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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 46% Storm Boy (2019) Rush gives a commanding performance as the older Storm Boy, and there's an appealing contribution from Davies as his passionate granddaughter.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 67% The Mule (2018) Age hasn't affected his skills, though, either as an actor or as a very accomplished director.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's a lavish production but an uneven one. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 77% Loro (2019) Sorrentino is an exceptional director and Servillo is a most remarkable actor; once again these two major talents have created a film of considerable impact, even if this time their subject remains frustratingly elusive.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is filled with insights, both humorous and painful. All the acting is fine, but Elsie Fisher is a revelation.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/5 86% Piercing (2019) It has to be said that the lead performances are impressive and Wasikowska confirms once again that she's a bold and innovative talent.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) The film adopts a fairly bland and unquestioning approach, but the patience of the trainers - and charm of their sometimes unruly canine charges - never ceases to impress.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) The art is richly inventive and the artist, though certainly a profoundly eccentric figure, comes across as both courageous and determined.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The Wild Pear Tree is an extremely dense, rich, challenging, lengthy movie. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/5 64% Vice (2018) ... the best American film of the year, a stinging satire of which Jonathan Swift might not have been ashamed.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.5/5 94% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is constructed with brief but always telling scenes. It wastes no time, and indeed the running time is shorter than usual. But every moment packs a punch, and every musical cue serves an important purpose.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 77% Black '47 (2018) Director Lance Daly has made a bleak and gripping film.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Deliciously witty, visually gorgeous and frequently unsettling in its melding of the comic and the chilling, The Favourite is one of the best films of the year.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 27% Event Horizon (1997) [Anderson] has little feeling for suspense - instead he lays on the violence and gore with a trowel and diminishing returns are the result.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 87% Colette (2018) It's a modest but handsome production, lovingly photographed by Giles Nuttgens and mostly filmed in Hungary, with period trappings that seem authentic in every respect.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is jaw-droppingly ugly, horrendously violent, implicitly racist and routinely handled. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The achievement shared by McCarthy and Heller is to make us understand this woman and, furthermore, to make us care about her. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 86% Climax (2019) For those willing to risk a close encounter with this maverick, there are undoubtedly rewards to be found in Climax.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 44% Species (1995) It's a lot of fun. It's certainly well directed. We've seen it all before, but I enjoyed it.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) [A] very witty and affecting family comedy.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
90% Mississippi Grind (2015) It's a terrific film, but it came and went in cinemas before many people could discover it. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
69% The Journey (2017) It's gripping and amusing, and it contains one of John Hurt's last screen appearances.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 100% Strange Colours (2018) A very specific sense of place comes across strongly in Lodkina's minimalist yet striking film.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 72% The Children Act (2018) This is a film that poses important moral and legal questions, but it's also a personal story in which a diligent woman, who regularly faces intense criticism, has to confront several deeply troubling personal problems.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) With its themes of political corruption and large-scale criminal activity, Widows is effortlessly transformed into an American setting.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The director's deceptively simple treatment ensures that Shoplifters is an unsentimental heart-warmer of considerable charm and insight.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford, who plays the old crook, has said this will be his last screen role and, if that proves to be the case, The Old Man & The Gun is not a bad way to end a distinguished career.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 100% Penguin Highway (2018) This odd little story is based on a book and, for an animated film aimed at pre-teen kids, seems unusually convoluted and protracted. But, as always with Japanese anime, it's visually a delight.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) The film is a cry of rage against the polluters and corrupters who, Schrader contends, are destroying the planet, as well as against the commercialisation of the churches and the growth of terrorism.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) This is perhaps the major cinema experience of the year so far.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 64% Suspiria (2018) What makes the new film compelling viewing is the extraordinary contribution of Swinton, who plays three roles in the movie.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) It's a disturbing theme, beautifully developed by Edgerton and superbly acted by an excellent cast.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Journey's End is a powerful and moving tribute to the men who fought in the trenches.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) [The] dire warnings about the direction in which America is heading are most disturbing.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Schible's documentary - while not particularly well shot - is a very useful insight into the work of a major composer.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 80% Book Week (2018) Heath Davis directed and does a very competent job in every department, except for the fact that he obviously wants us to love the decidedly unlovable protagonist.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 60% One Less God (2017) The members of the generally excellent ensemble cast were almost entirely fresh faces for me, which adds to the authenticity of the drama.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 82% Ghost Stories (2018) This is a low-tech affair, and all the more interesting for it. You never know quite where it's going, but it doesn't let up for a moment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai) (2019) The colours are pallid and the animation simple, but the overall effect is surprisingly moving.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Cleaners (2018) Though The Cleaners, which is filmed in an ominous, noirish style, suffers from some unnecessary padding, it's a revealing and timely documentary.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 89% Donbass (2018) The pacing is deliberate but this cool approach serves only to magnify the distressing insights into a dangerous world in which lawless fanatics have assumed control.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy will provide a challenging and, quite possibly, an uplifting experience.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) If you're able to forget the stars that have gone before, A Star is Born is a very professional tear-jerker with some very loud music, and for many that will be enough.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) Nothing seems out of place, but the revelations offered by Wajib into the lives of ordinary Palestinians are suffused with stoic wisdom.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Harmony (2018) ...one of those irritating local films in which all the Australian actors adopt American accents.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 69% The Seagull (2018) The new version, by director Michael Meyer, is far more successful in catching the elusive atmosphere of the Russian master's work. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/5 88% First Man (2018) The performances by Gosling - in a difficult, interior role - and Foy are exemplary.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 77% Jirga (2018) The Afghan landscape is imposingly photographed, as are the faces of the Afghan people, but as a coherent narrative, the film is lacking.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) American Animals, like the young thieves whose story it tells, seeks inspiration from classic movies, but it transcends this foundation in a probing look at the arrogance and inexperience of its protagonists...‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3.5/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) The film, filled with photographs and clips from McKellen's films, is a revealing insight into an important contributor to theatre and cinema.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018