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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
57% War Machine (2017) At once a cagey character study, political commentary, offbeat war pic and idiosyncratic black comedy, with little of the expected signposting associated with any of those kinds of films.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
4/5 92% Hounds of Love (2017) Once this thing starts bouncing around your brain, good luck getting it out.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3/5 78% Don't Tell (2017) It feels a little too staid, a little too formal, a little too safe.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 90% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) The sheer number of people reminiscing in such sincere, unfeigned, heartfelt ways makes the film an uncommonly tender portrait of a celebrity, infused with a sense of humanity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Constance on the Edge (2016) There is a clear mutual trust between film-maker and subject. Their rapport informs virtually every aspect of this documentary: it's what gives it its big, bright, beating heart.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
77% Berlin Syndrome (2017) An ambitious project, for sure - but also uneven, drawn-out and repetitive.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/5 100% Dance Academy: The Movie (2017) Subversive entertainment it ain't. But nor is this well-paced yarn - with pleasing albeit narrowly scoped performances from a perky cast - bereft of pleasantries and surprises.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Her outfit sticking to her flesh lecherously, like a Venom costume or an unclothed, vacuum-sealed, cream-coloured Barbie doll, Scarlett Johansson somehow looks both naked - sort of - and fastidiously covered.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
3/5 100% Zach's Ceremony (2016) The film gets better as it goes along, as if the subjects became increasingly comfortable with the presence of cameras and crew. By the end I didn't want to say goodbye to Zach, imagining a 7 Up!-style program intermittently returning to his life.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
89% Loving (2016) Loving offers much to draw from, but the greatest image we take with us is the same one on the poster: two lovers holding on, unwilling to let go.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
68% Life (2017) Throat-squeezing verisimilitude exhibited early on gives way to a rote genre exercise; nevertheless a tight, twitchy, muscular ride.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 17% A Few Less Men (2016) Craig's screenplay ... underlines the you're-supposed-to-laugh-here bits up to and including delivery, imbuing the film with an almost procedural quality: more about ticking boxes than tickling the funny bone.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4/5 72% Jasper Jones (2016) It's compelling as a whodunnit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations and crafty as a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) Not just the most ostentatious cinematic tourism video since Baz Luhrmann's Australia, but the first blockbuster movie to truly make sense (in a strange sort of way) during the Trump administration.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
33% Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (2017) Trumped adds a reasonable amount of meat to the bone, particularly in how the election played out in the eyes of local pundits. This is not something overseas audiences have necessarily had much exposure to.‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
34% Live By Night (2017) Man, that plot. You really can't pick where this thing is going. Will it ultimately become a picture of redemption or something much gloomier? It's clear early on it's going to be a bumpy ride, led by a heavy-hearted and woebegone character. ‐ Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 77% Boys in the Trees (2016) The young cast give it a good crack but cannot overpower the weight of contrivance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/5 75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
61% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 79% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/5 50% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Keep expectations low, and Goldblum appreciation levels high.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 89% Chasing Asylum (2016) Vital, evocative and gut-wrenching.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 7, 2016
71% Pawno (2015) The cast do their best with the material but the scattered structure of the film does them no favours.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016