The Daily Review/Crikey

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015) Daily Review She's a natural raconteur, and her show is a cleverly crafted and perfectly delivered monologue that feelsmore like a natural conversation with your funniest friend than a contrived comedy show. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Helen Razer Nice as it looks, this movie tastes bad... EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
Trainwreck (2015) Helen Razer Five minutes ago, Amy Schumer was an ungovernable force of comedy. Then, she was introduced to Lena Dunham, and possibly Patricia Arquette... EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) Helen Razer The most depressing, tragic and, of course, marketable version is presented here and what we have is not good record but Sundance-friendly miserablism... EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
() Helen Razer I believe that Margo Kingston and the makers of this documentary want to make the case for a broader discussion about economic justice. But, they end up making only the case for cultural justice for Pauline Hanson. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Helen Razer The gays, in this film, are titillating extras, as they so long have been, and not only are the courageous stories of many people co-opted for profit, but theft itself is valorised. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Luke Buckmaster I might be tempted to describe Infinity War and Endgame as a couple of the worst and ideologically vacuous blockbuster movies ever made - except I'm no longer sure they should even be called movies EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Burlesque (2010) Luke Buckmaster Magnificently awful. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.5/5 Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Ben Neutze That story is both funny and horrible, and Gadsby has told it over and over again. But this time, she doesn't just want to laugh it off. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Tully (2018) Luke Buckmaster Mary Poppins by way of bleary-eyed Middle America, substituting the idea that life gets better - or love means sacrifice - for a childish fantasy involving the healing powers of a 20-something, Greta Gerwig-type free spirit. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
Last Flag Flying (2017) Luke Buckmaster A humanistic work, with a slight and unprepossessing way about it...about losing and finding, and finding and losing, faith in higher powers and purposes. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Luke Buckmaster A celebration of mediocrity on a scale the cinema has never seen before. Avengers: Infinity War isn't a movie: it's advertising and brand management EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018) Luke Buckmaster Viewers will sense I Feel Pretty's buttery didacticism well before it gets spread across the final act. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Luke Buckmaster Despite some B movie residue, in the novelty of the premise and no shortage of 'bump in the night' spooks, it is pro-human and pro-intellectual, reinterpreting 'survival of the fittest' as 'survival of the smartest'. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018
Mary Magdalene (2018) Luke Buckmaster Some of the commentary around the film has suggested Mary Magdalene is a bold second feature from Davis. That's an usual compliment, given how many biblical adaptations have already been made, and how risk-averse this one is in the scheme of the things EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2018
Death Wish (2018) Luke Buckmaster Arguing the new Death Wish unreservedly supports the views of the gun-toting, 'by my cold dead hands' American conservative would require at certain moments the viewer to close their eyes and block their ears. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018) Luke Buckmaster The director lurches from titillation to grotesquery, dangling Jennifer Lawrence's beauty as a carrot and moments of ice pick discomfort as the stick. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Luke Buckmaster A high-flown drama directed pretentiously, with a style that prioritises debonair aesthetic while the subtext of the script moves in the opposite direction - telling us that fancy accouterments cannot hide deeper issues of character and substance. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
I, Tonya (2017) Luke Buckmaster I, Tonya has a dangerous fizz. The drama isn't cheapened by comedy, and the comedy doesn't undermine the drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2018
Molly's Game (2017) Luke Buckmaster Pedal to the metal dialogue is paired with pedal to the metal voice-over narration, which exacerbates the film's hurried manner. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2018
The Post (2017) Luke Buckmaster The balance doesn't sit right and the most exciting elements of The Post remain off-screen. The film has measured surface and technical values, though there is little flair in Janusz Kaminski's cinematography and its texture feels cold and clinical. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2018
The Florida Project (2017) Luke Buckmaster A reverse-Spielberg view of being a kid. No alien buddies, cuddly friends or otherworldly adventures. But there is still magic. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Luke Buckmaster It's easy to forget the original movie was a terrifically bold, innovative, industry-realigning blockbuster. Lucas dreamed big and took massive risks. In that sense, The Last Jedi could not be more different to the Star Wars created four decades ago. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Luke Buckmaster There are powerful ideas and emotions here, at times communicated effectively - but always with a chewy sweetness that cheapens them. This is a bizarro world where every sin is forgiven and every wound healed. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2017
Justice League (2017) Luke Buckmaster Not all the candy-coloured bombast in the world can disguise the fact that Ben Affleck, the bulkiest and mopiest Batman of all time, clearly doesn't want to be here, triggering memories of the #SadAffleck meme. Ben, we feel your pain. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Suburbicon (2017) Luke Buckmaster Matt Damon's steely, stripped-back, average Joe style works against him, lending Lodge a stoicism and stony-heartedness that feels inhuman and even machine-like. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2017
Geostorm (2017) Luke Buckmaster Geostorm brings tin-eared dialogue and squirrely, logic-deprived plotlines a-plenty. Miraculously, however, I had quite a bit of fun with it. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
Happy Death Day (2017) Luke Buckmaster A sick, slimy and noxious stalker-slasher, terribly repetitive and not even amusing accidentally. Built joylessly by and for men - about the mean pretty girl who must change EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2017
mother! (2017) Luke Buckmaster This lofty, pretentious, intellectually and emotionally grueling experience arrives machine-tooled to annoy as many people as possible, on as many levels as possible, down to the flagrant disregard for upper case lettering reflected in its title. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) Ben Neutze Five Foot Two is an entertaining and humanising documentary for this artist who started her career with a kind of alien appeal. But it's also a carefully calculated film... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Luke Buckmaster High-powered and blinged to the hilt, with a lickety-split pace youngsters might expect of action movies these days - and an amount of visual invention they may not. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2017
It (2017) Luke Buckmaster A deathly serious, exhaustingly banal, cut-and-dried cash grab. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/5 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Luke Buckmaster The mind wanders. There wasn't a lot to distract it in this content-to-be-unimaginative, tenuously scripted (by Tom O'Connor) odd couple B movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2017
Beatriz at Dinner (2017) C.C. Ford The brilliance here is in equal measure the script and the cast, both of which elevate a predictable set-up into an unforgettable theatrical gem. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 American Made (2017) Luke Buckmaster American Made is compelling and unconventional: a film clearly made within the system, designed to look outside it. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Luke Buckmaster the sort of overflowing, eye-watering, glaringly intense aesthetic that might make Hieronymus Bosch or Willy Wonka say: whoa man, too much, too much, let's tone it down a bit. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) Luke Buckmaster virtually every scene is pitched at a moment of near-crisis, the entire experience hanging in the nanosecond when the fuse has burned out but the explosion is yet to go off. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 Baby Driver (2017) Luke Buckmaster [Wright's] latest film, Baby Driver, is the sort of rarity that grumps such as myself often complain Hollywood doesn't make any more. Which is to say: a genuine original. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2017
Baby Driver (2017) Gemma Pecorini Goodall It's this shifting narrative tone that makes Baby Driver one of the most effective anxiety-inducing films out there. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Gemma Pecorini Goodall Holland's performance is wonderfully accompanied by a cast of talented young actors and seasoned veterans who provide an intellectual parallel for the millennial mindset. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2017
The Red Pill (2016) Luke Buckmaster A wretched, morally bankrupt documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2017
Berlin Syndrome (2017) Lauren Carroll Harris It's not arthouse enough to be arthouse, nor thriller enough to be a thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 The Family (2016) Lauren Carroll Harris The affectless way in which the survivors describe their abuse comes to counterpoint the sometimes histrionic choice of cinematic techniques. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2017
120 battements par minute (2017) Gemma Pecorini Goodall It's stylistically beautiful, has an extraordinary cast and a soundtrack that heightens its emotion, but I couldn't help but be slightly disappointed by it. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2017
The Square (2017) Gemma Pecorini Goodall Bang delivers an incredible performance, his highly-strung and intensely self-important character constantly undermining the altruistic message at the heart of the story. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2017
Okja (2017) Gemma Pecorini Goodall While the film features excellent performances and stunning visuals, it falters with its message. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) Luke Buckmaster The hero faces off against a seemingly insurmountable bad-guy-from-Central-Casting, throwing around what appears to be a range of fluorescent Photoshop-generated squiggly lines. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2017
War Machine (2017) Luke Buckmaster At once a cagey character study, political commentary, offbeat war pic and idiosyncratic black comedy, with little of the expected signposting associated with any of those kinds of films. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2017
Ghost in the Shell (2017) Luke Buckmaster Her outfit sticking to her flesh lecherously, like a Venom costume or an unclothed, vacuum-sealed, cream-coloured Barbie doll, Scarlett Johansson somehow looks both naked - sort of - and fastidiously covered. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2017
Loving (2016) Luke Buckmaster Loving offers much to draw from, but the greatest image we take with us is the same one on the poster: two lovers holding on, unwilling to let go. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017