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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 14% Winchester (2018) Agreeable enough, but lightweight.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 82% The Square (2017) The script is witty, the performances flawless, the ideas - mostly - profound.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It's the second section that's really dire: a flaccid travelogue in which the boys visit landmark tourist attractions...these scenes bring the film to a grinding halt from which it never recovers.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/5 47% Another Mother's Son (2017) Though one or two of the details of what follows don't ring entirely true, Another Mother's Son, directed by Christopher Menaul, succeeds admirably in its depiction of life on Jersey under the Nazis.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Lelio is a fine director and he handles this tragic story with tenderness and insight, and also with a firm control over the film's superb visuals. But the lasting impression is that of Vega's performance as Marina.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
96% Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) I was disappointed. I think it's been overhyped and I can't understand why people rave about it the way they do.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 83% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) It's a shame director John Trengove, who also scripted, was a party to this kind of infuriatingly undisciplined camerawork, as it makes watching The Wound a chore.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3/5 97% Menashe (2017) Joshua Z. Weinstein's film is very modest but never less than interesting in the insights it offers into this rarefied world on the edge of Manhattan.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4/5 69% Happy End (2017) Haneke modus operandi is to withhold information from the audience for as long as possible, forcing us to do our own investigative work. His admirers will no doubt rise to the challenge and should be amply rewarded.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3.5/5 91% Stronger (2017) It's not an easy film to watch, especially because so many of Jeff's family members are themselves walking disasters. But the performances by Gyllenhaal and Maslany make the ordeal worthwhile.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4.5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is an absolute charmer of a movie. We genuinely care about this lovely, rebellious girl and we want her to be happy. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4.5/5 97% Sweet Country (2017) This is a slice of Australian history that an indigenous director such as Thornton is best equipped to depict; only by confronting the racism of a bygone period can we hope to understand why racism is still so prevalent in this "sweet country."‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya is a depressing tale. Yet, as superbly acted by a fine cast and confidently directed by Gillespie, it's a weirdly entertaining and even quite tragic story.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
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 86% 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 (2018) 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 89% 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 91% 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 58% 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 88% 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 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent may not be unique but it's very special.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 81% 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 87% 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 29% 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 33% 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 92% 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