Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 83% Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (2019) If [Trixie] is not an industry herself, then she is certainly a part of one. An industry, the mechanics of which are ever-grinding and unwieldy and oftentimes unforgiving as we see so well... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B- No Score Yet To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor (2018) Theirs is a touching story and the film offers reflection alongside the celebration. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B- 100% The Most Dangerous Year (2019) Director Vlada Knowlton focuses on her home of Washington State which... allows for an interesting point of entry that is both regional specific and grassroots with nonetheless national connotations. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 100% The Lavender Scare (2019) Howard shows a quiet talent in just his first film, weaving the stories of first-hand accounts by NASA engineers, Washington D.C. clerks, military admirals and even rural postal workers throughout the much wider story of government discrimination... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- 43% Palm Beach (2019) Palm Beach is lightweight fare that is so far off on another planet of relevancy to most Australians' lives that it is hard to not come off as little more than an indulgent tax deduction. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B 76% Halston (2019) Halston is probably as indulgent as Halston himself, but throughout its dizzying montages and talking head interviews with the likes of Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Pat Cleveland and even Joel Schumacher ... it's not hard to understand why. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ 93% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) [Be Natural] injects the similar sort of vigour and verve into her story that her own films would have elicited in audiences. It's a delight of a documentary and one that will, as its title suggests, reveal untold treasures to its audience. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ 100% The Proposal (2019) [A]mong all of the wonderful things that The Proposal has going for it, it's one of the most beautiful documentaries of the year. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B 100% 2040 (2019) [Michael] Moore's stamp is all over 2040 both behind and in front of the camera. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B 100% The Russian Five (2019) I know a good story when I see one and ... this new passionately-realized debut feature from director Joshua Riehl got me involved in its sport, its personalities and its man-made mythos. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C+ 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog appears far more interested in apologising for his home country's crimes than interrogating Gorbachev over his, something that somewhat robs the film of tension. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Lears gains great drama out of all the women, their stories reflecting a changing image of the American electorate often even in extremely trying circumstances. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 100% The River and the Wall (2019) A work of radical agitprop this is not. What it is, however, is a delicately handled exploration of the dangers that "the wall" will have on the American eco-system... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C+ 79% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) Why are these two worlds portrayed as either dreary or emotionally removed? - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B 88% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Whoever labelled it an "avant-garde horror essay film" on Wikipedia probably got the closest to alluding to its, I guess, liminal qualities. It is everything and it is nothing. It occupies a genre all to itself. What that genre is, I just don't know. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
D 90% Fyre (2019) A documentary full of such ghastly empty-headed dimwits and vacuous, shameless morons that even the schadenfreude one may get watching their downfall can't sustain the runtime... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B 86% Las Sandinistas! (2018) Jenny Murray's debut feature Las Sandinistas! is an appropriately-timed documentary about the capacity of women in times of social upheaval and democratic unrest. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) ...awash in wonderful archive footage from the later years of his life as he went about the elongated production of [The Other Side of the] Wind - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B 93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Certainly, it is a side to Welles that I was previously unaware of, and I suspect many other viewers, too. That immediately gives it something of a leg up... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) ...it tells the Steubenville story with clarity and refreshing succinctness while eschewing the cult of personality too often found in expanded doc-miniseries of late. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 97% Hail Satan? (2019) Smartly mischievous right up until the very end of its credits with a wink and a coy smile... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) A genuine leap in her skills as a musician and a creative. A homecoming - or more accurately, a graduation - of her own as a performer that I am thankful we have memorialized on film... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Man on Fire (2017) This 50-minute documentary is more relevant than one may expect when looking at its story. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
71% Instant Dreams (2019) Willem Baptist offers a visually dazzling nostalgia trip for lovers of analogue as he charts the rise and fall of the Polaroid photo. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Zamecka's film, a wash of drab colours only briefly interrupted with the joy to be found in a summer dress, plays like an even darker and more distressing version of Eighth Grade - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A 90% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) ...the best work of contemporary non-fiction that I saw all year... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ 97% Free Solo (2018) Chai and Chin are smart, focusing on the pressure points that we've been hearing about throughout the movie and allowing us moments where the tension is alleviated (one involving a unicorn that offers the film's biggest laugh). - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C 92% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) What to make of a film like I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story? A documentary that doesn't appear to want to make fun of its subjects and yet is made in such a way that laughter from the audience is all but inevitable. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
B No Score Yet Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein (2018) It's a film glazed in nostalgia, yet not stifled by it. Partly because Feinstein's work was so resistant to it, but also because the film acknowledges and goes to efforts to prove that his work was supremely contemporary. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Evelyn (2018) Evelyn ... is an often powerful film, with von Eisensiedel's camera, planted firmly in the middle of this fragile and potentially damaging family reunion in the wild, capturing many raw and highly emotional moments of both pain and catharsis. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
C+ 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) While the film certainly isn't a departure from his usual style, there is something perhaps less inviting this time around. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
B- No Score Yet Olympia (2019) Rough around the edges, scrappy and and yet still illuminating documentary about Oscar-winning actor Olympia Dukakis. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
B+ 96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Her mug shot may be used as the central marketing hook, but there was so much more to Fonda than just "Hanoi Jane" and I liked that Five Acts gave equal weight to all of her work both on and off screen. - Onya Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Garver's film also works as a great overview of the sweeping changes in both filmmaking and film culture over the course of her career from the perspective of someone in and yet not of the industry. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
A- 100% Shirkers (2018) It is rare that an artist allows themselves such a public interrogation of failure. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
A- 100% United Skates (2018) I was hypnotised by the way the camera was capturing these people and embedding itself on the floor, swooping and swinging with as much vigour as the people its watching. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
B- 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore's decision to make a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11 makes a lot of sense in theory, although watching the final product is a curious experience. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
C+ 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Is Neville's film my own personal answer to the long-quipped mystery of "can you ever just be whelmed?" - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
D+ 48% In Like Flynn (2019) The film sits somewhat uncomfortably between serious and silly. They aren't aided by dodgy CGI that can't disguise the production's limited resources. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ 86% Ladies in Black (2018) The way every ruffle of a dress or lace embellishment is offered a moment and how audiences can admire the pattern of a gown as much as the acting recalls Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker... - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B- 91% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) If Lopez's work - bold and expressive with striking use of colour and lines - wasn't enough to convince you, then the reverential talking heads would do it. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B 100% Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2018) ...iconic in ways that likely gets forgotten about without films like this one to thrust it in their face and remind them. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
A- 94% Bisbee '17 (2018) I was moved to tears, a rarity for me. It's closing passages are so exceptionally well-handled that one might actually forget they're watching a documentary recreation. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) ...this documentary is trying to evoke the coolness of M.I.A. and if there's anybody who doesn't deserve the disservice of a bland tribute it's M.I.bloody.A. (innit?). - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
C+ 77% Bad Reputation (2018) There's also little exploration of Jett's sexuality nor the more salacious parts of her drug addictions that she ultimately came out the other side of intact (if there were any scars, emotionally or physically, we don't learn about them). - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ 77% 306 Hollywood (2018) I found 306 Hollywood to be an uncommonly warm and gracious documentary and one that in the end proves that there are no stories to small for the movies. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B 90% Studio 54 (2018) For a venue that prided itself on madcap extravagance, the documentary feels somewhat tame as if deliberately targeted at the discotheque nightclubbers who are now respectful suburbanites. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
C 90% The Sentence (2018) The filmmaking quite rightly plays second fiddle through many of the more climactic sequences, but unfortunately for an audience that doesn't exactly make for great viewing. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
C- 92% The Price of Everything (2018) The problem is not even that The Price of Everything has no point of view about its subject - if it does, it's a wishy washy one - but rather that it seems to deliberately go out of its way to not have one. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
A- 92% Support the Girls (2018) It's sweet, but not syrupy; it's truthful, but not cynical. It's a breath of fresh air, accessible, and a real gem of American independent filmmaking... - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018