Jason Best

Jason Best
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: BBC.com, Movie Talk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 75% Kill Command (2016) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 87% Upgrade (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee lets rip with this bizarre story, balancing intrigue and suspense with mocking comedy and scorching satire. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 46% The Meg (2018) Statham enjoys himself enormously, and always seems to be in on the joke. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Zac Efron puts his clean-cut good looks and Teflon-coated charm to chilling use. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) Yes, the plot is very much B-movie fare, but the star brings his A-game. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) When it counts, the action fairly zings along, yet it is the little things - appropriately enough - that set the movie's tone. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 86% Class Rank (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 56% Hotel Artemis (2018) The fight scenes are effectively brutal too, allowing Boutella to show off her action chops. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 56% Tag (2018) Knockabout comedy Tag won't be for everyone, but its raucous silliness is good fun if it finds you in the right mood. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 89% Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (2017) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 37% Blue Iguana (2018) It's Rockwell who makes the movie, zany and playful, and carrying with him both a hint of vulnerability and a whiff of danger. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) The prospect of Nicolas Cage going full-bore crazy in a gory grindhouse revenge thriller will have genre fans salivating. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Every bit as outrageous, irreverent and fourth-wall breaking as before. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet People You May Know (2017) American indie cinema takes another swipe at the shallowness of social media. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 37% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Racer and the Jailbird is overly long and overly melodramatic... But the pivotal heist scenes are exciting and Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos have terrific chemistry. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 97% Apostasy (2017) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
50% The Butterfly Tree (2017) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 38% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 73% Kissing Candice (2017) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 97% Free Solo (2018) Even the coolest of cool heads will find their palms sweating and heart racing as they watch Honnold's solo ascent. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) For all the outrage on display the film's button pushing can only generate diminishing returns. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Future World (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 64% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
13% Woody Woodpecker (2017) The acting is cartoonish and the gags are mostly lame, suggesting that Woody's antics are best enjoyed - or endured - in small doses. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
4/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The High Frontier (2016) The pacing is uneven but the best scenes exert a powerful grip. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 78% The Devil's Doorway (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Tennant relishes the chance to deliver a heady blast of nostril-flaring villainy. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) [McCarthy's] mishaps and triumphs are breezy enough; yet, for the most part, the laughs don't come. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 29% Shock and Awe (2018) The clumsily on-the-nose dialogue sounds as though it was cribbed wholesale from Geopolitics for Dummies. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 83% Beirut (2018) Imagine that Mad Men's Don Draper got out of the advertising business and went into the spy game. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/5 54% Book Club (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 86% Iceman (2019) A striking combination of revenge drama and speculative archaeology. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) A sense of dread is never far away, and the violence when it comes is unremittingly savage. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 79% Dark River (2018) 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. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 38% An Ordinary Man (2018) Played with bristling charisma by Ben Kingsley, the eponymous protagonist of this unusual chamber drama is anything but ordinary. - Movie Talk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019