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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
2.5/5 No Score Yet 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 50% 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 86% 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 73% 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 51% 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 71% 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 67% 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 48% 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 87% 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 86% 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 80% 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
4/5 100% 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 79% 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 40% 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 91% 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 47% 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 fantástica) (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 83% 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 97% 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 55% 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 83% 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