The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"This is an intimate, poignant film that makes you feel a little sad. But there are lots of loving and funny moments - such as when Mason and his kids campaign for Barack Obama - and the overall effect is life-affirming."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Stephen Romei

2 94%

Felony (2014)

"This is a smart, sophisticated film, one without obvious heroes and villains, a fine addition to the honour roll of recent Australian crime dramas including Animal Kingdom, Snowtown, Last Ride and Mystery Road."

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Stephen Romei

3 71%

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 ()

"The dialogue is relentlessly fast but never funny, unless you consider four-letter words funny in themselves."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Evan Williams

4 ——

In Search Of Chopin ()

"It's one of Grabsky's best films, using his well-established formula of readings from letters and diaries, talking-head appearances by musicians and other authorities, and an abundance of well-chosen musical excerpts, linked by [his] sensitive narration."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Evan Williams

5 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Yes, it's pretty much the same mixture as before, but slicker and more polished, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Evan Williams

6 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"Barnard's film is charged with the same compassion and lyricism. It is one of those desperately sad and dispiriting films that one would prefer to forget but probably never will."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Evan Williams

7 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"I've seen happier endings in Oklahoma! and Singin' in the Rain, but this one feels genuine - and in an unexpected way, deeply satisfying."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Evan Williams

8 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"In the light of what has been happening in nearby Gaza, this small but memorable film assumes an even greater impact."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

David Stratton

9 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman hasn't a lot to say in A Most Wanted Man but with his curt asides and air of casual authority he's always a commanding presence."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Evan Williams

10 65%

Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) ()

"[There's a] Hitchcockian element to the film's suspense. It's a formula for an unnerving thriller that, for the most part, has succeeded thanks to supple direction and eerie, muted photography by Eric Kress."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

David Stratton

11 27%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"The problem here is overkill. Scarcely a moment passes without some hideous apparition, frantic action scene or deafening sound effect."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Evan Williams

12 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Johansson, a good actress, succeeds in making this nonsense more believable than it otherwise might be."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

David Stratton

13 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"It compares most unfavourably with the recent Prisoners, which told an entirely fictional story about missing children with far more intrigue, suspense and cinematic skill than Egoyan's muted effort."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

David Stratton

14 91%

Still Life ()

"This is a film that demands patience from a sympathetic audience, but the rewards are considerable. "

Posted Jul 30, 2014

David Stratton

15 94%

These Final Hours ()

"The final graphic effects extravaganza is, I think, a mistake. Better to have ended on a note of eerie stillness and reflection. But if it's spectacle you want, those final moments are hard to beat. All reservations aside, it's a terrific movie."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Evan Williams

16 100%

Once My Mother ()

"Turkiewicz has made an intimate, deeply personal film. Nowhere is the film more moving than in scenes of mother and daughter together -- the caring and ever-anxious Sophia, the frail and barely coherent old lady. "

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Evan Williams

17 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"The performances are first-rate."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

18 91%

Charlie's Country ()

"Whatever his [Gulpilil] motives, he has given us an unforgettable film, beautifully made, at times unbearably sad, but tinged with an unquenchable optimism and humanity."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Evan Williams

19 92%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"What plays out is roller-coaster ride of shifting identity and sexual brinkmanship...Mischievous and sadistic by turns, it becomes a deadly serious battle of the sexes."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

20 58%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"The period detail is finely caught, the lovemaking scenes achieve a tenderness and intimacy rare in contemporary cinema, and for good measure a political coup is happening offstage. We more than get our money's worth."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Evan Williams

21 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The combination of... [Woody Allen & Clint Eastwood] has resulted in a Broadway adaptation that hums with vigour, sings with the capricious unpredictability of fate and fame, and does firm and lasting justice to the legacy of that vintage studio logo."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

22 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Much of Calvary is sad, much of it shocking. But it's not really about religion or the church. It is a celebration of the human spirit, and will not be easily forgotten."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Evan Williams

23 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Perhaps the ultimate take-away from Tim's Vermeer is the unquenchable curiosity of certain people, albeit those with the money to finance that inquisitiveness, to get to the bottom of history's mysteries. In that respect, Jenison is an artist."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

24 100%

The Last Impresario ()

"Warm-hearted, respectful and somewhat melancholic."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

25 43%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Rather like Yves's garments, the film is elegant, sumptuous and beautifully designed. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

26 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"There has been a puzzling yet distinctive tonal shift in this new edition. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

27 91%

Transsiberian (2008)

"A terrific combination of action, mystery and adventure"

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

28 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"There are many funny moments and some pleasing suspense towards the end, but as a cautionary tale about the dangers of overeating and obesity it's more likely to boost sales at the candy bar. That may be one good reason for watching it at home."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

29 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"Weir's touch is light and effortless, the film's pleasures falling as gently as the Mozart music piped from Seahaven's sky."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

30 75%

A Place in the Sun (1951)

"One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

31 78%

Rising From Ashes (2013)

"So while the subjects explored in Rising from Ashes are worthy of contemplation, the methodology of doing so puts the brakes on the film's ability to inspire and persuade."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

32 57%

Galore ()

"Either the sound recording was not up to the mark or the diction of the actresses was woeful, because apart from the overused F-word, very little else that was said was decipherable."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

David Stratton

33 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"While much of this is pretty standard stuff, it's all easy to take thanks to the engaging performances from the two leads. The screenplay contains quite a few funny lines, and the direction by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is crisp and efficient. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

David Stratton

34 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Those who made [this film] know the kids who adored the original have grown since the [first one] and they're trying mightily to grow with them. That counts for something in today's popular culture universe, even if they seem to be trying awfully hard."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

35 66%

The Rover (2014)

"This tough, violent and starkly impressive thriller succeeds in its main aim, which is to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

David Stratton

36 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"Two styles combine to create a world at once impressionistic and lived in, infused with the kind of warm glow which emanates from a cosy fireplace."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

37 95%

Gabrielle (2014)

"As a thought-provoking valentine to tolerance, acceptance and the yearning for love, Gabrielle wears its heart comfortably, and proudly, on its sleeve."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

38 94%

Good Vibrations ()

"The team behind Good Vibrations have made a film that is determined to live up to its title, and does so."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

39 41%

The Face of Love (2014)

"It says something for the excellent work of Bening, Harris and Weixler that this basically absurd melodrama succeeds as well as it does."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

David Stratton

40 86%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"Amini's handling of this gripping drama makes the film intriguing even when some of the plot developments stretch the boundaries of belief, and the film boasts three very strong performances in the leading roles."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

David Stratton

41 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The film's manipulative illness-of-the-week scenario is entirely resistible, despite the best efforts of Woodley (who almost saves the day with a sensitive portrayal)."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Stratton

42 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"This fairytale world is stunningly photographed by another Australian veteran Dean Semler, and the sets, costumes and design in general are of the first rank."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Stratton

43 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow is acceptable escapist entertainment whose unexpected plot developments give it much-needed originality. The action scenes are handled with expected skill, the heroes are intrepid and the creatures are suitable nasty and vicious."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

David Stratton

44 14%

Blended (2014)

"It has become something of a tradition to dismiss the latest Adam Sandler movie outright or, if one is feeling particularly generous, damn it with faint praise. Blended is no exception to this strategy."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

45 91%

Omar (2014)

"Bakri gives a richly detailed performance, often allowing his stoicism to slip and reveal the confused and angry young man within."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

46 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"There are moments when all this veers towards the so-bad-it's-good direction, but it never quite gets there. "

Posted May 30, 2014

David Stratton

47 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Johansson is brave and memorable and, though you may at times wonder what on earth's going on, Under the Skin may just get under your skin."

Posted May 30, 2014

David Stratton

48 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Those with wistful memories of the 1970s will find plenty to like in X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Posted May 30, 2014

Evan Williams

49 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Fart jokes are all too plentiful, along with copious references to bodily fluids, but in this zany context the film gets away with them. And the screenplay is crammed with witty lines. The western lives on."

Posted May 30, 2014

Evan Williams

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