Empire Magazine Australasia

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Travis Johnson When you get down to it, I Am Mother's ambitions aren't in its ideas, but in its craft, and this is an extraordinarily well-made SF thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 Kill Your Darlings (2013) Ed Gibbs A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2009) Ed Gibbs A lively document of a revolutionary band on tour in Canada - and a stark reminder of what a music documentary should do. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2014
3/5 Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) David Michael Brown A fascinating, if workmanlike, insight into the life of a legend. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3/5 Paris-Manhattan (2012) Ed Gibbs As light and airy as a soufflé, but not without charm. Taglioni and Bruel are both convincing as the reluctant lovers who just might embrace the inevitable. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2012
3/5 Love Is All You Need (2012) Ed Gibbs A deceptively light-hearted romp that blends English and Danish with a touch of Italiano, for a lively, likeable view of the complexities of life and love. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2012
3/5 The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) David Michael Brown A vacuous but fun exercise in chop-sock style over substance. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 Love Story (2011) Danny Murphy Smartypantsy, fresh, brave: a rom-com experiment that will have you smiling on hitherto unknown levels. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 End of Watch (2012) Ed Gibbs A terrifyingly real, surprisingly moving buddy-cop action-thriller that doesn't let up. Informed and open, Gyllenhaal and Peña are both magnificent. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2012
4/5 Argo (2012) James Jennings A tense political thriller with a dash of Hollywood satire thrown in to sweeten the deal, this is a gripping crowd pleaser that is sure to take home some statuettes come Oscar season. Your move, Matt Damon. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 Crossfire Hurricane (2012) Ed Gibbs Nothing terribly new, but great fun, all the same. Morgan has assembled a hugely enjoyable, tightly edited journey through the Stones' creative heyday. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2012
2/5 Nobel's Last Will (2012) Danny Murphy Lukewarm Swedish crime thriller sorely lacks the geo-genre's signature narrative filth-plus-flawed hero. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) David Michael Brown Bright, colourful and fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) David Michael Brown A visually sumptuous, thematically astute, heartwarming triumph. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2012
3/5 Love (2011) Danny Murphy Impressionistic, DIY sci-fi suffers from a lack of cohesion but is a finely crafted debut from a gifted director. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 Holy Motors (2012) Ed Gibbs Beautifully bonkers. Lavant lurches from one extreme to another, with the limousines themselves having their own say on proceedings. Cannes loved it. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3 Service Entrance (2010) David Michael Brown A frothy French fancy with a warm heart at it's core. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
3 The Innkeepers (2011) David Michael Brown An enjoyable chiller that isn't afraid to show less. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
4 The Muppets (2011) David Michael Brown Marvellous. The Muppets manages to revitalise the family classic to create a hilarious and life-affirming delight. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
3 Dr. Seuss' the Lorax (2012) David Michael Brown Bright and breezy and slightly preachy, this modern Lorax entertains but never soars. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
3 American Reunion (2012) David Michael Brown A nice slice to finish the pie. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
3 Swerve (2011) David Michael Brown A solid Aussie thriller that doesn't quite live up to its early promise. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
4/5 Declaration of War (2011) Ed Gibbs Donzelli's film is an incredibly brave one, given its subject matter and biographical nature, and is presented in a creative yet digestible way. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2012
8/10 Silent Souls (2010) Ed Gibbs The finale may leave some unfulfilled, but this is an intuitive visual essay that begs to be experienced. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2012
4/5 Mad Bastards (2011) Rod Yates The Australian film renaissance continues in style. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2011
4/5 Blame (2010) Jude Allder Strong debut from Australian writer-director Michael Henry. Tightly wound and nicely progressed, this impressive potboiler deserves a wider audience than its limited release pattern will afford it. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2011
The Hangover Part II (2011) Rory Meyer One drink too many, The Hangover Part II relies too much on its talented cast and not enough on the laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2011
2/5 Sleeping Beauty (2010) Rory Meyer Pretentious piffle. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2011
3 Insidious (2010) David Michael Brown For all its creaky-old-dark-house cliches, Insidious is a fun ghost-train ride, full of truly terrifying moments. But once it's over, it's forgotten. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
5 The Snowtown Murders (2011) Ben McEachen It's almost impossible to describe how distressing, intense and finely crafted this undeniably controversial drama is. Proceed with caution. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
4 Get Low (2009) Ben McEachen Highly unusual drama - with black comedy elements - which allows Duvall to showcase his refined skills. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
3 Here I Am (2010) David Michael Brown Here it is, a solid and heartfelt debut. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
4 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Ben McEachen Cinemas, quake in fear! Michael Bay has conceived yet another screen-smashing spectacle which sets the bar even higher for what blockbuster action can provide. Ignore all the annoying cliches and stupid bits - and just get some big-budget exhiliration. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
2 The Tree of Life (2011) Ben McEachen Apart from a middle section which reveals moments of clarity and actual emotion, this is a bloated, self-indulgent bore of fine imagery. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
3 The Last Circus (2010) David Michael Brown A one-of-a-kind experience that will confound, befuddle and amaze. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
3 Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) David Michael Brown Feathery fun, you know, for kids. And penguins. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
4 The Trip (2010) David Michael Brown Rejoice, Coogan and Brydon fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
5 Super 8 (2011) David Michael Brown Super 8 is an unapologetic joy from beginning to end that will thrill and engage kids, both old and new. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2011
3/5 The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Simon Jones A largely entertaining and compelling paranoid thriller only let down by its final scenes. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 Griff the Invisible (2010) Zach Gibson Superhero films have been messed with before, but this Australian twist on DIY crusading becomes a lingering conundrum about unusual assistance. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 Barney's Version (2010) Zach Gibson Giammatti is on the top of his game in this Pitch black comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 Rango (2011) Zach Gibson Brilliantly bonkers, this animated Western weirdo should scare little kids while dazzling adults with its inspired approach to demented homage. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2011
2/5 Limitless (2011) Jude Allder Fine cast and premise sullied by soulless handling. Frustratingly limited in its power to entertain and engross. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2011
1/5 Red Riding Hood (2011) Jude Allder Twilight without any heat, feeling, fun or sparkly skin. Yes, it's that lame. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2011
3 Certified Copy (2010) Ben McEachen A film about people discussing people, which attempts to do something different? Believe it - or not. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
4 The Company Men (2010) Ben McEachen Takes an unpopular group - upper management! - and humanises their involvement in screwing the world. Quite the achievement, really. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3/5 Tangled (2010) Hannah Lee Cool images and zippy performances flattened by lacklustre accessories. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2011
4/5 Blue Valentine (2010) Ben McEachen Not first-date material, this sombre portrait of failed dreams is buoyed by excellent leads and a yearning heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2010
4/5 Somewhere (2010) David Michael Brown Ever wanted to know what it's like to be an actor? Somewhere is the intoxicating answer. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2010
5/5 The King's Speech (2010) Ben McEachen With the calendar almost closed, the best mature drama of 2010 arrives. Firth and Rush are majestic, as is Hooper's handling of touching history. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2010