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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 76% 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 69% 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 No Score Yet 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 83% 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 39% 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 44% 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 70% 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 25% 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 95% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) 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 29% 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 76% 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 67% 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 (2017) 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 54% 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
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (2016) Ella Brennan makes for a mighty cinematic figure, her iron-willed charisma ideally suited for Leslie Iwerks' boisterous celebration of spirit, showmanship and determination.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) [An] understated yet soaring study of what the term 'assimilation' means to a classroom in Holland. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
2.5/5 83% We Don't Need a Map (2017) [It] plays like the film version of a pub debate, with different voices and loud opinions bouncing in all directions.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Miyubi (2017) [This] captivating comedy-drama represents one giant leap towards a feature film future that includes unlockable narrative strands and 360-degree perspectives.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
2.5/5 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) [An] ugly skyscraper of a film; to build it must have been a monumental undertaking (that cost Disney a reported $230million), but what, if anything of merit is the outcome?‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4.5/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) [An] achingly emotional testament to one of the greatest singers and most-troubled public figures that popular entertainment has ever known.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/5 82% Love and Saucers (2017) As hinted at by the title, Love and Saucers is a heartfelt profile of an entirely ordinary man, albeit it one whose life has been shaped by extraordinary events.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3.5/5 67% Alien: Covenant (2017) At times a thrilling, stomach-churning journey, but one that leaves those on board wondering if the disorientation and down time was worth the investment.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
4/5 100% Dance Academy: The Comeback (2018) While maintaining the heart that helped make it a small-screen hit, Dance Academy looks every bit the sumptuous big-screen drama.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 100% Let There Be Light (2017) [An] elegant, insightful and entertaining work of understated urgency.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017