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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's not that it's terrible, but it certainly falls into the take-it-or-leave-it category with its mediocre plotting, inconsistent characterisation and regrettable writing. It was decidedly underwhelming and definitely too long.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
4/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The story is more cohesive than the first and somewhere amid all the mocking and the 37th pastiche might just be an original voice. Or, at least an original voice 2.0.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4.5/5 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) An emotionally stark indictment of middle class malaise and the broken promises of an empire, Loveless is one of the best films you'll see this year.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 87% Tully (2018) The reason Tully works is because of the sparkling chemistry between Theron and Mackenzie - it makes you want to spend time in their company, and that's largely due to two amazing, fearless but understated performances.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/5 79% Chappaquiddick (2018) A deftly executed examination of the man at the centre of the scandal and the psychological scars that come from being a Kennedy scion. In this, Clarke does a wonderful job at conveying the conflict brewing inside Ted.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is quintessential Wes Anderson - that fetishistic attention to detail and a deadpan-ness that saves his brand of whimsy from becoming twee. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) With its chilling premise, heart-thumping execution and deeper anxieties about family and parenthood, A Quiet Place is sure to join the pantheon of great horror films‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin is signature Iannucci - absurd set-ups leading to even more outrageous ends via the spitefully delicious cadence of his dialogue. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time unevenly ambles along with a nice message about families, love and self-acceptance, and sprinkled with some visually spectacular sequences. But it's ultimately unsatisfying for anyone over 15 years old.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is vintage Spielberg - a noble hero with good intentions on a quest against the bad guy who just doesn't get it. It's fun, it's entertaining and it's good. It's just not amazing.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) At times a searing social commentary, the darkly funny The Square is an indictment of the decadence of upper-middle-class inner city liberals and their cluelessness to everyone outside of their privileged bubbles.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Absorbing and hypnotic, Annihilation is the best kind of sci-fi film - the kind that challenges and subverts the genre, all the while introducing new ideas that you'll see in films to come.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) It all feels half-arsed - you'll be so bored at times you'll find yourself wondering if the rock placement in a jungle scene looks too fake (it does, by the way).‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) The blend of animation and live action feels natural and even at its most ridiculous points, the film is still irresistibly likeable. It may not look like much at first but Peter Rabbit is an unexpected pleasure.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers is a smart, progressive and lizzingly hilarious comedy that completely defies expectations.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The greatest disappointment about Red Sparrow is that it could've been so much more than it was, so thank god it looked beautiful because it is badly written and confusing.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
3.5/5 82% Game Night (2018) Game Night is a surprisingly solid and funny comedy that relies largely on the charisma and flair of its stars.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) It's almost too hard to write about Lady Bird precisely because it's so brilliant that no words could possibly capture its spirit and convey why this film absolutely has to be seen, and loved. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) What you don't expect from Marvel is a thoughtful story steeped in political parallels and the historical baggage of racial discrimination and suffering. That's what makes Black Panther unique among a teeming movie universe of extraordinary beings.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game is an entertaining and confident debut for Aaron Sorkin, even if it's definitely too long.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Daniel Day-Lewis has turned in a measured, masterful performance of a flawed man who could be tender and kind, petulant and dismissive, and deeply hurtful. What a swan song.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4.5/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is a slow burn, an almost meditative reflection on the power dynamics between the white colonialists and the indigenous population they displaced, and the long shadow of our history.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet Mosaic (2017) Mosaic is compelling enough - the performances are particularly good - to capture the attention of many an armchair sleuth.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3.5/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) The movie is a wildly entertaining if imperfect telling of the unlikely champion from the wrong side of the tracks and the violent 1994 incident that would go on to define her life.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A visually spectacular fairytale, The Shape of Water is a dazzling film, anchored by a masterful performance from the effervescent Sally Hawkins.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/5 76% Swinging Safari (2018) It's just such a shame Swinging Safari is so shambolic and nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
4/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Martin McDonagh has crafted a magnificently rich story filled with complexities and twisting turns - it's an experiential kaleidoscope.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
4/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) As far as the overall package goes, Darkest Hour is kind of just proficient, a perfectly competent and effective period film. What elevates it is Oldman's full-bodied, tour-de-force performance.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
3.5/5 87% The Post (2018) This is a powerful if sometimes heavy-handed film. It seems particularly significant right now, when there's an orange buffoon tweeting about awarding "worst news" awards as a propaganda tool to stifle criticism. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Unless you're dead inside, you will not fail to be utterly charmed by Paddington 2.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
3/5 51% Downsizing (2017) The poignancy and ambition were there, even if the execution didn't always hit the mark.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
1/5 26% Bright (2017) While we should all know better than to expect much from director David Ayer, he, usually, does decent action. In Bright, it's mind-numbingly dull - some stabby, stabby over here, some bang, bang over there. Oops, you're dead.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Barnum says that he's looking for something real and sometimes, in the pizzazz of the music, you forget that there's not much more to The Greatest Showman than seduction. But there's a crowd-pleasing charm to its simplicity.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 66% Breathe (2017) The producer of Breathe, Jonathan Cavendish, is the son of the incredible couple whose story is immortalised in the movie, giving it a weighty, personal connection that transcends some empty exercise in virtue.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle isn't some cinematic masterpiece by any stretch but it does what it sets out to do, giving you two hours of silly fun.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Few films handle coming of age with as much grace and humanity as Call Me By Your Name and the audience is as transformed by the experience as the characters.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The world captured by Sean Baker's lens is colourful and bright, despite its impoverished inhabitants, and he never judges or pities them for their choices, even if you might. Here is a movie that shows, not tells.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Fisher would be proud of Episode VIII, an injection of freshness into a series always only one movie away from staidness -- such is the scrutiny of something as loaded as Star Wars.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
2/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Even without the Allen creep factor or the off-tone lines, Wonder Wheel is an exaggerated jumble. Everything feels more artificial than his usual work and that's saying a lot for an Allen movie.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) This movie isn't just some Hollywood parody or inside joke. It takes Wiseau's humanity seriously and portrays him as a wounded individual who wanted to be an All-American James Dean-type hero and not the ogre or villain everyone else saw him as.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The Man Who Invented Christmas isn't a barnstormer but it's exactly the kind of holiday fare that will cure a bout of humbugness. Bring the family.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The solid Goodbye Christopher Robin is a perfectly amiable and beautifully filmed semi-biopic. That it has Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald and Margot Robbie as the adult leads is to its credit.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4.5/5 96% Mudbound (2017) This beautifully composed film engrosses from the first frame to the last, breathtaking in its humanity and its ability to build out a fully realised world that never feels antiquated despite its 1940s period setting.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4.5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The Killing of a Sacred Deer is so tightly wound, every frame and line of dialogue has been expertly calculated to be uncomfortable, to unsettle.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) While it looked spectacular, the venture away from the confines of the train detracted from the claustrophobia and the immediate jeopardy present in Christie's novel and Lumet's version.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit is vivid and it is demanding, designed to shake you out of complacency. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) At times the movie veers into sentimentality and the pacing slacks off in the final 30 minutes, but it never loses its magnetic focus on those three strong, central performances.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) The good news is Justice League is not as terrible as you feared. The bad news is it's still a bloated, disjointed affair that makes little sense and a hash of one of the coolest superheroes.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is a chilling indictment of our image-driven culture, a withering dissection of artificiality versus authenticity. It's worth seeking out because this penetrating and darkly witty movie deserves to be seen.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
2/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) Everything about it feels like it tried too hard to be something more, that it does far too much telling and not enough showing. Suburbicon feels more like a weak parody than a biting satire.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017