The Age (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

The Trip (2011)

"Fuelled by some inspired and very funny improvisations - their duelling Michael Caine impersonations are a scream - the film gradually settles into a meditation on mid-life malaise."

Posted Jul 4, 2011

Jim Schembri

2 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"All that really emerges is that Terrence Malick...has, Stanley Kubrick-style, fermented into a filmmaker with a glacial output who begs to be deciphered rather than enjoyed. "

Posted Jul 4, 2011

Jim Schembri

3 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"With what appears to be a limitless effects budget, Bay presides over reels and reels of intricately orchestrated mayhem, the scale of which is often so huge it assumes a truly mesmeric quality. "

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Jim Schembri

4 77%

The Last Circus (2011)

"Leave any semblance of sensitivity at the box office and enjoy this breathlessly paced, visually busy, certifiably nutty slice of Spanish surrealism. "

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Jim Schembri

5 81%

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

"The massive amount of artistry that has gone into the cinematography, lighting and design makes this as sumptuous and pleasing a film to behold as Tangled."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Jim Schembri

6 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"This is one Pixar film where you really do feel the length as keenly as the merchandising push."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Jim Schembri

7 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"Certainly not the unwatchable dreck some have made it out to be, unspooling more as a foggy, puzzling meditation about erotic fixation and sexual objectification that tests the limits on just how long a director can keep a camera locked on to one scene. "

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Jim Schembri

8 75%

Stake Land (2011)

"Like Romero, Mickle has a pragmatic attitude to genre convention: even the corniest stereotypes can be turned to new purposes. "

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Jake Wilson

9 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"Certainly intriguing, but it doesn't make for easy viewing and its misanthropy is deeply unsettling. "

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Tom Ryan

10 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"A great deal of know-how has been poured into Cars 2 but there's no way this cutesy scenario can work on multiple levels. "

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Jake Wilson

11 85%

Meek's Cutoff (2011)

"Michelle Williams is now the only Dawson's Creek cast member with a chat-worthy film career."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

12 11%

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011)

"Hoodwinked Too is a fun fractured fairy tale."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

13 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Bridesmaids is just fall-down funny."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

14 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"Regrettably, writer/director JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III, co-creator of TV series Lost) is better here at building suspense than paying it off."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

15 71%

Oranges And Sunshine (2011)

"While director Jim Loach knows how to bring trying tales of deprivation and abuse to a piercing emotional pitch, more admirable is his uncanny ability to harness the power of understatement."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

16 63%

Here I Am ()

"Sadly, the strong performances that were needed to sell this tough drama just aren't there."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

17 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"Easily chimes in as the best, most engaging and visually impressive X-film so far."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

18 88%

Cane Toads: The Conquest (2012)

"Debate if you must, but Cane Toads: The Conquest just might be one of the best feature-length wildlife documentaries ever made; it's certainly one of the most entertaining - and one that easily holds up to a second screening."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

19 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"It might not be quite as much fun as the first film but it's fun enough - and that's all that counts. Plus, there's a monkey in it."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

20 84%

Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) ()

"(A) beautiful wisp of a film... Simple, subdued, affecting."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

21 84%

The Snowtown Murders (2012)

"Snowtown is an absolutely mesmerising, uncompromising crime-movie masterpiece. Understated in style, chilling in effect, devastating in impact...one of the most unnerving serial killer films ever made. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

22 33%

Burke and Hare (2011)

" Veteran comedy director John Landis returns with this pitch-black, factually based tale about two money-hungry 19th-century Irishmen who meet the Edinburgh medical community's demand for fresh corpses by murdering people. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

23 88%

Mad Bastards ()

" Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

24 27%

Your Highness (2011)

"Good fun. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

25 66%

Insidious (2011)

" Director James Wan here proves himself very adept at building dramatic tension and making you anxious about the things going on in your peripheral vision. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

26 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

" There's no doubting the luscious detail and feel for the period, but the love triangle that inevitable kicks in is a little too rote, even for those in a forgiving mood. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

27 92%

Source Code (2011)

"It's Groundhog Day meets Inception. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

28 77%

Fast Five (2011)

" There's arguably even more gun and car play than in F&F4, with the prolonged car chase finale easily chiming in as the best, most imaginative one in the franchise so far. "

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

29 77%

Thor (2011)

"Director Kenneth Branagh, for all the Shakespearean fruitiness he imbues into some of his A-list performers, never forgets that Thor is ultimately an FX-driven film designed to sell popcorn."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Jim Schembri

30 63%

Here I Am ()

"Quietly, and with an unobtrusive grace, Here I Am explores harsh truths, everyday realities and intimations of change."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Philippa Hawker

31 94%

Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011)

"Julia's Eyes becomes a little incoherent as it plunges towards resolution, but it's unerringly stylish and whole-heartedly suspenseful along the way."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Philippa Hawker

32 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"The premise and the execution are numbingly familiar, and what was funny and unexpected about a guys-bonding-under-pressure movie the first time around becomes: ''Are they kidding? Again?'' "

Posted May 26, 2011

Philippa Hawker

33 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"For those crusty old barnacles who found the first three films headache-inducing bores, Pirates 4 offers a much more satisfying voyage. "

Posted May 19, 2011

Jim Schembri

34 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"So much effort has gone into recreating the time and place that you can almost smell the sea spray off the beach. A terrific, well-paced, menacing film and definitely not for purists. "

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

35 37%

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

"What really sells this fabulous, kid-friendly 3D adventure to anybody over eight (no offense, kids) is its astonishing visuals, which uses motion-capture technology to a degree that surpasses what we saw in Avatar. "

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

36 48%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"While the film is a tad mushier, there are still enough gross-out moments to please. "

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

37 79%

How I Ended This Summer (2010)

"The evocative cinematography, often showcasing the humbling scale of the landscape, perfectly counterpoints Popogrebsky's intimate, intricately observed direction. "

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

38 71%

Paul (2011)

"Passably funny, though one suspects even diehard sci-fi buffs will find the film's wall-to-wall pop referencing tiring and a tad lazy. Doesn't anybody write genuine jokes any more? "

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

39 58%

Scream 4 (2011)

"Written and directed by the Scream duo of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven (who really should have known better) the film makes painfully clear just how tired and tedious self-referencing horror films have become. "

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

40 64%

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

"Though billed as a 3D film, it only applies to the concert footage, though it's difficult to imagine any of his fans complaining."

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

41 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

"Heaven help us if we're ever supposed to feel guilty about watching hot chicks kick ass with guns ablazin', especially if the spectacle involves fire-breathing dragons."

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

42 72%

Rio (2011)

"This rom-com for kids is spiced nicely by some great musical numbers and a snappy buffing up of the standard "be yourself" theme that now seems mandatory in any kids animated film."

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

43 25%

Hop (2011)

"Perfectly pleasant, funny, if unexceptional Easter holiday movie."

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jim Schembri

44 37%

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

"The credited director is Simon Wells (The Time Machine), but the grotesque characters and dark action bear the Zemeckis stamp."

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Jake Wilson

45 84%

My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011)

"A disarming film with a pair of deftly judged performances at its centre, Jean Becker's My Afternoons With Margueritte risks sentimentality, but maintains a sense of lightness that is its saving grace. "

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Philippa Hawker

46 79%

How I Ended This Summer (2010)

"Though billed as a psychological thriller, How I Ended This Summer is basically a solemn art movie, leaving ample room for interpretation."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Jake Wilson

47 25%

Hop (2011)

"For the most part it tries too hard, lurching from one plot contrivance to another and never giving any of its cast (apart from the heroically hard-working Marsden) much to do."

Posted Apr 6, 2011

Philippa Hawker

48 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

"To the degree that Baby Doll and her pals are forced into becoming fetish objects, Sucker Punch contains its own critique -- though Joss Whedon's fascinating TV series Dollhouse explored similar themes with far more wit and skill."

Posted Apr 6, 2011

Jake Wilson

49 83%

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

"The film does take some predictable turns - even with its "surprise" twist - but it's a perfectly enjoyable time killer."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

Jim Schembri

50 19%

Just Go with It (2011)

"What would otherwise have been a routine, colour-by-numbers romantic comedy actually turns out to be one of Adam Sandler's best films. And yes, you read that right."

Posted Mar 31, 2011

Jim Schembri

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