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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
33% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
32% Poltergeist (2015) It's just that little bit sadder that proof exists indicating it could have been so much more.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 19, 2015
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
31% Infini (2015) Script and storytelling shortcomings aside, it is the overarching familiarity of Abbess' visual cues that derails his ambition.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/5 60% 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.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/5 94% 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.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
26% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
78% 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
91% 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
77% 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
60% 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
51% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.5/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Slick, smart, superb American filmmaking.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2014
35% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) (Like) the magician who keeps banging his big silver hoops together hoping that a wondrous illusion will somehow reveal itself, there is a lot about Magic In The Moonlight that is not very magical at all.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 26, 2014
83% Predestination (2015) Predestination thrills and enthralls as its developments confront and confuse the viewer, but hindsight does this flawed, fascinating film no favours.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 26, 2014
90% Wetlands (2014) (The) bravado and sweetness that Carla Juri brings to the role infuses the entire film; evoking the charisma and vulnerability of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts in their heyday, she is an A-list star of the future.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2014
90% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) (The) Australian director's latest reveals a rich vein of excess and chutzpah that paints a picture of old-school operators steeped in shameless B-movie showmanship. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
90% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014