Courier Mail (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
4/5 Broken Embraces (2009) Des Partridge Tending to meander at times, there's still plenty to enjoy if typical Almodovar multiple narratives don't confuse you. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2009
3.5/5 Away We Go (2009) Des Partridge It's the sincerity of the performances by Krasinski and Rudolph that makes you want to see how the journey will end for the couple they play. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2009
4/5 Zombieland (2009) Des Partridge Zombie comedies have been plentiful since the British-made Shaun of the Dead five years ago, but none has been as funny as Zombieland. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2009
4/5 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Des Partridge Jonze has succeeded splendidly in making a movie about the challenges of childhood, and it's likely the material will resonate more with the adults who read Wild Things to their children rather than delight the children themselves. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2009
3/5 The Invention of Lying (2009) Des Partridge Ricky Gervais' new film isn't as out-and-out funny as you might have hoped, but it's still got some funny moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2009
3/5 Cold Souls (2009) Des Partridge There's added appeal thanks to Barthes' silly but fun film via the outstanding cinematography by her collaborator, Andrij Parekh, whose arty lighting and careful framing make the film a visual treat. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2009
4/5 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Des Partridge It all can be swallowed very easily, with the likeable characters, including the policeman Earl (Mr T), ensuring that the adventure serves up a tasty conclusion. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2009
3.5/5 The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Des Partridge This is undoubtedly Bana's best American performance and you can genuinely believe in Bana and McAdams as lovers who give the story its emotion. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2009
2/5 Genova (2008) Des Partridge Genova fails to provide the view with much that is satisfying and instead accomplishes only a superficial examination of grief and the way people respond. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2009
3/5 Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Des Partridge Enough elements of Dickens's story remain for a viewer to be refreshed by Scrooge's change of heart, and to be moved by his rediscovery of the Christmas spirit that climaxes the story. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2009
3/5 Case 39 (2009) Des Partridge One of those movies that's bad enough to make it worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2009
3/5 Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Des Partridge There's nothing too subtle about Moore's filmmaking style, but he does get his points across in a straightforward, uncomplicated way. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2009
2/5 The Box (2009) Des Partridge The movie gives the impression of being pasted together from many different parts rather than presented as a cohesive whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2009
0.5/5 Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Leigh Paatsch It is not a rip-off. But make no mistake, it is a cash-in. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2009
3.5/5 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Des Partridge A visual feast is served up in former Monty Python cast member Terry Gilliam's fantasy -- credited to "Heath Ledger and friends" -- that should enthral loyal fans of the veteran's colourful film history, but is more than likely to baffle Gilliam novices. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2009
3.5/5 Astro Boy (2009) Des Partridge The feature-length film, modelled on Pixar films, merges the best of western and eastern animation styles. result is an entertaining film that should satisfy both adults and children. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2009
3.5/5 Whatever Works (2009) Des Partridge Fans of Allen's work should be happy to find him back in Manhattan, still exploring the meaning of his existence through some typically funny one-liners. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2009
4/5 Moon (2009) Des Partridge While there are echoes of Kubrick's 2001 classic, Moon has enough that's original and surprising to make it worth recommending, and not only to diehard fans of sci-fi films. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2009
2/5 Couples Retreat (2009) Des Partridge Despite the potential for humour from the couples and their relationship problems, the script relies on lame situation jokes. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2009
4/5 Whip It (2009) Des Partridge While Whip It follows the pattern of the majority of underdog sports dramas, Barrymore's film has a vitality, energy and heart (in the beautifully acted mother-daughter story) that's often lacking in male-centred movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2009
4/5 Julie & Julia (2009) Des Partridge Nora Ephron serves up a hearty silver-service banquet with a story that links the lives of two exceptional American women. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2009
4/5 Looking for Eric (2009) Des Partridge It would be unthinkable for Britain's Ken Loach to make a film without some social purpose, but at 72, he's made the funniest film of his long career. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2009
3/5 Stoned Bros. (2009) Des Partridge In a significant year for indigenous films, Stone Bros. plays the Joker's role: a bromance disguising the film's intent to prick consciences in the hardest writing form (comedy) to master. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2009
2.5/5 Fame (2009) Des Partridge Tancharoen does not bring anything particularly fresh or distinctive to the song and dance elements of the story, but the new group of students (led by possible star Kay Panabaker as Jenny) deliver credible-enough performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2009
2.5/5 Van Diemen's Land (2009) Colin Newton The film is at times tasteless and unpalatable but the screenplay, based on four confessions Pearce gave after his capture, has a certain level of interest to it. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2009
4/5 Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) Des Partridge The unique behind-the-scenes profile Tyrnauer has achieved makes this more than just another excuse to look at beautiful models in pretty frocks, and a film not only for fashionistas. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2009
3/5 Imagine That (2009) Des Partridge An uncharacteristically restrained performance by Eddie Murphy, a sharply funny supporting role filled by Thomas Haden Church, and a beguiling new child actor, Yara Shahidi, make this fantasy-comedy about the power of imagination agreeable enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2009
2/5 G-Force (2009) Des Partridge Billed as children's fare, G-Force's incessant action provides trainer wheels for youngsters soon to grow into the teens who have made Bruckheimer's live-action films such moneyspinners. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2009
4/5 (500) Days of Summer (2009) Des Partridge Despite the tricky punctuation, (500) Days of Summer might be the most truthful rom-com about the sort of people you're likely to know; not inhabitants of some movie version of Fairyland. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2009