Dave Calhoun

Dave Calhoun
Dave Calhoun's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald Time Out Time Out Sydney
Biography:
Time Out film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 95% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) Roy Andersson's latest has a more maudlin air to it than A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and 2007's You, the Living - which, if you've experienced their bleak absurdity, you'll know is saying something. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
5/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Charlie Kaufman is pushing again at the boundaries of what a screen story can achieve. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 66% Matthias & Maxime (2019) If the overall effect is a little basic and under-worked, this is still a heartfelt, honest film. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/5 100% Coup 53 (2020) Watching this thrilling, energetic doc feels like taking a swim in John le Carré's brain. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
4/5 100% Citizens of the World (Lontano Lontano) (2020) Rambling and conversational, 'Citizens of the World' is a gentle celebration of good company, good wine and good intentions. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
4/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) 'Da 5 Bloods' is at once knockabout and violent, funny and deadly serious, carved from history and carved from the movies. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Surely only a filmmaker with plenty of life behind him - and plenty of such stories - could make a film so entertaining and yet so solemn and sad. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 96% First Cow (2020) It's hard not to view Kelly Reichardt's film as a poetic blueprint for modern America. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2/5 63% Driven (2019) It's like someone got hold of all the wardrobe rejects from 'Boogie Nights' and built a movie around them. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) You'll need a lot of patience - or weed - to stick with Harmony Korine's paper-thin, larky portrait of a literary bum in crisis. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This is a dazzling work, gripping from beginning to end, full of big bangs and small wonders. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 88% American Woman (2019) It's a reminder that Sienna Miller is a talent too often underrated. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 94% Sea of Shadows (2019) This murky, compelling tale exists at the crossroads of corruption and idealism. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It sits at the mature end of Tarantino's work, bringing his tongue-in-cheek storytelling together with exquisite movie craft and killer lead performances from Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) The film's tragedy is that no amount of love and goodwill can save us when the cards are so horribly stacked against us. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) What it sometimes lacks in clarity it easily makes up for with its stunning, memorable visual games. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 92% Yuli (2018) Superstar Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta takes us through his life in unusual style in a mix of drama and dance, fiction and reality. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/5 67% Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Enjoy a sniff of this amiable doc about the ins and outs of the high-end Scottish whisky trade and you'll get hints of passion, tempered with wafts of fustiness. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) If Oppenheimer's aim is to question and investigate what life the past has in the present, he has succeeded in a staggeringly original way. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 60% The Grinch (2018) The film is mainly a series of slapstick episodes, not always neatly hung together, and with barely any memorable side characters. Even the Grinch himself fails to make a massive impact at times. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 46% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) It's a cracking story, shakily told. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The energy of Malek's imitation helps to bind what amounts to a series of gossipy but harmless rock-world anecdotes into something vaguely coherent. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/5 100% The Islands and the Whales (2017) If you're squeamish about whale blood or beheaded puffins, you might want to close your eyes occasionally. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
2/5 50% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) There's one scene -- in which Cotillard dances alone to Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" while Gainsbourg looks on quietly -- that might have you begging for the earth to open up and swallow you whole. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/5 89% Being Blacker (2018) What emerges is a sensitive portrait of a man at a difficult crossroads in his life. There's an immediate crisis involving a run-in with the law. But there are more lingering ghosts to do with migration, separation, integration and identity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 74% The Mercy (2018) It's no heroic tale; 'The Mercy' is thoughtful, uncomfortable viewing. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 95% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) A fiercely smart drama, its despairing mood sticks with you long after it ends. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 70% Happy End (2017) If we're to read anything into the diseased privilege on display, we should assume Haneke is talking about much more than just one family. This is a state-of-modern-Europe morality play. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 75% Manifesto (2017) There's something increasingly mesmerising about Julian Rosefeldt's translation of his own 13-screen gallery piece to cinema. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) This portrait of Grace Jones meanders a bit, preferring a loose series of intimate moments to anything too slick or traditional. But with moments like these, who cares? - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/5 98% Dina (2017) It's rare for filmmakers to get so close to any couple, but a special sort of caution comes with watching the lives of people whose view of the world might be far from our own. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) I won't give away one of the best gags, but the sight of a giant cat causing mayhem in a city built of LEGOs definitely makes up for some of the film's less inspired passages. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) This is Tavernier's own film story so don't expect a linear, full history of the cinema of the time. However, it's anything but dry, as the film swoons with passion for Gallic films and filmmaking. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 100% The Work (2017) Some context is lost in favour of a lot of weeping and wailing, but this remains an eye-opening experience. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3 89% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) It can sometimes feel like 'Insyriated' is awkwardly carrying the weight of an entire complicated conflict on its shoulders - but its sense of claustrophobia and immediacy can also feel horribly convincing. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) This is kid-gloves historical storytelling. It's sometimes amusing, and occasionally touching, but there's nothing here to scare the horses. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards plays like a country ballad that's full of improvised riffs on old themes: Its verses head off in different directions, some violent and swearing, others reflective or funny. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) There's tragedy here, but what's most winning about Lean on Pete is how Haigh never lingers on misery. He's as interested in surprising kindnesses and the goodness of most folks as he is in life's knocks. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) This is angry, thoughtful, straightforward activist journalism: blunt, simple and impossible to ignore. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
4/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) It unfolds under grey, blustery spring skies; as lambs emerge blinking and unsteady into the world, so too does this young man's nervous, raw sexuality. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 76% Una (2017) As a film 'Una' suffers from the need to open out the story for the screen: it's loaded with flashbacks and new characters, unnecessary side business. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) 'Dunkirk' gives us a short, sharp dose of the oddness and horror of war, dropping us right into the fray. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
3/5 68% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes lends the film an air of childish magic and Carter Burwell's magnificent front-and-centre score adds energy and character. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 71% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) An infectious portrait of independent thought and living. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 43% Hampstead (2019) Don't come looking for social realism. This is an unapologetically fluffy film. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 76% Stockholm, My Love (2016) There's always a sense of wide-eyed wonder to Mark Cousins's films. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Campillo's film has a furious forward momentum that's inspired by the determination of its characters and bolstered by Arnaud Rebotini's house-music score. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) This eyes-open-to-the-world NYC crime thriller is cocky, grubby and electric. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) There's precious little warm blood pumping through this beautifully crafted but clinical film. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017