Sarah Ward Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The film's message - about moving on and letting go of the past - is one that it seems incapable of taking on board.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Floats through its own stream of romance and drama... entrancing and wonderful.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) One of the most relatable coming-of-age flicks to grace the big screen in years.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
69% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) An exploration of terror, mourning and revenge that - like much of what we're seeing on screens these days - is all-too timely and relevant. ‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) In true western style it's the small gestures, more than the witty speeches, that really leave a lasting impression‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) As with its predecessor, this sequel adores its furry protagonist every bit as much as generations of readers have, and is determined to bring that love to his latest big-screen excursion. ‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
97% Coco (2017) Both a colourful sight to behold and an exuberant journey; a film exploding with dazzling visual and emotional fireworks. ‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) An honest, accessible, compassionate account of low-rent troubles and tussles - a tale that's tender, tragic and joyous with a knockout ending that's both devastating and beautiful.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
59% The Commuter (2018) The frequent collaborators hurtle through the expected with an unshakable been-there, done-that air. They're competent and confident, but they're simply, uninspiringly retracing their usual route.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
2/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Prefers easy sentiment over anything more than the most obvious of themes and the simplest, flimsiest of narratives.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/5 50% Downsizing (2017) . While director Alexander Payne has long been fascinated with ordinary guys struggling with their lot in life, the theme doesn't quite work in this ambitious but messy sci-fi-esque comedy.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/5 66% Breathe (2017) Ultimately proves heavy on sentiment but light on emotional impact.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 89% Just to Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d'un doute) (2017) At its best when it's getting to the heart of the various characters' emotional reactions, rather than trying to find laughs.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
80% Casting JonBenét (2017) A tapestry of emotions, theories and perception... a study of trauma's many echoes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
88% Zama (2017) Mesmerising as it marches to its own inimitable beat - and logic‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) A creature-feature romance that splashes about with enchanting warmth and an open heart.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
95% Sweet Country (2017) A quietly blistering portrait of prejudice.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) Exuberant, empathetic and impassioned.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Just as the entrancing notes of the Psychedelic Furs' 'Love My Way' float through the Italian night in Call Me By Your Name, so too does the seductive, summertime-set romance's own charms.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Moving on from previous glories to start anew furnishes greater moments for the characters than the story, but it adds to a movie that's thoughtful, emotional and contemplative.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) As the feature endeavours to shrink humanity down to size, while demonstrating that urges, emotions and actions don't dwindle with them, its grasp exceeds its reach.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Even if Allen's own past didn't loom over the film's narrative, Wonder Wheel wouldn't rank among his best work‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% The Disaster Artist (2017) A wild true story about obsessively chasing a dream, finding a friend and yearning to belong, this Ed Wood-style effort will make you want to hurl spoons at the screen with sheer joy.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) Wonder might tell its audience to trust, care and be kind to each other, but it'd help if it trusted them to embrace it's own core messages without quite so much poking and prodding.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
9% Tulip Fever (2017) Looks the blossoming part with its elegant, painterly staging, but never finds an appropriate tone for the tale's sex, envy and tulip-bartering theatrics.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
80% Bye bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2017) Grappling with the hurtful past while finding pleasures in the present always remains a bittersweet affair. ‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
88% Better Watch Out (2017) If Better Watch Out was a Yuletide beverage, it'd be spiked eggnog: you think you know what you're getting, but after a couple of sips it turns out to be something very different. ‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Goodbye subtlety and and emotional nuance, too. ‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Cakemaker (2017) Though the script rarely makes an unexpected choice, it's the way that the film dissects its many underlying complications that matters more than eschewing predictability.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
98% In Between (2018) An elegant, sensitive yet still assured and potent debut effort.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
73% Swinging Safari (2018) An energetic, irreverent, autobiographically inspired affair filled with key swapping, children running amok and a rotting 200-tonne whale, the film proves a mixed bag but, given the era on display, its messiness always feels appropriate.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) There's not only tension and intrigue in the film's terse exchanges and increasingly brutal stakes, but ample black comedy as well.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) It still achieves its two aims - improving upon Batman v Superman, and leaving viewers intrigued for future Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg outings - but does so in a thoroughly choppy and dull fashion. ‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) When the feature's various aspects do shine - the individual performances, and the thoughtful way that each of the three main characters are forced to confront their place in the conflict, for example - it remains involving.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) A movie that's both affectionate towards its flawed protagonist and painfully aware of his many faults.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Serves as both an immersive picture of history and a horrific cautionary tale.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The end result is far from an engaging or intriguing journey, or even one worth taking.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Takes the easiest route - upping the raucousness, adding even more mums to the mix, and eschewing nuance, depth or any real comic commentary about the expectations placed upon women.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
No Score Yet Crater (Il Cratere) (2017) The bleakness of reality is nothing to sing about in Crater, but it does furnish a poignant slice of neo-realism by Italian documentarians turned debut feature helmers Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) A caustic yet relatable comedy that blends a portrait of today's #nofilter world with some Black Mirror-style social satire.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Goodbye, Grandpa! (Ojiichan shinjattatte) (2017) There's nothing to protest or overly grate, but there's no huge revelations waiting in store either.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) An ode to embracing the glorious ridiculousness of caped crusaders... a hammer throwing, fist-smashing good time.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
57% Sexy Durga (2017) Makes its points plain with the heaviest of hands, but does so with a deft feel for cultivating tension.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Mutafukaz (2017) With its anarchic attitude plastered across every delightfully detailed frame, Mutafukaz proves a French-Japanese animation treat.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
7% The Snowman (2017) Bad storytelling, bad monikers, bland characterisation, by-the-numbers backstory, barely interesting procedural drama: there's an avalanche brewing in The Snowman, and it's of the generic and cliched kind.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
20% Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) (2017) There's plenty to work with, but it rushes between emotional speeches and showdowns.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) Takes to its satirical task with glee - think slick, montage-heavy visuals, an upbeat vibe and soundtrack, and absolutely no misapprehensions about the sort of entertaining, tongue-in-cheek movie that it wants to be.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) As much as the actors do with the material, however, they can't quite lift the film beyond standard sappy romance territory.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet In the Shadows (2017) Works best when it strides into the characters' inner darkness with confidence and commitment, rather than when it's laying down clues about its ultimate end game.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
43% Song to Song (2017) If you're on the film's wavelength, plenty of its beats and rhythms will strike a chord.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017