Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 98% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) should be required viewing for anybody who year in year out still can't figure out the difference between sound mixing and sound effects editing at the Academy Awards. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Sometimes you just really need to watch something that doesn't make you feel like the world is a dumpster fire and that we should all just die and get it over with... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ 96% Jawline (2019) A documentary cousin to Eighth Grade. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B 100% The Apollo (2019) It makes for a film that is both entertaining and poignant... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
C+ 99% For Sama (2019) As strictly a document, it's a powerful and searing indictment. But as a something more intimate from a mother to a daughter, I missed the connection. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
A- 97% The Cave (2019) Fayyad captures the unfolding tragedies with a floating fluidity, his camera often lingering on faces that express stories their voices could never tell. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B- No Score Yet The Eulogy (2018) As a film that shines a spotlight on a curious moment of Australian cultural history, it is certainly an interesting story and one that Hosking was wise to let unfold in as unfussy of a way as possible. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
C 88% Diego Maradona (2019) What's here is ultimately a fairly average bio-doc of a very above-average sportsman. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
A- 100% Bros: After the Screaming Stops (2018) ...swerves drastically from where-are-they-now tabloid fodder about bickering brothers back on stage into a hysterically funny work of is-it-or-isn't-it-real awkward comedy that may just be the best film of its sort since Madonna: Truth or Dare. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B+ 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is as much a treat for fans of documentaries of the 1970s as it is fans of Aretha and gospel music. Well, almost. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Stanley Nelson's film shoves entire generations of content into its runtime. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Stanley Nelson's film shoves entire generations of content into its runtime. - Onya Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Prizing gentility over grittiness, I suppose, the movie rarely wades deeply into anything that has the potential for prickliness. - Onya Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 100% Don't Be Nice (2019) Small - intimate perhaps a more appropriate word - but bursting at the seams with fire, creativity, rage and artistic love. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) It was truly the best sort of mid-afternoon weekend fare that one can hope for. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Across its zippy 90-minute runtime, the movie tracks several narratives, all intertwined and designed to reflect upon one another in unique and often surprisingly affecting ways. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 100% Vision Portraits (2019) I was touched and at a time when the concept of "being seen" (pun very unintended) is a popular meme and artistic imperative... how special it is that those who experience life this way have a filmmaker who has been able to encapsulate that for them. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ 86% The Nightingale (2019) But the blood and the trauma is just one part of The Nightingale. It is an amazingly rendered work of cinema - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
D 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) This story of (possible) intrigue, (maybe) scandal, and even (potential) AIDS warfare (!!!) is treated with none of the acute seriousness that it (probably) deserves. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B 100% Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) Early passages lean heavily on a more standard timeline of point A to point B storytelling, but the film really comes alive when Ou focuses on societal and cultural intricacies ... of the political unrest of the time. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B+ 92% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Despite this being his directorial debut, he appears on initial inspection to be adept at the process. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
C 86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) For all the director's panache in finding captivating subjects and fleeting moments of vivid grace and profound sadness, the end result is rather frustrating - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
A- 99% One Child Nation (2019) ...this searing documentary is clearly more than just an examination of their homeland's shameful history, but a personal exorcism of sorts. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 99% Honeyland (2019) You know a movie is going to give you something when within the first two minutes, it makes you bolt upright and exclaim "Oh wow!" - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
A 100% Streetwise (1984) For a film about teenagers living rough, squatting in dilapidated and abandoned hotels or homeless on the streets, there is a remarkable amount of poetic beauty in Streetwise. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 100% Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2019) It shook me in a way that surprised me. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
C+ 75% Armstrong (2019) Much of the story falls on his family and colleagues and this lack of deeper probing means that the movie falls into retelling of the NASA mission. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- 100% First to the Moon (2018) [DIrector] Hildebrandt... finds an entertaining pace that makes great use of its subjects with their stories, recollections and anecdotes. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Williams, acting as his own editor, cuts all the fat from the narrative of the moon-landing mission, beginning on the day of the launch with no unnecessary divergences into extensive backstory and historic precedent. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 89% The Raft (2019) This is a science experiment from 1973 that nearly 50 years later holds every ounce of its initial intrigue. An anthropological time capsule. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 98% Maiden (2019) Yes, Edwards' tale of feminist achievement is the sort of rousing story that frequently put a massive grin on my face when the details of their unexpected success make them international celebrities. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
A 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
A 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy... - Onya Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
B+ 90% Before Stonewall (2019) Its archival footage is extensive and the stories told by its talking heads are full of the sort of elder wisdom and poignant recollection that remains a potent testament 35 years later. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B+ 100% A Bigger Splash (1974) A Bigger Splash is a rich portrait of an artist that - in a rare trait even [in 2019] - feels imbued with the sexual, cultural and artistic curiosity of its subject. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B 86% 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- 91% 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 95% 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- 50% 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 75% 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+ 96% 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+ 97% 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+ 90% 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+ 81% 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 89% 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