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Herald Sun (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Narrative cohesion is not the film's strong suit, but battlefield authenticity most certainly is."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

2 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"It's exemplary business as usual for Nebraska, a beautiful, bittersweet comedy-drama."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

3 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Viewed independently of the argy-bargy surrounding it, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is simply a remarkable work of cinema."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

4 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"It never quite lightens up enough to connect on a comic level, and the drama derived from the late-life crises of the protagonists is never heavy enough to matter."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

5 48%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"After this cruddy display, all the bonus points Jarratt has racked up from Quentin Tarantino's misplaced man-crush on him are gone."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

6 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Heavy-hitting support players Teller and Jordan steal every scene they can from the lightweight leading man. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

7 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"This really is a film of negative fits and starts. Nothing really fits, and it never really gets started."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

8 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Though the acting always teeters on the brink of terrible and you'd think twice about lining a budgie cage with pages from the screenplay, there is something tremendously entertaining about the experience that never quite wears off."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

9 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Exceptionally well-written and directed, this tough, yet tender-hearted film doesn't take the easy road towards winning your full respect and fascination."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

10 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"Unfortunately, the trashier urges that made the original such a unique pile of junk have been resisted here. Stripped of the snarky humour and mercurial mood swings, this RoboCop is disarmingly dour for a cyborg crimefighter."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

11 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"No surprise to see Robert De Niro here. Write him a big enough cheque and he'll do the school play of your choice."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

12 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Minds will be opened, perhaps even changed by what they see (and indeed, feel) here."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

13 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Stallone and De Niro are burning up what goodwill they have remaining with their respective followings for the sake of an easy payday."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

14 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"While Labor Day can strain credibility to the point of becoming totally corny at times, the simple, relatable chemistry worked up by Winslet and Brolin immediately picks the film up after any bad stumbles."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Leigh Paatsch

15 17%

Zambezia (2013)

"A nice morning out at the cinema for toddlers, but that's about it."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Leigh Paatsch

16 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"With its electrifying action sequences, a killer storyline and a maverick comic sensibility, the brilliance of Kick Ass will hit those who want to see it like a thunderbolt."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Leigh Paatsch

17 8%

The Host (2013)

"It is almost impossible to believe this high-concept, low-impact sludge is being pumped into cinemas by a filmmaker as once upon a time as talented as Andrew Niccol."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Leigh Paatsch

18 93%

Amour (2012)

"A multiple award winner at film festivals around the globe, and it is easy to see why. Highly recommended."

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Leigh Paatsch

19 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"The most intriguing and worthy aspect of this accomplished documentary is that it never lets anyone forget the biggest tragedy of the many threaded through this story - the helpless children who never deserved the brutal fate handed to them."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Leigh Paatsch

20 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"The Sweeney is a modern mauling of an old TV show that went quite alright in its day. If only because it was so consistently cheap, nasty and entertaining. The new version? Just nasty."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Leigh Paatsch

21 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Where the format comes into its own is in intense, action-packed territory. An Unexpected Journey's battle sequences are especially striking."

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Neala Johnson

22 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"On purely escapist terms, however, the over-supply of so-so sounds is never enough to ruin anyone's enjoyment of a very likeable picture."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

23 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"Celeste and Jesse Forever overcomes many potential limitations because its characters are so richly drawn."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

24 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"This is one of the 50-year-old series' most exciting and commandingly compelling entries. Yes, James Bond is back to being James Bond."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

25 85%

The Master (2012)

"The Master is a film that deserves to be celebrated and castigated in equal measure."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

26 60%

Last Dance ()

"Blake has long been an under-utilised national treasure in our acting ranks, and she anchors Last Dance with great presence and assurance."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

27 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Burton is in lively, playful and sharp form here, deftly balancing blatant eeriness with a chipper cheeriness that excuses many a macabre event. "

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

28 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"The vacuous dialogue in Allen's screenplay is exceptionally clunky. What he envisages as cheeky comes off as creaky."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

29 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"It is one of those nicely-made efforts where every element sits perfectly in place, but the director is too tentative to shift them around too much. So they just sit there. The choice is yours: enjoy the stillness, or move on."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

30 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"While the aggression on-screen undoubtedly gets in your face at the time of viewing, there is also a cynical honesty that plays on your mind for some time afterwards. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

31 67%

Lawless (2012)

"The film as a whole is no classic. Between sporadic bursts of very intense violence, there are often drifty, drowsy scenes that struggle to justify their relevance. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

32 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Best enjoyed by those with short memories and a longing for needless excess."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

33 40%

Mental (2013)

"The crux of Mental's irksome inability to entertain is that a majority of its comedy scenes resolutely fail in their goal to change perceptions of psychiatric illness. "

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

34 43%

On the Road (2012)

"To get the most from the long and winding 140-minute journey ahead, some knowledge of the book (or at least its reputation) is compulsory."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

35 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"A ripping tale of high finance and low ethics, Arbitrage keeps its stocks continually on the rise due to a genuinely brilliant lead performance from the much-maligned Gere."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

36 93%

Looper (2012)

"With just his third feature, Looper's writer-director Rian Johnson reveals himself to be the most exciting and unorthodox filmmaker to splash into the mainstream since Christopher Nolan."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

37 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"Bursting with great ideas, mild scares and plenty of laughs, Hotel Transylvania is A-class family entertainment."

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

38 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"The film owes much of its success to the intricate and intimate chemistry of leads Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

39 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"For now, it is a downright delight to sit back and watch the likes of the loony lemur king Julien do anything and everything to entertain you."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

40 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Filmed with an amateur cast and staged with astonishing imagination and emotion, this is undoubtedly one of the great movie happenings of the year. "

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

41 26%

Kath & Kimderella ()

"Watching them totter around the backblocks of Italy just doesn't bring on the titters. Without their home ground advantage, the team falls to bits."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

42 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Right from the get-go, this indie American talkfest exudes a confidence, a composure and, dare I say it, a cool that extinguishes any cynicism in the room. "

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

43 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"The best that can be said of these spectacularly stoo-pid scenes is that you can't look away from them. But my, oh my, you can laugh at them. "

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

44 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Most will happily accept, and be truly enraptured by what unfolds."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

45 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"All that can be recommended here are a few fleeting glimpses of a fun and funky future for consumer technology. "

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

46 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Hope Springs is not so much a film that will grown on you, as one that will grow around you."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

47 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"The Bourne Legacy in no way honours the Bourne legacy. It is merely an exercise in brand maintenance until Damon feels like climbing down off his wallet to be Bourne again."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

48 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"All shortcomings are invariably forgiven whenever the hyper-talented Mauboy gets near a microphone, and the film's winning selection of soul standards and original tunes fire up."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

49 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The stunning conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy proves that bigger can be better, with no holds barred as the hugely successful franchise ends with a very big bang."

Posted Jul 17, 2012

James Wigney

50 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Welcome back, Spider-Man. If you can keep this up. then long may you continue to amaze."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Leigh Paatsch

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