Harris Dang

Harris Dang
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 54% Greta (2019) Greta is B-grade schlock made with A-level credentials and the latter makes all the difference, with the cast and crew knowing exactly what they are doing and what film they are working in. It is deliciously depraved in all the right ways. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows is an average Asghar Farhadi film but the overall great performances, Farhadi's assured storytelling and its thematic power still proves that average Farhadi beats most filmmakers at their A-game. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 92% Revenge (2018) Revenge is a beautifully realized, amusingly sick, pointedly subversive and uncompromising piece of exploitation that is sure to shock and nauseate in the best of ways. I can't wait to see what director Coralie Fargeat comes up with next. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A little subtlety would have worked wonders for A Dog's Way Home. Unfortunately, it is all bark and no bite. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3.5/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U benefits from several strong elements, including Landon's execution of the story, the metatextual and subversive storytelling, and the fun performances from the cast, particularly Rothe's wonderfully spirited work. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is a confounding, derivative and self-indulgent piece of work[...] and yet it is also a visually vibrant film that manages to challenge the audience by being provocative, shocking and illuminating with its portrayal of the dangers of stardom. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is a flawed, yet admirable attempt to adapt manga/anime source material into a Hollywood blockbuster thanks to spectacular visuals, vibrant action scenes, great adherence to the source material and Rosa Salazar's committed performance. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is worth the price of admission just for Zain Al Rafeea's wonderful performance alone. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is peak Neeson Season material, thanks to its macabre sense of humour, its committed ensemble cast and its droll portrayal of the cycle of revenge. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is a film about racism told by white people. And it really, really shows. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
4.5/5 98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is a brilliant female-driven arthouse/grindhouse rape-revenge Western that manages to endear, repulse, emotionally stir, mesmerize and propel in the best of ways. - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet works best when underlining the bonds of the characters and parodying Disney's story templates. When it comes to the world building of the Internet, however, it sinks. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) With the game cast, a charismatic lead performance by Jason Mamoa, the electrifying visuals and the infectiously fun tone, Aquaman is a cinematic wave you will want to catch. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) With its brilliantly acerbic and dramatic script, great performances, a strong thematic and dramatic backbone, wonderful production design contributions and strikingly off-kilter cinematography, The Favourite is my front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Despite the malnourished story, the film is still worth watching for Mackenzie Foy's grounded performance, the eye candy of the wondrous settings and the presence of an extremely committed and infectiously enjoyable Keira Knightley. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The Kid Who Would Be King is a great fantasy adventure film for the whole family with a fun rollicking sense of adventure that is both refreshingly intimate and old-fashioned and has memorable characters, backed by wonderful performances. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 81% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family is an unfunny, cynical, annoying and incredibly misjudged family comedy that not even the talented cast and good intentions can save. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is a concise and dry and amusingly romantic tale that takes its storytelling to a daringly elliptical fashion and it thankfully pays off, as it convincingly shows how fleeting memories of love can be and yet can stand the test of time. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is an incredibly effective, brilliantly empathetic, uncompromisingly honest and downright scary coming-of-age film that is a fantastic showcase for the untapped cinematic talents of writer/director Bo Burnham and actress Elsie Fisher. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee is a nostalgic bundle of fun, poignant and nostalgic joy with all the 80's tropes that one could want. Not only is it a good Transformers movie, it is a good movie that stand on its own bee's knees. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 44% Second Act (2018) Second Act is an amiable piece of fluff that succeeds due to its charismatic cast, warm sense of storytelling, likable characters and some minor surprises in its adornment of the genre formula. A good effort from both Lopez and Segal. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 72% Climax (2019) Climax is an orgy of youthful enthusiasm, beautifully humanistic repugnance, compellingly animalistic repulsion, dazzlingly choreographed exhilaration and assuredly controlled grace; all soaked in hallucinogen-spiked sangria. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Thanks to the commitment of the returning cast, the sincere faithfulness to the franchise, its blunt-force dramatic approach and the intense boxing scenes, Creed 2 is a great sequel that's worth running out to watch. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 92% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) A joyous, heartwarming and illuminating documentary thanks to director Jessica Leski's non-judgmental and passionate approach to the subject about the positive reinforcement of fandom. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 72% The Children Act (2018) The Children Act succumbs to melodrama and unfocused storytelling, mainly due to the many story threads that never truly develop. Fortunately, the film is enlivened by good performances by Emma Thompson and Fionn Whitehead. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is another sterling example in showing the hopeful living in hopelessness, thanks to the humanistic view of its three-dimensional characters, the assured interweaving of heartfelt drama and a top-notch cast working at the top of their game. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 96% Roma (2018) With beautifully profound storytelling, strong characterizations, meticulous attention to period detail and heartfelt direction, Roma is one of the best films of 2018 and it deserves all the praise from critics. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4.5/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Featuring fantastic performances from its cast, sensitive and illuminating direction from director Carla Simon and an assuredly humanistic look on the mindset of a child, Summer 1993 is one of 2018's best films. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again retains the spirit of the original whilst having a few substantial surprises, the original cast having loads of fun and the newcomers lending a new sense of energy to the proceedings, especially Lily James, who is a pure joy. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
0.5/5 16% Show Dogs (2018) There are at least 15 dog movies on Netflix and Miss Congeniality and you can watch all of them in the month free trial, rather than spend money to watch that piece of dog excrement that is Show Dogs. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is a load of Marvel goodness, with enjoyably spirited characters, exuberant action scenes, characterization improvements and a fun comedic edge that is sure to be an antidote to high-stakes drama of Avengers: Infinity War. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 97% The Rider (2018) A complete surprise and a masterpiece in every way, The Rider is an incredibly compassionate, beautiful, humane piece of work from the talented Chloe Zhao that everyone should go and see. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 63% Ideal Home (2018) Ideal Home is a pretty average comedy with some laughs thanks to the lead performances, but its messy script, Fleming's self-conscious direction and predictable storytelling bring it down a notch. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an understated and quite powerful film that is sensitive towards all of its characters, is remarkable in how inclusive it is, has great performances and has welcome acerbic humor that made me laugh out loud at times. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 76% Holiday (2018) Holiday is a morally repugnant, shockingly apathetic and yet strangely alluring piece of work from Isabella Eklof; sure to both shock and provide food-for-thought to adventurous filmgoers. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 71% Piercing (2019) Piercing is a sadistically fun time at the movies with its violent proclivities, macabre sense of humour, increasingly insane storytelling chops and of course, director Nicolas Pesce and leads Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska guiding the ship. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a hell of a fun time for the entire family, providing lots of superhero antics that rival films in the MCU and DCEU, loads more laughs than the original film and the cast and crew all back in the height of their game. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The Heiresses is a quiet, understated and yet compelling piece of work that is brimming with intimacy, naturalistic performances, assured storytelling and the tactful use of thematically rich subtext. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience is a compelling understated drama that seethes with passion thanks to Sebastian Lelio's assured direction, compelling storytelling and fantastic performances from the three talented leads. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) The Bookshop is a predictable bore that wastes many of its talents on lacklustre storytelling and emotionally stunted direction from Isabel Coixet. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 85% Tully (2018) Tully is a return to form for both director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. Featuring great performances, an unflinching and engrossing look on motherhood and a witty, acerbic script. Tully is a film worth looking out for. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 80% Unsane (2018) Unsane is a lean, mean and powerful psychological horror-thriller that packs a timely thematic punch and features what could be Foy's best performance to date. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 81% The Party (2018) The Party is a pitch-black, hilarious and satirical comedy with a fantastic cast and Sally Potter's assured filmmaking. Although the film may not have the impact that it could have, The Party was great while it lasted. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 91% Love, Simon (2018) Overall, Love, Simon is a sweet and likable comedy/drama with lovable characters, a truthful if flawed script, a gay protagonist worth cheering for and a huge stepping stone of inclusivity for the LGBT community on film. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time is a perfect example of a film aiming valiantly for the stars, but unfortunately, it falls flat on its face. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers is a great comedy with a a great script, subversive storytelling and genre execution and a fantastic cast that are sure to make you laugh and even make you feel a bit emotional. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Double Lover is a great return to psychosexual territory that Ozon is known for and it is an entertainingly juicy time for erotica lovers. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 81% Ava (2018) It's hazy, it's hypnotic, it's unruly, it's unpredictable and yet it's grounded in reality and it has fantastic performances from Noee Abita and Laure Calamy. If you like coming-of-age stories with an experimental approach, Ava is your best bet. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 84% Game Night (2018) Game Night is nice surprise from the directors of Vacation, with a fun premise, a capably comedic cast and the improved direction of Daley and Goldstein. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Den of Thieves is a entertaining, if rocky entry in the heist genre, even if it is an homage to Michael Mann's Heat. But the overlong running time and the awful twist ending bring it down to the point that the film is a rental at best. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019