At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Rango (2011)

"It's very, very interesting but it's sort of like you've got to have that magic combination: you've got to have looks and heart."

Posted Mar 9, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

2 21%

The Rite (2011)

"This dreary affair is 'inspired by actual events', but it's a very low-wattage entry into the genre of the exorcist movie. "

Posted Mar 9, 2011

David Stratton

3 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"For me the most deadening aspect of these films is the presence of Michael Nykvist as Blomqvist; he seems to have a personality by-pass, and remains expressionless at all times, no matter what's going on."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

David Stratton

4 60%

Wasted on the Young (2010)

"It's very, very strikingly done."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

David Stratton

5 60%

Wasted on the Young (2010)

"This dramatic tale of that sense of entitlement that some people have to get away with any violation, and revenge via modern media is an absolute winner for me."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

6 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"There's a smart and welcome sense of humour to the proceedings, and Matt Damon and, especially, Emily Blunt, give charismatic performances as the lovers cruelly separated by Fate."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

David Stratton

7 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"The only thing I liked about the film was that these monsters that the Mogodorians keep in the truck are fed with frozen turkeys from the supermarket."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

David Stratton

8 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"The action is well-done, some things are downright silly but I didn't have a problem entering into the spirit of things."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

9 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"Visually, as with all Peter Weir's films, this is really outstanding and really quite memorable. "

Posted Feb 24, 2011

David Stratton

10 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"It's an uncompromising film, necessarily episodic in its depiction of the group's quest for survival, but mesmerizingly involving."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

11 67%

Conviction (2010)

"Goldwyn isn't an amazing director, but there are pretty good performers in this film. "

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

12 67%

Conviction (2010)

"Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, the latter portraying Kenny as an uncontrollable force of nature, and also Melissa Leo, who is quietly powerful as the arresting officer, are all excellent."

Posted Feb 24, 2011

David Stratton

13 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"It's a horror movie, in a way, one designed to make you angry and want to do something about it."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

David Stratton

14 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"It's an unsentimental, occasionally amusing insight into two people who don't know how to become normal again. A very affecting and fine debut for Kidman as producer."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

15 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"What is terrific about Eastwood is that he has a real cleanness in his approach to filmmaking and there isn't this claptrap of sentimentality surrounding it."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

16 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"In the end, an elevating and in many ways, exceptional experience."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

David Stratton

17 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"It's a lot more candid, at least verbally, than most American rom coms are these days and I like that about it. I liked its cheekiness of dialogue."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

David Stratton

18 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"It's not a great film but it's quite enjoyable."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

19 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"It's really solid filmmaking and daring."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

20 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"As a follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours shows Danny Boyle at the top of his form -- it's not a story many filmmakers would want to tackle, and few would handle it as well."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

David Stratton

21 71%

Kokoda (2007)

"The film deserves absolutely top marks for really re-creating this nightmare -- the rain, the mud, the dysentery, the horrors and it is almost like a horror film at times, as the Japanese get so close to them."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

David Stratton

22 71%

Kokoda (2007)

"First time director Alister Grierson is excellent at recreating the physicality of the Kokoda Trail but misses an emotional factor so that the film, while convincing, is not as moving as you would want or expect."

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

23 72%

Somewhere (2010)

"The performances are terrific. I just felt she was sort of retreading this celebrity thing a bit."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

24 72%

Somewhere (2010)

"I love the way Coppola pushes the boundaries on direction here. The way she holds scenes; the pole dancing scene is held for such a long time and it ends up being pathetic and funny and the ice skating scene is just breathtakingly beautiful."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

25 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"I embraced the thrills absolutely 100 per cent. I think this is a roller coaster ride of a film. This is real Scott territory."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

26 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"It's a simple enough plot, inspired, we're told, by real events, and it's aimed at audiences looking for suspense and genuine thrills this summer."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

27 89%

Tangled (2010)

"I thought this is classic Disney."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

28 93%

Another Year (2010)

"Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen give two of the loveliest performances in any Mike Leigh film and I give the film a lot of marks for that, I must say."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

29 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"So bracing in the intimacy of it all. I think they're two wonderful, brave performances."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

30 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"It's very sad but it's so beautiful."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

31 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"Rachel McAdams just seizes this film and goes with it and tends to leave everybody else in her wake a little bit because she's such a force -- such a potent force."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

32 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"I really enjoyed this. It's a delish soufflé for Christmas."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

33 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"In a way I thought maybe there's too much cleverness that's gone into trying to twist the plot without creating a sufficiently tense drama. I'm nitpicking."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

34 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"It's a sumptuously made melodrama."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

35 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"This is a real actor's piece and Geoffrey Rush, who was one of the executive producers, and Colin Firth are really superb in these roles; Helena Bonham Carter too."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

36 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"The heart of this film is the relationship between Bertie and Lionel and it works superbly because of those performances."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

37 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"It's also a lot more intimate and a lot more frank and a lot more grown up than most Hollywood studio pictures are these days."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

David Stratton

38 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"And this was directed by Edward Zwick, who I always feel is a bit soft -- but I think this is actually quite a robust effort from him."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

39 40%

Due Date (2010)

"I was actually surprised at the lack of good comedy in the film and I think it has to do with the fact that both these characters, with whom we spend so much time, are not actually all that sympathetic."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

40 83%

Copacabana (2010)

"Isabelle Huppert creates an intriguing character in this film."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

David Stratton

41 90%

Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)

"It's a strong addition to the small number of anti-war, pro-peace Israeli films being produced at the moment."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

David Stratton

42 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"This is a complex story of ego, secrecy, bombast and outright lying that has been very cohesively told."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

43 71%

Monsters (2010)

"This is such an interesting film in the riffs that you can get out of it about American attitudes to outsiders, so that at the end, particularly at the end, you wonder who the true monsters are."

Posted Nov 17, 2010

David Stratton

44 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"This series is really getting tired. The films of J.K. Rowling's mega-popular books were always handled with grim seriousness by the various directors assigned to them, but at least in the early films there was a sense of magic and originality."

Posted Nov 17, 2010

David Stratton

45 78%

Red Hill (2010)

"Classically photographed for the Scope screen, the film is a cleverly conceived genre piece and centres on a star-making performance from Ryan Kwanten."

Posted Nov 17, 2010

David Stratton

46 72%

Machete (2010)

"There is excess galore and plenty of gore as well, there's tongue in cheek, a completely original use of entrails but somewhere towards the end it just became a bit too silly for me."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

47 32%

Wild Target (2010)

"If not better than the French original, this re-make is equally good and equally funny."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

David Stratton

48 98%

The Loved Ones (2012)

"The morbid jokes and the shocking moments of horror, all played straight by an excellent cast, plus some moments of grisly originality, combine in a film that's better than the average for this sort of admittedly dodgy exploitation piece."

Posted Nov 3, 2010

David Stratton

49 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"It's funny and moving and exhilarating."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

50 71%

Red (2010)

"With its self-deprecating humour, and a hilarious performance from Malkovich, the film -- though it never makes the least bit of sense -- is easy to take, and there are a few snappy lines of dialogue, too."

Posted Oct 27, 2010

David Stratton

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