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Luke Buckmaster

Luke Buckmaster
Luke Buckmaster's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Crikey

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 43% Looking for Grace (2015) There are things to appreciate - including Young's performance and strong support from Radha Mitchell - but the fling-us-here and fling-us-there structure ultimately feels gimmicky, and lacks a certain grace.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
69% The Danish Girl (2015) Redmayne applies lippy, dresses in 1920s women's clothes and performs surely the most tastefully executed mangina so far in cinema history - not a highly competitive field, but progress of a kind.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
94% Carol (2015) makes you wonder if a little chaos might have benefited everyone, potentially stretching the story and characters into more interesting places.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) If Sergio Leone and Agatha Christie collaborated on a feature film you can imagine the result would look something like Quentin Tarantino's characteristically homage-rimmed and violence-splattered mystery-western.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2016
60% Sisters (2015) Sisters is a knucklehead comedy - sporadically amusing and always happy to resort to dick jokes - saved a little by the appeal of its leads.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2016
3/5 91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) Caton is a perfect fit; he is touching, tender and a little bedraggled, emoting with a worn-out visage that looks like the 71-year-old has been marinated in beer and left in the sun to dry.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2016
9% Point Break (2015) It's as if the film has been directed by computer or phoned in from the top of a mountain; rarely do dizzying heights feel so low to the ground.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
No Score Yet Lucky Miles (2007) The film is like Dude Where's My Car? but in a bone-dry outback instead of a parking lot, with no car and very little hope.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
100% Phar Lap (Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation) (1983) The film is buoyed by good performances, strong production values and Williamson's writing, which finds a genuine but bittersweet way to commemorate one of Australian sport's best performing athletes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
47% Love and Other Catastrophes (1997) The verbal ping pong of a Kevin Smith joint crossed with the good-natured repartee of a Nora Ephron movie, ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
No Score Yet Journey Among Women (1977) A strange beast, fashioned in a grainy faux documentary style that in part distinguishes it from the look and feel of Ozploitation films made at the time. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
98% Ten Canoes (2007) Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
No Score Yet Careful, He Might Hear You (1983) A melodrama among the pedigree Australian pictures of the early 1980s.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
87% Tanna (2016) While in a narrative sense this ground has been walked many times before, the Yakel people's passion to tell this story is undoubtedly at the heart of the film's success.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) Hyper cartoon design in the foreground and IMAX realism in the background makes an odd dichotomy and it's hard to see the point.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
74% Youth (2015) More than almost any other filmmaker working today, Sorrentino's visual style is strikingly matched to music.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
81% The Revenant (2015) DiCaprio is outstanding in a role that has him silent for extended periods of time and hurls his body around like a leaf in a tornado.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) On a purely technical level this is the worst made Hollywood movie in recent memory, astonishingly amateurish for such an accomplished director. ‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Sucker (2015) Spall is the film's greatest asset but Luc's performance is a more harmonious fit tonally. Like the film, he is pleasant, unprepossessing and nothing to write home about.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
59% The Program (2016) The plot is strung together with a cracking pace, as if Frears were afraid audiences might tune out at any moment and switch to reading Armstrong's Wikipedia page.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
92% 99 Homes (2015) It is smartly, if predictably told, with a flair for capturing moments of heightened emotions regularly involving people we meet only once or twice.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) The movie plays out in the manner of a video game, long (and often drab) chunks of character development like protracted cut scenes between empty looking world-gone-wrong set pieces suddenly dowsed with action and soon abandoned.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) In this era of Daniel dagger-eyes Craig, who seems biologically incompatible with camp entertainment, the hero escaping via exploding wristwatch or ejector seat feels not just quaint but lazy. ‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2015
3/5 78% Alex & Eve (2015) The writer and director offer a marketable point of difference to the Hollywood pap that typically dominates this genre, without overplaying their multiculturalism angle.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
61% A Month Of Sundays (2015) Situations, subplots and even barely seen characters are unified with an almost cosmic sense of fate. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) A high-powered and shockingly charismatic performance by Idris Elba as the menacing warlord has "Best Supporting Actor" written all over it.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
61% The Intern (2015) Compared to the dreck now synonymous with DeNiro's name this so-so comedy, a pleasant but forgettable fish out of water story, is actually one of his best films in years.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
54% The Dressmaker (2016) a loud, batty, fancy-frocked, sashed-and-stockinged revenge story pitched somewhere between an outback period piece and a Wile E Coyote cartoon.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) Depp is undeniably striking as the film's human centrepiece but his performance feels gimmicky; it's impossible to get past the freak factor. ‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
73% Everest (2015) The script emphasises the dangers, but fails to underscore that with a truly treacherous aesthetic environment.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) Good dramatic writing in film and television exists in different contexts. It is often less about convincing people that a story is being scientific than making them not think about science in the first place.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 75% Cut Snake (2015) Performances are uniformly impressive, with Stapleton guaranteed a place in the pantheon of creepily charismatic Australian screen criminals.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
3/5 86% Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball) (2015) Some kinks in the writing notwithstanding, Oddball is fun and thoughtfully minded, with a sweet charm that endears from the get-go.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2015
3/5 73% Blinky Bill The Movie (2016) It's ... refreshing to see an Australian movie so heart-on-sleeve about expressing national character.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/5 88% Downriver (2015) A rather drab and listless mood piece that, despite best efforts of cast and crew, will serve as a prime example for anybody arguing this sort of drama has been dragged down the river too many times before.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
1/5 33% Stalkher (2015) A marathon of smut, with nothing remotely funny or thrilling about it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
No Score Yet The Jammed (2007) While this scungy storyline is anything but cheerful, the heartening tale around the film's release and distribution is one for the ages. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
No Score Yet Getting of Wisdom (1977) Rightly regarded as one of the finest films ever made about Australian adolescents, the director Bruce Beresford's 1978 drama The Getting of Wisdom exists in a space unaffected by time‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) The film is an affecting meditation on the pangs of ageing and, via some surprise pathos-infused revelations, the emotional toll associated with long-standing regrets‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Observe the vertical splendour of Cruise's gait: nobody in Tinseltown can run quite like Tom, for whom executive producing a long-running, retro espionage TV show proved a very healthy investment. ‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) The Man From U.N.C.L.E. excels at these moments: character-based comedy executed with lightness of touch, capable of extracting laughs without mocking the film's internal realities. ‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
98% Iris (2015) even if the film doesn't get far beneath surface of its subject, it is still a pleasant, if slight, depiction of a human curio‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
86% Gayby Baby (2016) The people in it will give it a second, third, fourth life - it is their authenticity and willingness to front the camera that makes the film memorable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2015
97% Sherpa (2015) Very likely the most majestic-looking industrial dispute documentary ever made, the icy blue environment an awe-inspiring backdrop for a film largely about employment conditions and worker's rights.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2015
91% Women He's Undressed (2016) Women He's Undressed has a spritzy and celebratory feel, as if the audience have popped the cork on an old bottle of fine champagne and are seated front row at the world's most fabulous wake.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2015
No Score Yet Bliss (1985) A droll, dry and mordantly amusing comedy-drama that exists in a Twilight Zone-esque world impossible to gauge or define. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2015
67% Ruben Guthrie (2015) An initially archetypal trajectory (boy loses girl; boy goes on mission to get her back) becomes something curlier and less conventional, with lashings of abrasive dialogue that recall its stage origins ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2015
86% Inception (2010) The central concept affords the director some splendid opportunities for visual chutzpah.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/5 78% Holding The Man (2015) The film's commanding achievement is probably tonal: there is a warm, sensual flow to it, with production values that feel amorous and tactile.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 76% The Daughter (2017) A mood piece told with a lyrical energy both lush and dangerous.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015