Herald Sun (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Leigh Paatsch Though Triple Frontier takes a while to reach the right heightened levels of tension, confusion and aggression promised by Santiago's semi-suicide mission, it does indeed get there in the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Leigh Paatsch The Lego Movie 2 rarely finds a way to break free of the series' now-entrenched formula. It is definitely fun, but just as definitely less memorable than that first unforgettable installment. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Leigh Paatsch The whole experience is one slo-mo slap to your face, while Kidman maintains the most cadaverous countenance ever seen in a movie without zombies or vampires. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Leigh Paatsch A cheeky, scrappy-go-lucky affair, Fighting With My Family should do for pro wrestling what School of Rock did for fist-pumping heavy metal anthems. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Leigh Paatsch This quiet, yet eloquent affair trades in contrasting lines of whimsy and sorrow that could have some viewers losing their way. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Leigh Paatsch In taking a considered step back from this uncomfortably inconsistent effort, it remains difficult to fathom how this material got green-lit as a relatively large-scale Australian production. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Leigh Paatsch As a movie that neither outstays its welcome (the running time barely scrapes 80 minutes) nor overcooks its premise, Isn't It Romantic gets its job done with a minimum of fuss. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Leigh Paatsch A worthy option for viewers in need of a fix of sophisticated storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
1/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Leigh Paatsch Oh. Look. Someone has gone and made a serial killer movie that only a serial killer could truly appreciate. That is not a recommendation, by the way... EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Leigh Paatsch It only took the Marvel Cinematic Universe 21 movies to finally make one led by a female superhero...Marvel has perfected the manoeuvre at the first time of asking with Captain Marvel. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 Ploey: You Never Fly Alone (2018) Leigh Paatsch While the standard of animation seen here is quite strong - especially when conveying the natural splendour of the Icelandic landscape - the storytelling chugs along on autopilot, and the voice cast follow suit. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Leigh Paatsch Greta's needy nuttiness manifests itself in ways you'll never quite believe, but Huppert's trashy gusto will draw plenty of hearty laughs and good-natured groans. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Leigh Paatsch While this type of fare is so old-fashioned it should be heritage-listed, it rarely fails to draw the full emotional involvement of any viewer predisposed to pooches. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 King of Thieves (2018) Leigh Paatsch It is good enough on an entertaining level. Particularly if you drop your guard, tamp down your curiosity, and let an accomplished ensemble of experienced hands charm the socks off you. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 The Guilty (2018) Leigh Paatsch A consummately riveting Danish thriller, The Guilty puts you on hold, then puts you in a hold. It won't be letting go until its short, sharp and nerve-shredding 80 minutes are up. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Leigh Paatsch Poignant, funny and deceptively eloquent. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Leigh Paatsch Elegantly aimless direction of Julian Schnabel, who doesn't seem interested in deviating from the party line on van Gogh as a loner, a loon, a late bloomer and a lost cause. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 Arctic (2018) Leigh Paatsch Though a decidedly minimalist action picture, Arctic achieves maximum impact thanks to Mikkelsen's rugged, yet tender portrayal of a man whose only choice is to chill, or be chilled. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Leigh Paatsch The same winning qualities are once again to the fore in the obligatory sequel Happy Death Day 2U. Which is just as well, because the new story in play lacks the freshness of its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Leigh Paatsch While not one single performance...can be faulted, the movie seems disconnected from a story that has clearly unified and inspired its actors. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Leigh Paatsch Definitely not quite the game-changer that Cameron envisaged decades ago then, but diverting enough to deliver as pure escapism. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Leigh Paatsch Capharnaüm is filmmaking with a big heart, a caring conscience and a belligerent belief that there is still some hope. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/5 Escape Room (2019) Leigh Paatsch The movie always seems to be in two minds as to whether it should be giving you a real scare, or just a mild jolt. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Leigh Paatsch Does not leave the same lasting impression worthy of such an influential and inspirational figure. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (2017) Leigh Paatsch An extraordinarily endearing documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Leigh Paatsch One of Neeson's better reckless revenge-spree offerings. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
2/5 The Front Runner (2018) Leigh Paatsch It is hard to nail down a single, worthwhile reason why The Front Runner was made. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Leigh Paatsch There are some moments of great drama and plenty of provocative food for thought here. But it could all feel a bit too much like homework for the young audience it is seeking to both illuminate and mobilise. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Leigh Paatsch Hedges and Roberts are strong and convincing enough to not only make you see the merit of Ben is Back, but also hear its message of unconditional love. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Leigh Paatsch Green Book is a genuinely irresistible feel good film of the highest calibre, capturing a rare spark between two great actors while maintaining a fire in its belly when it comes to matters of acceptance, tolerance and understanding. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
5/5 Free Solo (2018) Leigh Paatsch What transpires is one of the greatest action sequences to ever grace the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/5 Gringo (2018) Leigh Paatsch This is only his second feature (Nash Edgerton's debut, 2008's The Square, is one of the great underrated Australian films of the modern era) and here's hoping there are many more to come. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 Stardust (2007) Leigh Paatsch This lively fantasy-comedy (from the same creative team that went on to give us the Kick-Ass and Kingsman movies!) gets better as it goes along, calling on a dryness of wit and slyness of spirit that brings to mind... The Princess Bride. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4.5/5 The Princess Bride (1987) Leigh Paatsch One of the all-time great fantasy movies, channelling both a rollicking spirit of adventure and genuinely uplifting humour all ages can appreciate. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Leigh Paatsch The story is wonderful, as is the casting of a dynamically on-point Emily Blunt in the title role made famous by Julie Andrews. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3.5/5 Colette (2018) Leigh Paatsch Much of the credit goes to a dominant display by Keira Knightley, effortlessly dipping into the rich reserves of angst, desire and defiance she seems to save exclusively for vintage fare like this. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 Vice (2018) Leigh Paatsch The satirically-minded folks that brought you The Big Short take the same irreverent tack here, with mixed results. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Leigh Paatsch The follow-up matches the same high standards, not just in terms of brilliant animation and fresh ideas, but also by retaining the heart and wit of the original. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Leigh Paatsch The special-effects (especially in the all-important underwater environment) never quite pack the wow-factor expected from a massive $225 million production. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
5/5 Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Leigh Paatsch However, it is Springsteen the raconteur - in a more rueful and reflective mode than his usual brand of stage banter - that is the principal focus of the Tony Award-winning show. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Leigh Paatsch The highly combustive feminine firepower consistently ignited by the three leads here is a wonder to behold, as is the withering wit of the screenplay, and the mesmerising direction of in-form filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 Bumblebee (2018) Leigh Paatsch It has taken the franchise more than a decade to get its act together, but finally we get to experience what a Transformers movie should have been all along. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Leigh Paatsch If those efforts do pay off, it is largely because the large creative team that worked on the movie wisely never stray too far from the key Spidey maxim "with great power comes great responsibility." EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Leigh Paatsch Redford modestly, yet effortlessly has us fall for his character, a loveable rogue whose heart has stayed in the right place in spite of a lifetime running on the wrong side of the law. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
2/5 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Leigh Paatsch Sure it looks good, but it feels off its game most of the time. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 The Family Stone (2005) Leigh Paatsch Remarkably for a Hollywood movie, this very entertaining comedy proves that the outward good cheer and inward bad vibes of the Christmas season can not only coexist, but amusingly feed upon each other. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 Dumplin' (2018) Leigh Paatsch As a feel-good comedy-drama, its heart is always in the right place. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 Slender Man (2018) Leigh Paatsch This exponentially dull (and weirdly self-contradictory) movie cherry-picks the blandest bits of the Slender Man bio, downgrading him from his hard-earned gig as king of all 21st century nightmares into an all-purpose, old-fashioned bogeyman. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Leigh Paatsch Well, Once Upon a Deadpool does indeed work, despite having its star conspicuously clean up his act. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Leigh Paatsch Under the consummate direction of Marielle Heller... Can You Ever Forgive Me? is funny, poignant, insightful and surprisingly endearing. Especially considering the bleak places it must visit along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018