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Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall
Sandra Hall'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
3.5/5 72% Alien: Covenant (2017) It has to be admitted that Scott and his team have retained their ability to make the flesh crawl.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3.5/5 100% Whiteley (2017) The result is an absorbing portrait, marred only by Bogle's decision to use actors in a series of dramatic reconstructions.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/5 100% Pork Pie (2017) I can't say there's any more to it than colour, movement and an abundance of good humour but it's enough to persuade you to suspend disbelief when required -- which is much of the time.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) It's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner made over in the spirit of Rosemary's Baby, with accessories inspired by Meet the Fockers.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) It sounds like slight stuff but Hansen-Love is an expert in the observational -- the habits and customs that make up a life and the sense of dislocation that results when they're no longer possible.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3.5/5 87% Their Finest (2017) Scherfig has shot the film in a soft-focus wash of chestnut and sepia tones -- the colours of nostalgia -- and the screenplay catches Evans' tone without being quite as funny as the book, despite Nighy's Ambrose.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
4/5 79% Colossal (2017) This concept is so flimsy that it doesn't really bear thinking about and Vigalondo doesn't expect you to dwell on it. He's interested in its consequences rather than its causes.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/5 89% Frantz (2017) There's a sense of quiet introspection reminiscent of Ozon's collaborations with Charlotte Rampling, The Swimming Pool and Under the Sand -- arguably his best films.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3.5/5 100% Dance Academy: The Movie (2017) The dialogue isn't exactly sparkling. It's matter-of-fact at best, cliched at worst, but Tara and friends are easy to like. The ballet movie tradition is well served.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Emotion can reside in the unlikeliest packages. But there's not a lot of it on show here. The animation, however, is terrific and fans of the original should love it. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3.5/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) It's a harrowing story neatly shaped into melodrama by Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 68% Life (2017) The horror lies in watching the monster grow while dreaming up a variety of grisly attack techniques.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
4/5 89% Loving (2016) It's a touching and honest film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 72% Jasper Jones (2016) It's a classic tale well told.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) A who's who of Australian stars and directors have come out to talk about their work while discussing his. Most regard him with respect and affection but there are a couple of naysayers.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4.5/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Feelgood is a word unlikely ever to find its way into Farhadi's vocabulary. But he does know a lot about truth and consequences and how to apply them to the anatomy of a marriage.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) It's not Zhivago. The big picture is drawn a little too hastily for that. But it is a rousing tale with political pertinence, given the current state of relations between Russia and the Ukraine.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 47% Alone in Berlin (2017) It's that juxtaposition -- of the hellish against the ordinary -- which gives the film its punch.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It's a terrific story told with a lot of verve and charm.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) Gleeson's command of his role is so convincing and his inventory of Colby's odious ploys so imaginatively arranged that you can't look away.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) As Berg demonstrated in his last film, Deepwater Horizon, he knows how to find his way around a broad canvas.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 42% Gold (2017) It's a good story and Gaghan tackles it with his usual flair for international intrigue and political chicanery.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 82% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) [A] histrionic and slightly shambolic comedy of manners and morals.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 34% Live By Night (2017) It's not Goodfellas. It lacks the black humour and the relish for eccentricity for its own sake, and the ending verges on mawkishness. But it's great entertainment -- a cunningly wrought tribute to old-fashioned Hollywood and the Warners style.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Why did it get made? And how much did its gifted cast of big names have to be paid to enable them to suspend disbelief and commit themselves to such a concentrated dose of drivel?‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 79% Leap! (2017) It is a holiday film for everybody -- girls, boys and adults, no matter how jaded their taste for "family fare".‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Larrain has carried off a perfect fusion of the personal and the political. The story of one woman's loss has become a study in America's sustaining need to turn its leaders into myth.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) All of this is neatly condensed into an old-fashioned tale about the importance of standing up to bullying, prejudice and pomposity. And despite a certain amount of caricature, it's done well.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) The film's greatest sin is its intrinsic dullness.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) When the feel good finish rolls round, you feel it's been fully earned. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/5 56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) There's a story here somewhere but I suspect the nub of it is at the beginning of Hall's bushranging career, rather than the end. Whatever the truth of it, Holmes is too tentative in his attempts to tease it out.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 83% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) Beatrice is the buoy, Donatella the anchor. And together they look as if they could have a chance to remain afloat within reach of reality. At least I hoped so. Odd they may be but they're also endearing.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 84% The Founder (2017) [The Founder is] at the high end of what is fast becoming a distinguished genre in American movie-making: the forensic corporate drama.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 91% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Among the many attractions of the beguiling I, Daniel Blake is [Loach's] gift for gallows humour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) There is plenty of entertainment to be had from all this. Skarsgard is especially mesmerising... But the film is far from being top-flight McDonagh. His home turf suits him best.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) As he showed with his Christopher Isherwood adaptation A Single Man -- a film which defined the difference between solitude and loneliness -- Ford is a master when it comes to atmosphere.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 90% Elle (2016) In the end, the absurdity of it all is too much even for Huppert to carry off. She may be fearless, but this time around it's fearlessness without a cause.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 79% American Honey (2016) The film is much too long with occasional false notes -- overwrought scenes which strain credibility... But Lane, who's never acted before, gives an astonishingly complex and persuasive performance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is a contemporary western with pick-up trucks instead of horses. But some things never change.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 19% Inferno (2016) I've felt fondly towards Tom Hanks' Professor Robert Langdon ever since he paused, wild-eyed, while fleeing for his life in The Da Vinci Code, to say to his equally distraught companion: "I've got to get to a library. Fast!"‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 77% Boys in the Trees (2016) Adolescence is not endlessly fascinating.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 86% Francofonia (2016) In the end, the film suffers from cultural overload.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Admittedly, the heroics are overblown but there's a devastating clarity in the way the script defines the causes of the disaster.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) For those of us who can remember, it's a deliriously evocative nostalgia trip, as well as a timely reminder of more spontaneous times.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Somehow it works.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
4/5 79% Girl Asleep (2016) The result of all this is an endearing originality. Australian filmmakers have specialised in coming-of-age stories, as well as deadpan comedies, but few have succeeded in marrying the two with the kind of artful eccentricity on show here.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 66% Nerve (2016) The denouement is ridiculous, the conclusion sketchy and the script's attempts to be hip are, in the end, slightly pathetic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) This one is workmanlike - choreographed with skill and without pretension. It does the job.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) hile there's plenty of fun to be had from all this, there's not a hint of cuteness anywhere. The puppets have enormous vitality and there's a wonderful strangeness in the world they inhabit.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Clearly, the film has been a labour of love for Ross. I just wish a little more of his passion had found its way on to the screen.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016