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Philippa Hawker

Philippa Hawker
Philippa Hawker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% Women He's Undressed (2016) Gillian Armstrong's lively, cleverly constructed documentary is a celebration of a life and an art. It's also a playful exploration of the creative achievements of an Australian who played an important role in the Golden Age of Hollywood. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/5 90% Courted (L'hermine) (2015) Courted is an intriguing, carefully constrained work, although there's something a little disconcerting about the way the two stories are interwoven. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 78% The First Monday in May (2016) The documentary doesn't really tell us much about the items in the show either. But it gives us enough glimpses of the content to ensure that it is beautiful to look at. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Unfortunately, Bad Neighbours 2 hasn't found a way to recycle itself, even with a quasi-feminist comic cause. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 11, 2016
2.5/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Whatever we might think of its broader implications, in the end, The Angry Birds Movie is basically a franchise extender that follows a predictable formula. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 11, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) The film is a warm depiction of familial bonds and the strength of relationships across generations. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Silences (2016) The Silences is a narrative of discovery, but it doesn't trade in startling revelations or reversals: it is judicious, thoughtful, resonant. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 2, 2016
2/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) A clumsily assembled patchwork of images, ideas, storylines and fabulous frocks that never comes together with any kind of consistency or flair. It's a mess, and a dour one at that. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
5/5 100% Ordet (The Word) (1954) The film unfolds in a confined space but there is nothing constrained or contained in its searching, intense approach and nothing dogmatic about its approach to its subject. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 75% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) (2014) Freely adapting the work of Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson, Moomins On The Riviera is a leisurely animated feature, a respectful tribute to her creations. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 83% Hockney (2016) [An] affectionate documentary portrait of the artist. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 5, 2016
3.5/5 89% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) Our Last Tango is a complicated story of partnership and rupture, a film that foregrounds storytelling, dance, dramatised presentation and the construction of the world it evokes. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) There is plenty in Kung Fu Panda 3 that echoes the first film and the sequel, but it's not tired recycling. Instead, the movie deftly reinforces and extends what has gone before. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3.5/5 83% The Daughter (2017) The Daughter has a sense of immediacy and an apparent embrace of naturalism, yet its carefully heightened use of space, place and emptiness has a strong impact. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 16, 2016
3.5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) The tale of a plucky rabbit and a sly fox, it's also a meditation on human nature, civil society and the politics of stereotyping. And it has great sloth jokes. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet From Vegas To Macau 3 (From Vegas To Macau Iii) (2016) This third instalment is a succession of CGI-driven sequences, comic routines and action set-pieces, played out with a distinct lack of energy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) There are quite a few elements to appreciate in this mixed-up patchwork. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2.5/5 51% Risen (2016) When it becomes the story of Clavius' gradual conversion from sceptic to believer, it seems to lose its nerve. It is earnest and surprisingly restrained. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 94% Room (2015) Room is a powerful imagining of an extraordinary situation, but it's also a poignant evocation of the ordinary, everyday intensity and complexity of the bond between mother and child. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 3, 2016
3/5 76% Goosebumps (2015) As the monsters are set free, and special effects mayhem starts to pile up, Goosebumps becomes an undifferentiated thrill ride, a slightly exhausting roll call that includes deadly garden gnomes, a teen werewolf, a giant mantis and a lot of slime. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2016
4.5/5 97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) It is characteristically slow and measured, combining a profound sense of melancholy with a light touch, blurring the boundaries between waking and sleeping, dream and memory, past and present in the most relaxed, quotidian way. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 16% The 5th Wave (2016) There are some clunky or abruptly compressed revelations, and Evan's flashback story is dispatched far too quickly. Yet the situation that develops... is an intriguing one. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 20, 2016
2.5/5 9% Point Break (2015) Point Break soon becomes a mixture of spectacle and discomfort, with striking scenery, eye-catching stunts and awkward performances. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2.5/5 16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) There are a few cameos... there's product placement galore, a few bearable gags, a few songs and not much else. It's exactly what an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie aims to deliver, in other words. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3/5 73% Suffragette (2015) It's a graceful, serious-minded period piece that never quite comes to life, although it tells its story clearly and is at pains to place a sympathetic figure at its centre. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 22, 2015
2.5/5 31% Daddy's Home (2015) An oddly limited film. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/5 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) Despite the depiction of rivalry and discomfort, its tone is not harsh; there's something restrained and carefully poignant about the film and the rueful reverence it displays for its central figure. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 9, 2015
2/5 19% Love the Coopers (2015) One Last Christmas. It's like One Last Job in a heist movie -- an enterprise embarked on with the best of intentions, but bound to go badly. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 95% Creed (2015) Creed moves the Rocky franchise into the present and gives it a future; Coogler makes the story his own, even as he pays respect to what has gone before. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 1, 2015
2.5/5 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) It soon becomes obvious that there is no avoiding the burden of predictability: there is nothing, essentially, in the film's story that we don't know already. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Putuparri And The Rainmakers (2015) Nicole Ma's rich, engrossing and rewarding documentary gives us a sense of time that operates on many levels. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 9, 2015
3/5 72% 5 to 7 (2015) The fairytale aura is nourished by outdated yet timeless notions of Frenchness and Americanness, grand romantic fantasies in themselves. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 48% Freeheld (2015) There is an important and moving story at its heart, and strong central performances from Moore, Page and Shannon, but they're undermined, in the final stages, by a strange kind of rote efficiency in the way it is told. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3.5/5 88% Only The Dead (2015) There are occasions when more information or sustained introspection feels necessary, but there also times when images speak for themselves. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 30, 2015
4/5 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) [A] singular, engrossing collection of vignettes with a cumulative, disconcerting power. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/5 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) The Last Witch Hunter starts off with traces of sly humour, but gradually collapses into a unwieldy combination of special effects confrontations and ponderous exposition. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2.5/5 29% Burnt (2015) Alongside Cooper, director John Wells has gathered a strong ensemble cast, but they're given little to work with. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2015
2.5/5 64% UNindian (2015) Director Anupam Sharma presides over a film bristling with supporting characters and plotlines of varying success: a melodramatic subplot involving Meera's former husband feels way out of place and references to sponsors are decidedly unsubtle. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2015
2.5/5 61% Legend (2015) The movie never really gives Hardy enough to work with. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2015
2.5/5 50% A Second Chance (En chance til) (2015) The way the twists occur tends to undermine what could be a more interesting, resonant story about the darker aspects of family, parenthood, grief and power. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/5 77% London Road (2016) [A] curious, awkward, intriguing work. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
2.5/5 27% Pan (2015) Pan simply turns into a 3D thrill ride, with a lot of falling through space and flying pirate ships lurching here and there, for no obvious reason. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/5 73% Everest (2015) Kormakur creates a convincing sense of the physical environment, the intensity of the experience, the sound and physical impact of extreme weather. He can't do much to convey, however, the mystery and essence of what draws people to this endeavour. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2015
3/5 88% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) It's handsome, elegantly executed, a little muffled; only Tang, as the lonely accountant, and Chan, as the frantic hustler, give the story some emotional intensity and weight. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2015
4/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) It's a visually rich, tactile film with two beautifully observed, subtle performances at its centre. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2/5 16% Pixels (2015) Dinklage and Gad bring an energy to their performances that Sandler conspicuously lacks. However, it's hardly enough. Saving the world is one thing; saving the film is a bigger challenge. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) It's a tricky mixture of charm and contrivance, with appealing performances, ambition and surprising limitations. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5/5 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) The to and fro of dialogue between the men never goes very far, and we don't really get a sense of the natural world that the pair experience. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2/5 33% Stalkher (2015) Dspite its appearance of narrative twists and turns, the film ends up very much where it started, with its provocations untested, its unpleasantness reinforced. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) A smart, engrossing documentary about a political and media moment in the United States in the 1960s; a moment whose resonance is topical and whose reverberations have been enduring. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2015