At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"I just found that it was a tremendously compassionate film and you think it's not something I would rush out to see but, in fact, it's such a lovely, nourishing experience, this film."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

2 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Importantly, the film doesn't take itself too seriously, and there's a pleasantly off-beat sense of humour behind the agony and the ecstasy of this beautiful movie."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

David Stratton

3 60%

Last Dance ()

"I was moved by it, and I think Julia and Firass are fabulous in it. "

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

4 60%

Last Dance ()

"I didn't believe one word of this terribly well-intentioned plea for understanding between Jews and Palestinians, a construct that quickly collapses under the weight of its own earnestness."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

David Stratton

5 71%

Hail ()

"It is a tough film and I don't mind tough films but there's a relentlessness about this journey, which I found myself reacting against."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

David Stratton

6 71%

Hail ()

"Perhaps not a film for the faint-hearted, it is nevertheless an important entry into the Australian film landscape."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

7 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"I loved this. It is so beautiful and there's almost an innocence to it that Burton achieves. "

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

8 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"It was wise to make the film in black and white, and 3D adds to the charm of this sweetly retro experience. Sparky is hereby added to my list of the cinema's most endearing woofers."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

David Stratton

9 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it but I think it also tries too hard to please that audience and it just shrieks, aiming at that middle bar. "

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

10 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"The problem is that if, while you're having a good time with these characters, you start to think about the wider implications of the film, you might find yourself somewhat less enthralled."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

David Stratton

11 96%

Argo (2012)

"It's exciting, it's funny, it's suspenseful. The ending is nail-biting."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

David Stratton

12 96%

Argo (2012)

"This is a classy heist movie with a bizarre set-up; it's entertaining as well as thrilling."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

13 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"He can't get away with what he got away with 50 years ago and that's the thing. His timing is off. He's not funny. He used to be achingly funny and beautiful."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

14 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"It's not a bad film, but TO ROME WITH LOVE is very minor Woody Allen."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

David Stratton

15 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"It is a strange and strangely appealing journey that this film takes."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

David Stratton

16 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"This is one of those films where the filmmaker takes you on an audacious journey and makes you believe every moment of it. A nice debut from Trevorrow and Connolly."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

17 51%

Savages (2012)

"I think it's really interesting that Oliver Stone has gone back to this visceral, mischievous, hard-hitting filmmaking."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

18 51%

Savages (2012)

"The three leads are a bit on the bland side but perhaps that's the way California potheads are. Del Toro and Travolta are terrific in their more interesting roles."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

David Stratton

19 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"For me this is the least of the three of his films. And I still think it's pretty good because I thought the others were wonderful."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

20 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Beautifully shot by Australian Greig Fraser, this is a different sort of crime thriller, and a particularly fine one. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

David Stratton

21 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"This is a tough, thought-provoking nail-biter."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

David Stratton

22 68%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"She's made a massive miscalculation in shooting it this way. It's a story of grand passion and she misses out completely on the passion, partly because the actors are inexperienced and they don't deliver the goods in terms of performance."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

David Stratton

23 68%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"Minimalistic, impressionistic, powerful filmmaking brings a fresh take to this English classic. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

24 43%

The Wedding Party (2013)

"I don't think it's a film that aims very high and it sort of achieves what it aims to do, I think. I found it perfectly amiable. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

David Stratton

25 43%

The Wedding Party (2013)

"The improbabilities and sheer banality of Christine Bartlett's screenplay are almost overcome by the quality of the cast, but not quite. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

26 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"I didn't believe it. It was just too utterly, utterly implausible."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

David Stratton

27 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"This is a pretty clichéd affair, although it's an effective sweaty palm experience."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

28 40%

Mental (2013)

"He did it so well the first time with MURIEL'S WEDDING and it's much lesser this time, I think. For me it didn't work on almost every level."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

David Stratton

29 40%

Mental (2013)

"Although PJ Hogan professes that he's representing real life as he knows it on screen, for audiences he walks a fine line between the grotesque and the compassionate and for me, he succeeds, painfully but gracefully."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

30 43%

On the Road (2012)

"A lot of it is so good and I think the performances are great. I think Garrett Hedlund is very charismatic."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

31 43%

On the Road (2012)

"Lovers of the book may feel Salles doesn't quite get it right, but he does a very solid job."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

David Stratton

32 61%

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

" There is fun to be had with this, it's quirky, self-referential, there's a knowing humour throughout. Not to be taken too seriously although the characters are apparently based on historical figures."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

33 61%

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

"On the whole, although this is beautifully made, like all these films are or most of them are, very spectacular and elaborate, I'm a bit bored with this sort of film, I must say. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

David Stratton

34 93%

Looper (2012)

" It's an intriguing ride and I really enjoyed it. I think it's clever."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

35 93%

Looper (2012)

"A playful sci-fi thriller on the tantalising theme of time travel and how the future can be altered."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

David Stratton

36 ——

Thirst ()

"This is a gripping tale of romance, of seeking, of connecting in a very human way, of getting joy out of what few moments you may have left on this earth."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

37 94%

Lore (2013)

"The artist makes the choices that she makes and that's her prerogative and it's my prerogative to be alienated by those choices."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

David Stratton

38 94%

Lore (2013)

"Few films recently have affected me as powerfully as Lore. It's an outstanding achievement from one of our most talented filmmakers."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

39 47%

Bait (2012)

"Think this is absolutely a genre film for a specific audience and I think it will deliver to that audience."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

40 47%

Bait (2012)

"Would it have been so hard to find really interesting characters, characters to involve the audience and make us care as to whether or not they'll wind up as fish food?"

Posted Sep 20, 2012

David Stratton

41 86%

Nobel's Last Will ()

"I enjoyed this without being knocked over by it so it's a perfectly decent film but by no means a major one."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

David Stratton

42 86%

Nobel's Last Will ()

"Director Peter Flinth does a sleek job and holds interest but it struck me that this was not much more than fairly high quality television drama."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

43 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

" I really thought this was a very sweet film."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

44 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"There's an awful lot to enjoy in this clever and charming film."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

David Stratton

45 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"Perhaps the spectacle overwhelms the characters at times but this is a fun addition to this particular series. "

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

46 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Well, despite the camera work, I'm giving it three and a half."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

David Stratton

47 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"To put this film in the category of mere narrative is to do it a disservice, it's a wonderful mix of social realism, magic realism and at the heart of it is an extraordinary performance from young Quvenzhane Wallis. "

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

48 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

" Phillipe Falardeau, who adapted the play into a screenplay, can't entirely paper over a few niggling loose ends, but overall this disturbing film is very effective indeed."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

David Stratton

49 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Dax Shephard has a really attractive presence on screen and he's terrific in this."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

50 26%

Kath & Kimderella (2012)

"The script, by Turner and Riley, and direction, by Ted Emery, lack distinction"

Posted Sep 6, 2012

David Stratton

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