FILMINK (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"It's a set-up that's the stuff of sensationalist headlines, but under Kore-eda's measured watch, it becomes a tender, thoughtful and moving look at the complex bonds that underpin families"

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Cara Nash

2 93%

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

"It's out-of-this-world funny."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Annette Basile

3 41%

Divergent (2014)

"If one can push past the fact that its world feels a little too familiar, this is a deftly executed slice of teen sci-fi. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Cara Nash

4 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Often lazily and unfairly accused of crafting works that trump style over substance, Anderson's painstaking attention to detail here beautifully serves the story."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Cara Nash

5 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Perfect paced, ingeniously scripted, and constantly compelling, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is, first and foremost, a top-tier thriller...which just happens to have a superhero in the middle of the action."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Erin Free

6 80%

Generation Iron (2013)

"...just about enough memorable quotes, eloquence, personality, and pathos to divert even those of us with no interest in sport."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Mark Demetrius

7 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"At its core, The Lego Movie is an ode to imagination, creativity and busting outside the status quo, so it's wholly fitting that the film itself - from its storytelling through to its superb animation - embodies these qualities beautifully."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Cara Nash

8 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's an often strange mix, but one that has an ultimately hypnotic quality, as Aronofsky digs not only into the richly freaky psychology of the tale, but also into its crammed hull of visual possibilities. "

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Erin Free

9 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Does high octane Grand Theft Auto-style racing carnage and leeringly pornographic shots of exotic sports cars screaming along at top speed really make up for a poorly written script? Why, yes...yes it does"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Jarrod Walker

10 80%

Tracks (2014)

"The adaptation transposes the rhythms of her trek as a languid but never lingering odyssey, as anchored by Mia Wasikowska's relentless performance"

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Sarah Ward

11 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"300: Rise of an Empire is occasionally unintentionally funny. That said, it's also utterly mesmerising, visually gorgeous and totally compelling. "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Anthony O'Connor

12 99%

Gloria (2014)

"If the film itself doesn't win viewers over with its refreshingly rounded story, Garcia's offering of a vulnerable and tenacious heroine will; make no mistake, audiences will be singing Gloria's name."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Sarah Ward

13 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"While critics and historians can debate the narrative's moral ambiguity, or lack thereof, the film's magic derives from an old director's memories of younger, more hopeful days."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

James Fletcher

14 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Out Of The Furnace is an all too rarely seen type of film: a big-feeling drama that proves that ambition doesn't have to be solely connected to the size of a film's budget and the number of special effects shots that it has."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Erin Free

15 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"The film descends into the realm of implausibility, with a marked change in tempo and dialogue that demolishes any tension that the film worked so hard to create."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Thomas Derwin

16 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"This incredible film charts one man's determination to stay alive against astounding odds and, most tantalisingly, supporting the very people that he despised."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Colin Fraser

17 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The film would have benefited from more editing, but it is nevertheless a compelling, troubling and touching study of adolescence and same-sex relationships."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Lex Hall

18 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"With an unbelievable romance, huge leaps in logic and a messy narrative structure, there's little to recommend about this film."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Calum Wilson Austin

19 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"For all its flaws, Endless Love's saving grace is that it is not in fact endless and that you will get to leave the cinema sooner or later."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tina Giannoulis

20 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Not since Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down has there been such a vivid account of a mission gone wrong. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Lex Hall

21 59%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"Mclean remains true to genre expectations with Wolf Creek 2, though he departs from the norm by actually turning out a strong, bone-grinding follow up that doesn't smear the legend of the first film."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Erin Free

22 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Le Week-End is a sophisticated, elegant, and frequently hilarious account of living with a significant other: love 'em or hate 'em."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Colin Fraser

23 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Swiftly and smartly, Nebraska becomes an ode to small hopes, big leaps, and the texture of life in all its uncertainty and melancholy."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Sarah Ward

24 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"This is the most compelling tale of nautical peril since Steven Spielberg's Jaws."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Clift

25 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"A slick, smug film about three guys, who we slowly, slowly watch get their act together."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Cara Nash

26 68%

One Chance (2014)

"Yes, this plays as sentimental and inoffensive as a winner's first record, but it's also packed with genuine heart."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Cara Nash

27 49%

Carrie (2013)

"For all its positives, unfortunately, when the inevitable comparisons to both King, and Brian De Palma's 1976 version arise, Carrie does fall short."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Byron Struck

28 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Rom-com fanatics and Austen aficionados may find gems in Austenland, but others will see this as a film with little sense or sensibility."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Andrew Brown

29 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A strong and well observed fifties period piece, Kill Your Darlings brilliantly captures both the heady sense of privilege, and the decadent whiff of The Beat Generation's brief and blazing demimonde."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Julian Wood

30 42%

Night Train To Lisbon (2013)

"It's long and sometimes predictable, but worth seeing for Irons, who reprises a role that he almost invented: the troubled intellectual in search of himself."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Lex Hall

31 92%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Far superior to most teen films, Weber and Neustadter's irreverent and unpredictable writing repeatedly upturns the clichés of the genre."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Andrew Moraitis

32 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Delivery Man starts off strong, but gradually fades into mediocrity courtesy of, well, just too much going on."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jonathon Natsis

33 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"Layered with strongly crafted characters, and snaking thriller plot, the results are compelling, thought provoking, and highly entertaining."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Erin Free

34 89%

Frozen (2013)

"The expected Disney components are on display, from gleaming imagery to catchy songs to engaging humour, but this classically told fairytale revels in its moving modernity, crafting a strong ode to empowerment."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Sarah Ward

35 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Short Term 12 hits hard at times, yet despite its potentially melodramatic subject matter, never once feels manipulative or overwrought."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Tom Clift

36 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"As much a shining example of an improvised film that works as an example of one that doesn't, Drinking Buddies is nevertheless a solid romantic comedy."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Sean Sebastian

37 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"Farewell, My Queen is a knife-edge drama that steadily builds tension that at times becomes as unbearably tense as the relationship between the three leading ladies."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Roger Smith

38 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Every actor is given their moment, just as every role is afforded a showpiece scene, but much of it feels like it's just going through the motions."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Sarah Ward

39 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"This handsomely made adaptation plays to its YA audience, but while simple, it's a stirring look at WW2 from the perspective of normal German families."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Cara Nash

40 36%

Ghost Team One (2013)

"It's spectacularly unoriginal."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Eden Caceda

41 100%

Utopia ()

"A bleak but powerful film, Pilger reminds us that resolving the issues of Indigenous people is far from over."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Eden Caceda

42 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"Sorrentino's film may flit between vignettes of extravagance and eccentricity, but more is always toiling underneath."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Sarah Ward

43 39%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"Overall, it's an unbalanced film, with several laugh out loud moments and thrilling action sequences, but it lacks the memorable scares required for this to rate any higher than an above average horror film."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Eden Caceda

44 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The direction from Steve McQueen is visceral, the script from John Ridley doesn't waste a word, and the performances are, without exception, brilliant."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Annette Basile

45 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"It's wise not to underestimate the sheer guilt-plated fun of watching these two old pros from different sides of the acting spectrum verbally and physically spar with one another while hauling their geriatric carcasses around a ring."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jarrod Walker

46 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"The story of Nelson Mandela is a truly extraordinary one, and while Justin Chadwick's biopic never stoops to hagiography and always entertains, it sometimes feels like the weight of the narrative is too heavy for one movie."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Erin Free

47 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"Belly-laugh material it isn't, but Last Vegas fits the prescription for a happily undemanding piece of entertainment."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Annette Basile

48 94%

The Past (2013)

"The Past is a beautifully acted and cleverly constructed drama."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Andrew Moraitis

49 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"Mistaken For Strangers is a documentary about the documentary process itself, as well as a scruffy, but resonant portrait of a younger sibling breaking from the shadow of his older brother."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Cara Nash

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