The Australian

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 () Stephen Romei ...one of the pleasures, therefore, of Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, released to mark the 40th anniversary of the film, is the freedom to spend more time with moments that, on first viewing, may have slipped by in anticipation of what was to come. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 The White Crow (2018) David Stratton The Nureyev story is a very good one, and Fiennes and Hare tell it well. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 Hail Satan? (2019) David Stratton The conclusion to be drawn from [Penny] Lane's film is that these eccentrics may themselves be in danger... but they aren't much of a danger to the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) David Stratton Apollo 11... is quite simply an amazing film. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 After (2019) Stephen Romei It's a movie well made for its target audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Anima (2019) Andrew McMillen [Anima's] a compelling piece of art that's well worth your time. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 An Unexpected Love (2003) David Stratton It's a rom-com for empty nesters and though it contains no surprises, Juan Vera's film is polished, occasionally astute and eminently watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Third Wife (2018) David Stratton It's certainly a curiosity for connoisseurs of Third World cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) David Stratton Booksmart is such a smart, funny, rude, cheerful, likeable movie. It's well worth checking out, even if your school days are a distant memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Stephen Romei Overall, this is a fun 90 minutes, if you are into this sort of thing. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Stephen Romei This is a zippy, funny movie - a scene where Peter shares a jail cell with three Dutch football fans is a treat - with excellent special effects. It races by in two hours without any boring detours. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 Parasite (2019) David Stratton Parasite is a subversive delight, and despite its hefty 2 1/4-hour running time is never dull because Bong keeps shifting the goalposts... EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 () David Stratton Mystify is a terrific documentary, and as complete a portrait of this talented singer as you could wish. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Stephen Romei This fourth Toy Story is the directorial debut of American animator, screenwriter and voice actor Josh Cooley. He does his best with what he has, but the script lacks spark. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Stephen Romei The Secret Life of Pets 2 brims with the simple joy of being on this planet, with all its ups and downs. I'm sure it will still be in cinemas for the looming school holidays. Any kid who likes animals will love it. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) David Stratton On the whole, Yesterday succeeds partly because it is such a great idea and partly because those Beatles songs never fail to work their magic. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Never Look Away (2018) David Stratton Art and politics are explored in depth in this challenging but generally impressive examination of Germany in recent times, and though the film's running time is excessive, the story is a gripping one. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) David Stratton Claire Darling is far from being a major work, but it does showcase a late-career performance from a cinema icon. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) David Stratton I'm prepared to give Mitchell the benefit of the doubt. His film looks great, and even though it lacks the discipline that might have made it a classic of its kind, it's well worth travelling down these mean cinematic streets. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Tolkien (2019) David Stratton Fans of Tolkien's writing probably won't discover anything new about the man from this film and the attempts to turn the Somme battlefield into a sort of fiery Middle Earth look painfully contrived. This is a minor biography of a major writer. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Stephen Romei The script (series creator Derek Kolstad leads the writing team) is excellent, especially when regular characters such Anjelica Huston's Ruska Roma boss and Laurence Fishburne's Bowery King return to beef up the dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Stephen Romei Of course it's best not to make too much of this. It's just a movie about mutant superheroes and mutant or alien super-villains, after all... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
It's a Hard Truth, Ain't It (2018) Graeme Blundell As the inmates interview each other, their stories are interspersed with animated sequences that illustrate what their childhoods were like, scenes brought to life in stunning detail by animator Yoni Goodman. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 () Stephen Romei ...this is a memorable experience and Sullivan is a filmmaker to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 Astérix : le secret de la potion magique (2018) David Stratton Devotees of the characters of diminutive Asterix and his hulking friend Obelix - and there are many - no doubt will celebrate that the latest film in the franchise is getting a cinema release, albeit a limited one. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) David Stratton Fletcher is one of the few directors working today who really knows how to stage this sort of lavish musical number for the camera. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 Matrimonio italiano (2018) Stephen Romei This movie is easy on the eye - the people, the location, Miccio's pinstripes - and also a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Stephen Romei Aladdin is a thoroughly enjoyable two hours in the cinema. And as the PG rating indicates, it's also just about the only Ritchie movie you can take your kids to. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 2040 (2019) David Stratton You can only hope that the time when this sort of optimism was scoffed at by climate change deniers is over and that our leaders will be moving with increased speed... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) David Stratton Director Muayad Alayan, working from a screenplay written by his brother, Rami, has come up with a powerful, well-acted suspense film. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Las herederas (2018) David Stratton This subtle, beautifully acted and in many ways remarkable debut is an exciting discovery from an unexpected source. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Poms (2019) Stephen Romei I found it, in order, depressing, moving and uplifting. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 The Realm (El reino) (2018) David Stratton Gradually, as Manuel works with increasing intensity to secure the evidence he needs against his former colleagues, the film - directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen - casts its spell. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 Peterloo (2018) David Stratton As the overlong (2 1/2 hours plus) film drags on you get the numbing feeling that Loach would have done it all much better, more economically and with more passion. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Stephen Romei Hathaway is a pleasure to watch but this role is beneath her pay grade. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 All Is True (2018) David Stratton This is an intelligently-scripted, beautifully evoked speculation, a modest drama played out in a minor key. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 Ága (2018) David Stratton This is a world rarely evoked in the cinema, and it's well worth a visit to the cinema to see Aga if only to experience the emotional conclusion of this beautiful, hypnotic film. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Night Eats the World (2018) David Stratton The Night Eats the World is a minimalist horror film, well made and very well acted and not without interest. But anyone expecting the usual thrills of a zombie movie will be quickly disillusioned. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Chaperone (2018) Stephen Romei This is a coming-of-age story for both women. The title is fitting. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Se rokh (2018) David Stratton ...more than anything it's great to see the work of a doggedly determined filmmaker who refuses to buckle to the demands of his country's hard right. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Yellow Is Forbidden (2018) David Stratton ... her achievements are remarkable and the film will be of considerable interest to fashionistas. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Thunder Road (2018) David Stratton Thunder Road is a tour de force for Jim Cummings, who wrote, directed and (according to the credits) "performed" it. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 Celeste (2018) David Stratton There's a lot of talent on display here but it's largely squandered on the seriously unconvincing screenplay. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Breaking Habits (2018) Stephen Romei It raises more questions than it answers, and there's nothing wrong with that. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 Transit (2018) David Stratton It's a satisfying complexity...the conclusion, beautifully handled, offers tantalising questions about reality and artifice. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) David Stratton So after all that heartache, it looks as though Gilliam's dream has turned into something of a nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Little (2019) Stephen Romei While it's funny, it also touches on important questions such as how our behaviour towards others can come back to bite us. Martin, 14, is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Back of the Net (2019) Stephen Romei A charming Australian movie, shot in Wollongong. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4.5/5 Burning (2018) David Stratton Burning...refers to the resentment and the anger felt by the young and struggling towards the rich and overbearing. Revelations like these hover just beneath the surface of this beautifully directed mystery. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 1985 (2018) David Stratton All of the acting is very good, although some American commentators have remarked on the fact no one has a Texas accent. This won't matter much to an Australian audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019