Dave Calhoun

Dave Calhoun

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Biography:
Time Out film critic.
Publications:
Sydney Morning Herald , Time Out , Time Out New York , Time Out Sydney
Total Reviews:
582

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 88% 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 94% 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 88% 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 49% 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 77% 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 58% 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 56% 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 73% Borgman (2014) " A loopy, lopsided experiment" — Time Out
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 91% 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 78% Filth (2014) " You'll be scraping this film out from under your fingernails for weeks." — Time Out
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/5 73% Kelly + Victor " It's not all convincing. Campbell-Hughes (remote, brittle) is odd casting ... But once we're in the bedroom, the film takes on a shocking, bold air." — Time Out
Posted Sep 17, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " You have to dig deep in Allen's back catalogue to find a single performance as affecting and well-judged as the one Cate Blanchett delivers." — Time Out
Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/5 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " It's to Ozon's credit that he never serves up easy answers, and even after ample scenes of sex and showdowns with those closest to Isabelle, and even a scene with a psychologist, we're none the wiser as to what's driving her." — Time Out
Posted Sep 14, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous. " — Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2013
4/5 97% Locke (2014) " This is a masterclass in how the most local, most hemmed-in stories can reverberate with the power of big, universal themes." — Time Out
Posted Sep 8, 2013
4/5 100% The Stuart Hall Project " Akomfrah finds an imaginative way of telling Hall's story.'" — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) " An intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime. " — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
5/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Sorrentino is so often compared to Fellini that it feels right that he has made the city of 'La Dolce Vita' the focus for this heady, beautiful, entrancing film." — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem " A lo-fi, future-tech farce with an air of high-end cyber panto. " — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) " A terrifically moving film that has a fitting earthbound feel to it as well as a barely suppressed anger at crimes inflicted on the powerless" — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
4/5 100% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1996) " It's Delon -- impossibly beautiful, impossible to read, cold, cool -- who steals the film." — Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2013
2/5 56% Morrissey 25: Live (2013) " Even if the performances range from rousing to ropey, watching the cult of Mozza in action still offers some unintended pleasures." — Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 89% Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967) " Ray's style is direct, realist and sympathetic." — Time Out
Posted Aug 13, 2013
3/5 26% Planes (2013) " An endearing enough David-and-Goliath tale, aimed squarely at younger kids. " — Time Out
Posted Aug 13, 2013
3/5 69% About Time (2013) " In Curtis's hands, time travel is really a way of learning how to live a better life. (Strangely, though, we're not meant to think there's anything creepy about playing puppetmaster with people's lives.) " — Time Out
Posted Aug 9, 2013
4/5 90% Silence (2014) " Enigmatic and rewarding." — Time Out
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/5 79% Foxfire " In lesser hands, the same story could feel like a misguided, girl-power exploitation flick." — Time Out
Posted Aug 6, 2013
1/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Style over substance doesn't really tell the half of it: you can bathe a corpse in groovy light and dress it in an expensive suit, but in the end that rotting smell just won't go away." — Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 81% The Moo Man " Some may find it a soothing counterpoint to the heady agricultural storylines on 'The Archers'. Udders may be more discerning." — Time Out
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 100% Les Invisibles " It's an inspiring, often surprising watch." — Time Out
Posted Jul 9, 2013
5/5 95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974) " The conflict between logic and the unknowable is as fascinating and exciting for us as it clearly is for Herzog." — Time Out
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying." — Time Out
Posted Jun 18, 2013
4/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " 'Man of Steel' is punchy, engaging and fun, even if it slips into a final 45 minutes of explosions and fights during which reason starts to vanish and the science gets muddy." — Time Out
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " It's both a romp and uncomfortably real." — Time Out
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " Even the always-watchable Shannon can't give much life to Kuklinski's two-dimensional presence: he's little more than a series of murders and pained looks." — Time Out
Posted Jun 4, 2013
4/5 81% Something in the Air (2013) " Free of nostalgia and not overly critical in hindsight, it captures the immediacy of youth in hugely endearing fashion." — Time Out
Posted May 21, 2013
5/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The Coens have given us a melancholic, sometimes cruel, often hilarious counterfactual version of music history. It's a what-if imagining of a cultural also-ran that maybe tells us more about the truth than the facts themselves ever could." — Time Out
Posted May 20, 2013
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