Movie reviews of Jacob Richardson

These are all the movies and series that Jacob has reviewed. Read more at: Film Focus.

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Poster for The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2

6

This animated sequel has about a million different plot threads, but will make your kids laugh.

19 june

19 jun

Poster for High Life

High Life

8

A bizarre space treatise on the cruelty of solitude and pointlessness, told in a way only Claire Denis could.

17 june

17 jun

Poster for Men in Black: International

Men in Black: International

6

Despite doing little with its premise, and even less with its plot, MIB: International is a lot of fun due to the chemistry of its two leads.

12 june

12 jun

Poster for Wild Rose

Wild Rose

8

Wild Rose is wildly entertaining, but don’t let that fool you; there is great depth to be found in this piece.

10 june

10 jun

Poster for Aladdin

Aladdin

6

A sumptuous visual feast anchored in two incredible performances from relatively unknown leads, that stumbles and falters whenever a certain blue magical deity is on screen.

23 may

23 may

Poster for Poms

Poms

6

A perfectly serviceable, if relatively forgettable comedy, that never pushes the boundaries.

11 may

11 may

Poster for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

8

This noir-ish take on the Pokemon property might finally have broken the video game to big screen curse, by realising the in-game stories don’t matter nearly as much as characters.

10 may

10 may

Poster for The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

6

Lacking the production quality of a more mainstream film The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir nevertheless manages to capture some of the fantastical whimsy of the story.

24 april

24 apr

Poster for Gloria Bell

Gloria Bell

8

The window we are given into the life of Gloria Bell is at once beautifully rendered, ambling in pace, and unrepentantly optimistic; much like the character herself.

24 april

24 apr

Poster for Long Shot

Long Shot

8

A funny, heartfelt rom-com between too mismatched stars that manages, for the most part, to avoid many of the pitfalls of this genre.

18 april

18 apr

Poster for Hellboy

Hellboy

2

A hell of a mess.

15 april

15 apr

Poster for Missing Link

Missing Link

6

A harmlessly frothy, upbeat piece of animated entertainment.

15 april

15 apr

Poster for Shazam!

Shazam!

8

Shazam isn’t perfect, but it is a bundle of fun, tied up in a bright, shiny package.

7 april

7 apr

Poster for Dumbo

Dumbo

4

Dumbo is a very pretty and, for non-discerning viewers like children, enjoyable film. But it is a film that takes no risks, and dulls every plot thread, emotional beat and memory of the original in its pursuit of normality, and for many that will be a disappointment.

28 march

28 mar

Poster for Us

Us

8

Us may not be as cohesive as Get Out, but it is still an incredibly well made, terrifyingly scary and deeply meaningful piece of cinema that cements Peele as an auteur.

26 march

26 mar

Poster for Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

8

An ultimately satisfying thriller, that although often slow feels tense, dramatic and exciting.

8 march

8 mar

Poster for Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

6

Despite a strong hero turn from Brie Larson, this groundbreaking Marvel film feels predictable and rote.

6 march

6 mar

Poster for A Dog's Way Home

A Dog's Way Home

2

A painfully dull, derivative exercise that works hard to erode any joy canines bring you.

4 march

4 mar

Poster for Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family

6

Better than expected, but largely predictable, this true wrestling underdog story will still entertain.

4 march

4 mar

Poster for If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

10

A stunningly rendered vision that excoriates the US justice system while never losing its roots as a compelling romance.

18 february

18 feb

Poster for The Front Runner

The Front Runner

6

At times interminably slow, The Front Runner coasts on the power of its lead and the inherent draw of its story.

25 january

25 jan

Poster for Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back

8

A riveting, engaging and heartbreaking tale that explores the relationship between mother and son.

25 january

25 jan

Poster for The Mule

The Mule

6

Somewhat slow, but tinged with bouts of tension, laughter, pity and reflection, The Mule is a moving and affecting character study that doesn’t plague itself with contrivances like tension.

25 january

25 jan

Poster for Green Book

Green Book

10

A surprisingly funny, heartfelt and emotional journey.

18 january

18 jan

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