Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% Riders of Justice (2021) Bold and glorious... a star-led revenge crusade that delights, surprises and ruminates on much, much more than getting even. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
86% Nitram (2021) Jones' work here is fragile but weighty, volatile but lived-in, boisterous but anguished, and petulant but intimidating. It's all these things at once and, even with other menacing roles in his on-screen past, it's phenomenal. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
55% Flashback (2020) Add Flashback to the roster of movies that are made with obvious affection for others before it, but mostly only succeed in making viewers want to watch all those well-known and better films they clearly took inspiration from. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2021
97% Pig (2021) It's unmistakably a movie where Cage plays a truffle hunter on a quest for revenge after his adored pet pig is stolen, but this moving and humanistic picture is also welcomely and entrancingly so much more than that. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) The devil isn't in the detail here - the minutiae is the entire movie, and what an unflinching, evocative and heady vision of yearning and emotionally churning it is. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
17% Die in a Gunfight (2021) The Bard's most famous love story has spawned many adaptations, and Lurhmann's take on it has sparked plenty of imitators, but this is the very worst of both worlds. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
92% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) Tense, nerve-wracking and unrelenting, feats it achieves in no small part thanks to its knife's-edge balancing act. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
81% Ride the Eagle (2021) When Johnson finds his usual groove - and when the always-impressive Carden is involved as well - Ride the Eagle gathers enough momentum to take flight. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Flits between offering up a lively picture that strives to carve out its own space in the series, and simply serving up more of the usual Marvel template but in enticing packaging. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) An act of unearthing, reclamation and celebration... It's a gift, too. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
90% Streamline (2021) Watching Streamline feels like plummeting into a brooding well not only emotionally, thematically and narratively, but aesthetically. Sometimes chasing a dream is like that, too, as this excellent Aussie drama also recognises. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
No Score Yet This Little Love of Mine (2021) While Hampele and McIntyre do their best to liven up Georgia Harrison's rote script, they can't nudge This Little Love of Mine into engaging waters. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
71% Annette (2021) Dreamy and dazzling... the Maels and Carax haven't held back in almost every facet. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) A powerful work of clear passion and palpable anger that's crafted with tense, needling thrills and exquisite vision. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
45% Don't Breathe 2 (2021) As experienced with 80s-era direct-to-video sequels - which this film resembles at every moment - it's hard to care who survives when the movie barely cares about anything but following a formula itself. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
86% The Night House (2021) The first clever move The Night House makes is recognising it's floating into busy spectral waters, then ensuring its tension stems from its living, breathing protagonist as much as the frights and fears she's forced to face. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
67% Respect (2021) This film has ample respect for the woman at its centre, but it also approaches the act of bringing her life to the screen like it's simply taking care of business. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
37% Reminiscence (2021) A movie about revelling in the past that happily plays it safe instead of striding into the future. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
No Score Yet The Cave (2019) Barely resembles a movie, and has more in common with true-crime TV show re-enactments... makes an immense feat look, feel and seem all too ordinary. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
42% The Ice Road (2021) Even Neeson can't make the long list of cliches that fill The Ice Road's script entertaining, not that he seems to be trying all that hard. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
80% Free Guy (2021) If Free Guy was a piece of home decor, it'd be a throw pillow with a cliched self-empowerment slogan printed on the front. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
100% The Rose Maker (La fine fleur) (2020) [Boasts] an underlying warmth, an interest in how the senses can bring people together platonically and professionally, and a blend of sincerity and insight layered over otherwise formulaic storylines. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
90% The Suicide Squad (2021) A film can be funny and lively, use its main faces well, have a few nice moments with its supporting cast and improve on its predecessor, and yet still fall into a routine... keep rehashing the same things, and just be average. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
19% The Misfits (2021) Director Renny Harlin seems like he's simply trying to recreate shots, looks and scenes he likes from far better films, but badly. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
88% The Toll (2021) Always eager to sprinkle in its own personality - a must in avoiding becoming just another formulaic entry in a busy part of the cinematic spectrum - The Toll benefits from perfecting its tone and its central casting. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
95% The Delivered (Fanny Lye Deliver'd) (2019) A work made with a distinctive vision... benefits from Peake's ferocious and arresting work in the eponymous role. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
97% Shiva Baby (2021) Anxious and nerve-wracking, and also witty and entertaining - and it leaves no doubt that Seligman, Sennott and Gordon all have big futures. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
36% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Golding can't lift this formulaic, franchise-extending slog. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
100% Rosa's Wedding (La Boda de Rosa) (2020) Rosa's Wedding isn't subtle about how women are thrust into set roles, even by those closest to them. It isn't big on nuance as it watches its titular figure claim her life back, either. But it's always spirited and astute regardless. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Feels not just designed by committee, but by a corporation... like every theme park ride, the film's modest pleasures fade oh-so-quickly afterwards. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
50% Old (2021) Shyamalan mixes stints of body horror with the film's existential woes, all while deploying Mike Gioulakis' constantly careening cinematography to convey the confusion sweeping through his exasperated characters. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
88% Nine Days (2021) A film that's certain in its message about valuing and seizing life, and just as assured and confident about conveying that concept quietly, patiently, affectingly and with grounded sincerity. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
57% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Cutesy name, likeable stars, stylised brutality, a familiar revenge scenario: blend them all together, and that's Gunpowder Milkshake. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Just a Warner Bros ad with LeBron James and Looney Tunes characters as its spokespeople... a designed-by-algorithm shambles. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
100% Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021) An easy win of a film, but a nonetheless compelling and skilful one, too. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Wright does just as stellar a job at conveying exactly why Sparks have always deserved far more fame and acclaim, and why they're so completely and utterly beloved and obsessed over by everyone who comes across them. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
94% Dating Amber (2020) In this amusing and astute gem, O'Shea and Petticrew put in wonderfully nuanced and layered performances that bring depth and emotion to every frame. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
93% Herself (2021) Without any cloying sentiment, with purposeful but never heavy-handed symbolism, and as shot with tender naturalism and an abundant wellspring of empathy, there's hope and tenacity coursing through this sensitive and compelling drama. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% Breaking Bread (2020) It's easy to see how a longer project that spent an entire episode or several with these interviewees would provide a satisfying meal - and get its audience thinking even further about the region, food and unity. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) Gives its namesake a thrilling big-screen outing - in no small part because it needn't waste time setting up an obvious sequel. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) Character by character, it builds a vision of heart and hope in one very specific place. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
67% Little Joe (2019) A disquieting sci-fi/horror masterwork... constantly striking in its premise, tone, look, emotions and concepts. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
50% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) As much as returning director Adam Robitel tries to spin something memorable out of the nervous tone, elaborate spaces and Russell's presence, the repetition and overtness gets tiring fast. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% Perfumes (Les Parfums) (2020) Wouldn't work if it didn't unfurl with gentle but genuine warmth, if it didn't value attention to detail so highly, and if it didn't have both Devos and Montel as its anchors; however, thankfully they're all a part of this elegant Gallic effort. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
86% Werewolves Within (2021) While overflowing with one-liners, sight gags and a healthy sense of humour to a not just jam-packed but overstuffed degree, the end result is never as funny as it should be. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
36% Buckley's Chance (2021) When a film saddles Bill Nighy with an Aussie twang and has him threaten to throw someone into a billabong, it isn't a great sign. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) A needless sequel to a terrible action-comedy... a dull and pointless slog. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
91% Three Summers (Três Verões) (2020) An involving character study of a woman continually placed at the mercy of others, and just as constantly battling to retain what control she can over her own destiny. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
74% From the Vine (2020) Not a single character seems to have a thought they don't overtly state, every plot development is telegraphed as far ahead as the movie can manage, and stressing the apparent idyll by shoehorning in yet another scenery shot happens again and again. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% A Family (2019) A film of patient and precise frames, awkwardly amusing moments, and bitingly accurate insights into the ties that bind - whether of blood or otherwise. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021