Brad Newsome

Brad Newsome
Brad Newsome's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald
Publications: Sydney Morning Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019) What's more interesting is the way that historians and academics here are able to illuminate some of Johnson's oblique, haunting lyrics in the context of contemporary belief in hoodoo and terror of lynching. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
24% The Silence (2019) The estimable trio at the heart of the cast goes close to carrying the whole thing over the line, but it never feels as taut or kinetic as it needs to be. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) As the paint-by-numbers plot progresses -- over two very long hours -- the treacle thickens and it becomes clear that each of them is slowly going to learn from and be redeemed by the others. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
83% The September Issue (2009) The frosty Winter is renowned for being something of a human steamroller, but the documentary shows the more interesting character to be her right-hand woman and creative director, Grace Coddington...One for the fashionistas. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson on a mission to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde? It's a hard idea to hate, and this Netflix movie is easy enough to enjoy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
71% Triple Frontier (2019) With Chandor doubling as director the movie looks great but makes surprisingly little of the personal conflicts that arise. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
100% Minding the Gap (2018) It soon becomes apparent that all three of them are struggling to become adults while dealing with the legacies of childhoods devastated by family violence. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
92% Pass Over (2018) The term "pass over" is loaded with meanings in Antoinette Nwandu's gut-punch of a play. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
77% Amy Schumer Growing (2019) She's still thoroughly filthy here, but her recent marriage and pregnancy, and the notion that men are having a difficult time now, provide fine inspiration. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
No Score Yet Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly (2018) Most of it, though, is of marginal interest, drawn out for far too long, and with far too much explicit detail about his sex life. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
93% The Cleaners (2018) Are we seeing a genocide in Burma as an externality of an algorithm written by nerds in California? That's one of many disturbing questions raised in this documentary. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A fascinating documentary about Hedy Lamarr, an extraordinary woman who was so much more than the moviegoing public ever imagined. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
67% Death Of A Gentleman (2015) Eye-opening. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
32% Io (2019) It's still watchable enough, thanks to an unsettlingly ambiguous performance by Margaret Qualley...and a spot of clanging contemporary relevance. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
93% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) Director Sophie Fiennes deftly inserts iek into such classics as Jaws and Taxi Driver, the better to make his points. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
82% W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) Sadly, the moments of focus and purpose are fleeting, and Bell squanders too much of his time on dated talking points and extraneous anecdotes. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) [A] thoroughly enjoyable confection. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
100% The Irish Pub (2013) A thoroughly delightful documentary celebrating Ireland's wonderfully unique old pubs, the marvellous characters who run and patronise them, and the roles they've played in Irish life down the centuries. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
100% Ghosthunter (2018) Lawrence and producer Rebecca Bennett have done extremely well....in the difficult task of illuminating the effects of childhood trauma while doing their best to maintain their duty of care to their subjects. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
33% Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) The action sequences are mostly terrific: impactful, surprising and brilliantly choreographed...It's undergirded by a decent mystery-thriller storyline and two very appealing leads. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
95% Pecking Order (2017) Director Slavko Martinov captures everything with humour and respect, and his coverage of an unfortunately painful battle for the future of the club adds a keen poignancy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
80% Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018) A captivating film that ought to be expanded into a series. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
78% Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (El herrero y el diablo) (2018) It's all quite entrancing, in a delightfully bonkers way. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
96% Chasing Ice (2012) [A] spectacular but depressing documentary. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
72% Hold the Dark (2018) A grim, unsettling and ultimately forgettable Netflix horror flick that has a surprisingly high daytime body count for something that takes place mostly in the dark night of the Alaskan winter. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
88% The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) Spheeris has a keen eye for absurdity and her interviews with older, wiser rockers underline the fact that you can't put an old head on young shoulders. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% I Am the Blues (2015) There's a palpable sense of camaraderie and shared history forged through decades of discrimination that still stings. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
91% Set It Up (2018) Director Claire Scanlon...gets everyone leaning into their roles, and Deutch is a particular delight. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
96% The Imposter (2012) Director Bart Layton pieces together a story you wouldn't believe if it wasn't true. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
87% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Gibney's focus on Thompson at his most politically relevant is welcome, but it renders the broader picture less than complete, particularly when it comes to his early life influences. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
50% Hired Gun (2017) The players' sheer love of music shines through everything. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) Soon, however, it becomes heavily tinged with melancholy about Gordon's unfulfilled dream of having a family of his own. Interesting guy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Much of the movie's success is down to Condor's gentle appeal and her quiet chemistry with co-star Noah Centineo . - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
93% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) An important film that will fill you with admiration for Chailert, who has risked her life and freedom to expose the abuse of elephants. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
No Score Yet Just Another Immigrant: Romesh at the Greek (2018) It's an enjoyable hour of Ranganathan's trademark observation, irritation, unrepentant confession and gentle misanthropy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
38% Extinction (2018) The big twist is a good one, there are some decent action sequences and Lizzy Caplan is always good to watch, but there isn't enough here to keep things from dragging. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
No Score Yet Dream Cars of the 50's & 60's: Rare TV Ads, Sales Films & Promos (1990) The gas-guzzling nostalgia is good fun for a while, though in the end the collection of old American car ads and sales films does get a bit repetitive. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
95% Command and Control (2016) Survivors give gripping accounts of events, while journalist Eric Schlosser (on whose book the documentary is based) explains that the risks of an accidental nuclear-weapon explosion have always been much higher than we imagined. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) A feature-length indictment of an American legal system in which justice comes a distant last behind the interests of politicians, prosecutors, private-prison operators and the big-name companies that profit from the forced labour of a million prisoners. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
57% The Second (2018) A mostly engrossing mystery-thriller anchored by terrific performances by Rachael Blake and Susie Porter, though in the end it's a little unmoored by its own unnecessary tricksiness. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
83% The Child in Time (2018) The ending, which might have made a serviceable starting point for a second half, feels trite and unsatisfying. That said, the pairing of Cumberbatch and Macdonald is terrific. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
17% Special Correspondents (2016) Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana are decent fun in this pleasant but not overly memorable little flick. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
No Score Yet GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2013) From the first moments of this 2012 documentary it's clear the women involved still treasure the whole bizarre experience and the sisterhood it forged. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
100% Chasing Coral (2017) Which makes it all the more surprising that the documentary ends on the optimistic note that it does. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
48% War Machine (2017) It's hard to get past the feeling that there had to be a better movie there. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
19% Mute (2018) Worth checking out once you've seen Netflix's Annihilation, but before you get into Altered Carbon. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
88% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) An important film that will change nothing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
43% ARQ (2016) It's a small package that delivers a sizeable punch. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
No Score Yet The Ridiculous 6 (2015) It's a lazy pastiche of westerns and western spoofs, replete with lazy, racist jokes that can't just be waved away with a waft of the irony card. Woeful. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
89% Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) This fascinating feature-length documentary tells the shameful story of how fast, economical electric cars became a hit in California in the 1990s, then vanished almost overnight. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2007