The Age (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"A comedy alternately caustic and sweet."

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Craig Mathieson

2 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"[A] zesty, committed action thriller."

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Craig Mathieson

3 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Full of adolescent energy -- vibrant, untethered, and kind of bonkers -- the new movie from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is a gentler version of childhood than he's recently favoured."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Craig Mathieson

4 82%

Tom la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"The psychological menace is combined with Dolan's sometimes florid aesthetic to fascinating effect, signalling that he's well aware of the need to not repeat himself."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Craig Mathieson

5 92%

The Infinite Man ()

"Hugh Sullivan's terrific Australian time-travel comedy is an inventive and dryly hilarious depiction of how the obsession with perfection can only lead to defeat."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Craig Mathieson

6 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Failure has rarely been told with such entertaining dedication."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Craig Mathieson

7 44%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Familiar actors come and bloodily go, generally failing to make sense of reductive roles."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Craig Mathieson

8 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"The bond between siblings is made very real by Wiig and Hader, who make that old line about laughing until you cry genuinely believable."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Craig Mathieson

9 86%

Predestination (2015)

"Hawke and Snook anchor the knotty storyline and you eventually realise key lines have a double meaning, and that every occurrence fastidiously ties together."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Craig Mathieson

10 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Magic in the Moonlight, an uninspiring yet familiar tale of faith, reason and romance, may well be one of the poorest pictures Woody Allen has conceived and released."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Craig Mathieson

11 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The cast are clever at filling in the gaps the story has to carry, with the romantic attraction between Peter and Gamora, which begins with some hearty hand to hand combat, given more emotional weight than the dialogue allows for."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Craig Mathieson

12 66%

Lucy (2014)

"While the story is concisely and confidently told, there's something chilly about Lucy (and Johansson's) sudden goodbye to life as we know it."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Craig Mathieson

13 4%

Material Girls (2006)

" Lessons about social responsibility are submerged in a bubble bath of innocent glamour; Amy Heckerling's Clueless looks like a mordant social satire by comparison."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Jake Wilson

14 89%

These Final Hours ()

"Zak Hilditch's tense apocalyptic drama These Final Hours gives a familiar concept a telling new location: Perth. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Craig Mathieson

15 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow profits by upending action film cliches."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Craig Mathieson

16 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Every so often Stiller's palpable unease with himself compels him to switch gears, affirming the very cliches he mocks elsewhere. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Jake Wilson

17 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Anchorman 2, which McKay again directed and co-wrote with Ferrell, is honourable as far as sequels go, building on the memorable moments of its predecessor rather than simply recycling them. "

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Jake Wilson

18 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Who wants to wait 110 minutes for the gags to pay off?"

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Paul Byrnes

19 98%

The Rocket (2014)

" It's an emotionally forceful film, hurtling towards the kind of conclusion that Western audiences want to see. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Paul Byrnes

20 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"A work of evocative suggestion and concrete detail, a film that uses the genre trappings of the western and the thriller to explore a complex story of crime and indifference. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Philippa Hawker

21 9%

Bratz: The Movie (2007)

"We are regaled with the spectacle of sparky girl characters, who are aimed squarely at an impressionable tween girl audience, walking about in the sorts of high-fashion outfits you normally see on a catwalk or in the bar of a five-star hotel."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Jim Schembri

22 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Luhrmann understandably wants his Gatsby to be great, but he has inadvertently reminded us that the Great American Novel belongs precisely where it was born: on the page."

Posted May 23, 2013

Ed Gibbs

23 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"A brilliant, bromantic blockbuster."

Posted May 10, 2013

Giles Hardie

24 4%

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

"This is the first Scary Movie in seven years, but the formula remains unchanged, with a thin storyline linking spoofs of Hollywood hits."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Jake Wilson

25 93%

Amour (2012)

"Ultimately, the title of the film demands to be taken as a question: is this truly what love looks like? A little smugly, Haneke refuses to answer. "

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Jake Wilson

26 100%

The Lost Weekend (1945)

"One of cinema's earliest and best portraits of drug addiction."

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Jim Schembri

27 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Trying to one-up Tolstoy was always going to be a bad idea, though I wouldn't object to seeing a Bond movie, or Les Miserables, staged in the same way. "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jake Wilson

28 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"Winstone attempts to bluster his way through, but remains the least credible action star this side of Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jake Wilson

29 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Will there ever be a good movie based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks? "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Jake Wilson

30 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"But in a small-scale way, aided by a strong, wry central performance from Kendrick, Pitch Perfect has its charms. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Philippa Hawker

31 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"The narrative feels almost intentionally hokey and diagrammatic, a framework that gives the actors freedom to display their best-known qualities. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Jake Wilson

32 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"Predictably, this kind of gleeful fanboy excess yields diminishing returns. RZA hasn't much sense of storytelling rhythm, and lacks Tarantino's gift for turning adolescent obsessions into something uniquely personal. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Jake Wilson

33 No Score Yet

Love Story ()

"Sheltering behind his harmlessly dorky persona, Habicht never shows us anything painful enough to seem real; the film is far more an exercise in self-promotion than a study of the ups and downs of love. "

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Jake Wilson

34 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"Finally, there's something a little sketchy about the movie, a little unfinished and scattergun. The figure of Jesse recedes in importance, and it's Celeste whose delusions we focus on. "

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Philippa Hawker

35 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"Even making allowances for a certain amount of Hollywood gloss, there's something wrong with a film about misfits where everyone is this good-looking and poised. "

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Jake Wilson

36 75%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

"Either Maggie is the real deal, or she's lying, or we never find out. In any case, anticlimax seems inevitable."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jake Wilson

37 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Skyfall is not, of course, ''darker'' or more serious than previous Bond films, but it's more knowing about its own conventions."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jake Wilson

38 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)

"There's something marvellously comic about her, an effect reinforced by her refined yet raucous baritone voice. "

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Jake Wilson

39 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"[Loach's] latest collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty proves the pair can pull off a genre entertainment with aplomb when in the mood. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

40 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The final twist is a little forced, but otherwise the actors ensure that the fanciful plot stays grounded in recognisable emotions -- and Langella and Sarandon have more romantic chemistry than most screen couples at any age. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

41 68%

God Bless America (2012)

"Gory, unfunny satire that deserves a prize for the most strained provocation of the year. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

42 43%

Two Little Boys ()

"This is a weak film but an endearing one, a would-be black comedy undermined by the amiability of all concerned. "

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jake Wilson

43 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"After nearly two hours of padding, there's a laughable climactic battle sequence with heads shattering bloodlessly. "

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Jake Wilson

44 63%

Dead Europe ()

" The film might have felt truer to its source if it were either pulpier or more avant-garde. "

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Jake Wilson

45 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"A new Bond film, we are assured in the closing credits, is on its way -- Skyfall provides reasons to look forward to more."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Philippa Hawker

46 60%

Housos Vs. Authority ()

"It's a paean to the virtues of the versatile thong -- ubiquitous footwear, and a handy offensive weapon. "

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Philippa Hawker

47 71%

Hail ()

"It's Courtin-Wilson's willingness to push boundaries, to explore ways in which the troubled self can be depicted, that makes Hail so singular and striking. "

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Philippa Hawker

48 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"The film balances the extraordinary and ordinary with great aplomb, and Duplass and Plaza give beautifully judged performances. "

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Philippa Hawker

49 51%

Savages (2012)

"The messy insouciance wears a little thin, and by the time we get to the absurdity of the extended ending, enough is definitely enough."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Philippa Hawker