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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 68% 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 51% 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 86% 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 86% 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 78% 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 43% 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 75% 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
3/5 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) It's hard to resist the vicarious pleasures of the scenery and the restaurants that fill the stretches between the verbal sparring.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
4.5/5 88% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is an adaptation of a children's book with a title that makes it sound like a horror movie. Neither of these things should obscure the fact that it's the most mature film of the year -- and one of the most moving.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) "Virtual reality without the headset", [Nolan] calls it, and it's no idle boast. Everything has been meticulously -- and effectively -- designed to dissolve the barrier between you and the screen.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Lane possesses a wry, self-deprecating grace that can invigorate the lamest cliche. But she's really up against it this time.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3.5/5 100% Chocolat (2016) Zem's spirited evocation of Paris bohemia, fin-de-siecle style, has turned the film into a box-office hit in France, as well as exciting debate about race relations.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 100% Chicken People (2016) Chicken People director Nicole Lucas Haimes has found an engaging bunch of obsessives to guide us through the complexities that govern the world of the competitive poultry show.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3.5/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) It's a strange, twisted tale about the perversion of sexual longing, embellished with psychological power shifts and swiftly changing alliances edged with black humour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) It's a very grown-up film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 46% Rough Night (2017) Most of the laughs are generated by the fact that the girls' old rivalries and grudges re-surface at the most inopportune moments.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/5 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) It's a singular life, marred by the fact that Dickinson didn't live to enjoy the admiration her poems now attract. And I can't think of another director with the sensibility to put it on screen.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/5 50% The Promise (2017) It's a handsome film and George manages to keep the genocide in focus with shots of the Turks herding long lines of refugees across the desert expanses. But the full horror is kept at one remove.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 73% Ballerina (2016) 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 Jun 13, 2017
2/5 18% Baywatch (2017) It's a long haul and despite his rescue efforts, the one-joke script fails to make it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/5 48% Churchill (2017) The script is eventually undone by its cliches, one or two of which are shamelessly sentimental, but Cox and Richardson make it all worthwhile. They're a wonderful double act.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3.5/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) It's a nice film with some great moments but Mills' touch is too tentative to make all that talk buzz and hum as resonantly as it should.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3.5/5 94% Neruda (2016) There's a comic edge to [Gael Garcia Bernal's] performance that steals the movie. In his bumbling, hapless way, he's a more sympathetic character than Neruda himself.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 71% Viceroy's House (2017) Anderson's performance is a meticulous assemblage of gestures and intonations -- stiff-necked posture together with an aristocratic drawl -- which sit oddly but believably with Edwina's liberal disposition and sharp instinct for game-playing.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3.5/5 70% 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 88% 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 80% 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 90% 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 91% 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 89% 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 67% 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 74% 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 96% 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 13% 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 59% 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 92% 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 43% 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 83% 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 35% 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 14% 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