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David Stratton

David Stratton
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 98% 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 43% 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 94% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) A moderately suspenseful low-budget thriller.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/5 63% 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 93% 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 88% 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 82% 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 71% 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
2/5 88% Downriver (2015) Despite creditable performances and handsome production values, the film fails to connect in any meaningful way.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) It wants to be more than just a thriller; it aims to attack rapacious financial institutions, witless TV programs and the short attention span of the general public, and for the most part it manages to achieve all of that.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) Del Toro and Robbins adroitly capture the dark humour of the drama, and their scenes together are gems of bleak comedy.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 25% Backtrack (2016) Backtrack starts promisingly but becomes wildly improbable as it proceeds.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Neon (2015) Though the subject matter is modest, the director's enthusiasm is infectious.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
2.5/5 15% Queen of the Desert (2017) The result, sadly, falls far short of expectations, evoking a mood more Mills & Boon, or Merchant Ivory, than Herzog.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [An] immensely likable film.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Is This The Real World (2015) The scenes between the young lovers are handled with sensitivity and evoke that intense yearning that comes with first love.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 100% Highly Strung (2015) Music lovers will find plenty to enjoy in this intriguing film.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
3.5/5 84% The Meddler (2016) There are reportedly autobiographical elements to this story and that makes sense; Marnie is such a well-observed character, so annoying and yet in her own way so wonderful that it does feel she was drawn from real-life experience.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) Strong performances from the lead actors anchor the film, but the world depicted is rather too hermetic for anyone not immediately interested in the subject matter.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016