The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 24%

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

2 67%

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

3 79%

Son of a Gun ()

"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

4 100%

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

5 56%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"The basic problem with this thriller is that it's not very thrilling."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

David Stratton

6 40%

Tusk (2014)

"Parts of it are funny, parts are suspenseful and parts of it - to put it mildly - are hideously awful. Horrible may be a better word than horrific."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Evan Williams

7 47%

The Judge (2014)

"Duvall is a specialist with slightly deranged, broken-down characters, and he's done nothing better than this."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Evan Williams

8 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"This one never really takes hold and goes horribly wrong about 20 minutes before the end."

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Evan Williams

9 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"There's no denying that it's an entertaining movie, made by a consummate filmmaker, though not, perhaps, quite as important as it would like to be."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Evan Williams

10 31%

Annabelle (2014)

"Being startled is not the same as being scared, and speaking on behalf of other hardened critics, I have to say we weren't scared for a moment."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Evan Williams

11 88%

Advanced Style (2014)

"I think the women are extraordinary."

Posted Oct 1, 2014

David Stratton

12 95%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"Babluani and Bokeria are completely believable as the two teenagers who have to grow up very quickly, and a long, uninterrupted scene in which the former dances, alone, at her friend's wedding is a highlight of an extremely engaging movie."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

David Stratton

13 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"The surprising thing about this above-average relationship movie is its sense of humour, something you wouldn't necessarily expect from a drama that starts with attempted suicide. "

Posted Sep 26, 2014

David Stratton

14 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Director Antoine Fuqua handles it all with jaded skill, and at inordinate length but the film's combination of silliness and extreme brutality is depressing."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

David Stratton

15 46%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"As Aidan, Graff combines depth of insight with an endearing naivety, and the rest of the cast could hardly be better."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Evan Williams

16 47%

The Little Death ()

"The Little Death is bold, brave and original."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Evan Williams

17 89%

Locke (2014)

"Locke is an original and impressive experience, an unusual film of considerable quality."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

David Stratton

18 35%

The Giver (2014)

"It's an intelligent, accomplished, unpadded thriller, and one suitable for the children. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

David Stratton

19 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"The increasing sameness of these films (an evil future society, a young hero/heroine who must both confront the authorities and escape from them) is becoming pretty familiar."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

David Stratton

20 92%

The Infinite Man ()

"Full marks to Sullivan and his team for creating this bizarre puzzle of a movie, even though the use of the single location and the endlessly repetitive (with variations) plot inevitably becomes over-familiar as it proceeds."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

David Stratton

21 44%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"There's a bleak beauty to all of this, but also there's a reliance on stereotypes, male and female, that, while they come directly from the source material, are starting to become irritating."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

David Stratton

22 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

23 75%

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

24 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

25 No Score Yet

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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 92%

Still Life ()

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

Posted Jul 30, 2014

David Stratton

36 89%

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

37 100%

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

38 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"The performances are first-rate."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

39 92%

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

40 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

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 92%

The Last Impresario ()

"Warm-hearted, respectful and somewhat melancholic."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

46 44%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

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

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

47 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

48 91%

Transsiberian (2008)

"A terrific combination of action, mystery and adventure"

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Evan Williams

49 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