The Aussie New Wave sends out a very indie understated crime thriller.
| Original Score: 8/10
Ray is a ratty little bugger with a corner pub smile that hides secrets you're safer not knowing but can't wait to discover.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia.
| Original Score: 4/5
might almost be described as Tarantino-esque, were it not for the absence of tight plotting.
Totti is either genuinely foreign and amusing or is an incredibly gifted comic actor - his innocent, matter-of-fact delivery of [some of his lines] will have you laughing for days afterwards.
After pulling this rabbit out of the hat, it'll be interesting to see what Ryan's next trick will be.
| Original Score: 3/5
There's nothing particularly new here, but the storytelling style makes it worth a look.
A festival favourite because it's different; it's a cheeky micro budget film which gets over all its budget limitations with the realisation of Ray's character, and its slight story convinces us that there really is more to it than we have seen.
Mostly, however, this dreary Antipodean curiosity is a yob-filled slog of hard-man posturing, all of it bathed in an oppressive testosterone funk. And I haven't even mentioned the hairy buttocks.
| Original Score: 2/5
The camera has penetrated the fabric of everyday life in unsettling and insidious ways, but not quite enough to mistake the pseudo-documentary-ness of The Magician for recorded reality.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A fairly pointless and not particularly well-accomplished exercise, although Scott Ryan gives an impressive, charismatic performance.
| Original Score: C-
Plays much longer than the 98 minute running time.