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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
4/5 100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) 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 75% 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 39% 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
2.5/5 42% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) A film that labours hard under the weight of its earnest intentions.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Its dazzling drone photography sends you gliding over vast expanses of ocean and desert yet the film itself leads to the inescapable conclusion that the world is shrinking.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1/5 33% That's Not My Dog! (2018) But is it funny? Looking at the laughing faces on screen, you might imagine so. Then you remind yourself that many of them are basking in the afterglow of their own jokes.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/5 51% England Is Mine (2017) It is disarmingly modest in concept and self-mocking in tone, and so has not inflamed reviewers in quite the way Morrissey's own effort has. However, the fact it's unauthorised means that we don't get to hear his music.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
4/5 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) There is plenty for the film buff to enjoy...There is poignant film of Lamarr in her later years when she became a recluse, and a cheering finish with the ceremony at which her discovery was finally acknowledged.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) A Fantastic Woman displays the same unblinking intensity that distinguished Jackie (2017), Chilean director Pablo Larrain's study of Jackie Kennedy in the week following JFK's assassination.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 82% Game Night (2018) It's hard to pin down the reasons as to why the film works so well, but it plays like a screwball comedy classic in the making.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) As teen movies go, it's supremely sophisticated, capturing and crystallising that moment in adolescence when it seems that life is at last about to start and the only place you want to be is elsewhere.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) It limps to a finish and when it's over, I imagine that no one is happier to see the end than its two stars.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) ... it's a very rich buffet - geopolitical thriller, futuristic fantasy, coming-of-age story, African adventure with mystical overtones... it offers a wide variety of tastes and sensations but they never really come together to form a satisfying whole.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
2/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) The film's sole virtue is its finale - a complicated plot twist that sparks a belated, and brief, surge of interest.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
2.5/5 76% Swinging Safari (2018) The trouble starts when things get half-serious. The half bit is the problem.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) The conversations that centre on this point are at the heart of the film, which is timely, timeless and utterly enthralling.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3.5/5 66% Breathe (2017) It's an eerily skilful performance by Garfield, making it easy to imagine that he really is trying to master the art of speech by regulating his flow of available air.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
3.5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) ... Paddington, who must have the most expressive eyes ever seen on a CGI animal, has such durable charm that the film's shortcomings are overridden by its good-natured spirit.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/5 51% Downsizing (2017) The strength of [director Alexander Payne's] movies has always lain in his ability to compress big themes into intimate stories, lit with sharp and sometimes poignant insights about the vagaries of human nature.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It's a cheeky script and the cast knows exactly how to work it. The camaraderie they generate ensure that this qualifies as something more than a special effects movie.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/5 63% Love Actually (2003) As I've said, it's not entirely rinsed free of schmalz but 14 years on, it still works. Happy Christmas.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 32% The Secret Scripture (2017) The Secret Scripture is a highly streamlined adaptation of Sebastian Barry's 2008 Man Booker finalist.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 85% Wonder (2017) Nonetheless, Hollywood rules in the end and it's very much a soft-focus view of a family under stress.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) There's enough here to justify the effort of suspending disbelief. And it is full of the Christmas spirit.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/5 50% The Butterfly Tree (2017) Cameron may be an expert when it comes to creating visual magic but images aren't everything. Words do matter.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/5 9% Tulip Fever (2017) The film's centre doesn't hold.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) The casting is inspired. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) It's both subtle and deceptively simple - a great tribute to a performer who never underestimated the power of understatement.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) It's not an easy film to watch but Bigelow's control over every aspect ensures it's utterly convincing. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) There is so much going on in every frame that it's hard to stop thinking long enough to become emotionally involved. But it hardly matters. This time it really is a case of art for art's sake.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
2.5/5 54% Three Summers (2017) It's a relentlessly well-meaning film and when it's not proselytising, it's working very hard to manufacture enough laughs to make the whole mix palatable. However, the effort shows.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/5 88% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) After sketching the differences between Beatrice and Claire, his script gives the two actresses every incentive to banish any thought of lapsing into stereotype.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
2/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) [Matt] Spicer has certainly hit his target. But 97 minutes spent in this company is just too hard to bear.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
3/5 40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) In the end, all depends on the appeal of Elba and Winslet and they don't disappoint.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/5 81% Tom of Finland (2017) With the arrival of AIDS, everything changes and the film at last finds its theme. The gleeful tone of defiance embodied in Laaksonen's drawings can now be read as an eloquent reply to the puritanical backlash that comes in the wake of the epidemic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The film itself looks great and its richly burnished vision of the city is blessedly Trump-free. Indulgent it may be but nostalgia does have its charms.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4.5/5 72% Final Portrait (2018) Everything about the film's tone is pitch perfect, from its monochromatic palette, touched up with dabs of colour, to its lilting score.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 92% Mountain (2018) While these images eventually become repetitious, they are sublime.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Lest we accept the court's view of Abdul as an Oriental charlatan, the film goes all out in its efforts to portray him as a wide-eyed innocent abroad. Consequently, we never really get to the heart of Victoria's attachment to him.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) ... Baldwin's words - sometimes spoken by Samuel L. Jackson - guide us through the narrative, which marries archival footage of Baldwin in interviews and forums with film of his era's political and cultural milestones.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4.5/5 45% The Dinner (2017) At the heart of it all is a moral dilemma about the responsibilities attached to being a parent and the question of just how far you would go to protect your child. Nor does it stop there. It goes on to ask what such protection actually means.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 89% Ali's Wedding (2017) Ali's Wedding neatly strips away the solemnity enveloping that lead balloon of a word "multiculturalism." There's a joyously comic lack of inhibition here and, even better, we're told it's largely a true story.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) You'll leave your scepticism at the door if you're going to have a good time here.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/5 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) As Gore admits, he's often tempted to give in to despair. Yet he goes on. Doggedness has its virtues.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 45% Hampstead (2017) Eccentricity triumphs in the end, leaving Annie's ghost fluttering happily evermore.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Most of Leitch's energy goes into the stunts, which have a mesmerising rhythm to them, together with ingeniously intricate choreography.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017