About James Luxford

James is one of City A.M.'s film critics and a regular on both TV and radio discussing the latest movie releases

2019 Articles

Downton Abbey film review: If you’re a fan of period dramas, this may be your Avengers
Downton Abbey film review: If you’re a fan of period dramas, this may be your Avengers
Four years on from the final episode, Downton Abbey returns for more nostalgia and vicarious luxury. It’s 1927, and the [...]
September 13, 2019
Once Upon A time In Hollywood review: Another classic from Quentin Tarantino
Once Upon A time In Hollywood review: Another classic from Quentin Tarantino
Even in a summer dominated by Disney, the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino demands attention. The promise of the Pulp [...]
August 15, 2019
The Lion King 'live action' remake is a solid cover version but one that's outshone by the classic
The Lion King 'live action' remake is a solid cover version but one that's outshone by the classic
The Lion King (PG); Dir. Jon Favreau; Three Stars All together now: “Naaaaaaaaants Ingonyamaaaa…”. There are few opening lines that [...]
July 19, 2019
The director of Super Mario Brothers makes her first feature in 26 years and it's not what you're expecting
The director of Super Mario Brothers makes her first feature in 26 years and it's not what you're expecting
Tell It To The Bees (15); Dir. Annabel Jankel; 2 Stars Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw, Tell It [...]
July 19, 2019
Making Noise Quietly is a war film that forgoes guns and explosions to focus on those left behind
Making Noise Quietly is a war film that forgoes guns and explosions to focus on those left behind
There are many dramas about the devastation of war as viewed by those on the front line. Fewer, however, look [...]
July 19, 2019
Cold Pursuit film review: Liam Neeson's junket admission eclipses an otherwise serviceable revenge drama
Cold Pursuit film review: Liam Neeson's junket admission eclipses an otherwise serviceable revenge drama
In an alternate timeline, Cold Pursuit would have been a low-key cinematic release, more of the same from an actor [...]
February 22, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? film review: Melissa McCarthy shines in this odd-couple heist movie
Can You Ever Forgive Me? film review: Melissa McCarthy shines in this odd-couple heist movie
The normally jovial Melissa McCarthy completely transforms herself to play Lee Israel, a New York biographer who finds a new [...]
February 1, 2019
The Front Runner film review: A near-classic political true story about a more naive time
The Front Runner film review: A near-classic political true story about a more naive time
Hugh Jackman stars in the true story of Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), charismatic favourite for the 1987 Democratic Presidential nomination. [...]
January 11, 2019
Bumblebee film review: After the nightmare of Michael Bay, the Transformers franchise has finally come good
Bumblebee film review: After the nightmare of Michael Bay, the Transformers franchise has finally come good
It’s difficult to think of a franchise with a more wretched legacy than Transformers. Despite five films filled with puerile [...]
January 7, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns review: Disney hits gold with this unlikely crowd-pleasing sequel
Mary Poppins Returns review: Disney hits gold with this unlikely crowd-pleasing sequel
Disney’s raid on its own back catalogue continues with this sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins. Emily Blunt steps into the [...]
January 7, 2019