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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

This American Life Live! You Can't Do That On The Radio (2012)

"Recorded live, this variety show is a hoot, tinged with insights and pathos."

Posted May 24, 2012

Don Groves

2 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"Sunshiny effervescence dominates Wayne Blair's '60s-set parable of self-determination."

Posted May 22, 2012

Fiona Williams

3 93%

Amour (2012)

"Haneke maintains a degree of ambiguity about the outcomes. He might get a bad rap for his apparent obsession with human suffering, but this investigation of it from dual-perspectives couldn't be made by anyone else."

Posted May 22, 2012

Fiona Williams

4 67%

Lawless (2012)

"There's 'too much rust in the pipes', but it's still a satisfying cocktail of gore and sentimentality. Just don't expect the top shelf hooch."

Posted May 22, 2012

Fiona Williams

5 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"The theme of reconciliation - between man and woman, father and son, brother and sister, man and animal - feels kind of perfunctory and over-reaching."

Posted May 22, 2012

Lisa Nesselson

6 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"This jaunty romp, written by Anderson with Roman Coppola, is a delightful succession of sombre pronouncements and sight gags in the service of a tale with a bittersweet emotional core."

Posted May 18, 2012

Lisa Nesselson

7 ——

6 Plots ()

"The high-concept horror device - like most far-fetched movie ideas that aren't executed with precision - leaves gaping holes in 6 Plots' real-time logic. "

Posted May 18, 2012

Simon Foster

8 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"The Dictator is very funny. But with Baron Cohen and his work, the laughs were part of a bigger project. Now it seems to be the only point. "

Posted May 17, 2012

Peter Galvin

9 86%

Careless Love ()

"A small film made on a low budget in a style reminiscent of similarly scaled Euro and American pictures, Duigan shoots the action straightforwardly; there's nothing fancy here"

Posted May 17, 2012

Peter Galvin

10 38%

The Over the Hill Band (2011)

"It's a set-up that requires a light touch and deft characterisations but Enthoven plods, heavy-handedly, through the tropes."

Posted May 17, 2012

Simon Foster

11 65%

Trishna (2012)

"Watching it unwind is one of Trishna's great pleasures. "

Posted May 10, 2012

Peter Galvin

12 36%

Iron Sky (2012)

"Someone is bound to create a mash-up of the film's effects sequences into a very cool half-hour highlight package... and that will ultimately become the best way to watch it. "

Posted May 3, 2012

Simon Foster

13 ——

Tezz (2012)

"Mashing up the key plot points of Hollywood hits Speed and The Taking of Pelham 123 may have seemed like a good idea for a 'Bolly-buster', but director Priyadarshan's Tezz goes right off the rails very early on and never gets back on track."

Posted May 3, 2012

Simon Foster

14 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"Playful, painful, willfully strange, deeply emotional and deliberately, delightfully obscure at times, Café de Flore, from French-Canadian writer-director Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.), is a puzzle-film par excellence. "

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Peter Galvin

15 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"Wish You Were Here is further indication (after Animal Kingdom and The Square) that the Australian film industry is capable of telling thrilling contemporary stories with world-class dexterity."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Simon Foster

16 63%

The Woman in the Fifth (2012)

"A pretentious, muddled drama that teases and mystifies. "

Posted Apr 25, 2012

Don Groves

17 82%

The Way (2011)

"Estevez and Sheen combine in a touching father-son tale of grief and reconciliation. "

Posted Apr 23, 2012

Don Groves

18 20%

The Lucky One (2012)

"The luck runs out for novelist Sparks in dreary, soulless adaptation. "

Posted Apr 18, 2012

Don Groves

19 95%

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) ()

"Kassovitz's examination of the compromises our leaders embrace to further their own slanted view of democracy is both vibrantly intelligent and entertaining. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Simon Foster

20 ——

Agent Vinod (2012)

"By the time the post-interval action finale revs up, there is very little viewer investment in plot or character, resulting in a hollow showiness that overstays its usefulness. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Simon Foster

21 ——

Wunderkinder ()

"Musically-gifted children are at the heart of moving Holocaust drama. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Don Groves

22 ——

Kaddisch für einen Freund ()

"A moving tale of reconciliation and forgiveness amidst an ancient conflict. "

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Don Groves

23 ——

Kinshasa Symphony (2011)

"Doco shows how music can offer a respite from a harsh daily existence in poverty-stricken Congo. "

Posted Apr 3, 2012

Don Groves

24 67%

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

"Talented actors are swimming upstream in clunky melodrama. "

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Don Groves

25 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"An oddly muted, inert tale of adultery and unrequited passion in post-war London. "

Posted Apr 1, 2012

Don Groves

26 ——

Nightfall (2000)

"Only the superb widescreen lensing of cinematographer Ardy Lam saves Chow Hin Yeung Roy's Nightfall from immediate and utter cinematic obscurity."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Simon Foster

27 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

"One drawback to all the carnage, though, is it becomes a bit one-note after a while...It's exhilarating, but Evans leaves himself nowhere to go; subsequent beat-ups employ much the same stunt choreography, sound design and directorial tricks."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Simon Foster

28 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Jennifer Lawrence commands the screen in smart, thrilling, dystopian sci-fi adventure. "

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Don Groves

29 80%

Haywire (2012)

"Soderbergh has delivered a hugely entertaining revenge thriller that has no right to be so dazzlingly-realised. "

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Simon Foster

30 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

"The passionate, romanticised longing one feels for that very first sexual partner is mired in pretense and artifice in Mia Hansen-Løve's groaningly slow Goodbye First Love."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Simon Foster

31 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

"British retirees rediscover a lust for life in uneven Indian-set dramedy. "

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Don Groves

32 ——

Malaki: Scent of an Angel ()

"A harrowing account of Lebanese women who mourn missing fathers, husbands, sons and daughters. "

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Don Groves

33 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Taut Wall Street drama takes an inside look at financial and human meltdown. "

Posted Mar 13, 2012

Don Groves

34 100%

The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan (2011)

"An intimate portrait of a poor boy's progress towards manhood in a troubled country. "

Posted Mar 13, 2012

Don Groves

35 ——

Beauty Day (2011)

"As one of only a handful of critics that considers the Jackass films to be resonant works of anarchic art (seriously), I was destined to warm to Jay Cheel's Beauty Day."

Posted Mar 11, 2012

Simon Foster

36 53%

Crazy Wisdom (2011)

"There is not enough balanced coverage...to afford Crazy Wisdom anything other than a perfunctory nod; it unfolds like a fan letter to a rock star, forgiving of the debauched lifestyle the star leads because they have a beautiful voice. "

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Simon Foster

37 93%

50/50 (2011)

"...a Gen-Y Terms of Endearment that bullseyes both the existential dilemma and piercing clarity that cancer sufferers experience."

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Simon Foster

38 88%

Africa United ()

"An earnest, treacly tale of youthful trio's long trek through Africa. "

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Don Groves

39 ——

Le fils à Jo ()

"First-time director Philippe Guillard's Jo's Boy is a sweet and unashamedly sentimental lark of little consequence."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Simon Foster

40 100%

Les géants (The Giants) (2011)

"It ranks among the genre's best, alongside Stand by Me (1986), Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and Lord of the Flies (1963)."

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Simon Foster

41 90%

The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012)

"Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness. "

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Don Groves

42 45%

My Piece of the Pie (2011)

"An odious Master of the Universe learns some humanity from his maid. "

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Don Groves

43 ——

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business ()

"Shallow Kiwi comedy focuses on four lads who can't grow up. "

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Don Groves

44 ——

Fasle Baranhaye Mousemi (Rainy Seasons) ()

"Timid tale of disaffected youth a missed chance to lift the lid on Iran. "

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Don Groves

45 ——

Dancing Queen (2012)

"The third act doesn't put a foot wrong in that rousing, feel-good way that is the only real reason that these types of films exist. "

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Simon Foster

46 43%

Late Bloomers (2012)

"Getting old ain't fun in this dreary comedy drama. "

Posted Feb 20, 2012

Don Groves

47 89%

Buck (2011)

"Meehl seems entirely smitten by her subject matter...and her blind adoration is a double-edged sword, imbuing her film with tremendous warmth but also nullifying any hint of objectivity."

Posted Feb 13, 2012

Simon Foster

48 ——

EK MAIN AIR EKK TU (2012)

"The paper-thin plotting and reliance upon twee, cutesy humour leaves one feeling Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu would have played better as a small-screen sitcom."

Posted Feb 12, 2012

Simon Foster

49 59%

Any Questions for Ben? ()

"It's full of the kind of fake insights and sanctimonious crap to be found in magazine self-help columns. Pity, because that's a real fun killer."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Peter Galvin

50 88%

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)

"As emotive and far-reaching as the issues involved are, this incisive feature is most potent when capturing Daniel McGowan's life and mind dismantling."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

Simon Foster

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