At the Movies (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) ()

"Truth is certainly stranger than fiction, it seems."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

David Stratton

2 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"It's not my favourite Wes Anderson film but I do like it very much."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

David Stratton

3 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"His singular take on young love on the run from any sort of authority has moments of sheer oddness, but it's all of a piece with his other work and you are either an Anderson fan or you're not. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

4 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"Colin Farrell is an unlikely hero; Bill Nighy is a laughable resistance leader. Kate Beckinsale - who rushes around like a harpy - is director Len Wiseman's wife, but I don't think he's done much for her career."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

David Stratton

5 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"I reacted against it and they've got this adolescent attitude to sex that I found irritating too. Come on, grow up, guys."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

6 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"The film isn't one of those dumb comedies - it's really quite a serious and I thought extremely touching and intimate film, and the performances are quite wonderful, with Streep again confirming what a talent she is."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

David Stratton

7 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"He has got a remarkable vision. There's no doubt about that. It's a film I would definitely recommend any film-lover to go and see."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

David Stratton

8 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"The film tantalizes and seduces you into a world that is mysterious but, for the most part, completely arresting. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

9 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Jeremy Renner takes over the franchise and lends his character a menacing charm."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

David Stratton

10 90%

Bernie (2012)

" It's done very well indeed. I think Jack Black is wonderful. I thought that the whole progression of the film was, to me, unexpected."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

David Stratton

11 90%

Bernie (2012)

"It's a fascinating story presented in a really intelligent and weirdly entertaining way."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

12 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"Audiences in this country say they want entertaining Australian films. Well, I've got to tell you, this is it."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

13 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"If you want a feel-good home-grown movie, this is the film for you."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

David Stratton

14 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"There are some funny moments, there are some sweet moments, there is also a deep cynicism with the political agenda in the United States at the heart of this movie."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

15 88%

Not Suitable for Children (2013)

"What lifts this Australian romantic-comedy above the level of most of its Hollywood counterparts is the reality of the characters and the situations and the honesty of the film's approach. "

Posted Jul 11, 2012

David Stratton

16 58%

Hysteria (2012)

"Everyone else seems a bit daunted by the subject matter."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

David Stratton

17 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The film is perfectly satisfactory -- but there's a profound sense of deja vu."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

David Stratton

18 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"This sort of animation is what it is. Some of the visuals, particularly at the beginning of this film, were really lovely and imaginative but it's so repetitive all this franchise stuff."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

19 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"There are more laughs in [the preceding] 4 1/2 minute short than in the entire feature that follows it."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

David Stratton

20 78%

Brave (2012)

"This is one of the least exciting Pixar films and they're usually so imaginatively written; this is pretty banal."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

21 78%

Brave (2012)

"Merida's curly red hair is an animator's dream, but not much else in this rather laboured fairy tale is memorable."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

David Stratton

22 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"I was very disappointed. I think it even got to the point of being quite silly."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

23 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

"There's a bit of ballast in this romcom that is quite satisfying."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

24 34%

Swerve (2013)

"As a thriller... SWERVE misses the target."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

David Stratton

25 81%

Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

"It's a strange but compelling story in which indolence and dissolution are confronted in a life or death moment."

Posted Jun 6, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

26 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Has enough tension and jolts to the system to make it well worth seeing. "

Posted Jun 6, 2012

David Stratton

27 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"It's a strange story, focusing as it does on a man with no moral compass whatsoever. But the design of the production and of the costumes is one of the film's assets."

Posted May 23, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

28 86%

Careless Love ()

"There are awkwardnesses in the film that I was not quite comfortable with but at the same time I think it looks really good."

Posted May 16, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

29 86%

Careless Love ()

"Nammi Le gives a really fine performance in the leading role, creating a sad yet strong and resilient character with complete conviction. "

Posted May 16, 2012

David Stratton

30 95%

Silent Souls (2011)

"Stunningly photographed for the wide screen SILENT SOULS is another indication that the Russian cinema, despite its problems, is still capable of producing major work."

Posted May 16, 2012

David Stratton

31 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"It builds up to this extraordinary finale and this speech he makes, which is like something out of Frank Capra practically."

Posted May 16, 2012

David Stratton

32 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"[Baron Cohen]'s concocted what I think is his most sophisticated film to date."

Posted May 16, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

33 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Pitching the film playfully between farce, with a knowing satiric edge, high action and high romance, Dark Shadows is a lot of fun."

Posted May 16, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

34 57%

Safe (2012)

"Like so many action films these days the film is over-edited and under-plotted, and we've seen Statham's tough guy character many times before."

Posted May 10, 2012

David Stratton

35 36%

Iron Sky (2012)

"The performances are fine and the film, mainly shot in the studios on the Gold Coast, looks terrific most of the time; it's the script that needed more oomph."

Posted May 10, 2012

David Stratton

36 65%

Trishna (2012)

"The film works because the social constraints that affected Tess seem to be still current even in today's rapidly changing India."

Posted May 10, 2012

David Stratton

37 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"There's something quite haunting about the film, and perhaps more than one viewing is required to sort it all out."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

David Stratton

38 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"This is an impressive debut from Darcy-Smith and for producer Angie Fielder."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

39 15%

Ecstasy (2012)

"In the end, ECSTASY wants to have it both ways -- drugs are celebrated at the beginning of the film, and condemned -- or at least the crime connected with them is - by the end."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

David Stratton

40 80%

Spud ()

"I think largely because of the completely innocent-seeming performance of Troye Sivan, it won me over and I found myself actually quite moved by the end."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

41 100%

Life In Movement ()

"I don't think it's the best documentary I've ever seen but certainly it does give insight into her life and work"

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

42 100%

Life In Movement ()

"Essential viewing for lovers of modern dance."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

David Stratton

43 95%

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) ()

Posted Apr 12, 2012

David Stratton

44 95%

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) ()

"The dialogue tends to be declamatory on occasions, the characters are either black or white, no pun intended, and it's all a little bit earnest and overlong. But nevertheless, this is history at its most fascinating."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

45 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"This beautifully photographed film, which starts with an outstanding long crane shot accompanied by Samuel Barber's haunting violin music, breathes fresh life into what might have been an arcane story from another, not so fashionable, era."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

David Stratton

46 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"This won't be to everyone's taste, as the mixture of moods can be unsettling at times -- but it's beautifully made and acted, very original, and conceived on a grand scale."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

David Stratton

47 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

"Delicate portrayal of young love, obsession, longing and bitter disappointment."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

David Stratton

48 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"The two leads are attractive; it's a nice role for Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt is a good match for him."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

49 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"There's not a lot of wit involved. And the film, despite its 88 minute running time, seems to run out of puff early on."

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Margaret Pomeranz

50 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"This was a very pleasant surprise to me."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

David Stratton

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