Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Palm Springs (2020) As much as it tangles with life's essential meaninglessness, Palm Springs keeps walking back uncertainty with easy humour, dodging the abyss with charm. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) The film continues July's exploration of connection, and the yearning for intimacy, upending and queering the myth of family while exploring possibilities for those cut adrift from society's norms. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Murray and Jones, who shared a scene in Coppola's Netflix throwaway A Very Murray Christmas, are swell company, whistling and warbling and cooking up crackpot schemes as they chase Dean across Manhattan like they're in some gumshoe mystery. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) It's a shame The High Note is too busy honey-coating its chase-your-dream production to let those messy emotions unravel up in the mix. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) What the film lacks in inspiration it eventually makes up for in sheer, accumulated goodwill. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
87% The Shout (1979) If the sexual corrosion weren't uneasy enough, then the film's frightening titular moment possesses a psychic power that's impossible to unhear. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
67% Heaven (1987) The oddball playfulness, combined with Keaton's sense of curiosity and wonder, also reveals a surprisingly touching tribute to humanity and its delusions, however grand or ridiculous they may be. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
66% Matthias & Maxime (2019) Dolan makes something of a return to form with his latest, a modest but tender drama that finds both writer-director and his millennial characters at a crossroads. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) It's endearing, even as it's a bit of an overstuffed canvas. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
92% Monos (2019) The fresh thrill of chaos -- of teenage abandon bearing down on a broken system -- courses through this dreamy, violent third feature from Colombian-Ecuadorian writer-director Alejandro Landes. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) As he did with BlacKkKlansman, Lee has welded a genre movie to audacious cultural dialogue and Da 5 Bloods works best when it's firing in the filmmaker's punchy, didactic register. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Director Matt Wolf is drawn to eccentrics... In Spaceship Earth, he finds perhaps the perfect subject for his fascination. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) It's this shared spirit that gives Jonze's documentary presentation its own rambling, inventive charm, capturing a career in all of its chaos and glory... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) Moss's conviction keeps the film compelling, even as it threatens to snap into a standard stalker-horror template -- blaring sound design, faux-Bernard Herrmann strings, an occasionally heavy-handed sense of dread. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Anyone who's a sucker for dogs, adventure, and existential old Harrison Ford is going to have a pretty good time. For those who want the reassuring chaos of the universe, there's always Grizzly Man. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) It's not perfect happiness, but it's a pleasing diversion. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) You can almost sense Eastwood enjoying himself as he chips away at Jewell's trust in authority and institutions, crafting another classic portrait for his gallery of stoic individuals in the process. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
90% The Lighthouse (2019) There's plenty of fun to be had here, to be sure, but at a certain point it feels insufficiently unhinged to conjure the giddy seasickness to which it strives. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The ensuing girls-versus-bad-men melee works as a satisfyingly noisy outlet for the movie's female rage, but Yan and Hodson also take time to sketch out moments of sisterhood that give the mayhem some form of emotional anchor. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems burns itself right to the wire, leading to an astonishingly tense and funny climax... - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) What's left is an oddly muted simulation that works more as a refraction of its current star than its historical subject. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life's lasting power to move lies not in its belief in the inherent goodness of humanity, but in its ability to find so much beauty in the construction of faith. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Incoming Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah deliver a mostly satisfying coda, paying tribute to the master's kinetic formalism while playing a heavy hand of sentiment that's on brand for a series which has never exactly been subtle. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) As a war epic, 1917 is rather more low-key than the Sturm und Drang typical of the genre: the film's strength lies in its eerier passages, which linger in the mind with a sense of reflection. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) There is an intoxicating stillness to this drama, an attention to silence and evocative, dreamlike sounds -- brushstrokes, crackling flames, waves against the shoreline -- that suggest everything is playing out in a detached and sacred space. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) A tender, sometimes elusive tale of mothers and daughters and the cinema itself. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Even the reliable, heart-tugging emotional cues -- John Williams' punchy score, Chewbacca's plaintive howl, and the inevitable cameos from old friends long gone -- lack the magic, though not for want of Abrams' best exertions to render things epic. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This kind of comedy sits uneasily next to the film's fuzzy sentimentality, not to mention the intermittent appearance of genuinely horrific imagery... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics is transformative, in that true magical sense. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari can't help but be moderately satisfying, its familiar heroes-versus-the-system narrative jazzed by some genuinely exciting motor racing sequences. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Trapped in limbo between Mission: Impossible and Hustlers, it's an unsteady confection that drifts toward inertia -- too low on good jokes to paper over the plot tedium, and only partially rescued by the chemistry between its leads. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory considers both elements of its title, and though the former weighs heavy, it's the warmth that lingers - in the small moments that resonate in life's absurd slipstream... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) It's neither witty enough to be truly, viciously funny, nor sufficiently scary to cultivate the atmosphere of evil that might make it genuinely unnerving. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The overwhelming music certainly captures that giddy, all-consuming rush of falling for a new idol who seems, in that moment, to belong exclusively to you. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Has anyone so gifted and visually arresting -- a goth queen dream -- been so ill-served by a pair of movies so aggressively dreary? - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man can only hint at such possibilities - it's too shackled to the demands of delivering a big-budget sci-fi action thriller, on which terms it fails... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Destined to irritate fans of the book and bore those who aren't familiar, The Goldfinch ends up a perplexing, unloveable artefact. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Lest things get too sincere, Jarmusch's ambivalence - itself a symptom of the world he shows us - tempers the fury, reminding the audience that there's nothing funnier than the end of the world. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
97% Buoyancy (2020) It's one of the strongest Australian debut films of recent years. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) With its sense of turn-of-the-century nostalgia -- from baby pink hoodies and khaki Capri pants to video game adventures -- the movie cultivates an uncanny continuum between the recent past and now. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Alien continues to fascinate - it's built around this primal, even divine creation that endures despite our feeble attempts to snuff it out; a life-force that thrives, even as it threatens mankind's destruction. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
87% Animals (2019) This untamed depiction of female friendship moves beyond basic binaries of freedom and control. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) It: Chapter 2 retreats from the genuine horror of the 2017 remake towards something less imaginative. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Whatever her reasons, Franklin is certainly presented at the height of her power in the resynced, remastered result - a film that moves and breathes with the urgency of the moment. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Throws enough at the wall to convince that Aster's gestures towards the super-feminine might be real, or at least really well researched. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The result is a film that's both conceptually outlandish and improbably boring, with two leads who never seem remotely in peril and look vaguely absurd in low-level fights. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) There are sequences so pristine and immediate, so wide-eyed and full of mankind's optimism, as to feel almost unreal to jaded modern eyes. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) It's like experiencing past, present and some eerie computer-generated future all at once -- dazzling and alienating and even a little bit emotional, in all the ways you know it probably shouldn't be and yet a great magic act can convince you otherwise. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's a rollickingly, grim dispatch from a society chowing down on its own entrails, where the underclass are clawing at each other, the rich get twisted up by their own malaise, and everyone's losing their goddamn minds. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) All you need is love, the movie suggests, when a dash of imagination wouldn't have gone astray. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019