At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"This was a very pleasant surprise to me."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

David Stratton

2 97%

Tomboy (2011)

"This exquisite film is as pure as you can get; it's observational, it's minimalist, there's no intrusive music except where it is part of the action."

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

3 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"Apart from its message about the dangers of greed and the threat to the fragile environment, it doesn't aim very high visually or technically. But it's entertaining, colourful -- and it doesn't overstay its welcome."

Posted Mar 28, 2012

David Stratton

4 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Both Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen are impressive, but the film belongs to Keira Knightley, who gives a quite astonishing performance, one modelled closely on existing film of women patients who suffered from this kind of hysteria."

Posted Mar 28, 2012

David Stratton

5 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar not only keeps the action rolling along he has elicited the most fabulous performance from Julia Roberts, and the rest of the cast are top notch too."

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

6 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"A lot has been lost in the translation, which is a shame because there is the potential there for this intrepid young woman and Jennifer Lawrence has an amazing screen presence."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

7 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"One of the problems, I think, is that given that the books were aimed at young women, I think the filmmakers have been terrified at making anything too violent."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

David Stratton

8 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"It's been so fabulously written, wonderfully acted; Depp is no stranger to representing the essence of Thompson and he's brilliant."

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

9 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"It's sort of chaotic. It swings around all over the place but it's nicely done. It's nicely acted and Johnny Depp's terrific."

Posted Mar 20, 2012

David Stratton

10 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"It's lazily content to raise laughs through 4-letter words and penis jokes. In other words, it has absolutely no ambition, so that eventually even the efforts of its lead actors amount to very little."

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

11 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Director Andrew Stanton, making his first live-action feature after the successful Pixar animated films FINDING NEMO and WALL-E, hasn't been able to bring anything very new to the familiar story of battles among rival forces on another planet:"

Posted Mar 9, 2012

David Stratton

12 59%

Any Questions for Ben? ()

"The problem with the film, apart from it being only sporadically funny, is the character of Ben himself, there's too little development and a lot of repetition. But there's a lot to enjoy here."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

13 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"Mostly this is lots of frenetic fun, and Puss himself is a terrific hero. The animation, seen in 3D in many cinemas, is splendid."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

David Stratton

14 66%

The Women on the 6th Floor (2011)

"It is enjoyable on a certain level but the simplistic representation of these warm-blooded women cracking open the frigidity of the French middle class becomes a bit hard to swallow after a while"

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

15 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"There is such an interesting subject but the creation of this character, played by Glenn Close, it's almost like she is mentally challenged."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

16 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"It's an oddly compelling story, handsomely made, and showcasing another fine role for the impressive Mia Wasikowska."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

David Stratton

17 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"Ambitious but very flawed."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

David Stratton

18 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"I found the film magnificent."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

19 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"Steven Spielberg's faithful adaptation of the Herge comic books about Tintin, the journalist and boy detective, is the best example yet of the motion capture process."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

David Stratton

20 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Even a second level Almodovar is better than most other people. "

Posted Dec 1, 2011

David Stratton

21 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"It's not one of Almodovar's more emotionally involving films, it's actually quite chillingly cold but Antonio Banderas is just fabulous as the Frankenstein character and Elena Anaya is exquisite as his creation. "

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

22 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"It's a fascinating film. I just really wanted more than the stuff I already knew."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

23 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"Meryl Streep gives a quite astonishing impersonation of Margaret Thatcher in this even-handed biopic about Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century."

Posted Dec 1, 2011

David Stratton

24 76%

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

"This is a stunning film; it's not an easy one, it's confronting and tragic, but it grips you and won't let you go from the quite bizarre opening scene."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

25 74%

Burning Man (2012)

"It packs such an emotional wallop this film."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

26 74%

Burning Man (2012)

"A film that will shock you with its honesty and its bravery. I can't wait to see it again."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

David Stratton

27 83%

The Tall Man ()

"It tells these complex series of events and the ramifications that follow it -- the inquest, the trials and so forth -- with such clarity that you really get totally involved in this very tragic story."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

David Stratton

28 83%

The Tall Man ()

"Tony Krawitz is a fine filmmaker and he has dealt with this tragic story with skill, delicacy and artistry. It's an important story, an important book, an important film."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

29 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"A simple, sad, refreshing and intrinsically beautiful film."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

David Stratton

30 77%

The Debt (2011)

"The moral dilemmas posed by events in the past impacting on the present are dealt with rather superficially, but THE DEBT is really solid entertainment."

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

31 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Of course it's a story of the little guys taking on the giants but it's so much more. Even if you don't like sports movies you'd be hard pressed not to enjoy this one."

Posted Nov 9, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

32 100%

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard ()

"I did find this really fascinating and rather sad too. "

Posted Nov 3, 2011

David Stratton

33 100%

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard ()

"For anyone interested in Rowland's career and life, or in the music scene of those times, this is absolutely a must-see film."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

34 99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"It is both insightful and strangely moving."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

35 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"What I liked about the film is that there is a very good cast. I think all the women in the film are terrific actors."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

David Stratton

36 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Charming and at times very funny."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

37 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"I felt absolutely drawn along in this film. I had a really boisterous, Elizabethan good time."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

38 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"The film presents an interesting argument, but didn't entirely convince me."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

David Stratton

39 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"The most acceptable Woody Allen film in a long time."

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

40 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"This combination of whimsy and romance is, for me, much more successful than Allen's previous European city film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Posted Oct 20, 2011

David Stratton

41 84%

Contagion (2011)

"It's terrific. I was really impressed with this film and I think it's one of the best things he's done actually. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

David Stratton

42 84%

Contagion (2011)

"This almost documentary-like film is dramatic without being melodramatic. I was impressed with the almost existential approach of Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. "

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

43 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"It explores something deep in us which is our anxiety in the world today from so many different angles and I think it's a very unsettling film for that reason."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

44 29%

The Cup (2012)

"There's a lot of interesting stuff here but in the end it's a bit disappointing."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

David Stratton

45 35%

The Thing (2011)

"There was not very much subtlety at all. I thought those fine Scandinavian actors looked distinctly uncomfortable and it wasn't because of the Thing."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

46 29%

The Cup (2012)

"The problem is that everyone is so nice. It's as if the film has to pussyfoot around not to offend any of the people depicted in the film because they are mostly still alive, so the tension is really all internal, "

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

47 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"It's compelling in many ways, but ultimately not 100% satisfying."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

David Stratton

48 23%

What's Your Number? (2011)

"There is something really attractive about Anna Faris as Ally, she has that mesmerizing mobile mouth that distracts but her presence is actually totally winning. She's a klutz but a loveable one."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

Margaret Pomeranz

49 35%

The Thing (2011)

"Van Heijningen does a pretty good job with the tried and true material, building up the suspense and claustrophobia very effectively and managing a couple of genuinely startling shock moments. But the last third of the film is a bit of a letdown."

Posted Oct 12, 2011

David Stratton

50 58%

Red State (2011)

"It's a really strange film, terribly violent on one level and on another filled with lengthy, long-winded philosophical discourses and blind alleys"

Posted Oct 12, 2011

David Stratton

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