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, Stephen A. Russell
Rating Title/Year Author
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Luke Goodsell Remains satisfyingly unresolved and messy in its point of view, a source of spirited debate. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
Long Story Short (2021) Jason Di Rosso Long Story Short is for audiences looking for redemption with their romance. It's a date night fantasy, in time for Valentine's Day, and thankfully, the film's lead actors are worthy avatars. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Luke Goodsell It's this thrill of revolt, of beating a crooked system at its own game, that gives The White Tiger its kick, one that powers a funny, if grimly cyclical finale. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Ammonite (2020) Luke Goodsell For all of Lee's well-meaning craft, Mary and Charlotte remain something of an enigma, fossils waiting to be excavated. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020) Luke Goodsell If the film hits a few too many obvious beats, then the finale is worth it for the emotional punches it lands -- a bittersweet kiss-off that goes from twisted and funny to angry and moving, a burn-it-all-down rage that's laced with inescapable sadness. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Sylvie's Love (2020) Luke Goodsell The romantic fantasy is braided with an elegiac sense of jazz culture fading into the industrialised sounds of Motown. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
A Call to Spy (2019) Luke Goodsell While the film can be dramatically stiff, the handsome cinematography and earnest spirit should engage the historically curious. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
How to Be a Good Wife (2020) Luke Goodsell Though it's miles from the French New Wave provocations of the era, this breezy satire sows the seeds of rebellion through escalating farce, a winning comedic ensemble, and a dash of queer longing. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
End of the Century (2019) Luke Goodsell What gives the film its kick - other than some judicious dancing to A Flock of Seagulls - is Castro's way with multiple, co-existent realities, in which life paths can switch in a flash and decades vanish in the blink of cinema's eye. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
The Croods: A New Age (2020) Luke Goodsell Faster, funnier and more inventive than its 2013 predecessor. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Monster Hunter (2020) Luke Goodsell Lean, loud, and formally satisfying. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Soul (2020) Luke Goodsell Frustrating sentimentality keeps the astral weirdness from the sublime, but it's a swing in the right high-concept direction. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Luke Goodsell Its well-intentioned escapism feels decidedly anachronistic in the current climate. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Luke Goodsell As an adaptation of Wilson's work, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom does what it needs to do, and does it well; as a testament to Boseman, and a reminder of what was lost, it's unmissable. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
End of the Century (2019) Jason Di Rosso As it begins to split in different directions, it remains as uncannily real as a vivid dream, aided by the almost documentary naturalism of the two leads EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
My Salinger Year (2020) Jason Di Rosso A gentle, compassionate film about a young woman's entrance into an adult world where secrets - both professional and personal - reveal themselves slowly, and occasionally with devastating impact. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Keva York This Witches tinkers with the mythology of the book to little effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Luke Goodsell It's a beautifully rendered outline without an animating spark. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Trouble with Being Born (2020) Luke Goodsell If it raises more questions than it answers, then so much the better. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Happiest Season (2020) Luke Goodsell If the movie's resolution seems a bit easy, then it's one couched in hope and acceptance - and the idea that a queer audience deserves a seasonal fantasy every bit as fireplace-warm as the regularly-scheduled holiday fare. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Luke Goodsell As much as it tangles with life's essential meaninglessness, Palm Springs keeps walking back uncertainty with easy humour, dodging the abyss with charm. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Mank (2020) Keva York Part of Kane's magic, however, is its fractured perspective... In Mank, the only vision we're offered is its namesake's own. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Freaky (2020) Jason Di Rosso There's a lot of fun in Freaky's gore, but the detours into more tender emotion provide an inspired contrast. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Keva York What Hittman lays bare in Never Rarely, however, is a system that's nonetheless terribly difficult, and often demeaning, to navigate; one marked by dead ends and blind corners -- and how many of those might harbour a grossly entitled man? EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Luke Goodsell The film continues July's exploration of connection, and the yearning for intimacy, upending and queering the myth of family while exploring possibilities for those cut adrift from society's norms. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Corpus Christi (2019) Jason Di Rosso The premise might have ended up as a biting satire of Polish Catholicism, but the film's more solemn humanism speaks to an affirmation of a Christian idea of redemption. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
The High Note (2020) Luke Goodsell It's a shame The High Note is too busy honey-coating its chase-your-dream production to let those messy emotions unravel up in the mix. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
The Translators (2019) Jason Di Rosso It has twists to rival a Christie novel and a curiosity that skims some interesting ideas, which means it's not dull. But like many page-turners, it's never as deep as it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Luke Goodsell What the film lacks in inspiration it eventually makes up for in sheer, accumulated goodwill. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
The Shout (1978) Luke Goodsell If the sexual corrosion weren't uneasy enough, then the film's frightening titular moment possesses a psychic power that's impossible to unhear. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
Heaven (1987) Luke Goodsell The oddball playfulness, combined with Keaton's sense of curiosity and wonder, also reveals a surprisingly touching tribute to humanity and its delusions, however grand or ridiculous they may be. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
Matthias & Maxime (2019) Luke Goodsell Dolan makes something of a return to form with his latest, a modest but tender drama that finds both writer-director and his millennial characters at a crossroads. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Keva York If the results this time around are less dazzling than Being John Malkovich, less poignant than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's still plenty to unpack. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
The Swallows of Kabul (2019) Keva York Despite the film's strong -- some would say heavy-handed -- emphasis on those injustices that are particular to women, its messaging proves somewhat mixed. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
Babyteeth (2019) Keva York A beautifully observed little film flush with messy humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Luke Goodsell It's endearing, even as it's a bit of an overstuffed canvas. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Keva York Peppered with zany touches that irk more often than they delight, the film lacks the wily spark that infuses Linklater's best work. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
A White, White Day (2019) Jason Di Rosso ...there's much power in its tender portrayal of adult despair, and the hope found in responsibilities shouldered, not shirked. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Keva York The Personal History of David Copperfield is a sprightly and theatrical adaptation that serves up an ensemble of kooky characters better equipped to entertain... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Monos (2019) Valerie Ng ...while it's uncertain what lies at the heart of Monos - be it fear, survival, or plain darkness - whatever it is, you can't look away. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Luke Goodsell As he did with BlacKkKlansman, Lee has welded a genre movie to audacious cultural dialogue and Da 5 Bloods works best when it's firing in the filmmaker's punchy, didactic register. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Keva York A reassuring statement only in the cruellest sense. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) Keva York With overseas jaunts tipped to remain verboten for some time to come, the fourth and purportedly final instalment of Michael Winterbottom's tragi-comic culinary travelogue series comes with an extra helping of poignance. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Spaceship Earth (2020) Luke Goodsell Director Matt Wolf is drawn to eccentrics... In Spaceship Earth, he finds perhaps the perfect subject for his fascination. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
Irresistible (2006) Jason Di Rosso Writer-director Ann Turner has dealt with similar themes of fear, paranoia and seduction before, but Irresistible is her first tilt at a Hollywood-style genre film. It's an interesting try and the performances are good, but the suspense sags. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
Hearts and Bones (2019) Jason Di Rosso With a more credible emotional core to the on-screen friendship, an audience might have followed the story anywhere. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Beastie Boys Story (2020) Luke Goodsell It's this shared spirit that gives Jonze's documentary presentation its own rambling, inventive charm, capturing a career in all of its chaos and glory... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
If Only (2019) Jason Di Rosso It's a sweet and sophisticated film by first time writer director Ginevra Elkann. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) Jason Di Rosso It's directed with tenderness, anger and nostalgia by director Alma Har'el. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Honeyland (2019) Keva York Poignant and beautifully observed. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020