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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 48% 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 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) It's a very grown-up film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 48% 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 92% 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 76% 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 19% 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 49% 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 89% 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 77% 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 71% 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 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 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 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 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 81% 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 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 13% 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
4.5/5 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 80% 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 92% 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 74% 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