At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

An Education (2009)

"The ending of the film is particularly poignant, and confirms the theme that, even if you make mistakes, they sometimes turn into memories you'll cherish forever."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

David Stratton

2 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"Performances are fabulous; Michael Sheen almost tops his previous outings as Blair and Frost with this and Spall, Meaney and Broadbent are just so solid."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

3 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"I actually quite enjoyed this, except this sort of constant rant: the contempt he has for humanity and yadda yadda yadda."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

4 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"In the end, Whatever Works just about does work, though there's an awkwardness about it that is never quite dispelled."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

David Stratton

5 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"The film seduces us into this world with such affection and beauty."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

6 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"Beautifully acted and classically filmed, Departures is a gentle, wise, immensely appealing film."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

David Stratton

7 81%

Louise-Michel (2008)

"This is the best comedy I've seen since Burn After Reading or Death At A Funeral. It's terrific." EDIT

Posted Oct 9, 2009

8 81%

Louise-Michel (2008)

"These two losers are so uncharming, so witless, so unfunny that I really found this film about them an arduous experience."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

9 89%

Moon (2009)

"At the heart of this you've got this fantastic concept and a fantastic performance from Rockwell. It's absolutely tense. It's absolutely admirable."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

10 89%

Moon (2009)

"This is science fiction at its stimulating best."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

David Stratton

11 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"Earnest, not particularly funny, and ultimately unforgivably sentimental. Somewhere along the way someone forgot humour."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

12 ——

A Bunch of Amateurs (2009)

"There's something faintly embarrassing watching fading movie star BURT REYNOLDS, who looks embalmed, playing fading movie star Jefferson Steel, and something even more embarrassing when we're asked to accept that he makes a resounding success as Lear."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

David Stratton

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

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

Posted Sep 23, 2009

David Stratton

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 98%

Up (2009)

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

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

26 98%

Up (2009)

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

Posted Sep 2, 2009

David Stratton

27 23%

Push (2009)

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

Posted Sep 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 92%

Ponyo (2009)

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

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 100%

Balibo (2009)

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

Posted Aug 12, 2009

David Stratton

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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

50 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

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