Sunday Times (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Me and Orson Welles (2008) Gavin Bond Thanks to McKay's mesmerising performance, Me and Orson Welles also stands as a fitting tribute to the abundant talents of its larger-than-life title character, an icon of stage, radio and screen. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2010
2.5/5 The Karate Kid (2010) Ben McEachen The new Karate Kid runs with the original's underdog structure, mixed with on-screen fights and words of wisdom, but major changes rip the heart out of what was a touching coming-of-age journey anyone could relate to. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2/5 Get Him to the Greek (2010) Ben McEachen It must try all manner of bizarre/obscene/silly things to sustain itself beyond stating the obvious about celebrity excess. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2010
3/5 Shrek Forever After (2010) Ben McEachen All in all, it's not the spectacular send-off Shrek deserves but, as a way to get out, it's not too shabby either. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2010
3.25/5 Sex and the City 2 (2010) Amanda Platell There's still enough of the Sex and the City magic for those who fell in love with the show more than a decade ago. Nothing is as smart as it was; it's not as edgy, it's not as cute, it's sagged a bit. But then, haven't we all? EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2010
4/5 Animal Kingdom (2010) Gavin Bond The sheer presence of the distinguished ensemble overrides the somewhat laboured screenplay and uneven pacing of this otherwise engrossing and foreboding Aussie gangster flick. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2010
4/5 Fish Tank (2009) Gavin Bond It's an absolute credit to her that she is able to evoke sympathy and empathy for such a prickly and volatile screen character. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2010
2/5 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Ben McEachen Prince of Persia largely avoids action blasts and trudges through dull episodes. Not exactly a princely start to an aspiring franchise. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2010
The End of the Line (2009) Narelle Towie This is a documentary that will change the way you think about seafood and give you the power of knowledge to make a change. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2010
2.5/4 Robin Hood (2010) Ben McEachen Learning what made Hood is well and good, but couldn't that have taken 30 minutes, with the rest of the movie being about a wanted philanthropic criminal? EDIT
Posted May 17, 2010
Harry Brown (2009) Gavin Bond Unlike most films of its dubious genre, Harry Brown avoids gratuitous gunplay and sensationalism and has a down-to-earth and fallible central character. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2010
Food, Inc. (2008) Gavin Bond This enlightening film takes aim at the US food industry by exposing the astounding and dubious means by which the source of our food is harvested and processed. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2010
2/5 Letters to Juliet (2010) Gavin Bond Well and truly geared to a female audience who are likely to savour the fanciful plot and neatly wrapped feel-good denouement. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2010
2/5 New York, I Love You (2009) Ben McEachen As a whole, this movie is a mediocre postcard you keep hoping will become the enthralling slide show it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2010
Iron Man 2 (2010) Ben McEachen Iron Man 2 injects more heroes and villains without losing sight of what made its predecessor a surprise smash hit in 2008. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2010
I Love You Too (2010) Ben McEachen Humorous, charming and quaint, I Love You Too has the goods to earn more than just patriotic affection. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2010
3/4 Accidents Happen (2009) Gavin Bond The main appeal of this modest and rambling slice of life is writer Brian Carbeeâ(TM)s delicious dialogue, which provides Davis with a string of amusing and acidic verbal put-downs. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2010
3.5/4 44 Inch Chest (2009) Gavin Bond This talky crime drama is a searing examination of masculinity and misogyny that is littered with rampant profanity and lashings of humour. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2010
1/4 The Room (2003) Gavin Bond This self-financed flick's shortcomings go way beyond the standard array of glaring continuity errors, dodgy sets and stagnant editing. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2010
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009) Ben McEachen This presentation of two artists pursuing passion without concern for social or marital rules becomes a well-groomed melodrama that deflates interest by closely guarding the feelings of those involved. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2010
The Book of Eli (2010) Ben McEachen Washington is always watchable and will hold your gaze during a highly ambitious but ultimately wonky attempt to inject spiritual depth into the blockbuster flock. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2010
Clash of the Titans (2010) Ben McEachen Where's the excitement, thrills and dizzying nonsense promised by its rockin' trailers? EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2010
Mother (2009) Gavin Bond Bong has delivered a sumptuously photographed drama, which is complemented by scenes of wry humour, a haunting soundtrack and several visually striking scenes that will stay with audiences long after the somewhat underwhelming conclusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2010
2.5/5 Date Night (2010) Gavin Bond This manic story of mistaken identity is a disappointing waste of its talented leads. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2010
2.5/5 Kick-Ass (2010) Gavin Bond This ribald romp, thanks to its unrelenting violence, ultimately outstays its welcome. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2010
3.5/5 The Last Station (2009) Ben McEachen This handsome, well-tuned adaptation of Jay Parini's Tolstoy biography avoids being a dour subtitled slog by its strong casting, layered contrasts of love and duty, and admirable air of enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2010
The Sicilian Girl (2009) Gavin Bond An enlightening factual and atmospheric account of large-scale corruption and individual courage. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2010
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) Ben McEachen Thompson's poise and charm always keep her supernanny away from being a poor Poppins clone. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Newcomer Rapace is captivating as the heavily pierced and tattooed femme and resourceful anti-authority avenger. At the same time, she is also able to successfully convey her complex character's more vulnerable, emotionally wounded and softer side. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Ben McEachen Dragon burns to satisfy a broad audience with a searing blend of rollercoaster action, winning comedy and actual emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2010
Brothers (2009) Gavin Bond Director Sheridan effectively contrasts the domestic character-driven drama set in suburban America with genuinely harrowing and authentic war sequences. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2010
The Bounty Hunter (2010) Ben McEachen The woeful shell of a romantic comedy, a motionless movie which shows no attempt to do anything but point a camera at shapely Aniston. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2010
Max Manus (2008) Gavin Bond Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have not only crafted an enlightening biographical tale but a film, not unlike recent Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, that also conveys the addictive nature and ultimate futility of combat. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2010
3/5 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Gavin Bond Despite this offbeat film's shortcomings, one can't help but admire director Grant Heslov and his influential pal Clooney in bringing to the screen yet another timely reminder of war's ludicrousness and ultimate futility. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2010
3.5/5 A Single Man (2009) Gavin Bond While Firth dominates proceedings, appearing in every frame, he is nearly upstaged by debutant director's Ford's stunning cinematography, art direction and attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2010
4/5 The Wolfman (2010) Ben McEachen Despite massive production troubles including key personnel changes, elaborate CGI and substantial reshoots, this long-delayed update of a classic 1940s monster movie finally hits screens with an exuberant roar. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2010
3.5/5 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Ben McEachen Such an overtly dramatic movie always runs the risk of being overrated and Precious isn't the life-changing outing it has been declared to be. But it's also very difficult to shake off. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
4.5/5 Edge of Darkness (2010) Ben McEachen Gibson remains as rough and tough as ever, yet his older figure and stern demeanour provide a personable core to what could have spiralled out into a violence frenzy or incomprehensible whodunit. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
4/5 The Road (2009) Gavin Bond This expertly crafted "road movie" does provide, thanks to the director's brave commitment to realism, a poetic and intentionally devastating emotional viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2010
4/5 In the Loop (2009) Gavin Bond Viewers looking for an intelligent, hilarious and bitingly relevant look at the way governments work won't be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2010
3.5/5 Bran Nue Dae (2009) Ben McEachen The absurd pandemonium of the finale's confessions stretches to breaking point but befits a unique musical oddball that will prove strangely affecting to those swept up in it. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2010
3.5/5 Broken Embraces (2009) Gavin Bond Pedro Almodovar delivers yet another visually rich and quirky viewing experience with the release of his 17th big screen feature. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2009
3.5/5 Paranormal Activity (2007) Gavin Bond One of the rare films that actually lives up to, and is deserving of, its considerable hype. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2009
4/5 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Gavin Bond This slick, computer-animated family flick, in eye-popping digital 3D, not only matches the visual excesses of Roland Emmerich's 2012, but is also much more successful in paying homage to the disaster genre through the use of humour and wit. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2009
4.5/5 Genova (2008) Gavin Bond Mainstream audiences may rue the lack of a dramatic arc or conventional plot, but this beautifully photographed and emotive tale proves to be achingly authentic and heartfelt without resorting to perfunctory flashbacks and soppy musical montages. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2009
3.5/4 In Search of Beethoven (2009) Gavin Bond Despite its excessive length, this reverential doco will enthuse fans, historians and even those, like yours truly, whose familiarity with Beethoven is limited to the opening strains of his 5th Symphony. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3.5/5 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Gavin Bond Those willing to ignore these indulgences are guaranteed to be swept away by the sublime visuals, energetic performances and Gilliam's own incredibly unbridled imagination. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2009
4/5 Che: Part One (2008) Gavin Bond Ultimately, not only does this epic enlighten but one hopes it may help to rekindle some of the revolutionary spirit that seems to be sadly lacking in contemporary society. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2009
3.5/5 Beautiful Kate (2009) Shannon J. Harvey Beautiful Kate is a sexually charged kitchen-sink drama that comes with powerful performances, beautiful cinematography and a soundtrack to match its heavy but hopeful mood. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2009
2.5/5 Winged Creatures (2008) Shannon J. Harvey With some poor casting and more actions than insights, Winged Creatures is indeed a bird that fails to fly, but not quite a turkey. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2009