing portrayal of the recovery process, but what it fails to do is tell the story of the man going through it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 80% Light of My life (2019) So while Light of My Life is often hampered by its leisurely pace, it features great performances and asks questions worthy of discussion. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora & the Lost City of Gold is charming fun for parents who want to give their kids a safe introduction to Indiana Jones-like thrills. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Ending with a sweet message about friendship, Good Boys is the pre-teen comedy you never knew you needed. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) The film tows a fine line when it comes to portraying children in very adult situations... It's initially a bit uncomfortable, but the film finds the humour in their innocence, making the situations seem not quite so exploitative. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 19% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Small children will enjoy the bright colours and chaos, but Playmobil: the Movie never stops long enough to make its story memorable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 13% Kings (2018) Kings is a clumsily etched portrayal of a dark chapter in history, which is more likely to confuse than educate. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) 'What if I told you I could make you fall in love with me, scientifically?' Daniel proposes to a skeptical Natasha. As chat-up lines go, it's out there, but this is a story that isn't afraid of a leap of logic. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) As close as you'll find to a first hand experience of one of mankind's pivotal moments. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) After such an exquisite set up, Brightburn's execution is a little bit disappointing, becoming a rather straightforward supernatural horror instead of delving deeper into superhero lore. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) In addition to breaking glasses ceilings, Wilde announces herself as a director to look out for with a sharp, hilarious comedy that revives a well-trodden genre. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) As for Big Will? It's a double-edged sword. It's completely unfair to criticise him for not being Robin Williams, however in a movie designed in Disney labs to tug at your nostalgia, you can't help but compare. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
5/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Great performances and the director's determination to plunge us into uncomfortable territory make it an experience you are unlikely to forget. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) A captivating reflection of greed, desperation, and the potential for innocence to survive both. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) If you can separate the art from the artist, Cold Pursuit is a fun twist on a well-worn formula - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) As a piece of cinema, it lacks that extra emotional drive that pushes a film from memorable to unforgettable - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A franchise starter that looks nice but lacks humanity - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) What The Angry Birds Movie 2 lacks in structure, it makes up for in laughs in a film that refuses to take itself seriously, and invites you to do the same. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Low on focus but high enthusiasm, the non-stop comedy antics will be a joy for younger viewers, and the accompanying adults won't find themselves left behind either. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) Director Michael Winterbottom seems to be too interested in psychology to be able to deliver an effective action thriller. However, great leads and an air of mystery hold your attention until the bitter end. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) However, while the delivery is flawed, the message is loud and clear. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) While the length and depth of detail may lose newcomers, What We Left Behind provides everything a fan of the show could want. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) While more episodic in nature than its predecessor, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a cuddly family adventure that will make younger tails wag. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Alright Now (2018) For something delivered off-the-cuff, Songbird feels very formulaic, wasting the efforts of a talented cast on a story that goes nowhere fast. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) A gem in the admittedly patchy history of video-game films, Pokemon Detective Pikachu's fun moments far outweigh the flaws. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) Nevertheless, Destination Wedding is an entertaining exercise in misanthropy that will delight those with no love for the average romantic comedy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Corrupted (2020) Rather than a coherent conspiracy thriller, The Corrupted is several unrelated ideas jammed awkwardly together, and soaked in blood. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Wheely (2019) Wheely is a laborious proposition that only very young viewers will enjoy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) With its short running time, mid90s feels more rushed than it should, but it also packs an emotional punch, telling a coming-of-age story that feels honest and authentic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) While the documentary's scattershot approach makes it less examination, more vivid highlight reel, there is no denying Electric Boogaloo's abiding fodness for its subject matter. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 79% The Connection (2015) Style and star power make for a fine example of a crime thriller that fits in nicely within the crowd, even if fails to stand out from it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Banks smartly sticks with what works: sarcastic humour, more than a dash of slapstick and big songs. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Lambert & Stamp (2015) Absolutely essential viewing for aficionados of the band, and a captivating couple of hours for everyone else. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 63% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) Will provide a satisfying experience for all who see it, but perhaps more so with ardent fans of the series. The aesthetic, tone and performances result in a package that sits alongside similar Hollywood fare comfortably. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 96% Dark Horse (2016) The picture is as textbook an underdog story as anything to have come out of Hollywood, and yet it's the sincerity of the principles who tell the story that make it so uniquely compelling. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 81% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) The energy, colours and simple humour cross over into the longer format with ease, sticking by its silliness throughout and appealing squarely to fans of the series. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 28% Get Hard (2015) Instead of lampooning racial difference or satirising white collar crime, it opts for the easiest, most crowd pleasing humour, and hammers the screen with jokes that get old almost as soon as you hear them. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 100% Eaten by Lions (2018) With a supporting cast filled with recognisable names such as Johnny Vegas and Asim Chaudhry, this is a pleasant seaside trip with its heart in the right place. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It may not give Marvel any sleepless nights, but this watery adventure seems destined to be a crowd-pleaser. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) An endearingly honest, darkly comic account of one man overcoming his past. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The plot is ludicrous, and talks about the internet like a confused grandmother trying to send an email, but if you're looking for Mr Bean-like laughs you've come to the right place. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Filled with great music, a captivating romance, and fine performances, A Star Is Born is ... an enthralling meditation on how the entertainment industry makes casualties of so many of its stars - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) In the end, The Happytime Murders offers what's in the trailer, and very little else. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 80% The Festival (2018) It takes a little while to get going, but once it does The Festival is a funny take on a British summer institution. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Characters are barely developed, their motivations seem flimsy, and the film's third act (set in a cavernous private mansion) is plain ridiculous. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 26% Breaking In (2018) Quick, disposable entertainment that leaves you wanting to see Union given a meatier action role. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019