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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Matt Neal It will take the return of Will Smith to breath life back into a franchise that is otherwise drifting in dead space. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matt Neal They done a bad job with the Dark Phoenix story again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, screw you, Simon Kinberg. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5 / 5 Astérix : le secret de la potion magique (2018) CJ Johnson Honours the spirit of the books with grace and integrity. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) CJ Johnson It must have been tough, saying lines that make no sense in a story that is incomprehensible; I imagine them all - Dance, Hawkins, Watanabe - at the bar each night, trading bonkers lines of dialogue they'd had to say that day, as a kind of drinking game. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Matt Neal If you really want to line (Bohemian Rhapsody) against (Rocketman), it's no contest - Rocketman is far and away the better film. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Matt Neal When it finally takes wing, this version of Aladdin soars like a magic carpet. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) CJ Johnson A tremendously rewarding experience ... has the heft and moral complexity of a smart novel ... Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Realm (El reino) (2018) CJ Johnson The film's final act is superb: very tense, very cynical and very very angry ... It's satisfying stuff, and truly on the dirty money for these deeply corrupt times. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
1.5/5 The Hustle (2019) Matt Neal The film's inability to find its funnybone, combined with a tone that continually wobbles into bizarre places it struggles to get out of, makes this a criminal disappointment. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 Top End Wedding (2019) Matt Neal There's a lot to like in this film which takes us to a lot of places Australian cinema hasn't visited very often, both geographically and culturally. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Long Shot (2019) CJ Johnson After a promising opening ten minutes featuring gags that, if not truly edgy, at least carry a little bite, the superficially progressive RomCom Long Shot proceeds inexorably towards complete mainstream commercial formulaic filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 Acute Misfortune (2019) CJ Johnson Rich, strange, smart and darkly off-centre ... [director] Thomas M. Wright produces a portrait that is somewhat oblique and extremely evocative. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matt Neal (No spoilers) The Return Of The King of superhero movies. An epic end chapter that closes a legacy in the best way, living up to the lofty expectations. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 Woman at War (2018) CJ Johnson [Protagonist] Halla rides the edge of strident activism and dangerous extremism, and our support of her choices is never taken for granted, let alone assured. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 Burning (2018) CJ Johnson Mesmerising, threatening and beautiful ... You'll feel a strong sense of neo-noir at work, tugging against, or alongside, a neorealist examination of class divide. There's a lot going on, and the film takes its time, but it's exceptionally satisfying. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Matt Neal Compared to the rest of the DCEU, Shazam feels Marvel-esque, almost like a kiddie-friendly, less-overtly-meta version of Deadpool. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) CJ Johnson Whereas Lambert's film felt dirty (and arty), this one feels polished and clean: a commercial product, which it is, and an unnecessary one. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) CJ Johnson The reverberations with today - particularly with Trump's America and his "border emergency" - are powerful but never emphatic; the greater effect is of a continuum, and that is where the film really is ecstatically original. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 Wonder Park (2019) Matt Neal Wonder Park boasts a refreshing level of thematic depth that helps overcome many of the movie's shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Free Solo (2018) CJ Johnson Like Alex Honnold himself, Free Solo is straightforward, honest, humble and confident, with a grip of steel. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 Us (2019) CJ Johnson Where the film packs its punches are in its truly fascinating third act and in your brain afterwards (or in spirited discussion with others). It is, perhaps, more enjoyable to think about than watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Matt Neal The script is bloated and contrived in places (but) it still contains many of the beautiful things and themes that made the original so magical. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) CJ Johnson It's all very stylish, very deliberate, very purposeful, and very enjoyable, if you like this kind of thing. I do and I did. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) CJ Johnson The result is extremely stylized, melancholy and rippled with extremely dry humour (don't believe the quote on the poster proclaiming it "Hilarious!"); play "WHIMSICAL" for twenty points. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 The Price of Everything (2018) CJ Johnson Like its subject matter, bright, bold, loud and attractive. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4.5/5 Minding the Gap (2018) CJ Johnson It's a work of some genius. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Matt Neal A funny and fun introduction to a mighty Avenger. It has flaws, but they only stand out because other MCU films have done these things better. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Todos lo saben (2018) CJ Johnson Everything is surprising in a Farhadi film, and this one twists and turns like a frightened snake; there are secrets, lies, revelations and reveals ... performed, by brilliant actors, with total integrity. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Matt Neal Did Green Book deserve the best film Oscar? The short answer is "no", the longer answer is "no, but it's still a great movie". EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
4 / 5 The Guilty (2018) CJ Johnson A must-see: an hour and twenty-five minutes of lean gripping cinematic heaven ... razor-tight, superbly plotted, intricate and surprising. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3.5 / 5 King of Thieves (2018) CJ Johnson Come for the cast and you won't be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3.5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Matt Neal In lieu of some emotional extremities, Stan & Ollie suffices as an okay-enough look into the later lives of two legends. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) CJ Johnson Coogan as Laurel, Reilly as Hardy, and Henderson and Arianda as their wives ... [are] all splendid ... Shame about the musical score, which is overbearing and makes the otherwise tastefully wrought and lovingly crafted Stan and Ollie seem schmaltzy. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4.5/5 Vox Lux (2018) CJ Johnson Quite brilliant and unbelievably entertaining, while being thoroughly uncompromising ... It all pays off, riotously, wonderfully, exuberantly, brilliantly, with integrity, grace and skill ... This is the first great film of 2019. Exceptional. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) CJ Johnson This is a deeply felt, lovingly made movie that will stand the test of time. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Matt Neal Alita: Battle Angel is like a wounded magpie - it's close to flying but is distracted too often by shiny, fast-moving things. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
3.5/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Matt Neal Buoyed by a strong latter half and solid performances from Jones and Hammer, but let down by a patchy start and an inability to be as groundbreaking as its subject. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Matt Neal There is a void at the centre of this film where there needed to be some heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 Roma (2018) Matt Neal Could a Netflix movie win the best film Oscar come February 24? You better believe it. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Matt Neal Emily Blunt (is) the perfect Poppins for this whimsy-filled throwback to a bygone Disney era. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Matt Neal If there was one film to sum up the hit-and-mostly-miss nature of the DCEU, it's Aquaman. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) CJ Johnson There's no schmaltz, no faux tragedy, no bullshit in Burnham's movie. It's got integrity, compassion and respect for its subjects and audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 Vice (2018) CJ Johnson Vice suffers in comparison to The Big Short - such is the problem when one follows a masterwork - but it is still vital and urgent and demands to be seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 Bumblebee (2018) Matt Neal The film is like a cool car with a charismatic driver at the wheel ... (that regularly) turns into a robot that's not as interesting. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Matt Neal Its hyperactive style and cartoonish plot will put some off, but this utterly enjoyable slice of superhero hyperbole is a sugar rush that's actually good for you. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 Cold War (2018) CJ Johnson It's a lot of movie, and represents tremendous value if your time is tight. The love story ... is such a good one ... that it verges on the preposterous. It's not. It's based on Pawlikowski's own parents, and that tips it over into the miraculous. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) CJ Johnson Melancholic, indeed dour, with a colour palette of (too much) brown and grey ... Luckily, the film has a few joltingly interesting twists and turns, and Richard E. Grant, who is, has been and always will be joltingly interesting. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 Widows (2018) CJ Johnson Very much in the style of Lumet and Pollack, with a dash of Michael Mann's Heat, the film swings big and mainly connects; it excels in characterizations, and only stumbles when confronted with straight-up genre elements. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 Climax (2018) CJ Johnson Most of the population will not see Climax, and most would hate it. But if you've read this far, you probably should try it. It's the safest way you can feel this terrible. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) CJ Johnson A milestone of a movie, an epic, an event ... It is a film of constant compassion and absolute humanity. It is totally, essentially personal to Cuarón, but it is also fundamentally universal. It is filmmaking of the highest order. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018