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.
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.

Ryan Gosling Sleepwalks As Neil Armstrong In Downbeat ‘First Man’

‘First Man’ has a plot, but seems to be shot at a remove from the characters, meanders without becoming involving, and has puzzling ideas about children.

Scary-Good ‘Venom’ Is Perfect Halloween Season Antihero

‘Venom’ is the first movie in what Sony hopes to construct as a separate universe from the one where Spider-Man now hangs out with The Avengers.

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Undercuts Its Message By Wildly Overplaying Its Material

The extra ‘K’ that makes the movie’s title look ridiculous is emblematic of what’s wrong with the film as a whole: it ends up being an unnecessary and distracting detraction.

‘The First Purge’ should Stick A Fork In The Politically Confused Series

The ‘Purge’ films invert political reality by making religious conservatives the ones in favor of lax crime laws that make the streets more dangerous.

Violently Hilarious ‘Deadpool’ Sequel Outguns The Original

‘Deadpool 2’ has more action, laughs, and story than the first. It also tosses in enough heart to sweeten things up, without getting too sickening.

In Super-Sized ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ More Is Definitely More

Whatever your jam may be—fantasy, SF, action, horror, comedy, or melodrama—it’s guaranteed to be somewhere in this packed conglomeration.

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Is A Tragic, 21st-Century Version Of ‘Taxi Driver’

In this grim noir thriller, Joaquin Phoenix plays the disconnected loner Joe as a sadder and more tragically human version of Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle from 1976’s ‘Taxi Driver.’