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David Stratton

David Stratton
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) As portrayed by Jack Martin, the bushranger is an imposing figure, tall craggy, blue-eyed and charming when he wants to be. But his motivations, except for the fact he wants his son back, remain sketchy.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) It's an assured piece of work and, as confidently directed by Klaus Haro, it intrigues for much of its length, building to a suspenseful climax.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/5 84% The Founder (2017) Keaton is superb in this role, convincingly repulsive as the conscience-free go-getter who thinks nothing of betraying his professional and personal relationships to get to the top.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4.5/5 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) People such as Dan and Katie are usually just statistics: by allowing us to get to know the reality, humanity and heartbreak behind these statistics, Loach has made one of his finest films.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) The film barrels along from one violent encounter to another without inviting much audience involvement.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A bewitching blend of classical and modernist cinema.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Visually the film is as impressive as you may wish, and the sense of unease is augmented by the offbeat music score by Johann Johannsson.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) As director, Gibson's approach is bold and fearless; this represents his best work to date behind the camera.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) For those who have not read the book, there are some significant surprises in store -- while those who have will, I think, be satisfied with this handsome adaptation.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
4.5/5 90% Elle (2016) This dark and sometimes grimly amusing film has been compared to the work of Brian de Palma, but to me it seems more like a blending of Hitchcock and Luis Bunuel.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Scottish director David Mackenzie employs the keen eye of an outsider to evoke this very particular world. The film is firmly planted in reality, down to the smallest detail.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
1.5/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) A guilty pleasure should at least be entertaining on a basic level, and that's something The Neon Demon is certainly not.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) A turgid, lifeless comedy in which jokes about defecation and even torture are supposed to amuse the viewer.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) An unclassifiable but strangely charming combination of reminiscence and fantasy, this is worth seeking out not only for Anderson fans but also for anyone interested in experimental cinema.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) As if to compensate for the fact the basic material is, frankly, thin, Allen and his technical team have made certain that visually this is one of his most satisfying films.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) Howard all too often fails to stage key scenes with the clarity they require, adding to the confusion.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 83% Julieta (2016) Julieta may not be Almodovar's finest film, but it's still a terrific movie.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) [The Girl on the Train] is, in the end, a competent but by no means outstanding potboiler, with a better-than-it-deserves lead performance and a terrific music score from Danny Elfman.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
4/5 100% Wednesday, May 9 (Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht) (2015) The film is so effective on a basic emotional level that the number of international awards it has received comes as no surprise.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) A moderately suspenseful low-budget thriller.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) For much of the film's length we find him in his element, taking advantage of what was clearly a generous budget to indulge his fantasies.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
4/5 61% Snowden (2016) Some Stone films, such as JFK, Nixon and Born on the Fourth of July, have been bombastic in approach; Snowden is surprisingly low key, and all the more effective for that.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Politically bizarre, the film is competent but routine.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) Beatles fans will relish this musically rich trip down memory lane, while even the uninitiated will surely be impressed by the talent, humour and, yes, class on display.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) The film is distinguished by magnificent photography by Jeanne Lapoirie and by the insightful screenplay by the director and Laurette Polmanss. It's enjoying a very limited cinema release, but is well worth checking out.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 85% Sully (2016) Eastwood handles all of this with his customary relaxed skill.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) This debut feature from writer-director Matt Ross is a consistently interesting and involving exploration of an alternative lifestyle and how it works -- with all its pluses and minuses -- in the 21st century.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
1/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Anyone wanting to experience the "bigness" of Ben-Hur would be advised to check out the 1959 or even the 1925 versions of the story -- both are vastly superior to this lamentable effort.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) It's no masterpiece, but it's a moderately enjoyable ride and it's good to see Gibson back on form for the first time in quite a while.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
1.5/5 9% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015) At times Endless Night really does seem endless; those long winter nights are difficult to endure -- and, sadly, that also goes for the film.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) Davies is in no hurry to tell this intimate story, and he handles it with his customary sensitivity, confirming his status as one of Britain's finest contemporary directors.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
2.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) The realism of the early scenes -- leaving aside Nancy's unaccountable willingness to be stranded alone in a remote place -- is replaced by increasingly silly scenes that lead eventually to a nonsensical conclusion.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/5 61% High-Rise (2016) It's a very British subject, this obsession with class differences and class warfare, but Wheatley's compelling handling of the material -- though criticised in some quarters for its deliberately alienating elements -- seems on the mark.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/5 93% The Madness of King George (1994) Visually sumptuous, energetic and classy, The Madness of King George is British film theatre at its most seductive.‐ At the Movies (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/5 61% Down Under (2016) The film falls short because it falls between two stools: as a reminder of a shameful period in our recent history it's too interested in finding cheap laughs, and as a comedy it's just too painful and ugly.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
4/5 100% Truman (2017) A quiet humour suffuses this tender insight into the importance of friendship.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/5 98% The Fits (2016) Anna Rose Holmer's strange but beautifully crafted film is worth seeking out.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 40% As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven On Earth (2016) It's too contrived and too predictable. But the celebratory scenes that climax the overextended movie are undeniably engaging, and Hallgren is a warm and lively heroine with a fiercely independent streak.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) As the film gradually reveals the full context, it develops into an intense but not entirely satisfactory domestic drama.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/5 100% Embrace (2016) Taryn Brumfitt made the Australian documentary feature Embrace with the avowed aim of persuading women to be positive about their bodies.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Early Winter (2015) It's a film of great intensity that will reward the patient viewer.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) You never know quite where it's going, and in an era of so much cinematic predictability that's a welcome attribute.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) It is filled with revelations and also, of course, filled with excerpts from some of the greatest films ever made.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) A fine film to watch if you feel like taking an easy break from the real world.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) It's Gerwig who dominates the film with another incisive, funny portrait of a conflicted, vulnerable yet determined modern woman.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 83% Goldstone (2016) The film delivers both as a thriller and as an expose. Pedersen and Russell, both very good as the two cops, head a distinguished and talented cast.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 98% Mustang (2015) Erguven has said the film was inspired from memories of her own childhood, and much of it certainly presents a seemingly authentic reality.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) The subject is one that will be familiar to working-class people all over the world, and is presented by Brize and his co-writer Olivier Gorce without a hint of compromise or sentimentality.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/5 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) The film is well crafted and consummately acted, but it's all pretty hollow.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Dory's adventures are amiable enough, but the film lacks energy and suffers from a sense of predictability.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016