Ed Gibbs Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2013
9/10 92% Philomena (2013) Remarkably, given the very serious subject matter, the film exhibits an infectious comedic flair that never goes too far.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2013
4/5 96% The Rocket (2014) The Rocket is a thoroughly infectious yarn set among the jungles of Laos. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
9/10 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) A deliriously barmy, laugh-out-loud sequel that manages to top the much-loved original, with fond nods to Australia in tow.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2013
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) A modern twist on a classic Disney formula with lashings of dry wit and old-school romance.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2013
8/10 88% La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) (2013) Alves has served up a loveably authentic romp, that manages to speak to a broad audience, while also echoing the experiences of millions of emigrés around the world.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2013
3.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) Ender's Game certainly looks and feels serviceable, but lacks the sting to emerge as a serious contender in a crowded market.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013
7/10 62% One Chance (2014) One might wistfully wish for something more earthy in tone (that is, more Brassed Off than The Full Monty). It's great fun, though.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Unpredictable yet utterly dependable, thrilling yet stoic, Katniss Everdeen is a force of nature on screen, and a role that Jennifer Lawrence appears born to play.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2013
8/10 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) A hit on the festival circuit, affectionately told, Twenty Feet from Stardom is a treat.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
3.5/5 31% Adore (2013) Viewed again, far from the madding crowd and general hoo-ha of Sundance, it stands up much better than expected.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
6/10 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) A well-acted but uneven take on recent events that feels strangely superfluous. ‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2013
4.5/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Riveting, emotionally charged drama, with powerhouse performances to match. Jordan is a revelation.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2013
2/10 35% The Counselor (2013) Evidently, the film's raison d'etre proves to be its spectacular undoing. McCarthy's script is awful: bogged down with leaden dialogue that prolongs scenes for no reason.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2013
3/5 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) A self-conscious, would-be historical drama that's too distracted by star cameos and domestic strife to be truly effective. ‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2013
7/10 87% Alan Partridge (2014) It's all done with far more heart than one would expect. Perhaps Coogan, like Partridge, is now mellowing with age. Whatever next: grandkids? ‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2013
5/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) An absolute delight: a thrillingly unpredictable romp that entertains with joyful and mischievous abandon.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2013
8/10 81% Prisoners (2013) Not since Erskineville Kings, in 1999, has Hugh Jackman appeared so emotionally exposed on screen. It is an exceptional, Oscar-worthy performance.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2013
4/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) Kormakur and his merry cast blast their way through an absurdly silly and very funny comedy of errors, as one defence service inadvertently wages war on another.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2013
8/10 89% Rush (2013) A thrilling, adrenalin-fuelled ride that recreates 1970s track-side action with aplomb.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2013
3.5/5 53% Lovelace (2013) As good as it is, Lovelace oddly avoids further illuminating Boreman, beyond what we already know.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2013
6/10 85% The Turning (2015) A tighter adaptation of Winton's book, helmed by one, possibly two filmmakers, would have sufficed. As a collective, it feels weighed down by its own remit. ‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2013
2/5 8% Diana (2013) Neither as dreadful as some would claim nor as poignant as it would like to be, Diana skirts the surface of a complex figure while trying to keep all parties at bay.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) The setting acts as a bland backdrop without substance or thought. Worst of all, the dialogue feels horribly contrived, even lazy. A misguided misfire.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2013
6/10 50% White House Down (2013) Foxx and Tatum offer an effective buddy pairing lacking from the similarly preposterous Olympus Has Fallen.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2013
2/5 62% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) A surrealist pastiche that's too clever (or enthusiastic) for its own good.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2013
4/10 6% Paranoia (2013) This boardroom blackmail romp feels as contrived and silly as anything Luketic has helmed in recent years.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2013
4/5 69% Stoker (2013) Her elder co-stars may lead this psychological mind dance with ease, but it is Mia Wasikowska who astounds the most.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2013
8/10 75% You're Next (2013) Sharni Vinson kicks some serious butt, in this very watchable horror romp from Adam Wingard. ‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2013
4/5 96% The Rocket (2014) A hugely enjoyable, thoroughly infectious feature debut.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2013
6/10 67% Elysium (2013) Damon is, as ever, thoroughly watchable but given its predecessor's smarts, Elysium fails to capture District 9's spirit or sense of originality and wonder.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2013
4/5 86% Red Obsession (2013) The film, which premiered at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, proves remarkably enlightening.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2013
8/10 90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Mungiu has crafted an alarming and engaging real-life horror story, based on a 2005 case of exorcism. ‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2013
2.5/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) The Bling Ring suggests Coppola still has the nose for a good story, but not the depth to sufficiently explore it.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
6/10 49% Pain & Gain (2013) A fascinating yarn that could have provided for stunning story fodder. Thanks to spirited turns from his three leads, Michael Bay just about gets away with it. But only just.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
8/10 83% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) A wickedly funny romp that heralds the arrival of some seriously fiendish talent.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2013
2.5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) Aside from Carell's limited turn at doing nasty, it all feels terribly familiar, in a half-baked, Little Miss Sunshine-lite sort of way.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2013
8/10 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) Its raison d'etre is a terrifically spirited performance from Hollywood's most heterosexual of Lotharios, Michael Douglas, aided and abetted by Damon and Lowe.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2013
4/5 41% Only God Forgives (2013) Outrageous and shocking to its core, the film, perhaps aptly, feels like some wayward younger sibling to its more accessible and commercial predecessor.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2013
7/10 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) A self-contained, astutely executed project, with Whedon's old guard giving their all for the sheer joy of performance. Great fun.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
3/5 80% Reality (2013) Garrone has confounded expectations with this light, Fellini-esque send-up of reality television and the celebrity it has spawned.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
8/10 92% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) Alex Gibney's film is an absorbing examination of the world's most infamous information portal.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2013
2/5 46% To The Wonder (2013) Terrence Malick's vague, sweeping ode to love lost and found is anything but wondrous.‐ The Sunday Age
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2013
6/10 54% The Look of Love (2013) Far from the swinging '60s or sleazy '70s so often portrayed with glee on screen, the London of Paul Raymond's world feels grim, dark and, ultimately, devoid of passion.‐ The Sun Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2013