Harris Dang

Harris Dang
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 96% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is a lot like Sisu herself; warmly approachable, slightly off-putting, eager to please, beautifully majestic, enjoyably vibrant and honest at heart. It is a boisterously entertaining fantasy adventure for the whole family. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
5/5 No Score Yet In Search of Darkness: Part II (2020) The newcomers to be interviewed are all fantastic and they all bring spark as they talk about their films they have chosen to discuss of films they have worked on. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
5/5 98% Minari (2020) It is quite rare to see a film as wondrously comforting and familiar as this from America but Minari is exactly that; a brilliant family drama on acculturation that is affectively heartwarming, dramatically compelling and beautifully rewarding. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/5 47% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things features all the ingredients that would make a great serial killer feature; top-notch casting, an interesting plot and a talented crew to realize Hancock's vision. But it just does not reach that potential. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3.5/5 91% A Writer's Odyssey (2021) A Writer's Odyssey is an entertaining thrill ride that provides wild action, energy, creativity and visual splendour to satisfy audiences. But one wonders what it would have been like if it had more emotional weight and storytelling discipline. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
4.5/5 76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Prisoners of the Ghostland is a total blast; a dystopian East-meets-West culture clash that had me howling in its oddball feel; complete with numerous idiosyncratic touches that awash the well-worn plot. Cage and Sono are a match made in heaven. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
5/5 86% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) We're All Going to the World's Fair is a fantastic directorial debut from Jane Schoenbrun; a deep and disturbing experience that illuminates the dark side of teenage alienation and humanity's dependence on the Internet as a window to the world. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2.5/5 86% I Was a Simple Man (2021) I Was a Simple Man is a beautifully assembled and yet malnourished film that is notable for its tranquil beauty and its singular views on mortality. However, the characters are too one-dimensional for it to truly make a substantial impact. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/5 79% In The Earth (2021) In the Earth is a lockdown-filmed, unsettling and gruelling experience that gradually uneases the viewer with its pensive pacing until it assaults with its powerful synth score, garish visuals and backwoods/ecological horror. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3.5/5 75% Eight for Silver (2021) Eight for Silver is a gnarly piece of work that overcomes its flaws thanks to Ellis' visual eye, the creative subversiveness of the werewolf mythology, the reverence to classic horror works and the performances from Boyd Holbrook and Mary Reilly. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
4/5 100% The Pink Cloud (2021) The Pink Cloud is a terrifying look into loneliness and how it can drive people into moulding their own realities as an escape; a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work that is so astounding in its timeliness, it borders on clairvoyance. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 84% Passing (2021) Passing is a lingering and elegant directorial debut from writer/director Rebecca Hall about the struggles of identity (on race, gender and something more unrequited) that takes the nuanced route of storytelling and is all the better for it. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
2.5/5 67% The Blazing World (2021) The Blazing World is beautifully designed piece of work, with an admirable level of ambition behind its story. However, the filmmaking is so insistent and overstated that it jars one out of the mood of the film. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/5 100% Try Harder! (2021) Try Harder! is a fun documentary that had me in collective embarrassment and elation; as it deals with the stresses of the high school experience via racism, filial duty and pressures in college admissions through five vibrant individuals. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/5 76% Knocking (2021) Knocking is a taut psychological thriller that manages to mesh social commentary around perceptions on women and mental illness with stellar genre lo-fi filmmaking led by a genuinely deep performance by Cecilia Milocco. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
5/5 55% Mayday (2021) Powerfully thought-provoking, amazingly singular and beautifully fascinating, Mayday is an outstanding directorial debut from writer/director Cinorre that shows potential that she will be a wonderful filmmaker in the future. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/5 87% Censor (2021) Censor is an enjoyably reverential and visually stimulating psychological horror experience that sharply deals with harms of censorship and how our inner demons can fester in our minds; led by Bailey-Bond's visual eye and Algar's stellar acting. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 97% In the Same Breath (2021) A harrowing and beautifully empathetic documentary about the treatment/cover-up of COVID-19 in China and the USA. It is familiar in parts but the unraveling in the astounding similarities between the two continents is downright angering and astounding. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/5 34% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Earwig and the Witch is a slight yet amusing little trifle that may not rank high in the pantheon of Studio Ghibli. It yields its own rewards due to its amusing comedy, oddball characters, and its genial sense of fun. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 78% High Ground (2020) High Ground is a deceptively simple story about the lingering consequences of revenge through racism taken to heights of excellence due to beautiful vistas, top representation of Aboriginal culture and its brutal depiction of violence. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/5 57% Max Cloud (2019) Considering the talent involved and the fun premise, Max Cloud should have been a lot more fun. Despite the game performances and some enjoyable action scenes, budget limitations, slow pacing, leaden comedy and derivative nature let it down. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) (2020) Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt) is a charming and noble effort from Monica Zanetti that proves positive with its LGBTIQ representation thanks to charming performances, concise storytelling with how it meshes its drama with character and a genial tone. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
4.5/5 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Corpus Christi is a striking drama about the murky and hypocritical grounds of faith, redemption and morality. It is beautifully acted by Bartosz Bielenia and writer/director Jan Komasa admirably never goes for easy answers for his conflicts. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
5/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Possessor is a brilliantly gnarly sci-fi body horror flick that shocks, provokes, questions, and repulses in equal measure. It evokes issues regarding identity and the loss of humanity under the guise of bloodlust and surrealism. Go see it! - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
4/5 83% Freaky (2020) Its major ambition is simply to have fun and it succeeds with flying geysers of (red) colours. If you love your horror comedies, go and see Freaky. The performances from Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn are fantastic. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
4/5 91% Bloody Hell (2020) Bloody Hell is a riotous and boisterous experience that provides all the horror and laughter genre fans expect with striking style and verve thanks to the cleverly kooky script from Benjamin and a great lead performance from Ben O'Toole. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
1/5 29% Vanguard (2020) Vanguard is a horrifyingly fake action blockbuster that is monotonous, labourious and bereft of any charm and wit expected from the talents of Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
5/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) I'm Your Woman is another hit for writer/director Julia Hart as she lends a refreshing spin in the crime genre; exploring it in intimate and clever ways that hearken back the more contemplative crime films of the 1970's. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
3.5/5 26% Jiu Jitsu (2020) Jiu Jitsu is much like Nicolas Cage's performance here; scrappy, eager-to-please and a lot of fun to watch. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/5 71% Reunion (2021) Reunion is a haunting piece of work that capably shows that dispenses away from obvious scare tactics to deliver a lingering tale of family tragedy and the actions one would commit to dull the pain. Recommended. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/5 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) The Broken Hearts Gallery is an endearing and affable rom-com that overcomes its predictability, continuity gaffes and insistent comedy with a fantastic cast, an interesting premise and amusingly droll dialogue from writer/director Natalie Krinsky. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) 12 Hour Shift is a hilariously gory dark comedy that is sure to win over many with its elevated performances (especially from Bettis and Farnworth) and Grant's assured handling of the story's tonal shifts and the escalation of stakes. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/5 100% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) Spring Blossom is a light, frothy and charming drama from writer/director Suzanne Lindon, who shows great potential in becoming a formidable director in the future. Recommended. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
3.5/5 79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) While the film may not be as intricately designed or dramatically impactful as his prior work, Ozon still delivers an engaging tale of romantic love and mystery through the eyes of a teenager with Summer of 85. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 87% Violation (2021) Although the film succumbs to flaws in storytelling and its overdone stylistic flourishes, Violation is an intense and gripping rape-revenge thriller that will get under your skin. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
4/5 77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Shadow in the Cloud is an incredibly silly yet undeniably entertaining genre mashup that is kept afloat thanks to Liang's direction and it is smart enough to keep its emotional grounding to Moretz alone; whom delivers a capably punchy performance. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
5/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) With mesmerizing and astounding animation, a top-notch cast, emotionally poignant storytelling and tons of fantasy fun, Wolfwalkers is not only one of the best animated films of 2020, but it is also one of the best films in 2020, period. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
4/5 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a Woman is a beautiful, deep and heart-wrenching experience on the perils of loss that is an acting clinic for all involved; especially from Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Penguin Bloom is not a terrible film by any means thanks to the good performers, intentions and some fine filmmaking. It is unfortunate however that the flawed storytelling, simplistic messaging and predictability prevent the film from soaring. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 63% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) Get the Hell Out is an exhausting yet ultimately amusing and fun horror/comedy that mixes gory zombie hijinks, blatant political satire and video-game aesthetics to entertaining, if quite numbing effect. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet A Good Man (2020) A Good Man It may suffer from issues due to the fact that it could have done better in terms of representation and being a narrative feature (all that it bears) but it delivers as a heartfelt drama on shining on issues on being a trans man. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
4.5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods is overblown, angry, messy, passionate and thought-provoking. In other words, it is a stellar Spike Lee joint and the story is as timely and relevant as ever. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 83% The Way Back (2020) The Way Back is thankfully a great acting showcase for Affleck. It's also a stellar entry in the sports drama genre. One that manages to rise above its genre trappings to deliver a dramatically satisfying and engaging piece of work. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) The Call of the Wild is a bland disappointment that could have been so much more; had it been more trusting in its audience as well as adhering to the old-fashioned feel of its source material. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) A mostly successful return to form for Eastwood that overcomes its questionable characterizations and flawed execution of its arguments thanks to great performances and an incisive look on heroism. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2/5 41% Midway (2019) It is a real shame that Midway does not succeed as it certainly promises a lot with its talented cast and its well-worn story. Instead, the film just crashes and burns; failing to meet its lofty goals halfway. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2.5/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell does not live up to its namesake due to the infuriating lack of depth in examining its subject matter and its annoyingly duplicitous tone. But the performances from the cast and its timely premise does make the film watchable. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Little Women proves that Gerwig's directorial debut Lady Bird was no fluke - firmly confirming that she is a great filmmaker; a force to be reckoned with. It shines a new light on a classic story that retains the themes and drama that made it so. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen does amuse at times thanks to the efforts of the cast. It is too bad that it adds up to less than the sum of its parts due to its aggressive self-referential attitude and its blatant racism. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is a compelling piece of work that gets by with honest storytelling, fantastic performances and its adherence to social realism that only Loach and Laverty can pull off. Just do not expect the film to be an easy watch. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020