The AU Review

The AU Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Doug Jamieson, Harris Dang, Peter Gray
Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Tabernacle 101 (2019) Peter Gray So little on offer here that's worth praising. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Harris Dang Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an incredibly fun continuation of the franchise, and one that respects and honours its roots. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Harris Dang Led by fantastic performances, genuine bouts of romance and passion, brilliantly sparse visual storytelling, effortless direction and a shockingly powerful emotional punch, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is the best film of 2019. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 Ophelia (2018) Harris Dang Ophelia may provide solid filmmaking behind the camera and interesting viewpoints on its female characters but the stolid drama, convoluted storytelling, problematic script and the haphazard look on gender politics make it a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Peter Gray As grand as the action is though, not to mention the film's penchant for clever sight gags and alarming cameos, it's the cast's combined charisma and willingness to surrender to the lunacy that ultimately prevails. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Harris Dang Stuber may not be the 5-star ride that one would be hoping for, but in the sense of the term 'buddy action comedy', it gets the buddy comedy part of it right. Two out of three ain't bad. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Harris Dang Booksmart is so good that you'd want to rub your face in it, thanks to its energetic performances, an infectiously upbeat script and Wilde's effortless direction. An absolute bundle of joy from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Harris Dang Parasite is director Bong in top form; a sadistically funny and dramatically sound cinematic experience that is sure to shock, provoke and linger due to its wonderful performances, audacious storytelling, pitch-black humour and incisive social critique. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Harris Dang Pain and Glory is not only one of Almodovar's most self-referential films, it is also one of his best. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Harris Dang Happy as Lazarro is a memorable and compelling experience that manages to blend fantasy and reality in a way that is both beautiful, satirical and enlightening all at once. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Harris Dang The Souvenir is an eye-opener for newcomers of Hogg's work as well as an illuminating and understanding look at romantic relationships and how one's gaze can affect those around them. Bring on the sequel! EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 The Third Wife (2018) Harris Dang The Third Wife is a great directorial debut for director Ash Mayfair and I hope it pays off for her, as she takes on more ambitious projects in the future. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Triple Threat (2019) Harris Dang Triple Threat may not be the action wonderland given the talent involved, but it is still an entertaining piece of martial arts goodness thanks to its performers and the ferocious action scenes. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Harris Dang Little Woods is a film that more people need to see, as it is not only a compelling survival drama, but it is a enlightening examination at a slice of Americana, an involving crime western and a touching look at a strong sisterly bond. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Harris Dang Is Fighting With My Family formulaic? Is it predictable? Is it corny? Yes, it definitely is. But is Fighting With My Family heartfelt? Is it funny? Is it well-acted? Is it well-told? Yes. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Harris Dang Hotel Mumbai is a white-knuckle thriller that manages to keep the audience on the edge of their seats and also manages to provide a humane and gritty portrayal of the tragic events of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 Knife + Heart (2018) Harris Dang Knife+Heart is an effective hybrid of both the slasher genre and the erotic fantasy trope, all wrapped up in a refreshingly queer aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Peter Gray Toy Story 4 is the type of soul-warming cinema experience we didn't know we needed, but are thankful all the same that it exists. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Peter Gray Director Trevor Nunn has opted for the early-bird special filter here, presenting a story that should be thrilling and investing as one that's too tepid and safe to successfully connect with the masses. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Peter Gray A breezy, funny slice of celluloid that is wholly committed to not taking itself too seriously. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
4/5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Peter Gray Its quietness shouldn't be mistaken for carelessness as it defiantly drives home how barbaric this idea of changing one's true self is. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 I Am Paul Walker (2018) Peter Gray What we can take away from this film though is that the fandom that surrounded him may have been because of what he presented on the surface, but it ultimately should exist because of who he was underneath. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
4.5/5 First Man (2018) Peter Gray Reminiscent of Christopher Nolan's breathtaking Dunkirk in that it takes a more subtle approach in its presentation of an event so epic in scale, [Damien] Chazelle has crafted something truly impeccable EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 In Like Flynn (2018) Peter Gray Predominantly fizzy and shamelessly cheesy EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Halloween (2018) Peter Gray It's good. Like really f***ing good! EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Peter Gray You could certainly do a lot worse than this bouncy horror/comedy that's sure to please fans of [R.L.] Stine's long-running novel series. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Peter Gray Funny and romantic, appropriately gory, and deliriously catchy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Peter Gray Sadly suffers from an ensemble cast who fail to elevate the stereotypical material above expectation. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 The School (2018) Peter Gray Goes for broke in its bid to provide escapism within the Australian horror landscape and sadly ends up bankrupt EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Peter Gray If you're willing to surrender to what [James] Wan has created in the depths of his CGI ocean then you're potentially in for a delirious ride of entertaining lunacy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 The Mule (2018) Peter Gray So little ultimate freshness presented here that it's difficult to muster much enthusiasm, especially for a film from someone as prolific as [Clint] Eastwood. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Peter Gray Just as much of a surprise as the delightfully twisted original. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Peter Gray It's there in its own ambition to play against character that the film appears as both a failure and success. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 () Peter Gray A mix of awe-inspiring variety and slightly terrifying dedication to a craft that appears to have a larger following than we may expect. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Peter Gray This ambitious tale should've remained a pipe dream instead of culminating as the frustrating nightmare it ultimately proves to be. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 The Aftermath (2019) Peter Gray There's a welcome sense of tension splashed amongst The Aftermath's backdrop that adds a weight the expected romance doesn't muster. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Greta (2018) Harris Dang Greta is B-grade schlock made with A-level credentials and the latter makes all the difference, with the cast and crew knowing exactly what they are doing and what film they are working in. It is deliciously depraved in all the right ways. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Todos lo saben (2018) Harris Dang Everybody Knows is an average Asghar Farhadi film but the overall great performances, Farhadi's assured storytelling and its thematic power still proves that average Farhadi beats most filmmakers at their A-game. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 Revenge (2017) Harris Dang Revenge is a beautifully realized, amusingly sick, pointedly subversive and uncompromising piece of exploitation that is sure to shock and nauseate in the best of ways. I can't wait to see what director Coralie Fargeat comes up with next. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Harris Dang Happy Death Day 2U benefits from several strong elements, including Landon's execution of the story, the metatextual and subversive storytelling, and the fun performances from the cast, particularly Rothe's wonderfully spirited work. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Vox Lux (2018) Harris Dang Vox Lux is a confounding, derivative and self-indulgent piece of work[...] and yet it is also a visually vibrant film that manages to challenge the audience by being provocative, shocking and illuminating with its portrayal of the dangers of stardom. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Harris Dang Alita: Battle Angel is a flawed, yet admirable attempt to adapt manga/anime source material into a Hollywood blockbuster thanks to spectacular visuals, vibrant action scenes, great adherence to the source material and Rosa Salazar's committed performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Harris Dang Capernaum is worth the price of admission just for Zain Al Rafeea's wonderful performance alone. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Harris Dang Cold Pursuit is peak Neeson Season material, thanks to its macabre sense of humour, its committed ensemble cast and its droll portrayal of the cycle of revenge. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 Green Book (2018) Harris Dang Green Book is a film about racism told by white people. And it really, really shows. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
5/5 The Florida Project (2017) Doug Jamieson Much like life, The Florida Project is dark yet fun, joyous yet devastating, but, above all, one of the year's absolute finest films. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Harris Dang The Kid Who Would Be King is a great fantasy adventure film for the whole family with a fun rollicking sense of adventure that is both refreshingly intimate and old-fashioned and has memorable characters, backed by wonderful performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 Instant Family (2018) Harris Dang Instant Family is an unfunny, cynical, annoying and incredibly misjudged family comedy that not even the talented cast and good intentions can save. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 Cold War (2018) Harris Dang Cold War is a concise and dry and amusingly romantic tale that takes its storytelling to a daringly elliptical fashion and it thankfully pays off, as it convincingly shows how fleeting memories of love can be and yet can stand the test of time. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Harris Dang Eighth Grade is an incredibly effective, brilliantly empathetic, uncompromisingly honest and downright scary coming-of-age film that is a fantastic showcase for the untapped cinematic talents of writer/director Bo Burnham and actress Elsie Fisher. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019