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David Stratton

David Stratton
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 97% The Fits (2016) Anna Rose Holmer's strange but beautifully crafted film is worth seeking out. ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 40% As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven On Earth (2016) It's too contrived and too predictable. But the celebratory scenes that climax the overextended movie are undeniably engaging, and Hallgren is a warm and lively heroine with a fiercely independent streak. ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) As the film gradually reveals the full context, it develops into an intense but not entirely satisfactory domestic drama. ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/5 100% Embrace (2016) Taryn Brumfitt made the Australian documentary feature Embrace with the avowed aim of persuading women to be positive about their bodies. ‐ The Australian
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Early Winter (2015) It's a film of great intensity that will reward the patient viewer. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) You never know quite where it's going, and in an era of so much cinematic predictability that's a welcome attribute. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) It is filled with revelations and also, of course, filled with excerpts from some of the greatest films ever made. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) A fine film to watch if you feel like taking an easy break from the real world. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) It's Gerwig who dominates the film with another incisive, funny portrait of a conflicted, vulnerable yet determined modern woman. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 83% Goldstone (2016) The film delivers both as a thriller and as an expose. Pedersen and Russell, both very good as the two cops, head a distinguished and talented cast. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 98% Mustang (2015) Erguven has said the film was inspired from memories of her own childhood, and much of it certainly presents a seemingly authentic reality. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) The subject is one that will be familiar to working-class people all over the world, and is presented by Brize and his co-writer Olivier Gorce without a hint of compromise or sentimentality. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/5 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) The film is well crafted and consummately acted, but it's all pretty hollow. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Dory's adventures are amiable enough, but the film lacks energy and suffers from a sense of predictability. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 17, 2016
2/5 88% Downriver (2015) Despite creditable performances and handsome production values, the film fails to connect in any meaningful way. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) It wants to be more than just a thriller; it aims to attack rapacious financial institutions, witless TV programs and the short attention span of the general public, and for the most part it manages to achieve all of that. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) Del Toro and Robbins adroitly capture the dark humour of the drama, and their scenes together are gems of bleak comedy. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 25% Backtrack (2016) Backtrack starts promisingly but becomes wildly improbable as it proceeds. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Neon (2015) Though the subject matter is modest, the director's enthusiasm is infectious. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2.5/5 10% Queen of the Desert (2015) The result, sadly, falls far short of expectations, evoking a mood more Mills & Boon, or Merchant Ivory, than Herzog. ‐ The Australian
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [An] immensely likable film. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 27, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Is This The Real World (2015) The scenes between the young lovers are handled with sensitivity and evoke that intense yearning that comes with first love. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 100% Highly Strung (2015) Music lovers will find plenty to enjoy in this intriguing film. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 20, 2016
3.5/5 84% The Meddler (2016) There are reportedly autobiographical elements to this story and that makes sense; Marnie is such a well-observed character, so annoying and yet in her own way so wonderful that it does feel she was drawn from real-life experience. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) Strong performances from the lead actors anchor the film, but the world depicted is rather too hermetic for anyone not immediately interested in the subject matter. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 20, 2016
3.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) Saulnier's undoubted skills as a director just about outweigh his fondness for gore. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 13, 2016
2.5/5 71% Remember (2016) A strong supporting cast also does good work, and the film -- as is the case of all Egoyan's films -- is made with smooth professionalism. It's a pity that it increasingly strays into the direction of almost laughable improbability. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 13, 2016
3/5 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) On many levels, the details of the conflict -- convincingly staged in New Mexico -- make for riveting viewing but there are major flaws in the film. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 6, 2016
3.5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It's embarrassing to laugh at poor, deluded Florence but of course we do laugh while admiring the panache, the sheer gusto with which Streep tackles the role. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 6, 2016
3/5 93% Harry & Snowman (2016) Simply but effectively made. ‐ The Australian
Posted May 6, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Silences (2016) This is an impressive and beautifully made tribute to "a sister who never spoke and a mother who never forgot". ‐ The Australian
Posted May 2, 2016
3.5/5 84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) An is both [Kawase's] simplest and most accessible work, unfolding as it does a simple, universal story about the need to hand down skills from generation to generation. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/5 87% Mia Madre (2016) It's this primal bond between mother and daughter that is the heart of the film, one that Moretti explores with sympathy and restraint -- though in the end the focus is a little too diffuse. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Peary is a completely fictitious character, but Jackman plays him like a younger Clint Eastwood, full of rugged charm and common sense, even though he stresses over his own past failures. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/5 61% A Month Of Sundays (2015) It's difficult to decide just what Saville is aiming to achieve with these characters. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 67% Pawno (2015) An outstanding example of contemporary independent Australian cinema. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 18, 2016
3.5/5 100% Wide Open Sky (2015) It's impossible not to be touched by the innocence and vitality of these youngsters, and by the dedication of their teacher. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3.5/5 95% Marguerite (2016) Marguerite -- despite its longueurs -- offers much to enjoy, particularly Frot's ripe, passionate performance. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) The film is beautifully shot and framed, and the story it tells is universal and immensely appealing. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/5 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) There are a few amusing moments and some stalwart comic performances, but on the whole this is an unremarkable and instantly forgettable experience. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) If just half the facts presented here are correct -- and that's probably too conservative -- it does pose questions about the way America is heading. And Australia, too. ‐ The Australian
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3.5/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Swinton is terrific and, against the odds, compellingly convincing as a world-famous rock star, while Schoenaerts and Fanning provide crucial support. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) Such a subject deserves a more rigorous treatment. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Spear (2015) The narrative isn't always easy to follow for the uninitiated, but despite this the film impresses and Aaron Pedersen is painfully effective as a homeless man whose life is in ruins. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 21, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Eye in the Sky is a disturbing, intelligent and very well crafted contemporary thriller with a solid screenplay by Guy Hibbert and seamless direction. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 18, 2016
1/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) As a pretty average video game this might possibly have passed muster, but as a big-screen movie it's woeful. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 83% The Daughter (2017) The entire cast responds to the director's subtle and intelligent vision, giving performances that resonate long after the film is over. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 11, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) The little-known cast of British actors succeeds in convincingly portraying these threatened pilgrims who, while seeking out a new and better life, find themselves in the middle of an inexplicable nightmare. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 11, 2016
1.5/5 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Minor pleasures can't compensate for the disappointment of a film that borrows so heavily from other, better, films. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2.5/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) This is a boys' movie, a cinematic video game, full of sound and fury, but in the end amounting to disappointingly little. ‐ The Australian
Posted Mar 4, 2016