Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Rock, Paper and Scissors (Piedra, papel y tijera) (2019) Masterfully directed, perfectly cast and immaculately paced, Rock, Paper and Scissors is further evidence that when looking for the contemporary epicentre of exciting, fresh work in the horror genre, we need look nowhere further than Argentina - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
74% The Other Lamb (2019) An impressive English-language debut for one of Poland's most compelling contemporary filmmakers, The Other Lamb is engrossing, thoughtful and unhesitating in its ideological messaging. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
81% Sea Fever (2019) As both writer and director Hardiman demonstrates a steady hand as she captains the film throughout what in generic terms is thrilling yet rather pedestrian ocean-monster science fiction territory. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
82% Homewrecker (2019) Homewrecker is a horror-comedy of manners that places the myth of the assumed sisterhood and our feeble submission to politeness under a hilariously critical microscope. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
88% Swallow (2020) Brave, challenging and desperately needed right now, Swallow is a perfect film about facing our imperfections. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
97% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) In Recorder, Wolf paints a compelling portrait of a woman whose unambiguous hoarding tendencies made it difficult to identify her enormously valuable media archival project as anything beyond yet another obsession - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn is a love-letter to the long-held focus across film noir on masculinity in crisis, but through Lethem's source material and Norton's deep engagement with it, something genuinely fresh explodes out of seemingly familiar material. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
93% Clemency (2019) Clemency is a compelling character portrait of a woman caught within a perfect storm of ideological volatility; as both witness and part of the machine, it is her very professionalism that places her humanity in crisis - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
No Score Yet Der Bunker (2015) An absurd, disturbing film that is simultaneously both funny and tragic, Der Bunker is that rarest of treasures: a one-of-a-kind. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
57% Resin (Harpiks) (2019) Resin finds Borgman working in wholly unique territory in terms of tone and style. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) A deeply poetic and profoundly moving cinema experience. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3/5 75% I Am Woman (2019) I Am Woman unites Moon's solid direction with Cobham-Hervey's earnest performance to transcend its sometimes-corny dialogue to present a sincere, heartfelt love letter to one of the most iconic figures of second wave feminism. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
95% Come to Daddy (2020) Wild, weird and yet nothing less than wholly sincere in its focus on the father-son relationship at the core of the film, Timpson's brilliant debut feature reveals an unambiguously great filmmaker - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Entwined (2019) Entwined speaks through old laws and old fears to profoundly contemporary anxieties about the environment and how it can be wilfully misunderstood by those in power, a fatal error at any moment in history - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
No Score Yet Climate of the Hunter (2019) Climate of the Hunter never sacrifices its smarts for fun (or vice versa), but with its dazzling visuals and hypnotic descent downwards into a seemingly inevitable chaos, the film's delights are ultimately as sensorial as they are intellectual - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
64% Little Joe (2019) A deliberately clinical, even cold film about the horror of synthetic happiness, Little Joe is an impressively stylish film that puts the demands of idealized happiness under the microscope in uncomfortable, disturbing ways. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Pelican Blood is one of the year's most fearless films, not merely because of what it dares to tackle subject-wise, but how determinedly it adheres to its own free spiritedness right until its very final moments. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) It demands we think about power, difference and violence in ways we do not necessarily expect a heavily branded mainstream blockbuster to do so. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
89% Color Out of Space (2020) While Cage's trademark hysterics are guaranteed to either charm or annoy, Color Out of Space is much more than a star vehicle; it speaks to contemporary anxieties about the environment in a psychedelic vision truly Stanley's own. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
100% Simple Women (2019) Simple Women is ultimately a moving and intelligent exploration not of the phenomenon of stardom itself, but of the complex mechanics that underpin our own capacity to invest such deep emotional feeling into the act of being a fan. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
5/5 76% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) True History of the Kelly Gang issues a sharp bolt of electricity directly into the heart of this well-worn legend, granting it an intoxicating energy that speaks well beyond the hackneyed 'wild colonial boys' clichés of yore. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% Flatland (2019) Flatland is both literally and metaphorically a wild ride, but an unrelentingly sincere one that speaks with intelligence and kindness of its three central women characters, warts and all. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
75% Radioactive (2019) Compelling, creative, thoughtful and undeniably beautiful, Radioactive confirms Satrapi's status as one of the most original and important filmmakers working today. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
73% Disco (2019) Disco is a riveting film about being denied support by those who feign to offer it but fail, and the opportunities available to a young woman whose options are limited and shrinking rapidly. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is driven by a powerful performance by Clark, and on all counts a comfortable contender for horror film of the year. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
37% Seberg (2020) For those of us for whom her work means so much, we deserve better. Kristen Stewart deserves better. And most of all, of course, Jean Seberg deserves better. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi's critique of the normalization of hate and the destruction of innocence is hardly subtext, and that Jojo Rabbit renders this palatable in a multiplex-friendly popcorn movie at this particular moment is nothing less than masterful. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child is a dense, intelligent film that soars by combining a robust critique of colonialism (both in its past and present manifestations) with a moving coming-of-age story about a young Haitian girl a long way from home. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
84% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is marked by a determined vision to reveal the abuses, exploitations and humiliations rife in the contemporary British labor market for those who struggle to survive on its outskirts, and he does so with immense compassion - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Bacurau is a wild, weird ride, and while maybe not for everyone its fearless politics is strengthened by its filmmakers' determinedly playful approach to genre experimentation. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) With Pain and Glory Almodóvar and Banderas remind us just how magical and enduring their professional relationship - past and, we can only hope, future - has been. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Alien Crystal Palace (2019) Alien Crystal Palace functions beyond binaries of good and bad film, of high and low art. Dombasle instead demands we marvel at the magic of the moving image itself - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The success of Parasite is not merely marked by great filmmaking and an intriguing storyline, but deep within its foundations lies an overwhelming understanding on Bong's part of how bigotry operates at an almost molecular level. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A film for the senses as much as the mind and heart, Portrait of a Lady on Fire continues to solidify Sciamma's status as one of the most exciting and accomplished filmmakers working in Europe today. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
81% Little Monsters (2019) Abe Forsythe's sophomore feature Little Monsters is a gift. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) At times passive, passionate and often frequently ambivalent, the power of Take Me Somewhere Nice lies in just how confidently Sendijarević allows her protagonist the right to her contradictions, without feeling the need to justify them. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
100% Leftover Women (2019) Leftover Women is captivating viewing that demands we think with intelligence and compassion of a world beyond our own experience. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Sequin in a Blue Room (2019) Smart, hot and unflinching, Sequin in a Blue Room is dark but not doomed, sexy but not exploitative, proving the queer coming-of-age film can be told in an Australian vernacular in new and exciting ways. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
100% Chinese Portrait (2019) Elegantly simple in both concept and execution, Chinese Portrait is thoroughly captivating as its kinetic tableaux breathe new life into the very notion of "moving pictures". - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
90% Adam (2019) Adam is an intimate, confident portrait of a friendship that blossoms in a social context where shame and social acceptance dominate how women see themselves and others. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Rosie cannily captures something about the fundamental tension between the banality and panic of poverty, and while far from experimental cinema in this sense there is something intrinsically radical about the film. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Land of Ashes (Ceniza Negra) (2019) Land of Ashes is built upon the seamless, impressive connection between Sofía Quirós Ubeda and her lead actor, Smashleen Gutiérrez, the latter bringing real depth to her character's transition from childhood to womanhood - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
100% Vision Portraits (2019) Vision Portraits is a frank and fearless examination not only of the remarkable journeys of its four visually impaired subjects, but also of the assumptions and biases of the sighted - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
75% Particles (Les particules) (2019) With Particles director Harrison says something important about the experience of adolescence itself, rejecting soap-boxing didacticism for something far more subjective, disorienting and indefinably creepy. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
89% Riot Girls (2019) A queer teen love story told through the lens of the dystopian gang warfare trope, Riot Girls is often visceral and consistently high-energy. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
100% Door Lock (2018) While not as audacious as the original Spanish film that inspired it, Door Lock stands as a solid Korean thriller, and on that front has much to keep audiences satisfied. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
95% The Deeper You Dig (2019) The Deeper You Dig is both beautifully but simply made, and a poignant, deeply affecting film that uses a supernatural tale to articulate the almost unspeakable complexities of how mothers can connect to their children. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense is a razor-sharp parable about radicalization, masculinity and misogyny that avoids pompous, self-aggrandizing soapboxing in favour of empathy, humanity and compassion. All that, plus bonus dachshund. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
86% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) The Father's Shadow is a deeply moving supernatural tale about grief and loneliness, as a young girl discovers her power and agency in a hard, cold world. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
86% We Are Little Zombies (2019) We Are Little Zombies is an 8-bit empathy theme park that dazzles the senses as much as it provides a window into the subjective experience of its cast of really damaged, traumatised kids. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019