Herald Sun (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Jersey Boys (2014) Leigh Paatsch This well-crafted screen adaptation is not about to let the hits (Sherry, Oh What a Night, Big Girls Don't Cry etc.) do all the heavy lifting, allowing the storytelling to get off lightly. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Leigh Paatsch The same winning blend of endearment and excitement is once again to the fore in this quality third installment in the animated series based on the books by Cressida Cowell. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Leigh Paatsch Those with a refined palate for challenging, intelligent and charismatic storytelling should unashamedly gorge themselves on the feast presented here. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 Otherhood (2019) Leigh Paatsch What saves the movie from totally going off the rails is the grounded vibes given off by its three leading women. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Leigh Paatsch It's all sweet, silly and kind of spooky as it was the first time around. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Leigh Paatsch Once you factor-in cardboard-thin characters, clichéd dialogue, and a distinct lack of context about how Australia found itself in Vietnam in the first place, Danger Close's stature soon shrinks markedly. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Leigh Paatsch Tarantino's utterly unique combination of macro-bravado and micromanagement is the key that unlocks all of the greatness within Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Leigh Paatsch A mind-wringing, sense-zinging threat to the psyche, Midsommar marks just the second work of filmmaking prodigy Ari Aster. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
1.5/5 Palm Beach (2019) Leigh Paatsch This beautifully filmed and sumptuously catered cavalcade of comfortable discomfort would be just about bearable if the acting, writing or direction could rustle anything relatable from the glam gathering. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Leigh Paatsch Aside from a brilliant Thompson, what keeps this engaging (though not always engaged) affair in an audience's good graces is its lively scriptwriting. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/5 Australian Dream (1987) Leigh Paatsch Unlike the recent TV doco The Final Quarter, Goodes himself is an active presence in The Australian Dream, giving a clear, strident and soulful voice to what he and others have gone through as indigenous Australians. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 Magic Mike (2012) Leigh Paatsch If you go a little deeper, the movie engages and fascinates beyond a strictly physical reaction. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Ophelia (2018) Leigh Paatsch Technically, there are stretches of the movie where highly evocative cinematography and a skillfully assembled sound mix combine to convey what the actors and some fairly wacky writing cannot. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Great Hack (2019) Leigh Paatsch The Great Hack does occasionally struggle under the weight of its own data load. There is a lot for viewers to process here, and sometimes the torrent of facts and figures flowing from the screen can get overwhelming. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Leigh Paatsch Hobbs and Shaw gets the job done as a big-screen thrill machine - you won't remember much of it in a week's time, but you won't walk away thinking you've done your dough on a dud. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Carol (2015) Leigh Paatsch Achingly precise (and unexpectedly poignant) performances from Blanchett and Mara keeps the whole thing well away from soap-opera territory. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 The Public (2018) Leigh Paatsch The obvious belief that Estevez and a committed cast share in highlighting such extreme measures gives The Public a lasting resonance that lives on in the memory for some time afterwards. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4.5/5 Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Leigh Paatsch The sound design and visuals have been vastly improved, and a judicious expansion of scenes featuring Robert Duvall (he who loved the smell of napalm in the morning) is also a welcome bonus. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Leigh Paatsch The big move made by the filmmaker in capturing the mercurial, maddening essence of Maradona is executed very early in the doco. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Leigh Paatsch The miraculous nature of this breakthrough mission to the moon - achieved with rinky-dink technology, rigorous mathematics and the crossing of fingers and toes all over the world - is bursting from every frame. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4.5/5 () Leigh Paatsch The scenes that Mirren shares with Richard McCabe (as Harold Wilson) are also a true delight to witness. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Leigh Paatsch What follows is a genuinely rousing, faintly ridiculous survivalist thriller where all those lapping waters and snapping jaws combine to induce a state of claustrophobic delirium. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Leigh Paatsch The storytelling of the new movie is depressingly lifeless, hitting all the right beats in the epic saga of Simba's tragic exile and triumphant return, but never with any vital rhythm. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Leigh Paatsch Here to briefly excite, amuse and then vanish from the memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Leigh Paatsch While its general synopsis looks very familiar on paper, its expansion and execution on screen is something truly out of the ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) Leigh Paatsch It is the sheer quality and consistent intensity The Cure pump into their performance that truly impresses. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
1/5 After (2019) Leigh Paatsch The first movie adaptation, and it looks fairly safe to say there won't be any more Afters after this After. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Leigh Paatsch Far From Home is a worthy addition to the Spider-Man canon, niftily balancing the geeky humour and freaky action sequences that showcases the franchise at its best. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 () Leigh Paatsch Quite wisely, the new documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence doesn't concern itself with smoothing out all the erroneous wrinkles that have crumpled the late INXS frontman's life story over time. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
2.5/5 Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Leigh Paatsch A fair school holidays pick for the little'uns. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 The Lunchbox (2013) Leigh Paatsch A gentle, understated romantic drama that finds a delicious level of anxiety in the wait for a final answer. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) Leigh Paatsch Fittingly, this intriguing, frustrating and lively documentary on the trailblazing Sri Lankan-born recording artist M.I.A. sends many a mixed message. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Leigh Paatsch Both a sight for sore eyes, and a clearing of blocked ears. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Fruitvale Station (2013) Leigh Paatsch Such sad outcomes are all too commonplace in the United States, and this simple, stridently moving film drives home the pointlessness of a life lost for no reason. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) Leigh Paatsch Might have been a very different and far-inferior outcome if not for the casting of a superb Ruffalo. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) Leigh Paatsch Devotees of world cinema should make tracks for this right away. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Leigh Paatsch A little is made to go quite a long way here. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Leigh Paatsch Yesterday never quite figures out how to make the most of the sizeable sonic headstart it has on the rest of the pack. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Leigh Paatsch The whole shebang is a moderately shoddy, microscopically amusing whodunit. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Leigh Paatsch If you must go, might be wise to bring your own neuralyzer. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Leigh Paatsch Sure, you cannot improve upon perfection. But Toy Story 4 shows us you can hold a mirror up to it, reflect it, honour it, and leave that perfection intact. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Leigh Paatsch What is dumped on screen is one big pile of filler, dispersed with grim professionalism by actors with contracts to complete, cheques to cash and consciences to repair. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Tolkien (2019) Leigh Paatsch The imagination of Tolkien the man is a commodity that Tolkien the movie can rarely lay a finger on. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Leigh Paatsch A solid, no-frills effort on all fronts - don't be afraid to come at Wild Rose as a companion piece of sorts to A Star is Born, if that works for you - with Buckley's immense array of talents there for all to see. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Leigh Paatsch This second one has a few fresher stories to tell this time around, and the end result is slightly higher than the pass mark achieved by its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 End of Watch (2012) Leigh Paatsch A superior police drama rains down a hail of blows upon the viewer. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Leigh Paatsch A solid, engaging and casually heartfelt affair with two well-matched leads and a surprise casting coup that pays off handsomely. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/5 Brightburn (2019) Leigh Paatsch Very interesting idea. Very uninteresting results. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Leigh Paatsch There is nothing cheap and plenty nasty about how much we get to see of this badass bunch in planet-shaking attack mode. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Rocketman (2019) Leigh Paatsch The story told between the tunes in Rocketman never achieves takeoff. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019