ABC News (Australia)

ABC News (Australia) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jason Di Rosso, Keva York, Luke Goodsell
Rating Title/Year Author
Ad Astra (2019) Jason Di Rosso Ad Astra lacks the sophistication of its high-end, 1970s references, and would have benefitted from giving in to more splashy action movie impulses. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Animals (2019) Luke Goodsell Buoyed by Unsworth's often-snappy dialogue, it's a film that exudes genuine warmth, even as it grapples with the realities of growing up and growing apart, and the ugly anxieties that come with being a modern, middle-class woman no longer in her twenties. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Luke Goodsell Alien continues to fascinate - it's built around this primal, even divine creation that endures despite our feeble attempts to snuff it out; a life-force that thrives, even as it threatens mankind's destruction. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Luke Goodsell It: Chapter 2 retreats from the genuine horror of the 2017 remake towards something less imaginative. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Luke Goodsell Whatever her reasons, Franklin is certainly presented at the height of her power in the resynced, remastered result - a film that moves and breathes with the urgency of the moment. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Keva York If The Nightingale falls short of its lofty ideals, that doesn't stymie its significance as an affecting cinematic reckoning with the unremitting ugliness of Australia's colonial history. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Keva York Tarantino seems more interested in showing off his lead actors -- who take clear delight in hamming it up for him -- and his loving recreation of Los Angeles landmarks (like Musso & Frank's and El Coyote) than he is in building dramatic tension. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Late Night (2019) Sarinah Masukor In the world of Late Night, a 58-year-old woman can have a long-running talk show. And despite her age, Katherine changes and grows. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Luke Goodsell The result is a film that's both conceptually outlandish and improbably boring, with two leads who never seem remotely in peril and look vaguely absurd in low-level fights. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Luke Goodsell There are sequences so pristine and immediate, so wide-eyed and full of mankind's optimism, as to feel almost unreal to jaded modern eyes. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Luke Goodsell It's like experiencing past, present and some eerie computer-generated future all at once -- dazzling and alienating and even a little bit emotional, in all the ways you know it probably shouldn't be and yet a great magic act can convince you otherwise. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Parasite (2019) Luke Goodsell It's a rollickingly, grim dispatch from a society chowing down on its own entrails, where the underclass are clawing at each other, the rich get twisted up by their own malaise, and everyone's losing their goddamn minds. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Luke Goodsell All you need is love, the movie suggests, when a dash of imagination wouldn't have gone astray. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Sarinah Masukor The film becomes a ridiculous, cheesy, amusement park. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Luke Goodsell The new movie works hard to entertain, but it's also stuck in awkward limbo between reset and replay mode, gesturing toward new adventures while rehashing tired old themes. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Valerie Ng There are rare, giddy moments where we are made aware of nothing at all but the movement of the camera, light and boundless, as it soars over mountains and across city streets as if by the force of wind alone. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Terror Nullius (2018) Jason Di Rosso As beautifully made as it is, there's a caustic, irreverent tone running through it that wouldn't be out of place in a student newspaper. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Luke Goodsell The 75-year-old British filmmaker's most ambitious work to date is also one of the most potent movies of the year. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Luke Goodsell Parabellum continues to deliver the kind of fight choreography that serves as an antidote to the CGI slickness of other action spectacles, but it seems unlikely that the creative team can successfully lap the same premise for much longer. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Keva York That screenwriters Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah crafted a female lead with presidential goals seems like an unsubtle attempt to make the film girl boss-friendly. But hey, for the most part, it works. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1985 (2018) Sarinah Masukor With its rich black and white contrasts, 1985 offers Adrian a moment of grace, transforming his distress into an image of fleeting beauty. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Keva York More than just a cinematic joyride, however, Gilliam is offering a commentary on the exploitative nature of filmmaking; a critique of Hollywood as colonising force. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Valerie Ng ...Colangelo's exaltation of poetry - with its power to move, captivate, and instigate borderline-criminal acts - makes the experience worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Luke Goodsell Pet Sematary won't quite supplant the nostalgic memories of the original, but for audiences coming fresh to the tale, this is a satisfyingly ghoulish -- and frequently amusing -- addition to the ever-expanding King cinema canon. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Luke Goodsell Burton's [affinity for Dumbo], whose computer-generated expressions have more personality than most of the stock human performances combined, creates a sense of empathy for the outsider that elevates the movie's generally tepid writing. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Keva York Tonal ups and downs aside, Buster Scruggs is an unsettling film, not least because the characters in it are themselves unsettled... all of them are caught up in some kind of relentless, repetitive journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Sarinah Masukor The film is honest and nuanced about how love divides and expands to include the people who come after our initial relationships, and how an old simmering connection can exist alongside equally tender relationships in the present. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Luke Goodsell Stan & Ollie might not capture the comedic energy of its subjects, but as a testament to a lifelong friendship, it's hard not to be moved just a little. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (2015) Sarinah Masukor The film is intensely dry and unfortunately peppered with hokey, poorly conceived inserts of an actor dressed as Van Gogh - but is satisfyingly packed with fascinating insights into both the artist's life and how the museum contextualises its collection. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Sarinah Masukor Like the exhilarated brushstrokes Van Gogh favoured during this period, Schnabel's shots are energetic, free and charged, like blood pumping through the veins. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Sarinah Masukor It's a less cohesive film than Moonlight, but it has moments of pure breathtaking beauty that confirm Jenkins as a truly innovative director. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
The Hate U Give (2018) Sarinah Masukor This is an important film. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Front Runner (2018) Sarinah Masukor It's impossible to deny the deftness with which Reitman and his collaborators fill the film's two-hour running time. The film never flags, it's amusing, high-voltage and pleasurable. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Mule (2018) Luke Goodsell It's been a long and storied journey, but at the tender age of 88, Clint Eastwood has finally settled in as the wizened, reflective heart of American cinema - and made what might be one of its great road movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Luke Goodsell Mary Queen of Scots only nudges the envelope. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Lean on Pete (2017) Valerie Ng Viewers who surrender themselves to this slow ride may find that the film's emotional rewards, hard-earned, are all the more appreciated. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017) Sarinah Masukor And while the film itself is conventionally structured and a bit lacking in energy, it does leave you wanting to seek out the paintings to see what all the fuss is about. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Sarinah Masukor There are great performances across the cast, and the lavish production design and costumes are both glamourous and outrageously over the top. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Suspiria (2018) Sarinah Masukor [Luca Guadagnino] succeeds, creating a slippery and seductive monster that is nothing like Argento's original but that has an equally bewitching power. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
A Simple Favor (2018) Sarinah Masukor A Simple Favour has some amusing Feig moments, and strong performances from its leads - but its slick surface is too at odds with its seedy plot, and consequently the film feels flat and incoherent. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Cold War (2018) Sarinah Masukor This is a shimmering, seductive film. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Creed II (2018) Sarinah Masukor Fights and posturing aside, one of the most compelling things about Creed II is the way in which it so accurately captures the tone of our current relationship to career, fame, material wealth, and the dissemination of status as imagery. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Keva York [Director Desiree] Akhavan has delivered another smart, sensitive film about a queer protagonist - although one best suited to a slightly younger audience than Appropriate Behaviour. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Keva York Although it's not without laughs, and not without thrills, The Spy Who Dumped Me is, in the end, an uneven and underwhelming Euro-trip. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
RBG (2018) Keva York Affectionate but respectful in tone, West and Cohen's documentary is timely as a celebration of Justice Ginsburg's accomplishments. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Mary Shelley (2017) Keva York Mary Shelley wants for a proper injection of Gothicism - a little less Jane Austen, a little more Ken Russell, if you will. As it stands, the sensational source material fails to scintillate as it should. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Keva York It's a shame that Bohemian Rhapsody evinces a formal and moral conservatism so at odds with its gender-bending, boundary-pushing, larger-than-life subject. Even without the sex and drugs, however, at least there's still plenty of rock'n'roll. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Keva York The Favourite may be his first period piece, but the royal court of early 18th century Britain proves suitable stomping ground for Lanthimos. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Keva York A recent graduate of eighth grade herself, [Elsie] Fisher gives a performance that is bracing in its honesty. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Vice (2018) Luke Goodsell The film similarly struggles to reconcile its impulses toward laughter and outrage. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019