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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% H. (2014) The determined, often artsy ambiguity may drive some to distraction...yet there are moments of undeniably engrossing psychological drama. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jul 3, 2015
79% Station To Station (2015) As with all anthology films, some instalments connect better than others. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
90% Spring (2015) Think Before Sunrise as written by HP Lovecraft; or, a Richard Linklater version of Species. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
93% The Hunting Ground (2015) College campus sexual assault is exposed for the American epidemic it truly represents in Kirby Dicks' deeply disturbing call-to-action documentary. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
95% The Forbidden Room (2015) Scratched and crumpled film stock, soaring melodrama, silent era title cards, multi-layered narratives and a garish palette barely skim the surface when trying to describe the outsider auteur's latest, daring, giddily abstract work. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
88% The Tribe (2015) Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's study of teenage tribalism and the brutal adherence to a gangland-style hierarchy is a grimy, gripping, unrelenting vision. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 30, 2015
No Score Yet The Dream Of Shahrazad (2015) Verster considers the legacy of The 1001 Nights while crafting a challenging, vast yet intimate tapestry of personal and cultural significance. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 12, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) Lily Tomlin sets her sights on Oscar glory as Elle Reid in writer/director Paul Weitz's razor-sharp character-driven comedy/drama, Grandma. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 12, 2015
89% Turbo Kid (2015) DOP Jean-Philippe Bernier's widescreen frame and crisp imaging actually work against the comedic premise, as does the CGI-amped splatter-effects. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 12, 2015
No Score Yet Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) The director's understated naturalism may be too muted for some, but others will draw a heartbreaking universal relevance from the plight of Konchalovsky's real-life protagonists. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
86% Deathgasm (2015) A star is born in Milo Cawthorne as headbangin' loner Brodie, who exhibits great comic timing and an every-dude charm, especially in his efforts to woo the wonderful Kimberley Crossman. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
97% Being Evel (2015) Despite teetering on the edge of gushy hagiography for much of the first half, the darker psychological shades of the man himself keep the film on track - unlike some of Evel's (in)famous jumps. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
83% My Love, Don't Cross That River (2016) The authenticity of some early scenes is questionable, but the inevitability of one's mortality is dealt with in a deeply respectful, entirely truthful manner. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) [Both] a glorious celebration of the lunatic fringe (led by wild-child Doug Kenney) and a cautionary tale of the destructive impact of fame and fortune. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 5, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) Marketers will reaffirm that this "is one for the fans," and it certainly is warmly familiar (and, yes, this three-star review is unashamedly seen through the rose-coloured glasses of a fanatic). ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Jun 2, 2015
31% Poltergeist (2015) It's just that little bit sadder that proof exists indicating it could have been so much more. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 19, 2015
88% Piku (2015) [The] legendary Amitabh Bachchan brings both dramatic heft and lightness of touch to a showy role, but it is Deepika Padukone who emerges as the film's heart and soul. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet Bereave (2015) Bereave is an achingly insightful, darkly humorous, richly rewarding work by two important creative forces. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 12, 2015
33% Infini (2015) Script and storytelling shortcomings aside, it is the overarching familiarity of Abbess' visual cues that derails his ambition. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 7, 2015
100% Kaakkaa Muttai (2014) The Crow's Egg is a child's-eye tale of exuberance and kinship that only loses its focus when it wants to play grown-up. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/5 56% Endhiran (2010) Imagine the worst bits of Alex Proyas' I, Robot and Robert Greenwald's Xanadu, cobbled together with a dash of Shaw's Pygmalion, and you get some grim picture as to what S. Shankar's grating extravaganza Robot has to offer. ‐
Posted Apr 20, 2015
91% Love & Mercy (2015) In succinct and sublime tones, Love & Mercy convinces that God only knows where American music would be without Brian Wilson. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Apr 16, 2015
55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Harrison Ford emerges as Krieger's trump card...It is a raw, vulnerable performance that ensures the film soars and draws fresh reserves out of Lively (the definition of 'Supporting Actor', surely). ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Apr 11, 2015
25% Manny Lewis (2015) Carl Barron's brand of moody introspection and manufactured romance is unlikely to connect with old fans or win over many new ones. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/5 95% Star Trek (2009) Abrams had a responsibility that most other action film directors never need to worry about. He succeeds in parts, maybe enough for the young, modern audiences for whom the film has been made, but old Trekkies may have some issues. ‐
Posted Mar 17, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) It may be perfectly sufficient that, above all else, Fifty Shades of Grey captures the shallow essence of its source material. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 12, 2015
77% Beyond Clueless (2014) If the revered works of 80s auteur John Hughes...gave teenagers a fresh, honest voice, Beyond Clueless teaches us that the life, loves and psychology of the turn-of-the-century teen were a harder-to-define mix of individualism, alienation and rebellion. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) Baumane draws upon a rich history of European animation to propel Rocks in My Pockets, her charming, incisive and very contemporary study of generational depression and suicidal tendencies. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) It presents the consummate movie actress of her generation stripping bare the vanities of her profession to portray an everywoman hero, gently coaxed to life by filmmakers with a profound grasp of true emotion. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
No Score Yet The Quarantine Hauntings (2015) Exhibiting a solid understanding of genre machinations, [co-directors Bianca Biasi and Arnold Perez] make up for a lack of narrative inspiration with sufficiently solid scares. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
82% Paper Planes (2015) There is exuberance in the staging but not an ounce of real-world emotion in the narrative, which manufactures cute contrivances in place of genuine heart and accomplished storytelling. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
79% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner channel their clearly compulsive love for B-movie bloodletting into a debut work that honours the 'Gore Gods' of yore as efficiently as it announces the arrival of their own brand of genre genius. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Feb 9, 2015
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) The Theory Of Everything hits all the right beats, though never quite soars.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2015
71% Into the Woods (2014) ...a neither here-nor-there Christmas holiday tent pole that, however well crafted, does not do its pedigree justice.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
90% The Imitation Game (2014) No stiff upper-lipped acting stone is left unturned in Morten Tyldum's earnest, honest account of the life of Alan Turing.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2015
78% St. Vincent (2014) The script doesn't work hard enough to make Vincent more than a one-dimensional grouch.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 29, 2014
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) Alexander's day otherwise proves middling, uninspired, not great, and very pedestrian.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2014
49% Stalingrad (2014) Fedor Bondarchuk's bloody battle epic celebrates the excesses of war cinema far more effectively than it does the heroism of his countrymen. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Nov 6, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) A character study wrapped in a detective story that serves as a sly bit of self-promotion to boot.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar begins to feel more like those disaster movies that Irwin Allen used to make, bulging with enough star wattage to keep our eyes on the screen and not rolling to the back of our heads. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.5/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Slick, smart, superb American filmmaking. ‐
Posted Oct 28, 2014
56% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) There's a passion to tell this story with an understated urgency and profound empathy that can be felt in every frame of this terrific film. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 27, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) The ace in the hole is Baymax, who scores big laughs and generates warmth and good will that ultimately proves more crucial to the film than it should have to be. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 27, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) A richly dichotomous film that forges a rousing crowd-pleasing denouement from an act of complex immoral defiance.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 23, 2014
36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) No front-loading of Oscar-worthy talent or uttering that over-used adjective, "Hitchcockian", can disguise the fact that Rowan Joffe's daft thriller, Before I Go To Sleep, is anything more than a high concept, low IQ, airport novel of a film.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 14, 2014
100% Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014) Richard Stanley's vision of Wells' hellish utopia never materialized, but its legacy makes for an appropriately insane real-life narrative every bit as brilliantly mad and maddening as the fiction promised to be. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Oct 14, 2014
33% The Green Inferno (2015) Roth's limp, one-note adventure plays more like a half-baked piss-take than the work of someone with any knowledge of, let alone respect for, the anthropophagus genre. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Sep 13, 2014
0% Kite (2014) Dabbling in the same fetish-feminism and coldly-served revenge fantasies that made Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch such a wildly divisive work...Ralph Ziman brings an appropriately seedy but miserably downbeat aesthetic to this long-in-development adaptation. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Sep 4, 2014
No Score Yet Found (2014) Found takes its film-buff inspiration from the likes of early De Palma, Argento or Cronenberg. They are hard acts to follow, but Schirmer knows his stuff. Found is a singularly sick, sad story and announces the filmmaker as a notable talent. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Sep 3, 2014
97% Housebound (2014) Exhibiting a bold visual style and a natural flair for funny, character-driven dialogue, the New Zealander has delivered a giggly, gory romp that both honours and enhances his native film industry's love of the macabre. ‐ Screen-Space
Posted Sep 2, 2014