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
Rating Title/Year Author
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 Everybody Knows (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
4/5 Bumblebee (2018) Harris Dang Bumblebee is a nostalgic bundle of fun, poignant and nostalgic joy with all the 80's tropes that one could want. Not only is it a good Transformers movie, it is a good movie that stand on its own bee's knees. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 Second Act (2018) Harris Dang Second Act is an amiable piece of fluff that succeeds due to its charismatic cast, warm sense of storytelling, likable characters and some minor surprises in its adornment of the genre formula. A good effort from both Lopez and Segal. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 Climax (2018) Harris Dang Climax is an orgy of youthful enthusiasm, beautifully humanistic repugnance, compellingly animalistic repulsion, dazzlingly choreographed exhilaration and assuredly controlled grace; all soaked in hallucinogen-spiked sangria. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Harris Dang Thanks to the commitment of the returning cast, the sincere faithfulness to the franchise, its blunt-force dramatic approach and the intense boxing scenes, Creed 2 is a great sequel that's worth running out to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Harris Dang A joyous, heartwarming and illuminating documentary thanks to director Jessica Leski's non-judgmental and passionate approach to the subject about the positive reinforcement of fandom. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Children Act (2017) Harris Dang The Children Act succumbs to melodrama and unfocused storytelling, mainly due to the many story threads that never truly develop. Fortunately, the film is enlivened by good performances by Emma Thompson and Fionn Whitehead. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Harris Dang Shoplifters is another sterling example in showing the hopeful living in hopelessness, thanks to the humanistic view of its three-dimensional characters, the assured interweaving of heartfelt drama and a top-notch cast working at the top of their game. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 Roma (2018) Harris Dang With beautifully profound storytelling, strong characterizations, meticulous attention to period detail and heartfelt direction, Roma is one of the best films of 2018 and it deserves all the praise from critics. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4.5/5 Estiu 1993 (2017) Harris Dang Featuring fantastic performances from its cast, sensitive and illuminating direction from director Carla Simon and an assuredly humanistic look on the mindset of a child, Summer 1993 is one of 2018's best films. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Harris Dang Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again retains the spirit of the original whilst having a few substantial surprises, the original cast having loads of fun and the newcomers lending a new sense of energy to the proceedings, especially Lily James, who is a pure joy. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
0.5/5 Show Dogs (2018) Harris Dang There are at least 15 dog movies on Netflix and Miss Congeniality and you can watch all of them in the month free trial, rather than spend money to watch that piece of dog excrement that is Show Dogs. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Harris Dang Ant-Man and the Wasp is a load of Marvel goodness, with enjoyably spirited characters, exuberant action scenes, characterization improvements and a fun comedic edge that is sure to be an antidote to high-stakes drama of Avengers: Infinity War. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 The Rider (2017) Harris Dang A complete surprise and a masterpiece in every way, The Rider is an incredibly compassionate, beautiful, humane piece of work from the talented Chloe Zhao that everyone should go and see. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 Ideal Home (2018) Harris Dang Ideal Home is a pretty average comedy with some laughs thanks to the lead performances, but its messy script, Fleming's self-conscious direction and predictable storytelling bring it down a notch. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Harris Dang The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an understated and quite powerful film that is sensitive towards all of its characters, is remarkable in how inclusive it is, has great performances and has welcome acerbic humor that made me laugh out loud at times. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 Holiday (2018) Harris Dang Holiday is a morally repugnant, shockingly apathetic and yet strangely alluring piece of work from Isabella Eklof; sure to both shock and provide food-for-thought to adventurous filmgoers. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Piercing (2018) Harris Dang Piercing is a sadistically fun time at the movies with its violent proclivities, macabre sense of humour, increasingly insane storytelling chops and of course, director Nicolas Pesce and leads Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska guiding the ship. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Harris Dang Incredibles 2 is a hell of a fun time for the entire family, providing lots of superhero antics that rival films in the MCU and DCEU, loads more laughs than the original film and the cast and crew all back in the height of their game. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Las herederas (2018) Harris Dang The Heiresses is a quiet, understated and yet compelling piece of work that is brimming with intimacy, naturalistic performances, assured storytelling and the tactful use of thematically rich subtext. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Disobedience (2017) Harris Dang Disobedience is a compelling understated drama that seethes with passion thanks to Sebastian Lelio's assured direction, compelling storytelling and fantastic performances from the three talented leads. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 The Bookshop (2017) Harris Dang The Bookshop is a predictable bore that wastes many of its talents on lacklustre storytelling and emotionally stunted direction from Isabel Coixet. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Tully (2018) Harris Dang Tully is a return to form for both director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. Featuring great performances, an unflinching and engrossing look on motherhood and a witty, acerbic script. Tully is a film worth looking out for. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Unsane (2018) Harris Dang Unsane is a lean, mean and powerful psychological horror-thriller that packs a timely thematic punch and features what could be Foy's best performance to date. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 The Party (2017) Harris Dang The Party is a pitch-black, hilarious and satirical comedy with a fantastic cast and Sally Potter's assured filmmaking. Although the film may not have the impact that it could have, The Party was great while it lasted. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 Love, Simon (2018) Harris Dang Overall, Love, Simon is a sweet and likable comedy/drama with lovable characters, a truthful if flawed script, a gay protagonist worth cheering for and a huge stepping stone of inclusivity for the LGBT community on film. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Harris Dang A Wrinkle in Time is a perfect example of a film aiming valiantly for the stars, but unfortunately, it falls flat on its face. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Blockers (2018) Harris Dang Blockers is a great comedy with a a great script, subversive storytelling and genre execution and a fantastic cast that are sure to make you laugh and even make you feel a bit emotional. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Double Lover (2017) Harris Dang Double Lover is a great return to psychosexual territory that Ozon is known for and it is an entertainingly juicy time for erotica lovers. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Ava (2017) Harris Dang It's hazy, it's hypnotic, it's unruly, it's unpredictable and yet it's grounded in reality and it has fantastic performances from Noee Abita and Laure Calamy. If you like coming-of-age stories with an experimental approach, Ava is your best bet. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 Game Night (2018) Harris Dang Game Night is nice surprise from the directors of Vacation, with a fun premise, a capably comedic cast and the improved direction of Daley and Goldstein. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 Den of Thieves (2018) Harris Dang Den of Thieves is a entertaining, if rocky entry in the heist genre, even if it is an homage to Michael Mann's Heat. But the overlong running time and the awful twist ending bring it down to the point that the film is a rental at best. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4.5/5 Phantom Thread (2017) Harris Dang As beautiful as it is twisted, Phantom Thread is a film worth unraveling, with wonderful performances, Anderson's unpredictable storytelling and Greenwood's emotionally stirring score that is sure to appeal to adventurous cinemagoers. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Mary and The Witch's Flower (2017) Harris Dang Mary and the Witch's Flower is basically a greatest hits album of Studio Ghibli tropes and elements, but it's a very well-assembled one that proves if the formula ain't broke, why bother fixing it? EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Harris Dang Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a lazy, unfunny blockbuster that wastes its likable leads with a terrible script and sub-par filmmaking. The film tries to be Indiana Jones meets eXistenZ, but it ends up being Sahara meets Pixels. Game over. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4.5/5 Call Me by Your Name (2017) Harris Dang Call Me By Your Name is a masterfully told story about first love, hidden sexual desire and coming-of-age experiences capped with great performances, immersive production values and nuanced direction that will surely dazzle the eyes and warm your heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4.5/5 Paddington 2 (2017) Harris Dang Paddington 2 is a wonderful sequel that the whole family will enjoy and it will certainly bring a smile to one's face. Hugh Grant is truly deserving of awards consideration. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019