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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 60% Porto (2016) Struggles to convey its passions, despite considerable effort from its two leads, an intuitive soundtrack and handsome photography. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) A fresh, thoughtful look at the world's favourite quartet. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 7, 2016
4/5 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) Andrew Dominik's documentary about Nick Cave's new album offers a gentle, haunting portrait of a family consumed with grief. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 5, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hounds of Love (2016) This Australian chiller about a rash of grisly murders makes a play to be the new Snowtown. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 2, 2016
4/5 43% King Cobra (2016) This darkly comic factual drama hits all the right notes, thanks to inspired turns from Christian Slater and James Franco. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 25, 2016
3.5/5 38% All We Had (2016) Katie Holmes puts in a memorable shift as a struggling single mom in her impressive directorial debut. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 72% The Ones Below (2016) Despite a sense of déjà vu and an unconvincing ending, David Farr's London-set pregnancy chiller conjures up a claustrophobic atmosphere. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Sheba, Baby (1975) Pam Grier's third outing as a tough 1970s Blaxploitation action lady is fun, although not as exhilarating as Coffy and Foxy Brown. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's resolve with the project (made without studio backing) should act as a clarion call to independent filmmakers everywhere. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/5 93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016) Spike Lee's follow-up to Bad 25 shines a light on the King of Pop's indisputable talents, but is otherwise alarmingly lightweight. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3.5/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Watching a Solondz film has never been a particularly easy experience, yet Weiner Dog offers a droll playfulness not seen since Welcome to the Dollhouse. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 29, 2016
4/5 100% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) The African-American icon's richly textured and often traumatic story is unpacked in this near-definitive documentary for PBS. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 69% Dark Night (2016) The film seeks to offer an abstract essay on the isolated youth of the US - which it does, in a breathtakingly fearless and measured manner. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 26, 2016
4/5 88% Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) A bold and brassy classic that challenges social and political norms in a magnificent manner. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 83% The Reflecting Skin (1990) Philip Ridley's acclaimed tale of childhood, vampires and the prairie is as beautiful and menacing as ever. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/5 90% The Devil's Candy (2015) While it isn't anywhere near the game-changer it might have been, it's entertaining enough, with some memorable sequences (and ideas) that are worth exploring on VOD. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 29, 2015
100% Greed (1925) A fascinating, exhilarating, immensely satisfying experience. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 19% Self/less (2015) Unlike the recent Ex-Machina, which tackled the reality of robots entering our lives with style and poise, this glossy affair fails to convince beyond its overheated melodrama. ‐ Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) More akin to leaving your cares (and possibly keys) at the door, and diving in for some quick thrills. Undemanding, reasonably entertaining fun. ‐ Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jul 12, 2015
4.5/5 84% While We're Young (2015) The pains of ageing, and the chasms that divide generations, are mined with witty precision in this latest comic outing from Noah Baumbach. ‐ Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/5 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) A laughably absurd fantasy that goes nowhere fast. ‐ Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Multi-layered complexities and stand-out performances make this a rich experience, with Kristen Stewart surprising the most. ‐ Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2015
4.5/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) This intelligent examination of our fascination with science is impeccably realised, despite a modest budget. ‐ Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted May 27, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) It is a striking and powerful film, and certainly one of Broomfield's best for quite some time. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) High-school students have plenty of growing pains to offload, and Gomez-Rejon clearly knows what makes them tick. His film is at once buzzy, fun and confronting. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 29, 2015
93% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) An enjoyable (if rather one-note) ride through one of Hollywood's more bizarre eras. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 28, 2014
4/5 75% Kill Your Darlings (2013) A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb. ‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 91% The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2010) A lively document of a revolutionary band on tour in Canada - and a stark reminder of what a music documentary should do. ‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 53% I Origins (2014) A worthy, thought-provoking follow-up to Another Earth, in which fact and faith square off with increasing complexity and consequences. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4.5/5 89% Concerning Violence (2014) Armed with a legitimacy as startling as its content, it is a superbly executed document of a pivotal, inevitable era in 20th-century history. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 58% Finding Fela! (2014) Finding Fela! doesn't shy away from the uglier side of Kuti's life, but it does lack the analysis one is craving, and expecting. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Des étoiles (2014) The ability to survive no matter the odds has rarely felt more immediate and watchable. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/5 93% The Last Impresario (2014) For all the film's shortcomings, White's story does ultimately shine through. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Only when the protagonists' lives are at stake - and bombs drop - does the piece truly come alive, with a sense of much-needed urgency. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 60% May In The Summer (2014) This second feature is very watchable, but it lacks a sense of purpose (so prevalent in its predecessor), and any emotional punch or, indeed, pay-off. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) Christian Bale still makes this rather run-of-the-mill proposition appealing, regardless of how oddly unfashionable he may currently be. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 23, 2014
2/5 48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) This critic's eyebrows were raised more for the inclusion of Rolf Harris' Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport than for any would-be chills, which bizarrely fail to materialise. ‐ The Sun Herald
Posted Feb 23, 2014
2/5 42% Words And Pictures (2014) An ill-fitting, occasionally awkward yarn that crackles at times (thanks to its charming leads), but struggles to fire. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) Painfully funny and rather moving, as well. Seems destined for cult status. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 18, 2014
4.5/5 91% Nebraska (2013) A loving ode to the American wheat belt, told with lashings of candour and wit. ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 16, 2014
8/10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Former heart-throb turned indie king, Matthew McConaughey goes for broke with what could well be his most affecting on-screen turn yet. ‐ The Sun Herald
Posted Feb 9, 2014
3.5/5 46% Last Vegas (2013) Jon Turteltaub's ''old men behaving badly'' romp does more than merely pander to expectation. Beyond the noise of the strip lies a buddy comedy with heart. ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 9, 2014
6/10 59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) In the wake of Mandela's recent passing, this well-intentioned adaptation of the great man's best-selling autobiography inevitably takes on a greater poignancy and stature. ‐ The Sun Herald
Posted Feb 2, 2014
1/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) Although it seeks to send up their greatest on-screen achievements, this half-baked farce merely reinforces the idea that De Niro and Stallone have seen better days. ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/10 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) This latest instalment in the found-footage, domestic-horror franchise opts for far greater supernatural silliness than its predecessors. ‐ The Sun Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4.5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) An outrageously black comedy about white-collar crime, unapologetic in delivery and unashamedly graphic in its intensity. ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jan 19, 2014
10/10 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) A flawless piece of classic Coen brothers cinema, exquisitely timed and told by all. Quite possibly their finest work yet. ‐ The Sun Herald
Posted Jan 12, 2014
2/5 14% 47 Ronin (2013) Given this costly ($US175 million) and largely pointless dirge, shrewd filmgoers may feel compelled to instead explore the original, in all its noble glory. ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jan 12, 2014
8/10 78% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) As far as family entertainment goes, there's very little to fault with this rather delightful and moving picture. ‐ The Sun Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2014
4/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) A huge improvement on its predecessor. Jackson and his collaborators have opted to broaden and modernise the franchise's appeal. ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Dec 29, 2013