The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 22%

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

2 100%

Still Life ()

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

Posted Jul 30, 2014

David Stratton

3 91%

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

4 100%

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

5 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"The performances are first-rate."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

6 90%

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

7 91%

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

8 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

9 54%

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

10 88%

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

11 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

12 100%

The Last Impresario ()

"Warm-hearted, respectful and somewhat melancholic."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

13 49%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

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

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

14 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

15 91%

Transsiberian (2008)

"A terrific combination of action, mystery and adventure"

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 65%

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

24 97%

Ernest & Célestine (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

25 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

26 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

27 42%

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

28 84%

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

29 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

30 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

31 90%

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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 89%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"But the chief pleasure lies once again in the free-flowing and largely improvised chitchat between Rob and Steve, little sketches and impersonations, riffs built on the latest fads and fashionable cliches."

Posted May 30, 2014

Evan Williams

39 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Some directors do comedy, some drama, some romance. Better than anyone else, Edwards does pandemonium."

Posted May 23, 2014

Evan Williams

40 92%

Sunshine on Leith ()

"There are sentimental elements, and not all the songs are top-drawer, but despite that the unlikely idea of having characters burst into song as they walk down the street or drink in a pub worked for me. "

Posted May 23, 2014

David Stratton

41 100%

My Sweet Pepper Land ()

"If you get right down to it Baran represents the new sheriff attempting to bring law and order to an unruly and violent town while dallying with the local schoolmistress. The result is a film of great cultural interest plus suspense and humour."

Posted May 23, 2014

David Stratton

42 100%

The Babadook ()

"The Babadook proves once again that an original and personal vision is the principal requisite for an interesting film, but in this case the director's work with two wonderful actors is crucial to the film's success."

Posted May 23, 2014

David Stratton

43 94%

Ida (2014)

"The black-and-white cinematography has a luminous clarity. This is one of those films it is impossible to imagine in colour. And the performances, without exception, seem flawless. "

Posted May 19, 2014

Evan Williams

44 88%

Chef (2014)

"The film's main theme, the restoration of the father-son relationship, while not very original, is sympathetically handled and young Anthony gives a winning performance as a sensible, loyal child who is able to teach his jaded father a thing or two."

Posted May 19, 2014

David Stratton

45 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"It's a film about a couple whose tumultuous relationship is severely challenged, and the performances are excellent."

Posted May 19, 2014

David Stratton

46 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Banal riffs on pop culture themes vie for laughs with depressing jokes about tits, balls and dicks. The low-point has Byrne (who I hope was well paid) being "milked" by Rogen. Whatever happened to comedy?"

Posted May 12, 2014

David Stratton

47 57%

Un château en Italie (A Castle in Italy) ()

"There's darkness and poignancy in this charmingly irreverent escapade, and I was never sure whether to laugh or cry. It's all a bit of a dog's breakfast -- but what a friendly, frisky, lovable dog it is."

Posted May 12, 2014

Evan Williams

48 83%

The Double (2014)

"At some point, The Double begins to look like a critique of a regimented world of docile consumers enslaved by dehumanising technology. But nothing feels heavy or pretentious. "

Posted May 12, 2014

Evan Williams

49 83%

Belle (2014)

"This is quite a dense film in terms of character; there's a lot to get your teeth into and, at the end of it all, it's a rattling good story. "

Posted May 12, 2014

David Stratton

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