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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 88% Jackie (2016) Pablo Larrain has crafted a visually stunning and emotionally raw film but what really brings Jackie to life is Natalie Portman's extraordinarily complex performance. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) The experience of watching Assassin's Creed is, one imagines, not dissimilar to slowly drowning in a giant slop bucket while desperately looking for a rope to climb out from the immense craptitude. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) The perfect movie for anyone who needs a bit of cheering up after a bruising year, La La Land is the cinematic equivalent of a really fun morphine trip. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) Perhaps the most encouraging part of Moana's feminism is its subtlety. It presents female agency as nothing out of the ordinary - it doesn't comment on it, there is no patriarchy she's fighting back against and there's no love story. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/5 40% Why Him? (2016) It's an old trope and Why Him? certainly doesn't set out to reinvent the wheel, settling for some cheap laughs and appealing performances. But sometimes, that's enough. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/5 89% A United Kingdom (2017) Assante and Hibbert have woven a convincing narrative while Oyelowo and an ageless Pike have carried the burden of playing these extraordinary people with dignity. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) It often feels like two different movies - when it's in thriller mode, it's a genuinely compelling film but the sweeping romantic period drama doesn't work nearly as well. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Driver, fast becoming a thespian force, gives a considered and mature performance as the taciturn Paterson. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Star Wars Wars is such an immersive world heavy in lore and esoteric facts that being able to balance fan service without scaring off the casual moviegoer is no easy feat. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story manages to do exactly that. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) This is one Christmas party you'll want to avoid at all costs. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) From the effects to the music to the performances to the battle scenes, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a worthy follow-up to the Harry Potter juggernaut. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) The Founder isn't just about one man's vision, it's also about that gung-ho American ethos that says everything is possible, as long as you're willing to do whatever it takes. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 22, 2016
5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) It is simple storytelling at its most powerful. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) By the end, you may be surprised at yourself shedding a tear or two but it won't inspire the kind of all-encompassing emotional heaving the best weepies induce. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) For the sheer spectacle of the battle scenes, Hacksaw Ridge will go down as one of Gibson's finest contributions to cinema. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 4, 2016
1.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Perhaps its worst violation, in a deluge of cinematic crimes, is the so-called twist, obvious about an hour before it's finally confirmed with an exasperated "ugh, finally, is it over yet?" ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 1, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange once again proves that when it comes to superhero movies, Marvel has its finger firmly on the pulse. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Nov 1, 2016
4/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) If you give yourself over to The Neon Demon, let yourself be completely immersed in its hypnotic fever dream, it will stick with you, burrowed in your subconscious. It truly is a work of art. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Oct 26, 2016
4.5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water isn't the kind of flashy film that arrived with a lot of fanfare and it certainly isn't your average heist movie, it sneaks up on you and will surprise you with its grace and depth. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) Unlike his earlier work or more recent gems like Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris, Café Society is mostly froth with little substance. But that's not to say it isn't an entertaining diversion, after all, we all want fairy floss sometimes. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) It's the kind of movie that could be stomached if you were stuck at home on a rainy Sunday afternoon and you saw it on special for 99 cents on iTunes. But it's definitely not worth the price of entry at the cinema. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train isn't going to blow your mind but there's enough in it to enjoy a tense trip with some pretty strong performances. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is that rare disaster blockbuster that is thrilling without sacrificing story or character. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3.5/5 93% Life, Animated (2016) The humanity on display isn't grandiose, it isn't cloying, it just is. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Most of the time, it feels like Fuqua is just ticking the boxes of the genre conventions, which would be fine if all he was trying to do is make a run-of-the-mill Western TV movie. But this is The Magnificent Seven for god's sake. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4.5/5 91% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Everything about this fantastical story is enchantingly simple. But don't be fooled by its almost meditative mood, The Red Turtle is one of the most affecting films of the year. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 61% High-Rise (2016) It's also a touch overlong and indulgent in the back half... But it is bold filmmaking, taking on a source material as difficult as Ballard's novel, and makes a decent go of building this ghoulish world so close to our own. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2/5 59% Bad Moms (2016) Bad Moms knew the story it wanted to tell, and it's a worthy story, but it just wasn't any good at telling it. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party may be the most un-PC mainstream movie to hit cinemas in yonks and it may outrage, shock and even repulse you at times, but it is undeniably ridiculously funny. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/5 40% As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven On Earth (2016) This sequel doesn't have the same heart and soul as its predecessor, failing to capture the feel-good spirit that made the first movie such a sleeper hit. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad is a solid and entertaining third entry into the DC Extended Universe, one that suggests DC could almost have just as much fun as Marvel. Almost. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Aug 2, 2016
2/5 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie could've been a hilarious meditation on ageing, fame and the desperate human desire to be relevant, but except for a couple of rare moments of clarity, it's as shallow as Eddie and Patsy. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Did we need another Bourne movie after Damon and Greengrass had previously hung up their gloves? Probably not. But we'll take it anyway because it's still a gripping way to spend two hours. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) In a time... when people are being pitted against one another by virtue of their place of birth or their faith, it's the reminder we need of how the collective can work together for something bigger and better than their own immediate self-interest. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Who knew a movie that devoted a lot of time to the bowel movements of the deceased could be so profound? ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) McKinnon's timing, physical comedy and utterly joyful presence are the highlights of the film. If anything, she's not given enough screen time. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Despite its problems, The Legend of Tarzan is still an enjoyable popcorn movie with enough momentum and energy to keep you riveted the whole time. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jul 7, 2016
4/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Maggie's Plan is imbued with the kind of navel gazing that will inevitably grate on some viewers without the patience for it but for everyone else, there is much to like in this engaging and sweet screwball comedy. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Despite its easygoing spirit, Everybody is tightly structured, framed by four parties and a countdown clock to the start of classes. For a movie that's pretty much about nothing, it's incredibly well-paced and never overstays its welcome. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) In trying to recapture the sheer entertainment value of the first movie, Independence Day: Resurgence forgot it was making a movie for modern audiences, relying on the kind of bad dialogue and plot contrivances better left in the 20th century. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 98% Mustang (2015) Erguven has a naturalistic style and doesn't seem too concerned with flash or wizardry, preferring to let the story and characters take centre stage. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 21, 2016
3.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) For kids and adults, there's a lovely parable about persistence, optimism and embracing difference. Something we could all use a little more of. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 20, 2016
2.5/5 43% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) For all its ambition, the psych-thriller doesn't come together in any satisfying, cohesive manner. Its peaks and troughs leaves a viewer alternatingly stressed out and bored. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) Ridiculously entertaining. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4.5/5 90% Certain Women (2016) Like the women whose stories it tells, Certain Women exudes a quiet strength. It isn't flashy nor is it imposing, but its purpose and meaning rings loud. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 10, 2016
5/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) It's quite possibly the best movie (so far) this year. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Jun 1, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The Nice Guys is a madcap ride with some bumps along the way but there is beauty in the chaos. ‐ News.com.au
Posted May 25, 2016
2.5/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Lacking the fun, chemistry and emotional stakes of its predecessors, this X-Men installment is decidedly second class. ‐ News.com.au
Posted May 18, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) [Fey has] grown as a performer over the years and handled the emotionally heavy scenes in this film with a more considered and convincing approach, suggesting that one day we could see her in a (gasp!) drama. ‐ News.com.au
Posted May 11, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Director Gavin Hood has achieved something few could -- he made what is essentially 100 minutes of people standing in rooms and staring at screens incredibly compelling. It's a master class in suspense. ‐ News.com.au
Posted Apr 27, 2016