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Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson
Craig Mathieson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Age (Australia), sbs.com.au, The Sunday Age

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad sees the best and then, as a defence mechanism, the worst in his now distant pals, and White delivers these moments with scalpel sharp comic instincts. The ludicrousness is funny, but it's equally an indictment of Brad.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
3.5/5 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) Matsumoto's luscious black and white cinematography is ruptured by stylised desire, high melodrama, Jean-Luc Godard dictates, street cinema verite, experimental inserts, and some of the most evocative close-ups of eyelashes you'll ever see.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
3.5/5 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) A geographic quest that becomes spiritual, alternating moments of idyllic repose with physical extremes, both sexual and violent, so that there are no maps to follow. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
4/5 87% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Science-fiction tableaus and kitchen sink exchanges are punctuated by these dangerous liaisons, which remove gender from sexual need to leave an otherworldly hunger fuelled by menacing tracking shots and a darkened restraint ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
3/5 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) By not pushing the worrying psychological limits, Dave McCary's film pulls off a tidy switch where the past's painful failings are supplanted by the future's creative endeavours.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor still has to get his father's benediction, but Ragnarok makes mass destruction and a superhero's responsibility equal to adventure thrills and eccentric diversions.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
3.5/5 100% The World Before Her (2013) Tradition and fashion, history and the future, politics and consumerism - these are the conflicts of this strong documentary.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
1.5/5 8% The Snowman (2017) The problem isn't excess of ambition or a pointed performance, it's simply a failure to master the basics. The storytelling is disjointed and ineffective, the mood mostly lackadaisical.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Big Time (2017) Ingels is both innovative and without a defining design philosophy. His enthusiasm and persistence pushes through buildings his clients didn't anticipate, and it's fascinating to see him take on gum-chewing Manhattan developers.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
3.5/5 83% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Heard through lively 1990 interviews, Lamarr describes a career that objectified her and a brilliance that wasn't recognised, let alone rewarded, until late in her life‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
3/5 31% Home Again (2017) The conflict is so manicured in this film that nothing interesting is ever stress-tested by the possibility of real life, but as a domestic fantasy Home Again is smoothly efficient.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
3/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 science-fiction classic is very much the French-Canadian filmmaker's own work, building and maintaining a tension through the individual confronting an uncertain environment.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
2.5/5 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) The surrender to expediency is unrestrained, but it's only at the close that McLean indulges the macabre and expressionistic, giving the atrocities a counterpoint. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) It's to Pattinson's credit that you slowly start to realise that Nick's absolute belief in Connie is an ongoing act of affirmation that the latter needs. Connie's love is laced with self-interest.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
3.5/5 90% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) The mood is given to almost procedural realism, but Quillevere's technique is expansive, beginning with an early morning surf that is rendered as an evocative, joyous communion.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
2.5/5 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The Lego Ninjago Movie codifies the amusing pleasures and simple riffs of 2014's The Lego Movie into a kid-friendly adventure satire without the original's zany transformative energy or homage to creative invention‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4/5 100% The Go-Betweens: Right Here (2017) What Stenders captures - alongside classic songs such as Cattle and Cane and Head Full of Steam - is the emotional breadth and contradictory demands of being in a great band.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
3.5/5 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton have crafted an astute film where the drama mostly unfolds without confrontation.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
2/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Vaughn's spin on American iconography lacks the verve of his homeland take, with the Statesman resembling beefy models from a 1965 Esquire photo shoot about the new cowboy cool (that is, they are not cool).‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
2.5/5 34% American Assassin (2017) Director Michael Cuesta has made a celebration of American retribution that while cleanly cut ends up as a paperback fantasy.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
2.5/5 83% Disneynature Born In China (2017) The narration, delivered by actor John Krasinski with a curdled dollop of aw-shucks geniality, reduces the seasonal narrative to incidents that are mapped to human cliches - a loving mother know best and a rebellious teen has to deal with his father‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
3.5/5 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Arteta creates small telling contrasts, whether showing how Spanish is the background language of the staff or contrasting the diminutive, unadorned Beatriz with the taller, rail-thin wives and their conciliatory chatter and quick schadenfreude.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2/5 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) The design is bright and there are in-jokes for the emoji users among parents, but even with his history of great voice work (see Big Hero 6) Miller sounds like he's throwing his lines into a void.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/5 83% The Lovers (2017) Jacobs avoids explanation and rote debate, paying close heed to uncomfortable silence and physical expressiveness and offering a timely reminder of Winger's unfettered intimacy.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Spookers (2017) It's a smart, distinctive documentary, complete with a dry sense of humour underlined by the Kiwi accents and incongruous tableaus captured by the camera that match the extreme to the everyday.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 68% mother! (2017) Buoyed by an emotionally acute lead performance by Jennifer Lawrence as the uneasy half in a couple, the film has no end of palpable elements: caustic social comedy, oozy household horror and brazen satire all rub uncomfortably up against each other.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Namatjira Project (2017) The weight of its many strands eventually tie together the past and the present, artistic greatness and commercial reality, and Indigenous life with the judgment of white Australia.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 83% That's Not Me (2017) The film profits from both the cosmic cruelty of someone physically the same being perceived so differently and the lead's note-perfect facial expressions of disbelief.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/5 73% Gifted (2017) The performances are better than the material, with Evans movie-star stoic while Octavia Spencer makes the most of an underwritten role as Frank's landlord and Mary's devoted karaoke pal.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) British director Johannes Roberts, with good work from cinematographer Mark Silk, allows the undersea action to unfold like a procedural, so that the details ratchet up the tension. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) It's able to balance genuine insight with comic punctuation and shameless resolution; they get high and heartfelt.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 99% God's Own Country (2017) Sexuality is not a means of escape, but a way of making sense of these demanding lives for both the characters and the audience. The dialogue is sparse but illuminating, while the storytelling leaves you powerfully involved.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/5 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) But you can't overstate how many familiar elements are awkwardly plugged together here, from fight scene flourishes to obvious punchlines.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet All for One (2017) It bulges with Aussie camaraderie and conflicting personalities whose disagreements are mentioned but never examined.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2.5/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) It's yet another clunky movie where the effortlessly charismatic Elba has to make do with cliches. The former star of The Wire must despair of finding a genuinely great film role.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
4/5 87% American Made (2017) The role makes Cruise's obsessive energy both believable and pleasurable‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2.5/5 76% Killing Ground (2017) The terror for the audience is blunt and bludgeoning, but conversely Power is an accomplished stylist who adroitly keeps the camera on the edge of increasingly bad expectations.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) The movie almost has enough assured touches and aromatic performances to make you overlook that the humour is generic at times and that the story suffers from not having a genuine antagonist to shake things up.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
3/5 84% The King's Choice (2017) While the plotting can be sluggish, the best quality of The King's Choice is how it reveals the sudden, dislocating impact of war.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
3/5 87% Wind River (2017) The vista is widescreen and so is the deprivation: boarded-up trailers that are barely habitable and bodies laid out in the snow, surrendered to the elements, feature prominently.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2.5/5 67% The Wall (2017) The concise length partially mitigates the failings, but ultimately this is a Saw knock-off in camo gear.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
1.5/5 18% The Time of Their Lives (2017) The cast are not so much game as professional - all three understand what must be done in the service of a paltry story. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
3.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Both the script and the direction, from Michael Showalter, move with such pleasing assurance, held aloft by warm currents of banter backstage and at the dinner table, that you don't notice the deceptions that Kumail practises in the name of deference.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
2/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The French filmmaker's vast space opera is frustratingly contrary: it's diversionary instead of dynamic, convoluted instead of creative, and waspish instead of witty.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Seeing Caesar bound to a cross, or watching apes enslaved to work and die when they yearn for their own promised land, you could easily surmise that Reeves has pulled off a genre that Hollywood hasn't come close to mastering in decades: the biblical epic.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 90% A Ghost Story (2017) The living and the dead share a space but little else, and Mara captures the flickering needle of grieving. The effect is not pretentious but more often sadly sweet; the separation makes their longing swell.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) America gives Wright his boss tunes, his cinematic influences and a ticket to ride. There's also the risk of hubris attached to that freedom, as becomes apparent here.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Descent Into The Maelstrom (2017) Descent Into the Maelstrom ticks off each needle flicker on the timeline, but it almost never seizes on a crucial moment or pushes its subjects, a collection of greyed baby boomers, to explain themselves.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Headlined by a winning performance from Tom Holland as a teenager enduring a truly demanding puberty, Spider-Man: Homecoming downscales the superhero movie. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 92% First Girl I Loved (2016) The film's title is love-struck, but this is a deceptively wrenching story of self-discovery and honesty.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017