Yoga Hosers (2016)
Spin Out (2016)
"A valiant attempt at a broad Aussie comedy...The film can't be faulted for its ambition - the constant embracing of rural caricatures is clearly meant to be endearing - but the gags are either too weak or too vulgar to lift it."
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
"A spright, persistently funny look at a woman flailing in a comic swirl of mid-life turmoil....Bridget is in her mid-40s here, so what [we] now need is one more film where we see Bridget in her 60s trying to bring up a 21st century teenager."
Blair Witch (2016)
"Back into the creepy, tangled woods we go, folks, and what a surprisingly strong nerve-shaker it is, the signature shakycam notwithstanding...Great to see another top-notch scarefest so soon after Don't Breathe."
Life, Animated (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
My Scientology Movie (2017)
"Hot on the heels of the excellent Alex Gibney doco comes a more personal, less forensic, far more insulting look at the religion...The best bits come when Theroux goes nose-to-nose with Scientology camera crews who have a habit of popping out of nowhere. "
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
" When things start going haywire director Peter Berg unleashes a prolonged, meticulously orchestrated bonfire of such magnitude and veracity you need to remind yourself it's a recreation and not the real thing. "
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"This third adaptation of a mega-selling Dan Brown religio-thriller doesn't have the novelty of The Da Vinci Code or the exploding priests of Angels and Demons, but it does make for another entertaining, proficiently mounted follow-the-clues chase caper."
The Witch (2016)
The Daughter (2015)
"Solid, sombre, haunting Australian adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck...Directed by first-timer Simon Stone the film is an engrossing slow burn drama as pieces in a long-dormant puzzle are slowly shifted into place by fate and bad judgement."
London Has Fallen (2016)
"It's hard to imagine a big-budget film worse than Avengers Age of Ultron or even Gods of Egypt - there, it's been said - but Batman vs Superman has the dubious distinction of showing utter contempt for its audience and wearing that contempt on its sleeve."
A Bigger Splash (2016)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
Eye In The Sky (2016)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
"You might not have thought you would live this long but the latest documentary from controversial Michael Moore is not only a lot of fun, but quite uplifting. It also shows how, beneath all his bluster and cynicism, Moore has a deep love of country."
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
"Basically a good old fantasy adventure, best described as a fairy tale with dirt under the fingernails where the realms of magic spells and enchanted forests mix with the more brute realities of sword fights and monsters."
Wide Open Sky (2015)
"Beautiful documentary from Sydney filmmaker Lisa Nicol that follows choir director Michelle Leonard as she auditions, assembles, then rehearses a children's choir drawn from Outback New South Wales."
"As usual the digital optics are impressive - the vision of large, derelict structures half-buried in the ground seems a favourite background motif in many blockbusters these days - but the story-telling is as lazy as ever."
The Boss (2016)
Midnight Special (2016)
"A clever blending of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, ET and The Day the Earth Stood Still...writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) weaves the piece together with a deft balance of tension and wonderment."
Eddie The Eagle (2016)
"Cheesy and predictable in the extreme, what matters is that it works...it's the good old British pluck in Eddie's DNA that really sells the film, making it stand out as a true hero narrative in a movie market choking with super-powered comic book ones. "
The Silences (2016)
"Filmmaker Margot Nash digs deep into the backstories of her parents and sisters to discover the truth behind her uncomfortable childhood. Using archival material, The Silences is a lyrical, sometimes haunting assemblage of what she found."
A Month Of Sundays (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
"What could have - should have - been a knock-out, gross-out comedy is hobbled by all these awkwardly shoe-horned politically correct asides about sexism, gender inequality and friendship...Oh, if only this film had been made as if it was 1981!"
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
"Sumptuously decorated and rife with comically rich performances, director Stephen Frears draws out a funny, punchy portrait of self-delusion that actually parallels the social patterns that often accompany drug addiction. "
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Mother's Day (2016)
"Another pleasant, holiday themed, totally innocuous, multi-story family friendly comedy by veteran director Garry Marshall. The one big difference here, though, is that this film has been hated upon so much you'd think it was neo-Nazi propaganda. "
The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
"A fast, funny, deliriously silly, breezy piece of animated folly - far too low-brow for Pixar, far too dragon-free for Dreamworks....A phone app turned into a fun family film? Makes you glad you lived this long."
The Jungle Book (2016)
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
"It's a tense time in a confined space and director Dan Trachtenberg, taking his cue from Alfred Hitchcock (who would have loved the premise of this film), keeps tightening the screws until the final big reveal."
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
"Mesmerising...This love of long, complicated takes we've been seeing in films such as Children of Men, Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant suggests a reaction against the frenetic rapid-fire cutting of blockbuster films. Here's to its continued evolution."
"Taking a break from his Transformer showreels, director Michael Bay mounts a frenetic, exciting, realistic recreation of the 2012 battle in Benghazi where a security team made up of ex-soldiers defended a besieged American diplomatic outpost."
Son of Saul (2015)
Gods Of Egypt (2016)
"A colossal, mega-budget turkey...Gods of Egypt does offer the rare novelty of seeing an Oscar-spangled actor the calibre of Geoffrey Rush in a big, bad film. He plays an ageing God who flies around in Earth orbit in a hand pedal-powered space ship."
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
"The elaborate, beautifully slick musical numbers run for minutes on end and suggest the Coen's might have been better off making a full-on, old-style, unironic Hollywood movie rather than an ensemble comedy that merely pays tribute to them."