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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 89% 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 68% 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 63% 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 89% 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
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The film's main problem is one of excessive length. Intriguing as it is, some judicious pruning would have made it a whole lot better.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4.5/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) The events that unfold in this brilliant and troubling movie are all too real.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 94% Beast (2018) Beast is a skilful debut from Pearce and a mostly satisfying example of suspense created out of mundane incidents and everyday events.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4.5/5 79% Ladies in Black (2018) Ladies in Black may be seen mistakenly as lightweight or slight; it isn't. It brims with subtext and nuance and at the same time succeeds in being a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) An extremely tasty thriller that delivers exactly the right amount of suspense and twisty surprises.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) The film is technically impressive in every respect with fine, fluid camerawork by Thomas Townend and an impressive electronic music score by Jonny Greenwood.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 100% Mirai (2018) Mirai is designed and animated to the highest standards of the perennially popular school and is accompanied by a gentle, attractive music score.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Modest in scale but emotionally raw.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Smartly paced and superbly acted, Juliet, Naked can lay claim to being this year's brightest comedy to date.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 53% Book Club (2018) It's great to see these veterans working in major roles, but a shame that the characters they play aren't more interesting.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 80% West of Sunshine (2017) Though Thom Neal's photography is at times needlessly jittery, the film offers a convincing visualisation of an urban jungle where its misguided protagonist is constantly making the wrong decisions.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Superbly acted by all concerned, and filmed in an unobtrusive, loosely fluid style, The Insult is provocative and inclusive.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 21% Submergence (2018) It's all a bit too literal, and much of the dialogue is stiff and unnatural.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is a small film, but a quietly memorable one.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) A beautifully cast ensemble that provides plenty of needle-sharp comic characterisations.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) These fine actors vividly bring McEwan's troubled lovers to life.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It's a movie as timely as it is provocative and amazingly, for much of its running time, it is weirdly funny.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 25% Dr. Knock (Knock) (2017) Levy's approach is simplistic and sentimental, making it difficult for the fine actors involved (Sabine Azema, Rufus, Ana Girardot) to keep the film's excesses in check.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) ...a wonderfully honest and gracefully directed insight into the world of children.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Wife (2018) Close, for once given a very meaty role, rises to the occasion with distinction.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 94% RBG (2018) RBG is an informative and entertaining documentary portrait.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 77% Funny Cow (2017) Peake is excellent as this tough yet at times amazingly tender woman, and the film tells her story without pulling any punches.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 83% Beirut (2018) Beirut [is] a highly efficient thriller.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/5 78% Wet Woman in the Wind (Kaze ni nureta onna) (2017) As a nostalgic pastiche of what appears to be a quintessentially Japanese tradition of erotic cinema, Wet Women in the Wind is certainly a curiosity.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/5 93% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) Every member of the cast is distinguished, with the director's portrayal of a sympathetic, almost Chaplin-esque everyman particularly effective.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 89% The Breaker Upperers (2018) It's a small film, but - despite the dubious premise - a frequently hilarious one.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 84% The Gospel According to André (2018) The Gospel According to Andre is a warm-hearted portrait of a very charming, engaging, and larger-than-life figure.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 100% Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible (2017) This informative and extremely entertaining tribute to a consummate perfectionist makes rewarding viewing for anyone interested in the art of the cinema.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3.5/5 68% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) It's all quite captivating, especially for wine lovers - and there's a narrative as well.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) Most of all the film is a tribute to its brave and uncompromising women, Shelley and Al-Mansour.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/5 38% Two Is a Family (Demain tout commence) (2016) The details of life in London are, for the most part, utterly unconvincing - Sam refuses to learn English - and a climactic court case is spectacularly phony.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 92% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) It's another fine example of the kind of painfully honest cinema being produced in that part of the world.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 71% Adrift (2018) Woodley's very physical performance and the fine photography by Robert Richardson, are reasons enough to see this very competent movie.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 90% Brothers' Nest (2018) Although Brothers' Nest feels very much like a short story uncomfortably expanded to feature length, it's not unentertaining. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4.5/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) Divided into three unequal sections, the film has a powerful message about life in contemporary Israel, a message some will find confronting.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/5 87% Upgrade (2018) In common with other Whannell films, the violence depicted borders on sadism at times, so viewing it isn't a particularly pleasant experience. On the other hand, there are a few - minor - attempts at social commentary.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
1/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) It's one of those movies that makes you feel rather sad for everyone concerned with making it.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 85% Disobedience (2018) What distinguishes Disobedience from lesbian films such as, for example, Todd Haynes's Carol, is the context of the ultra-patriarchal society in which these two young women are so passionately drawn to one another. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Food Fighter (2018) [Ronni] is an impressive character and Food Fighter does her full justice.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/5 70% Kodachrome (2018) There's nothing wrong with Harris's performance, but the character is despicable in so many ways that you don't care much about his fate.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Where it does succeed, though, is in its depiction of a family in crisis...‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 85% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Knowing what we know now about Dahmer's future, this is pretty chilling stuff. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018