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Lynden Barber

Lynden Barber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) The film is lightly entertaining, making its points about oppression in Iran gently.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) It proves that crackingly fast entertainment doesn't have to be mindless, and it manages to do so, with an endearingly cheeky sense of humour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Tales (Ghesse-ha) (2015) I found this an easy film to respect, but a harder one to enjoy.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/5 88% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) Its absurdism is as nutty as ever and yet no less profound at moments.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
4.5/5 83% Victoria (2015) Victoria is an electrifyingly intense ride.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 88% The Tribe (2015) It's hard, in some ways, to take. Yet, it is also so inventive and so unbendingly determined that it will be equally hard to erase from the mind.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/5 50% Mahi va gorbeh (Fish & Cat) (2013) It's easy to praise Iranian director Shahram Mokri's Fish & Cat for its conceptual daring and technical achievement and much harder to sit through its agonisingly slow and repetitive 134 minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2015
4.5/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) The film has a cinematic ambition to which it admirably lives up, not only in its bold structure and impressively moody cinematography, production, editing and sound design, but also in its plethora of imaginative and unconventional touches.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 92% Child's Pose (2014) What makes Cornelia fascinating is not just her rapaciousness and determination, but also the power of her love, albeit a love that smothers. Like King Lear, she is a monstrous parent, yet pitiable.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2014
68% God Help the Girl (2014) God Help the Girl marks the writing-directing debut of Stuart Murdoch from Scottish musical duo Belle and Sebastian and it's marvelous in almost every respect.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 85% Upstream Color (2013) Mystifyingly cryptic yet oddly hypnotic.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/5 93% Looper (2012) Looper may be as flawed as hell... but it has enough brilliance to get it over the hump.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012
1.5/5 91% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2010) Director Guillem Morales and his writing partner Oriol Paulo thread a series of tired old horror tropes around a mystery plot in which Julia sets out to find the identity of the mystery man she believes is responsible for her sister's death.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 62% Howl (2010) The film's jigsaw construction initially lends an air of freshness and unpredictability, but as the film moves forward the lack of any overarching thematic structure or emotional dynamism becomes a problem. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2011
4/5 87% Black Swan (2010) It is compelling viewing, aided enormously by Portman's extraordinarily subtle and emotionally authentic performance.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) Vaughan's behaviour is so crass and silly as to lack credibility.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2011
4/5 89% Tangled (2010) Tangled deserves to be popular with family audiences and I have a strong suspicion it will.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2011
4/5 72% Sarah's Key (2011) What makes Sarah's Key work so powerfully is the way the two strands build upon each other to become greater than the sum of the two parts.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2010
4/5 57% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) The long, shockingly barbaric stoning sequence near the film's climax is indeed grueling, and the film's depiction of the events leading up to it paint a horrifying picture of the powerlessness of women in rural Iran in this period.‐
Read More | Posted May 27, 2010
4/5 74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) The sheer originality and inventiveness on display throughout Micmacs is consistently dazzling -- and frequently very funny.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2010
4/5 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) The next time someone tells you that "all Australian films are depressing", point them in Bran Nue Dae's direction.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2010
1/5 18% The Tooth Fairy (2010) The film is directed by Michael Lembeck and penned by six screenwriters without flair or subtlety, while Johnson's performance lives down to his name.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2010
4/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) Though the animation technique here is old school, it's zippy and quick-witted and the story skills that elevate Pixar's work are on display.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2010
4.5/5 94% Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009) Writer-director Riad Sattouf focuses on the sheer awkwardness of the mid-teenage years, wryly capturing the maturity gap when most girls seem about three years ahead of their male peers.‐ Limelight
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2010
3.5/5 79% Nowhere Boy (2010) UK video artist turned filmmaker Sam Taylor Wood and Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh have delivered a vividly entertaining film.‐ Limelight
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2010
3/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) While certainly diverting, its overly frantic attempts at humour, pointless homages to other films and lack of charm mean it falls some way short. It's not terrible but neither is it memorable.‐
Posted Dec 13, 2009
3.5/5 66% The Brothers Bloom (2009) The film is stuffed with visual gags, only some of which hit the spot. When Weisz is on screen even the more contrived of these seem forgivable.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2009