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:
458
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 458
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 43% 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
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " I was very disappointed. I think it even got to the point of being quite silly." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 8, 2012
3.5/5 67% Friends With Kids (2012) " There's a bit of ballast in this romcom that is quite satisfying." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 6, 2012
4/5 81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) " It's a strange but compelling story in which indolence and dissolution are confronted in a life or death moment." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jun 6, 2012
3/5 28% Bel Ami (2012) " It's a strange story, focusing as it does on a man with no moral compass whatsoever. But the design of the production and of the costumes is one of the film's assets." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 23, 2012
3/5 86% Careless Love " There are awkwardnesses in the film that I was not quite comfortable with but at the same time I think it looks really good." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 16, 2012
4/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " [Baron Cohen]'s concocted what I think is his most sophisticated film to date." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 16, 2012
4/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Pitching the film playfully between farce, with a knowing satiric edge, high action and high romance, Dark Shadows is a lot of fun." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 16, 2012
4/5 72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " This is an impressive debut from Darcy-Smith and for producer Angie Fielder." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 26, 2012
3.5/5 80% Spud " I think largely because of the completely innocent-seeming performance of Troye Sivan, it won me over and I found myself actually quite moved by the end." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/5 100% Life In Movement " I don't think it's the best documentary I've ever seen but certainly it does give insight into her life and work" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 13, 2012
3.5/5 95% L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) " The dialogue tends to be declamatory on occasions, the characters are either black or white, no pun intended, and it's all a little bit earnest and overlong. But nevertheless, this is history at its most fascinating." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3.5/5 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " The two leads are attractive; it's a nice role for Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt is a good match for him." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 4, 2012
2.5/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " There's not a lot of wit involved. And the film, despite its 88 minute running time, seems to run out of puff early on." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 4, 2012
4.5/5 97% Tomboy (2011) " This exquisite film is as pure as you can get; it's observational, it's minimalist, there's no intrusive music except where it is part of the action." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 28, 2012
4/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar not only keeps the action rolling along he has elicited the most fabulous performance from Julia Roberts, and the rest of the cast are top notch too." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 28, 2012
2/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " A lot has been lost in the translation, which is a shame because there is the potential there for this intrepid young woman and Jennifer Lawrence has an amazing screen presence." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 21, 2012
4/5 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " It's been so fabulously written, wonderfully acted; Depp is no stranger to representing the essence of Thompson and he's brilliant." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " It's lazily content to raise laughs through 4-letter words and penis jokes. In other words, it has absolutely no ambition, so that eventually even the efforts of its lead actors amount to very little." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 14, 2012
3/5 59% Any Questions for Ben? " The problem with the film, apart from it being only sporadically funny, is the character of Ben himself, there's too little development and a lot of repetition. But there's a lot to enjoy here." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3.5/5 66% The Women on the 6th Floor (2011) " It is enjoyable on a certain level but the simplistic representation of these warm-blooded women cracking open the frigidity of the French middle class becomes a bit hard to swallow after a while" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2011
2/5 56% Albert Nobbs (2012) " There is such an interesting subject but the creation of this character, played by Glenn Close, it's almost like she is mentally challenged." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2011
5/5 78% Melancholia (2011) " I found the film magnificent." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2011
4/5 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " It's not one of Almodovar's more emotionally involving films, it's actually quite chillingly cold but Antonio Banderas is just fabulous as the Frankenstein character and Elena Anaya is exquisite as his creation. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2011
4/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " It's a fascinating film. I just really wanted more than the stuff I already knew." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2011
4/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " This is a stunning film; it's not an easy one, it's confronting and tragic, but it grips you and won't let you go from the quite bizarre opening scene." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 17, 2011
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