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Flicks.com.au is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Blake Howard, Glenn Dunks, Luke Buckmaster, Sarah Ward
Rating Title/Year Author
The Lion King (2019) Luke Buckmaster The destiny of everybody in this world, other than Simba, is to die and get eaten. How inspiring. Thank you Disney. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 () Blake Howard Netflix's Point Blank is a damn good action movie full of grievous bodily harm. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Blake Howard Danger Close stays true to Australian sacrifice but walks a perilous line between honour and amnesia. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 Hearts and Bones (2019) Blake Howard Hearts and Bones shows filmmaking restraint. It is poetic and powerful. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019) Luke Buckmaster the idea of reality being a form of pantomime that people can observe and commentate, as if they have nothing invested themselves and no skin in the game whatsoever, is what keeps this film enjoyable EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Luke Buckmaster Is this terrific, one-of-a-kind film post-truth? Anti-truth? Total truth? A dog and pony show? Maybe all, maybe none. It's Dylan hiding in plain sight. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C- Palm Beach (2019) Glenn Dunks Palm Beach is lightweight fare that is so far off on another planet of relevancy to most Australians' lives that it is hard to not come off as little more than an indulgent tax deduction. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
5/5 The Final Quarter (2019) Blake Howard This is cinematic napalm. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Luke Buckmaster a film that treats narrative segues as unique entertainment propositions, merging time and space with fussy panache, rendering the past as a kind of phantasmagoric pageant EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Luke Buckmaster a tale of parental yearning that resonates with a surprising amount of pathos - thanks in no small measure to Elizabeth Banks and David Denman's performances EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Luke Buckmaster Has barely a modicum of the crackle and fizz of its cartoon predecessor, from which the filmmaker's entire knowledge of the Middle East appears to have been drawn EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Luke Buckmaster It has barely a modicum of the crackle and fizz of its cartoon predecessor, from which the filmmaker's entire knowledge of the Middle East appears to have been drawn EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 The Perfection (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Exhilarating, sexy and driven by a sense of genuine fury, The Perfection starts wild and gets wilder...and is fine-tuned to hit us exactly where we need to be hit. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Luke Buckmaster The glossy high-end style of cinematographer Brandon Trost exacerbates the film's eerie superficiality, making it look like a shampoo commercial. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
() Luke Buckmaster an all-singing, all-dancing, all jiggling and jiving celebration of music, feminism, black culture, performance power EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Luke Buckmaster It loiters in a kind of aesthetic limbo: refusing to get dark and grimy, and not wanting to go the proverbial double rainbow either. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
The Silence (2019) Luke Buckmaster The scariest thing about The Silence is that so little happens for so long. One feels the desire to grab this film and shake it to life. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Luke Buckmaster A work of art of this calibre undermines the entire system, explores the vacuity of celebrity culture, exposes the inhumanity of the PR machine. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Luke Buckmaster Rodriguez can't help but get a little bit deep with this sort of material, in between wall-rattling set pieces and servings of splashy futuristic eye candy. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Luke Buckmaster Escape Room could be interpreted as a cynical comment on the pursuit of immersion in popular entertainment. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Blake Howard Days after viewing, when you're transported to relive the tale conveyed in near still life glares for Kidman, Destroyer becomes a movie that overcomes the leading character's stupidity, distracting make-up, romance novel cover flashbacks. Just. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Blake Howard The Sisters Brothers pits abused, impulsive and damaged men whose currency in the world is an aptitude for killing against men of ideals, science, courtesy and reflection. They aren't burdened by being required to tell you something pretty. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Blake Howard Mary Queen of Scots is an alternate history that takes ruling out of the throne room and settles the fate of Britain in carefully worded letters, portraits and calculating gestures of friendship, set in the confines of spaces associated with women. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Blake Howard If Beale Street Could Talk it may not arrest you quite like Jenkins' Moonlight, but it will haunt you. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Sarah Ward Ramps up the slapstick while adding a needless backstory that threatens to undercut the text's message EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Sarah Ward An inventive, intelligent and amusing take on a jam-packed genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Sarah Ward It's compelling viewing, gore and all, but it also says exactly what you think it will. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
1/5 Harmony (2018) Sarah Ward Like an emo music video stretched out to feature length. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
Colette (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas There's something about the figure of Colette whose ye olde punk rock feminist spirit of throwing caution and convention to the wind electrifies Knightly. Her performance comes alive here in ways we've rarely seen from her before. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
C I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Glenn Dunks What to make of a film like I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story? A documentary that doesn't appear to want to make fun of its subjects and yet is made in such a way that laughter from the audience is all but inevitable. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
3/5 Swinging Safari (2018) Blake Howard If you need a way to laugh at all the reasons you're deficient, or to examine why your white Australian friends are the hot messes they are, grab your sluggers, lather up that body in oil, spark up a dart and laugh. And, hopefully, don't cry. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 Sweet Country (2017) Blake Howard Warwick Thornton's outback morality tale, Sweet Country, combines exquisite visuals of Australian landscapes with a script that dabbles as much in mythical justice as deeply specific ideas of what this country is made of. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 Brother's Nest (2018) Blake Howard Brothers' Nest is a well made, nasty piece of work. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 1% (2017) Blake Howard Unlike the tale of tragic redemption in American History X, which begs to be revisited despite its brutality, 1% lights a fuse in this arcane, violent and hypocritical group, and you're relieved to watch it burn. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 Wayne (2018) Blake Howard In an early interview with Gardner's sister, she says that he's the "golden child." Wayne has every intention of maintaining Gardner's golden glow. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 Jirga (2018) Blake Howard Jirga is a mesmerising Afghanistan-set drama exploring the consequences of war... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Blake Howard While a subject like imprisonment and the exile of asylum seekers could succumb to Alan Jones style bullying, Island of the Hungry Ghosts chooses an altogether different route. It's a lure; a tug at your very soul. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Blake Howard The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a divine tasting board for all things Coen brothers... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Svideteli Putina (2018) Blake Howard Russian filmmakers like Mansky making documentary films that so directly engage with the inherent corruption of those people in power fills this critic with both dread and admiration. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 First Reformed (2017) Blake Howard First Reformed is a mesmermising work of faith and rage... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Blake Howard Playing like the greatest hits of every Rocky sequel to date, Creed II is bigger and its hits thud harder, but it misses the emotional focus and finesse of its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 Lean on Pete (2017) Blake Howard Lean on Pete draws you in and denies you the chance to reach out for a desperate protective embrace of Charley. Haigh's unforgettable adaptation makes you bear witness to this fragile flame nursed through the unforgiving world. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Blake Howard Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is unquestionably the best animated film of the year and neck-and-neck with Black Panther for best superhero film of the year. Believe the hype. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Luke Buckmaster Craig S. Zahler is up to his old tricks: luring audiences with the promise of exploitation, then delivering them slow-burning drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Blake Howard There are brief flashes of brilliance in the at times laborious Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - the second of five cinematic Wizarding world episodes. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
D+ In Like Flynn (2018) Glenn Dunks The film sits somewhat uncomfortably between serious and silly. They aren't aided by dodgy CGI that can't disguise the production's limited resources. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ Ladies in Black (2018) Glenn Dunks The way every ruffle of a dress or lace embellishment is offered a moment and how audiences can admire the pattern of a gown as much as the acting recalls Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker... EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Widows (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas McQueen's Widows feels urgent and contemporary, and - with a screenplay co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn of Sharp Objects and Gone Girl fame - the action and dialogue crackle along at a pace nothing short of electrifying. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
American Animals (2018) Luke Buckmaster Layton has a very contemporary skepticism that suits the era of fake news: a feeling that even - and perhaps especially - factual events become campfire stories destined to be misrepresented. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
Venom (2018) Luke Buckmaster Jekyll and Hyde by way of Ren and Stimpy, carrying a defeatist message about accommodating rather than overcoming terrible things inside yourself. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018