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Rating Title/Year Author
The Endless (2017) Dan Barrett This is a low-fi, buttoned-down, and intensely creepy film that will linger on your mind for months to come. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Dan Barrett After seeing the results here, one can't help but wish all of the live-action films were as visually inventive and lively as Into The Spider-Verse. It's the most shamelessly fun movie you'll see in 2018. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 I, Robot (2004) Megan Spencer It's not as dazzling or thrilling a blend between realism and fantasy as Minority Report or even Hollow Man, but it certainly is an easy film to watch and to at times get lost in. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 The Notebook (2004) Megan Spencer The Notebook is the kind of syrupy, heightened melodrama more likely to be found in the pages of a Mills & Boon paperback than on the silver screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
4/5 Lady Bird (2017) Rochelle Siemienowicz Lady Bird's depiction of the intense and difficult relationship between a commonsense mother and her whimsical daughter is pitch perfect in its mix of love, disappointment and resentment. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/5 Black Panther (2018) Nick Bhasin Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, who play Nakia and Okoye respectively, are particularly fierce, especially in their numerous fight scenes, a rarity for women in a superhero movie outside of Wonder Woman. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 All the Money in the World (2017) Rochelle Siemienowicz Minor quibbles aside, All the Money in the World is a well-structured, effective and engaging thriller that takes us deep inside the paradoxical and eternally fascinating psychology of the very rich. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/5 Call Me by Your Name (2017) Rochelle Siemienowicz The biggest achievement of Call Me by Your Name is that it manages to depict something universal about first love and first loss... EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Craig Mathieson The dialogue is peppered with droll admissions and Star Wars-savvy sarcasm, which helps to prick the heroic sweep so common to these trilogies. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2017
2/5 Jolly LLB (2013) Russell Edwards The ill-fitted nature of the film's limp comical jibes, and this odd finale, suggest Kapoor (and his producers) may have deliberately toned down the strong material for fear of retribution. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
4.5/5 The Disaster Artist (2017) Dan Barrett This is an absolute crowd-pleaser that will have you laughing harder than most studio comedies. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
I Still Hide to Smoke (2016) Amal Awad It's a reminder of why we watch stories. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2017
Solitaire (2016) Amal Awad ... director Sophie Boutros delivers a colourful and humorous exploration of a tragic-comic life. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Anthony Morris Increasingly, it's obvious that much of the Marvel universe works best when it goes big and silly: Thor: Ragnarok is about as big and silly as a Marvel movie is ever going to get. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 Suburbicon (2017) Rochelle Siemienowicz Suburbicon feels obvious and lazy and sometimes downright nasty. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 Kabhi Kabhie (1976) Peter Galvin Since there are so many moments in Kabhi Kabhie that are really wonderful it's easy to dismiss anything that might appear dated. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2017
2.5/5 Tees Maar Khan (2010) Peter Galvin The screenwriters manage to redeem Khan; but it's not quite enough to save the movie, which, given the velocity of the frantic action, should have played brisk and buoyant. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2017
2.5/5 Raavan (2010) Simon Foster This melodramatic mishmash fails to deliver. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2017
3.5/5 The World Before Her (2012) Craig Mathieson Tradition and fashion, history and the future, politics and consumerism - these are the conflicts of this strong documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2017
4/5 Good Time (2017) Anthony Morris ... Good Time always leaves just enough room between the dramatics for the characters to reveal their humanity. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 It (2017) Anthony Morris While the idea of a "creepy clown' is pretty much an oxymoron - just put a regular clown out there and the creeps will flow naturally - Skarsgård's performance gives Pennywise some much-needed shading between the jump scares. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2017
Gallipoli (1981) Dave Crewe One of Australia's enduring cinematic artefacts. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/5 Una (2016) Rochelle Siemienowicz There's no denying this is uncomfortable, claustrophobic viewing, as it should be. But for all the film's efforts to transport the story from stage to screen, there's still something inescapably stagey and static about Una. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/5 Wilson (2017) Anthony Morris It's a brave way to structure a film, and the sentimental side gradually undercuts the laughs until all that's left is a vague warm feeling towards a character we'd flee from in real life. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/5 Wonder Woman (2017) Rochelle Siemienowicz What makes Wonder Woman work so well is the character of Diana herself, who's written and performed with the kind of emotional intelligence that's rare in these kinds of films. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/5 The Book of Birdie (2017) Rochelle Siemienowicz Despite being a film soaked in blood, obsessed with blood, The Book of Birdie, the debut feature from UK-based writer-director Elizabeth E. Schuch manages to be lusciously pretty. It's gorgeous, actually, and unstintingly feminine. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 Dearest Sister: Nong Hak (2016) Rochelle Siemienowicz A superb slow-burn supernatural thriller that's as much a portrait of contemporary Lao class differences, as it is an effectively spooky domestic chiller. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 Don't Tell (2017) Anthony Morris This is Lyndal's story and West gives a searing performance as a young woman clutching at her last chance to try to make things right. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2017
5/5 Purple Rain (1984) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas The film is a love letter to collaboration, to passion, and to the power of music: this is Prince's legacy, brought to life nowhere more memorably than in Purple Rain. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 Alien: Covenant (2017) Anthony Morris This is the closest thing to a straight-up Alien remake the series has seen yet. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Fiona Williams It's fine, it's familiar, it's got Kurt Russell and a cute Groot so of course it'll make a motza. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 Raw (2016) Rochelle Siemienowicz This is intelligent, metaphorically rich horror that will have you pondering (and perhaps considering vegetarianism) long after you've left the cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 The Fate of the Furious (2017) Anthony Morris Rather than a marked comedown then, this is more a continuation of the series' gentle skid towards more traditional action fare. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
3.5/5 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Anthony Morris Visually impressive and with a solid central performance, it's the soul-deep melancholy that animated the original that this version lacks. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Anthony Morris By the big final battle -- which goes from the Power Rangers kicking rock monsters all the way up to them kicking a giant gold monster -- it's hard not to feel this film has earned its cheese. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
4.5/5 Heal the Living (2016) Rochelle Siemienowicz Not just another medical drama, Heal the Living is a film of great beauty and sensitivity. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 Hounds of Love (2016) Dave Crewe Hounds of Love is, on the whole, an impressive debut, and a worthy addition to the canon of Aussie horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 Being 17 (2016) Rochelle Siemienowicz Attraction and repulsion are often close cousins, especially during that confusing teenage time when hormones rage and sexual longing is mixed with self-loathing. André Téchiné's Being Seventeen captures the contradictions of this age perfectly. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
4.5/5 Logan (2017) Fiona Williams "Owing to its agitated hero's misfortunes through the ages, this is a film that's acutely aware of the dangers of emotional exploitation, and it spares its audience a similar fate." EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2017
B Drag Becomes Him (2015) Glenn Dunks There are lots of docs out there that follow the daily routines of modern drag queens, but Jinkx' reigns supreme. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
B+ The Cockettes (2002) Glenn Dunks The film ... is a must see for anybody wanting to learn about alternative forms of drag and for those who want to know about a forgotten slice of pop culture. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
B+ The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002) Glenn Dunks ...a suitable tribute to Bowery, never shying away from the excessiveness and eccentricities that defined Bowery and his art and making a stand for why he was so important in the queer world. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
B+ Wigstock: The Movie (1995) Glenn Dunks Wigstock: The Movie is perhaps not quite as refined as Woodstock, but it is an important cultural touchstone nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
A Paris Is Burning (1990) Glenn Dunks Livingston's film is a poignant look at black and Latinx gay and transgender communities, dissecting race and class, gender and sexuality. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
B- Suicide Kale (2015) Glenn Dunks Suicide Kale is a true work of queer collaboration with the four leads all providing additional improvisational dialogue to weave through Nichols' charming screenplay. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
B The Quest (1986) Glenn Dunks Comparable to the likes of Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, and The Monster Squad, Trenchard-Smith's film harkens back to a time before most kids' films weren't just computer-generated. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
A Careful, He Might Hear You (1983) Glenn Dunks [It] is a decidedly feminine film, one that is more concerned with issues of class, money, and family. It is a period film that revels in sumptuous costumes amid decadent sets and divine cinematography of Oscar-winning DP John Seale EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
B+ Man of Flowers (1983) Glenn Dunks Charles is a lonely man who nonetheless finds beauty in the world, and Cox finds beauty in him. A beauty that is only reinforced by Yuri Sokol's cinematography including a sunrise at film's end that could be confused with a painting by Turner. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
4/5 The Family (2016) Rochelle Siemienowicz Seamless and intelligent editing by Jane Usher creates a mystery story that's gripping and moving, as well as visually poetic. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2017
5/5 I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017) Cameron Williams The vigilante tale we need right now, pushing back on the decay of decency with pulp in the first truly great Netflix original film. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017