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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 81% Alpha (2018) Deceptively simple in its construction yet sweepingly epic, exciting and genuinely moving in its execution.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 90% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Satan's Slaves is a supremely polished, legitimately creepy poltergeist/possession yarn.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 75% The Misandrists (2018) The Misandrists walks dangerously close to 'respectability' at times - [Bruce's] aesthetic has cleaner lines, crisper framing, story structure that veers uncharacteristically towards (dare I say it) conventional.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 100% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) [A] fun, flouncy fan documentary soon becomes something...well, not quite profound, but certainly soul-enriching in the way that only looking at Bill Murray's face can inspire.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) The Meg seems destined to only find favour with snarky podcasters seeking schlocky targets for ridicule.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 70% Animal World (2018) [An] aggressively pointless 140 minutes of misdirection and incoherence.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
4/5 73% Adrift (2018) An un-ironic, openhearted romance that doubles as a psychological study in survival trauma. Every bruise earned and every tear shed... feels entirely authentic.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 92% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) A charming study of family dynamics, shifting generational values and the challenge of just plain growing old.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/5 84% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Stubby is every bit the great animated hero, utterly lovable in the eyes of the tykes while also legitimately heroic for the war movie fans.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) [A] style-over-substance Rosemary's Baby/Wicker Man riff riddled with tension-diluting inconsistencies and hamstrung by a holier-than-thou approach to horror tropes.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3.5/5 75% Braven (2018) [Stays] entirely within its genre parameters but does so wholeheartedly, delivering a lean, mean dose of tension, violence and sentimentality.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) [A] lot better than fans had any right to expect, but it is not the ripping yarn we collectively yearned for.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 66% Ideal Home (2018) Coogan gets some capital-L laughs, especially in those moments that reveal his shallow egotism, while Rudd's razor-sharp takedowns define the understated intellect at work in Fleming's script.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
3/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It is a bold undertaking, to readjust what is expected of the MCU/Avengers formula, and there are moments when the sheer scale and momentum match the narrative ambition‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) [A] potentially interesting premise that is then left in the hands of an insipid posse of one-dimensional characters to mull over.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
1.5/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time throws everything at the screen with no idea as to how to make it gel.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) [We] laugh, and we get why we laugh, but everything about the humour is painfully uncomfortable.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4.5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Far too many contemporary teen comedies anoint themselves as 'Hughes-ian', desperate to align...with the smart, sweet, insightful teen movies of the genre's golden years, the 80s. Finally, a film earns the accolade.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) [There] is not a false note in the film's humanity, despite a reality that at times seems entirely cinematic.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/5 81% Early Man (2018) [There] is a better movie lurking inside director Nick Park's hit/miss grab at World Cup football fever relevance. The stereotypically ethnic bad guys feel anachronistic in 2018, too.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 47% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Well-crafted and solidly dramatic, the film rises above recent shoddy, preachier Biblical renderings.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) [Filled] with some truly wondrous sequences that confirm the director can still craft thrilling popcorn entertainment better than anyone on the planet.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) [The] narrative works best when debutant director Kay Cannon applies her understanding of strong independent women.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 63% I Can Only Imagine (2018) Though it will never be championed as an insightful work of either religious art or patriarchal psychology, I Can Only Imagine does manage to be a good film about a great song.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 33% That's Not My Dog! (2018) Murphy convincingly captures the celebratory high spirits of the night and the sweet intentions of his leading man.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Willis' casting is crucial...because Roth's coldly calculated if simple-minded thriller exists in a 80s action-movie world totally tone-deaf in today's climate.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 30% The BBQ (2018) Stephen Amis' broad farce lands a few gentle barbs at modern Australian society but this likably silly romp, a sort of celebration of 'Dad Joke' humour, feels most at ease when it's just having a bit of a laugh.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Eastwood can't overcome the inherent problem that everyday Joes like split-second heroes Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler don't necessarily have cinematic back-stories.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
4.5/5 100% Bending the Arc (2017) [A] story of social heroism, fierce spiritual triumph and driven scientific determination.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4.5/5 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) A stylised arthouse horror/thriller that doubles as an elegantly intellectual think-piece concerning the region's gender politics.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 24% Bleeding Steel (2018) [It] is impossible to gauge what type of audience, other than the die-hard Chan completists, will feel wholly satisfied by this schizophrenic genre hodgepodge.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 72% Swinging Safari (2018) Elliott seems to hold true affection for this time and place; despite its high-pitched shrillness, Swinging Safari is his warmest, funniest and most likable film since ...Priscilla.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017) [One] of the most remarkable moments of television history is examined with an acutely insightful eye and jaunty rhythm in director C.J. Wallis' hugely enjoyable doc.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet D-Love (2017) D-Love is an irresistible addition to that under-serviced film genre that embraces a non-religious philosophy of love and acceptance; few films can boast timeliness so profound.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
3.5/5 57% The Gateway (2018) A compelling turn from a committed leading lady and a twisty premise skilfully executed will ensure The Gateway finds avid fans amongst sci-fi types seeking thoughtful, discussion-starting cinema. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4.5/5 100% The Seen and Unseen (2017) [A] profoundly moving narrative that recalls Niki Caro's Whale Rider in its depiction of innocence, tradition and destiny colliding.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/5 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) Larry loves the industry and yet ... gets little love in return. Steve Mitchell's King Cohen does a great deal to redress that imbalance.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Arrhythmia (Aritmiya) (2017) Khlebnikov brings a modern European sensibility to his storytelling that recalls the intimacy of The Dardennes Brothers and the works of Romanian New Wave auteurs such as Cristian Mungiu.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
1/5 54% Three Summers (2017) [Is] the current funding model that determines what big screen, commercial comedies get made in Australia working?‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3.5/5 50% Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017) Structurally, the film is pure sports fairy tale; the rise, fall and resurrection of a champion, achieved through hard work, self-belief and a lot of people telling you how great you are.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Raavan (2010) This melodramatic mishmash fails to deliver.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
3/5 38% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) [A] competently presented piece of investigative filmmaking, albeit one buoyed by the typical heavy-handedness of a heart-over-head polemic.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
1.5/5 5% The Last Face (2017) [A] tortuous misstep for director Sean Penn‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 embraces the enormous shadow cast by Blade Runner 1982 by crafting a vast immersion in scale and vision.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Baker's neo-realistic eye for humour, honesty and heartbreak has crafted a slow burn, potent commentary on America's struggling underclass.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
2.5/5 35% Kuso (2017) Loud, objectionable, occasionally funny but mostly trying, the visual experimentation and adherence to all things ugly quickly grows tiresome.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) For all the warm familiarity and unexpected sweetness conjured by the production's adherence to nostalgia, 'horror' it most certainly is.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 18% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) Imagine Hudson Hawk barrelling along Abbot Kinney Boulevard, collecting John Wick as he enters from Brooks Avenue, before both are rammed by the Inherent Vice bus on Main.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Texas Heart (2016) "A finer, more compelling and ultimately satisfying drama than it's initial premise might suggest."‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
2.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Surely the filmmaker's insistence upon imposing his favourite device upon all his narratives is edging towards Shyamalan-like overkill.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017