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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
4/5 100% Red Dog: True Blue (2016) The coming-of-age elements pull it into a softer, less contrived and more affecting space, which is ultimately where this very rewarding journey resides. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 25, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Hemmed in by a script that assigns truly theatrical sinisterness to pre-existing creations (i.e. Darth Vader) Ben Mendelsohn doesn't get to go 'the full Mendo', filled with pure, baleful, blackhearted menace, but hot damn - it's good to have him on board. ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 14, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Amongst all the colourful flim-flam, and with that stop-start narrative throwing us around like a theme park ride, the humans never get drowned out by the spectacle. ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 20, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) The screenwriters gorge on pseudo philosophical pep talk as if it were white powder at an LA pool party. ‐ Crikey
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 73% Boys in the Trees (2016) The young cast give it a good crack but cannot overpower the weight of contrivance. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/5 82% Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016) Naming the film after the book seems to me a rather cynical exercise in brand association - moreso considering Garner herself was not involved, did not attend the premiere, and seems to have distanced herself from the film. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 13, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) You don't hear the words "the magic of Tim Burton" much anymore, but here's a film that gives the label renewed currency. ‐ In Film Australia
Posted Sep 30, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) are on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ The best and worst thing about Oliver Stone making an Edward Snowden movie is actually the same thing: he was never going to create a realistic level headed drama. ‐ Crikey
Posted Sep 28, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Space Between (2016) Borgobello, not unlike her lead character, can be aloof with emotional details. The dialogue doesn't do her or the film any favours; one struggles to recall a single interesting conversation. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 14, 2016
66% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) A drunken scene with Brent imploring Dom to call him "nigger" leaves a bad taste, as does a what-was-Gervais-thinking moment when his character stretches his eyes to impersonate Chinese people. ‐ Crikey
Posted Sep 10, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) Cranston is powerful but tender, and even soft: a presence that slides up audience's nostrils as smoothly as the finest Colombian powder. ‐ Crikey
Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 82% Girl Asleep (2016) Girl Asleep actually feels refreshingly original. With some heart-on-sleeve inspirations, and all those inevitable comparisons to Anderson, that's quite an achievement. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet EMO the Musical (2016) The tone and execution is pretty infantile, suggesting something too childish for adults or even teenagers, with an intellectual context too serious for kids. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (2016) The film evolves into a lean, enjoyable, thoughtful work, always with time - so to speak - to throw up an interesting idea or two. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) The new Ghostbusters is a hoot: a giddy, high-spirited slab of blockbuster fast food, the most impressive special effects the human beings at the heart of it. ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 12, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Most memorable not as a tale of madness and male dynamic, but as a pootsa-powered essay arguing against the distinction between high and low art. ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 10, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) At its best Central Intelligence has the fizz and crackle of an old school Hollywood screwball comedy. ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 10, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Keep expectations low, and Goldblum appreciation levels high. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 61% Down Under (2016) Down Under's humour can be a little one note (xenophobic idiot and/or agitated party does something stupid, repeat) but there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments and the cast and crew do a uniformly strong job executing a difficult premise. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 25% Backtrack (2016) Backtrack has a classy, downcast aesthetic that feels a bit like an old piece of furniture melted down and turned into celluloid, or a film infused with the fabric of a chesterfield. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Teenage Kicks (2016) The film quickly morphs from a haze of cheap teen thrills into much more meaningful drama: a gutsy coming-of-age story that signals the arrival of a compelling new voice in queer Australian cinema. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 12, 2016
5/5 83% Goldstone (2016) Goldstone belongs to a suite of Australian films that contemplate land ownership in memorable ways ... But it has more weight than any of them, because the film's spiritual roots hark back to the traditional owners of the land. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 89% Chasing Asylum (2016) Vital, evocative and gut-wrenching. ‐ Guardian
Posted May 26, 2016
30% Criminal (2016) Executed with a retro, gung-ho, deadpan panache, our leading man grunting and groaning like Liam Neeson caught in a bind, Criminal is a throwback to the crème de la crème of '90s action movies. ‐ Crikey
Posted May 20, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Nothing if not about feuding camps: stand-ins for social movement rubbing up against stand-ins for economic vested interests. ‐ Crikey
Posted May 14, 2016
71% Remember (2016) A film that could easily be interpreted as an exploitative B-movie camouflaged as a serious rumination on age, memory loss and mortality. ‐ Crikey
Posted May 14, 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Brown's screenplay is one of those finessed Hollywood-style scripts where a line such as "just imagine" pre-empts a response like "I spend my whole life imagining." ‐ Crikey
Posted May 7, 2016
67% Pawno (2015) The cast do their best with the material but the scattered structure of the film does them no favours. ‐ Guardian
Posted May 3, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The political allegories are mostly abandoned and swapped for character motivation, as if we should never have bothered to contemplate a second meaning in the first place. ‐ Crikey
Posted Apr 28, 2016
80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The story has a no-frills clarity so clean-cut it is respectably straightforward and linear, though a repetitive 105 minute running time makes the journey feel rather long and cumbersome. ‐ Crikey
Posted Apr 21, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) The Boss is a cynical, obscenity-dipped comedy about how the American Dream can be imagined, won, lost and won again, complete with gross-outs and gags contemplating bodily functions. ‐ Crikey
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 100% Wide Open Sky (2015) You get a feel for Wide Open Road pretty quick: it's sweet, slight and good-natured to the core. Hardly riveting or must-watch material but equally difficult to hate. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 14, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) As if the bedrock of Kipling has been infused with the gorgeous textures of a Graeme Base illustration. ‐ Crikey
Posted Apr 5, 2016
3/5 82% Observance (2015) A twitchy, icky, genuinely unsettling psychological thriller about a private investigator who takes on what appears to be a simple, well-paying job. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 4, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Alvin's Harmonious World Of Opposites (2015) With a lean running time of 73 minutes, the film - often lovely, on occasions wonderful, and certainly never dull - never overstays its welcome. ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Affleck's bottom lip gives a solid performance, dominant but not overtly showy, channelling the spirit of lone warrior jawbones from John Ford films ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 22, 2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Not just a good message for young audiences coaxed into the cinema by the lure of lowbrow spectacle, but a great one: go to school and study hard and you can become as cool as James Bond. ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 18, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) It's Goodman who cranks the dial to eleven and steals the show, a bouldering force of nature delivering an utterly shit-eating performance. This will be remembered as one of the great roles from one of the great character actors. ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 9, 2016
62% Babe: Pig in the City (1998) A brilliant, grotesquely underrated family film criticised at the time of its release for being too dark for young audiences. ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 1, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Mostly the film is pleasant enough pap - a soft, even toothless hat-tip to Hollywood's dreamy days of yonder year. ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 1, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Not only does the film indulge in a right royal round of whitewashing, it also gives star Gerard Butler a brownface. ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 24, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Ecco Homo (2015) The cinematic equivalent of taking acid at a funeral. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 17, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) The casting of a hunk to play the hero and a hunk to play the villain is indicative of a film that wants to appear to take risks while not really taking any at all. ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 13, 2016
93% Anomalisa (2015) Michael's hunger for human interaction is the cavity at the heart of the film, colouring it in shades of grey. Should we feel sympathy for this character, or hold him in contempt? ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 8, 2016
94% Room (2015) The emotional effect from such a foggy aesthetic is a film that feels lost in itself. Like Jack, Room seems to be in the process of coming to terms with its own existence. ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 8, 2016
55% Australia (2008) The effect of watching a Baz Luhrmann film is indistinguishable from the effect of having a crater-sized parcel of glitter dropped on your head. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 29, 2016
96% Spotlight (2015) The film is immaculately controlled: a work of restraint that nevertheless has a real kick to it. I'll eat my hat if there's been a better newspaper film since 1976's All the President's Men. ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 29, 2016
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
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
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
Posted Jan 21, 2016