The Australian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

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

2 73%

Godzilla (2014)

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

Posted May 23, 2014

Evan Williams

3 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

4 100%

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

5 100%

The Babadook (2014)

"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

6 95%

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 82%

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

12 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

13 85%

Seduced And Abandoned ()

"Seduced and Abandoned is, if nothing else, a film buff's delight."

Posted May 12, 2014

David Stratton

14 73%

Healing ()

"It's a film rich in ideas and vivid characters. Watching it is an exhilarating experience."

Posted May 7, 2014

Evan Williams

15 ——

The Crossing ()

"A remarkable documentary from director Julian Harvey, most of it assembled from footage shot by the adventurers."

Posted May 7, 2014

Evan Williams

16 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Fading Gigolo is perhaps his [John Turturro] most successful blend of offbeat humour and observational drama to date."

Posted May 7, 2014

David Stratton

17 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Vacth gives a luminous performance, but her character is less explored than her body, and that's the film's major shortcoming."

Posted May 7, 2014

David Stratton

18 65%

Beyond the Edge (2014)

"The skilful combination of old and new footage, almost seamlessly spliced together, still provides riveting material for viewers in a more cynical age."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Stratton

19 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Peter's girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) [delivers] the "valetudinarian" speech at her school, which feels as empty and platitudinous as the movie. I couldn't help laughing."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Stratton

20 70%

52 Tuesdays ()

"A story told in snippets inevitably feels disjointed, despite the best efforts of Hyde and her cinematographer Brian Mason (who also edited the film) to get everything flowing smoothly."

Posted May 2, 2014

Evan Williams

21 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Nevertheless, Transcendence is superior to most other sci-fi films these days; it's briskly paced, consummately made and never boring. Puzzling and occasionally challenging it may be, but it's made with style and imagination."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Stratton

22 74%

Canopy (2014)

"Canopy doesn't fully convey the horror and the isolation these men must have experienced. It's a conceptually bold film but not a fully achieved one."

Posted May 2, 2014

David Stratton

23 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The director's lack of subtlety extends to the selection of music used on the soundtrack; [like] the theme from Mission: Impossible and that's only one of the blindingly obvious uses of music cues."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Stratton

24 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"Klapisch packs a lot into the film and though there are a few missteps, the film as a whole is a very satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy - if, indeed, it is a conclusion. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Stratton

25 ——

L'épreuve d'une vie (The Finishers) ()

"The film strives to be inspirational and ends up being sentimental, but despite its flaws it conveys a sense of exhilaration and personal triumph."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

David Stratton

26 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"The performances seem to me impeccable. Kore-eda is one of a host of Japanese filmmakers who never cease to enchant me. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Evan Williams

27 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The Invisible Woman , overall, is a film of intelligence and subtlety, and Jones's performance as Nelly reflects exactly those qualities - she brings Nelly, with all her complexities, doubts and conflicted loyalties, vividly to life."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

David Stratton

28 79%

Any Day Now (2012)

"Young Leyva has a smile that lights up the screen, but the film makes the mistake of depicting several of the characters as though they were villains from some lesser movie. That the film overcomes this approach is testament to its essential spirit."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

David Stratton

29 41%

Divergent (2014)

"If I had to join a faction, I'd be looking for one called Bafflement or Exasperation. After spending the best part of five hours watching Divergent and Only Lovers Left Alive, I understand why audiences are flocking to see the Muppets and The Lego Movie."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Evan Williams

30 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Jarmusch's screenplay may lack sense and cohesion, but it's full of throw-away cultural references and vaguely intellectual in-jokes."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Evan Williams

31 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The magic is largely missing this time. It starts promisingly enough with a rather good song about the pitfalls involved in doing a sequel but, after that, invention seems to flag and many opportunities are missed."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

David Stratton

32 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The fans won't be disappointed by the lavish visual effects, the explosions and gun battles, all of which are the essential elements in this kind of super-cinema experience."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Stratton

33 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"The result is a deliciously rich and, dare I say, old-fashioned entertainment, filled with affectionate jokes and cinematic references. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Stratton

34 95%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"The Lego Movie is a brilliant technical achievement. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Evan Williams

35 77%

Noah (2014)

"Noah is a disappointment, despite generally strong performances, some well-imagined sequences and spectacular backdrops filmed in Iceland. It seems that caution has won out over imagination."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

David Stratton

36 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Yes, there's a story of sorts - rival kingdoms, a young man's quest for revenge, a study in brotherly guilt and a doomed father-son relationship. Now I'm making it sound like Hamlet. Enough is enough."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Evan Williams

37 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Everything moves at a brisk pace, the voice cast has plenty of talent, and there's no shortage of witty lines."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Evan Williams

38 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"Carlei's film is beautiful but sterile, and seems nervous its audience will be bored to the extent that there seem to be more sword fights than usual. Only Paul Giamatti's touching turn as the Friar stays in the mind when this passionless film is over."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

David Stratton

39 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"I, Frankenstein, with its monster reinvented as a superhero, is a fairly predictable action movie. Shelley would not have approved."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Evan Williams

40 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"It has some accomplished performances and very fine sequences - not enough to make a four-hour film completely bearable, but better than I'd feared."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

David Stratton

41 52%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"This epic approach to a terrible conflict incorporates newsreels and maps to make things clearer for the uninitiated. It's an impressive film on many levels, and a significant achievement for the embryonic Nigerian film industry."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

David Stratton

42 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"The Missing Picture invites uncomfortable reflections. Modest in scale, simple in conception, it is a great film - certainly a great little film - and many viewers will be moved to tears."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Evan Williams

43 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"It never aims at anything more than the most superficial entertainment."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

David Stratton

44 ——

Rise Of The Eco-warriors ()

"My one complaint with this one is it lacks a clear and authoritative narrative voice. What is this cage, I wondered... All becomes clear if we pay attention, and in the end we rejoice in the young warriors' enthusiasm. We need such people."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Evan Williams

45 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"By any standards, this [is] a fine, moving film and essential viewing for anyone who cares about contemporary cinema."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

David Stratton

46 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"It's a compelling story, though it doesn't really sustain a two-hour plus running time."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

David Stratton

47 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"It's a rare example of pure cinema, and that, in itself, gives it a stature to which few Hollywood films these days aspire."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

David Stratton

48 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Subtle, quiet, delicate and unpretentious, Gloria is among the most satisfying films I have seen in years."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Evan Williams

49 9%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"The screenplay by Daniel Waters, the director's brother, is stuffed with puerile dialogue, all the more disappointing given that, back in 1988, he wrote one of the best school movies, Heathers."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

David Stratton

50 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"In the last resort we must judge the film itself - for its power, its surpassing strangeness, its extraordinary beauty."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Evan Williams

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