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
3.5/5 Patti Cake$ (2017) Peter Gray Owns its cliched outline and flips it confidently with a welcome sense of wit, cynicism, and conviction. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
5/5 mother! (2017) Peter Gray This is a work of art that demands respect regardless of how one individual reacts to it. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3/5 American Assassin (2017) Peter Gray Not the type of film to break convention or shake-up the action genre in any way but, much like the film's competent lead ... it gets the job done. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 Battle of the Sexes (2017) Peter Gray The film is effortless in its mainstream appeal however as it tackles a worthy subject without beating it over the head of its audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 Happy Death Day (2017) Peter Gray A breezy, peppy, gore-lite affair that survives mostly on the strength of its own sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 The Babysitter (2017) Peter Gray Doesn't break the rules we've come to abide in the genre, if anything it follows them to a tee, but it's delight in being supremely distasteful earns the film a charm that's sorely been missed. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Peter Gray If this is the quality of work he is able to produce on his first attempt with [Agatha] Christie's material, then [Kenneth] Branagh quite possibly has the next great franchise in his clearly capable hands. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Lucky (2017) Peter Gray If you truly value cinema and the importance of an actor's craft, you'll make the effort to appreciate this affecting swan song. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 Justice League (2017) Peter Gray I can't defend the film on its inconsistencies but I was personally never bored, and the characterisations all shine through thanks to inventive casting and their shared natural chemistry. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2/5 The Butterfly Tree (2017) Peter Gray Given how lush Priscilla Cameron's debut feature The Butterfly Tree appears, it's a real shame that the material at hand doesn't match its aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 Wonder (2017) Peter Gray A conventional story at its core, but one heavy on heart all the same, Wonder utilises its assets and winds up being a far stronger film than one may be expecting EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Coco (2017) Peter Gray A sweeping, lovingly detailed epic of sorts that benefits from its unique setting and Latin-American soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 The Greatest Showman (2017) Peter Gray This isn't a subtle, finely tuned piece of art, this is cheery lunacy that revels in its attempt to call back on the positive musicals of the past. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 I, Tonya (2017) Peter Gray Even if [Tonya] Harding isn't someone you particularly like, the film succeeds in making us as the audience cheer for her at every turn. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Molly's Game (2017) Peter Gray A prime example of a slick, competent film being made all the more accessible through the sheer brilliance of its lead actor. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Annihilation (2018) Peter Gray A seriously intelligent, and visually stunning, picture that benefits from its bold structure and dedicated female cast. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2.5/5 Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Peter Gray Plays out like the wayward cousin of the original, induced on a diet of sugar and lacking the basic skills to pay attention. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 Super Troopers 2 (2018) Peter Gray Mostly an enjoyably goofy, charmingly raunchy affair whose cast is clearly enjoying themselves EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Breath (2017) Peter Gray It's purposely low-key, but it thrives on deflecting expectation and wallowing in its own ethereal state. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 Ocean's 8 (2018) Peter Gray Steers ahead on charm and glamour, proving that an octet of women can do anything just as capable as an eleven-strong crew of men, if not more so EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3/5 Skyscraper (2018) Peter Gray Pushes the whole "Dwayne Johnson is strong" thing to the limit, but who the hell cares when there's such unbridled joy to be had whilst viewing so EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 EMMA. (2020) Peter Gray A film poised in its ability to meld the artistic taste of its novel origins with the supportive mindset of today's audiences. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Peter Gray Colourful, over-the-top, nonsensical at times, hilarious at others, and alarmingly violent when it needs to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Peter Gray Still manages to command attention - flaws and all - thanks to the sublime work of [Kristen] Stewart EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 Dolittle (2020) Peter Gray As a vibrantly coloured, loud, rather ridiculous, age-appropriate adventure film, it's very much in the lane it needs to be; and, sometimes, there's nothing wrong with a film that aims for simplicity. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Freaks (2018) Harris Dang A film that has a heartfelt family story jam-packed with complex themes, wonderful performances and confident direction that makes the genre tropes feel new and exciting again. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Peter Gray Manages to avoid serious franchise fatigue by adopting just enough freshness within the expected formula to be deemed a worthy adventure on its own accord. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/5 Black Christmas (2019) Peter Gray Can't help but feel like a missed opportunity to truly stick it to the man. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Peter Gray Plot failures aside, The Good Liar is constantly watchable, thanks to a lead duo who keep the film afloat with their dedication. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
2.5/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Peter Gray The film is never funny enough to be considered an all-out comedy, and I imagine the film's graphic bouts of violence will deter others. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964) Harris Dang Mothra vs. Godzilla is a good step in the right direction for the Godzilla franchise thanks to its action scenes, distinct personalities of its creatures and the committed performances from the cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) Harris Dang Discarding the depth, social commentary and characterizations altogether and fueling up the action, the camp and the monster fights, Godzilla vs. King Kong is fun, with the plentiful battles and attempts to capture the creatures being quite entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Godzilla Raids Again (1959) Harris Dang With an even more explosive climax involving air raids and avalanches, Godzilla Raids Again may not be as emotionally satisfying as the original film, but it does provide other pleasures and it is just as inspirational of what is to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Godzilla (1954) Harris Dang Despite the problems with pacing, effects and some characterizations, Godzilla (1954) does manage to work pretty well and thanks to its mix of social commentary and action, it delivers a satisfying adventure. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Harris Dang Ready or Not is a joyously fun time that ensures that Radio Silence are filmmakers to be reckoned with and cements Samara Weaving as a bona fide star. Recommended. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Peter Gray A fine, amusing comedy that's warm enough as holiday entertainment but is unlikely to keep you warm year after year EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Peter Gray The emotional connection that the original film and its sequel were able to create is a sorely missed ingredient here. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Peter Gray Renee Zellweger's dedicated turn as a tragic Judy Garland elevates a film working with a tried and true formula to something of genuine wonder. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4.5/5 In Search of Darkness (2019) Harris Dang In Search of Darkness is a must-see for horror movie fans and is an affectionate love letter to the decade of the '80s. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
1.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Peter Gray Life's far too valuable to waste on underwhelming cinema such as this. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Peter Gray Should satisfy enthusiasts of surreal, narratively-defunct horrors, but be a cautionary visit for anyone else seeking a story presented in a straight-forward manner. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Peter Gray James Gray's ambitious drama will prove to be one man's wonder to another's waste. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
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