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Wenlei Ma

Wenlei Ma
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) The whole enterprise is underwhelming and lord help us all if this movie spins into the six-film franchise it was designed to set up.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
2/5 37% Snatched (2017) Snatched is narratively incoherent and often really boring. It's more like an extended sketch show where only every second or third joke works.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 72% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant doesn't do anything new. It sticks to the formula established all those years ago and it gives you a thumping good time watching humans and slimy aliens kill each other off in brutal ways. But after 38 years, surely that's not enough?‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Peele plays the suspense like a maestro wielding a Stradivarius - each tightly wound string used to create a sense of foreboding and anticipation that Hitchcock himself would've been jealous of.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
2.5/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Beatty has made a beautiful-to-look-at film making full cinematic use of its glamorous period setting. But despite having all the ingredients for a charming movie, like Howard Hughes, Rules Don't Apply's soul remains elusive.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
3/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire is a clever film with snappy writing and decent action choreography. And it's not just a pastiche of Tarantino's work despite the obvious influence.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3.5/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Still funny and fun, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a welcome return for our oddball heroes but it is a far more traditional comic book movie than the irreverent original.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
3/5 83% Denial (2016) Solidly crafted, Denial is anchored by wonderful performances from Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson. It's also shockingly relevant to the odd place we find ourselves today.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3.5/5 79% Colossal (2017) At times menacing and at times hilarious, the fresh and intelligent Colossal is the kind of unexpected delight that should easily gain cult status.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
1.5/5 16% CHIPS (2017) A disclaimer reads "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film". It's hard to imagine anyone does.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's a bit over-the-top and a little too pleased with its own cleverness, but there is a lot of genuine, inoffensive fun in The Lego Batman Movie.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4.5/5 89% Loving (2016) What's striking about Loving, despite its weighty subject matter, is how quiet and subtle it is. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) While T2 wasn't necessary, we'll all be glad it happened anyway. Boyle has managed to craft both a worthy tribute and a piece of cinema that will stand on its own in another 20 years' time.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 85% Silence (2017) While it is certainly more like an endurance race than a stroll through the park, there is something redeeming in its cinematic beauty.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The performances here are wonderful and it is undoubtedly a "feel good" film with its warmth, vitality and empowering energy. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) A surprisingly solid thriller, Patriots Day paints a compelling picture of a city in crisis but fails to strike the right balance between fact and fiction.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea may be a potent examination of grief, family and self-imposed solitude, but it's also oddly life-affirming and uplifting.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Live By Night is a confusing jumble. But above all, it commits the cardinal sin of gangster movies: It's really, really boring.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's going to take something spectacular to come along and knock Moonlight off its perch because it may very well be the best movie you'll see this year.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3.5/5 86% Lion (2016) The source material is so rich that it's easy to forgive Lion's small flaws when the film treats its characters with such empathy.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
4.5/5 89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/5 83% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 60% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/5 95% Paterson (2016) Driver, fast becoming a thespian force, gives a considered and mature performance as the taciturn Paterson.‐ News.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) This is one Christmas party you'll want to avoid at all costs.‐ News.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
5/5 91% I, Daniel Blake (2017) It is simple storytelling at its most powerful.‐ News.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/5 87% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
1.5/5 52% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
4.5/5 97% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/5 71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 44% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is that rare disaster blockbuster that is thrilling without sacrificing story or character.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3.5/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) The humanity on display isn't grandiose, it isn't cloying, it just is.‐ News.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
4.5/5 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2/5 58% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016