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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Flight (2012)

"Washington's layered, nuanced take on the anguish and blindly self-destructive spiral of Whittaker is some of the actor's best work."

Posted Jan 26, 2013

Simon Foster

2 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Impolitic though it might be to suggest it, there's something extremely satisfying about the violence here-though, for my money, it resides less in seeing these racist thugs get their comeuppance, than in the director's staging of it."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Shane Danielsen

3 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"South East Asian tsunami survival saga is a test of endurance"

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Don Groves

4 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Crackerjack thriller brilliantly chronicles the 10-year countdown to capturing bin Laden. "

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Don Groves

5 48%

Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)

"Audiences who appreciate oddball first efforts from talents such as Lynch (Eraserhead), Cronenberg (Shivers) and Jeunet (Delicatessen) will be thankful. "

Posted Jan 20, 2013

Simon Foster

6 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"The complex triangle at the dark heart of his film, set against the surging social change of a nation, makes for both a superb historical epic and a compelling human drama."

Posted Jan 20, 2013

Simon Foster

7 33%

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013)

"A technically proficient widescreen opus that shifts, jarringly, between a generic love-triangle rom-com, a farcical political black comedy and a preachy message-movie. Some fragmented images and well-played moments leave an impact; most don't."

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Simon Foster

8 ——

Table No. 21 (2013)

"It is not without some well-staged dramatics and the Fijian Tourism Board would be thrilled with the coverage, but Table No 21 is just a too over-the-top in its histrionics and downright silly in its plotting to offer any lingering impact. "

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Simon Foster

9 25%

The Guillotines (2013)

"Clearly a commentary on the shifting status of rule in modern day China, the prolific Lau's latest is nevertheless an obtuse work that buries much of its subtext and historical relevance beneath overstated dramatics and cacophonous staging."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Simon Foster

10 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Highlighted by two strong leads and solid support work but hamstrung by a low-budget sense of period and some soapy dramatics."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Simon Foster

11 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Watching this film (agonisingly protracted at almost two hours) is a little like spending time with an curmudgeonly uncle you hate visiting."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Shane Danielsen

12 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"The Man with the Iron Fists is as limp as last week's wet noodles."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Russell Edwards

13 44%

Habibi Rasak Kharban (Habibi) (2012)

"It is an impressive first effort by Yousef."

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Simon Foster

14 70%

Liberal Arts (2012)

"Learning life's lessons is a bittersweet experience in Josh Radnor's appealing film"

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Don Groves

15 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"An appealing comic romance for and about folks of a certain age."

Posted Dec 3, 2012

Don Groves

16 ——

Love Story ()

"Minor shortcomings aside, Love Story is a winning blend of soft-hearted cinematic romance and doco-style human insight."

Posted Nov 26, 2012

Simon Foster

17 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)

"This pleasurable documentary is jammed packed with images from magazines, photoshoots and newsreels of a life well lived, but also lots of historical footage of the life Vreeland imagined she had too."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Russell Edwards

18 64%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"Episodic and sluggishly paced, 2 Days in New York has no drive and no story tension and for some that won't matter since the film's manic energy seems to derive from the fact that everyone here talks fast and loud and often..."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Peter Galvin

19 40%

Back to 1942 (2012)

"Chinese epic illuminates a dark chapter in its WWII history"

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Don Groves

20 ——

Sons of Norway ()

"Funny, heart-warming and original tale of turbulent adolescence in 1970s Oslo."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Don Groves

21 63%

Dead Europe ()

"Dark, and emotionally claustrophobic, Dead Europe is tough to sit through. Talky and severe, it is a puzzle film, a movie where one is asked to work hard at deciphering its strangeness."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Peter Galvin

22 100%

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

"A grand cinematic work boasting all the pros and cons of the genre, this unashamedly cornball star-vehicle for three of India's hottest talents is a fitting swansong for the late filmmaker."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Simon Foster

23 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"Its darker elements are handled with a light touch that don't allow the film's fantasy structure to become overburdened with self-importance."

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Simon Foster

24 43%

Two Little Boys ()

"Having earlier scored a breakout hit with his next-to-no-budget Scarfies (1999), a film that explored the lives of similarly low-brow characters but with far greater depth and narrative strength, more can rightfully be expected of the director."

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Simon Foster

25 ——

All The Way Through The Evening ()

"Moving, eloquent docu on the lives and music of AIDS victims."

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Don Groves

26 ——

Muirhouse (2013)

"Aussie ghost movie scares away audiences"

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Don Groves

27 ——

When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep ()

"Taiwanese tale of loss and love rises above convention."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Don Groves

28 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"The new Bond thrills but falls short of greatness."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Don Groves

29 ——

Would you have sex with an Arab? ()

"By taking the most complex regional dispute in global history and breaking it down to the most base human-on-human act, Zauberman clears the battlefield of all the complications that have gotten in the way of peaceful, meaningful conversation. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Simon Foster

30 81%

Hitler's Children (2012)

"Hitler's Children explores the themes of guilt, memory, family ties and identity with a profound simplicity that quickly gets very raw, at times overwhelmingly so."

Posted Nov 4, 2012

Simon Foster

31 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"The bloody tale of a blocked scriptwriter and a bunch of gangsters is fun to watch (mostly), yet the bold twists and turns of its playful narrative seem to serve no greater purpose other than its own cleverness. "

Posted Nov 4, 2012

Simon Foster

32 ——

Kathmandu Lullaby (Katmand˙, Un Espejo En El Cielo) ()

"One women's gruelling, ponderous journey through Nepal."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Don Groves

33 71%

Hail ()

"It's stark, unpleasant and beautiful at once. I don't think I've seen anything quite like Hail."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Peter Galvin

34 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"A loving homage to everything from Frankenstein to Godzilla by way of cosy American suburbia circa the analogue era, Frankenweenie makes superb use of black-and-white and shades of grey, thoughtful lighting and an equally thoughtful musical score."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Lisa Nesselson

35 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"Is The Intouchables an enjoyable movie if you overlook a few potentially queasy-making scenes? Absolutely. Is it great filmmaking in the neighbourhood of art? Nope. "

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Lisa Nesselson

36 ——

Narenji Poush (Orange Suit) ()

"With Orange Suit, the director proves as succinctly wily and deeply perceptive in his autumn years as he has ever been. "

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Simon Foster

37 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"Allen's Roman sojourn results in little more than a series of fanciful vignettes, occasionally insightful and not without the odd chuckle, but mostly just rather silly and inconsequential."

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Simon Foster

38 ——

The First Fagin ()

"The life and crimes of a maligned man."

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Don Groves

39 51%

Savages (2012)

"Stone does his best with the material-aided by no less than three credited editors-but can't compensate for the void at the film's centre. An absence less of morality, than of simple chemistry."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Shane Danielsen

40 ——

Bangkok Revenge (2012)

"Thai martial arts thriller miskicks from go to whoa."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Don Groves

41 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Irritating as the throughline's lack of subtlety may be, it's still about the least worst thing you can say about a film that is unashamedly designed for the multiplex. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Fiona Williams

42 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"Marsh improves the movie from the page to the screen. What's shown is often more striking than what's said, but in the perpetual subterfuge of Shadow Dancer that can't fully distinguish a familiar plot from its numerous predecessors."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Craig Mathieson

43 43%

The Wedding Party (2013)

"The Wedding Party may well have been a better film if the underdone premise of the fake wedding had been done away with altogether, because the movie is more interesting when it picks at the foibles and fears that gather around these couples."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Craig Mathieson

44 22%

The Words (2012)

"Melodrama built on a shallow, contrived literary device. "

Posted Oct 8, 2012

Don Groves

45 94%

I Wish (2012)

"A tender tale of wishing for a miracle to hal a fractured family."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Don Groves

46 40%

Mental (2013)

"The intermittent one-liners can't sustain the film's overweight running time, its disjointed plotting and its several false endings."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Fiona Williams

47 ——

Highway (2012)

"The inter-weaving, multi-character arcs and naturalistic, overlapping dialogue...instantly invokes the works of celebrated auteurs Robert Altman and John Sayles."

Posted Oct 1, 2012

Simon Foster

48 ——

Due West: My Sex Journey ()

"Writer/director/bit player Mark Wu may not hate women but his 3D, misogynistic ode to one-note maleness, Due West: My 3D Sex Journey sure seems to."

Posted Oct 1, 2012

Simon Foster

49 43%

On the Road (2012)

"The straightforward narrative struggles to articulate the giddy thrills of making deep connections, of kindred spirits, and sex, jazz and Benzedrine. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Fiona Williams

50 61%

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

"It feels less like a film and more like a teaser with an abundance of incidental pleasures."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Peter Galvin

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