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Empire Magazine Australasia

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/5
2
4/5
3
3/5
4
3/5
5
3/5
6
3/5
7
4/5
Love Story (2011)
8
4/5
More amazing work from Gondry. If you're interested in a basic narrative, look away; if you prize inventive filmmaking, don't miss it.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
9
4/5
Zodiac (2007)
Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
10
3/5
Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
11
3/5
TMNT (2007)
Whenever the amphibians are in action, the film finds a rhythm that mixes punk graphic cool and merch-friendly visuals.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
12
4/5
Tideland (2006)
Surreal, inspired cinema from Gilliam that refuses to sugar-coat the dark imagination of children.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
13
3/5
A gentle lament for the relics of an era, an affectionate epitaph for a dying breed of crooners perishing in the cheap mockery of neon discothèques and cubicle apartments.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
14
3/5
The bulk of the work, filtered through the idiosyncratic lens of the global art-house, relays a peculiar impression of the city that is at once familiar and displaced.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
15
4/5
Lavish, grim, magnificent; a robust successor to Zhang's recent martial arts epics, characterised by similarly baroque spectacle and tragedy.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
16
4/5
The Host (2007)
Joon-ho Bong's The Host is a very different kettle of mutated fish.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
17
3/5
Bubble (2006)
A still, sometimes eerie imitation of life that casts a cold eye over small town paralysis.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
18
3/5
Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
19
2/5
Norbit (2007)
Like all of Murphy's recent films, there's also a sweet-if-predictable heart beating beneath the discount jokes.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
20
2/5
The Fountain (2006)
The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
21
4/5
Volver (2006)
Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
22
3/5
Apocalypto (2006)
Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
23
4/5
Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
24
5/5
Captivating hyper-realism, a taut political thriller, and the performance of the year.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
25
5/5
26
4/5
This gauzy interpretation of the French icon as the life of a decadent paparazzi princess is Versailles via Vogue, a frivolous New Romantic confection in which history is less important than emotional veracity.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
27
3/5
Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
28
5/5
In the 13 years since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton's macabre stop motion musical has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
29
3/5
30
2/5
Aquamarine (2006)
Little girls and salty sea dogs alike have long been held in thrall to the mermaid's siren song; in Aquamarine, based on Alice Hoffman's book, the ladyfish finds herself awash in the low tide of teen romantic comedy.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
31
4/5
Nacho Libre (2006)
In a season of smug, telegraphed quirkiness (hello, Little Miss Sunshine), the rambling Nacho Libre, like director Jared Hess' previous Napoleon Dynamite, feels like an original.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
32
2/5
Once again Shyamalan is a maddening storyteller, by turns inspired and insipid, and he still manages to conjure some odd, unnerving moments.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
33
3/5
If Hathaway's Andy drives the pedestrian narrative -- idealistic girl learns the value of staying true to herself and her "real" friends; snore -- then Streep is the movie's soul.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
34
2/5
Macbeth (2006)
The Bard gets buried in the gruff posturing, while the cadence of the words prevents the actors from playing to their strengths.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
35
1/5
Barnyard (2006)
A shockingly crass grab for holiday pocket money that's both infantile and endlessly patronising.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
36
1/5
Amounts to a monstrous, CGI-disfigured pro-life tract.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
37
3/5
Love, the filmmakers repeat ad nauseum, is the only act of freedom in times of trouble. 

So it is about girls, after all...
Posted Nov 7, 2012
38
4/5
A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
39
3/5
Curiously, the film's key drawback --its impassive resolution feels a little too slick -- is arguably indicative of the theme: no matter how much we may think we're peeling back the layers, all we arrive at is another façade.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
40
3/5
Renaissance (2006)
The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
41
4/5
Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
42
4/5
Though occasionally overwrought, peerless sequences, such as the sublime flight through a bamboo forest, ensure House Of Flying Daggers is a work of real beauty.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
43
4/5
What begins as a slow, determinedly realist account of the children's existence gradually weaves a spell via Kore-eda's gift for delicate emotional detail.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
44
5/5
Tarnation (2004)
Witness his hilarious high school musical rendition of David Lynch's Blue Velvet: much like the documentary itself, it's a heartbreaking, beautiful monstrosity.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
45
3/5
Brothers (2004)
Strong performances and scenes of the father's imprisonment in war camps make for tense viewing.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
46
4/5
[Depp is] ever the most watchable of freaks, even if he is slipping in and out of accents, looking perplexed at his slight lines and, most frustratingly, hinting at the mad -- okay, madder -- memorable turn that might have been.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
47
3/5
July's suspiciously contrived awkwardness notwithstanding, the picture is at its best when it cleaves to her experimental video aesthetic; framing the mundane with the wonder of a child-like perspective.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
48
5/5
Last Days (2005)
Wandering in a narcoleptic stupor, Pitt's junkie rock star is as much lost soul as tortured genius, and Van Sant refrains from tacky pop theorising or tired rock-crit veneration.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
49
3/5
Thumbsucker (2005)
Mills, a former music video director, writes and directs with subtle clarity, bringing a refreshing sensibility to the archetypical tale in which a displaced teen comes of age in a confusing and banal environment.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
50
4/5
Visually, Burton is at his most Edward Gorey-esque in the austere, storybook Victorian land of the living, whilst his contrasting comic underworld summons the spirit of Poe, the personality of Harryhausen and the ephemera of his own back catalogue.
Posted Nov 7, 2012