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Rating Title/Year Author
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Jason Di Rosso Shoplifters does something beautiful: it reminds you how love - or the memory of it - is a powerful consolation for the tough times that inevitably come. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Children of Men (2006) Julie Rigg By letting his film lapse into a standard action movie, Cuaron I think has suffered a regrettable failure of imagination. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2015
Folies Bergère (2014) Jason Di Rosso A refreshingly non-judgemental film devoid of melodramatic ideas of guilt and comeuppance that tries in earnest, but always with a light touch, to comprehend the troubled hearts of its middle aged characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2014
Dead Europe (2012) Julie Rigg It is one of the most disturbing, and intelligent, Australian films for a long time. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2012
Deano and Nige's Best Last Day Ever (2012) Julie Rigg This is no ordinary buddy movie. It is, actually, an anti buddy movie, and while there are some sequences which could have been funnier, the story maintains a kind of bizarre logic which somehow speaks New Zealand. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2012
Hail (2011) Julie Rigg Hail is highly recommended. If you are a true film lover, you will want to see this. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2012
Killing Them Softly (2012) Jason Di Rosso It doesn't always hit its marks, and its extensive, accomplished cast doesn't gel seamlessly, but Brad Pitt's Jackie is a well conceived centre to the drama, because he remains a riddle. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2012
Lawless (2012) Julie Rigg In the climax, Hillcoat brings it all back to where it began: as a folk tale. You could read it as a tale of the triumph of the small businessman. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2012
The Sapphires (2012) Julie Rigg I came out very happy, and well: the film made me feel like dancing. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2012
The Campaign (2012) Jason Di Rosso As the plot crescendos it loses its comic edge, looking to make a point of its own about how career politics tarnishes all who come near it, and trying to score a redemptive finale. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Jason Di Rosso Here, the slapstick with a dash of Homer (we even get a sequence with sirens), should work a treat for adults too. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Jason Di Rosso Whedon is on to a winning formula. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2012
Spud (2010) Julie Rigg If there was satirical intent, it is leached from the film. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2012
Life in Movement (2010) Julie Rigg Wim Wenders's Pina, about the late Pina Bausch, has set the bar high. This one is worth treasuring, in the same canon. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2012
Battleship (2012) Jason Di Rosso The ridiculousness of it all is either sheer joy or pure hell -- depending on how seriously you take it. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2012
Rebellion (2011) Julie Rigg Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2012
Mirror Mirror (2012) Julie Rigg I enjoyed the modernisation of the two characters. Roberts's wisecracking Queen, and Collins's fighting princess. Tarsem Singh brings a choice splash of Bollywood to the closing spectacle. Not bad at all, for a family outing. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2012
The Hunger Games (2012) Jason Di Rosso The Hunger Games lacks a compelling raison d'être -- it's not much of a class critique, and even less successful as an inter-generational study of how the young struggle against the old. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2012
John Carter (2012) Jason Di Rosso At times the spectacle is captivating, but it's always just a bit too silly. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2012
Any Questions for Ben? (2012) Julie Rigg Any Questions for Ben? is watchable enough. But it could have been so much more. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2012
Burning Man (2011) Jason Di Rosso The emotional payoff is undermined by the structural play -- a strategy that distracts rather than enhances. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2011
Burning Man (2011) Julie Rigg If this film was a car, I'd say it was over-engineered. The jangling mosaic goes on so long we lose sympathy with the main character. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2011
Drive (2011) Jason Di Rosso Drive works if you succumb to its broad brush strokes of emotion, the plot propelled by vague ambition and greed, the lush cinematography and the dreamy 80s inspired synthesiser soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2011
Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011) Jason Di Rosso If you know nothing about any of this, you'll come out of Autoluminescent with an appreciation and a sense of wonder. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2011
In Time (2011) Jason Di Rosso It brims with the energy of unrepentant rebellion, in other words, the consequences of which are politically radical (in a cartoon-like way). A cathartic experience for anyone bored with the usual Hollywood subtext. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2011
The Cup (2011) Jason Di Rosso The hybrid feel of it all works, and the inevitable uneven moments didn't bother me, nor did the odd story cliché. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2011
The Hunter (2011) Julie Rigg It's a handsome, thought-provoking film, none the less, and another contribution to the re-emergence of an Australian cinema of ideas. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2011
Real Steel (2011) Jason Di Rosso Real Steel is a very strange spectacle, but only sometimes as fun as it sounds. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2011
Footloose (2011) Jason Di Rosso It feels like a film walking in the shoes of its predecessor with a slightly sassier spring in its step. But at a certain point in the final act, this remake seems to forget why we're all watching. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2011
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Julie Rigg This film can only have been written by someone who has been both crazy with passion and has been to a parent-teacher night. Recommended. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2011
The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011) Jason Di Rosso It's a sometimes charming film from the veteran action filmmaker, but remains a curiosity, lacking comic sharpness and romantic intensity. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Julie Rigg Cave of Forgotten Dreams is one of Herzog's most memorable films. Its subject, the 32,000-year-old drawings on the wall of the Chauvet Cave in southern France, is so astonishing that even Herzog's amiable sidetracks can't destroy the wonder. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2011
Abduction (2011) Julie Rigg I saw it with a young male audience and most of the time they were laughing. Not at the fight scenes, but at the dialogue, and they were right -- it was frequently risible. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2011
Fright Night (2011) Jason Di Rosso Takes inspiration from the 1985 film but runs its own race with a few nice tweaks. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
The Eye of the Storm (2011) Julie Rigg It's a rich, sad and bitchy canvas, this film. Schepisi and screenwriter Judy Morris have captured White's tone pretty well. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
Johnny English Reborn (2011) Julie Rigg The real suspense is always watching for English to put the next foot wrong, and then retrieve his balance. I found it a hoot. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
Zookeeper (2011) Jason Di Rosso It isn't terrible, it's just dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2011
Submarine (2010) Julie Rigg See it and let Oliver Tate remind you of the teenager you once were, or knew. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2011
13 Assassins (2010) Julie Rigg I was engrossed by this film because it had tactics, strategy and characterisation. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2011
13 Assassins (2010) Jason Di Rosso It doesn't feel like the tour de force it should be. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2011
Life in a Day (2011) Julie Rigg You walk out with a good feeling, having seen a lot of humanity in the almost raw. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2011
Final Destination 5 (2011) Jason Di Rosso It's a spectacle that requires a certain detachment and a strong stomach, but it's highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2011
One Day (2011) Jason Di Rosso A frothy cappuccino of a film with lots of tears, quivering lips and cathartic embraces and little substance. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2011
The Help (2011) Julie Rigg It's well crafted and performed and well, if all the ends tie up a little too neatly and every single sub-text is spelled out, that's Hollywood for you. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2011
Conan the Barbarian (2011) Jason Di Rosso Simply put, this is a disappointment, whether you're looking for grandeur, trash or something in between. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2011
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Jason Di Rosso I can't think of another premise this year that promised so many schlocky high concept thrills but delivered so little. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2011
Red Dog (2011) Julie Rigg Rough-hewn as it is, it's emotionally satisfying. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Jason Di Rosso These scenes of mayhem leave you looking forward to the next film more than savouring this one. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
Love Crime (2010) Jason Di Rosso Unfortunately, Alain Corneau's film lacks the camera movements and swelling soundtrack to make this classic melodrama in the grand tradition. It's more akin to TV soap opera. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
Big Mamma's Boy (2011) Jason Di Rosso This is the stuff of classic comedy (of a certain type), but the film completely fails in its attempt to make anyone endearing or remotely likable. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011