Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami would be easily considered a great achievement for an established filmmaker, but it is frankly a truly incredible one for a first-time director. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
5/5 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Perfectly directed, perfectly cast, perfectly written and with a soundtrack to die for, Promising Young Woman is already film of the year. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
5/5 67% Ammonite (2020) A love letter to two extraordinary historical figures told through a fictional tale, Ammonite is also a moving, thoughtful and very sexy love story in and of itself. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3.5/5 59% Dreamland (2019) Without Robbie, Dreamland would be relatively forgettable, but with her - as with so much of her work - this otherwise milquetoast film becomes something if not memorable exactly, then certainly very enjoyable. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 71% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) Shrewdly balances a careful juggling act between allowing us to celebrate the breathtaking edible artworks that the film documents, while simultaneously demanding we question the broader social, cultural and economic symbolism of such work - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
5/5 96% Nomadland (2020) A captivating, immersive and deeply emotionally intelligent character portrait - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
3.5/5 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Words on Bathroom Walls is a moving, well-intentioned film with its heart in the right place that makes a noble effort to tackle a subject that has in the past been so broadly badly handled. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/5 49% The Witches (2020) The Witches is enormous fun, bringing new life to an old story - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
87% Honeydew (2020) Reviving the spirit of '70s North American rural horror while very much still feeling like a film tapped into out contemporary moment, Honeydew is one of the wildest, weirdest horror films of the year. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
43% They Reach (2020) They Reach is fun, warm and sincere, and at the end of the day - in this appalling year especially - that feels like it is more than enough to mark it as a success. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
4/5 86% Misbehaviour (2020) A powerful window into this rowdy, angry and game-changing historical moment where gender and race collided - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 98% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is an absorbing look into how this cosmic phenomenon has inspired human civilisation itself. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 60% Citation (2020) Citation is an important window into the gender politics of a culture seemingly very different to our own, but where the nuts-and-bolts sexist dynamics that have oppressed and left women around the world open to abuse remain sadly familiar. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 62% Radioactive (2020) A thoughtful, creative fictional retelling of a story based on the life and legacy of a remarkable woman. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
100% Dark Place (2019) But these are stories we can experience in a range of ways - from comedy to gore to revenge tales - and the power of Dark Place is how intuitively it employs the pleasures of horror to pack a lasting punch. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) A powerful reminder how something as seemingly lowbrow and disposable as horror cinema can be a surprisingly successful vehicle to address broader social issues that have very real relevance. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
64% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Strip away the circus-like fanfare of its aesthetics, and New Order is no cinematic experiment in dystopian carnivalesque, it's something much, much worse: it's just how things are. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3.5/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The 2020 version of The Boys in the Band is in a many ways a history lesson as much as it is a compelling queer drama, but there is nothing dry about it. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3.5/5 90% Enola Holmes (2020) Enola Holmes is that rare gift that falls under the umbrella of 'family film' that still packs a great satisfying wallop for adult audiences too. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
65% The Devil All the Time (2020) An enthralling and often disturbing exposé of the dark side of a period of history we see far too often sanitised for easy consumption. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
100% An Old Lady (2019) An Old Lady tells us something we don't really want to hear in a way that makes us forget why we refused to listen for so long. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
88% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) True Mothers is a sensitive, thoughtful exploration of a subject that far too often collapses into melodramatic pastiche. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
78% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Shadow in the Cloud is a satisfying genre ride that barrels along at a cracking pace, never sacrificing its thrills for her unwavering focus on gender politics, power, abuse and the perils of being a woman in a male-dominated workplace. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Quo Vadis, Aida? is a devastating, urgent and brilliant film about the Srebrenica genocide, immersing us deeply in a world of bureaucratic chaos where the human cost of a complete administrative failure is made explicit. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
78% Enemies of the State (2020) Enemies of the State is a confidently executed documentary that voices a fundamental lack of confidence in the very concept of the 'truth' itself when it comes to human beings, their strengths, their passions and their very real darknesses. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
83% Violation (2020) Violation is the best film of the year, and demands we rethink questions of consent, virtue, subjectivity and the fantasy of justice to a degree that we are very rarely encouraged to. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
97% Shiva Baby (2020) As simple in its set-up as it is complex in its interpersonal dynamics and the execution of its masterclass-level comedy, with her debut feature it is clear that for Seligman this is just the beginning of a promising filmmaking career. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Lili Horvát grants her protagonist the right to her unusual circumstances and allows her the dignity of figuring it out herself. It aggressively rejects generic norms and expectations and is all the more enigmatic and authentic for it. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
88% Holler (2020) Holler is a compelling, confident film about family, loyalty, hope and self-care, executed with a firm directorial vision and speaking with an authenticity and genuineness that is unambiguously refreshing. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
100% Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) (2020) Under the Open Sky may not be the most original film of the year, but it is undeniably touching, due in large part to the combination of director Miwa Nishikawa and actor Kôji Yakusho's empathy for complex characters. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
100% Tove (2020) Tove is a loving portrait of an international icon who learns the truth about art, authenticity and love during this period when the Moomins would shift beyond her inner life and become even today deeply loved pop cultural icons. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) In 2020 we can save ourselves enormous energy and drama by just handing King and One Night in Miami all the major awards now and save ourselves the circus of pretending any film this year will better it. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
No Score Yet Kala azar (2020) A thoughtful, moving yet almost constantly out of reach meditation of things much bigger than the sum of its parts. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
90% Just 6.5 (6.5 Toman Per Meter) (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) While the plot details do not sound particularly out of the ordinary, it is the way that it all comes together that makes this one of the most exhilarating crime films of the year. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
90% Rose Plays Julie (2019) A taut and at times uncomfortable journey, Rose Plays Julie is a shrewd reimagining of the adoption drama narrative that reframes the trope in a powerful and compelling manner. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
97% La Llorona (2020) Bustamante's reimagining of the famous folkloric figure is a reminder that in the right hands, horror can be turned into something with almost indescribably enormous ideological potency. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
65% Siberia (2020) Siberia captures precisely what it is that makes Ferrara's films so electrifying: while not always coherent, he is determinedly consistent in his devotion to his core visions, and as hungry as ever to discover new ways to express them. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
75% The Rental (2020) Confidently weaves real world anxieties with all the twisted, sinister possibilities the horror genre affords. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
33% A Deadly Legend (2020) Some films are great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them; A Deadly Legend is definitely the latter, and that greatness explicitly comes in the shape of Lori Petty's brief but divine cameo. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
No Score Yet Ode to Nothing (2018) An exercise in cinematic poetry, successfully embracing the darkest of black comic elements with a genuinely heartfelt, moving story of a lost woman who has fallen between the cracks. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
80% Black Magic for White Boys (2020) a sharp, emotionally cutting and very funny film about power: who owns it and the impact of how they choose to wield it. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
91% Relic (2020) Relic deserves the hype; it is powerful, sensitive, original and deeply, deeply moving - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
81% The Beach House (2020) A good film definitely - although perhaps not a great one - at the very least, The Beach House certainly indicates the presence of a filmmaker here with a promising career ahead of them. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
71% Carmilla (2020) A beautiful and essential addition to the list of Carmilla adaptations, Harris proves again that some passions can transcend death itself. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
80% Scare Package (2020) This big dumb kooky ball of blood, goo, and fun is more than merely a package: it's a gift - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
100% Charter (2020) Charter is an uncomfortable film that makes no attempt to soften the moral complexities of the situation its characters find themselves in. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
84% Aviva (2020) Aviva is Yakin's magnum opus if ever there was one - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
89% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) The success of Dogs Don't Wear Pants lies in its genuine open mindedness to sexuality which underscores its thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and humanity. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
No Score Yet Red Snow (2019) A carefully woven patchwork of genre, emotion and politics, Métis filmmaker Marie Clements' Red Snow brings an extraordinary new twist on that seemingly most hackneyed of film categories: the war movie - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
82% The Painted Bird (2020) It's a difficult film; upsetting, cruel, vicious and absolutely harrowing. But it is also probably a masterpiece - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020