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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet Defiant Lives (2017) The film delves into the sorry history of society's dealing with the disabled, who in the past often were confined to institutions and insane asylums. The main aim of many disabled people featured in the film is to be allowed to live in their own homes.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
3.5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) It's a simple exercise in terror that avoids too much explicit violence, and a quietly impressive little movie.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) The influences are there, but Wright builds on and subverts them in his hugely entertaining movie, one of the most satisfying films of its type to emerge in quite a while.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) If you're unfamiliar with the original, this tasteful and undeniably beautiful film may well beguile you.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
90% Gallipoli (1981) Gallipoli was, and is, a triumph.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 100% Chocolat (2016) Visually handsome and for the most part thoroughly entertaining.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3.5/5 91% First Girl I Loved (2016) This is a small film worth seeking out.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3.5/5 98% Kedi (2017) There's no more to it than that, but an attractive music score, incorporating several Turkish songs, makes for an engaging film that's easy on the eye and the ear - especially for cat and/or Istanbul lovers.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Davies doesn't shrink from the challenges this darkened mood poses for his audience.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 92% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) The interactions between Lina and Steph and the locals of Coolgardie make for a surprisingly riveting drama that could almost have been scripted. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 88% Una (2016) It's an accomplished debut from Andrews. He's greatly assisted on the technical side by cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis's fine photography and by the intricate editing of Nick Fenton that glides between the disturbing past and the distressing present.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 91% Lady Macbeth (2017) Lady Macbeth was clearly made on a very modest budget, but that very fact enhances its coldly beautiful austerity. It doesn't need all the trappings of the usual romantic melodrama set in this period of history. It's a fine piece of work.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3.5/5 49% Churchill (2017) Cox is magnificent as Churchill (praise is due for Cate Hall, who is credited with hair and make-up), Richardson imbues Clementine with common sense and patience, and the rest of the cast does everything expected of it.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) By shining a spotlight on the everyday corruption and dirty dealing, Mungiu enables us to understand just why his homeland is struggling to escape from the weight of the dictatorship that ruined it and betrayed its people for so many years.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3.5/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills is clearly fond of all these characters, and is happy to dwell on their moments of happiness and sadness, all of which provide knowledge and worldly wisdom to the teenage boy whose life they will so profoundly affect.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 92% Hounds of Love (2017) The brave actors are all superb. Curry, in particular, is a revelation: his sick, scrawny sadist is the most chilling screen killer since Hannibal Lecter.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/5 82% Handsome Devil (2017) Butler tells Ned's story with a laconic sense of humour (O'Shea has a constantly bemused expression) and the positive messaging comes across loud and clear.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3.5/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Even when the film founders, which it does at times, you can't help but be fascinated by Norman.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 94% Neruda (2016) This smart, whimsical, extremely quirky and devilishly entertaining portrait of the poet is far from being a traditional biography but it joyfully celebrates the spirit of the man and his momentous times.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Kore-eda's very fine film is almost painfully honest in its even-handed depiction of this character, and never seeks to condemn him.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2.5/5 67% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2016) In the end it all boils down to the good guys being confronted by some nasty, though not entirely convincing, creatures.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/5 77% Viceroy's House (2017) All this detail makes this British-Indian co-production fascinating on many levels, and the decision to stage almost all the action in and around the Viceroy's House was an apt one.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/5 78% Don't Tell (2017) It's a thoughtful, quietly shocking film, beautifully made.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3.5/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Make no mistake: Alien: Covenant is for the most part a terrifically exciting ride. But it never chills the marrow quite in the way the first film did.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/5 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Caro creates some impressive scenes, some involving the fates of the animals, one involving a mother and daughter who think they've escaped. But on the whole the film never quite manages to create the required mood.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) [Director] Peele, who also scripted, is very good at writing barbed dialogue, and as the film proceeds the audience is likely to feel as uncomfortable as Chris.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) During the course of the film, Nathalie undergoes a series of crises and finds herself increasingly alone and alienated. Yet Hansen-Young, who is very good at this sort of thing, is no pessimist, and she concludes her film on a nod to "l'avenir."‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3.5/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) There are so many details to savour in this beautifully produced film that it's all the more regrettable that it doesn't quite coalesce into a satisfying whole.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3.5/5 60% Bad Girl (2016) The film is very well made, with Gavin John Head's wide-screen photography a model of its kind and a nicely creepy music score by Warren Ellis.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 91% 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 76% 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 88% 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 90% 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 80% 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 94% 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 67% 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 97% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) A riveting viewing experience.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/5 89% 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