Dave Calhoun

Dave Calhoun

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Time Out film critic.
Sydney Morning Herald , Time Out , Time Out New York , Time Out Sydney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 —— L'enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq " Fans and followers of the provocative French writer will surely gain the most from this tricksy, rough-and-ready, documentary-style comedy. " — Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2014
4/5 100% Night Will Fall " This wise, sober new documentary is a reminder of historical horrors, but it's also a tale of censorship." — Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2014
5/5 97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " We spend one day on Earth with Nick Cave, from dawn til dusk, via family, friends, a recording session and a gig, but it's just a neat device, and much of the film plays out like drama. " — Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3/5 —— Jack to a King - The Swansea Story " For diehard Swansea FC fans, this doc detailing the club's rise from near-bankruptcy to the Premier League will have them crying and punching the air with nostalgia. " — Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/5 78% Ballet Boys " At 75 minutes it's too brisk and feels like a TV series edited down to the bare minimum, with questions left hanging." — Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2014
5/5 97% Pride (2014) " It's a joyous film, full of love and warmth but unafraid to admit that with sticking out your neck comes struggle and sorrow." — Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2014
4/5 85% The Imitation Game (2014) " Hidden codes, secret meanings and mixed messages pulse through the reliable, old-fashioned, buzzing copper wires of this true-life British period drama." — Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2014
2/5 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The filmmakers hope for a fable-like charm rather than gritty credibility, but the whole thing feels as cynical as the villagers' convoluted mission." — Time Out
Posted Aug 29, 2014
5/5 95% Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) " The Dardennes are never less than reliable, but this is one of their best, up there with The Child or Rosetta in its cast-iron sense of purpose." — Time Out
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3/5 96% Lilting (2014) " This is a quiet, thoughtful London-set study of love, grief and cultural differences." — Time Out
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 13% A Promise (2014) " Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest." — Time Out
Posted Jul 29, 2014
2/5 56% Love Me Till Monday " The cast are a mixed bag, their inexperience not helped by some bum lines." — Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humour and emotion among its ample noise and movement." — Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/5 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " An amiable mess." — Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 100% The Man Whose Mind Exploded " An intimate documentary portrait that oozes love and warmth." — Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) " Director Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story." — Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2014
2/5 43% Common People " Feels more like a community am-dram project than anything to be taken too seriously." — Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " A good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better." — Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) " An efficient, sprightly sports doc about the rise and fall of 1990s cycling superstar Marco Pantani." — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 86% The Two Faces of January (2014) " An unhurried, louche thriller that gives way to claustrophobia as it starts to get its clammy hands around your neck." — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 100% Catch Me Daddy " This unblinking and upsetting debut British film gives us surprising scenes and moods all along the way" — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
2/5 19% The Captive " Beneath the well-tuned atmospherics lurks a schlocky, ludicrous and distasteful yarn" — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 —— Le meraviglie (The Wonders) " A personal, intimate film riffing on the wonderful strangeness of families - equally capable of love and destructiveness, happiness and despair, often all at the same time" — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 67% Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) " Nuri Bilge Ceylan continues to dig with acute intelligence into the dark corners of everyday human behaviour" — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
3/5 50% Maps to the Stars (2014) " This creepy portrait of Beverly Hills screw-ups is deeply silly, but it has just enough venomous bite" — Time Out
Posted May 19, 2014
5/5 100% Mr. Turner (2014) " Timothy Spall - a veteran of Mike Leigh's films - plays this eccentric, determined London bohemian like a bronchial, cantankerous, randy old toad with backache. " — Time Out
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " Little is left to our imagination or intelligence as characters spout facts and exposition and we're treated to a parade of familiar historical figures in distracting smaller roles." — Time Out
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 100% Blue Blood " Stevan Riley succeeds in offering a restrained and insightful portrait of the personalities behind personal glories won and lost within the pressures of such an institutional hot-house." — Time Out
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " Mark Cousins's infectious enthusiasm for cinema and his lightly worn knowledge shine through." — Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 82% The Double (2014) " Ayoade tips his hat to so many other filmmakers ... distilling all his references into a Pinterest board of paranoia and alienation." — Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2/5 93% The Past (2013) " In the end, so much of The Past just doesn't have that crucial ring of truth to it. Disappointing and underwhelming." — Time Out
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " There's something magical and magnetic about this world of mature, know-it-all, ultra-cool vampires that Jarmusch creates and somehow it never seems at all silly." — Time Out
Posted Feb 18, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The film's shaggy-dog, sort-of-whodunit yarn offers laughs and energy that make this Anderson's most fun film since Rushmore." — Time Out
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The sheer warmth and liveliness of Fiennes's Dickens means he's impossible not to like." — Time Out
Posted Feb 4, 2014
3/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The film is at its best when played as goofy comedy ... The later, country-hopping scenes feel like flicking through an old copy of National Geographic." — Time Out
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Newcomer [Stacy] Martin and old-hand [Charlotte] Gainsbourg anchor these two films with performances you can't take your eyes off. They're the calm eyes of Von Trier's storm." — Time Out
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Chaotic and not especially pretty, it has more of the punkish, radical spirit of The Idiots or Dogville than the gloss or contained drama of Antichrist." — Time Out
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " An intimate road movie about one family that also lingers on the landscapes and fabric of an old-time, dying vision of the American Midwest" — Time Out
Posted Dec 2, 2013
3/5 59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " As a primer, it's respectable; as cinema, it feels like a biblical gospel, always gearing up for the next big speech or moment, yet shackled by the greatness of its subject." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " After an hour it can feel like a chore. Yet the images are staggering - not least as the camera moves in and out of the ocean." — Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% My Joy (2011) " There are hints of Tarkovsky in the poetic exploration of place and memory and the film is a demanding, difficult work. But the sense of a Dantean journey and a vision of utter hell are powerfully conveyed." — Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " There are only so many scenes anyone can take of Jude Law (never suited to the geezer role) strutting down streets shooting his gob off." — Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
4/5 85% Seduced And Abandoned " Baldwin and Toback make a snappy comic duo, and half of their talks with a line-up of luminaries focus on the art of filmmaking rather than the business." — Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 75% La religieuse (The Nun) " Measured and sensible, The Nun lacks the full-on claustrophobic horror of a film like The Magdalene Sisters and moves through events at a matter-of-fact distance." — Time Out
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " Rooted in a very real, modern Britain ... But for all its stark realism, it has a touch of myth to it too, and it's lyrically shot." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 100% The Epic Of Everest " A spooky, entrancing archive doc - newly restored, with an eerie, magical score by Simon Fisher Turner. " — Time Out
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/5 85% Borgman (2014) " A loopy, lopsided experiment" — Time Out
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan." — Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " The Fifth Estate doesn't have the same sharp focus or insight [as The Social Network]. It's adequate and often fun, but no match for Cumberbatch's talents." — Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 63% Filth (2014) " You'll be scraping this film out from under your fingernails for weeks." — Time Out
Posted Sep 26, 2013
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