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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 58% At First Light (2018) Whether you know it or not, kids, you've now got your own generation's Close Encounters of The Third Kind.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 88% Nightmare Cinema (2018) [Delivered] by Garris and his peers with a true understanding of a horror fan's fixation.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
5/5 67% Summer (Leto) (2018) There is a sprawling sense of time and place to Leto, which blows out the running to over two hours, yet there is not a frame of the film one would want to see excised.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 94% Spitfire (2018) Through the narrative and wonderful aerial shots blending wartime and contemporary footage, Spitfire doesn't just tell you about the plane, it shows you.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
2.5/5 63% Suspiria (2018) [A] horror film that doesn't seem to be particularly interested in being a 'horror' film at all.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 79% 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 91% 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 94% 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 64% Animal World (2018) [An] aggressively pointless 140 minutes of misdirection and incoherence.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
4/5 70% 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 94% 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 86% 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 65% 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 15% 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 92% 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 82% 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 73% 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 22% 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 75% 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