Herald Sun (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Leigh Paatsch The serious nature of what Jewell went through has dragged a deceptively measured and controlled performance from Hauser here, and it is work that should be applauded widely. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 EMMA. (2020) Leigh Paatsch Flynn's intuitive read of the sardonic neighbour Mr Knightley keeps the movie grounded when it might have got a little too high on its own supplies of the pretty and the flitty. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Leigh Paatsch Best appreciated by those who relish a cinematic challenge. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 The Grudge (2020) Leigh Paatsch The first hour does meander while an ominous mood is established. Then the final act suddenly gets all bashy and crashy, with too many jump scares positioned too close together. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 () Leigh Paatsch Some nice work does continually surface during H is for Happiness, but so too do its niggling inconsistencies. A less-is-more approach might have been the better way to go. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Leigh Paatsch Nevertheless, when push comes to shove, this is Margot Robbie's movie, and it is her aggressive drive and unorthodox vision for Harley Quinn that keeps Birds of Prey aloft, alert and ready to swoop. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4.5/5 Walkabout (1971) Leigh Paatsch A towering work, painted from a palette of feelings and instincts words cannot do justice to. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 Prisoners (2013) Leigh Paatsch A superior thriller, made with real intelligence and raw feeling. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Leigh Paatsch For a screen newcomer, Zack Gottsagen turns out to be a real find. Far from just showing up and saying his lines, Gottsagen closely collaborated with the filmmakers in filling out and sharpening his character. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 Midway (2019) Leigh Paatsch The ten torrid minutes spent recreating the Pearl Harbor assault early in the picture set a high bar for its subsequent battle scenes, and each rises to the occasion without overdoing it. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
1/5 Like a Boss (2020) Leigh Paatsch Much of what transpires effortlessly defies all logic, and clinically avoids what are conventionally recognised to be "jokes". EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Leigh Paatsch Equally impacting is the street-smart writing and direction of filmmaking brothers Benny and Josh Safdie, and the mesmerising cinematography of Darius Khondji. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 Miss Potter (2006) Leigh Paatsch Always accessible in a Downton-Abbey-goes-to-Play-School kind of way, as evidenced by Renée Zellweger's chipper portrayal of Potter as a bustle-skirted bundle of squinty smiles and sudden blushes. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Leigh Paatsch Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah might be new to the big-budget filmmaking game, but they do know what they are doing when it comes to causing controlled chaos inside tight turning circles. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Leigh Paatsch The courtroom-drama component of this solid production arrives relatively late, but is well worth sticking around for, simply due to the resounding emotional crescendo struck. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Leigh Paatsch This unusual blending of biopic, quaint comedy and light drama is a resolutely odd, yet undeniably endearing examination of the life's work and lasting influence of the late Fred Rogers. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 Underwater (2020) Leigh Paatsch Performances are moderately effective across the board, save for a committed anchoring display from Kristen Stewart as the team's indefatigable engineer Norah. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 My Spy (2020) Leigh Paatsch Big fella, little kid, small return. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Leigh Paatsch Those with an aggressive interest in all things #MeToo - both the positive and negative aspects of the phenomenon - will definitely walk away feeling Bombshell could have gone in harder. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
1.5/5 Dolittle (2020) Leigh Paatsch Once Downey starts using this annoying vocal affection to interact with an overcrowded menagerie of CGI critters the movie just yoyos from bad to worse to why? repeatedly. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Leigh Paatsch The beauty of Farmageddon as a film is its simple straightforward efficiency when it comes to entertaining viewers of all ages. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Leigh Paatsch While True History of the Kelly Gang is more than capable of plucking genuinely arresting moments, images and inklings from thin air... there just are not enough of them to truly satisfy. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Leigh Paatsch It is the collaboration of Mendes as writer-director (the screenplay is based on a story his own grandfather recalled from his time in WW1) and Deakins as camera operator that elevates 1917 to the highest plane of mainstream filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Leigh Paatsch It might all amount to nothing more than a juiced-up joy ride into the London underworld, but what a fast, furious and fun ride it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Leigh Paatsch Writer-director Céline Sciamma (one of the hottest talents in French cinema right now) captures these subtle, yet potent mood swings with an intensity of feeling that continues to deepen throughout. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Leigh Paatsch The action-adventure sequences are given more emphasis and the opportunity to build some consistent momentum this time around, and it gives The Next Level a slight edge over its well-regarded predecessor. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Leigh Paatsch The magic lightness of touch at work in his (Waititi) movies - Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok being the best-known - assumes a slightly different form in Jojo Rabbit, but is there nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
0/5 Cats (2019) Leigh Paatsch It is a movie that never stops throwing 50 shades of WTF at you, but never once starts making sense. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Leigh Paatsch Saddled with the daunting task of bringing the official Skywalker Saga to a definitive close, this ninth episode keeps switching between alternating states of good-natured incoherency and controlled panic. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 What Men Want (2019) Leigh Paatsch A dim, grim and irritating farce, on a two-hour search-and-destroy mission for your sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 Black Christmas (2019) Leigh Paatsch Nevertheless, the fusing of regulation horror tropes with contemporary #MeToo and #TimesUp themes keeps you thinking while your pulse is pounding. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Leigh Paatsch Overall, Playing With Fire is relentlessly busy, intermittently loud, and never quite the sunny smile factory its makers assume it to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
1.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) Leigh Paatsch Now the mirthfully macabre clan known as the Addams Family - an iconic creation of legendary New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams - have been fed into Hollywood's cartoon woodchipper. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Leigh Paatsch This is all due to the expert casting of Hopkins and Pryce, each of whom address their roles with both a precision and fluidity that is only the province of elite actors such as themselves. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/5 The Good Liar (2019) Leigh Paatsch Not terrible, but not good enough to drop everything immediately for a look-see. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 Suzi Q (2019) Leigh Paatsch Though the filmmakers are guilty of overstating their subject's importance and influence in popular music history, there is still a remarkable person to be captured and conveyed to viewers, and this the doco does very well indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 Knives Out (2019) Leigh Paatsch On the performance front, the Knives Out show is comprehensively stolen - and never once returned - by a wired, inspired and kookily amusing Daniel Craig. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Leigh Paatsch The plotting of Frozen 2 is arguably too busy (and a mite too dark) for its own good, with a lot of chatter about death, mortality, tribal prejudices, and even alternate dimensions piled on for no discernible, franchise-expanding reason. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 21 Bridges (2019) Leigh Paatsch A solid pulp crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Leigh Paatsch British filmmakers traditionally execute this fare better than most, and so it proves yet again with Official Secrets, an admirably conscientious take on the true story of Katherine Gun (Keira Knightley). EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Leigh Paatsch Though the film marking her return has its slight flaws, Gyllenhaal's mesmerising performance has none whatsoever. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Leigh Paatsch Boosted by some of the year's best writing, the extraordinary Marriage Story will merrily break your heart, then solemnly repair it, over and over again. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Leigh Paatsch All three leads run hot and cold throughout, but so too does the movie, which never quite nails the right tone of flippant humour needed to keep an audience on-side. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Leigh Paatsch If there is one character that propels Ford V Ferrari towards a winning outcome it is Miles, who draws from Bale his most endearing and warm performance to date. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Leigh Paatsch When paying homage to (or just as often, blatantly copying from) The Shining, Doctor Sleep does cast a faintly affecting spell. The rest, however, emits a faintly worrying smell. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Leigh Paatsch Very, very strong. Almost overpoweringly so. The November arrival of Last Christmas is great news for anyone who wished there were more happy-sad British rom-coms about lovelorn Londoners riding emotional rollercoasters all the way through December. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 Arctic Dogs (2019) Leigh Paatsch Admirable sentiments? Yes. When heard from a voice cast who could not be less invested in what they are saying? Not so admirable. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Leigh Paatsch Stand by for the very final, utterly unforgettable shot of The Irishman for lasting proof of an established cinematic master still looking to prove something more. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 Flight (2012) Leigh Paatsch Some might say Flight peaks very early. Those folks would be absolutely right. But what a peak it is. Whatever you do, do not show up late. The opening half-hour is truly stunning. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Leigh Paatsch Rev-9 is easily the most sophisticated, sinister and pimped-out piece of murder-tech to ever appear in a Terminator movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019