Blake Howard

Blake Howard
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
AU 2UE Radio critic
Location: AU

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Days after viewing, when you're transported to relive the tale conveyed in near still life glares for Kidman, Destroyer becomes a movie that overcomes the leading character's stupidity, distracting make-up, romance novel cover flashbacks. Just. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers pits abused, impulsive and damaged men whose currency in the world is an aptitude for killing against men of ideals, science, courtesy and reflection. They aren't burdened by being required to tell you something pretty. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is an alternate history that takes ruling out of the throne room and settles the fate of Britain in carefully worded letters, portraits and calculating gestures of friendship, set in the confines of spaces associated with women. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk it may not arrest you quite like Jenkins' Moonlight, but it will haunt you. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 99% Free Solo (2018) I cannot remember a time that I've ever sweated so much watching a film. I squirmed in my seat trying to have as little of my body touching my seat as possible. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) David Lowery's cinematic farewell to one of the greatest living movie stars, Robert Redford, is an utter delight in every conceivable way. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Watch The Sunset (2017) "Watch the Sunset" is an anxiety-inducing single take film that uses its form to amplify the dramatic stakes. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Director Chang-dong Lee's "Burning"; a scintillating masterwork of class warfare, contemporary existential pressures and an agonising pursuit for truth in the haze of manipulated perception; contains a single staggering scene. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 75% Swinging Safari (2018) If you need a way to laugh at all the reasons you're deficient, or to examine why your white Australian friends are the hot messes they are, grab your sluggers, lather up that body in oil, spark up a dart and laugh. And, hopefully, don't cry. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 96% Sweet Country (2018) Warwick Thornton's outback morality tale, Sweet Country, combines exquisite visuals of Australian landscapes with a script that dabbles as much in mythical justice as deeply specific ideas of what this country is made of. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 91% Brothers' Nest (2018) Brothers' Nest is a well made, nasty piece of work. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 47% 1% (2017) Unlike the tale of tragic redemption in American History X, which begs to be revisited despite its brutality, 1% lights a fuse in this arcane, violent and hypocritical group, and you're relieved to watch it burn. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 89% Wayne (2018) In an early interview with Gardner's sister, she says that he's the "golden child." Wayne has every intention of maintaining Gardner's golden glow. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 77% Jirga (2018) Jirga is a mesmerising Afghanistan-set drama exploring the consequences of war... - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 89% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) While a subject like imprisonment and the exile of asylum seekers could succumb to Alan Jones style bullying, Island of the Hungry Ghosts chooses an altogether different route. It's a lure; a tug at your very soul. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a divine tasting board for all things Coen brothers... - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
80% Putin's Witnesses (Svideteli Putina) (2018) Russian filmmakers like Mansky making documentary films that so directly engage with the inherent corruption of those people in power fills this critic with both dread and admiration. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is a mesmermising work of faith and rage... - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Playing like the greatest hits of every Rocky sequel to date, Creed II is bigger and its hits thud harder, but it misses the emotional focus and finesse of its predecessor. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Lean on Pete draws you in and denies you the chance to reach out for a desperate protective embrace of Charley. Haigh's unforgettable adaptation makes you bear witness to this fragile flame nursed through the unforgiving world. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is unquestionably the best animated film of the year and neck-and-neck with Black Panther for best superhero film of the year. Believe the hype. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) "Widows" is an exquisite crime drama refreshed and relocated from the British 1983 limited series to the authentic socio-political quagmire of modern Chicago. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There are brief flashes of brilliance in the at times laborious Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - the second of five cinematic Wizarding world episodes. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" features great performances and tells an essential story; which makes it all the more conflicting that it leaves you pretty vacant. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
60% Real Steel (2011) Real Steel is real fun - get your bot in the ring! - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 80% The Merger (2018) Just as Australia's current coalition government nominated Scott Morrison as their leader; a man who has a boat-shaped sculpture in his office that proclaims "I stopped these"; a movie embracing humanity like "The Merger" is right on time. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 79% Hotel Mumbai (2019) When I saw Maras' short film "The Palace," I called it "one of the most emotionally effective and powerful short films that I've ever seen." In retrospect, it's a little entree for Maras' potential. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
1.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) "The Girl in the Spider's Web" does for Lisbeth Salander what "Jason Bourne" did for the Bourne franchise, and that's not a compliment. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
2.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) RPO is a movie with a tsunami of these moments from about 40 years of film, T.V and gaming. If you're a collector, you may relish trying to catch them all. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
4/5 57% The Second (2018) Director Mairi Cameron creates an prestige aesthetic that affects a sense of haunting isolation, and writer Stephen Lance's script manipulates time and memory to weave a disturbing tale of creation. What secrets are entangled in this fiction? - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) "BlackKKlansman" Lee gives a dissertation on the potency of satire before hitting the audience with a K.O. It's a movie "rope a dope," from the canvas look up and Spike Lee is daring us to wake up. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
2/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is beige; but (in the words of Australian comic Billy Birmingham as beloved cricket commentator Richie Benaud), it's also cream, bone, off-white and perhaps ivory. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
4/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) "The Breaker Upperers" is a film that I had a chance to see twice in one day. After the first viewing, with a second helping on offer, I did not hesitate, not for a second. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) There's a matter-of-fact way that Barnes recounts stories of violence, alcoholism, abandonment and attempted sexual abuse that defined his youth that leave you reeling. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Desiree Akhavan's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a laughable AND disturbing vision of life behind the lines of gay conversion therapy. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4.5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Dizzying pulsating soundscapes seamlessly edited around fleeting glimpses into disturbing past events and a subversive vision of vengeance; Ramsay and star Joaquin Phoenix have delivered something that refuses to be forgotten. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a ferocious heart-pounding cardio workout in your cinema sweat. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/5 79% Breath (2018) Simon Baker (from T.V's The Mentalist and L.A. Confidential) charges into the director's chair with dramatic intensity and confidence... - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 100% Gurrumul (2017) Seeing this film makes you deeply grateful that we can continue to celebrate this once-in-a-generation artist. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) "Miss Sloane" is a film and a character that isn't just one step ahead of you, it's lapping you around the running track like Captain America at the beginning of "The Winter Soldier." - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
2.5/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) "Molly's Game" suffers from a distinct lack of style to compliment the focus and bristling snap of Sorkin's writing. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4.5/5 91% Raw (2017) It's a mesmerising film that leaves you filled with discomfort. Justine's journey of self discovery walks a twisted path. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 85% It (2017) Muschietti does not pull any punches, these kids are in the deepest trouble. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) "Red Sparrow" is an entertaining espionage film that works because of its candid and cynical worldview ... unfortunately (Red Sparrow is) attempting to portray the exploitation by the villains from an exploitative perspective. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3.5/5 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh has orchestrated the perfect actor/director vehicle for himself that finds the perfect tone between prestige and pulp cinema. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider is a solid film, that is at its best when it allows Vikander to get her turn with a bombshell mash-up of John McClane and Indiana Jones and especially in the way that it approaches the mythological elements of the story. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
5/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) "Brigsby Bear" is a stunning, uplifting, hilarious and original film told with heart and warmth and so far it's one of my favourite films of the year. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's undeniable; having Taika Waititi involved in your project will make it better. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 25% Bright (2017) In "Bright" humanity is as ugly and careless as the filmmakers. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) "The Shape of Water" feels like it's yet another Del Toro work that would not be denied. Set amongst the ideological flux beneath the shiny cordiality of 60s post war America, instead of the Spanish Civil War, lies an escapist wonder. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018