Josh Slater-Williams

Josh Slater-Williams
Josh Slater-Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Little White Lies The Film Stage The Skinny SciFiNow

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 68% Gwen (2019) No shortage of striking images. A rewatch may be rewarding. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 40% The Furies (2019) While [Airlie] Dodds is a compelling presence, she can only inject so much energy into the convoluted mess. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 67% I See You (2019) I See You is a puzzle movie, above all else, but it's not an assortment of cheap tricks and switcheroos. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 88% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) The film has engaging performances and some fine costume work, in particular. As written, though, while the novel's events make the jump to the screen, the spirit of the eerie prose is lost in translation. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
83% The Vast of Night (2019) A riveting and ultimately heartbreaking story about seemingly insignificant people who are irrevocably changed by contact with big things beyond their comprehension. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 74% Halston (2019) Some dead weight in the framing flourishes, but still an entertaining, well-researched documentary. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Zoo (2019) Zoo might be the easiest zombie film to adapt for the stage, but it would be worth cutting some acts. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 79% Cities of Last Things (2018) It's a tough, emotionally raw watch at times, but always enthralling, thanks in part to the textures of the neon-heavy 35mm cinematography. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) When it comes to making a story to engage a wider mass audience beyond the admittedly large established fanbase, the filmmakers don't seem to have been that concerned with catching 'em all. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 72% The Perfection (2019) Whiplash 2: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 83% Loro (2019) Toni Servillo is compelling as ever, but there's not enough bite here. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 63% Unicorn Store (2019) Wildly uneven, but more endearing than not. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 98% Maiden (2019) An exhilarating and inspiring watch. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 91% Beats (2019) Above all this is a moving examination of two young men whose bond is strengthened through their shared love of music. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
3/5 64% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) Pulling double duty as director and cinematographer, Reed Morano's capturing of the melancholic beauty in a quiet earth proves this drama's greatest strength, alongside Dinklage's finest film work in ages. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) It's a coming-of-age story for both its young characters and the country they're in, presenting a collective portrait of a society coming to terms, often messily, with the new opportunities around them. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 100% Waru (2017) The cumulative power of this splintered portrait of community trauma creeps up on you. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) A joyfully idiosyncratic memoir of a joyfully idiosyncratic-looking film and its maker. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 41% MFKZ (2018) If all this sounds delirious, it absolutely is, but that's part of the film's charm, at least for most of its running time. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Twin Flower (2018) As a plot device, Anna's silence can vex, but the strongest scenes revolve around the pair quietly exploring the locales of their hideouts without the need for words... It's a shame when the stale thriller narrative butts back in. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 89% Possum (2018) Holness' film - which also has an old school element in being a rare modern horror shot on 35mm - never feels derivative, and part of its slow burn terror is just how dangerously unpredictable the whole thing feels. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Solis (2018) The effects are solid and there's initial intrigue, but that the script has to rely on so much exposition and back-story to encourage one to care about Holloway. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/5 72% Piercing (2019) While Piercing is an enjoyable psychosexual spar if you can get on its wavelength, it doesn't necessarily linger like the emotional or physical scars of its scary lead pair. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) This one's got some bite - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) It flows between tender intimacy and epic fantasy with impressive ease. It's a surprisingly violent feature at times, but it's the tear-jerking qualities that leave the deepest cuts. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
3/5 89% A Ciambra (2018) The textures and attention to detail enrich the familiar story beats. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman buck the usual horror anthology curse by maintaining solid scares throughout. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Junk Head (2017) There's a leisurely pacing which allows for strong world-building and an attachment to the various weirdos of this world. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Brian Taylor exploits Nic Cage's penchant for the manic for all it's worth, but it's Selma Blair who steals the film. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It's like the beautiful sociopath child of American Psycho and Heavenly Creatures. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 18% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The plot's so rushed that it almost feels like it takes place within just an hour. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Returning director Wes Ball and cinematographer Gyula Pados subsequently get a lot more vibrancy from the film's apocalyptic clashes. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2/5 49% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) It's more of a case of the same few visual cues repeated ad nauseam, and ultimately little in the way of a message at all when it comes to its political bent. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) For all the film's celebration of imagination as a tool for escape, the trajectory it follows is too uninspired. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) [Masaaki] Yuasa's film is consistently entertaining, full of endearing characters, great humour, inspired character designs, and a propulsive energy even when there's a risk of overload with subplots. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) The 100th film by Takashi Miike is a stylish, bloody action epic in the same vein as his 13 Assassins. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
4/5 85% Beach Rats (2017) Like an intoxicating mix of Saturday Night Fever and Claire Denis' Beau Travail. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/5 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Michelle Pfeiffer, as tempestuous widow Mrs. Hubbard, is ultimately the only person to seize attention away from Branagh's 'tache. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Part heady romance, part coming-of-age tale, and one of the most beautiful recent examples of both. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 97% Columbus (2017) A warm, quietly devastating drama that has plenty to offer for those open to something subtle. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 47% The Bad Batch (2017) The style mishmash - also including a bit of Mad Max - doesn't coalesce into anything substantial, nor do the flashy attempts at transgression and political commentary amount to more than insipidness. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 86% It (2017) Even if it's not especially scary, It is highly entertaining with excellent performances from its teen cast. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2/5 53% Moon Dogs (2016) Moon Dogs has some appealing elements - including an impressive Anton Newcombe score - but its lame attempts at humour and general lack of imagination fail to charm. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
3/5 63% Napping Princess (Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari) (2017) Bolstered by an appealingly plucky protagonist at its centre, Napping Princess ticks most of the boxes for a crowd-pleasing anime adventure. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3/5 84% Detroit (2017) While its centrepiece section justifies a recommendation all on its own, the material that makes up the rest of Detroit is not without some problems. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 90% A Ghost Story (2017) It's definitely an actual ghost story, but, while it's haunting, it's certainly not a horror. Instead, as its rather perfect tagline posits, it's all about time. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 87% Hounds of Love (2017) An impressive, unnerving debut feature from director Ben Young. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Having previously helped skewer the American romantic comedy, Michael Showalter has created one of the sweetest, funniest modern examples of the genre. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
2./5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) There are glimmers of theoretically enjoyably daftness scattered throughout, but the trouble is there's about ten different films crammed in. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) The relationship between music and motion proves the defining attribute of Edgar Wright's thrilling latest. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017