Daily Telegraph (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Untamed Frontier (1952) Tele Staff Get that horse out of the corral, pardner, saddle him, and start riding hard, cause we're in the middle of another of those settlers- versus-cattlemen oat operas. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
Citizen Kane (1941) Josephine O'Neill Welles is the most exciting thing that's happened since sound. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
True Confession (1937) Josephine O'Neill Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray are an excellent team, but the most absurd of all the film's clowns is ex-Lothario John Barrymore. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Saboteur (1942) Josephine O'Neill Like previous Hitchcock thrillers, this has the capacity to bring that high gulp in the throat. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
Zanzibar (1940) Josephine O'Neill It Is a composite of all the jungle films ever made. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 Midnight Family (2019) Vicky Roach Compelling, sobering and deeply humane. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
3/5 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Vicky Roach Diamond and Horovitz tell the Beastie Boys' extraordinary story with just the right amount of self-deprecating humour. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
The Lady Eve (1941) Josephine O'Neill The Lady Eve has some cracks for the sophisticated, situations that are both salty and saucy, and a winning disregard for the Hollywood approach. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Imitation of Life (1934) Tele Staff A beautiful piece of work. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
I Want a Divorce (1940) Josephine O'Neill The humor and freshness of their early scenes get under the skin: when the film swings surprisingly, from comedy to deep drama, and the women in the audience get out their handkerchiefs, Joan and Dick keep in full charge of their roles. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020
The Texas Rangers (1936) Josephine O'Neill Over-long in some of its documentary passages, and annoyingly interrupted by the unnecessary romance between MacMurray and Jean Parker, The Texas Rangers is, on the whole, a winner. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
The Plainsman (1936) Josephine O'Neill This enthralling entertainment, a great Western, is a triumph both for Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
Island of Lost Men (1939) Josephine O'Neill The most fascinating group of villains east of Singapore appears in this free-for-all adventure. They are played by fine character actors, too -- my vote going to Broderick Crawford, as the American gambler, with Ernest Truex ... [the] runner-up. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
() Josephine O'Neill Taken item by item, here is the material for a smashing musical. Taken in the mass, the film lacks that final voltage which jerks pleasant entertainment into the records class. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
Bird of Paradise (1932) Tele Staff Both [Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea] have caught the story's vernal freshness, the tragedy's delicate poignancy. Their love-scenes together are as exquisite as the flowers Dolores wears. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
To Each His Own (1946) Josephine O'Neill Olivia gives a terrifyingly accurate performance of the middle-aged woman, showing her irritating ways as well as her underlying pathos. Her young girl is completely captivating. It is splendid work. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Lady on a Train (1945) Tele Staff Miss Durbin bounces bloomingly through a lushly rococo nightmare in which anything goes. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Astronaut (2019) Vicky Roach While Astronaut charts an overfamiliar route, this unaffected inter-generational relationship feels unexpectedly fresh. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
The Banker (2020) Vicky Roach Property investment isn't a conventional career path for a civil rights activist, which is one of the reasons why this slick historical drama is so fascinating. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
No Man of Her Own (1932) Tele Staff Here again is a story of merit presented by artists who know their work. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
Tigertail (2020) Vicky Roach It's what expatriate Taiwanese businessman Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) doesn't say that's makes this semi-autobiographical drama so powerful. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Vicky Roach Although Love Wedding Repeat's committed cast find haphazard humour in their character's plight, they are hampered by a torpid storyline and a string of threadbare gags. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
Winchester '73 (1950) Robin Slessor Yes -- it's another frontier saga type, but the acting of James Stewart, Shelly Winters, Dan Duryea, and Stephen McNally lift it from the rut. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Wyoming Mail (1950) Robin Slessor Technicolor adds a great deal to the picture with some splendid shots of Western scenery. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Josephine O'Neill Still reeling after having seen this film, I do not want to spoil a moment of it for anyone else. I can only tell you that it is a brilliant Alfred Hitchcock melodrama, set mainly in a leafy sunny American town -- and leave the story at that. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
Shanghai Express (1932) Tele Staff Marlene Dietrich reaches greater heights of acting and allure. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
His Girl Friday (1940) Josephine O'Neill The film is extremely funny at top-speed. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Born Yesterday (1950) Robin Slessor Humor good, dialogue excellent, story fair. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Vicky Roach A fresh-yet-faithful take on Dickens' semi-autobiographical 19th classic. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 Onward (2020) Vicky Roach Onward isn't as fully realised as the best Pixar films but because the animation studio has set the bar so very high, even its second-tier product is strong. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
2.5/5 Spenser Confidential (2020) Vicky Roach Ex-cop, ex-con Spenser - a Christian name would be superfluous for Mark Wahlberg's archetypal hard man - isn't very smart. Or subtle. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/5 Military Wives (2019) Vicky Roach Even though we know exactly where we are headed, Military Wives' final number - compiled from fragments of the women's letters - strikes just the right emotional chord. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/5 The Way Back (2020) Vicky Roach The film's resolution is more conventionally rousing than what has preceded it. But by that point, it feels as though the characters have earned it. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Vicky Roach Dark Waters was a passion project for Ruffalo. His energy and focus drive the narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
The Invisible Woman (1941) Josephine O'Neill It's amusing for a while. But it grows tedious. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) Robin Slessor As a whole the film is a daring departure and one which may leave many people perplexed. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Stagecoach (1939) Josephine O'Neill With Stagecoach, previous frontier sagas seem like flimsy pasteboard. Here, the old West really lies. Credit for the dusty realism and the vivid humanity of Stagecoach go to director John Ford and his team of nine character actors. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Sunrise (1927) Tele Staff The dramatic might of the Fox film, Sunrise.. lies in the severe simplicity of its fascinating plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Josephine O'Neill William Wyler, noted for his wise taste, keeps the balance adroitly between emotion and lusty humor. The dialogue is particularly skilled; and the whole production, from Gregg Toland's photograph, to the realist city backgrounds, has smooth distinction. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
An American in Paris (1951) Robin Slessor In the words of Gershwin's own song -- S'Wonderful! EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
How Green Was My Valley (1941) Josephine O'Neill It is a great picture, a poignant, emotion-stirring drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
All About Eve (1950) Robin Slessor I'm full of praise for the penetrating characterisations, the scathing satire, the bright dialogue, the spiked humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Going My Way (1944) Josephine O'Neill For most of its length, however, Going My Way is comedy -- the very best kind of comedy, which springs from an intelligent and encompassing love of its theme. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Wings (1927) Tele Staff A wonderful film, deserving the highest praise. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
From Here to Eternity (1953) Robin Slessor Sometimes -- but all too rarely -- I see a film, the scenes from which stay with me for a long time after the closing sequence. From Here To Eternity is one of those films. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Vicky Roach While the desperate intensity of Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson's performances complements The Lighthouse's increasingly unhinged register, it's not enough to save the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
2/5 The Grudge (2020) Vicky Roach If the devil is in the detail, then that's exactly what this half-hearted horror reboot is missing. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
You Can't Take It With You (1938) Josephine O'Neill Director Frank Capra has once again taken a group of charming, inconsequential people and guided them through a story of warm humanity, sentimental philosophy, and sheer fancy. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Lost Weekend (1945) Josephine O'Neill The mental or emotional impact of The Lost Weekend upon the watcher cannot be measured. The film should be seen a second time, however, as an example in technique. Wilder uses his camera as a psychological index. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
2.5/5 Midway (2019) Vicky Roach The vividly choreographed aerial fight sequences, in particular, stand out. But judged alongside other contemporary war dramas, the film feels like an expensive throwback. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020