Sarah Ward Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Girls' Encounter (Shôjo kaikô) (2017) The film's matching of its ethereal visuals with its emotional journey makes this both a confident debut and a perceptive evocation of adolescent tumult.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
No Score Yet Looking for Lucky (2018) A smart, witty, amusing and also endearing effort that could and should travel well.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski's stripped-back use of sound reflects his entire approach, crafting a masterfully sparse movie from start to finish - and a downright masterful one too.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
No Score Yet Have You Seen The Listers? (2017) There's an unmistakable air of reverence in Martin's approach, but what shines brightest is the movie's respect and empathy for the man at its centre - flaws, failings, frank admissions and all.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) An Oprah-style empowerment lesson for everyone under the age of 15 - pre-teen and teenage girls will be wrinkling their faces with happiness.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Iannucci is at it again in his usual uproarious fashion, slinging gags like weapons and flinging devastating one-liners like Molotov cocktails.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Where the first film turned its Transformers-meets-Godzilla concept into a blend of earnest emotion and smart spectacle, the follow-up is content to adhere to mindless blockbuster formula. ‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
42% Mary Magdalene (2018) An intermittently convincing film about belief, rather than a film to believe in.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
1.5.5 73% Ready Player One (2018) With its narrative slight and familiar, and its sense of drama and threat muted, it relies upon its roster of recognisable properties - and the affection everyone has for them, especially off-screen - to provide interest.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3.5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon is filled with love and recognition as it takes the high school rom-com template into new Hollywood territory, and it charms in the process.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 82% Blockers (2018) Served up with equal portions of humour and heart, what sets Blockers apart is its perspective.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) A tense, twist-filled, nightmarish flick that shows just why the cinema-loving world should be thankful that Soderbergh's supposed retirement didn't stick.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
100% Ága (2018) Finessed performances, astonishing images, a concise script, and a well-handled sense of pace and mood all combine for a movie filled with its own considerable charms.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
88% Museum (Museo) (2018) A film that knows how to stage the main event in an attention-grabbing manner, yet also knows how to ponder everything from the control of historical artefacts to the bonds of friendship to father-son relationships.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
80% Transit (2018) Assumed identities, heartbroken children, complex love triangles and the realisation that inertia is hell in itself all feature in this thoughtful, soulful film.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
100% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2018) Assembles its parts in such an assured and astute way that changing even one element seems unthinkable.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
50% Profile (2018) Slick, thrilling and utterly involving, and with pitch-perfect performances to go with it, it's a film that not only entertains and engages, but lingers.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
88% U: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) A feature that's never easy to watch but remains heartbreakingly engrossing - and important - from start to finish.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
94% The Green Fog (2018) No one turns snippets of films into such loving, intelligent and amusing collages and homages like the experimental Canadian filmmaker.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
100% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2018) Excellent, and exceptionally acted.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
No Score Yet Posesif (2017) While the filmmaker's fondness for lyrical imagery might remain, as the narrative flirts with soap opera territory his symbolism-laden visuals merely prove attractive wrapping.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
100% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2018) Unrelenting as its tone may be, the feature proves a delicately layered, deftly shot work that makes an incisive statement about the prevalence of apathy, arrogance and egotism in contemporary China and beyond.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
No Score Yet Sunshine that Can Move Mountains (2017) Stunning mountain vistas provide a picturesque constant in an engaging tale of faith and tradition, as a Buddhist monk is caught between his sacred calling and secular temptations.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) The Wolf House gifts animation that strides the line between beautiful and grotesque, that builds and crumples as the camera rolls.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
No Score Yet Wang Zha de yuxue: Wangdrak's Rain Boots (2018) Wet weather might trouble the Tibetan villagers in Wangdrak's Rain Boots, but the forecast is bright for this all-ages delight from first-timer Lhapal Gyal.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
89% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) [This] immersive cine-essay-style documentary unreservedly evokes its title - its intensity not only evident in its chronicle of the past, but in its clear parallels with the present.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Omotenashi (2018) The film's commentary on breaking down boundaries - between tradition and modernity, as well as between cultures - proves timely and astute.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2.5/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) In a feature that's primarily a formulaic reboot, rendering Lara Craft as flesh and blood instead of a cartoonish fantasy makes a difference.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
91% Human Flow (2017) Not only does Human Flow succeed in its awareness-raising quest, but it also becomes exactly what Ai is best known for: a visually striking piece of art that contemplates a vital subject.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
91% Human Flow (2017) Convincingly and compellingly advocates for millions of lives, for action in a world of apathy, and for not only the free movement of people in need, but the flow of humanity towards them.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
73% The Mercy (2017) A plucky underdog adventure crashing into an All Is Lost-style survivalist epic. Both have their merits, but they don't quite fit together.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Frequently, it feels like Red Sparrow is putting Lawrence in the same situation as Dominika, using her for the audience's gratification.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) A multi-layered portrayal of a multi-layered figure... benefits enormously from Bening's stellar performance.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) Australian directors Peter and Michael Spierig just can't capitalise on their real-world premise - despite their convincing command of genre fundamentals and an against-type Helen Mirren as their star.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) An entertaining, engaging and impassioned movie that is both proud of and confident in its differences, and is also committed to shining the spotlight on the people that blockbuster cinema so often ignores.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) It would take serious mystical abilities to breathe life into this formulaic effort.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) When Chastain is unleashing her fast-paced narration or trading pithy chatter with Elba, you'll be able to overlook many of the film's flaws.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
94% The Green Fog (2018) A mélange of the familiar and unknown that oozes affection and artistry, the end result sweeps over cinema-loving viewers like the inescapable titular mist. ‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
80% Transit (2018) Patient, probing, and poetic in both its affairs of the heart and its worries of the soul: as always, a film by Christian Petzold is a film of intricately layered artistry.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
100% Gurrumul (2017) Involving, affectionate and singing with emotion.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
50% Black 47 (2018) Solemn in its tenor but impassioned in its heart, it's more effective, rousing and involving than its blend of real-life hardship and hearty genre might sound.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
22% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Like the passengers held hostage in Uganda in the feature's true tale, 7 Days in Entebbe is stuck in limbo.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
79% Damsel (2018) A delight that doesn't always get it right, but never needs saving.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
100% The Seen and Unseen (2017) Told with poetic images to match its resonant narrative.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Never manages to capitalise upon its impressive cast, or offer much more than a mildly diverting imitation of its genre predecessors.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Retablo (2017) As lovingly assembled as its titular hand-crafted altars, and as strikingly detailed as its stunning Peruvian Andes backdrop ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
No Score Yet Red Cow (Para Aduma) (2018) Relates the difficulties of being a young woman in a devout patriarchal system, while also relaying the complexity of burgeoning female desire and spinning a complicated queer romance.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet The Time of Humans (2018) Proves all too obvious, spitting its chunks of misanthropic insights and religious symbolism into viewers' faces.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Giant Pear (Den utrolige historie om den kæmpestore pære) (2017) Bright, bouncy and busy from start to finish, Danish animation The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear lends its buoyant exuberance to a likeable, broadly amusing and engaging-enough adventure that also doubles as an ode to loyalty and ingenuity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
No Score Yet Xiao Mei (2018) As its nine vignettes form a snapshot of a young woman who is lost both figuratively and literally, writer-director Maren Hwang's flair for framing and staging draws viewers in.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018