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David Stratton

David Stratton
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 90% Raw (2017) Some may claim the film is about a young woman discovering herself, but the writer-director's obvious delight in shock for shock's sake constitutes a major turn-off, no matter how efficiently made or well acted the film may be.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2.5/5 78% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Unfortunately, at about the midway point the film loses steam and then drags on for almost two hours, far more than the material can stand.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2.5/5 87% Their Finest (2017) There's the inevitable love triangle as Catrin is torn between Ellis and Tom, but much of the film professes to depict how a film like this would be made in 1940, and it's here that Their Finest falls short.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 92% Certain Women (2016) The three stories, which very loosely overlap, are handled in a minimalist yet subtly emotional manner and this calm, understated film is a delight.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 88% Frantz (2017) Frantz is one of Ozon's best films and also one of his most touching.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
4/5 83% Denial (2016) The excellent cast delivers the dramatic goods and a sequence involving a journey to Auschwitz provides a chilling reminder as to just what the legal arguments are really about.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2.5/5 78% Colossal (2017) I can't work out the intentions of Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo and how this very curious combination of realism and absurd fantasy ever went into production.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
4/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) The film would be nothing without Stewart. You just can't take your eyes off her, whether she's involved in something wild and unpredictable or just talking into her phone.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3.5/5 90% Irreplaceable (Médecin de campagne) (2016) It's a film of quality that serves as a reminder of the dedication and commitment of people in the medical profession.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3.5/5 93% A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2016) This simple story is complicated by an excess of characters and a hefty running time of well over two hours, but director Naoko Yamada's treatment is sensitive and the animation is beautiful.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
95% L'Avventura (1960) Antonioni's cool, beautifully photographed film isn't really a mystery and certainly not a thriller. Audiences over the years have delighted in deciding what it really is all about.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 100% Zach's Ceremony (2016) Zach's Ceremony is a beautifully made and insightful documentary study of Zachariah Doomadgee, and was filmed over a number of years, starting in 2009 when Zach was 10.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/5 68% Life (2017) Visually the film is constantly impressive... And the cast is nothing if not interesting. But in the end there's a distinct feeling of let-down, that this is an inferior addition to the genre.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 100% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) A riveting viewing experience.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/5 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) As a cautionary tale, A Man Called Ove makes its points with some success and both Lassgard, as the infuriating yet ultimately sympathetic Ove, and Pars as the intelligent and resourceful Parvaneh, give stellar performances.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3.5/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A handsomely made, powerfully acted but not particularly probing drama.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2.5/5 88% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) The problem with the film is that it promises more than it delivers.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2/5 50% The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (2016) Sounds intriguing? It certainly is, but the trouble is that Jones's abilities don't quite match his ambitions.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 89% Loving (2016) [A] sober, restrained drama of injustice and persecution.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2/5 17% A Few Less Men (2016) Though lavishly produced, the film is a pale shadow of its predecessor.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 97% Aquarius (2016) There just isn't enough content here to sustain the film's length, and though there are moments of brilliance, the conclusion is a disappointment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/5 41% Alone in Berlin (2017) This is the third feature directed by Swiss actor Perez, and though it's visually handsome it tends rather towards the bland, making what should have been a powerfully emotional story about courage and self-sacrifice rather too tasteful and muted.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4.5/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman is provocative, challenging, and thoroughly gripping.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/5 72% Jasper Jones (2016) Miller beautifully portrays the uncertainties and sensitivities of a young small-town teenager, while Rice radiates youth and grace.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Bitter Harvest looks good, but it's a wasted opportunity to tell a story the world should not forget.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) As [Melfi] proved in his previous film, St Vincent, he's good with actors and is a competent storyteller, but he can't resist underlining things that are already obvious.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) As with many Herzog films the results are complex, endlessly fascinating, sometimes disturbing and often weird.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Winter at Westbeth (2017) These are engaging and inspirational people and Spong's well-made film, which is charming and delightful, does them full justice.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 93% Fences (2016) As it is, we are able to enjoy a theatrical experience, and some really fine acting, with minimal obvious changes made to the original stage production.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode makes the most of this appealing yarn and has fun showing us a Bob's-eye view of the streets of London.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/5 42% Gold (2017) What follows is never less than diverting, beautifully acted, painful, wacky and usually unexpected. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4.5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) The first thing to note is that Toni Erdmann is wholly original. It doesn't follow any of the usual "rules" of narrative cinema.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Not a moment in the film is wasted; though on the long side, this is from start to finish a rewarding and strangely beautiful drama with a conclusion that is immensely satisfying in its touching understatement.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) The performances are all very good indeed, and the film's serious, concerned tone suits the subject matter.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 82% Chevalier (2016) It has a good deal to say about men from the perspective of a woman and it's never less than intriguing as these rather foolish characters challenge one another.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4.5/5 82% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Fine acting, subtle direction, good writing, in fact, a film for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Individual sequences are also compellingly handled and, as Affleck has demonstrated in his previous films as director... he's an accomplished storyteller.Yet the film doesn't entirely hang together.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3.5/5 75% Split (2017) In his best film since The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan employs menacing close-ups to create a mood of threatening claustrophobia.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Crucial to these early scenes is the casting of Sunny Pawar, a marvellously instinctive child actor who gives an indelible performance as Saroo.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen, the feature debut from writer Kelly Fremon Craig, stands out above the countless other teenage movies from recent years by virtue of its honesty and realism.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) From the beginning of the film, with its mournful, atonal music score by Mica Levi, it's obvious that this is no conventional dramatisation of the events that arguably brought to an end America's innocence.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.5/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) As it proceeds the plot becomes increasingly predictable and the "surprise" elements will surprise only the most credulous.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 95% Paterson (2016) The film is as innocent as it is gentle, and viewing it is a truly sublime experience.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/5 100% Rosalie Blum (2016) Khojandi is a convincingly hangdog hero, while Asaaz is a delightfully daffy Aude whose laziness and eccentric lifestyle become quite endearing. Rosalie is more of an enigma, but that's as it should be.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) The lovers are played by David Oyelowo, whose recent roles in Selma and Queen of Katwe have established him as a major talent, and the sublime Rosamund Pike, whose Ruth is every bit as courageous as her husband.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) The film's opening sequence is jaw-droppingly wonderful.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
2.5/5 27% Golden Years (2016) Every member of the cast... deserved a better, less far-fetched, plot than director John Miller and writers Miller, Nick Knowles and Jeremy Sheldon have devised for them.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/5 85% The Patriarch (Mahana) (2016) Though the basic narrative arc is a familiar one, it makes for a mostly rewarding film thanks to its spectacular setting. New Zealand's pastoral vistas are handsomely photographed by Ginny Loane.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/5 86% Dancer (2016) Steven Cantor's film is a detailed portrait of an enormously talented artist who seems to have been unable to cope with fame and the separation from his family. The dance scenes are spectacular.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
2.5/5 36% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) The nagging feeling remains that for a film that appears to position itself as a comedic assault on political correctness, it pulls too many punches.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016