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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 79% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The film is a fair and, I think, a well-meaning attempt to cover her life in all its dizzying variety - hence the scattiness.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) On this simple premise, Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir has constructed a rueful and, at times, savage comedy about the daily dilemmas of Arabs living in Israel. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Co-written by Cooper, who also helped write some of the film's music, the script doesn't exactly bubble with wit but it doesn't have to. What matters is that it gives both leads the chance to charm one another - and us. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 57% In Like Flynn (2018) As Flynn, Australian actor Thomas Cocquerel...has the looks but neither the accent nor the urbanity required to bring him back to life. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 68% The Seagull (2018) Whatever their flaws, all of these characters are looked on with affection and sympathy - in true Chekhov style. In the end, even Irina gets her reflective moment - a hint that she may be capable of feeling for someone other than herself, after all.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
31% Venom (2018) The story of his origins is so complicated that you need a background briefing if you don't already possess a PhD in Marvel anthropology and genealogy. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) It's not so much a performance from Smit-Mcphee as a totally credible and unselfconscious demonstration of what it would be like to fight for your life against hunger and exposure‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 96% Zama (2018) You have to find your own way through Zama, slowed down by the tropical torpor that hangs over the whole film. The pace is languid, the style is cryptic and the mood is downbeat, to say the least. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3.5/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The plot and themes don't really measure up but it is fun, largely because of the matter-of-fact brand of wit dispensed by Blanchett and Black and the young fogeyish appeal of Vaccaro's Lewis.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 75% Smallfoot (2018) [Smallfoot] offers plenty of opportunities for the kind of physical comedy for which the old Warners teams were renowned.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik's star-making instincts are as sharp as ever. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/5 53% Book Club (2018) There's a great sense of camaraderie in it all but it could have been so much better with a script that rejected the obvious. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 100% McQueen (2018) McQueen's great legacy is the beauty and skill that lay beneath the compulsion to outrage.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) It's done with few words but it's unexpectedly touching, fulfilling the film's key promise - that it's going to make you care about these people, despite the secondhand nature of its delivery system. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The climax, when it comes, is devastating, its effect amplified by the understatedness of everything that surrounds it....Akhavan may have a light touch but it packs a punch.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Chu's direction displays a robust regard for the combined power of glamour and velocity. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Any sense of predictability is dispelled by the film's ending which triumphantly unites the political and the personal by crystallising their connection in two great performances.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik's star-making instincts are as sharp as ever. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 80% West of Sunshine (2017) The film realises Raftopoulos's desire to deliver a film that looks as if it's been distilled from reality but in this instance, naturalism isn't enough. The judicious injection of a sense of heightened drama could have made all the difference.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) The film is framed so deliberately as a prelude to more exciting times to come in its sequels that it renders the ending oddly anti-climactic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/5 49% Superfly (2018) The whole thing plays like a fancy dress parody of a crime movie, except nobody seems to be having much fun.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 25% Dr. Knock (Knock) (2017) Doc Martin would be appalled and I wouldn't blame him.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Frida's gaze governs everything, taking you back to the mysteries, the insecurities - and the joys - of being six.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 94% RBG (2018) West and Cohen give us a brisk recital of her achievements.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) A wonderfully potent study of a marriage corroded by male vanity and female complicity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/5 84% The Gospel According to André (2018) [Kate Novack] realised that there was a lot more to him than the flamboyant front with which he faces life and her tenderly perceptive film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Lily James bears little resemblance to Streep but the spark is there - the will to go on extracting happiness from unpromising circumstances - together with the can-do spirit symbolised by those dungarees. And she can sing.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/5 38% Occupation (2018) When straining for significance, slow motion is his answer every time and the lameness of his ending is infused with a risible shot of sentimentality. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Computer systems may be able to perform remote-control miracles but they're all hackable and in the end, nothing can compare to the Rock's durable combination of muscle and Boy Scout know-how.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) [Ant-Man] gets by on his propensity for knockabout humour, his child-like enthusiasms and the company he keeps. He's likeable, his films are kid-friendly, and that's about it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/5 71% Adrift (2018) Tami, too, employs great ingenuity, as do the creators of this kind of movie.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (Belle et Sébastien 3, le dernier chapitre) (2017) Schmaltzy or not, I was totally charmed.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) A film located somewhere between arthouse and haunted house.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Both films in the series combine farce with highly tuned stunts and a delicate way with characterisation once seen only in hand-drawn animation.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3.5/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) [The Leisure Seeker] is a predictable scenario. It can't be anything else. But these two great talents invest it with humanity and courage in the face of its inescapable home truths.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 70% Kodachrome (2018) In the end, the film's only pleasure lies in watching [Ed] Harris's performance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The choreography of the scam is almost upstaged by the gang's costume changes. They're spectacular. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3.5/5 100% Between Land and Sea (2016) Unlike Aileen's, the film moves at a gentle pace, keyed to the town's seasonal rhythms as Whitaker looks in on the households of the surfers and their families.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3.5/5 54% The Bookshop (2018) [Isabel] Coixet has no trouble with her theme, which is centred on the power of ideas and the books that contain them.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3.5/5 86% Tully (2018) It's a slight story enlarged to universal dimensions by the sharpness of Cody's dialogue and the acuteness of her insights into the domestic pile-up that constitutes Marlo's day.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3.5/5 88% Midnight Oil 1984 (2018) What the film does best is to demonstrate the strength of the bond between the band and its audience.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) The film seems to me a fair-minded stab at the truth and an irresistible look at the exercise of dynastic influence.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) It's a clever film. And for all Soderbergh's reservations about Hollywood, it's also confirmation of his mastery of its assorted genres, although he does suffer from an urge to see if he can juggle them all at the same time.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
4/5 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) In this feature debut from Zambian-born film-maker Rungano Nyoni, ancient superstitions and crass commercialism go into partnership to grotesque effect.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3.5/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) While it's mainly a love story, it's also an act of homage to the stimulation and consolation to be had from books.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 81% The Party (2018) We're in great company and the story's physical confines don't restrict its range or ambitions. As well as dissecting a 30-year marriage, Potter's script takes in the state of Britain today.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) [Noah] Jupe is poignantly convincing - a perpetually worried middle-aged man in a child's body - while [Millicent] Simmonds' Regan is so formidable in her adolescent rebelliousness that it all seems wasted on a mere alien.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) A devastatingly funny dissection of power politics, stripping the mystique from it and those who worship it. Iannucci has done it again.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Somehow I doubt that Disney is about to spawn another franchise from what we have here. Maybe children will get more fun from reading the books. Now there's a thought.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) As a sociological milestone, this is not quite in the Black Panther class, but the difference lies only in the size of the film's financial ambitions.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018