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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Philip Seymour Hoffman brings the gravitas needed to add nuance to some conventional machinations. " ‐FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 30, 2014
91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

" James Gunn's vividly idiosyncratic spin on Marvel's renegade misfits, Guardians of the Galaxy, certainly represents a bracingly fizzy cinematic blast to the increasingly formulaic 'summer superhero' format." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jul 24, 2014
54%

Road to Paloma (2014)

"(Director) Momoa progresses through the episodic plot with confident skill, although he may have had a few words with his leading man about easing back on the Rock-like charm (Wolf is murderer on the run, after all)." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jul 14, 2014
89%

Girl Rising (2013)

"'Advocacy Cinema' has found a new, strong standard-bearer in Girl Rising; one hopes it drives the forceful change needed in our global community as powerfully as it represents a creative shift in the genre. " ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jul 13, 2014
86%

Willow Creek (2014)

"One senses that Goldthwait penned the Willow Creek script not so much to indulge in genre elements (which he handles with a pro's touch) but more to explore the emotional intimacy between the leads." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jul 13, 2014
89%

Calvary (2014)

"McDonagh has found a wonderfully satisfying balance between his skills as a writer of intimate, intelligent narratives, and the greater themes that confront the demons of his homeland." ‐FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 30, 2014
18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"(The) bewildering first act is Shakespearean compared to an extended mid-section which may represent the worst second act in scriptwriting history." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
No Score Yet

Happiness (2013)

"Breathtaking photography counterbalances the intense intimacy of Balmes' subject; the story is about the boy, but the boy's story encompasses his village life and the changing face of an ancient culture. " ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
No Score Yet

TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013)

"(The) 'message moments' are tempered by the personal story of Smith and Mueller, whose construction frustrations and romantic maturation give the film a compelling warmth." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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Harlem Street Singer (2013)

"Though the film never skims over Davis' boozing and womanizing, Harlem Street Singer emerges a grand celebration of a man who redefined an artform." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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Led Zeppelin Played Here (2013)

"(A) vivid collection of aging promoters, record company execs, small-town fans and grey-haired musos, Led Zeppelin Played Here captures the early days of the rock music industry with a giddy glee." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
100%

The Man Whose Mind Exploded (2012)

"The heartbreaking story of an unique friendship; bring tissues." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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Freeload (2014)

"A love letter to the rebellious spirit, Freeload is also a bittersweet account of alienation and finding a sense of family while living a boxcar lifestyle." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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Faith Connections (2014)

"Though unwieldy and overlong, Faith Connections is nevertheless a remarkably insightful film, full of stunning images and imbued with a strong sense of family and personal growth." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
71%

Web Junkie (2014)

"(The filmmaker's) free form, peak-around-corners style deprives the film of structure but ensures moments of often brutal honesty." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 26, 2014
83%

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2) (2014)

"Unlike the character-based comedy and genuine scares (Wirkola) generated on a miniscule budget first time around, the overall impact of his sequel is less than the sum of its bloody parts." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 19, 2014
100%

Next Goal Wins (2014)

"One of the smallest triumphs in world sport inspires one of the year's most moving and entertaining documentaries..." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 9, 2014
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Goal of the Dead (2014)

"Football fans may get a giddy thrill from seeing their passion filtered through the bloodthirsty mindset of a zombie apocalypse, but there is little sports action and even less genuine entertainment value in this gory Gallic romp." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jun 9, 2014
33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The solid cast is shunted aside for long passages, allowing MacFarlane underserved centre stage for most of the film's inexcusable 116 minute running time." ‐Screen-Space
Posted May 26, 2014
61%

In Your Eyes (2014)

"[A] disposable but not entirely unlikable confection that feels like a first-timer's passion project and not the work of an A-list writer of Whedon's stature." ‐Screen-Space
Posted May 16, 2014
29%

SX_Tape (2014)

"Steeped in the gritty, grimy minutiae of urban decay and chillingly well-defined supernatural components that made [Rose's] breakout hit Candyman an enduring cult favourite." ‐Screen-Space
Posted May 13, 2014
86%

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues) (2014)

"It effortlessly finds more engaging interplay and laughs amongst its handful of tiny, wordless characters than the entire cast of most recent smart-mouthed US animation efforts." ‐Screen-Space
Posted May 8, 2014
98%

The Babadook (2014)

"The film works as great horror fiction thanks entirely to the believability afforded the protagonist's psychological state." ‐Screen-Space
Posted May 2, 2014
20%

Iceman (2014)

"Law's lame-brained concoction aims to be, in equal parts, a martial-arts opus, low-brow crowd-pleaser and mystical history lesson; what emerges is an often incomprehensible mash-up that plays murky, amateurish and puerile." ‐Screen-Space
Posted May 1, 2014
92%

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

"[Fletcher's] adaptation of the hit stage play is to Scottish audiences as Mamma Mia! is to The Me Generation and and Rock of Ages is to Gen X-ers - a bigscreen jukebox jam very loosely held together by a hoary plotline as old as cinema itself." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Apr 6, 2014
59%

Nurse (2014)

"Huerta towers over the film, an Olivia De Berardinis creation brought to life in a world that might have been conjured by the combined psyches of Brian de Palma and Bob Guccione. " ‐Screen-Space
Posted Apr 6, 2014
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Highway (2014)

"A star-making turn from relative newcomer Alia Bhatt provides the vibrant essence of Imtiaz Ali's bracingly atypical Bollywood road-movie, Highway." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Mar 26, 2014
89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"A template-specific movie experience that impresses without engaging, The Russo Brother's tentpole debut serves its master - the 'Marvel Movie Empire' - as diligently as the titular hero serves his homeland." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Veronica Mars is exactly the film that fans were pining for and offers the kind of confident, small-scale storytelling that is eminently watchable to those new to the 'marshmallow' army." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Mar 18, 2014
75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"[Von Trier's] script is smart and the images confronting, but it is a far less ambitious or important work than Antichrist or his last love/hate vision, Melancholia." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Mar 9, 2014
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When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin (2015)

"Creativity as a life-defining, soul-saving virtue is central to the story of Theremin maestro Armen Ra, as captured in Robert Nazar Arjoyan's elegant, moving concert/biopic When My Sorrow Died." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Mar 6, 2014
86%

Gunday (2014)

"Viewers with increasing concerns that Bollywood's recent action/comedies are far too reliant on tiresome conventions will see this as further proof; for those simply looking for escapism of the highest order, this romp should do just fine." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 20, 2014
49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"Like its vile central character, outback psychopath Mick Taylor, Greg McLean's sequel exists only to indulge in its own pointless sadism." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 20, 2014
66%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"Miranda Otto, finally getting the rich lead role she has long deserved, is complex and commanding as Bishop." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Feb 13, 2014
89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Two glowing central performances and one effervescent support turn are just three of the many reasons to journey to the streets of Paris for Le Week-End, the fourth and arguably best collaboration between director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 13, 2014
13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Akiva Goldsman's take on the 'magical realism' of Mark Helprin's vast, dense 1983 novel Winter's Tale will prove particularly plodding to those unfamiliar with the source material and wanly lacking in wonder to those that are." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Feb 10, 2014
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The Monkey King (Da nao tian gong) (2014)

"[A] massive sense of spectacle overwhelms a somewhat simplistic take on the mystical tale of Simian spirit Sun Wukong, but what an impressive display it proves to be in the hands of director Soi Cheang." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 6, 2014
No Score Yet

From Vegas to Macau (The Man from Macau) (2014)

"[A] hit-and-miss hybrid, dependent upon goodwill, broad schtick and star power above anything groundbreaking, comedy-wise, to raise a smile. " ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 6, 2014
49%

RoboCop (2014)

"Padilha's Hollywood debut is craftsmanlike and respectable, which is perhaps not what an updated retelling of Verhoeven's grimy, gritty, gory classic deserved." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Feb 6, 2014
No Score Yet

Convict (2014)

"So much of this Australian caged-man flick is derivative of the 'Grey Bar Hotel' genre that it's less a film about prison life than it is about prison films. But...Convict is a pretty good one." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 28, 2014
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Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013)

"The dazzling visuals and immense scale employed by director/animator Shinji Aramaki adequately compensate (just) for the derivative narrative in his update/reboot of Leiji Matsumoto's visionary 1970's space-opera, 'Harlock'." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jan 28, 2014
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Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy (2013)

"For those already in on his jokey style (who clearly number in the 10,000s, if the film's blockbuster status in its homeland is any measure), Deramas' wacky vision is good-time cinema of the highest order." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jan 28, 2014
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Backyard Ashes (2013)

"Backyard Ashes does not pretend to be an intellectual exercise, but it sort of becomes one despite itself. By striving for working-class honesty over hard-sell insight, it achieves both." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jan 28, 2014
59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"By the time the stoic, aged activist faces off against the imperilled leaders of a crumbling Apartheid regime, Elba has assumed a gigantic persona and consumes every inch of the widescreen frame." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Jan 14, 2014
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Lan Kwai Fong 3 (Xi Ai Ye Pu 3) (2014)

"Chin tempers the emptiness of the first film and the obnoxiousness of the second with a warmer outlook and generally more well-rounded character arcs in this third effort. " ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 14, 2014
83%

Dhoom 3 (2013)

"Dhoom 3 is populist twaddle of the highest order, and like most blockbusters, somehow manages to be both satisfying and insulting in equal measure." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 8, 2014
24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"[The] inevitable big-screen brand expansion of the Walking with Dinosaurs property proves to be as slickly-packaged an endeavour as you'd expect from any franchise entrant." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Dec 31, 2013
75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"The ensemble seems to be having fun and there are some scattered belly laughs, but the truly inspired nuttiness that made the first Anchorman a cult hit is in short order." ‐Screen-Space
Posted Dec 27, 2013
No Score Yet

R... Rajkumar (2013)

"A ridiculous stew of lame-brained slapstick, bone-crunching violence and merciless mugging, all set to a bludgeoning musical score by repeat aural offender Pritam Chakraborty." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 22, 2013
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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013)

"Malholtra has clearly left his actors to their own devices and his leading lady offers up enough hair tosses, lippy pouts and come hither glances for a dozen films." ‐sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 22, 2013
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