Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Freaky (2020) There's a lot of fun in Freaky's gore, but the detours into more tender emotion provide an inspired contrast. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) The premise might have ended up as a biting satire of Polish Catholicism, but the film's more solemn humanism speaks to an affirmation of a Christian idea of redemption. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
64% The Translators (2019) It has twists to rival a Christie novel and a curiosity that skims some interesting ideas, which means it's not dull. But like many page-turners, it's never as deep as it wants to be. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
71% Tenet (2020) Tenet is clearly attempting some kind of emotional payoff that remains out of reach. By the end, the idea of swimming against the current feels like a metaphor for the film itself. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) ...there's much power in its tender portrayal of adult despair, and the hope found in responsibilities shouldered, not shirked. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
20% Irresistible (2005) Writer-director Ann Turner has dealt with similar themes of fear, paranoia and seduction before, but Irresistible is her first tilt at a Hollywood-style genre film. It's an interesting try and the performances are good, but the suspense sags. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
81% Hearts and Bones (2020) With a more credible emotional core to the on-screen friendship, an audience might have followed the story anywhere. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
100% If Only (Magari) (2019) It's a sweet and sophisticated film by first time writer director Ginevra Elkann. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
94% Honey Boy (2019) It's directed with tenderness, anger and nostalgia by director Alma Har'el. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
90% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers can't quite unlock the revelatory moments in this meld of high symbolism and psychological inquiry... While he's made a film that is brilliant in stretches, it remains emotionally distant. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) It's a gloomy picture, but the film's criticism of economic injustice is not the only take away. Laverty's script contains a touch of humanist moralism, too. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese manages to fashion a moving work that's empathetic and also boldly critical. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
71% The King (2019) Their re-jigging of the Bard's work as cinematic high adventure is largely successful, if not particularly daring. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
82% Judy (2019) There's enough emotion and sheer tragedy to propel it to the finish, and its central performance lingers for the awful emotional trauma and humanity that it conveys. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker builds into a statement that's salient and provocative - holding a mirror to real world frustration and the resurgent populism in our midst. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) With a more robust exploration of how they ended up here, Hotel Mumbai might have become the more thoughtful thriller it aspires to. As it stands it's an accomplished horror ride from a director with much promise. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel packages this dilemma in a stylish, thoughtful and funny superhero movie that's a twist on the usual origin story formula. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) By the time his heroine is belting out her third-rate songs in a sequined jumpsuit, you can't help but wish you'd stayed home. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele is one of the most promising directors of the American horror resurgence. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Los Angeles - especially its crumbling eastern sprawl - serves as an evocative backdrop, with cinematographer Julie Kirkwood capturing its shades of pink and beige as the sun hits the sand and concrete. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) No doubt it is a tongue-in-cheek name, but it is true that Capharnaüm is about many things: corruption and racism, refugees, stolen childhood, the moral weakness of adults and the difficulty in apportioning blame. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) You wonder how so much talent, underwritten by such an obscenely large budget, doesn't trigger more pathos. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is a superior thriller with a double edge - a film that's about a doomed romantic obsession and also a social critique that lays bare the impotency of an outsider seeking to understand the opaque world of the mega rich. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
13% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle's attempt at satire suffers from the limitations of its imagination, and its failure to realise it needs to be harsher on the con artists than their victims if it doesn't want to make bolder changes to the script's architecture. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) If only the film's unflinching gaze and sheer energy were enough to inspire a great film. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
98% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) In telling a personal story The Heiresses, then, is also very much a political tale. It's a terrifically accomplished debut full of humour and deep tenderness... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
90% Diego Maradona (2019) Maradona is a man whose story is full of such remarkable highs and lows, and who continues to mean so much to so many, that even Kapadia's heady storytelling can't overplay it. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
96% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart, instead, wraps its main characters in cotton wool. And despite one romantic awakening that's handled well but is best experienced without any forewarning, the script's curve balls lack impact... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
84% Dogman (2019) It's a pleasure - of sorts - to see the director back with such well-crafted and vibrantly realised characters, caught once again in his nightmarish cinematic web of loneliness and self-delusion. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Given how many Americans can claim some kind of migrant heritage, it's perhaps strange there haven't been more films like Lulu Wang's carefully crafted drama... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra lacks the sophistication of its high-end, 1970s references, and would have benefitted from giving in to more splashy action movie impulses. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Terror Nullius (2018) As beautifully made as it is, there's a caustic, irreverent tone running through it that wouldn't be out of place in a student newspaper. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) [The] film is a triumph of understatement as well as a moving reflection on the many ways people shut themselves off from a world that seems to have closed its doors to them. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows is cluttered and lumbering, with only occasional moments of transcendence. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters does something beautiful: it reminds you how love - or the memory of it - is a powerful consolation for the tough times that inevitably come. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
67% Beautiful Boy (2018) Whatever the case, an excellent Carell - not Chalamet - is the most haunting player in this moving tragedy. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper has given us a vision of this story to cherish. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% Wajib (2017) Jacir is able to tweak genre convention to show us something new. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
87% First Man (2018) The reticence of Gosling's character, his emotional constipation, is as much a measure of his virtue as a hero as his shortcomings as a husband and father. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The plot's mish mash of 12-step drama, career ascent and romantic subplot often lacks dynamism. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You could describe You Were Never Really Here as a hitman thriller, but it doesn't quite do justice to the bedazzling ways that Scottish director Lynne Ramsay... takes Jonathan Ames's novel and transforms it into a tender, fragmented nightmare. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
87% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) A captivating story...there's enough emotional force to keep it from sinking under the weight of its lofty ambitions and sometimes predictable idealism. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Ultimately, BlacKkKlansman is a carefully thought out provocation, a film that knows it will both make you laugh but also leave you reeling. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The beauty of Cruise's performance is his ability to show physical wear and tear in small gestures. A slight limp, a hunch, a shiver. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) The ingredients are there, but the execution is often uninspired. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona's skill extends to evoking suspense and menace via a playfully retro horror style... If only all of this wasn't undermined by the emotional sinkhole between Pratt and Howard. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
88% Upgrade (2018) Tech paranoia is a staple of sci-fi, of course, and Whannell's film is not exactly a new take. But he puts passion into every blood splattered pixel and the result is a lot of fun... - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It may have a glittering A-list cast, but Ocean's 8 is as disappointing as the fake diamonds used to replace the real thing in the film's big heist. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Han Solo is no longer one of Star Wars' most enigmatic characters - he emerges from this film with enough backstory to satisfy the most dim-witted armchair psychoanalyst. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) In the face of this pretence of cool cynicism, the film's eventual nod to sentiment and pathos doesn't seem maudlin or ridiculous. Credit should go to Reynolds, who brings to bear the sincerity and vulnerability he's expressed before in his rom-com roles. - The Hub on Screen EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018