In Film Australia

In Film 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): Luke Buckmaster
Rating Title/Year Author
100 Bloody Acres (2012) Luke Buckmaster On occasions the story takes desperate lurches into quickly abandoned new directions, often punctuated with comedic extremities not without their benefits. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Welcome to Woop Woop (1997) Tara Judah Sure - it's dark and admittedly daft, but somewhere beneath its damaging depiction of the detritus of contemporary Australian culture lies a harsh historicality; an indubitable landscape, unpleasant and unforgiving. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Uninhabited (2010) Tara Judah Beautifully shot and incredibly atmospheric, but let down by too many stand out issues, Uninhabited is a film whose ambition outweighs entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Kiss or Kill (1997) Tara Judah Largely improvised to great effect, Kiss or Kill is a film that adheres to a classical narrative paradigm complete with plot causality whilst offering another level of reflection thereupon for a clued-in cine-literate audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Summer Coda (2010) Tara Judah Ultimately, Summer Coda fits the paradigm of a romantic drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Accidents Happen (2009) Tara Judah Accidents Happen is a credit to the Australian film industry... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Little Deaths (2007) Tara Judah Little Deaths is a technical mess at best. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Hawke (2010) Tara Judah Audiences are surely waiting eagerly for the next instalment which, no doubt grittier if gloomier, will get to the real turn of events in Australia's political history... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Luke Buckmaster You don't hear the words "the magic of Tim Burton" much anymore, but here's a film that gives the label renewed currency. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2016
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Luke Buckmaster Kick-Ass 2 may feature the most digitally connected heroes and villains in Hollywood history, but it's also an uncomfortably amoral experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2013
The Great Gatsby (2013) Luke Buckmaster Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby cements his reputation as the quasi-intellectual's Michael Bay, who destroys things with glitter instead of Transformers. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2013
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Luke Buckmaster The nerve centre of American political power is pulverised in Olympus Has Fallen. Whether it intended to or not, the movie represents a turning point for Hollywood blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2013
Housos Vs. Authority (2012) Luke Buckmaster Paul Fenech has been lobbing comedy grenades for eons. Whether he intended it or not, his latest movie is one of Australia's most brutal satires of lower class suburbia. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2013
Movie 43 (2013) Luke Buckmaster Movie 43 has a great deal more on its mind than poo and fart jokes. More, in fact, than most comedies that come out of Hollywood, though the mauling its received over the last couple of weeks suggest a critic isn't supposed to say that. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2013
Mental (2012) Luke Buckmaster Mental is mental too, temperamental and unconventional in bizarre and funny ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2012
Arrietty (2010) Luke Buckmaster Arrietty's majestically colorful look, beaming with glorious colour and light, maintains an unprepossessing aura despite its earthy grandeur. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2012
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010) Luke Buckmaster the heart warming clarion call for self-improvement that forms the core of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - which turns out to be one of the most inspiring documentaries about healthy living ever made - comes as something of a surprise. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2011
Burning Man (2011) Luke Buckmaster Writer/director Jonathan Teplitzky offsets the grimness of making a film about overcoming grief by modelling what could have been a morbidly despairing downer into a pot of revved-up and risqué drama with a soulful core simmering beneath the bombast. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Moneyball (2011) Luke Buckmaster Bennett's direction, loaded with mid-shots and close-ups, is packed tight, with scant breathing space, the audience forced into spit distance proximity to the characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2011
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) Luke Buckmaster This tremendously entertaining film moves like gangbusters and packs a hell of a punch. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2008
Cactus (2008) Matt Ravier Cactus is elegant, restrained and coherent. It's a welcome addition to our national cinema, a solid, personal and accomplished film. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2008
The Magician (2005) Luke Buckmaster The Magician is a colourful success: protagonist Ray Shoesmith (Ryan) is a fair-dinkum Aussie hit man, who radiates a raw and magnetic screen that feels enticingly un-cinematic EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2008
Rogue (2007) Luke Buckmaster Where's the blood, Greg? The severed limbs, the splattered brains? It's surprising that Hollywood moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein, executive producers of Rogue, didn't insist on more of everything. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2008
The Jammed (2007) Luke Buckmaster The Jammed is a fast, thudding, ultra-timely expose, a bucket of icy cold water thrown on the groggy, ambivalent face of public conscience EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2008
Dr. Plonk (2007) Luke Buckmaster Dr. Plonk could easily have been the kind of feature that should never have ran past short film format, but the unfolding of plot in this archaic visual language builds a tremendously entertaining rhythm EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2008
The Castle (1997) Luke Buckmaster It may be pretentious of me to label The Castle the funniest Australian comedy ever made, but that's probably not far from the truth. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2008
Brilliant Lies (1996) Luke Buckmaster Director Richard Franklin and playwright David Williamson combined their considerable creative forces for Brilliant Lies - a tight, steamy, wordy drama/thriller EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2008
4/5 Control (2007) Al Cossar Control, masterfully, is an actual story, interested in the emotionally complicated limbos of Curtis' marriage, affair and illness. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2007
Noise (2008) Luke Buckmaster Noise is so many things at once: a quietly enlightening character piece, a social study of conscience and decency, a catch-the-killer police story. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2007
3.5/5 The Home Song Stories (2007) Al Cossar The Home Song Stories remains a high quality local production, providing layered, human drama with a personal story. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2007
4/5 Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2007
3/5 The Simpsons Movie (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2007
2.5/5 Evening (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2007
3/5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 Lucky Miles (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2/5 West (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
1.5/5 Transformers (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3.5/5 Blades of Glory (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
2/5 The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
2/5 The Dead Girl (2006) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
2/5 Infamous (2006) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
1.5/5 Spider-Man 3 (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
1/5 Tideland (2005) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
4/5 Half Nelson (2006) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
3.5/5 Sunshine (1999) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
3/5 Disturbia (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2007
1/5 300 (2006) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2007
3/5 Meet the Robinsons (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2007
2/5 TMNT (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2007
4/5 Hot Fuzz (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2007