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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
3/5 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Likeable and surprisingly low-key. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3.5/5 96% Girlhood (2015) In her previous features, Water Lilies and Tomboy, Sciamma focused on young characters in states of transition and discovery. Girlhood follows a trajectory of transformation, something that Toure achieves with effortless fluidity. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2015
2.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Despite the fact that it seems to have been designed for a sequel, it's hard to summon up any enthusiasm for the prospect. The characters don't seem to, after all. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2015
3.5/5 88% The Blue Room (2014) A cool tale of sex and deception; a brief, tightly wound story whose contours only gradually become clear. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/5 94% The Farewell Party (2015) Israeli filmmakers Tal Granit​ and Sharon Maymon​ tackle matters of life and death with a bracing mixture of seriousness, sentiment and sharp black comedy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) It's a reinforcement of some elements of the first film, but also a departure in ways that make it more thoughtful than its predecessor without ever undermining its commitment to entertain. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) This new feature takes issues of absurdity and scale to heart in many ways; it is modest as well as ambitious, and its title character is played by Paul Rudd, the most appealingly self-deprecating of actors. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) t's full of tension, but it's also disturbing on another level: it's hard not to be reminded of recent events. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/5 88% Tangerines (2015) The film is a character study, a chamber piece with incursions, a morality play with a thoughtful sense of its own boundaries. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 89% Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014) It's not hard to see the appeal of the Camino, in its simplicity and potential -- even if Smith's film can depict only aspects of the experience, and isn't able to explore its after-effects. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) A smart, vivid action movie that understands the pitfalls and pleasures of the prehistoric fantasy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/5 38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) The Face Of An Angel, although it presents a sceptical look at the operations of the media, turns out to be about a different questions of perception and representation. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2.5/5 32% Entourage (2015) There are traces of what made the TV series entertaining, but not enough to sustain a movie. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3.5/5 94% Spy (2015) The car chases might wear out their welcome, but the plot twists are neat, and the physical comedy robust and intense. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 20, 2015
3.5/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) Like many Ghibli films, its central characters are female, its story a mixture of the quotidian and the remarkable. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 92% Chakde! India (2007) The plot contains no surprises, but the matches are deftly shot and the film is a buoyant expression of girl power. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 100% Banksy Does New York (2014) The talking heads can't tell us much, but Moukarbel makes deft use of crowd-sourced footage to convey the wildly different ways New Yorkers engaged with the works. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/5 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) It floats, like Lively herself, in a kind of timeless bubble. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) It presents us with the portrait of a man who started out as an economist, discovered his vocation, travelled the world, immersed himself in his self-imposed task and encountered extremes of human behaviour. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4.5/5 89% Mommy (2015) The cinematic frame might have contracted, but there's a kind of ferocious compassion in Dolan's vision, and its embrace is startlingly wide. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 71% The DUFF (2015) [The DUFF] looks at first as if it's set in a post-clique world, where it's ok to be niche. But no, the film tells us, for jock, goth and geek alike, there's another hurdle: you need to be hot. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) There's something indomitable about her will to perform, and insecurity has been part of her experience for decades, it's clear. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 79% Furious 7 (2015) The sheer implausibility is entertaining, yet it feels as if nothing is really at stake: everyone has nine lives. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 45% A Little Chaos (2015) Sometimes it's awkward, sometimes it works. These singular, detached vignettes keep the film interesting, even as its momentum seems to falter, its purpose to be a little unclear. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2/5 28% Insurgent (2015) There's also not much in the way of lightness or humour in these kinds of films. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) Given what happens and what's at stake, it's surprisingly dull. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) There's a doleful beauty and elegance to the look of the film. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) It seems to have been designed as a family guy's workplace comedy on tour with the boys, a kind of EuroBusinessTrip with a heart: it fails dismally on all counts. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 91% Eastern Boys (2015) [Campillo] leaves us, at the end, in an appropriately ambiguous place. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) In the end, a little too much rides on what we make of this couple and their partnership, and the movie, well-conceived as it is, has drawn its boundaries a little too tightly. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) There is much that is fiercely modest about its ambitions. And, for a war film, it is often disconcertingly quiet. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) It has an impressive performance from Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, granddaughter of Tippi Hedren.) But it doesn't really feel like a date movie. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 100% Night Will Fall (2014) As well as footage of Bernstein, Singer has some fascinating interviews with English, Soviet and American soldiers who did the filming. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/5 11% Taken 3 (2015) There's something sluggishly formulaic about the rollout of smackdowns, chase scenes and general mayhem involving wrecked cars. And a plot point involving warm bagels is downright ludicrous. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) It is a handsome film, bleak and dark and elegantly filmed told with a mixture of intensity and something like restraint, even distance. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) Terry's enveloping warmth, wisdom and good nature give the Oscar-shortlisted documentary much of its energy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 12, 2015
2.5/5 48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Larry and his crew head for London and more slightly laboured mayhem, with slapstick gags that seem designed for younger viewers. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 9, 2015
2.5/5 51% The Interview (2014) The Interview might be a cause celebre, whose temporary shelving by Sony was treated as a free speech issue, but it is a broad, somewhat laboured comedy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) For the filmmakers, there are simplifications that must have been inevitable, for dramatic and narrative purposes, when it comes to depicting the years of wartime work. But what of the other choices that have been made? ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) A self-referential noir-screwball-action movie that never wears out its welcome -- although it delights in taking that risk, over and over again. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 14, 2014
2/5 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Horrible Bosses 2 is more of the same, yet less. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/5 88% Shrek 2 (2004) Donkey, with his endless asides and phenomenally thick skin, is as much of a pleasure as he was in the first film, but he has a challenger: Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 6, 2014
4/5 96% Particle Fever (2014) Particle Fever shows how the theorists and experimenters need and respect each other, in the course of setbacks, disappointments, premature celebrations and public relations glitches. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3.5/5 80% Human Capital (2015) Towards the end, the solution of the mystery takes up a little too much of the film's energies, but the resolution is not entirely predictable, and deftly explored. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) The plague scenes are well executed; there's a quasi-logical explanation of how the Nile is turned to blood, and the inundation of locusts and frogs, and an outbreak of boils, are horribly plausible. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3/5 71% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) Poppe registers Rebecca's moral commitment as well as the compulsive aspect of her dedication but the film oscillates between drama and statement; it becomes a series of set-pieces and what-ifs, particularly towards the end. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3.5/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) More ghost story and psychodrama than satire, Maps to the Stars suggests a world of the inescapable, in which everything comes back to haunt you. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 59% My Old Lady (2014) My Old Lady leans heavily on the relationship between parents and children, and emphasises the damaging impact of parental absence, distance and disapproval. Yet it also suggests that there are still possibilities for change, however unlikely. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu Chun Dao) (2014) Brotherhood Of Blades is a gripping, entertaining martial arts drama in which the cut-and-thrust of the narrative is as important as the swordplay action. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/5 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) Renner brings a dogged yet ebullient quality to Webb. It's a terrific, wound-up yet thoughtful performance that conveys a sense of conviction with an undercurrent of fragility. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014