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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Undertow (2018) Making a moody, confident feature debut, actor turned writer/director Miranda Nation takes the drama of mourning and impending motherhood, and spins it into psychological thriller territory with an added dose of topicality.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet Acute Misfortune (2019) Cullen is now the recipient of a blistering, no-holds-barred cinematic portrait that, like his artwork, relentlessly flouts convention, inspires questions and courts a strong, complicated reaction.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet Celeste (2018) The lush tropical greenery of Australia's north-eastern reaches makes a resplendent backdrop in Celeste, but it's Radha Mitchell who blooms in this admirable, affecting and operatic drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
No Score Yet Here and Now (2018) A film which is steeped in the bleakness of struggling to get by, while also recognising the small, crucial moments of catharsis.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cause of Death (2018) As an impassioned, angry and determined quest for answers, Cause of Death always feels forceful, no matter how accurate and moving its chosen side and corresponding claims may be.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
60% Victory Day (2018) Peers at a place brimming with history and watches the people who walk across the site, turning their reactions into an observational portrait of humanity processing the past.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Dead Souls (2018) Riveting and revelatory.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
95% Filmworker (2018) Candid, insightful.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A story that's too fascinating to pass by... director Tim Wardle knows the value of his material, taking his time to tease out its twists and turns in a gripping fashion. ‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible (2017) It's Bilcock herself and her glorious work that shines brightest.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
90% The Gospel According to André (2018) An unashamedly affectionate film results, though it's one as impassioned as Talley himself.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Does something anyone would expect, given its subject's depth and complexity: it leaves viewers wanting to spend more time with Ginsburg.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Loose, energetic and revealing - and really, nothing else could've captured Jones' distinctive persona.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Every other documentary, artistic project and filmmaker wishes it could be this charming and thoughtful, in what ranks among cinema's best-ever road trips.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Gurrumul (2017) Expertly combining performance, tour, media and behind-the-scenes footage, it's a portrait that lives up to the musician at its centre, and one that's as affecting as Yunupingu's haunting songs.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
98% Jane (2017) An enthralling watch from start to finish.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Kevin Macdonald excels at plotting out the many specific complications surrounding Houston.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Redemption (2018) An intimate, contemplative look at existential and everyday turmoil, as delicately and movingly anchored by Moshe Folkenflik.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Bisbee '17 (2017) The results are as powerful to watch as they clearly are for those taking part, in a multi-layered documentary that uses everything it can to excavate the past.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) The empathy the film shows not only for its protagonist and the titular animal, but for life in the margins in America's midwest, lingers long after Lean on Pete stops rolling.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet Prototype (2018) An example of 3D at its most inventive, artistic and adventurous, it's an audio-visual assault of the mesmerising type.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
88% Skate Kitchen (2018) The struggle to fit in, find yourself and fight back against gendered expectations has rarely rolled by with such empowering energy, or with such an ethereal air either.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
92% Angels Wear White (2018) A poised and perceptive crime drama... every frame leaves an imprint, both visually and emotionally.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
86% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The kind of female-focused buddy comedy that cinema could use considerably more of.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
3/5 82% Beirut (2018) This solid thriller engages with the region's conflict as it paints a picture of disillusionment, double-dealing, and the dirty deeds committed and facilitated on all sides.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
4/5 77% Funny Cow (2017) An unflinching account of a woman desperate to survive, yet possessing no misapprehensions about how difficult her task is.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
No Score Yet Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2017) A gripping manifestation of deep-seeded unease infecting and shaping a woman's life.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
94% Samson and Delilah (2010) A heart-wrenching work and a landmark piece of Australian filmmaking, Samson & Delilah brims with tenderness and tragedy, matching its moving story with devastating meaning.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) This follow-up is many things, and often chaotically tries to combine them all at once. ‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Collecting fans' money, money, money, taking few chances, and asking viewers to cheer and sing along when their favourite songs pop up, the Mamma Mia! franchise does what lazy pop culture celebrations tend to do.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
70% Diamantino (2018) It's all as ridiculous as it sounds - but mostly entertainingly so - as first-time filmmakers Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt wholeheartedly commit to their premise, as well as to the accompanying farcical tone.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
No Score Yet Celia (Celia: Child of Terror) (1989) Deserves to be celebrated as one of the best features Australia has ever had to offer.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
95% Zama (2018) Nine years since making her last feature, Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel returns with an effort that matches her reputation: mythic.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
68% Caniba (2017) Endlessly fascinating... there are few documentaries like Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's Caniba.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
95% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) There's no doubting the sheer artistic and filmmaking spectacle on display.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Fleshes out the intricacies of a complicated dynamic that plays with power and control on several levels.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
94% Lore (2013) A raw, urgent yet contemplative tone infuses every moment and, courtesy of cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, Shortland uses the country's foggy, murky landscape to stunning effect.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
83% Somersault (2004) Somersault isn't simply sensitive to the mindset of its protagonist, but rather adopts the character's yearning, searching, testing and experimenting mood as its own.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
94% Beast (2018) This tale of beasts and beauty claws through appearances, expectations, and the fine line between inviting and troubling - and victim and attacker - on a plethora of levels.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
90% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Inimitable and immersive... builds slowly in command and confidence until its full force is felt.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) Even the film's hulking hero and its willingness to lean into its overblown nature can't keep this blockbuster alight, as much as Johnson, particularly, tries.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) Thanks to Fanning's lively and spirited portrayal, there's no doubting the fire that burned inside Mary, even when the film does favour her amorous affairs.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
57% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) It won't tear you apart with laughter or leave you wondering how it got made, but very few films can manage that.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
88% The Cleaners (2018) A documentary enlivened by its subject matter more than its noir-like approach.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
93% Thelma (2017) Part sci-fi, part horror, part coming-of-age effort, the end result is a piercing exploration of identity that looks as impressive as it feels.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) A bleak but hilarious study of bad behaviour.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
91% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Even when it veers into silly territory, Heavy Trip remains inventive, heartfelt and very amusing.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
82% Valley of Shadows (2017) The gothic horror tradition is alive and well in moody, brooding Norwegian effort Valley of Shadows, which proves as haunting and gorgeously gloomy as its title suggests.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
89% Winter Brothers (2018) As a study of masculinity left to fester in an isolated environment, it's an emotionally powerful piece.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Blackenstein (Black Frankenstein)(Return of Blackenstein) (1973) Reframing America's treatment of race through horror and monster narratives remains a thematically smart and astute concept, but there's nothing clever, thought-provoking or even entertaining about this attempt.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018