Sydney Morning Herald
Son of a Gun (2015)
"The deliberately chaotic climax is smoothly sustained, and some adroitly applied plot twists revealing the final shape of things has the McGregor grin flashing and fading then doing it all over again."
Let Me In (2010)
The Conjuring (2013)
Force Majeure (2014)
Advanced Style (2014)
The Case Against 8 (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
"It sounds like the oldest horror story in the book but from the first scene of The Cabin in the Woods it's clear that the director, Drew Goddard, and his co-writer, Joss Whedon, are bent on turning the formula upside down."
Advanced Style (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
"Robespierre is at her most assured in her handling of Donna's stand-up act: this is a rare example of a film about a creative type in which the process of transforming life into art is shown plausibly and in some detail."
Dracula Untold (2014)
"This half-hearted effort to launch a new action-horror franchise... suggests someone must have looked at every previous version of the material and thought: "You know what? Dracula needs to be more likeable"."
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Infinite Man (2014)
"Sullivan urgently needs to find a co-writer: while visually he's more talented than the majority of Australian directors, his would-be witty dialogue is atrocious, and his characters are no more than sketches."
The Boxtrolls (2014)
"In short, this is good subversive kids stuff in the tradition of Joe Dante and Tim Burton, championing freaks and youthful underdogs while portraying adults, especially those in authority, as corrupt, foolish, or deranged."
The Little Death (2015)
Life Of Crime (2014)
Wish I Was Here (2014)
We Are the Best! (2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
"This is frankly disposable entertainment, but to some degree it's a welcome parody of earnest superhero movies like those directed by Christopher Nolan, which for all their self-importance are fundamentally just as silly. "
The Immigrant (2014)
Step Up: All In (2014)
I Origins (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)
Night Moves (2014)
"Virtually every shot feels like it adds to Reichardt's vision and it draws so tightly together that by the end, the only people left accessible to the likes of Josh are those in the watching audience. Night Moves makes you an accessory."
The Giver (2014)
The Reckoning (2014)
"The cop-shop scenes generate little vitality and the same goes for Green's working relationship with Viva Bianca, who does a lot of standing around in search of the right expression in the thankless role of his fellow detective."
Night Moves (2014)
"But the film's best bits don't give us nearly enough to justify those accolades or dispel the feeling that you're being taken on a leisurely meander through lives short on surprises and revelations. "
Into The Storm (2014)
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
"The question should be, does it have a new thought, a new energy? I would say yes, even without the driving force of a real story. There are moments of unexpected grace, as well as visual invention. "
"Edgerton and Saville have refused to short-change any of their characters, and their complexities ensure an ending that makes you think -- and go on thinking about one of the finest Australian films to come along this year."
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"If there has been a better cautionary tale for men since Fatal Attraction, I can't think of it, but Locke is about more than fidelity. It's a thriller about the horrors of modern life. All that technology, but who can save him?"
In Search Of Chopin (2014)
Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)
"[James] Cameron... encourages a we're-all-in-this-together camaraderie among his team. The fact remains, however, that he is the only one who actually gets to go on the big adventure, and that most of his associates are being paid to indulge his whims."
Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
"As children's entertainment, [it] is pretty wretched. Character designs are rudimentary, plot points are set up and never paid off, and halfway through the closing musical number the animators appear to forget that Pat is meant to be moving his lips."
And So It Goes (2014)
"Douglas and Keaton do just as well with the romantic angle, mostly because he's so adept at dispelling any whiff of mawkishness. Oren's essential orneriness remains, no matter what, and the film turns out to be a lot of fun because of him."
These Final Hours (2015)
"The film is a showcase for Hilditch's technical skill, which includes an understanding of audience psychology: he has the knack of creating awful pictures in the mind while showing the worst horrors briefly or not at all."
Begin Again (2014)
"John Carney is not afraid of a cliche. After all, Begin Again is a musical, a genre that has always thrived on them. And he does know how to shape them to his own design, which is low-key and slightly tongue-in-cheek."
"It has all the features of a Scandi noir policier, but the director comes from the Lego School of Film-making. He snaps it together to make a fast-moving crime vehicle, but I suspect the instructions were upside down."
The Selfish Giant (2013)