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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, The Daily Review/Crikey

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% Better Watch Out (2017) Working within a heavily codified structure, [Peckover has] found a way to keep it fresh and exciting.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Not all the candy-coloured bombast in the world can disguise the fact that Ben Affleck, the bulkiest and mopiest Batman of all time, clearly doesn't want to be here, triggering memories of the #SadAffleck meme. Ben, we feel your pain.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare (2017) A Low Budget Nightmare has heart and sincerity to spare. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) Matt Damon's steely, stripped-back, average Joe style works against him, lending Lodge a stoicism and stony-heartedness that feels inhuman and even machine-like. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
13% Geostorm (2017) Geostorm brings tin-eared dialogue and squirrely, logic-deprived plotlines a-plenty. Miraculously, however, I had quite a bit of fun with it. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Redfern Now: Promise Me (2015) Redfern Now is an exquisitely distinguished soap opera with a high-end look and scale that makes a feature-length finale feel right.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) A sick, slimy and noxious stalker-slasher, terribly repetitive and not even amusing accidentally. Built joylessly by and for men - about the mean pretty girl who must change‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Cargo (2017) Cargo is a very strong, at times stirring achievement: a zombie film with soul and pathos.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
68% mother! (2017) This lofty, pretentious, intellectually and emotionally grueling experience arrives machine-tooled to annoy as many people as possible, on as many levels as possible, down to the flagrant disregard for upper case lettering reflected in its title. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) High-powered and blinged to the hilt, with a lickety-split pace youngsters might expect of action movies these days - and an amount of visual invention they may not.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
85% It (2017) A deathly serious, exhaustingly banal, cut-and-dried cash grab.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The mind wanders. There wasn't a lot to distract it in this content-to-be-unimaginative, tenuously scripted (by Tom O'Connor) odd couple B movie.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 87% American Made (2017) American Made is compelling and unconventional: a film clearly made within the system, designed to look outside it.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 83% That's Not Me (2017) A deceptively sophisticated character study about a person coming to terms with their dreams - and what those dreams (in acting parlance, "making it") mean for those who have achieved them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/5 88% Ali's Wedding (2017) This is a film in which you will hear a letter read aloud, with a voice-over saying the words "you dared to dream", delivered without irony. It is, as they say, what it is.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 76% Killing Ground (2017) Killing Ground combines great aesthetic elegance - including beautiful cinematography and naturalistic editing - with an acrid, lingering foulness, derived from knife-edge performances and a terrifying premise executed with airtight verisimilitude.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/5 56% The Butterfly Tree (2017) The air and aroma of The Butterfly Tree is slushy and thick, so thick you could cut it with a knife.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) the sort of overflowing, eye-watering, glaringly intense aesthetic that might make Hieronymus Bosch or Willy Wonka say: whoa man, too much, too much, let's tone it down a bit.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
2/5 52% Jungle (2017) None of the cast wrestle much impact from the material. Even and especially Radcliffe, who is sent through the wringer in various terrible ways.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) virtually every scene is pitched at a moment of near-crisis, the entire experience hanging in the nanosecond when the fuse has burned out but the explosion is yet to go off. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) [Wright's] latest film, Baby Driver, is the sort of rarity that grumps such as myself often complain Hollywood doesn't make any more. Which is to say: a genuine original.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
90% Gallipoli (1981) Few films impact the national psyche with as much force as Peter Weir's 1981 hit.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
33% The Red Pill (2016) A wretched, morally bankrupt documentary. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet OtherLife (2017) The director is helped along by a darkly charismatic leading performance from Jessica De Gouw who, with her piercing gaze and slightly gothic look and swagger, is a great solidifying force for the cast.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
2/5 54% Australia Day (2017) A story with plenty of sparks and no fire.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
4/5 100% Ellipsis (2017) A high-spirited and humane dramedy with a sparkling joie de vivre and an infectious passion for people and their idiosyncrasies.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The hero faces off against a seemingly insurmountable bad-guy-from-Central-Casting, throwing around what appears to be a range of fluorescent Photoshop-generated squiggly lines.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
52% 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.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
4/5 89% 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 80% 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 88% 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
73% 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.‐ The Daily Review/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
90% 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.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
67% Life (2017) Throat-squeezing verisimilitude exhibited early on gives way to a rote genre exercise; nevertheless a tight, twitchy, muscular ride.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 15% 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 75% 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.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
30% 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.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
35% 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. ‐ The Daily Review/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.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
74% 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.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
89% Doctor Strange (2016) The screenwriters gorge on pseudo philosophical pep talk as if it were white powder at an LA pool party.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 79% 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 73% 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
63% 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