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T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 100% 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+ 99% 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- 81% 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+ 50% 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+ 83% 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- 96% 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+ 76% 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 89% 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- 93% 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
C+ 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The savagery that Lee is capable of shaved down for a demographic that aren't accustomed to the evolving, bold electricity of Do the Right Thing or Bamboozled and instead in many ways resembles something closer to a Saturday Night Live sketch. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
B 98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Coda is such a richly rewarding experience, and one that moves so gracefully to its own intimate rhythms like fluttering notes on a page. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
B+ 77% The King (2018) ...uses Elvis as the backdrop for an entertaining if disheartening state of the union address of sorts. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
C 89% Whitney (2018) Whitney can't escape the shadow of the Houston family... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
B No Score Yet Lost Gully Road (2018) Lost Gully Road is a suspenseful yet low-key tale of the (potential) supernatural. It is very of the moment and yet fiercely unclassifiable. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
C+ 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Scotty is the documentary version of a gossipy brunch with daiquiris and mimosas aplenty... What the film doesn't do, and which I really wish it had, is actually use Bowers' story to interrogate the ethical and societal issues that his story raises. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) While it is very easy to dismiss, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again shifts from strange and awkward to daggy and deliriously dumb so easily that I didn't even notice I had found myself smiling along to every goofy moment. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
B+ 99% McQueen (2018) [Lee Alexander McQueen] was complicated, but McQueen celebrates all of him across his life and career and revels in the sheer beauty of his work and the mind that created them. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) As somebody who had not heard any of this before, it became a curious phenomenon to sit and watch a film and slowly have the realities begin to click into place. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
80% Love, Cecil (2018) [The film] luxuriates in his work while allowing us the opportunity to learn why his art works and how they functioned and does so without letting the film succumb to the dryness of a history lecture. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
95% Dark Money (2018) Reed's film is a really striking one. What could have been a mere segue in another film ... is instead given the attention it deserves and is handled delicately. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
B+ 80% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh has taken some potentially very taboo subject matters and given them a formally inventive twist and provocative narrative shell. - Junkee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C- 79% Breath (2018) There is a moment in the third act where Eva calls Sando's old wise man shtick "guru shit", and it would be amusingly self-observant if the screenplay wasn't fully committed to embracing two hours' worth of that very new-age nonsense. - Junkee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B 98% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) ...a film that will live on as the only document of some of Goldsworthy's work. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) It is unconventional as rock docs go in a whole host of ways, but it's also a film that even its subject's fans may struggle with. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B 100% I Am Evidence (2017) As a documentary, Adlesic and Gandbhir's film works better when focusing on the individuals and their cases. The stories we hear are indeed tragic and sad and obviously hold more weight than your typical episode of Law & Order. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
A 100% Yours in Sisterhood (2018) This cross-generational conversation is one that is so relevant today, especially as many people of color feel they are being excluded from the narrative of feminism and equality. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
D 44% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) No sense of gothic mystery is to be found with not a single artfully shot frame in the entire film. (Remember, The Exorcist was so well shot that they actually used a film still as the poster and it's stunning.) - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C- 72% The Rachel Divide (2018) Nobody is helped by a seemingly throwaway moment that attempts to address Dolezal's supposed transracial identity with that of transgender individuals... perhaps the film's most offensive sequence. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B- 100% Mercury 13 (2018) Mercury 13 is brief at only 80 minutes, which only underlines its unassuming and modest ambitions. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C- 94% RBG (2018) For a film about such a radical, there's too little spirit in the filmmaking. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
87% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) The ultimate rejection of the movement - or, less fantastically, the mere 'moving on' of the people - is a frightening sting in the tail to recognise in this 50-years-later moment of societal unrest. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C+ No Score Yet Between the Shades (2017) For all of its conversation topics, it never ventures past strictly G-rated territory to navigate the sexual lives of these people. This only seeks to highlight an almost haves-and-haves-not approach to the interview subjects... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B No Score Yet At the Drive-In (2017) ...it is what [director] Monelli is able to do with the theme of community that ultimately allows this documentary to go from polite entertainment to something somewhat more substantial. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018