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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Dead Europe ()

"It is one of the most disturbing, and intelligent, Australian films for a long time."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Julie Rigg

2 43%

Two Little Boys ()

"This is no ordinary buddy movie. It is, actually, an anti buddy movie, and while there are some sequences which could have been funnier, the story maintains a kind of bizarre logic which somehow speaks New Zealand. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Julie Rigg

3 71%

Hail ()

"Hail is highly recommended. If you are a true film lover, you will want to see this."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Julie Rigg

4 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"It doesn't always hit its marks, and its extensive, accomplished cast doesn't gel seamlessly, but Brad Pitt's Jackie is a well conceived centre to the drama, because he remains a riddle."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

5 67%

Lawless (2012)

"In the climax, Hillcoat brings it all back to where it began: as a folk tale. You could read it as a tale of the triumph of the small businessman."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Julie Rigg

6 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"I came out very happy, and well: the film made me feel like dancing."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Julie Rigg

7 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"As the plot crescendos it loses its comic edge, looking to make a point of its own about how career politics tarnishes all who come near it, and trying to score a redemptive finale."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

8 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"Here, the slapstick with a dash of Homer (we even get a sequence with sirens), should work a treat for adults too."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

9 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Whedon is on to a winning formula."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

10 80%

Spud ()

"If there was satirical intent, it is leached from the film."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Julie Rigg

11 100%

Life In Movement ()

"Wim Wenders's Pina, about the late Pina Bausch, has set the bar high. This one is worth treasuring, in the same canon. "

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Julie Rigg

12 34%

Battleship (2012)

"The ridiculousness of it all is either sheer joy or pure hell -- depending on how seriously you take it."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

13 95%

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) ()

"Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Julie Rigg

14 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"I enjoyed the modernisation of the two characters. Roberts's wisecracking Queen, and Collins's fighting princess. Tarsem Singh brings a choice splash of Bollywood to the closing spectacle. Not bad at all, for a family outing."

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Julie Rigg

15 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"The Hunger Games lacks a compelling raison d'être -- it's not much of a class critique, and even less successful as an inter-generational study of how the young struggle against the old."

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

16 51%

John Carter (2012)

"At times the spectacle is captivating, but it's always just a bit too silly."

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Jason Di Rosso

17 59%

Any Questions for Ben? ()

"Any Questions for Ben? is watchable enough. But it could have been so much more."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Julie Rigg

18 74%

Burning Man (2012)

"The emotional payoff is undermined by the structural play -- a strategy that distracts rather than enhances."

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

19 74%

Burning Man (2012)

"If this film was a car, I'd say it was over-engineered. The jangling mosaic goes on so long we lose sympathy with the main character."

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Julie Rigg

20 93%

Drive (2011)

"Drive works if you succumb to its broad brush strokes of emotion, the plot propelled by vague ambition and greed, the lush cinematography and the dreamy 80s inspired synthesiser soundtrack."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

21 100%

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard ()

"If you know nothing about any of this, you'll come out of Autoluminescent with an appreciation and a sense of wonder."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

22 36%

In Time (2011)

"It brims with the energy of unrepentant rebellion, in other words, the consequences of which are politically radical (in a cartoon-like way). A cathartic experience for anyone bored with the usual Hollywood subtext."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

23 29%

The Cup (2012)

"The hybrid feel of it all works, and the inevitable uneven moments didn't bother me, nor did the odd story cliché. "

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

24 69%

The Hunter (2012)

"It's a handsome, thought-provoking film, none the less, and another contribution to the re-emergence of an Australian cinema of ideas."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Julie Rigg

25 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Real Steel is a very strange spectacle, but only sometimes as fun as it sounds."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

26 71%

Footloose (2011)

"It feels like a film walking in the shoes of its predecessor with a slightly sassier spring in its step. But at a certain point in the final act, this remake seems to forget why we're all watching."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

27 78%

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

"This film can only have been written by someone who has been both crazy with passion and has been to a parent-teacher night. Recommended."

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Julie Rigg

28 27%

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2013)

"It's a sometimes charming film from the veteran action filmmaker, but remains a curiosity, lacking comic sharpness and romantic intensity."

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

29 95%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams is one of Herzog's most memorable films. Its subject, the 32,000-year-old drawings on the wall of the Chauvet Cave in southern France, is so astonishing that even Herzog's amiable sidetracks can't destroy the wonder."

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Julie Rigg

30 4%

Abduction (2011)

"I saw it with a young male audience and most of the time they were laughing. Not at the fight scenes, but at the dialogue, and they were right -- it was frequently risible."

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Julie Rigg

31 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"Takes inspiration from the 1985 film but runs its own race with a few nice tweaks."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

32 58%

The Eye of the Storm (2012)

"It's a rich, sad and bitchy canvas, this film. Schepisi and screenwriter Judy Morris have captured White's tone pretty well."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Julie Rigg

33 39%

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

"The real suspense is always watching for English to put the next foot wrong, and then retrieve his balance. I found it a hoot."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Julie Rigg

34 14%

Zookeeper (2011)

"It isn't terrible, it's just dull."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

35 86%

Submarine (2011)

"See it and let Oliver Tate remind you of the teenager you once were, or knew."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Julie Rigg

36 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"I was engrossed by this film because it had tactics, strategy and characterisation."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Julie Rigg

37 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"It doesn't feel like the tour de force it should be."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

38 80%

Life in a Day (2011)

"You walk out with a good feeling, having seen a lot of humanity in the almost raw."

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Julie Rigg

39 61%

Final Destination 5 (2011)

"It's a spectacle that requires a certain detachment and a strong stomach, but it's highly recommended."

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

40 36%

One Day (2011)

"A frothy cappuccino of a film with lots of tears, quivering lips and cathartic embraces and little substance."

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

41 76%

The Help (2011)

"It's well crafted and performed and well, if all the ends tie up a little too neatly and every single sub-text is spelled out, that's Hollywood for you."

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Julie Rigg

42 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"Simply put, this is a disappointment, whether you're looking for grandeur, trash or something in between."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

43 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"I can't think of another premise this year that promised so many schlocky high concept thrills but delivered so little."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

44 81%

Red Dog (2012)

"Rough-hewn as it is, it's emotionally satisfying."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Julie Rigg

45 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"These scenes of mayhem leave you looking forward to the next film more than savouring this one."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

46 64%

Love Crime (2011)

"Unfortunately, Alain Corneau's film lacks the camera movements and swelling soundtrack to make this classic melodrama in the grand tradition. It's more akin to TV soap opera."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

47 0%

Big Mamma's Boy ()

"This is the stuff of classic comedy (of a certain type), but the film completely fails in its attempt to make anyone endearing or remotely likable."

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

48 33%

5 Days Of War (2011)

"It masquerades as an underdog story about journalists who cut through the fog of war, but it's patronising enough to think we won't notice the cliches and simplifications."

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

49 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"I have nothing against such cliches and the critique of patriarchy they invoke, but you need to breathe new life into them."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Jason Di Rosso

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