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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) On paper it may sound indigestible, but on screen it's pure magic.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) It's to Spielberg's credit that he wanted to tell this story, and that he and his formidable cast tell it so very well.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) It seems strangely unengaging. Yet it's beautifully made - Dariusz Wolski's cinematography is, as usual, very fine - and it's all handled with a brisk competence.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3.5/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour may be brash, but it's never less than riveting when actors such as these are doing their stuff.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3.5/5 66% Breathe (2017) Robin's story is certainly a tale of near-triumph over adversity, and the director manages to keep cheap sentimentality at bay. In many ways this is a very English story about intestinal fortitude and the stiff upper lip.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
4/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) There is, as you can see, a great deal going on in the film. At the start it feels like the basis for a straightforward thriller. But it's much, much more than that.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
4/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Hammer is exceptionally fine in the film... while Chalamet is perfect as the indecisive youth who is drawn to this exotic stranger in ways he himself can't fully comprehend.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3.5/5 51% Downsizing (2017) Perhaps its flaws seem greater because the entire enterprise is so bold, imaginative, funny, troubling and daring. You want it to be a masterpiece but it falls a little short.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3.5/5 86% Just to Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d'un doute) (2017) The film, in the fine tradition of Sautet's movies, throws up serious questions along the way, the principal one being the role of the father. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) There isn't much of a narrative going on here, but Baker succeeds in enveloping the viewer in a very particular place.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 65% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Slack Bay is a very weird concoction that won't be to everyone's taste. Yet this superbly photographed fabrication is, ultimately, strangely compelling.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Allen's influences seem to combine the drama of Tennessee Williams and other American playwrights of the 1940s and 50s with the wonderfully garish visual style of directors such as Douglas Sirk. Think Sweet Bird of Youth meets Written on the Wind.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2.5/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) The fires themselves are frighteningly well staged, and by the film's conclusion the courage and dedication of these firemen has been amply demonstrated. It's a pity that the film that tells their story wasn't a little less clunky.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3.5/5 85% Wonder (2017) If in the end the film feels a little too tidy, a little too contrived in the way the plot elements are neatly sewn together, this is perhaps a small price to pay for a film with its heart firmly in the right place.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3.5/5 92% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist has all the fascination of a train wreck and will be essential viewing for anyone at all interested in the current status of the film industry. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 90% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Maurery, who won the best actress award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic last year, is impressive as the thoroughly nasty Mrs D.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) What does it all mean? This may not be obvious while the film is unfolding but it's probable this is one of those movies that reveals itself in the hours and days after you see it.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) [Kenneth Branagh] has made a creditable, but by no means outstanding, crack at filming a much-loved but extremely old-fashioned murder mystery. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3.5/5 84% Detroit (2017) The motel sequence is so suspenseful that it's a shame that what follows is so perfunctory.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3.5/5 93% School Life (2017) Boarding school, especially for these youngsters (aged eight to 12) has rarely looked more appealing.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
4/5 90% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) Even if elements of The Ornithologist are a bit baffling, it's still a visual treat and it's certainly never boring. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/5 54% Three Summers (2017) The film is worth seeing for Waters, giving a spirited portrayal of a loving father set in his ways and unable to see that times are changing, and Breeds as his lively, talented, worldly wise daughter.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/5 98% Wings of Desire (1987) A stunningly made valentine to the city of Berlin, which has never been more imaginatively or more beautifully filmed. A joy from start to finish.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 87% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) This is a minor French movie but, thanks to its actors, a modestly engaging one.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/5 83% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent may not be unique but it's very special.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) The film is in some ways an ode to the power of popular culture and the ways in which a very ordinary TV show (or pop song, or film) can worm its way into our subconsciousness.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/5 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Perhaps horror isn't exactly the right word to describe this eerie, bloody, sexy movie.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2.5/5 7% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman, despite the majestic location cinematography, falls rather flat.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney is adept at propelling the action along, papering over the material's shortcomings.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/5 34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The Only Living Boy is a most engaging film that confidently enters vintage Woody Allen territory with consummate success. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/5 91% Good Time (2017) Good Time follows in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. The action keeps up a relentless pace as new characters are introduced.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Blue (2017) [Blue] is an important reminder of the fragility of our planet's environment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Just as Scott did in the original film, Villeneuve adopts an unhurried pace and some may find the plot rather too dense and convoluted. Probably it will take more than one viewing to make complete sense of it. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/5 78% Final Portrait (2018) Tucci's achievement is to have worked so successfully with one great artist, Rush, in the creative portrayal of another great artist.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) [King's and Riggs'] scenes together are handled with unusual delicacy.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 96% Mountain (2017) Ravishingly beautiful. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/5 54% Australia Day (2017) Run Lola Run meets Gran Torino; breathtakingly fast-moving, a very well-made thriller. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/5 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) There are fine performances from the ensemble, with [Salma] Hayek's feisty outsider and [John] Lithgow's smug, self-satisfied tycoon making the most satisfying contributions.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) [Danielle McDonald] carries the movie, and that's no small feat for a newcomer. I'm sure we'll be hearing a great deal more from her.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2.5/5 69% mother! (2017) An amazingly uneven and increasingly hysterical horror/melodrama that is so over the top that even the central performance of Jennifer Lawrence can't redeem it.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 67% Tommy's Honour (2017) Peter Mullan is always an actor worth watching, even if you can't always comprehend what he's saying thanks to that thick Scots accent.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul is a visually handsome and intermittently very entertaining film, but it's [Judy] Dench who gives it a much-needed lift.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Small Town Killers (2017) Without a solidly realistic basis against which to play these farcical situations, however, it all falls rather flat. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/5 73% Gifted (2017) It's good to see [Marc Webb] back working on more intimate material, even though Gifted isn't entirely satisfactory.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 99% God's Own Country (2017) The setting of the isolated, muddy farm with the lights of a nearby town invitingly close is beautifully captured by Joshua James Richards's camera. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/5 84% The King's Choice (2017) Watching the film was an endurance test that even the great story and fine acting couldn't overcome.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4/5 88% Ali's Wedding (2017) I don't know why the release of this lovely film has been delayed so long (I saw it in Adelaide in October last year) but it's worth the wait.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/5 85% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Polina is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Bastien Vives and it tells a reassuringly familiar story of a young girl who yearns to find success as a ballerina.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/5 92% Logan Lucky (2017) [Soderbergh's] big-screen comeback, Logan Lucky, finds him taking the relatively easy option of the lighthearted heist movie, something he's always done well.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
78% Romper Stomper (1993) In these volatile times, with racism on the march again all over the world, this is a dangerous film.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017