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At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 61%

The Horseman (2008)

"Certainly The Horseman is a calling card for Kastrissios' skills as a filmmaker; one just hopes he doesn't make The Horseman 2."

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

2 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"The original film was long at 126 minutes; this is egregiously long at 141 mins -- a ridiculous length for this kind of film."

Posted Jun 30, 2010

David Stratton

3 33%

Jusqu'à toi ()

"This is a very contrived rom-com which isn't saved by the generally likable performances."

Posted Jun 30, 2010

David Stratton

4 80%

I Am Love (2010)

"This is a beautiful film, moving, stylish with a sensual romance at its heart."

Posted Jun 26, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

5 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"And it's not cheap sentiment. There's something really deep and sweet about everything in the Toy Story series."

Posted Jun 26, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

6 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"The 3D animation is quite beautiful, and there's the usual bonus of a Pixar short film before the feature, the clever and enchanting Night and Day."

Posted Jun 26, 2010

David Stratton

7 84%

Rocket Science (2007)

"It's intelligent, it doesn't go for the emotional jugular, it has an honesty about it that's refreshing. "

Posted Jun 16, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

8 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"The Shrek franchise is a hugely enjoyable one, with funny characters and a knowing way with mocking fairy-tales and popular culture."

Posted Jun 16, 2010

David Stratton

9 79%

Mother and Child (2010)

"Mother and Child -- which interestingly never makes an issue of race in its relationships -- is rewarding viewing, even if it's not exactly feel-good entertainment."

Posted Jun 16, 2010

David Stratton

10 83%

Mademoiselle Chambon (2010)

"This is not a film in which major events occur; it's a drama made up of everyday banalities, small moments that are of immense importance to the man and the woman who experience them."

Posted Jun 9, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

11 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"This film is chaos on wheels. Nothing really makes sense, the action is filmed in a way that is totally confusing. It's impressionistic cinema. Co-writer/director Joe Carnahan seems to think that what we can't figure out won't hurt us."

Posted Jun 9, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

12 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Performances are excellent but this is an exceptionally grim experience."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

13 49%

The Losers (2010)

"Occasionally it's good to go to the movies and just have a good time as I did with this. The trailer didn't lie, it is fun schlock."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

14 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Deservedly won the World Cinema Jury prize at Sundance earlier this year, and confirms that Michod is an important new talent."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

David Stratton

15 15%

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"It may be easy to dismiss it as a merely superficial experience: it's all about the clothes, the shoes, the designer life, and of course that's part of it. But it's also about the lives of these women that we've shared for twelve years now."

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

16 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"It is lollipop stuff, but it's good lollipop stuff."

Posted May 27, 2010

David Stratton

17 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"This is just entertaining stuff, more so than most of its ilk."

Posted May 27, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

18 30%

The Kings of Mykonos ()

"I think the screenplay starts off well. I think the opening scenes in Melbourne are really quite funny and they promise something more than you actually get. But once the film gets to Mykonos, it goes for the most obvious targets."

Posted May 21, 2010

David Stratton

19 30%

The Kings of Mykonos ()

"It's colourful and light but the only really solid performance is by Alex Dimitriades who is actually stoic in this mayhem."

Posted May 21, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

20 78%

The End of the Line (2009)

"There are an irritating number of fish and ocean montages with plaintive music which makes the film longer than it need be, but there's no denying the impact of its content."

Posted May 12, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

21 ——

Playing for Charlie ()

"It's a rite of passage film, a slightly muted one, but still it's an Australian film that doesn't end in doom and gloom."

Posted May 12, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

22 35%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"Most of these roughly eight-minute segments are instantly forgettable, despite the talent involved."

Posted May 12, 2010

David Stratton

23 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"There's not a lot to say about this film, it's enjoyable in a very predictable way."

Posted May 12, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

24 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"A tantalising, perhaps slightly frustrating film, but a very impressive one."

Posted May 7, 2010

David Stratton

25 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"This may not be quite as good as the original, it doesn't actually need to be over two hours long, you could avoid the sag in the middle with judicious editing of the screenplay by Justin Theroux. But there's still a lot of joy to be had here."

Posted May 7, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

26 54%

I Love You Too (2010)

"First-time feature director Daina Reid comes from an impressive career in television and does a fine job here."

Posted May 7, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

27 35%

The Burning Plain (2009)

"Even if the film is a little contrived, it's quite a haunting experience..."

Posted Apr 21, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

28 56%

Accidents Happen (2010)

"I think this is an extraordinary film, it's like no other I can think of in this country's history."

Posted Apr 21, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

29 16%

When in Rome (2010)

"Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel are attractive enough but they can't elevate this seriously silly rom-com."

Posted Apr 21, 2010

David Stratton

30 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"There is fun to be found here, but not that much."

Posted Apr 21, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

31 67%

Date Night (2010)

"It's a shame the film hasn't been developed to its full comic potential."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

32 75%

The Eclipse (2010)

"This blend of drama, comedy and horror works surprisingly well, thanks mainly to simply stunning performances by the three leads."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

33 52%

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)

"The film is very handsomely photographed and designed, an art deco lover's dream. But it's not a very fulfilling drama."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

David Stratton

34 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart are amazingly good."

Posted Apr 9, 2010

David Stratton

35 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"The fact that an 11-year-old is doing the killing -- shooting and stabbing bad guys -- all of whom die very bloodily -- will be understandably concerning for many."

Posted Apr 7, 2010

David Stratton

36 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"This being a Nicholas Sparkes' project you know that there will be sentiment galore, a teary finale, romance and reconciliation. So no surprises here. But there are a couple of elements that add a bit of ballast to this film."

Posted Apr 7, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

37 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"This would be a completely awful one-star disaster if not for some of the monsters - the Kraken is formidable enough, but Medusa is even better. She's almost worth the price of admission, but she deserves a better movie than this one."

Posted Apr 7, 2010

David Stratton

38 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"It is constantly entertaining, narratively more cohesive than many of [Jeunet's] films, and naively politically palatable."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

39 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"In the end the film is quite moving, and the original home movie and newsreel footage we see over the end credits adds a potent touch to the drama we've already seen."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

David Stratton

40 58%

She's Out of My League (2010)

"I found some of the Judd Apatow films really funny. This is a pale imitation, not actually in their league at all."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

41 12%

The Spy Next Door (2010)

"The woeful screenplay, the mundane direction, by Brian Levant, and the indifferent acting all combine to sink a stupid plot which should never have got off the ground."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

David Stratton

42 76%

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

"This film has been done with such professionalism, it's a delight."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

43 16%

Love Happens (2009)

"It's awful."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

David Stratton

44 16%

Love Happens (2009)

"This very underwhelming rom-com spends far too much time on the not-so-interesting theories of the hypocritical self-help hero."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

45 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"It's so clichéd and so patronising and there's more than a whiff of racism."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

David Stratton

46 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"Some situations seem very contrived, but ultimately there's no doubting that Bullock has created a memorable character in Leigh Anne."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

47 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"All performances are actually very good, all the actors are beautiful. It's just a pity that the insistent beauty of the piece works against the emotion at the film's core."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

David Stratton

48 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"The new film is consummately made, with superb make-up and effects, again by Rick Baker."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

David Stratton

49 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"This is masterful cinema. Kinetic, dynamic, absolutely riveting with Stephane Fontaine's handheld camerawork just outstanding."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

Margaret Pomeranz

50 75%

The Road (2009)

"The film is so beautiful. In this sort of stark, austere grim way it's incredibly beautiful."

Posted Jan 21, 2010

David Stratton

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