Thomas Derwin

Thomas Derwin
Thomas Derwin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia)
Publications: FILMINK (Australia)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Victoria (2015) A near perfect triumph of pure cinematic joy. It does away with the gimmicks of one-shot films, creating a claustrophobic vacuum that pulls you in and doesn't let you out. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) Both a film of resistance and an openly escapist experience, Cemetery of Splendour envelops you in immediate reverie, pulling you in with its quiet rhythms and cadences. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
92% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa gently rolls over you like a wave, enveloping you into its world and staying with you long after. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
86% Steve Jobs (2015) With a tremendous cast, a great script, and solid direction, Steve Jobs carefully balances capitalistic exaltation with Jobs' more humanised flaws, brought to the screen in equal parts dazzle and heartbreak. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
80% Macbeth (2015) One of the most visceral storytelling experiences on screen this year. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
88% Dope (2015) Combined with a sugary-pop sensibility and dialogue that constantly feels a beat behind, Dope feels more like the fun of Yo Gabba Gabba! than a serious exploration of street life, leaving less bark and even fewer bites. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
57% Paper Towns (2015) The film rightly treads a neat middle ground between sentimental teen idealism and the indie cool of The OC. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) The skill of Love & Mercy lies in Pohlad's ability to weave these two very specific periods together, while also making them as detail-rich as possible. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) Bird's focus is clearly on the power of invention, but he is preoccupied with creating James Bond-like gadgetry, rather than a cohesive or mildly interesting narrative. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2015
51% San Andreas (2015) Johnson continues to impress with his roles. He tackles this film head on with a wry smile. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2015
94% Spy (2015) There's a sense of witnessing a woman empowered and it's a hoot to see McCarthy given the space she deserves to spread her comic wings. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2015
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) The Salt Of The Earth is nothing short of fascinating, intimate and moving; yet at times, it's a bleak and often harrowing journey that exposes both the strength and weakness of mankind. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
44% The Gambler (2014) What's left is a frustratingly superficial film that alienates its characters as much as it does the audience. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
99% Selma (2015) The film firmly centres on the intimate, reminiscent of Spielberg's Lincoln, where grandiosity is found in performance not pedestals. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
95% Snowpiercer (2014) Snowpiercer is an engaging experience and is not only the most assured and interesting film of the recent Korean new-wavers' Hollywood output, but it's also a riveting action blockbuster in itself, the best of the American summer thus far. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Horrible Bosses 2 is a buddy film, and to this end, it manages to hit its egregious mark more often than not, understandably invested in the comedic charm of talents Sudeikis, Day and Bateman. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
30% The Captive (2014) While The Captive builds strongly in its first act, it ultimately lets itself down with generic plot twists and a largely dissatisfying finale. Egoyan's eye for beauty, however, is unquestionable. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Exodus confuses and frustrates with an uneven mix of camp and tragedy layered through Scott's controversial biblical spectacle. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Where Catching Fire seemed fresh and fun, Mockingjay gets stuck in a cycle of titillation, suggesting more than it's willing to offer, as it introduces big ideas before cautiously reverting back to a repetitive cycle of tired teen tropes. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
49% The Judge (2014) A sweeping Hollywood melodrama that glides by on its strong performances and surprising charm. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
24% Dracula Untold (2014) On this occasion, the prefix aligns much more scrupulously on adjectives like unoriginal, uninvolving, and uninspired. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014
87% Gone Girl (2014) An absorbingly chilling picture of domestic discontent. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014
60% The Equalizer (2014) Unfortunately, by the time the final act rolls around, there's little more left on Fuqua's mind than a grisly, hardware store-sponsored cops and robbers showdown, that would make even MacGyver wince. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
20% Tarzan (2014) The latest reimagining of a classic text leaves one feeling like a character from Godot -- waiting on a barren stretch of road for something, or someone, to show up and alleviate the never-ending monotony. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
21% Into The Storm (2014) While Into the Storm has the look of a satirical disaster film, it completely lacks any satire, taking itself far too seriously (and offers nothing original) to be anywhere near as fun as its genre-spawning second-cousin, Sharknado. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
61% Non-Stop (2014) The film descends into the realm of implausibility, with a marked change in tempo and dialogue that demolishes any tension that the film worked so hard to create. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014