Time Out Sydney

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Breath (2017) Nick Dent There's a lot to admire here. [Simon] Baker finds an analogy for Winton's poetic prose in the ocean's undulations and the silent sanctuary of the undersea.... But the movie is blissed out on its own mojo. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 Jungle (2017) Nick Dent Radcliffe throws himself wholeheartedly into the physical demands of this role and the result is a harrowing journey from which it's hard to glean much optimism. The boy might live, but what will be left of him? EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 Cut Snake (2014) Nick Dent Its title suggests a hint of madness: instead, it's utterly conventional and lacking in fangs. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Adore (2013) Nick Dent Christopher Hampton's pared-back screenplay and Christophe Beaucarne's ravishing lensmanship locate the action in a reality that is only a blink away from the simmering landscape of the unconscious. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Nick Dent This is the low-temperature family romp that Happy Feet 2 should have been. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Nick Dent Rupert Wyatt delivers on the giddy pleasures - climbing, leaping, swinging, plus the irresistable high of an upward-rushing learning curve. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 August: Osage County (2013) Nick Dent Still, as a story of dysfunctionality begetting dyfunctionality, it packs a blackly funny punch, and Streep's performance is a thing to behold: a venomous arachnid at the centre of a web of familial cruelty. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Charlie's Country (2013) Nick Dent There are laughs here as well as moments of devastation, thankfully, and genuine joy. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 The Railway Man (2013) Nick Dent This is an effective story of war, peace, forgiveness and revenge. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Submarine (2010) Nick Dent [Submarine] is a wry coming-of-age comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 The Curse Of The Gothic Symphony (2011) Nick Dent Ultimately the film is a testament to moxie of the arts scene in the Sunshine State. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
2/5 Parental Guidance (2012) Nick Dent It's about how grandparents are important even though they say weird things and make bad jokes and try to get you excited about boring things, like baseball. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Mental (2012) Nick Dent There are unusual rewards for viewers willing to climb ev'ry mountain with this deranged guide. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 Jasper Jones (2017) Nick Dent Devotees of the novel will find this a faithful rendering. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
2/5 Battleship (2012) Nick Dent Battleship is logic-free Michael Bay-style fodder where nothing's at stake and even the jingoism is hard to take seriously. Everyone loses. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 The Great Gatsby (2013) Nick Dent [Gatsby] is a canonical tale given a fresh spin. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 A Chinese Tale (2011) Nick Dent This sweet little tragicomedy about life's absurdities plays out as a buddy movie in which two damaged men from opposite sides of the world find unexpected common ground. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Nick Dent Parents will smirk at the cameos from King Tut, Agamemnon and Marie Antoinette, while kids will be kept spellbound and accidentally learn a few useful facts too. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 The Infinite Man (2014) Nick Dent Rather than sci-fi head trips, the movie is about the self-defeating nature of jealousy in relationships, with Sullivan's facility for deadpan, screwball dialogue making it an unexpected delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Predestination (2014) Nick Dent This is cerebral sci-fi with a strong emotional undertow, largely thanks to Snook, who gives a heart-tugging performance as the gender-addled person of mystery. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 () Nick Dent Schlock it may be, and sticklers will complain about plot holes, but there's no denying the mood of dread conjured up here, nor the strength of the performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 That Sugar Film (2014) Nick Dent The documentary will certainly appeal to kids with its colour, movement, clarity and humour. Adults, meanwhile, will take pause at the knowledge that the food industry has exploited our hard-wired love for sweet things to sell us unhealthy products. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Nick Dent At more than the two hours, The Five-Year Engagement outstays its welcome like a drunken, microphone-hogging best man. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Hounds of Love (2016) Nick Dent Subtexts aside, Hounds of Love is also an expert exercise in suspense, taut as the wire of a Hills Hoist. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 Helter Skelter (2012) Nick Dent Themes of the transience of fame and its corrosive effects on the soul are as clear as mud, but Ninagawa can't help fetishising her star's doll-like beauty. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 Ruben Guthrie (2015) Nick Dent It's all a bit low stakes, EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Holding the Man (2015) Nick Dent Here's a true story, honestly told, that will see audiences genuinely moved. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Wide Open Sky (2015) Nick Dent It's the sight of kids having their horizons expanded that uplifts the most. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 The Little Death (2014) Nick Dent This debut feature deftly weaves together a host of surreal scenarios into a consistently funny and surprising package, as performed by a top-notch cast that includes stage luminaries Kate Mulvany and Damon Herriman. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Not Suitable for Children (2012) Nick Dent You'll laugh all the way to the sperm bank. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 Wolf Creek 2 (2013) Nick Dent The tension is non-stop and the dialogue, fiendishly good. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 52 Tuesdays (2013) Nick Dent [Fifty-Two Tuesdays] is the rare Australian film that actually has something to say. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) Nick Dent The best scenes reteam him with Margaret Pomeranz, as they recount highlights from their 28-year on-screen partnership. Their easy chemistry is a reminder of what we've lost. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/5 These Final Hours (2013) Nick Dent These Final Hours sets up a simple redemption tale and convincingly stages mass panic on the sunny streets of Perth. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
1/5 A Few Less Men (2016) Nick Dent Watching this gives new meaning the phrase 'cultural cringe'. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 Women He's Undressed (2015) Nick Dent Flamboyantly gay, the man who became Bette Davis's favourite costume designer emerges as a flawed, workaholic visionary, an Australian movie great. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/5 Pawno (2015) Nick Dent As a portrait of contemporary Australia, it's an antidote to just about everything else out there. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/5 Berlin Syndrome (2017) Nick Dent [Berlin] promises an unforgettable journey, but delivers only a slideshow. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 Wind River (2017) Nick Dent Sheridan's ear for fatalistic dialogue is bang on. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 Ali's Wedding (2016) Nick Dent Ali's Wedding by contrast gets its big laughs from authentic insights into the complexity and contradictions inherent in Islamic communities, with a wisdom about human nature that hits a universal sweet spot. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 Looking for Grace (2015) Nick Dent Brooks' screenplay is wryly funny about human behaviour, keenly observing the awkward ways anxious people rub up against each other. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 That's Not Me (2017) Nick Dent Foulcher, meanwhile, conveys low self-esteem with the comedic flair of a Kristin Wiig. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Nick Dent Whedon keeps the whole thing aloft with pizzazz -- you expect it to crash to earth like Fury's flying aircraft carrier, but somehow it never does. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2012
Mad Bastards (2011) Andrew Fuhrmann The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 Tron: Legacy (2010) Nick Dent What unfolds is your typical chase-and-rescue scenario, all just colour and movement, but with a rock-out score by Daft Punk and a genuinely bright patch in the high-camp form of Castor (Michael Sheen). EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2010
3/5 The Loved Ones (2009) Nick Dent The savagery here has no redeeming social value and the characters are not especially interesting, but who cares when the terror is this relentless? EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2010
4/5 Easy A (2010) Nick Dent Come in Lindsay Lohan: your time is up. Ever since you went off the rails we've been on the lookout for a feisty, freckled ranga with a straight-bourbon voice and killer comic timing, and we've found her in the form of Emma Stone. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2010
3/5 Trash Humpers (2009) Emily Cheng Viewers unfamiliar with Korine's alternative style of filmmaking may walk out in disgust. But if you're willing to broaden your cinematic expectations to include the utterly random, it's a must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2/5 Salt (2010) Nick Dent Phillip Noyce directs Kurt Wimmer's script, which rockets along with chase sequences and confounds with double-crosses but it can't hide its essentially facile nature. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2010
5/5 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Jonathon Valenzuela Potentially the most fun movie to come out this year -- a kinetic epic that both stands for and gently lampoons the generation it came from. Superheroes should be so lucky to get this treatment. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2010