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At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 84%

Whip It (2009)

"It is a bit of an odd film, this, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and I think that's largely because of Ellen Page... she rises to the occasion tremendously."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

David Stratton

2 84%

Whip It (2009)

"There is a strange tone to the film. It's as if it knows there's a cliché at the heart of this story of an outsider finding expression of her true self and works hard to avoid it."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

3 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"A major disappointment. Soderbergh has stripped the story of most of its drama and though Del Toro, who won Best Actor at Cannes last year, is very convincing as Che, this Spanish-language film almost seems like an anti-movie."

Posted Sep 30, 2009

David Stratton

4 55%

Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

"Quibbles aside, there's a lot to enjoy in the film; it's very efficiently made, and though never totally inspiring, it's eminently watchable."

Posted Sep 30, 2009

David Stratton

5 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"Despite strong performances, this is, in the end, minor Loach."

Posted Sep 23, 2009

David Stratton

6 75%

$9.99 (2008)

"The creation of this world is amazingly detailed; it's magic, really. But maybe the film doesn't quite reach the heights of everyman experience to which it aspires."

Posted Sep 9, 2009

David Stratton

7 85%

Blessed (2009)

"Kokkinos is never backward in confronting her audience, but she's also a sensitive portrayer of emotions that are basic to us all and with this marvellous film she has created her best work so far."

Posted Sep 9, 2009

David Stratton

8 77%

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)

"It's like the death of true creative fashion happening before our eyes. The insight into a fashion house like Valentino is illuminating."

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

9 68%

Funny People (2009)

"While you believe a lot of what happens in the first part of the film, credibility lessens in the second."

Posted Sep 9, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

10 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"This Is Spinal Tap was a mockumentary, but this is for real, a portrait of a band that was very influential on later metal bands, like Metallica, but who found the big time elusive."

Posted Sep 9, 2009

David Stratton

11 58%

Charlie & Boots (2009)

"This is a delightful film. It's a perfect vehicle for Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

David Stratton

12 58%

Charlie & Boots (2009)

"There are parts that are very funny, but this is less an outright comedy than a genial road trip that embraces not only the two travellers but some very typical Aussie folk along the way."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

13 98%

Up (2009)

"the imagination just soars when that house takes off with all those helium filled balloons."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

14 98%

Up (2009)

"Up is one of the best Pixar films, which means it's something very special."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

David Stratton

15 23%

Push (2009)

"I was at first intrigued, and then bemused and confused."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

16 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"There are fabulous performances from both Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr, it's just that the power of the story of these two men gets lost in the mix."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

17 64%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"Soderbergh likes to switch between large-scale films and minimalist dramas, with this very small, but most intriguing film."

Posted Sep 2, 2009

David Stratton

18 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"There was a reality to [the original film] that I think is missing from this."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

19 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"If you've never seen the original, the new Taking of Pelham 123 will probably come across as an okay thriller, but if you have seen the original it's clear evidence as to why the movies aren't as good as they used to be."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

David Stratton

20 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"It is a delight, this film. There is so much imagination at work here."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

21 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"Miyazaki has come up with another memorable film in Ponyo, which is roughly inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid... it's incredibly beautiful as Miyazaki explores an amazing world of sea creatures and human beings."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

David Stratton

22 39%

Fighting (2009)

"There's something interesting in this film and that's the reality it brings to its subject matter. Scenes seem real. And that's a lot to do with the performances. They're all terrific. But there's the reality of New York too, there's grit here."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

23 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"It's not a bad film but I have a feeling that it's too chaotic. It lacks somehow some central gravitas, despite the comedic elements, to bring it all together."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

24 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Taking Woodstock takes us behind the scenes at that amazing event, and deals with ordinary people swept up in it. Don't expect concert scenes, because there are none."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

David Stratton

25 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"It's actually a quite lovely film; gorgeous locations, fabulous costumes, and truly excellent performances. Emily Blunt is totally believable as the young Queen, she's establishing herself as a fine young screen actress."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

26 94%

The Cove (2009)

"The result is quite horrific. No-one could be unmoved. But at the same time I did back away from the campaigning elements of the film."

Posted Aug 19, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

27 64%

Adam (2009)

"But in its earnestness, its gentleness, its determination not to sensationalise any aspect of Adam's story it feels that a bit of drama is missing."

Posted Aug 19, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

28 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"The film is long, certainly, but it's never dull; it's violent, of course, but hey, World War II was a violent business and war movies were never like this before."

Posted Aug 19, 2009

David Stratton

29 84%

The September Issue (2009)

"The value of this film is in the way it validates fashion as art."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

30 55%

Orphan (2009)

"One of the good things about ORPHAN, which is directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, is that it takes itself quite seriously and manages to bring a surprising level of originality to the potentially familiar material."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

David Stratton

31 90%

District 9 (2009)

"It's always exhilarating seeing something refreshingly new on screen, and even though we've seen horror before, and aliens before, and the dirty deeds of capitalism before, it's never been quite like this."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

32 100%

Balibo (2009)

"Despite [the] drawbacks, Balibo still tells a very powerful story, one that needed to be told."

Posted Aug 12, 2009

David Stratton

33 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"Romantic comedies aren't meant to be believable, but this one really stretches it. Nevertheless there is some enjoyment to be found."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

34 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"You wouldn't expect anything of depth and substance. Having said that, the film has its fun moments, it moves along at a cracking pace, and some members of the cast show themselves worthy of better things."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

David Stratton

35 83%

Beautiful Kate (2009)

"I was just completely bowled over by the emotions in this film. It's a very strongly emotional film, with wonderful performances."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

David Stratton

36 83%

Beautiful Kate (2009)

"This quite wonderful piece of cinema ventures into areas of family transgression that may not appeal to everyone. What distinguishes the film are the truly splendid performances from the whole cast, the intelligent screenplay and direction."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

37 84%

Tyson (2009)

"In these interviews, there's a strange poetry to the way he talks about his life. I actually found it really moving."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

38 84%

Tyson (2009)

"He's amazingly frank about some of the people he doesn't like, and he breaks down when he talks about his friends and the people he loved. A surprisingly fine documentary."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

David Stratton

39 76%

Bronson (2009)

"Tom Hardy is just outstanding, actually all the performances are pitch perfect for the material. It's a class act this film, it just will not appeal to audiences who don't want to be confronted with violence when they go to the movies."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

40 76%

Bronson (2009)

"It is a mesmerising performance from Tom Hardy. But as a study of this man, it didn't interest me at all. I thought it was rather facile."

Posted Aug 5, 2009

David Stratton

41 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"I actually found a complete lack of character development here."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

42 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"There's a lot to admire, but it's not up to the standard of Mann's, or Depp's, best work."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

David Stratton

43 90%

Coraline (2009)

"A wonderfully inventive film."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

David Stratton

44 90%

Coraline (2009)

"The 3-D animation is just superb in Coraline; the imagination of Neil Gaiman has taken flight with director Henry Selick."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

45 48%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"There's no question that this is a really intriguing drama and a drama that I think deserved better treatment than it gets here because I think Nick Cassevetes -- I don't think he's a very good director, really."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

David Stratton

46 48%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"There is a touch of contrivance to the set-up that is not totally convincing and the film avoids much of the ethical arguments in favour of family drama. But I must admit to being affected."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

47 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"The decision to release only an 'international' cut-down version, combining the two original films and almost halving the running time is a terrible one -- it's akin to screening half of Lawrence of Arabia."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

David Stratton

48 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"It just becomes so repetitive and so self-conscious, so self-referential and film referential, and I finally ended up feeling that this film was way too clever for me."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

49 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"The most minimal film yet from Jim Jarmusch and while it's fascinating to a degree it becomes somewhat tiresome eventually when you realise it's not really going anywhere."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

David Stratton

50 50%

Chéri (2009)

"At the centre of this film is the luminous Pfeiffer who knows only too well the ravages of time in an industry where youth and beauty are so valued."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

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