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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
33% 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
52% 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
84% 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
89% 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
93% 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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
100% The Man Whose Mind Exploded (2012) The heartbreaking story of an unique friendship; bring tissues.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2014
89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
48% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014