Courier Mail (Australia)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"Though Polanski might be a shadow of the filmmaker he once was, he still knows how to push, prod and deceive an audience every which way."

Posted Aug 10, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

2 86%

The Special Relationship (2010)

"The Special Relationship marks a worthy addition to Morgan's ever-expanding body of work as a modern historian of the big screen."

Posted Aug 6, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

3 46%

Step Up 3-D (2010)

"Yikes, that is one terrible storyline, but no one goes to these kinds of movies for that, do they? No way."

Posted Aug 6, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

4 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"A bombastically mindless and rather fun rebooting of the 1980s TV show of the same name."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

5 54%

I Love You Too (2010)

"On the odd occasion I Love You Too is shaken out of its so-so slumber, it's usually at the urging of diminutive American actor Peter Dinklage."

Posted May 18, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

6 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"These disturbing incidents pound the unsuspecting viewer into complete submission. The luminous beauty of the black-and-white cinematography framing the ugly world suggested here only serves to further shock the senses."

Posted May 6, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

7 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"By the time we have adjusted to all that European summer sunlight streaming through Seyfried's silky hair, the film is already well on the road to Fluffsville."

Posted May 6, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

8 78%

The End of the Line (2009)

"Forget 2012. 2012. According to The End of the Line, the year right-minded folk should be dreading is 2048."

Posted May 6, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

9 85%

Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

"A drab and derivative screenplay simply fails to build a single worthwhile or credible character."

Posted Apr 27, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

10 52%

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)

"Both the performances and the dialogue in this film are incredibly stilted, further compounding the sheer boredom that takes hold in the second half."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

11 75%

The Eclipse (2010)

"All that needs to be known is that the writing, direction and performances -- especially from the beautifully matched leads Hinds and Hjejle -- are of the highest calibre, and The Eclipse makes the most of every element at its disposal."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

12 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"Though The Book of Eli devolves into a very basic series of pitched battles between the good and evil adversaries, the film does exert a tight grip on the viewer."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

13 67%

Date Night (2010)

"There was probably never going to be a huge amount of great jokes to be found in this scenario no matter who was in the movie. Nevertheless, Carell and Fey do not really 'click' with either each other, or their respective roles."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

14 76%

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

"Any adults tagging along will also be pleasantly surprised by just how watchable the whole experience is."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Leigh Paatsch

15 52%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"The film meanders in a nonsensical way and never reaches a satisfactory conclusion. It's got a Coen Brothers edge to it and will leave many viewers scratching their heads."

Posted Mar 2, 2010

Colin Newton

16 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"Firth is the standout. While it's no surprise his performance has earned him a Best Actor Oscar nod, the film itself is not nearly as powerful as it should have been."

Posted Feb 23, 2010

Colin Newton

17 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"The film is also up for an Oscar but will surely fall into the "it's an honour just to be nominated" category. Still, it's an enjoyable film and arguably Bullock's best."

Posted Feb 23, 2010

Colin Newton

18 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Jason Reitman's slick romance is a studio movie that is a throwback to the sort of relevant and entertaining adult movies Hollywood once turned out routinely."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Des Partridge

19 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"You should leave your cinema seat wearing a broad smile after this fun-filled experience, officially the first Aussiewood musical."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Des Partridge

20 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Avatar is a landmark film everyone will be talking about."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Des Partridge

21 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"One of the year's pleasures for the eyes, mind and heart -- a bright star indeed."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Des Partridge

22 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Tending to meander at times, there's still plenty to enjoy if typical Almodovar multiple narratives don't confuse you."

Posted Dec 13, 2009

Des Partridge

23 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"It's the sincerity of the performances by Krasinski and Rudolph that makes you want to see how the journey will end for the couple they play."

Posted Dec 7, 2009

Des Partridge

24 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"Zombie comedies have been plentiful since the British-made Shaun of the Dead five years ago, but none has been as funny as Zombieland."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Des Partridge

25 73%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Jonze has succeeded splendidly in making a movie about the challenges of childhood, and it's likely the material will resonate more with the adults who read Wild Things to their children rather than delight the children themselves."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Des Partridge

26 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Ricky Gervais' new film isn't as out-and-out funny as you might have hoped, but it's still got some funny moments."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Des Partridge

27 74%

Cold Souls (2009)

"There's added appeal thanks to Barthes' silly but fun film via the outstanding cinematography by her collaborator, Andrij Parekh, whose arty lighting and careful framing make the film a visual treat."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Des Partridge

28 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"It all can be swallowed very easily, with the likeable characters, including the policeman Earl (Mr T), ensuring that the adventure serves up a tasty conclusion."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Des Partridge

29 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"This is undoubtedly Bana's best American performance and you can genuinely believe in Bana and McAdams as lovers who give the story its emotion."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Des Partridge

30 79%

Genova ()

"Genova fails to provide the view with much that is satisfying and instead accomplishes only a superficial examination of grief and the way people respond."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Des Partridge

31 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"Enough elements of Dickens's story remain for a viewer to be refreshed by Scrooge's change of heart, and to be moved by his rediscovery of the Christmas spirit that climaxes the story."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Des Partridge

32 22%

Case 39 (2010)

"One of those movies that's bad enough to make it worth seeing."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Des Partridge

33 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"There's nothing too subtle about Moore's filmmaking style, but he does get his points across in a straightforward, uncomplicated way."

Posted Nov 1, 2009

Des Partridge

34 45%

The Box (2009)

"The movie gives the impression of being pasted together from many different parts rather than presented as a cohesive whole."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Des Partridge

35 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"It is not a rip-off. But make no mistake, it is a cash-in."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Leigh Paatsch

36 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"A visual feast is served up in former Monty Python cast member Terry Gilliam's fantasy -- credited to "Heath Ledger and friends" -- that should enthral loyal fans of the veteran's colourful film history, but is more than likely to baffle Gilliam novices."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Des Partridge

37 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"The feature-length film, modelled on Pixar films, merges the best of western and eastern animation styles. result is an entertaining film that should satisfy both adults and children."

Posted Oct 18, 2009

Des Partridge

38 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"Fans of Allen's work should be happy to find him back in Manhattan, still exploring the meaning of his existence through some typically funny one-liners."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Des Partridge

39 89%

Moon (2009)

"While there are echoes of Kubrick's 2001 classic, Moon has enough that's original and surprising to make it worth recommending, and not only to diehard fans of sci-fi films."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

Des Partridge

40 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"Despite the potential for humour from the couples and their relationship problems, the script relies on lame situation jokes."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

Des Partridge

41 84%

Whip It (2009)

"While Whip It follows the pattern of the majority of underdog sports dramas, Barrymore's film has a vitality, energy and heart (in the beautifully acted mother-daughter story) that's often lacking in male-centred movies."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

Des Partridge

42 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Nora Ephron serves up a hearty silver-service banquet with a story that links the lives of two exceptional American women."

Posted Oct 5, 2009

Des Partridge

43 84%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"It would be unthinkable for Britain's Ken Loach to make a film without some social purpose, but at 72, he's made the funniest film of his long career."

Posted Sep 24, 2009

Des Partridge

44 90%

Stone Bros (2009)

"In a significant year for indigenous films, Stone Bros. plays the Joker's role: a bromance disguising the film's intent to prick consciences in the hardest writing form (comedy) to master."

Posted Sep 24, 2009

Des Partridge

45 25%

Fame (2009)

"Tancharoen does not bring anything particularly fresh or distinctive to the song and dance elements of the story, but the new group of students (led by possible star Kay Panabaker as Jenny) deliver credible-enough performances."

Posted Sep 24, 2009

Des Partridge

46 80%

Van Diemen's Land (2009)

"The film is at times tasteless and unpalatable but the screenplay, based on four confessions Pearce gave after his capture, has a certain level of interest to it."

Posted Sep 22, 2009

Colin Newton

47 77%

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)

"The unique behind-the-scenes profile Tyrnauer has achieved makes this more than just another excuse to look at beautiful models in pretty frocks, and a film not only for fashionistas."

Posted Sep 16, 2009

Des Partridge

48 40%

Imagine That (2009)

"An uncharacteristically restrained performance by Eddie Murphy, a sharply funny supporting role filled by Thomas Haden Church, and a beguiling new child actor, Yara Shahidi, make this fantasy-comedy about the power of imagination agreeable enough."

Posted Sep 16, 2009

Des Partridge

49 22%

G-Force (2009)

"Billed as children's fare, G-Force's incessant action provides trainer wheels for youngsters soon to grow into the teens who have made Bruckheimer's live-action films such moneyspinners."

Posted Sep 16, 2009

Des Partridge

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