The Australian

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 What Men Want (2019) Stephen Romei The overheard men's thoughts are funny at times - a sequence where Ali gatecrashes the weekly poker game is a highlight - but overall it feels a bit artificial and unrealistic. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Pimped (2018) Stephen Romei The two leads, who like so many young Australian actors these days have made their names in American TV series, are utterly, creepily convincing... EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) David Stratton This is not an easy film to sit through and that's partly due to the fact that it's been so well made. You'll need nerves of steel to experience the events the film depicts. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) David Stratton Nighy has a field day with the character of the eccentric Alan in this strangely endearing, sometimes curious film. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) David Stratton The film is beautifully photographed by Michael Latham, has an excellent music score by Aaron Cupples, and is never less than intriguing. But Brady's decision to withhold vital information from the viewer is rather self-defeating. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 The Price of Everything (2018) David Stratton [The Price of Everything] succeeds in being educational and entertaining as well as profoundly disturbing. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
1/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) David Stratton The violence in The House That Jack Built is horrific...you've been warned. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Stephen Romei It will be interesting to see, now that this origin story is done and dusted, what Captain Marvel does next. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 Everybody Knows (2018) David Stratton The film is briskly paced and visually gorgeous, the winegrowing region of Spain providing a colourful backdrop to the drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 King of Thieves (2018) David Stratton A disappointingly dour affair and not exactly the rollicking adventure about a bunch of old geezers pulling off a successful heist that we might have expected. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 The Happy Prince (2018) David Stratton Actor Rupert Everett's mistitled The Happy Prince marks his debut as a film director, and the subject matter is clearly close to his heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Stephen Romei It touches on ongoing problems in modern society such as homelessness and the postwar physical and psychological suffering of soldiers, and on the growing use of animal-based therapy. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Stephen Romei The ending is both daring and, when we finally see who is controlling that space city, all set up for a sequel. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 The Bikes of Wrath (2017) Stephen Romei It surprised me from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 The Guilty (2018) David Stratton Despite its self-imposed limitations, the skilfully made The Guilty excels as a compelling and tense evening in the cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 Greta (2018) David Stratton There's plenty to enjoy in Greta and mounting suspense as the screws are tightened for the not entirely predictable finale. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
4.5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) David Stratton This is just about as perfect a tribute to two great screen stars of the past as anyone could wish. I laughed and I cried and I had a thoroughly good time. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 Vox Lux (2018) David Stratton The concert scenes, and there are quite a lot of them, are certainly spectacular, and the performances, Portman's especially, are terrifically powerful. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 Arctic (2018) David Stratton It's an austere approach, but Brazilian-born Joe Penna, directing his first film after making a splash with his videos on YouTube, is to be commended for the rigorousness with which he is operating. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Stephen Romei At its best, this is an edgily clever take on the sort of movies we associate with the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Stephen Romei What emerges in At Eternity's Gate is one of the more empathetic takes on Van Gogh, the man... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Stephen Romei It has a long way to go and every minute of it is worth watching. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Stephen Romei An innovative and fascinating documentary... EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 The Combination Redemption (1970) David Stratton The strength of both the Combination films is that in John, Basha and Field have created a positive character, a role model who stands up against racism, intolerance and crime. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) David Stratton Jenkins handles this story in a surprisingly languid and gentle way. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) David Stratton An inspirational conclusion to a generally gripping movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) David Stratton Labaki's film is an eye-opener - a seemingly authentic exploration of the world of the dispossessed of Lebanon's capital city, made by a director who is clearly passionate about bringing this particular story to world audiences. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 The Front Runner (2018) David Stratton The Front Runner is commendably even-handed in its portrayal of both the political system and the fourth estate. And Jackman's commanding performance should be required viewing. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Stephen Romei This is an unflinching take on drug addiction and its indifferent, unforgiving spillover. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Free Solo (2018) David Stratton This is most definitely a film to see on the big cinema screen - unless, of course, you suffer from vertigo. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Green Book (2018) David Stratton Farrelly is seeking to entertain with Green Book, not to provoke. The performances of his actors - Mortensen, rarely better, and Ali - make it all worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) David Stratton Binoche is amazingly good in this role and it's no small thing for a contemporary film to celebrate the sexuality of a middle-aged woman. But Juliette's self-absorption becomes somewhat tiresome after a while. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/5 Glass (2019) Stephen Romei This is a gripping, intelligent psychological thriller that is lifted beyond "normal" by McAvoy and all the people inside him. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Stephen Romei It may seem unfair to compare the two movies, yet this sequel, with its deliberate nods to the original, is made to encourage just that. I think it's what the filmmakers expect us to do. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 Storm Boy (2019) David Stratton Rush gives a commanding performance as the older Storm Boy, and there's an appealing contribution from Davies as his passionate granddaughter. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 The Mule (2018) David Stratton Age hasn't affected his skills, though, either as an actor or as a very accomplished director. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 Holmes & Watson (2018) Stephen Romei For my money, this is a laugh-out-loud movie ideal for a relaxing Friday night. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) David Stratton It's a lavish production but an uneven one. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 Loro (2018) David Stratton Sorrentino is an exceptional director and Servillo is a most remarkable actor; once again these two major talents have created a film of considerable impact, even if this time their subject remains frustratingly elusive. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) David Stratton Eighth Grade is filled with insights, both humorous and painful. All the acting is fine, but Elsie Fisher is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/5 Piercing (2018) David Stratton It has to be said that the lead performances are impressive and Wasikowska confirms once again that she's a bold and innovative talent. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 Pick of the Litter (2018) David Stratton The film adopts a fairly bland and unquestioning approach, but the patience of the trainers - and charm of their sometimes unruly canine charges - never ceases to impress. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Stephen Romei What follows is a straightforward superhero adventure - but it is all heightened by a couple of standout factors. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 Kusama: Infinity (2018) David Stratton The art is richly inventive and the artist, though certainly a profoundly eccentric figure, comes across as both courageous and determined. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 Ahlat Agaci (2018) David Stratton The Wild Pear Tree is an extremely dense, rich, challenging, lengthy movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/5 Vice (2018) David Stratton ... the best American film of the year, a stinging satire of which Jonathan Swift might not have been ashamed. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 Bumblebee (2018) Stephen Romei Bumblebee is the sort of Transformers movie I want to watch. It surprised me in a decidedly non-automated way. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.5/5 Cold War (2018) David Stratton Cold War is constructed with brief but always telling scenes. It wastes no time, and indeed the running time is shorter than usual. But every moment packs a punch, and every musical cue serves an important purpose. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Stephen Romei This juxtaposition of old-fashioned graphics and modern CGI effects is quite effective in bringing together the almost-real and the animated. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Black '47 (2018) David Stratton Director Lance Daly has made a bleak and gripping film. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018