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Empire Magazine Australasia

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/5
At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2
4/5
With A History Of Violence, Cronenberg uses the pulp gangster genre - as opposed to, say, sci-fi horror -- to draw us into a dialogue on our relationship as voyeurs to violence, both real and cinematic.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3
4/5
Munich (2005)
This punishing, borderline amoral picture is Spielberg at his most bleak, and most challenging. It refuses to pick sides and resonates in unsettling ways.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4
5/5
Van Sant photographs the story in his trademark dreamy-surreal style, fusing elements of Warhol with the classic American road movie, and interpreting the Western as the refuge of society's maligned fringe.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5
3/5
This long-overdue follow-up goes the way of most sequels, delivering a visually impressive but far more simplistic -- and thus unsatisfying -- story.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
6
4/5
Zathura (2005)
Zathura is a space circus of the surreal that recalls a time when the likes of Joe Dante ruled the pre-adolescent pop sphere.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
7
2/5
Fans of Bongo playing narcissist Matthew McConaughey will breeze through this formulaic rom-com, though it possesses about as much charm as it does logic.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
8
4/5
A neon-lit western where the steeds are cast in steel and the drifter's gunfight for the town and the girl is fought on four wheels; it's a movie proudly committed to noise, colour and motion.


Posted Nov 7, 2012
9
3/5
Dolls (2002)
There's a clinical stillness to the way Kitano suggests the inevitability of loss, his always-arresting visuals and the disembodied, ambient soundtrack framing the characters at a quizzical distance.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
10
3/5
Duelist (2005)
The bent chemistry between Ji-won's screwball tough gal and Dong-won's effeminate wraith injects just enough charm into the overwrought stylistics, which veer dangerously close to killing the movie's rhythm.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
11
4/5
12
2/5
Chaos (2005)
Chaos plays it by the book, offering up the mismatched partner formula mixed in with crooked cops and routine twists that motor along to an unremarkable finish.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
13
2/5
The drama never feels more than a well-shot TV soap. Worse is Roos' tragic insistence on text inserts to explain every motivation, making the whole thing look like a fatal cross between Queer As Folk and VH1's Pop Up Video.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
14
3/5
A hit on the festival circuit -- socially-aware white liberals loving to "groove" to world music and all -- this well-intentioned documentary of cultural change through music is effective, if a little too earnest in delivery.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
15
4/5
If Johnny Depp's barmy stumble through the yo-ho-hum Pirates sequel was playtime rehash, then his loathsome portrayal of the pestilent aristocrat Earl of Rochester shows an actor still daring to push the margins of his persona.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
16
2/5
Half Light (2005)
Plenty of stringy wind-swept hair and shapeless woolly jumpers abound, and at least there's picturesque scenery for a slow afternoon's viewing.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
17
2/5
18
2/5
19
3/5
Factotum (2006)
A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
20
1/5
Stupidity this epic can only be the deliberate work of cynical opportunists.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
21
1/5
The film's temporal ineptitude would give Doc Brown a seizure, suggesting that an evolutionary mishap alters some creatures but conveniently leaves our bland heroes -- and Ben Kingsley's silly wig -- completely unchanged.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
22
3/5
Eight Below (2006)
The Alaskan Huskies of Eight Below are both better-looking and better performers than their human counterparts, and their vigilant scenes of solo survival on an Antarctic outpost make for the highlight of this otherwise predictable rescue mission.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
23
1/5
With perfume commercial pretentious shots scored to shrill opera and orchestral pomp, this is an insipid attempt to wring pathos from soft porn.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
24
4/5
Many will relish Broken Flowers' refusal to serve up a resolution; others will find it frustrating. Inevitably, that's Jarmusch: like Murray's character journey, the rewards lie in the small moments that fade as much as the ones that linger.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
25
3/5
Neither as complex or grand as LOTR nor as accessible as Potter; still, if you can overlook the arch moralising, this is fine kids escapism.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
26
1/5
Domino (2005)
Scott never takes his finger off the remix button, meaning scenes play out in microflashes and dialogue is chopped and scratched like a beatmixing jock cutting loose on his first day at DJ school.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
27
3/5
Little Fish (2006)
Fish finally puts its pieces together, unravelling the story strands in a dramatically resonant third act where the film finally lifts itself out of the doldrums.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
28
5/5
By exploring the taboo topic of paedophilia in a humanist manner that avoids sensationalising or heavy-handed verdicts, Araki's eloquent, sensitive film actually presents an indictment far stronger than any moral grandstander ever could.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
29
4/5
Palindromes (2004)
There's pointed fatalism and indictments of middle-class superiority, but Solondz, ever the outsider, never loses affection for his misfits or stoops to passing judgment on their motivations. Love or hate him, he's vital.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
30
4/5
Visually beautiful and acutely observant, this Iran-Iraq co-production presents a compelling, sentiment-free drama that moves on a human level well removed from the usual liberal rhetoric.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
31
3/5
Uptown Girls (2003)
The sheer charisma of the performances - from a screwball Murphy and a caustic Fanning - manages to float a sentimental script that frequently fizzes where it should pop.
Posted Nov 7, 2012
32
4/5
End of Watch (2012)
33
4/5
Argo (2012)
34
4/5
35
2/5
36
4/5
37
4/5
38
3/5
Love (2011)
39
4/5
Holy Motors (2012)
40
3
41
3
42
4
The Muppets (2011)
43
3
44
3
45
3
Swerve (2013)
46
4/5
47
8/10
Silent Souls (2011)
48
4/5
Mad Bastards (2011)
49
4/5
Blame (2010)
50