Herald Sun (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Leigh Paatsch Always bright and colourful in the visual department, but often dim and drab in the story sector. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 Superintelligence (2020) Leigh Paatsch There is both an unexpected sweetness and relaxed energy in play here that realises the movie's limited ambitions with ease. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Leigh Paatsch On and on this wonky, barely coherent tale goes, weakened further still by the wonky, barely expressive acting skills of Gadot. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/5 The Prom (2020) Leigh Paatsch The feeling never quite goes away in this razzle-dazzle-get-out-your-jazz-hands movie that it must have been much more fun when it first seen on a Broadway stage. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Leigh Paatsch While this unorthodox movie will be an acquired taste for some, there can be no denying there is something subtly powerful at work here. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3.5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Leigh Paatsch A relatively quiet, thoughtful and considered work, as much a modestly clever exercise in science fiction as a stirring tribute to the survival instinct. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
2.5/5 2nd Date Sex (2019) Leigh Paatsch The many missed cues and misread intentions to follow are pleasingly handled by the two young leads, both of whom are destined for bigger things. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 Blood Work (2002) Leigh Paatsch Mediocre crime pot-boiler from Clint Eastwood in actor-director mode. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 Ride Along (2014) Leigh Paatsch Standard-format American cop comedy, where an intractable veteran (Ice Cube) is forced to suffer a day on the job in the company of his distractable brother-in-law-to-be (Kevin Hart). EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
2.5/5 Snakes on a Plane (2006) Leigh Paatsch Good bad fun right through to the crazed final act, and Samuel L. Jackson's ridiculous performance as the FBI agent who just wants to kick some asp is guilty-pleasure gold. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3.5/5 In the Line of Fire (1993) Leigh Paatsch Aside from getting a little too nasty to guarantee audience attention during flat spots, this is a quality political thriller with a few choice personal twists. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
1.5/5 Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) Leigh Paatsch There are some nice comic touches here and there, usually involving the odd Goodfellas/Godfather reference. The rest is pure ham off the bone. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
2.5/5 The Ant Bully (2006) Leigh Paatsch Unspectacular, but solidly entertaining animated adventure flick. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
1/5 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Leigh Paatsch All hype and no hope. Avoid. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 Murder by Numbers (2002) Leigh Paatsch Average thriller that achieves its aim of moving star Sandra Bullock a few houses away from her trademark girl-next-door persona. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 Flightplan (2005) Leigh Paatsch Has there been an abduction, or is this a figment of a rattled mind? Nothing becomes clear until late in the film, by which time you should be fully gripped by this bizarre mystery. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 Planet of the Apes (2001) Leigh Paatsch The movie does a great job in its spectacular staging of many pitched battles between humans and their evolutionary ancestors. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3.5/5 In the Name of the Land (2019) Leigh Paatsch The contrast between the sheer beauty of the land and the harsh realities of big business is very skilfully controlled by writer-director Edouard Bergeon, who obviously knows this moving and subtly provocative tale inside out. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
4.5/5 Mank (2020) Leigh Paatsch In a year largely bereft of top-notch cinema, it is impossible to think of a 2020 movie featuring better directing, writing and acting than this. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 The Ex (1996) Leigh Paatsch Despite the erratic editing and gaping plot holes, The Ex still gets the job done as an enjoyable throwaway comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
4/5 Home Alone (1990) Leigh Paatsch Expert conceptual construction from celebrated writer-director John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Trains, Planes & Automobiles) elevates a low-flying caper comedy to great heights. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
1.5/5 The New Mutants (2020) Leigh Paatsch Consistently falls short of the high standards expected from anything carrying the Marvel brand. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
2/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) Leigh Paatsch There won't be much of anything amusing to be detected while this formulaic old-coot-versus-young-brat affair goes about its very average business. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
2.5/5 The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Leigh Paatsch All this really means is a stronger opening act and a less cluttered finale. Unfortunately, many of the original version's obvious flaws remain unaddressed. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
4/5 The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Leigh Paatsch While the Gibbs boys' formative years as British immigrants living in Brisbane are glossed over quickly, it is only because there is so much rich and revealing ground to cover here. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3.5/5 Let Him Go (2020) Leigh Paatsch A very solid genre thriller set in the American west in the early 1960s. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/5 Honest Thief (2020) Leigh Paatsch Punchy, crunchy, mid-strength pulp which doesn't take itself all that seriously, and is all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/5 Happiest Season (2020) Leigh Paatsch With the exception of one key element of its premise, you are right to assume you have seen and heard all of this before. Doesn't mean you won't respond positively to Happiest Season, however. Far from it. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3.5/5 Freaky (2020) Leigh Paatsch Newton's transformation from wallflower to psychopath is both chillingly convincing and archly amusing. Same goes for Vaughn's highly skilled work heading in the opposite direction. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
1.5/5 Fatman (2020) Leigh Paatsch The movie very quickly becomes a big mistake, with no wit apparent and a repugnant ultra-violent streak that should have been tamed. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
2.5/5 All My Life (2020) Leigh Paatsch While the movie is certainly nothing to write home about in terms of creative energies expended, its fundamental respect for a tragic, yet truly inspiring tale saves it from turning into manipulative mush. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
4.5/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Leigh Paatsch Magnificent stuff. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Leigh Paatsch Whew. This is what can only be described as a hot mess. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
3.5/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Leigh Paatsch Though Misbehaviour is a bit slow to warm up, its heated finale proves well worth the wait. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) Leigh Paatsch Not just pitched at the petrolheads, but also aimed at the many secret Schumachers among us who still get a buzz from busting the speed limit when no-one's looking. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 Shall We Dance? (2004) Leigh Paatsch A sunny, life-affirming celebration of simply hoofing it, any old how. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 Turbo (2013) Leigh Paatsch This genial animated adventure is, quite simply, one very cruisy joy ride for younger viewers. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3.5/5 Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Leigh Paatsch What we have here is one of the finest performances of Denzel Washington's long and extraordinarily consistent career. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 Unhinged (2020) Leigh Paatsch This trashy anxiety-fest completely delivers upon what little it promises. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Radioactive (2019) Leigh Paatsch Few biopics enjoy the luxury of exploring subjects who can legitimately lay claim to having changed the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/5 Dirt Music (2019) Leigh Paatsch While not exactly a terrible film, definitely a dull film. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
2.5/5 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Leigh Paatsch While never all that memorable, this Legacy offering never gets all that boring. Could have been much, much worse. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 The Comeback Trail (2020) Leigh Paatsch Robert De Niro has not been this amusing in a humorous setting for many years. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/5 Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (2020) Leigh Paatsch Like the first two instalments, all you're getting here is a middling, unchallenging talking-animal pic for early primary schoolers. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
1.5/5 Run Fat Boy Run (2007) Leigh Paatsch A predictably puerile plod along a road we've all been down before. Runs out of puff well before the big race. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 Casino Royale (2006) Leigh Paatsch You've never seen Bond like this before. Stand back, but stay watching. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/5 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Leigh Paatsch What Jackson's storytelling lacks in coherency - a major problem for non-Tolkienites with the first film - he makes up for with a new-found sense of urgency and a richer blend of drama, humour and human emotion. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Woman at War (2018) Leigh Paatsch Not all of it works, but what does, works wonders. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
5/5 Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Leigh Paatsch Rabbit-Proof Fence subtly shifts the ongoing Stolen Generation debate to where it should have been all along : as a tragic humanitarian riddle that still eludes a fathomable answer. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) Leigh Paatsch An engaging third instalment in the hit series of animated comedies about a group of oddball prehistoric creatures. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020