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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) For the most part this is good fun, but Bad Times At The El Royale doesn't quite check out.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/5 89% First Man (2018) On the back of the remarkable one-two jazz combo of Whiplash and La La Land, (Chazelle) has aimed for the heavens and scored a rare hat-trick.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/5 30% Venom (2018) The sad truth is that Venom feels like the shameless cash-in many feared it would be.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 75% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot looks great, sounds good, and is thoroughly and thoughtfully entertaining across its brisk running time.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) As the mystery begins to unravel, so does the film. A tone that was already wavering gets some serious wobbles, and by the end, all of its flaws are on display.‐ The Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 33% The Predator (2018) Saved by its "Loonies" and its laughs, The Predator is hoping to be the start of a whole new Predator saga (but) that's wishful thinking.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It deserves all the kudos it can get for its representation of Asian people (but) more than that it deserves to be seen because it's a fun, well-made romance.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's a shame there isn't more hilarity or noirish style to this ambitious cult-classic-in-waiting.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) I'm as much a fan of big-dumb-fun movies as the next man-child, The Meg is mostly just big-dumb.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) This one will be remembered as "the one with the helicopter chase". Which is an insanely awesome sequence, by the way.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/5 91% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) City Of God is the very definition of cinematic lightning in a bottle.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3.5/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The bad scenes are overwhelmed by the good, the laughs outweigh the mis-steps, the characters are great, and Sami and van Beek do an excellent job.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) The meme-worthy crane jump sums it up - yeah, it's ridiculous, but it's edge-of-your-seat stuff that somehow works if you're willing to go along for the ride.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 80% What We Started (2018) The documentary What We Started aims to be "the defining film of the electronic music genre" and, for now, it is.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man & The Wasp is funny and fun but a little too wrapped up and tripped up by its quantum entanglement of plots to be truly great.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom manages a few moments of visual showmanship that almost help pave over the clunky script and the feeling this is the runt of the dino litter.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is well worth the wait... (another) super-smart breakdown of family dynamics that just so happens to be wearing a superhero costume.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) A fun crime caper that's cool and breezy, like all fun crime capers should be.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) Clever yet sincere, a masterful Theron performance, and it balances it light and shade pretty well. Just don't see it if you're thinking about having kids.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It doesn't achieve greatness, but it's certainly not the disappointment many expected it to be.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3.5/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) It can't match its predecessor for originality, but the Merc With The Mouth once again brings the mirth.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 78% Breath (2018) Baker is to be commended for bringing this story to the big screen and delivering it so well... One of the better Aussie films in recent years.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) Life Of The Party is so predictable and cliched that it becomes boring, and it's more the shame that McCarthy can't get this party started.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4.5/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For fans, this is the pay-off you've been waiting for, which is saying something. It's the most epic MCU film to date.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
1.5/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) I'm not a woman - and therefore I'm not the target audience - but I reckon most women would be perplexed by what's on display here.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) If this is the type of film we can expect from Netflix in the future, then Cannes might want to rethink their rules.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
3/5 53% Rampage (2018) Rampage is good at exactly what it sets out to be good at, and that is to unleash three giant mutated animals (and The Rock) on the city of Chicago.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The most innovative horror film since The Blair Witch Project. The unbeatable frontrunner for scary movie of the year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
5/5 96% Chasing Ice (2012) Orlowski's documentary is brilliant because of the wondrous way it shows a worldwide story and a personal one at the same time.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) It's unlikely to find its way in to a Spielberg top 10, but nonetheless it's another crowdpleaser from the master.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Within the first five minutes of Pacific Rim Uprising, it is already a hundred times better than its predecessor.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) In this, del Toro asks "what if the monster got the girl?". It's a strange question with weird answers, but one he poses with beauty, delicacy and intelligence.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander deserves a go at playing the role in a better film but if this is the best anyone can offer third time around, then Lara Croft should stick to the consoles.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
5/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) Wake In Fright gets beneath Australia's skin and stares into a dark heart that was hidden beneath the ochre dust and boozy bonhomie. One of the greatest Aussie films of all time.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) A gripping spy story that will have you shifting uncomfortably in your seat.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1.5/5 30% The BBQ (2018) The film is abysmal and it all comes down to an absolutely woeful script. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther boasts a sense of grandeur as it tells a sprawling Shakespearean tale that traverses the political, racial, ideological, familial and fantastical.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/5 87% The Post (2018) This film will be a reminder of the time Spielberg, Streep and Hanks worked together and as such, will be remembered as a novelty, as opposed to an example of their best work.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Just give Oldman the Oscar already.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
3.5/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Central to I, Tonya is Robbie's masterful performance as Harding. If nothing else, it's worth watching for that alone.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Is it too early to start talking about how Martin McDonagh is one of the great writer-directors of the past decade?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
5/5 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) (Waltz With Bashir turns) the recollections and re-enactments of the war into visually stunning works of art (and) will leave you utterly devastated.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Pitch Perfect 3 is a great example of many things, such as "milking an idea dry", "continued diminishing returns", "the wearing out of a welcome", and "not knowing when to stop".‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Exactly the biopic Barnum would've made about himself - forget the art, don't let the truth get in the way of a good story, but leave 'em smiling in the aisles.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Follow-ups are hard to do, but Paddington 2 knows which side its bread is buttered (with added marmalade, of course) and repeats the winning recipe.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Just like The Empire Strikes Back set the benchmark for the "orig trij", The Last Jedi does the same for the sequel trilogy. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
5/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco is one of the best things Pixar has ever done, and that's saying something.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 84% Wonder (2017) You would have to be an utter, utter bastard to give Wonder a bad review.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
5/5 95% Amy (2015) The sad irony of this powerful doco is that one of the very things that contributed to her untimely death is one of the very things that makes the doco so incredible.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
2/5 20% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) (Daddy's Home 2 is) destined for an after-life as an annual Christmas re-run you'll tune in to by accident, only to end up changing the channel or just going to bed.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017