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T-Meter Title | Year
65% Peterloo (2019) The 75-year-old British filmmaker's most ambitious work to date is also one of the most potent movies of the year. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum continues to deliver the kind of fight choreography that serves as an antidote to the CGI slickness of other action spectacles, but it seems unlikely that the creative team can successfully lap the same premise for much longer. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) There's so much of the filmmaker's soul and craft in the finished product, so many of Gilliam's fascinating, clashing impulses - visionary excess, blundering self-sabotage - bouncing off walls in ways that refuse to be tamed. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary won't quite supplant the nostalgic memories of the original, but for audiences coming fresh to the tale, this is a satisfyingly ghoulish -- and frequently amusing -- addition to the ever-expanding King cinema canon. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's [affinity for Dumbo], whose computer-generated expressions have more personality than most of the stock human performances combined, creates a sense of empathy for the outsider that elevates the movie's generally tepid writing. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie might not capture the comedic energy of its subjects, but as a testament to a lifelong friendship, it's hard not to be moved just a little. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) For all its sound and fury, Vox Lux ultimately signifies very little. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
69% The Mule (2018) It's been a long and storied journey, but at the tender age of 88, Clint Eastwood has finally settled in as the wizened, reflective heart of American cinema - and made what might be one of its great road movies. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots only nudges the envelope. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
67% Vice (2018) The film similarly struggles to reconcile its impulses toward laughter and outrage. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
87% Colette (2018) Washmoreland has the right kind of deviant sensibility to take the film beyond stuffy historical piece. He gives Knightley range to move outside the period straightjacket. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's refreshingly unusual, to say the least, for a major studio picture to deliver an empathetic portrait of a bitter, middle-aged lesbian that has little interest in a redemptive character arc. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The film's sense of its own importance also proves to be its undoing. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) With such a cultural purview, who's to say that Bohemian Rhapsody - which aspires to little beyond simply entertaining its audience in the most generalist way - isn't successful? - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Even as Fallout marches to a surprisingly generic ticking-clock-and-explosive climax, the action is energised by Cruise's wild zeal. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom might be the first film in the series that breaks the mould of its predecessors, ditching the tenuous social concern of Michael Crichton's cautionary original in favour of a gleeful contempt for humanity's failings. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The film is cohesive, zippy and confident to a fault, an interlocking piece of an ever-expanding - or should that be contracting - universe where most of the spontaneity has been relegated to the bad press. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It hums with Spielberg's unmatched formal elasticity. But it's also a shrill, soulless piece, lacking the sense of wonder - or even an interrogation of such - essential to its director's best work. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
85% The Square (2017) As intelligent and well assembled as The Square is, it lets its audience off the hook with a wink at every turn. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) ...an unexpectedly tender coming of age piece. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman pulls off a tricky highwire act once Rama's attacker is eventually found... - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It's a heady cocktail, and yet the film arrives at an impasse. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, takes one of Baldwin's unfinished manuscripts, Remember This House, and transforms it into an urgent exploration of US history. - The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) All told, Coppola's film is another satisfying, if somewhat minor, addition to the filmmaker's impressive career. - The Final Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
64% Axolotl Overkill (2017) A surprisingly affecting debut, less concerned with teenage debauchery than the world of disarray in which its characters move. It's also one that's strongly attuned to the bonds between women. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) The film is at its most convincing when evoking the horrifying ordeal of domestic entrapment and it gives its protaganist at least some surface dues in developing what passes for agency here. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) [Personal Shopper] displays a conversely intuitive, almost millennial understanding of the changing European landscape and the New World citizens who populate it. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Once again stunt man-turned-auteur Stahelski orchestrates scene after scene of gracefully choreographed carnage. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Sanders' film is impressive enough on its "own," or at least as impressive as a commercially-minded, committee-driven bastardisation of an iconic text might hope to be. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Skull Island manages to hold [its] precarious balance of haphazard social commentary and B-movie thrills for an admirable distance, assisted immensely by the levity of the screenplay and performances. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
46% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) A Sistine Chapel of transcendent stupidity. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
Recommended 61% Allied (2016) Allied fabricates a wish-fulfillment idea of Golden Age Hollywood melodrama-star-crossed gossip and all-for a 21st-century cinema that has increasingly little time for it. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's weight to this world, no longer defined by clashes between politicians and spiritual warriors; instead, there's a sense of the desperation of the people and creatures that have always existed just outside the margins of the series' frame. - The Final Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
43% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's an oddly satirical piece, casting a gentle side-eye at capitalism and the corporate war machine even as it hedges its bets with Lee's trademark dramatic pathos. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
Recommended 86% Sully (2016) Sully is freighted with the heaviness of memory, both personal and collective, on screen and off. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
Not Recommended 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) James Bobin's gruesomely bland Alice Through the Looking Glass both compounds the flaws of its predecessor and offers precisely none of the residual weirdness. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
Recommended 88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The heart-over-head finale is pure cheese, but by that point Florence has engendered such goodwill that it almost dares you to mock the corniness. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
Recommended 71% Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016) To Love Without Demands attempts to reconcile Fassbinder's complexities by essaying his emotional landscape: his childhood, his family, and the relationships he shared with his collaborators. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
73% The Visit: An Alien Encounter (The Visit) (2015) While there's plenty of curiosity in what the experts have to say, there's little to indicate that it was worth devoting an entire 83-minutes of film to. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
92% Speed Sisters (2017) Solidarity through defiance that proves to be one of Speed Sisters' greatest charms. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
17% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) It may not be a good film, but it's made -- or at least, acted -- with a bizarre affection that goes a long way toward being endearing. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Locates the sweet spot for so much (superficially) disparate recent Spielberg: morally engaged and reflective, yet playful and funny and loose -- and with the formal beauty [of] one of American cinema's greatest mainstream artists. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/4 83% Entertainment (2015) Conjures an elegant portrait of a nation lost in a surrealist slipstream, drawing on the iconography of its past and the shell of its present. It's one of the best American movies of the year. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
2/4 64% Spectre (2015) Gone is the mysterious Bond-as-cipher, replaced by unpleasant, Marvel-indebted universe-building in which all the pieces of previous films must tiresomely fit together. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2015
2/4 60% The Intern (2015) ...a film that keeps the good stuff hidden behind a wall of broad jokes and telegraphed intergenerational moments. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
4/4 92% Breathe (2015) It's only the second feature for actress-turned-filmmaker Laurent, who's probably still best known in the US for her avenging cinephile in Inglourious Basterds, yet Breathe crackles with the intuitive control of a seasoned auteur. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
2.5/4 71% Prince (2015) Like so many coming-of-age debuts before it, Prince isn't world-changing, but like the best of them, there's enough youthful electricity to De Jong's work to make you want to see what he does next. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
1.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) [Fantastic Four should] simply be ignored for the unremarkable-and completely familiar-corporate bowel movement that it is. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 98% Phoenix (2015) If the film at times feels more interesting in theory-for what it evokes, cinematic and otherwise-then all is forgotten once Phoenix arrives at its destination... - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 95% Amy (2015) A sad air of familiarity and a creeping sense of ghoulishness conspire to sink Asif Kapadia's Amy... - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015