At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 100%

Balibo (2009)

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

Posted Aug 12, 2009

David Stratton

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

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

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

19 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

20 90%

Coraline (2009)

"A wonderfully inventive film."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

David Stratton

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"I'm not sure I'd call it classic Raimi horror, because I think his very first films, the Evil Dead films, were quite a lot better than this. I just didn't really think it worked on the visceral horror level that he does so well at his best."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

David Stratton

29 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"This is classic Raimi horror, it will appeal to fans, others will most probably run from the theatre."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

30 9%

My Life in Ruins (2009)

"The main attraction of the film is visiting some of the great sites of Greece."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

31 66%

The Escapist (2008)

"This is a rather curious film, admirable in some ways but also strangely frustrating."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

David Stratton

32 63%

London mon amour (Mes amis, mes amours) (2008)

"It made me so angry. The French have an absolute talent for putting phoniness on screen. There is not an honest note in this film."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

33 63%

London mon amour (Mes amis, mes amours) (2008)

"Even the luminous Virginie Ledoyen can't bring much to the mediocre proceedings."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

David Stratton

34 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"For non-readers, the films are now borderline incomprehensible, because so much prior knowledge is assumed, but I understand from loyal book readers that, especially in this new film, a great deal of important incident has been deleted."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

David Stratton

35 95%

Mother (Madeo) (2010)

"As with Bong's other films, the genre plot is really an excuse to explore broader social issues, which he does with skill and dry wit. The result is a slightly overlong but entertaining and rather unexpected thriller."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

David Stratton

36 72%

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

"The text is wonderful, Radford's film has some fine performances from Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, and he makes good use of Venice locations."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

David Stratton

37 68%

Brüno (2009)

"There's a love story at the heart of this and it's not necessarily a feature film, but it is a film phenomenon and he is a master at self-promotion, you've got to admit."

Posted Jul 8, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

38 68%

Brüno (2009)

"Call me a grouch, but I found myself on side with Harrison Ford who, when stalked by Bruno for an interview, tells him exactly where to go."

Posted Jul 8, 2009

David Stratton

39 45%

Fragments (2008)

"It is intriguing, the premise. But, in fact, you're not given quite enough access to situations or characters to really get an involvement with the film."

Posted Jul 8, 2009

David Stratton

40 45%

Fragments (2008)

"As an examination into the way trauma affects different people it's intriguing yet at times rather baffling."

Posted Jul 8, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

41 50%

The Fox & the Child (2007)

"It's very beautiful, but it's so contrived."

Posted Jul 8, 2009

David Stratton

42 50%

The Fox & the Child (2007)

"Luc Jacquet doesn't do great narration, but he does animals really well."

Posted Jul 8, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

43 81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"It's a confronting contemporary vampire story with a plot borrowed from Emile Zola's Therese Raquin, and it would be twice as good if it were half an hour shorter."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

David Stratton

44 45%

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)

"The lack of real wit in this became a bit tedious."

Posted Jul 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

45 45%

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)

"The animation, by Fox's Blue Sky studio, still impresses, especially in the care given to the fur on the creatures; but the humour seems even more aimed at the very young than before."

Posted Jul 2, 2009

David Stratton

46 93%

Last Ride (2012)

"this is a major Australian film in what's proving to be a great year for Australian films."

Posted Jul 2, 2009

David Stratton

47 93%

Last Ride (2012)

"The landscape plays a big part in this journey into darkness, this land of ours which draws the marginalised into its own sense of alienation. A tough film but a very, very good one."

Posted Jul 2, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

48 91%

Every Little Step (2009)

"There is something piercingly affecting about this film and it's mainly to do with how much this particular musical means to the dancers and singers whose lives it represents." EDIT

Posted Jul 2, 2009

49 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"Full of sound and fury signifying not very much at all."

Posted Jun 24, 2009

Margaret Pomeranz

50 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"It's as if Bay decided that, after the first film, no more plot was needed. And maybe the target audience won't mind that, but for anyone else the lack of an intelligible plot and interesting characters quickly becomes boring."

Posted Jun 24, 2009

David Stratton

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