James Dawson
James Dawson

James Dawson has written more than 1,000 movie reviews and feature
articles for various print publications and websites. His work has appeared in places ranging from The Los Angeles Times to Penthouse Forum to a Marvel Comics “Silver Surfer” anthology. His personal website is iDawson.com.

In ‘Niche,’ Cult Musician Momus Uses 217 Dead Narrators To Tell His Story

Nick Currie’s innovative and irresistible autobiography uses the voices of celebs from George Orwell, to Saint Paul, to David Bowie to unpack his wild life.

Faked-Up Fox News Sexual Harassment ‘Bombshell’ Film Fizzles Like A Dud

Huge dollops of deceit undercut both the credibility and even the message of ‘Bombshell’ by allowing it to be dismissed as politically expedient fiction.

Flawed ‘Richard Jewell’ Fails To Live Up To Its Trailer And Message

Elements that should have been the film’s strengths — including an interesting real-life cast and a compelling narrative about Richard Jewell, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing, and the media — are squandered.

Outrageous ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Adds Imaginary-Friend Hitler, Slapstick Humor To Dark WWII Novel

‘Jojo Rabbit’ turns the decidedly unfunny World War II-era novel ‘Caging Skies’ by Christine Leunens into a zany slapstick farce.

Joaquin Phoenix Rises To Create Devastatingly Deranged ‘Joker’

‘Joker’ is such an original and immersive journey into madness that its distracting comic-book connection could be considered a drawback.

Natalie Portman’s Disappointing ‘Lucy In The Sky’ Is Definitely No Diamond

‘Lucy in the Sky’ is the second flick in two weeks about an emotionally broken astronaut who goes rogue with no regard for the consequences.

Award-Worthy Renée Zellweger Captures Falling Star Judy Garland In ‘Judy’

Renée Zellweger gives a heartbreaking portrayal of Judy Garland in the last year of her sad life and declining career in the fictionalized but affecting ‘Judy.’

Brad Pitt Star Power Saves Self-Sabotaging ‘Ad Astra’

‘Ad Astra’ is essentially Brad Pitt’s one-man show. And he shines.

Delightful ‘Downton Abbey’ Makes Royally Entertaining Big-Screen Debut

‘Downton Abbey’ devotees will be delighted by the big-screen debut of the series that made post-Edwardian elegance so irresistible for six seasons.

Tarantino Remixes Retro Tinseltown In ‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’

From 1960s Hollywood glitz and glamour to Manson clan crime, Quentin Tarantino’s latest creation promises a wild and terrific ride.

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Takes Teen Hero On Planet-Saving Vacation

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is Peter Parker’s most entertaining adventure yet.

Frustrating ‘Yesterday’ Fantasy Wastes World-Without-Beatles Premise

‘Yesterday’ is relentlessly unamusing and thoroughly unconvincing in its tale of a struggling musician becoming the only person in the world who knows The Beatles ever existed.

Franchise-Best ‘Toy Story 4’ Puts A Forky In It

If this is the final bow for the franchise, ‘Toy Story 4’ will be ending on a note so high that it should be one of the year’s Best Picture nominees.

X-Men Franchise Goes Down In Flames With Unfaithful ‘Dark Phoenix’

The filmmakers didn’t seem to want to follow the plot much. Or develop characters. Or stay true to some of the more interesting parts of the comics.

Superhero-Horror Hybrid ‘Brightburn’ Proves Less Can Be More

At exactly half the length of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Brightburn’ efficiently delivers a simple but solid story that’s so fresh, frightening, and franchise-worthy you’ll wish you could binge on a sequel as soon as it’s over.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Wraps Up Epic Marvel Storyline With Fateful, Fantastic Finale

It’s not perfect, but ‘Avengers: Endgame’ comes close enough that even the most superhero-saturated, seen-it-all fan will love it.

Rebooted “Hellboy” Is Damned By Hollywood Hypocrisy And Bad Casting

Instead of relying on subtlety and letting the source material shine, the filmmakers succumbed to the allure of cheap gore and bad casting.

Retro ‘Captain Marvel’ Is Empowering But So-So Superhero Filler

‘Captain Marvel’ provides filler until the larger-scale ‘Avengers: Endgame’ arrives next month but seems lacking in commitment, ambition, and innovation.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets Dubious Star Treatment In ‘On the Basis of Sex’

The film’s worshipful portrayal of Ginsburg as a pioneering champion of equal rights for women provides no indication of an intellectual inconsistency that would have shown her as fallibly human.

Tolkien Trio Fails To Get Fantasy Film ‘Mortal Engines’ Out Of First Gear

Fantasy film wizard Peter Jackson co-wrote the screenplay of this dazzling mishmash of a movie, but don’t expect another epic for the ages here.