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Wenlei Ma

Wenlei Ma
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 54% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It is a completely ridiculous, over-the-top movie that is more concerned with form over substance. But you know what else it is? So much fun.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 68% mother! (2017) Mother! is a mentally exhausting slog that is likely to prompt walkouts. But those who stay and tough it out will be rewarded with a provocative dark fairytale that will challenge you weeks after the credits roll.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/5 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) If you're not mad about plaid shorts, Tommy's Honour is unlikely to grab your attention, at first. But if you give it chance, there's an affable movie about an inspiring young pioneer.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2.5/5 51% The Dinner (2017) The Dinner had the bones of a decent thriller. Instead, we're saddled with something that's tonally confusing and obtuse, that by the time the real action happens, it's too late.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3.5/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip is better plotted than the similarly themed, Scarlett Johansson-vehicle Rough Night from earlier this year. It has a looseness to its structure that helps the momentum move from one crazy set-piece to the next.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard wasted its talented stars and served up a slop that is best watched on a long-haul flight, sandwiched between some non-Pixar animation and a weepy romance with a dying female lead.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) The story here is clean and the characters very charming, and it doesn't fall into the trap of being smugly pleased with itself by overcomplicating matters (ahem, Ocean's Twelve).‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/5 20% Madame (2017) Madame doesn't quite hit the level of biting satire. But it says enough about the haves and have-nots to be substantial in its portrayal of affected candy-coloured opulence.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
3.5/5 86% Wind River (2017) Wind River is ostensibly a tense crime thriller but it's much more effective as a film about an unforgiving place and the people forced to contend with its natural brutality.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
3/5 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) This movie isn't really about waking people up to the issue - they already did. It's trying to get people to re-engage on a topic they've set aside, and that's a much harder ask.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
3.5/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) A pulsing spy thriller with sex, excellent music and bucketloads of riveting action, Atomic Blonde owes its success to Charlize Theron's ability to carry off the role of agent Lorraine Broughton with such confidence and style.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) This is the kind of rom-com anyone can get behind - even the manliest of Vin Diesel-watching men - because there's nothing more universal than falling in love.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk is a return to true form for director Christopher Nolan and it may very well be his best film yet. It combines the clever structure of Memento, the scale and ambition of The Dark Knight and the incredible cinematography of Inception.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4.5/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) As pretentious as it sounds, A Ghost Story is more about a feeling, an emotional response to a singular cinematic experience.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) If you allow yourself to give in to The Beguiled's enchanting spell, you might find yourself converted to Coppola's cause.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4.5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) From the very first chase sequence, the beauty in the heart-racing, dance-like choreography is evident and you're totally engrossed. There's no getting off this whirligig ride.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Stark tells Peter to be the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and that's exactly what Jon Watts has given us - a grounded hero who has to live in our world. All other superhero directors should take note.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
4/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Lady Macbeth will not end up being seen by many - a period film based on a Russian novel based on Shakespeare isn't a box office draw - which is a shame because it's just such a hauntingly confronting film.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 85% Okja (2017) Bong manages to strike the right note between absurdly funny and profoundly moving. But more than that, Okja is the kind of film that is just a joy to watch, because it is beautifully shot and performed.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
3.5/5 83% Una (2017) Una is an extraordinarily uncomfortable film, a challenging showcase of powerful performances that linger. ‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
3/5 46% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night didn't rewrite the book and it's often thoroughly silly. But it's also - like hen's nights are supposed to be but never are - a lot of fun.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It was never going to be as sharp as the original Despicable Me, but even after eight years, there's still plenty here to like whether you're five or fifty-five.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) The credit really has to go to Weisz, whose command of a character just out of reach but fully formed is awe-inspiring - she's vivacious and vulnerable, strong and shaken.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
0.5/5 18% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch might've been more watchable if it managed to have a bit more actual fun, not dunce-level antics masquerading as fun.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3.5/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Where Wonder Woman excels is in the pure joy and spectacle of its roaring action sequences, which are conservatively deployed to maintain their power.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
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 36% 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 70% 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 56% 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 66% 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 82% 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 80% 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 15% 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 91% 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 79% 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 84% 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 92% 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 95% 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 35% 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 85% 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 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
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 18% 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 92% 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 39% 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