Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
Margaret is a Sydney girl from birth, which she admits was many years ago, way before there was an Opera House on Bennelong Point. After abandoning a degree in Economics at Sydney University she was embraced by the newly established Macquarie University, who she says must have been desperate for students at that time. There she gained an Arts degree in German and Psychology. In the middle of her studies, she spent two and a half years in Vienna where she had her first taste of working in the media. She was a stringer for the Bulletin and for ABC Rural Radio, where she supplied gripping stories about the sale of Aussie hoses to Hungarian farmers and the implications of the success or failure of the Russian wheat crop. The years in Europe were significant ones. Back in Australia, she met and married filmmaker Hans Pomeranz and became involved with and enthusiastic about the ?new wave? of Australian filmmaking that was happening during the 1970?s. Margaret attended the Playwright?s Studio at NIDA and began writing for television, radio and film. She regards herself as an escapee from screenwriting. When given the chance to work with the newly established Special Broadcasting Service soon after it began in October 1980, the joy of being producer as well as writer was a very satisfying experience. She produced and wrote a number of programs for SBS before establishing The Movie Show with David Stratton in 1986, which they fronted until 2004. During that time Margaret was Executive Producer with SBS for such programs as Front Up, Subsonics, the AFI Awards and the If Awards. Margaret is currently the co-host with David Stratton of At The Movies on ABC TV, where they moved in July 2004. Margaret has served as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, is a past President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and is a past President, currently vice-President of Watch on Censorship. She is also a member of the inaugural board of the Australian Writers? Foundation. More importantly she is the mother of two sons whom she likes and loves very much.
Publications:
At the Movies (Australia) , Baltimore Sun
Critics' Group:
Film Critics Circle of Australia
Total Reviews:
494
Location:
Sydney, Australia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 79% Son of a Gun " Well, I went along with it and I really enjoyed it and I thought there is a new talent here and I'm giving it three and a half stars. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " I found the film enormously likeable with solid performances from a grand array of actors. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 57% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " However silly the denouement might be, the journey there is quite intriguing. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " I love Liam Neeson's presence and there is a sardonic weight to him. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 98% The Loved Ones (2012) " All the performances are good. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3/5 95% Force Majeure (2014) " I think it's really well acted. I think the kids are great. I think the premise is very interesting. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/5 39% Tusk (2014) " The way Kevin Smith's mind works is a grotesque wonder to behold. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 31% Annabelle (2014) " This film is very much stock schlock. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 88% Siddharth (2014) " The performances are splendid. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/5 85% The Sixth Sense (1999) " It takes you on an intriguing, unsettling journey. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 7, 2014
4/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " That is a really lovely, nuanced performance from [Luke Wilson]. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3.5/5 88% Advanced Style (2014) " What is remarkable about these women is their zest for life. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2.5/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) " It's pretty ludicrous and silly and I found the dialogue was so clich├ęd and some of the shots as well. However, I think Luke Evans is a really charismatic performer. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " It's only towards the end that you become aware of the improbability of the whole, but by then it's too late, you've been hooked. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3.5/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Moodysson has brought these non-conformists delightfully, sensitively to life with design and cinematography reflecting the recently departed 70's. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " The young actresses however are sublime in their roles. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/5 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " I actually found a lot of the dialogue, particularly at the beginning of the film, really hard to get into. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
1/5 62% The Equalizer (2014) " It is an empty vessel with such a simplistic premise for what turns out to be a sadistic bloodbath. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " This air of melancholy that lies over the film is - I don't know. I was very interested about all this north, south the various elements of Kung Fu. I learned stuff from the film. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " I think this is really a beautiful film. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3.5/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " Jesse Eisenberg's performance has an intensity that is deliberately alienating, with Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard solid in support. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
86% Predestination (2015) " This is the sort of film that, immediately I came out of it, I wanted to go back in, because I wanted to make sure all the pieces fit together. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4/5 75% Felony (2014) " There's an evenness to the direction that slightly inhibits complete engagement but this is another really fine Australian film. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Eileen Atkins, for me, is the star of the movie. I think she's just so great. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4.5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " It's an extraordinary achievement marked by simply wonderful performances. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3/5 69% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " I thought it was a bit turgidly directed. It could have had a brisker pace and I'm not into this picaresque, cute thing. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.5/5 No Score Yet Freedom " I'm very half-hearted about this. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/5 67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " The film is a hymn to the spirit of adventure and to the quest for scientific knowledge of our planet. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/5 89% Locke (2014) " It is the most extraordinary feat this film, and it's not just an exercise in pyrotechnics, it's an exploration of existential angst. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3.5/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " I was particularly impressed by Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff. Those two central performances are very strong. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3.5/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " I think Patrick Hughes really comes up with the goods on this, as does Peter Menzies, who was cinematographer. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4.5/5 97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " A grand tour of music, memory and transformation is contained in 20,000 Days on Earth. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3.5/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It isn't a great film, but it's a very enjoyable one. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " There's a freshness to this film. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " I was absolutely appalled at Michael Douglas' performance in this and I thought he was really so unconvincing but... I think this screenplay is so bad that it's hard for any of those actors to make anything out of it. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " I think they've really created characters, James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Pearlman, and I think the screenplay is really lovely. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The drama is low-key, the theme of short term pain versus long term gain is intriguingly explored, it may not have the gung-ho action that some audiences demand but it is a solid well-made thriller. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3.5/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " It's slickly directed by Robert Luketic even though it's all pretty unbelievable. But in fact I rather enjoyed it. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jul 23, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " I think that's what's wrong with this. The minor characters don't emerge from this at all. I'm hard pressed to discern one from the other. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 17% Wild Wild West (1999) " Wild Wild West is a farce that's occasionally funny, often in a rather laboured way, occasionally thrilling and more than occasionally puerile. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) " I think it is spare-genre filmmaking. It is really, really well done. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " Giant holes in the plot are papered over by Janet McTeer's earnest narration, improbabilities abound, and it all seems longer than it actually is " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3.5/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Uneven yes, funny at times, yes, often uproariously so. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " I found it really interesting, really beautiful. I'm giving it three stars because I didn't understand it. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 23, 2014
4.5/5 96% The Babadook (2014) " What I really liked about this film was the cohesiveness of the ideas in it and, I don't know, I just thought it was so finely pitched and intriguing from go to whoa. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Amazing what substance in performance can do to distract from the incredible and incredibly silly. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " I think this is such a beautiful film in its naturalism. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " It is for most of its length a strong involving narrative with wonderful performances from the two leads, Heldenbergh and Baetens and a simply lovely one from young Nell Cattrysse. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2014
3.5/5 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " It's extraordinary and funny. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " It starts out so fabulously in Afghanistan in this armoured vehicle and these boys just start spontaneously singing Sky Takes the Soul and I went, oh, this is so unexpected and beautiful. " ‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2014
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