The Sunday Age

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"A loving ode to the American wheat belt, told with lashings of candour and wit."

Posted Feb 16, 2014

Ed Gibbs

2 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"Jon Turteltaub's ''old men behaving badly'' romp does more than merely pander to expectation. Beyond the noise of the strip lies a buddy comedy with heart. "

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Ed Gibbs

3 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Although it seeks to send up their greatest on-screen achievements, this half-baked farce merely reinforces the idea that De Niro and Stallone have seen better days."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Ed Gibbs

4 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"An outrageously black comedy about white-collar crime, unapologetic in delivery and unashamedly graphic in its intensity."

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Ed Gibbs

5 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

"Given this costly ($US175 million) and largely pointless dirge, shrewd filmgoers may feel compelled to instead explore the original, in all its noble glory."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Ed Gibbs

6 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"A huge improvement on its predecessor. Jackson and his collaborators have opted to broaden and modernise the franchise's appeal."

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Ed Gibbs

7 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"The Railway Man makes do with simple satisfaction."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Craig Mathieson

8 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"A deeply satisfying and slow-burning modern-day western set in outback New South Wales, Ivan Sen's outstanding film Mystery Road bridges the current divide in Australian cinema with a prominent and precise work."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Craig Mathieson

9 89%

Frozen (2013)

"A modern twist on a classic Disney formula with lashings of dry wit and old-school romance."

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Ed Gibbs

10 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Ender's Game certainly looks and feels serviceable, but lacks the sting to emerge as a serious contender in a crowded market."

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Ed Gibbs

11 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Unpredictable yet utterly dependable, thrilling yet stoic, Katniss Everdeen is a force of nature on screen, and a role that Jennifer Lawrence appears born to play."

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

12 31%

Adore (2013)

"Viewed again, far from the madding crowd and general hoo-ha of Sundance, it stands up much better than expected."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Ed Gibbs

13 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Riveting, emotionally charged drama, with powerhouse performances to match. Jordan is a revelation."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Ed Gibbs

14 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"A self-conscious, would-be historical drama that's too distracted by star cameos and domestic strife to be truly effective. "

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Ed Gibbs

15 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"An absolute delight: a thrillingly unpredictable romp that entertains with joyful and mischievous abandon."

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Ed Gibbs

16 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"Kormakur and his merry cast blast their way through an absurdly silly and very funny comedy of errors, as one defence service inadvertently wages war on another."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Ed Gibbs

17 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"As good as it is, Lovelace oddly avoids further illuminating Boreman, beyond what we already know."

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Ed Gibbs

18 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"The setting acts as a bland backdrop without substance or thought. Worst of all, the dialogue feels horribly contrived, even lazy. A misguided misfire."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Ed Gibbs

19 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"A surrealist pastiche that's too clever (or enthusiastic) for its own good."

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Ed Gibbs

20 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Her elder co-stars may lead this psychological mind dance with ease, but it is Mia Wasikowska who astounds the most."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Ed Gibbs

21 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"A hugely enjoyable, thoroughly infectious feature debut."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Ed Gibbs

22 86%

Red Obsession (2013)

"The film, which premiered at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, proves remarkably enlightening."

Posted Aug 11, 2013

Ed Gibbs

23 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"The Bling Ring suggests Coppola still has the nose for a good story, but not the depth to sufficiently explore it."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Ed Gibbs

24 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Aside from Carell's limited turn at doing nasty, it all feels terribly familiar, in a half-baked, Little Miss Sunshine-lite sort of way."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Ed Gibbs

25 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Outrageous and shocking to its core, the film, perhaps aptly, feels like some wayward younger sibling to its more accessible and commercial predecessor."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Ed Gibbs

26 80%

Reality (2013)

"Garrone has confounded expectations with this light, Fellini-esque send-up of reality television and the celebrity it has spawned."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Ed Gibbs

27 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Alex Gibney's film is an absorbing examination of the world's most infamous information portal."

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Ed Gibbs

28 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Terrence Malick's vague, sweeping ode to love lost and found is anything but wondrous."

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Ed Gibbs

29 ——

Satellite Boy ()

"McKenzie does well to emphasise the cultural impact of modern Australia on the lives of its original settlers, while wisely avoiding political grandstanding. "

Posted Jun 16, 2013

Ed Gibbs

30 34%

The Internship (2013)

"Wilson elicits a stronger turn from Vaughn than we've seen for some time. The results are surprisingly engaging and endearing."

Posted Jun 9, 2013

Ed Gibbs

31 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Hawke brings a gravitas to the role of parent and home protector that is of far greater interest than the film itself."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Ed Gibbs

32 59%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"A sweet tale of love, loss and life with solid performances from a first-rate cast."

Posted May 19, 2013

Ed Gibbs

33 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"As odd as the title suggests, this is a strange and dreadfully overwrought family yarn."

Posted May 19, 2013

Ed Gibbs

34 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"Gosling delivers his most assured performance yet, in an ambitious, near-operatic drama-thriller that boldly unfolds across two distinctly different hours."

Posted May 5, 2013

Ed Gibbs

35 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"Terence Stamp is terrific as the grumpy Arthur, while Vanessa Redgrave embodies the ailing figure of Marion with a gravitas one would expect."

Posted Apr 21, 2013

Ed Gibbs

36 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Joseph Kosinski's ode to classic 1970s sci-fi lacks serious tension, but does offer visual flair and elegance, with a typically arresting performance from Andrea Riseborough."

Posted Apr 14, 2013

Ed Gibbs

37 52%

Thérèse (2013)

"A respectable swansong for the late Claude Miller, who passed away just weeks before it premiered at Cannes. "

Posted Apr 7, 2013

Ed Gibbs

38 98%

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)

"A heartbreaking, brilliantly executed exposé, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling. "

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

39 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"The issue of FDR's fidelity remains a thorny topic for traditionalists and historians, never mind the light, fluffy - and ultimately disposable - version of events."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

40 65%

Great Expectations (2013)

"A fresh rendering of the Dickens classic, designed to mark the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth, plays it far too safe to ever challenge Lean's definitive take."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Ed Gibbs

41 36%

Goddess ()

"Surprisingly, it is singer Ronan Keating who provides the sole saving grace, in a film that otherwise chokes and splutters with cliches and tired routines."

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Ed Gibbs

42 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"A think piece linking past, present and future that's surprisingly haunting and moving in its delivery."

Posted Mar 3, 2013

Ed Gibbs

43 35%

Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) ()

"Hits a six at every turn. The humour may be gentle, but it's always sharp. Tellingly, not a single gag falls flat. A wonderfully unexpected delight."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Ed Gibbs

44 93%

Amour (2012)

"Haneke's startling film stands in stark contrast with other recent, comedic fare that seemingly addresses similar issues. "

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Ed Gibbs

45 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"Fans of the original 1970s TV show will not be amused. Casual observers may simply shrug with indifference. "

Posted Feb 10, 2013

Ed Gibbs

46 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"This is easily Spielberg's best picture since Schindler's List. Having a two-term black president now in the White House can't hurt its chances, either."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Ed Gibbs

47 78%

Flight (2012)

"Denzel Washington single-handedly steers director Robert Zemeckis's lesson in substance-led evasion with stunning precision and depth."

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Ed Gibbs

48 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Proudly doffing its cap to Sergios Corbucci and Leone, this latest, sprawling exercise in film lore dares to tread where most other white American filmmakers would not."

Posted Jan 20, 2013

Ed Gibbs

49 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"In trying to please everyone he satisfies no one and, far from being brave, the fleeting concerns of This Is 40 are closer to cowardly. "

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Craig Mathieson

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