Courier Mail (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Untamed Frontier (1952) Courier Mail Staff I'm afraid the Untamed Frontier' is about as wild as a Thursday night euchre party. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
True Confession (1937) Courier Mail Staff Carole Lombard's latest role is that of an inveterate liar, in True Confessions, and, tongue in cheek, she masters it thoroughly, but the real gem of the picture... is the acting of John Barrymore. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Zanzibar (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Snarling beasts, fighting, clawing, and scratching, crowd the jungle landscapes, and 'rip-roaring' is the only adjective I can think of to describe these sequences. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
The Lady Eve (1941) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It is one of the neatest comedies the screen has offered in a long time, both from the point of view of originality in theme and performance. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Imitation of Life (1934) Courier Mail Staff Thought-provoking. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
I Want a Divorce (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, 'Hollywood's happiest married couple,' are responsible for the brightness. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020
The Texas Rangers (1936) Courier Mail Staff Action, drama, romance, comedy, and melody have been skillfully worked into a fine screen achievement in The Texas Rangers. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
The Plainsman (1936) Courier Mail Staff It is history adapted for dramatic purposes. There is a vivid atmosphere of realism, and the settings accurately present the crudely picturesque conditions of life in those times. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
() Courier Mail Staff Captivating music, sparkling comedy, and lavish dance presentations are outstanding features of Anything Goes. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
To Each His Own (1946) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Strong acting studies by a select cast help to burnish and polish what at heart Is really (1) first rate escapist fare; (2) an inspirer of tear. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Lady on a Train (1945) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) [Durban's] 'fans' -- and they are many -- should respond with breathless infatuation. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
The Redhead From Wyoming (1952) Courier Mail Staff This is the old, old story or the cattle baron versus the small settlers. But the film is lifted above the average Western by a new twist. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
Winchester '73 (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) The film is pretty much a standard Western. It is also, like most of its kind, a pleasant means of passing an hour and a half in air-conditioned comfort. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Wyoming Mail (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It's cops-and-robbers stuff in the U.S. post Civil War days, and where the film really shines is in its virility, and good acting performances. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
His Girl Friday (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) As motion picture entertainment of the bright and sparkling order, His Girl Friday is recommended without reservation. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Born Yesterday (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) [Judy Holliday] shines brightly. Her squeaky voice, her strutting, and her romantic ideas combine to make quite a character. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Stagecoach (1939) Courier Mail Staff The director has selected his players not because' they are highly publicised stars, but because they are competent actors, who bring to life the characters they portray in a fashion that is highly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Chalk up full marks for the superb acting of Fredric March, Teresa Wright, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, and Virginia Mayo. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Gone With the Wind (1939) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Miss Mitchell used 475,000 words to tell her story. Three hours 45 minutes is not a second too long in which to recount it in the film transcription. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
All About Eve (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) In the role of the elder actress, Bette Davis plays with a brilliance that not only is the best acting she has shown us, but just about the best that has been done on the screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Going My Way (1944) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) The film is excellent in every way -- acting, production, and evangelical outlook. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Rebecca (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) The picture is so faithful in spirit and detail that the same eerie spell emanates from the screen as from the book. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
From Here to Eternity (1953) P.D. Spooner It is a tragic and brutal story, but fascinating in its starkness. But the film is notable mainly for some outstanding pieces of acting from Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, and, surprisingly enough, Frank Sinatra, EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Courier Mail Staff Charles Laughton, with the effective dramatic art of which he is such a master, impersonates the tyrannical Bligh, depicting him in all his vindictive brutality, yet showing the courage, skill, and endurance of the man. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Much of the 'message' is lost in a welter of words. Sentiment, too, is spread as thickly as we would like our rationed butter. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
All the King's Men (1949) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) As American as a doughnut in sentiment, the film is full of realistic scenes of vicious, corrupt, and wild jockeying in the area of cheap politics. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Casablanca (1942) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) A film that should keep patrons interested for many weeks. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Summer Holiday (1948) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It must be conceded that the film is a gay enough lark, with fine production numbers and good songs -- one in particular, "Stanley Stamer" being outstanding. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
I Met a Murderer (1939) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) I Met a Murderer will do nothing to enhance the reputation of British actor James Mason. Quite the reverse, in fact, for it easily is the worst of his film contributions. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
The Ghost Writer (2010) Leigh Paatsch Though Polanski might be a shadow of the filmmaker he once was, he still knows how to push, prod and deceive an audience every which way. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2010
The Special Relationship (2010) Leigh Paatsch The Special Relationship marks a worthy addition to Morgan's ever-expanding body of work as a modern historian of the big screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2010
Step Up 3 (2010) Leigh Paatsch Yikes, that is one terrible storyline, but no one goes to these kinds of movies for that, do they? No way. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/5 The A-Team (2010) Leigh Paatsch A bombastically mindless and rather fun rebooting of the 1980s TV show of the same name. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2010
I Love You Too (2010) Leigh Paatsch On the odd occasion I Love You Too is shaken out of its so-so slumber, it's usually at the urging of diminutive American actor Peter Dinklage. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2010
The White Ribbon (2009) Leigh Paatsch These disturbing incidents pound the unsuspecting viewer into complete submission. The luminous beauty of the black-and-white cinematography framing the ugly world suggested here only serves to further shock the senses. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2010
Letters to Juliet (2010) Leigh Paatsch By the time we have adjusted to all that European summer sunlight streaming through Seyfried's silky hair, the film is already well on the road to Fluffsville. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2010
The End of the Line (2009) Leigh Paatsch Forget 2012. 2012. According to The End of the Line, the year right-minded folk should be dreading is 2048. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2010
2.5/4 Beneath Hill 60 (2010) Leigh Paatsch A drab and derivative screenplay simply fails to build a single worthwhile or credible character. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2010
2.5/4 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009) Leigh Paatsch Both the performances and the dialogue in this film are incredibly stilted, further compounding the sheer boredom that takes hold in the second half. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/4 The Eclipse (2009) Leigh Paatsch All that needs to be known is that the writing, direction and performances -- especially from the beautifully matched leads Hinds and Hjejle -- are of the highest calibre, and The Eclipse makes the most of every element at its disposal. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2010
3/4 The Book of Eli (2010) Leigh Paatsch Though The Book of Eli devolves into a very basic series of pitched battles between the good and evil adversaries, the film does exert a tight grip on the viewer. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2010
Date Night (2010) Leigh Paatsch There was probably never going to be a huge amount of great jokes to be found in this scenario no matter who was in the movie. Nevertheless, Carell and Fey do not really 'click' with either each other, or their respective roles. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2010
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) Leigh Paatsch Any adults tagging along will also be pleasantly surprised by just how watchable the whole experience is. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2010
3/5 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Colin Newton The film meanders in a nonsensical way and never reaches a satisfactory conclusion. It's got a Coen Brothers edge to it and will leave many viewers scratching their heads. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2010
2.5/5 A Single Man (2009) Colin Newton Firth is the standout. While it's no surprise his performance has earned him a Best Actor Oscar nod, the film itself is not nearly as powerful as it should have been. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2010
3.5/5 The Blind Side (2009) Colin Newton The film is also up for an Oscar but will surely fall into the "it's an honour just to be nominated" category. Still, it's an enjoyable film and arguably Bullock's best. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2010
4/5 Up in the Air (2009) Des Partridge Jason Reitman's slick romance is a studio movie that is a throwback to the sort of relevant and entertaining adult movies Hollywood once turned out routinely. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2010
4/5 Bran Nue Dae (2009) Des Partridge You should leave your cinema seat wearing a broad smile after this fun-filled experience, officially the first Aussiewood musical. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2010
5/5 Avatar (2009) Des Partridge Avatar is a landmark film everyone will be talking about. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2009
4.5/5 Bright Star (2009) Des Partridge One of the year's pleasures for the eyes, mind and heart -- a bright star indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2009