Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% 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:
433
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 433
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " This is not a new story. However it's been handled superbly by Vinterberg working with co-screenwriter Tobias Lindholm. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " It's the pleasing nature of the two young central characters that gives the film its heart and its ballast." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
5/5 93% Amour (2012) " It's Haneke's searing honesty and lack of sentimentality, and his talent as a writer-filmmaker that lifts this film to the heights of achievement. I know that the storyline may sound gloomy, the film is not. It is beyond wonderful." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4.5/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Well, Joe Wright has done it. His ANNA KARENINA is a triumph. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
4/5 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " Josh Radnor is an actor who's not content to be just that. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 12, 2012
4/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " This lovely fantasy has been brought to beautiful 3D life by Peter Ramsey, the visual effects are really something. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3/5 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " I was a bit underwhelmed by this, I must say." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
3.5/5 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " It's so over the top that I just thought it was a hoot. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " It's an example of a clever actress taking control of her career." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2012
2.5/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " Something's missing in this film. It just feels constructed and flat. And I found the casting uninspired as well." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Fabulous entertainment." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
1.5/5 64% 2 Days in New York (2012) " I started out thinking this is really forced and then I thought it was really self consciously cute and then I thought it was really unfunny and then I got to the point of hating it and then I wanted her to die." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
4.5/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " I loved this. I walked out of this film just really filled with delight. Ken Loach is such a socially conscious filmmaker." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3.5/5 63% Dead Europe " I was confronted, fascinated, and ultimately only slightly frustrated." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " I thought he was a grumpy old man and I found the film actually quite unpleasant, that resorts to sentimentality in such a cheap way at the end." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " It's not that you don't sympathise with the characters' sentiments it is, though, that you can't actually go along with their agenda." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4.5/5 85% The Master (2012) " More than impressive, it's disturbing, I felt quite shattered coming out of the screening whether because of the sheer artistry on display or whether because of the themes explored, I couldn't say." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " I think McDonagh is really cleaver. I mean he's taking on Hollywood and the screenplay; the conceit of writing a screenplay within a screenplay. He's having digs at the violence in films while indulging in the violence in films." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " I just found that it was a tremendously compassionate film and you think it's not something I would rush out to see but, in fact, it's such a lovely, nourishing experience, this film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 60% Last Dance " I was moved by it, and I think Julia and Firass are fabulous in it. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4.5/5 71% Hail " Perhaps not a film for the faint-hearted, it is nevertheless an important entry into the Australian film landscape." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " I loved this. It is so beautiful and there's almost an innocence to it that Burton achieves. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/5 75% The Intouchables (2012) " I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it but I think it also tries too hard to please that audience and it just shrieks, aiming at that middle bar. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 96% Argo (2012) " This is a classy heist movie with a bizarre set-up; it's entertaining as well as thrilling." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
1/5 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " He can't get away with what he got away with 50 years ago and that's the thing. His timing is off. He's not funny. He used to be achingly funny and beautiful." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " This is one of those films where the filmmaker takes you on an audacious journey and makes you believe every moment of it. A nice debut from Trevorrow and Connolly." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 51% Savages (2012) " I think it's really interesting that Oliver Stone has gone back to this visceral, mischievous, hard-hitting filmmaking." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " For me this is the least of the three of his films. And I still think it's pretty good because I thought the others were wonderful." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
4/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " Minimalistic, impressionistic, powerful filmmaking brings a fresh take to this English classic. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 43% The Wedding Party (2013) " The improbabilities and sheer banality of Christine Bartlett's screenplay are almost overcome by the quality of the cast, but not quite. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2.5/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " This is a pretty clich├ęd affair, although it's an effective sweaty palm experience." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 40% Mental (2013) " Although PJ Hogan professes that he's representing real life as he knows it on screen, for audiences he walks a fine line between the grotesque and the compassionate and for me, he succeeds, painfully but gracefully." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3.5/5 44% On the Road (2012) " A lot of it is so good and I think the performances are great. I think Garrett Hedlund is very charismatic." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/5 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) " There is fun to be had with this, it's quirky, self-referential, there's a knowing humour throughout. Not to be taken too seriously although the characters are apparently based on historical figures." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 93% Looper (2012) " It's an intriguing ride and I really enjoyed it. I think it's clever." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 —— Thirst " This is a gripping tale of romance, of seeking, of connecting in a very human way, of getting joy out of what few moments you may have left on this earth." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/5 94% Lore (2013) " Few films recently have affected me as powerfully as Lore. It's an outstanding achievement from one of our most talented filmmakers." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/5 47% Bait (2012) " Think this is absolutely a genre film for a specific audience and I think it will deliver to that audience." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 86% Nobel's Last Will " Director Peter Flinth does a sleek job and holds interest but it struck me that this was not much more than fairly high quality television drama." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " I really thought this was a very sweet film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/5 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " Perhaps the spectacle overwhelms the characters at times but this is a fun addition to this particular series. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4.5/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " To put this film in the category of mere narrative is to do it a disservice, it's a wonderful mix of social realism, magic realism and at the heart of it is an extraordinary performance from young Quvenzhane Wallis. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2012
3.5/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " Dax Shephard has a really attractive presence on screen and he's terrific in this." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2012
4/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " His singular take on young love on the run from any sort of authority has moments of sheer oddness, but it's all of a piece with his other work and you are either an Anderson fan or you're not. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2012
1.5/5 74% Hope Springs (2012) " I reacted against it and they've got this adolescent attitude to sex that I found irritating too. Come on, grow up, guys." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " The film tantalizes and seduces you into a world that is mysterious but, for the most part, completely arresting. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4/5 90% Bernie (2012) " It's a fascinating story presented in a really intelligent and weirdly entertaining way." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 16, 2012
4/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " Audiences in this country say they want entertaining Australian films. Well, I've got to tell you, this is it." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " There are some funny moments, there are some sweet moments, there is also a deep cynicism with the political agenda in the United States at the heart of this movie." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3/5 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " This sort of animation is what it is. Some of the visuals, particularly at the beginning of this film, were really lovely and imaginative but it's so repetitive all this franchise stuff." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 29, 2012
2.5/5 78% Brave (2012) " This is one of the least exciting Pixar films and they're usually so imaginatively written; this is pretty banal." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 21, 2012
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