Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) This ruminative film leaves a firm imprint. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
No Score Yet Let It Be Law (Que Sea Ley) (2019) As women fight for the right to control their own bodies and lives, Let It Be Law lays bare personal stories in straightforward talking-head shots that have a lingering impact. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Orphanage (2019) While Afghanistan's current plight is well-observed cinematically, stepping back to examine life on the ground three decades ago offers a rare but worthy viewpoint. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
32% Poms (2019) Lessons are learned by characters of all ages, but Poms frequently feels awkward rather than uplifting. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Roads (2019) Roads is always on the move, be it by camper van, ferry, electronic bike or motorcycle, but it's the yearning of its two protagonists that gives the movie its restlessness. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
64% Son of a Gun (2015) Son of a Gun may be another gritty Australian crime offering, but it is also an enthusiastic, expressive and engrossing example of its genre. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) With Aquaman, the character, being one of the rare highlights of Justice League, it's reassuring to see Aquaman, the movie, build upon the half-human, half-Atlantean's momentum. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
50% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019) A sharp Macedonia-set satire about power, change and a woman's place in a patriarchal world. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
40% Idol (2019) [This] ambitiously twisty feature... provides an astute thread of commentary about class, gender and immigration. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
85% Top End Wedding (2019) This crowd-pleaser fits the wedding film mould, largely compiled from recognisable parts and adhering to a familiar template. Yet It does, however, build charmingly and convincingly towards a well-earned emotional payoff. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
96% Roma (2018) For all of the highlights on Cuarón's resume, Roma sees the director enter another realm. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
71% Climax (2019) Epitomising the idea that style can equal substance (as he has across his entire filmography), it's how Noé spins this story that mesmerises. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Heller may only have two movies to her name, however she's a perceptive, probing and generous director, giving her characters the space they need to shine and fail and experience everything in-between. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Refuses to be shrugged off, ignored or overlooked. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
92% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Doesn't judge or dismiss or play up stereotypes, because everyone is a fangirl (or boy) for something, including the director herself. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
2.5/5 57% Normandie nue (2018) While the film's template and clichés are always evident, it still radiates the charm inherent in its various components - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Heft and depth go far in this eighth franchise instalment. In the ring and on the screen, you can't connect without both. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 58% The Grinch (2018) Ramps up the slapstick while adding a needless backstory that threatens to undercut the text's message - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
72% The Children Act (2018) Ponders faith and medicine among Jehovah's Witnesses to stunning effect - and with heart-wrenching delicacy. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
91% Widows (2018) A slick thriller with much to show, just as much to say and plenty of grim, purposeful swagger. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda's rich and poignant new family drama is almost disarmingly affecting (and effective), showcasing the height of the Japanese filmmaker's prowess. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/5 93% Journey's End (2018) A sober, grim and powerful war story. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A gorgeous and entertaining ode to not just one cinema legend, but two. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Less concerned with serving up an engaging new chapter that stands on its own merits, and more interested in prolonging the series. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) An inventive, intelligent and amusing take on a jam-packed genre. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
66% Suspiria (2018) The feverish nightmare you might have after letting the initial film needle its way into your brain and mix with your own subconscious. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) There are a few things that The Girl in the Spider's Web definitely isn't: entertaining, thrilling, or anything other than bland and generic, narrative-wise. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
81% Boy Erased (2018) Sensitive, earnest, sombre and understated. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A greatest hits movie. It's the neat, easily digestible version of Queen's career, and of Mercury's professional and personal ups and downs along with them. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife is a film of haunting pain that's often left unspoken, but that crackles with inescapable force and feeling. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
83% Ghost Stories (2018) An unnerving anthology that perfects the nuts and bolts of haunted storytelling, and yet also subverts expectations, offers enjoyable nods to horror greats gone by, and builds towards a big finale. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 57% The House That Jack Built (2018) It's compelling viewing, gore and all, but it also says exactly what you think it will. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet's work is exceptional once more, inhabiting rather than performing his troubled character, but the film doesn't do its star justice. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
79% Halloween (2018) 2018's Halloween does present a conundrum. It's the perfect culmination to the long-running franchise but, more than any other chapter, it leaves the audience pumped for more. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
22% Outlaws (2019) Never feels like its motoring down a new path, and yet never feels like it's blindly sticking to the expected route either - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) With Gaga leading the charge this time around, it's easy to see why A Star Is Born keeps glowing. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Has devilish fun taking both its sharp narrative and its motley crew of characters on a twist-filled ride - and taking the audience along too, for that matter. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Painted in shades of melancholy and shouted through silence, it's as much a space movie as it is a psychological drama about grief, and it's an extraordinary effort thanks to its chosen approach. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
2/5 48% In Like Flynn (2019) Mulcahy may be aiming for a boisterous good time like the Flynn-starring classic Captain Blood, but the flat, template-like raucousness of the Pirates of the Caribbean series oft proves more fitting. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
2.5/5 68% The Seagull (2018) As emotionally heaving and handsomely staged as it all is - and, crucially, never beholden to stage conventions - the end result often feels like a box-ticking exercise in meeting the requisite marks. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
83% Blue Velvet Revisited (2016) While it threatens to stretch the boundaries of its structure and style with its pacing at points, Blue Velvet Revisited also proves revelatory, specifically where Lynch and his creative process is concerned. - Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet The Man Who Bought The Moon (2018) Has an undeniable absurdist glow about it [but] remains broad, slight and forgettable. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
88% American Animals (2018) A spectacularly playful and entertaining film that blurs the line between documentary and drama. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
1.5/5 27% Night School (2018) Generic, messy, flat, over-extended and all-too-earnest, running for nearly two hours with sentiment and silliness where its scant narrative should be - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Takes what it has, runs with it and bounces around within its parameters to mostly engaging effect. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Harmony (2018) Like an emo music video stretched out to feature length. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) A sincere yet never sentimental movie that endeavours to provide a sense of its subject - including his careening, freewheeling ways - rather than adhere to the standard biographical format. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) As strained civility is replaced by deep-seeded turmoil, the film turns the trauma of a dissolving marriage and the accompanying fallout into an unwavering portrait of horror. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 79% Alpha (2018) When Alpha hews close to its core focus, it howls with heart. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Divine Love (2019) Divine Love is a thoughtful, intimate rumination on spirituality and sensuality dressed up in futuristic packaging. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019