Luke Goodsell Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
62% 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
84% 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)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) unexpectedly tender coming of age piece. ‐ The Monthly (Australia)
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
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)
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)
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
73% 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)
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)
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
47% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) A Sistine Chapel of transcendent stupidity. ‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
Recommended 60% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
44% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
Recommended 85% Sully (2016) Sully is freighted with the heaviness of memory, both personal and collective, on screen and off. ‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
Not Recommended 30% 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
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
Recommended 87% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
70% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
91% Speed Sisters (2017) Solidarity through defiance that proves to be one of Speed Sisters' greatest charms.‐ 4:3
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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/4 82% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
2/4 63% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2015
2/4 59% The Intern (2015) ...a film that keeps the good stuff hidden behind a wall of broad jokes and telegraphed intergenerational moments.‐ Movie Mezzanine
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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
2.5/4 70% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 87% The Tribe (2015) ...there's an undeniably compelling frisson in the The Tribe's unique mixture of brutality and silence.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
2.5/4 64% Hungry Hearts (2015) ...the resulting film is unfocused but sometimes unnerving, an uneasy fusion of realism and intimations of the supernatural that never fully takes hold.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Thirty years after his hero walked off into a nuclear sunset, George Miller returns for more than just a greatest-hits package, orchestrating a go-for-broke action symphony that's also wonderfully, wildly subversive.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) ...more akin to an anonymous BBC production than the work of a once-exciting Dogme 95 alumnus.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 98% Iris (2015) Iris never feigns importance as a documentary, and is all the richer for it.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2015
2.5/4 56% The Age of Adaline (2015) The Age of Adaline is a "near miss," content to occasionally flirt with the sublime rather than step wholly into the uneasy.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
2/4 30% Lost River (2015) While Lost River isn't some misunderstood masterpiece, neither is it as awful as advertised. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 89% Jauja (2015) Mysteriously opaque and thrillingly spooky, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja evokes what many films aspire to yet rarely achieve: a genuine lucid state of cinema-as-dream. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/4 59% Run All Night (2015) Run All Night fancies itself a remix of Taken, John Wick and Michael Winner's Mechanic, with a whole lot of Michael Mann and even a little Abel Ferrara to boot.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
2.5/4 95% '71 (2015) Demange's feature synthesizes the speed and dynamism of early Kathryn Bigelow-directed films...‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/4 95% Hard to be a God (2015) "Where is art? Where is renaissance?" an ogre wonders in one scene, before leering into the camera with a conspiratorial, rotted-tooth grin. The answer is easy: right here.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) (2014) My Name is Hmmm... is ultimately too unfocused to really cohere as an effective, satisfying whole.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
1.5/4 12% Mortdecai (2015) There's just never enough ham on the buffet for Johnny Depp these days. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015