Lauren Carroll Harris Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Human Flow (2017) An ambitious amalgam of artist's film and political documentary, Human Flow is a grand meditation on how to cut through political apathy with solidarity and visual metaphor.‐ The Monthly (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
42% Mary Magdalene (2018) The problem with the film's "humanist" approach is that it's too... human-scaled. The result is a film made without magic or sublimity, in which reverence is replaced by diligence.‐ The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
87% The Post (2018) Still, it's to his credit that Spielberg fleshes out what the revelations of these papers meant for the US at the time.‐ The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
0.5/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Autobiographical readings can be a lazy, obvious way to interpret the work of an artist, but with its triangular love affairs with stepdaughters and lost women in distress, it is impossible to read Wonder Wheel as anything but. ‐ Australian Book Review
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos is a surgical filmmaker of great opacity. He offers few signposts as to his characters' motivations, or his film's broader meanings - it's up to Farrell and Kidman to play the subtext.‐ The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
1.5/5 54% Three Summers (2017) A feel-good film about racism? Okay.‐ Australian Book Review
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
88% Nocturama (2017) Though director Bertrand Bonello's exacting vision of a Parisian terror plot is as stylised and tensely structured as a psychological thriller, the drama plays out with unnerving realism.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The tone here is more sweet than bitter, affectionately neurotic and channelling the idea of continued love through fractious bonds.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
75% Killing Ground (2017) I can't help but think that Killing Ground leans on the concept of spiritual comeuppance for Indigenous genocide as a potent but lazy background theme with which to bolster an otherwise rote narrative and set of filmmaking choices.‐ Kill Your Darlings
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) I feel real love for this film and its lost wandering creature.‐ The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
73% Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016) Perhaps it's not possible to translate the gonzo narrator, leading us into a dark-edged forest and getting lost with us, to cinema. Perhaps the material really cried out for a documentary treatment.‐ Kill Your Darlings
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
86% Lion (2016) What Lion does is take a culturally rich story and apply the conventions of middlebrow Western, feel-good cinematic storytelling.‐ Kill Your Darlings
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
No Score Yet All The Way Through The Evening (2012) All The Way Through Evening has been crafted with a great deal of affection for its subjects. It's honest and compassionate and yet never falls over the brink into sentimentality.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
82% Beauty (Skoonheid) (2011) Beauty frustrates and disturbs in equal measures.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
93% Elena (2012) Many people can't abide slow-building subtitled films about relentlessly unhappy people. But closet pessimists like myself and the Cannes judges will find Elena's sense of impending doom oddly satisfying.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
80% Casting JonBenét (2017) By setting aside an objective notion of the truth, Green's hybrid work is simultaneously more fantastical and closer to the truth than anything made with traditional documentary techniques.‐ Kill Your Darlings
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
97% Sherpa (2015) Cinema is full of representations of the landscape that inspire terror.... Jennifer Peedom's Sherpa is the most recent of that canon: it is a climbing film, an Australian film and a documentary about the deadliest day in Everest's history.‐ The Lifted Brow
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
99% Leviathan (2014) If Leviathan is a masterpiece... it's a masterpiece of political pessimism. The end of history has arrived and it is in post-Soviet Russia.‐ Adbusters
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
77% Rosewater (2014) When it ventures into the more abstract territory of its tortured protagonist's mind, the film is able to show how comedians can be unlikely heroes for serious causes, and how humour and imagination can survive the worst totalitarian attacks.‐ The Big Issue (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
49% War Machine (2017) Like the war itself, the film is all over the place, with scenes darting between action filmmaking, comedy and drama.‐ The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
97% Notorious (1946) One of the film's greatest ironies is that it is one of the muddiest of Hitchcock's films to interpret.‐ Senses of Cinema
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
86% Okja (2017) The first half is weird and tough; until you realised you have to read the film like a fable; it's like a live-action version of Spirited Away where a tough, innocent child goes on a wondrous, painful journey.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) What lifts it from the usual half-hagiography/half-takedown, tell-all-doco-made-from-a-distance is its analysis of racism within the US music industry.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) What sets this film apart from other political docos is its profound emotionality.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) It's not arthouse enough to be arthouse, nor thriller enough to be a thriller.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 100% The Family (2016) The affectless way in which the survivors describe their abuse comes to counterpoint the sometimes histrionic choice of cinematic techniques.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
91% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) La Belle Saison is far from groundbreaking, but perhaps that's where its newness lies: in simply bringing queer women's concerns into mainstream arthouse filmmaking.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
86% Sully (2016) This film is one of my favourite mainstream releases this year.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
22% Inferno (2016) Hanks' performance could generously be described as contractually obliged, and the film as a whole as a theatrically-released telemovie.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
58% The Neon Demon (2016) Although Refn is indeed a deeply unique filmmaker on an aesthetic level, in terms of character, theme and genre he is deeply derivative.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
70% Contemporary Color (2017) The moments when Contemporary Colour diverts from the onstage performances and moves to abstraction are the brightest.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater's 1980 is a world that's so perfect in its contours, so detailed in its realisation, and quite delightful to inhabit for two hours.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
93% Slow West (2015) Slow West utilises a massive arsenal of cinematic techniques shunned by most commercial filmmakers, and shows that an arthouse film can hold both tension and big ideas at once.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
40% Strangerland (2015) Strangerland unassumingly goes way beyond your usual art-house fare to the heart of a scared and scary colonised country.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
No Score Yet Paradise (Ma dar behesht) (2015) Paradise plays out like an observational documentary, but with the loose narrative structure of a feature film. We feel we're snooping on a microcosm of a much larger, shadier Kafka-esque machine.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
67% Sea Fog (Haemoo) (2015) A high IQ, super-tense thriller from Korea about a people-smuggling mission gone wrong -- with a super-creepy spiritual undercurrent.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
63% Schneider vs. Bax (2015) The film is so funny, so dark, so tightly wound, and its level of craftsmanship so high, that it draws no line between entertainment and substance.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
93% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) It's bittersweet and hopeful and formally inventive; the kind of film I just feel happy about when I think of it.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
82% Entertainment (2015) It is devastating, and beautiful: a sad indictment of a society filled with alienated individuals trying and failing to connect with each other; and a very pure audio-visual cinematic experience that asks to be felt rather than intellectualised.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
86% Gayby Baby (2016) Gayby is destined to succeed as a social conscience film of this very moment in political time, and as a strong contemporary piece of documentary filmmaking in and of itself.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) This is not an easy watch -- for a political film, it's deeply emotional and morally fraught. But Oppenheimer is doing important work: he is teaching us all to see again.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
2 60% Love Story (2011) The directive isn't realism or even true love. It's cleverness & kitsch of the stripey socks & frosted cupcake variety. It's all pretty meta: in these post-everything times, Love Story takes the idea of a film within a film & rewrites it on the fly.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
5 89% Mommy (2015) Like so much cinema, Mommy functions at a gut level - you either instinctively get it or you don't. As to whether or not it amounts to much more than a French-Canadian, ADHD-style Instagram film, I'm unconvinced but fascinated as to Dolan's next move.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
8/10 No Score Yet The Darkside (2013) This film may be in limited release in theatres, festivals and galleries, but it deserves to be seen by everyone. The Aboriginal ancestors of Australia are still here and they're living on in The Darkside.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
5 61% Samba (2015) It's the filmic equivalent of Cafe del Mar easy listening: it's watchable. The direction and music and cinematography are so seamlessly invisible, and the lead performances so natural, the film appears to be directed on autopilot.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
4/5 95% Enough Said (2013) A rom-com that's actually, miraculously both romantic and comedic.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2013
2/10 6% Paranoia (2013) So cliched and tiresome, it could be a minor work of cinemasochistic genius. Also, Harrison Ford appears to be possessed by a necromancer.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
8/10 85% The Turning (2015) Who knew that the next great Australian film would actually be a constellation of 17 smaller ones? It's not easy viewing but it is beautiful viewing.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
8/10 67% Elysium (2013) Blomkamp delivers blockbusters based in empathy and political smarts that actually aspire to be more than insulting filmic pollution.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
8/10 91% Mystery Road (2013) A new classic with a rich tide of ideas unraveling and washing around the edges...no easy explanations, no Hollywood signposts, just a genre piece of great complexity and troubling beauty. An important film, a stunningly entertaining one, and a great one.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013