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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
3/5 83% The King (2017) The sound and fury negates subtlety or cause, but this whirlwind drama is a telling primer on South Korean white collar rituals.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 93% Fences (2016) One of the pleasures of Fences is seeing Washington's dominant technique - that swaggering walk, the hardening of his voice when challenged - get batted back by the visceral force of Davis' performance.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Stripped of a steadying score and explanatory monologues - so much is left unsaid in Toni Erdmann that the absence starts to say something - this story of a father and daughter's bond can be a litmus test for your sense of humour.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Winter at Westbeth (2017) Spong captures the lust for life in his subjects and, particularly in the case of Williams, their heartfelt memories, while celebrating the Westbeth as a triumph of public housing and community infrastructure. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A powerful and sometimes unexpectedly humorous drama about a man who refuses to acknowledge his past even as the present insists on it. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
3.5/5 87% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) Somewhat conservative in its production crafts but alive with moral risk and ideological duplicity‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2.5/5 50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) The slapstick fight scenes and action set-pieces - particularly a car chase in Dubai punctuated by a languid lion's presence - elevate the film somewhat, but Kung Fu Yoga's broadness is not so much engaging as merely ticking the many boxes.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2.5/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) While director DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye) can tidy the action sequences he can't do a great deal with his leading man, whose woodenness here extends to heady philosophising and seductive encouragement.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) There's possibility in every moment, as you see when Chiron reconnects with the grown Kevin (Andre Holland), and those moments keep accumulating until Moonlight is an unforgettable vision of love and acceptance.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) Taylor-Joy has a sense of self-possession so fierce it's frightening, and ... her performance here does a great deal to pull Split above its sometimes queasy use of unspeakable trauma as a plot point.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 33% Railroad Tigers (2017) Chan is economical instead of eruptive, gracefully setting up gags and often sidestepping the frenetic movements of his co-stars (who include his son Jaycee). ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Le Ride (2016) Keoghan's motivation is divided between fascination with the original riders, who were not expected to last, and his own belief in pushing himself, but the film is less a historical study than a travelogue for cycling devotees.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) At the centre of it Ma is a studied, unrevealed figure, while the rehearsals and jam sessions create a joyous glow of affirmation that overwhelms a deeper sense of inquiry; the longer the film goes on, the less it has to say.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 82% The Rehearsal (2016) Group exercises and rehearsals are shot with an expressive clarity that gets at how they unite the students so that they can work together‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) A frisky, fertile dive into conspiracy theories and the righteous dedication that often gives birth to them, this low-budget Canadian feature is a series of movies within movies: alternately found, forged and finessed. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 86% Lion (2016) The movie mostly succeeds in grounding the hard to believe in easy to comprehend circumstances and readily real emotion. It's not a great film, but it's effective in how it sets up and satisfies a life-changing tale.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 81% Viva (2016) The contrasting but complementary performances of Medina and Garcia overcome the easily apparent outcome, while the location shooting in Havana provides an authentic ecosystem for the picture's tender travails.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/5 81% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Feuerzeig trade access for accountability, allowing Albert ... to produce a storyline that fosters her own self-belief. The ethics are questionable, and the deeper issues, such as literary authenticity and cultural exploitation, are barely acknowledged.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 88% Tanna (2016) With a volcano as both a spiritual and physical backdrop, complete with bursts of lava that complement the lush tropical locales, the film has a heady visual palette that sits apart from Butler and Dean's documentary background.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Justin Kurzel's movie is flawed in part and occasionally bewildering in its decisions, yet it has a distinct filmmaking philosophy that extends all the way through to its imperfect finale.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Nadine throws a great pity party and it's a credit to Craig's writing and Steinfeld's performance that her unlikeable moments only add to what is a comically complex portrait.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Pop, now a leonine elder statesman, is a salty, charming interview subject, but this is a surprisingly dry and conventional telling of the band's halcyon days (and eventual reformation).‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 40% Why Him? (2016) The script supplies some funny gags, but they're terribly overworked and come with a welter of unnecessary comic scaffolding.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) The impeccable archival material and testimony from now greying bandmates and contemporaries tell the story of a musician whose commitment to her art left her vulnerable.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) The extended final sequence takes everything that has occurred and remakes it so that happiness seemingly lasts for both a few perfect moments and many years. It's incandescent and heartbreaking at the same time.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 95% Paterson (2016) The different Patersons combine into a terrific take on love's abiding worth, the mechanics of creativity and the strength of community. The film has Jarmusch's trademark deadpan deliberation, but it's also possessed of a great and genuine heart.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 87% Dancer (2016) The best moments are astute observations, whether awestruck ballerinas watching Polunin rehearse or a close-up of the battered feet that launch him upwards.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) Suffused with a natural light that can't extinguish the limitations these women run up against but can't acknowledge, Sand Storm is fascinating and assured.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Merry Widow (1925) Franz Lehar's opera is transformed by von Stroheim into a work of comic rivalry punctuated by a reductive male gaze, bursts of skittering violence, and eventual redemption‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 60% Allied (2016) Robert Zemeckis' movie, with its nods to golden era classics, trades on our pleasure in watching the two leads together on the screen. They are in turn dynamic when engaged and beautiful in repose, and between them they obscure the picture's failings.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 85% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Archival interviews are marked by combative frustration, but Frank's family life is clearly delineated by his work, and Don't Blink is a study of the dedication, and sometimes selfishness, that's required to pursue an artistic vision. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Menkoff Method (2016) A low-budget Australian oddity whose mash-up of genre and tone rarely exert more than a fleeting appeal‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 36% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) The script eschews farcical predicaments, but merely by casting Dujardin, an actor of regular height, instead of someone who matches Alexandre's dimensions, the film has an exploitative edge that it can never completely shake.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 74% Trolls (2016) But in this new Hollywood animated children's film, Trolls are small, incurably sweet and dedicated to singing, dancing and hugging. They're so happy, they make the Smurfs looks like a bunch of French existentialists stuck in a no-smoking zone.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 79% The Family Fang (2016) There's a heartfelt give and take between Kidman and Bateman ... The film suggests that life can easily be a series of performances, with a genuine sting to Caleb's disdain when he's challenged by his own offspring.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) A competition in Leningrad is the climax of Finnish director Klaus Haro's handsomely shot drama, but what endures is the churning, ever present fear the decimated community lives with.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Mark Waters (Mean Girls), knows how to frame the dialogue, but apart from a terrific gag involving an electric oven the movie lacks a corrupted physicality.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) The over-the-top tone invoked here doesn't come naturally and the spectacle and excess of professional sports - and the behind-the-scenes access - lacks an exaggerated visual sense.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ruin (2013) The film eschews back story for a fragmented approach that contrasts moments of expressionistic beauty - often in their nocturnal encounters - with instances of brutal realism.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The great fantasy in Fantastic Beasts is that everything can be put back how it was, no matter what happened.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 40% Morgan (2016) A B-movie with pretension to high-minded inquiry, addressing artificial life and the sanctity of human existence, but when the story actually engages with the themes the only outcome is a reductive body count and artful blood splatter on concrete.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 87% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) The documentary filmmaking background of Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro informs much of his second dramatic feature, which ventures deep without judgment or undue instigation into the lives of a group of itinerant rodeo workers‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/5 91% Southside With You (2016) They end up seeing Spike Lee's revelatory Do the Right Thing, and the history in moments such as that give weight to Richard Tanne's sweet, sturdy romantic drama‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 93% Arrival (2016) Most aliens-on-Earth movies move towards destruction, usually of the planet-wide kind, but the crux of Arrival is creation: the writing of a word, the beginning of a bond, the start of a life.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
2.5/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) War truly is hell in this World War II biographical drama as the film's subject, decorated combat medic and pacifist Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), is caught up in horrific carnage that can outweigh the storytelling.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3.5/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) What Cianfrance can't do is find a definitive ending: the film has at least three as it builds to a high pitch and thus runs long. But along the way it's passionately gripping and much more than the cliche of a tear-jerking romance.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Director Gavin O'Connor has made some tough, decent dramas about the frayed bonds of family and subcultures, but it takes ludicrous steps to get The Accountant down to that fundamental level, and once there the film barely registers.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) For all the talk of alternate dimensions and sightings of a bald Tilda Swinton, Scott Derrickson's film is a sturdy addition to the superhero saga that's been slotting in compatible pieces since Iron Man delivered its first wisecrack in 2008.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Blush (Barash) (2015) The visual textures are adroitly familiar, but the director never loses track of his two leads: the sex scene between the two young women tumbles through often contradictory moods and their distinct uncertainty before capturing their pleasure together.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Despite being directed by Gregg Mottola (Superbad, Paul), the comic scenes play out with often banal interplay that barely has a whiff of improvised mayhem, while the action sequences are essentially generic.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016