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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Craig Mathieson Harley wrestles with responsibility, toys with self-destruction, and gets backed into female solidarity. Antics lead to agency. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Craig Mathieson This is genuinely sympathetic filmmaking: it takes the time to understand the characters, to allow for what motivates them, but also questions why it's worth doing that. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Luke Buckmaster From the opening shot there's never any doubt the director is in absolute control. Not just of every scene and every moment, but of every shadow and every stream of light EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Luke Buckmaster The moral binariness of this film, which is certainly well-intentioned (and, sadly, tells a story shockingly relevant in today's world) had me looking for nuance everywhere. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 1917 (2019) Craig Mathieson The figure whose sense of overbearing control is palpable here is not any general but Sam Mendes himself. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Craig Mathieson A spellbinding cinematic romance where constraint shadows hope and a harsh ending threatens from the tender beginning. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Little Women (2019) Luke Buckmaster Drama molded in by-the-numbers style, replete with many predictable aesthetic choices EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
Cats (2019) Luke Buckmaster The weirdest thing about this very weird film is how dull it feels; how devoid of spirit. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Craig Mathieson [Kristen] Stewart has movie star diffidence ... Her Sabina makes an entrance and makes a crack with equal ease. Bonus quality: every time Stewart sits down or leans against a bench she looks like an icon on down time. Long may she recline. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Craig Mathieson Call it The Fast and the Curious. Director James Mangold's ability to infuse unexpected detail and emotional relevance into familiar genres shines through in this automotive drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/5 () Alexandra Heller-Nicholas I Am Woman unites Moon's solid direction with Cobham-Hervey's earnest performance to transcend its sometimes-corny dialogue to present a sincere, heartfelt love letter to one of the most iconic figures of second wave feminism. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Craig Mathieson The zombies that sprint into the frame may have got faster and more cunning, but the movie itself is now slow and cumbersome. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Craig Mathieson Jennifer Lopez isn't just alluring, she's also armoured. Introduced publicly dancing to Fiona Apple's 'Criminal', and then privately reclining in a fur coat on a rooftop like a goddess on a cigarette break, she is a force of nature. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Craig Mathieson What partially separates The Dead Don't Die from Jarmusch's back catalogue is that he doesn't actually dig into the genre and its philosophy. There are references, but little remaking of history or implied heresy EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Craig Mathieson Hobie deals in "antique American furniture." That's what this film is: an already dated take on the tasteful arthouse movie; a Dickensian tale that aspires to the translations once crafted by Merchant Ivory. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) Craig Mathieson Eschewing the breadth of a wide-screen frame, writer and director Jennifer Kent shows colonialism as an act of destruction, whether on a public or private scale. It warps everyone connected to it or merely present. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Craig Mathieson Pitt is a model of movie star cool, economical but sure in every movement, and unwilling to back down. Naturally he's playing someone who thinks the idea of being a movie star is ludicrous. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Craig Mathieson Kapadia stays close to Maradona: game footage is always shot from ground level, as if you're standing just behind the goal Maradona is trying to thump the ball into. It emphasises the casual brutality of the game, and the vast emotional stakes. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) Craig Mathieson Bong builds the tension with sequences that could be worthy of Hitchcock, with their sharp tension and biting outcomes. But the filmmaking always exerts a moral awareness on the increasingly rushed and angry bodies. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Craig Mathieson In a time of over-processed blockbusters, this should be a knowing diversion: flippant, unexpected, gruesome even. You keep waiting for the story to put down a marker and set the characters free, but it never happens. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Craig Mathieson The film even has two comic relief archetypes: Bradley Whitford as the freaked-out white scientist and O'Shea Jackson Jr as the phlegmatic black soldier ... Everyone - and everything - in this film is reduced to their basic tenets EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Craig Mathieson There are flickers of determination and moments of exhausted disdain, but whether killing his opponents or asking former allies for help, Reeves is so self-contained that somewhere Lee Marvin is offering a slow clap of acknowledgement. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Craig Mathieson Nonetheless, there are a lot of second chances attached to this full stop, and as has usually been the case they're solidly sold. The writing captures individual voices far better than Infinity War did, and the ending is conclusive. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Craig Mathieson What happens rarely feels deeply engaged, instead adhering to what expectation demands from a story where two beautiful actors begin as adversaries and become romantically intertwined. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Craig Mathieson The structure is so conventional and the tropes so familiar that the story presents a training montage set to "Taking Care of Business" with earnest intent. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Craig Mathieson What makes the film work is that a woman claiming her identity from a life that's told her otherwise is explicitly feminist, and when Captain Marvel asserts herself it's not just with noble intent but also galvanising pleasure. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Craig Mathieson In Greta, a wind-up toy of a horror film that wants for an insidious purpose, Isabelle Huppert goes full psychopath: there's the serenely sinister smile, the looming intimacy, and the sudden flick to rage-filled demands. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 King of Thieves (2018) Craig Mathieson These esteemed British actors are plotting a heist and indulging in some choice Cockney slang - if you've ever wanted to see Jim Broadbent smash a chair and menace an associate with the debris, this is your movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas It demands we think about power, difference and violence in ways we do not necessarily expect a heavily branded mainstream blockbuster to do so. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas True History of the Kelly Gang issues a sharp bolt of electricity directly into the heart of this well-worn legend, granting it an intoxicating energy that speaks well beyond the hackneyed 'wild colonial boys' clichés of yore. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 Celeste (2018) Blake Howard Celeste creates a part steamy Southern U.S murder mystery, part Greek tragedy in a space suited for a silent retreat. It's ultimately undone by elevating the problems of bored wealthy people into opera. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 The Combination Redemption (1970) Blake Howard Redemption continues in the tradition of its predecessor and prestige TV like East-West 101, provoking the audience with disenfranchised second-generation hostility, honest portrayals of ongoing racial tension and Field's texture of decaying suburbia. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Australian Dream (1987) Blake Howard This documentary is fascinating, harrowing and candid, allowing - for better or worse - Goodes to have the final word on his ending. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
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
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (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