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Sunday Times (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

"Thanks to McKay's mesmerising performance, Me and Orson Welles also stands as a fitting tribute to the abundant talents of its larger-than-life title character, an icon of stage, radio and screen."

Posted Jul 27, 2010

Gavin Bond

2 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"The new Karate Kid runs with the original's underdog structure, mixed with on-screen fights and words of wisdom, but major changes rip the heart out of what was a touching coming-of-age journey anyone could relate to."

Posted Jul 6, 2010

Ben McEachen

3 73%

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

"It must try all manner of bizarre/obscene/silly things to sustain itself beyond stating the obvious about celebrity excess."

Posted Jun 14, 2010

Ben McEachen

4 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"All in all, it's not the spectacular send-off Shrek deserves but, as a way to get out, it's not too shabby either. "

Posted Jun 14, 2010

Ben McEachen

5 15%

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"There's still enough of the Sex and the City magic for those who fell in love with the show more than a decade ago. Nothing is as smart as it was; it's not as edgy, it's not as cute, it's sagged a bit. But then, haven't we all?"

Posted Jun 1, 2010

Amanda Platell

6 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"The sheer presence of the distinguished ensemble overrides the somewhat laboured screenplay and uneven pacing of this otherwise engrossing and foreboding Aussie gangster flick."

Posted Jun 1, 2010

Gavin Bond

7 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"It's an absolute credit to her that she is able to evoke sympathy and empathy for such a prickly and volatile screen character."

Posted May 25, 2010

Gavin Bond

8 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"Prince of Persia largely avoids action blasts and trudges through dull episodes. Not exactly a princely start to an aspiring franchise."

Posted May 25, 2010

Ben McEachen

9 78%

The End of the Line (2009)

"This is a documentary that will change the way you think about seafood and give you the power of knowledge to make a change."

Posted May 17, 2010

Narelle Towie

10 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"Learning what made Hood is well and good, but couldn't that have taken 30 minutes, with the rest of the movie being about a wanted philanthropic criminal?"

Posted May 17, 2010

Ben McEachen

11 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"Unlike most films of its dubious genre, Harry Brown avoids gratuitous gunplay and sensationalism and has a down-to-earth and fallible central character."

Posted May 17, 2010

Gavin Bond

12 96%

Food, Inc. (2009)

"This enlightening film takes aim at the US food industry by exposing the astounding and dubious means by which the source of our food is harvested and processed."

Posted May 17, 2010

Gavin Bond

13 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"Well and truly geared to a female audience who are likely to savour the fanciful plot and neatly wrapped feel-good denouement."

Posted May 10, 2010

Gavin Bond

14 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"As a whole, this movie is a mediocre postcard you keep hoping will become the enthralling slide show it thinks it is."

Posted May 10, 2010

Ben McEachen

15 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Iron Man 2 injects more heroes and villains without losing sight of what made its predecessor a surprise smash hit in 2008."

Posted May 3, 2010

Ben McEachen

16 54%

I Love You Too (2010)

"Humorous, charming and quaint, I Love You Too has the goods to earn more than just patriotic affection."

Posted May 3, 2010

Ben McEachen

17 56%

Accidents Happen (2010)

"The main appeal of this modest and rambling slice of life is writer Brian Carbeeā(TM)s delicious dialogue, which provides Davis with a string of amusing and acidic verbal put-downs."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Gavin Bond

18 40%

44 Inch Chest (2010)

"This talky crime drama is a searing examination of masculinity and misogyny that is littered with rampant profanity and lashings of humour."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Gavin Bond

19 33%

The Room (1998)

"This self-financed flick's shortcomings go way beyond the standard array of glaring continuity errors, dodgy sets and stagnant editing."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Gavin Bond

20 52%

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)

"This presentation of two artists pursuing passion without concern for social or marital rules becomes a well-groomed melodrama that deflates interest by closely guarding the feelings of those involved."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Ben McEachen

21 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"Washington is always watchable and will hold your gaze during a highly ambitious but ultimately wonky attempt to inject spiritual depth into the blockbuster flock."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Ben McEachen

22 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"Where's the excitement, thrills and dizzying nonsense promised by its rockin' trailers?"

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Ben McEachen

23 95%

Mother (Madeo) (2010)

"Bong has delivered a sumptuously photographed drama, which is complemented by scenes of wry humour, a haunting soundtrack and several visually striking scenes that will stay with audiences long after the somewhat underwhelming conclusion."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Gavin Bond

24 67%

Date Night (2010)

"This manic story of mistaken identity is a disappointing waste of its talented leads."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Gavin Bond

25 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"This ribald romp, thanks to its unrelenting violence, ultimately outstays its welcome."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Gavin Bond

26 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"This handsome, well-tuned adaptation of Jay Parini's Tolstoy biography avoids being a dour subtitled slog by its strong casting, layered contrasts of love and duty, and admirable air of enthusiasm."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Ben McEachen

27 55%

La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl) (2010)

"An enlightening factual and atmospheric account of large-scale corruption and individual courage."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Gavin Bond

28 76%

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

"Thompson's poise and charm always keep her supernanny away from being a poor Poppins clone."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

Ben McEachen

29 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Newcomer Rapace is captivating as the heavily pierced and tattooed femme and resourceful anti-authority avenger. At the same time, she is also able to successfully convey her complex character's more vulnerable, emotionally wounded and softer side." EDIT

Posted Mar 25, 2010

30 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"Dragon burns to satisfy a broad audience with a searing blend of rollercoaster action, winning comedy and actual emotion."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Ben McEachen

31 63%

Brothers (2009)

"Director Sheridan effectively contrasts the domestic character-driven drama set in suburban America with genuinely harrowing and authentic war sequences."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Gavin Bond

32 13%

The Bounty Hunter (2010)

"The woeful shell of a romantic comedy, a motionless movie which shows no attempt to do anything but point a camera at shapely Aniston."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Ben McEachen

33 80%

Max Manus: Man of War (2010)

"Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have not only crafted an enlightening biographical tale but a film, not unlike recent Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, that also conveys the addictive nature and ultimate futility of combat."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Gavin Bond

34 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"Despite this offbeat film's shortcomings, one can't help but admire director Grant Heslov and his influential pal Clooney in bringing to the screen yet another timely reminder of war's ludicrousness and ultimate futility."

Posted Mar 2, 2010

Gavin Bond

35 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"While Firth dominates proceedings, appearing in every frame, he is nearly upstaged by debutant director's Ford's stunning cinematography, art direction and attention to detail."

Posted Feb 23, 2010

Gavin Bond

36 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"Despite massive production troubles including key personnel changes, elaborate CGI and substantial reshoots, this long-delayed update of a classic 1940s monster movie finally hits screens with an exuberant roar."

Posted Feb 15, 2010

Ben McEachen

37 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Such an overtly dramatic movie always runs the risk of being overrated and Precious isn't the life-changing outing it has been declared to be. But it's also very difficult to shake off."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Ben McEachen

38 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

" Gibson remains as rough and tough as ever, yet his older figure and stern demeanour provide a personable core to what could have spiralled out into a violence frenzy or incomprehensible whodunit."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Ben McEachen

39 75%

The Road (2009)

"This expertly crafted "road movie" does provide, thanks to the director's brave commitment to realism, a poetic and intentionally devastating emotional viewing experience."

Posted Jan 26, 2010

Gavin Bond

40 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"Viewers looking for an intelligent, hilarious and bitingly relevant look at the way governments work won't be disappointed."

Posted Jan 17, 2010

Gavin Bond

41 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"The absurd pandemonium of the finale's confessions stretches to breaking point but befits a unique musical oddball that will prove strangely affecting to those swept up in it."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Ben McEachen

42 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Pedro Almodovar delivers yet another visually rich and quirky viewing experience with the release of his 17th big screen feature."

Posted Dec 13, 2009

Gavin Bond

43 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"One of the rare films that actually lives up to, and is deserving of, its considerable hype."

Posted Nov 30, 2009

Gavin Bond

44 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"This slick, computer-animated family flick, in eye-popping digital 3D, not only matches the visual excesses of Roland Emmerich's 2012, but is also much more successful in paying homage to the disaster genre through the use of humour and wit."

Posted Nov 22, 2009

Gavin Bond

45 79%

Genova ()

"Mainstream audiences may rue the lack of a dramatic arc or conventional plot, but this beautifully photographed and emotive tale proves to be achingly authentic and heartfelt without resorting to perfunctory flashbacks and soppy musical montages."

Posted Nov 1, 2009

Gavin Bond

46 92%

In Search of Beethoven (2009)

"Despite its excessive length, this reverential doco will enthuse fans, historians and even those, like yours truly, whose familiarity with Beethoven is limited to the opening strains of his 5th Symphony."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Gavin Bond

47 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"Those willing to ignore these indulgences are guaranteed to be swept away by the sublime visuals, energetic performances and Gilliam's own incredibly unbridled imagination."

Posted Oct 27, 2009

Gavin Bond

48 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"Ultimately, not only does this epic enlighten but one hopes it may help to rekindle some of the revolutionary spirit that seems to be sadly lacking in contemporary society."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Gavin Bond

49 83%

Beautiful Kate (2009)

"Beautiful Kate is a sexually charged kitchen-sink drama that comes with powerful performances, beautiful cinematography and a soundtrack to match its heavy but hopeful mood."

Posted Aug 2, 2009

Shannon J. Harvey

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