Richard James Havis

Richard James Havis
Richard James Havis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International, Hollywood Reporter, South China Morning Post

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) This is a story about mean and unpleasant people, and it stays that way right to the end - and is all the better for it.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Screenwriter Ashleigh Powell has radically changed the original story, aiming to give it a modern kick which jives with the zeitgeist, and the result is imaginative.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Hello Mr. Billionaire (2018) The cast and crew ... keep tight control of the energetic humour, and stop it from devolving into banality.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 63% Hichki (2018) Mukerji puts in a spirited performance as the Tourette's Syndrome sufferer and makes her constant verbal and physical tics seem natural and uncontrived.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Although the moral angle is noticeably missing, this sequel by Suburra director Stefano Sollima does what it does extremely well and should be a hit with action fans.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) The film motors along nicely with some mild scares carefully placed along the way, and the barest thread of a storyline makes for an effortless watch.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
3.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Carell's insightful performances keep mawkishness at bay, while Chalamet essays the unpredictable emotions of an addict with precision.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Jack Black and Cate Blanchett essay their respective roles as a cheerful warlock and a kind-hearted witch with aplomb.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/5 40% Hell Fest (2018) Hell Fest is such an unambitious piece of work there's very little to go wrong, and the result is a vaguely passable horror, even if it needs to be far more frightening.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga, in her first big-screen performance, acquits herself well in a role that mirrors her real-life self. There's a definite on-screen frisson between her and co-star Bradley Cooper.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) Searching is Indian-American director Aneesh Chaganty's debut, and highlights a consummate knowledge of filmmaking that makes him a name to watch out for.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
0/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) This is easily the worst film to play in theatres in years.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/5 46% Destination Wedding (2018) It's nice to see Ryder in such an actorly role, and Reeves brings some of his old charm to his character.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 92% Kusama: Infinity (2018) An intellectually absorbing film that is beautiful to watch.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
1.5/5 32% Loving Pablo (2018) Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar was a vicious mass murderer, but this biopic about him can't bring itself to say that.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Most modern films noir enjoy referencing movies from the past, but the offbeat A Simple Favor works because it uses hardly any of the familiar genre tropes.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
1/5 11% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is stuffed full of clichés, including racial ones, the plot is full of gaping holes, and it has a storyline that is even less realistic than a superhero fantasy.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) Those who like old-fashioned Hammer horrors will certainly get a kick out of this movie, which brims with Gothic atmosphere but has no discernible plot.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) It is blunt, humourless and brutal, and reminds of the no-nonsense action films of the 1970s and early 1980s.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/5 25% A.X.L. (2018) A.X.L. is let down by a script that's good on science yet bad on characters and story.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/5 70% Adrift (2018) A well-made shipwreck movie with some exciting and poignant moments.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 30% Kin (2018) The different styles sit uneasily together, and coherence isn't helped by a script that slows the pacing right down by putting long talky scenes where the action should be.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3/5 85% Tully (2018) This comedy drama is blighted by navel gazing but saved by some gritty, insightful acting from Charlize Theron.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
1/5 8% Billionaire Boys Club (2018) Why a director would try so hard to clean up the image of an inhuman convicted felon beggars belief.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) This is B-movie fare, pure and simple.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon is the best thing here, and her exuberance often manages to overcome the film's stylistic problems to provide an entertaining watch.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Unusually for a studio picture, the basic elements of filmmaking - script, acting, editing and even the soundtrack choices - are below par in The Darkest Minds.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
3/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) The quick-fire animation is top-notch, young kids will find it a hoot, and their parents will not be too bored.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
1.5/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) [The film's] hastily concocted conclusion ... will leave audiences feeling ripped off, rendering pointless what had been an averagely enjoyable watch.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/5 21% Midnight Sun (2018) Midnight Sun is ... hokey, never missing the chance to tug at the heartstrings with a mawkish tune, a tearful hug, or a scene of selfless kindness.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis is certainly unusual, and it is impossible to work out how it's going to end. That's one thing to praise about the film in this era of identikit mainstream cinema.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The brief is simple: cast a team of A-list actresses and let them have the fun that is usually reserved for men. As breezy entertainment, Ocean's 8 works deliciously.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
2/5 38% Anon (2018) A tepid crime movie that uses technology and graphics merely to add a bit of zest.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
3.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) While it doesn't shy away from being crude, the film manages to be touching, observant, socially relevant, and downright hilarious.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
2/5 13% First Kill (2017) The only interesting thing about First Kill is that Bruce Willis plays a bad cop.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2/5 21% Submergence (2018) Looking like a work-for-hire, the adaptation of J.M. Ledgard's romantic novel Submergence doesn't manage to touch or excite.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade ... works well as a courtroom drama about the legal difficulties of bringing some guilty bombers to justice.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Dries (2017) Documentaries about fashion designers have become ubiquitous, but this film about Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is a cut above the rest.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) It's difficult to tell if The Strangers: Prey at Night is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the slasher "video nasties" of the 1980s, or just badly made.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
4/5 88% Secret Superstar (2017) Underneath the commercial sheen is a tough story about domestic abuse and female empowerment that dares to go deeper than most sweet and sunny Indian dramas.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) Young children will find enough to enjoy in this tale of rabbits, which themselves look like animated plushy toys.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Although this tale of detection is too straightforward to interest adults, the animated story about ornamental gnomes is solid enough to intrigue children.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 77% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) Much more conventional than his far-out Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, Masaaki Yuasa's Lu Over the Wall still shows a highly individual approach to anime.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4/5 90% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) The whole thing is a postmodern trip, with animation styles varying greatly to fit the mood: bright pop art colours, dark Rembrandt tones and everything in between.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/5 68% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Fans of both Wenders' movie and of Cuban music ... will find it expands their knowledge and love of son, Cuba's unique sound.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 40% Den of Thieves (2018) Hardcore action fans might find enough to satiate their desire for tricky gunplay and explosive violence in this gritty heist thriller, but the story has too many holes to appeal to anyone else.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Goodbye Christopher Robin is an emotionally brutal film which allows no quarter to its unloving and unlovable characters.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/5 84% Game Night (2018) The decision to mix in some brutal shootings with the expected sexual innuendos and flatulent humour results in an uneven mix which is only vaguely satisfying.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) It's a shame that stories about women who are abducted, sexually abused and beaten up are still considered suitable for mainstream entertainment.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
1/5 0% Slumber (2017) Even the worst contemporary horrors tend to be slick affairs, but Slumber manages to be so bad it's borderline entertaining.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018