Annette Basile

Annette Basile

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Publications:
FILMINK (Australia)
Total Reviews:
102

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " It's out-of-this-world funny. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 14, 2014
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The direction from Steve McQueen is visceral, the script from John Ridley doesn't waste a word, and the performances are, without exception, brilliant. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
47% Last Vegas (2013) " Belly-laugh material it isn't, but Last Vegas fits the prescription for a happily undemanding piece of entertainment. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
60% Ender's Game (2013) " It's been a strong year for science fiction... And now Ender's Game comes along to make that resurgence look like the real thing. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2013
87% Frankenweenie (2012) " A funny and touching monster mash-up, with wonderfully strong work from the entire cast...this is essential viewing for animation fans. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2012
78% Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel) (2008) " Beautifully drawn and sidestepping cliché and forced sentiment, this sweet and inspiring Christmas story will bring out your inner kid. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2011
17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) " A good helping of amusingly sharp lines cannot save this uncomfortably odd beast. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 3, 2011
36% In Time (2011) " Smart and tremendously entertaining but the clever premise soon loses steam. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 26, 2011
70% The Hunter (2012) " Working from an inspired original story, this beautifully executed adaptation is brilliantly acted and unexpectedly moving. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 6, 2011
90% The Lion King (2011) " It's a wonderful treat to revisit and the 3-D is beautifully utilised, but it's perhaps not the classic that Disney purports it to be. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 21, 2011
22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) " Displaying a visual flair rare for a family film, this is entertaining, escapist fun. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 21, 2011
22% The Smurfs (2011) " It's predictable kiddie fare and lags in the middle, but it's visually impressive, spirited and often fun. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2011
21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011) " Despite strong performances and a rich premise, this is let down by its own self-importance and sentimentality. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2011
14% Zookeeper (2011) " Failing to succeed as a rom-com or a kids' flick, this feels surprisingly flat with the animals, and Kevin James, never really coming alive. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2011
80% Life in a Day (2011) " With director Kevin Macdonald finding a rhythm among the myriad footage submitted, this honest, funny and touching doco is an incredible achievement. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 2, 2011
81% Red Dog (2012) " Red Dog is moving, uplifting and very funny. It has the potential to be a homegrown hit. And if it isn't, then there's something seriously amiss. It's the all-encompassing journey that movie trailers always promise to take you on. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 1, 2011
81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " While the animation is incredible, this also has heart and humour in spades, and proves just as engaging as its predecessor. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 22, 2011
39% Cars 2 (2011) " While it doesn't hit the grand heights of other Pixar films, there's still a lot of fun to be had here. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 22, 2011
60% Water for Elephants (2011) " While it's not without its flaws, this atmospheric and largely well-acted adaptation proves stronger than its source material. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2011
88% Mad Bastards " While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2011
74% The Human Resources Manager (2011) " Deftly steering between politics, poignancy and dark humour, this absorbing road movie is also one that proves morally interesting. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2011
92% Source Code (2011) " A thrilling and utterly brilliant mind-twister, which finds the human story amidst the edge-of-your-seat action. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2011
79% How I Ended This Summer (2010) " How I Ended This Summer is over-long with too many empty stretches. It tests your endurance, yet this uncomfortable Arctic trip just still might be worth taking. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 5, 2011
72% Rio (2011) " Saldanha has proven himself with the Ice Age trio of films, and the animal characterisations here are just as strong. Rio is also visually superior. Full of colour, life and humour, it's a story about freedom and love -- and it soars. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 5, 2011
25% Hop (2011) " E.B. is brought to life by Brand, the CGI is seamlessly worked into the live action, and Hop is briskly paced. It's entertaining enough but ultimately disposable. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 5, 2011
71% Never Let Me Go (2010) " Driven by terrific lead performances, this achingly beautiful work challenges audiences emotionally and intellectually. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2011
89% Waiting for Superman (2010) " While there are gaps left uncanvassed, this remains an absorbing exploration of a crucial issue which not only exposes problems, but offers answers. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 23, 2011
0% A Heartbeat Away (2010) " For the most part, this proves a flat and underwhelming affair which redeems itself with a solid ending and a strong ensemble cast. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 14, 2011
88% Rango (2011) " Closer to a comedy for adults than a kids' flick, this ground-breaking and simply unmissable animation bursts with creativity, humour and clever references. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 8, 2011
34% Hall Pass (2011) " Weighed down by a shallow premise, cringe-worthy gags and mixed performances, this ends up one big, boring disappointment. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 2, 2011
60% Wasted on the Young (2010) " Stylistically striking and featuring a clutch of stunning performances from emerging local talent, this is a remarkable achievement sure to generate discussion. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 28, 2011
52% The Next Three Days (2010) " While the performances are solid and there are a handful of truly suspenseful moments, this thriller fails to rise above the formula. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 1, 2011
87% Black Swan (2010) " While it's no crowd pleaser, this visually stunning thriller glides on Aronofsky's visceral direction and powerhouse performances from the entire cast. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 18, 2011
37% Burlesque (2010) " While campy and clichéd, this is a surprisingly enjoyable piece of escapism with Christina Aguilera delivering an impressive turn in the lead role. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 10, 2011
89% Tangled (2010) " Tangled is not only visually splendid, but it's one to get swept away in. This is animation of the highest order. CGI geeks -- miss it and weep. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2011
94% The King's Speech (2010) " Cinematically told and firmly rooted in its characters, this is an absolute crowd pleaser. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2010
73% Sarah's Key (2011) " Delivered with authenticity and driven by superb, layered performances, this is a profound and powerful viewing experience. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2010
72% Megamind (2010) " Despite the terrific voice cast and eye-catching animation, this seems disappointingly formulaic and fails to offer real laughs. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 6, 2010
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " Leaves you feeling entertained -- if not entirely satisfied. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 30, 2010
90% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) " Powerfully shot from within the tank, this unflinching war drama is unforgettable. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 30, 2010
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " It's about people -- specifically Harry, Hermione and Ron. If you've gone the distance with this franchise, you already care about them. But here, you'll care that much more. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2010
97% GasLand (2010) " While it's let down by its disorienting camera work, this is informative, entertaining and impassioned. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2010
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " There's a bold splash of the surreal in this inspired portrait of a man whose life really is too big for one film. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2010
88% La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009) " While there's insight to be gained, this overly long and often mundane doco is unlikely to spark an interest in the general viewer. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2010
36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " While undeniably a chick flick, this is a classy one bolstered by an all-round excellent cast and well crafted script. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 5, 2010
87% Buried (2010) " Driven by Ryan Reynolds magnificent performance, this tense and ambitious film is absolutely riveting to watch unfold. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 5, 2010
73% The Tree (2011) " Loss is central to this story, but this isn't another Australian film that will be accused of being bleak. It's realistic yet hopeful, a little mystical and simply quite beautiful. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2010
6% The Last Airbender (2010) " With poorly executed action, wooden acting and a dead script, this fantasy film is a strong contender for a Razzie. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2010
14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) " While the jokes are obvious, this fun family film has a big heart, an element missing from the recent slew of kids' movies about animals. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2010
82% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) " The mental games that the characters play are underdeveloped, and the look of the film isn't worth leaving home for. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 7, 2010
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