Wally Hammond

Wally Hammond
Wally Hammond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Time Out Time Out Sydney
Biography:
Time Out film critic.
Publications: Time Out, Time Out Sydney

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 53% The Craft (1996) ... deliciously dangerous excursions into adolescent self-discovery. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
24% Van Helsing (2004) What's left is a world of industrial Gothicism, nightmare morphing effects, ahistoric gadgetry and Breughel-lite grotesquerie. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
100% We Went To War (2012) Something of an exemplary documentary on the effects of combat on three individuals with experience of one specific war. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
85% You've Been Trumped (2012) The very smallness, independence and even parochialism of Baxter's film seems suitable and never detracts from its considerable ability to inform and, surprisingly, move. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
5/5 94% Contempt (1964) A knowing, tragic-comic aria for love and moviemaking. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/5 97% Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987) Not the director's best work, but far, far from being his worst either. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/5 69% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza) (2012) In the Ozpetek canon, this one is non-essential. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
5/5 81% Something in the Air (2013) This might just be Assayas' masterpiece. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
4/5 82% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) (2012) What distinguishes Castillo's film is the facility and accuracy with which she understands, remembers and recreates the fish-bowl vistas and claustrophobic intimacy of a long car-bound journey. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2013
4/5 67% Keyhole (2012) A bravura journey into a noirish nightmare world and a lock that even paid-up Maddinites won't be able to pick on a single viewing. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
5/5 96% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928) One for Hitch fans, one for thriller fans, one for cinema fans. Do not miss. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2012
4/5 94% The Apartment (1960) Directed by Wilder with attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it's lifted considerably by the performances. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2012
5/5 96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Staggering and heartbreaking. Still. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 85% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) (2010) This is a sprightly and economical debut from French former journalist and writer-director Alix Delaporte. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2012
2/5 73% Hadewijch (2010) - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/5 90% Waitress (2007) Funny, gentle, unpatronising, if occasionally naive and quirky. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
5/5 87% I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2007) - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
3/5 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) A more satisfactory adaptation of the spirit of Stan Lee's Marvel character. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
4/5 77% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Performances are more mature, the soundtrack (by Nicholas Hooper) less grandiose, and Yates executes some thrilling set-pieces. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 85% Frownland (2007) - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 79% I Served the King of England (2008) - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
92% Drive (2011) A more or less conventional Los Angeles-set hot-rod/getaway-driver movie with neo-noir decoration -- albeit satisfying enough on its own terms. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2011
4/5 88% Post Mortem (2012) Larraín's clever use of almost humorously unconventional framings, expressively washed-out colour tones and mysterious low-key performances brings together human comedy and historical tragedy to unique, and surprisingly emotional, effect. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2011
4/5 84% Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life) (2012) Wittily observed, humorously understood and keenly felt. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2011
2/5 86% Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) (2010) Even for footy fans, the film's a game of guesswork. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/5 91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2011
95% Animal Kingdom (2010) An ambitious and effective thriller. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2011
3/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) Provides rousing enough young family entertainment - though there's less to engage maturer Lewis fans and possible disappointment for older teenagers. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2010
2/5 65% Tamara Drewe (2010) The dullness of British mainstream cinema is epitomised by this Stephen Frears -- didn't he used to be an auteur? -- adaptation of Posy Simmonds's gently teasing 2005-2007 Guardian comic strip about rural goings-on. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2010
3/5 83% Black Dynamite (2009) The portentous dialogue, two-track-recorded soundtrack (by Adrian Younge) and eager performances are all highly diverting. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2010
4/5 97% Rapt (2011) A tense hostage-thriller with a difference. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/5 91% London River (2011) In the film's latter stages, Blethyn's heart-on-the-sleeve acting style finally combines with the marvellous Kouyaté's watchful intelligence and frail dignity to moving effect. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2010
4/5 90% Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) (2006) You need a bit of patience with director Pedro Costa. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 54% The Killer Inside Me (2010) This again-atypical film from Winterbottom is a much more sober affair than its early, controversial press might suggest. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2010
4/5 40% The Killer Inside Me (1976) This again-atypical film from Winterbottom, the genre-swapping director of A Mighty Heart, Genova and The Road to Guantanamo, is a much more sober affair than its early, controversial press might suggest. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2010
2/5 27% Remember Me (2010) Be warned, if you're vulnerable to outrageous, cringe-inducing implausibilities -- not least the ludicrous stand-up row between Tyler and his father in the latter's Twin Towers boardroom -- you'd best give this one a miss. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2010
3/5 75% Tony (2009) Not a reassuring vision, for sure, and no tourist plug for Dalston, Hackney or Haggerston, but the film's a fair calling card for Johnson's talent. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2010
2/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have sadly sacrificed some of the original's cultural specificity and its slow-burn quality. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2010
3/5 76% OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010) It's the grooving to composer Ludovic Bource's fab xylophone beats and Dujardin's hyena laugh and heroic self-regard you'll remember. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
2/5 41% 44 Inch Chest (2010) Aiming for black comedy and a redemptive satire on self-deluding male machismo, ham fisted debut director Malcolm Venville instead gives his cast enough rope to hang themselves rather than the characters they play. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 95% Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord) (2008) You could say this film is at once a secular fable on a religious dilemma and an almost religious parable about an all-too-human tragedy. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2010
5/5 100% Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (1953) This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema's masterpieces. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2010
3/5 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Cinematographer Robert Presley and the design team provide many instances of graphical triumph, influenced by silent cinema. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 96% BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008) Writer-director-producer Marco Bechis's absorbing story of struggle and survival carries its committed ethnographic and political passions lightly. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/5 63% Chiko (2008) Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/5 94% Home (2009) A first film of laudable ambition and Meier's directorial confidence suggests promise for the future. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2009
2/5 29% Mad, Sad & Bad (2009) A disconcerting fluctuation in tone - from sorrowful satire to cheesy sitcom - proves the film's fatal flaw. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2009
3/5 73% Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007) Ambitious cross-cutting and occasional bursts of strident music hint at psychologically complex parallels and readings that the film fails to deliver. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2009
5/5 97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) Denis magically evokes a liberal meditation on family, harmony, loyalty and belonging and their corollaries - loss, transgression, loneliness and separation - and achieves a sweet unity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2009