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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 97% Sweet Country (2017) 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 73% 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 93% 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 86% 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 88% 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 27% 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 55% 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 96% 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 79% 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 28% 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
1.5/5 32% Home Again (2017) Home Again doesn't seem to be particularly concerned with story development - probably a fifth of the movie is made up of montages, all jaunty music and well-lit actors more fitting in a sunscreen commercial.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 7% The Snowman (2017) Disjointed, clichéd and not nearly as tense or thrilling as the trailer implies, The Snowman is a lesson in squandered potential.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is an exhilarating, fresh take on the superhero movie, a smashingly good two hours of fun you won't want to take back.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach is particularly adept at finding the humour in what could've been tragically sad situations. For all of his characters' flaws, Baumbach is generous, never playing them for caricatures even though it would've been all too easy.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2.5/5 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) There's an ambition here that is never realised, try as Webb did to infuse the film with that New York spirit. There's no real depth to the film, only imitation.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2.5/5 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Though Winslet and Elba's presence saves the film from its worst instincts, it's also the real problem with The Mountain Between Us. Their talent disguises the movie for what it really is, a sentimental romance in the vein of a Nicholas Sparks story.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In the masterful hands of director Denis Villeneuve, the dystopian story does more than justify its existence, it cements itself as one of the best films of 2017 and Villeneuve as one of the most exciting directors of today.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes is a film that needs to wrap together several concerns into its overarching feminist manifesto and it just didn't have the time to deal with everything properly. Consequently, it feels like some steps were skipped over.‐ News.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 51% 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 69% 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 67% 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 46% 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 90% 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 40% 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 92% 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 29% Madame (2018) 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 87% 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