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The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

'71 (2015)

" O'Connell gives a compelling performance and the film, even when the details are confusing, is never less than gripping and, in its depiction of internecine warfare, tragic. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

David Stratton

2 71%

Big Eyes (2014)

" Burton is telling a fascinating story here, and his confident sense of time and place, allied to Adams's adept performance as the increasingly assertive artist, provide many pleasures. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

David Stratton

3 47%

Home (2015)

" It's good, clean, harmless fun. "

Posted Mar 20, 2015

Stephen Romei

4 31%

Insurgent (2015)

" The dialogue is clunky, and other than Tris the characters are one-dimensional. Moreover, it's all so earnest. "

Posted Mar 20, 2015

Stephen Romei

5 25%

Manny Lewis ()

" A film with serious potential marred by a reliance on cliche and a desire to make people happy. "

Posted Mar 13, 2015

Stephen Romei

6 31%

Chappie (2015)

" Violent and disturbing, especially in the implications of its quite brilliant final twist. "

Posted Mar 13, 2015

Stephen Romei

7 75%

Lucky Them (2014)

" [Collette] and co-star Thomas Haden Church elevate this no-frills but intelligent story into something well worth seeing. "

Posted Mar 6, 2015

Stephen Romei

8 13%

Seventh Son (2015)

" This is the first English language film of the twice Oscar-nominated Russian director Sergei Bodrov and he delivers an action-packed, enjoyable piece of escapism without too many boring detours. "

Posted Mar 6, 2015

Stephen Romei

9 67%

That Sugar Film ()

" My main problem with this documentary, which Gameau says is a quest for definitive answers, is that it is so one-sided. "

Posted Feb 27, 2015

Stephen Romei

10 63%

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

" Fans of the first film (of which I am one) will be pleased to know Madden and his terrific ensemble cast deliver more of the same. We are talking feelgood with a capital F. "

Posted Feb 27, 2015

Stephen Romei

11 52%

The Interview (2014)

" The final third of the film, which is directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, degenerates into a humourless and violent Rambo pastiche. "

Posted Feb 20, 2015

Stephen Romei

12 25%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

" I still don't know what Jupiter Ascending is about but, wow, what a ride. "

Posted Feb 20, 2015

Stephen Romei

13 98%

Citizenfour (2014)

" Laura Poitras's Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour is proof that you can make an espionage thriller without car chases, bikini babes or martinis. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Stephen Romei

14 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

" The much-hyped film adaptation, in which James was closely involved, sticks closely to the novel, but is both strengthened and weakened by what director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel decided to omit. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Stephen Romei

15 46%

The Gambler (2014)

" This is a slick, fast-paced film that maintains its sometimes unbearable tension until the last roll of the dice. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Stephen Romei

16 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

" It's hugely enjoyable. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Stephen Romei

17 89%

Still Alice (2015)

" This is not an easy film to watch but it's relevant, courageous and full of grace. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Stephen Romei

18 90%

Wild (2014)

" What I like most about Wild is its nuance, its sense of uncertainty and its willingness to leave unanswerable questions unanswered. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Stephen Romei

19 28%

The Wedding Ringer (2015)

" [Director Jeremy Garelick] doesn't stray too far from safe, squelchy ground here, but if you enjoy films such as The Hangover trilogy, then this one should go down like that third shot of Jagermeister. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Stephen Romei

20 51%

Unbroken (2014)

" Despite some fine performances and well-staged sequences, Zamperini's story becomes strangely dull, thanks to the length and repetitiveness of many sequences. Jolie has talent, no doubt about that, and may one day make a really outstanding film. "

Posted Jan 14, 2015

David Stratton

21 93%

Birdman (2014)

" You are unlikely to see a better American film this year. "

Posted Jan 14, 2015

David Stratton

22 20%

Serena (2015)

" It emerges as a study in obsession that rarely engages our interest. It seems to have been a massive miscalculation, though it's worth seeing for Lawrence's confident performance as a bottle-blonde harpy, if for nothing else. "

Posted Jan 12, 2015

David Stratton

23 82%

Human Capital (2015)

" The film is extremely well written and intricately constructed, with fine performances from a talented cast. It's quite an achievement to make a story of financial mismanagement as gripping as any thriller, but Virzi succeeds. "

Posted Jan 12, 2015

David Stratton

24 71%

Thunder and the House of Magic (2014)

" I haven't seen a more captivating kids' film for a long time... well, not since Toy Story, perhaps not since The Wizard of Oz. "

Posted Jan 9, 2015

Evan Williams

25 71%

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

" Children will probably enjoy them and the animation is of a high standard. More wit and less frenetic action might have given the film more appeal to parents. "

Posted Jan 7, 2015

David Stratton

26 60%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

" While the action scenes are eye-popping, for me the film becomes something special in stiller moments, with the megalomaniac Thorin raving, questioning, justifying, swerving towards evil. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Stephen Romei

27 83%

The Water Diviner (2015)

" This is a beautifully shot, intelligently directed film that, as with former soldier Stephen Daisley's award-winning 2010 novel Traitor, shows us another side of the Gallipoli story. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Stephen Romei

28 89%

The Imitation Game (2014)

" What could have been a very dry and earnest film emerges, under the intelligent direction of Norwegian Morten Tyldum working from a screenplay by Graham Moore, as a gripping and still rather extraordinary story. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

David Stratton

29 97%

Life Itself (2014)

" This is a sometimes painful but always inspiring tribute to one of the great members of our profession. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

David Stratton

30 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

" For all their moodiness and irascibility, the girls come across as warm and believable, and there are funny moments when they take to the streets to raise money for a new guitar. "

Posted Jan 4, 2015

Evan Williams

31 26%

The Captive (2014)

" Egoyan skilfully brings these story-lines together as the film builds to its disconcerting conclusion. "

Posted Dec 19, 2014

Stephen Romei

32 35%

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

" A foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed immature comedy that pushes the boundaries of decency. So, all in all, not a bad Friday-night flick after a hard week's work. "

Posted Dec 19, 2014

Stephen Romei

33 No Score Yet

Turkey Shoot ()

" There's also a lack of suspense, with events following the predictable pattern of a much-played video game. "

Posted Dec 19, 2014

Stephen Romei

34 85%

The Mule (2014)

" This gritty, claustrophobic film will not be to everyone's taste -- and if I say that phrase also has a double meaning, you have a hint of just how gross Ray's week gets before it's over. "

Posted Dec 11, 2014

Stephen Romei

35 62%

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

" Carell and Garner do the physical comedy with a lot of flair, the younger actors more than hold up their end and Megan Mullally of Will and Grace fame puts in a crisp cameo. "

Posted Dec 11, 2014

Stephen Romei

36 31%

Men, Women & Children (2014)

" [This] film may be tedious and overburdened, but moments keep coming back to haunt me. "

Posted Dec 4, 2014

Evan Williams

37 100%

Rock The Casbah ()

" This film continues to linger in my mind. See it at a morning session with a strong coffee. You won't regret it. "

Posted Nov 21, 2014

Stephen Romei

38 100%

The Dark Horse ()

" Curtis commands our attention in every scene, not least because we are unsure of what he will do next. "

Posted Nov 21, 2014

Stephen Romei

39 18%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

" At this point Let's Be Cops loses much of its humour and starts looking like a film Liam Neeson will turn up in any time soon. That's a pity because the first half, about two doofuses playing police, is funny and occasionally sharp. "

Posted Nov 14, 2014

Stephen Romei

40 89%

The Drop (2014)

" A gangster film that is elevated above that genre by the presence of Gandolfini, just as he pushed The Sopranos beyond, well, everything that came before. "

Posted Nov 14, 2014

Stephen Romei

41 33%

My Mistress ()

" While it's good that Lance eschews the conventional, the question becomes, what does he have in its place? I was left unsure of the answer. "

Posted Nov 7, 2014

Stephen Romei

42 20%

Rise ()

" Mack Lindon's autobiographical prison drama Riseis one of the strangest films I've seen in a while, not always in a good way but not always in a bad way either. "

Posted Nov 7, 2014

Stephen Romei

43 94%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

" This is a film that starts out being about an unknown artist and ends up being about something more complex and challenging: a person. "

Posted Nov 7, 2014

Stephen Romei

44 8%

The Best Of Me (2014)

" The Best of Me turns into a half-baked dramatic thriller, with violent confrontations, gunfights, plenty of nasty characters and one big scary action scene. "

Posted Oct 31, 2014

Evan Williams

45 83%

John Wick (2014)

" Reeves is in his element: a natural in hard-edged action thrillers from Speed to The Matrix, he has the benefit of a screenplay that gives him little to say. "

Posted Oct 31, 2014

Evan Williams

46 23%

Tammy (2014)

" The filmmakers never quite find the balance between real-life experience and freewheeling nonsense that drives the best comic road movies. "

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Evan Williams

47 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

" For all its slick contemporary surface and fashionably nasty trimmings it's really a throwback to the age of 1940s noir. "

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Evan Williams

48 59%

Son of a Gun (2015)

" The screenplay offers no insights whatsoever into the characters, especially that of the young protagonist, the enigmatically named JR (Brenton Thwaites). "

Posted Oct 17, 2014

David Stratton

49 100%

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014)

" Their adventures are the subject of a delightful feel-good movie that skilfully combines humour, sentiment and tart political commentary. "

Posted Oct 17, 2014

David Stratton