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 Coming 2 America (2021) Harris Dang Coming 2 America is the cinematic equivalent of going to a loving family reunion. No one's really changed, you enjoy reminiscing with them, a few surprises are revealed, and then someone inevitably makes a joke that makes everyone uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
4/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Harris Dang Raya and the Last Dragon is a lot like Sisu herself; warmly approachable, slightly off-putting, eager to please, beautifully majestic, enjoyably vibrant and honest at heart. It is a boisterously entertaining fantasy adventure for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
5/5 In Search of Darkness: Part II (2020) Harris Dang The newcomers to be interviewed are all fantastic and they all bring spark as they talk about their films they have chosen to discuss of films they have worked on. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
5/5 Minari (2020) Harris Dang It is quite rare to see a film as wondrously comforting and familiar as this from America but Minari is exactly that; a brilliant family drama on acculturation that is affectively heartwarming, dramatically compelling and beautifully rewarding. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/5 The Little Things (2021) Harris Dang The Little Things features all the ingredients that would make a great serial killer feature; top-notch casting, an interesting plot and a talented crew to realize Hancock's vision. But it just does not reach that potential. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
3.5/5 A Writer's Odyssey (2021) Harris Dang A Writer's Odyssey is an entertaining thrill ride that provides wild action, energy, creativity and visual splendour to satisfy audiences. But one wonders what it would have been like if it had more emotional weight and storytelling discipline. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
3.5/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Peter Gray No one in the cast matches the devilish brilliance [Rosamund Pike is] able to convey, walking in, out, and away with the film with an ease that further proves just how much better a project is when she's given ample opportunity to shine. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 Another Round (2020) Peter Gray A film that's as challenging as it is engaging, Another Round overcomes its near-farcical premise with an organic honesty that lends an earnestness to its engrossing narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4.5/5 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Harris Dang Prisoners of the Ghostland is a total blast; a dystopian East-meets-West culture clash that had me howling in its oddball feel; complete with numerous idiosyncratic touches that awash the well-worn plot. Cage and Sono are a match made in heaven. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
5/5 We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Harris Dang We're All Going to the World's Fair is a fantastic directorial debut from Jane Schoenbrun; a deep and disturbing experience that illuminates the dark side of teenage alienation and humanity's dependence on the Internet as a window to the world. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
2.5/5 I Was a Simple Man (2021) Harris Dang I Was a Simple Man is a beautifully assembled and yet malnourished film that is notable for its tranquil beauty and its singular views on mortality. However, the characters are too one-dimensional for it to truly make a substantial impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/5 In The Earth (2021) Harris Dang In the Earth is a lockdown-filmed, unsettling and gruelling experience that gradually uneases the viewer with its pensive pacing until it assaults with its powerful synth score, garish visuals and backwoods/ecological horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3.5/5 Eight for Silver (2021) Harris Dang Eight for Silver is a gnarly piece of work that overcomes its flaws thanks to Ellis' visual eye, the creative subversiveness of the werewolf mythology, the reverence to classic horror works and the performances from Boyd Holbrook and Mary Reilly. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
4/5 The Pink Cloud (2021) Harris Dang The Pink Cloud is a terrifying look into loneliness and how it can drive people into moulding their own realities as an escape; a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work that is so astounding in its timeliness, it borders on clairvoyance. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 Passing (2021) Harris Dang Passing is a lingering and elegant directorial debut from writer/director Rebecca Hall about the struggles of identity (on race, gender and something more unrequited) that takes the nuanced route of storytelling and is all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
2/5 Bliss (2021) Peter Gray Its ambition can't outweigh its slackness in creating a cohesive account. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
3.5/5 Greenland (2020) Peter Gray This is a perfectly suitable action film, but Greenland's true drawcard is its dramatic temperament, grounded by a genuine sense of fear and a surprisingly tender turn from [Gerard] Butler EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
3.5/5 Pleasure (2021) Peter Gray Ninja Thyberg's confronting Pleasure maintains a level of deliberate discomfort as it navigates the sex industry with an honest eye. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Peter Gray The biblical suggestions of its title steamroll through this athletic effort, with the relevance of a black leader trying to hold his head above the white-controlled water further aiding the film's political and societal impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 The Blazing World (2021) Harris Dang The Blazing World is beautifully designed piece of work, with an admirable level of ambition behind its story. However, the filmmaking is so insistent and overstated that it jars one out of the mood of the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/5 Try Harder! (2021) Harris Dang Try Harder! is a fun documentary that had me in collective embarrassment and elation; as it deals with the stresses of the high school experience via racism, filial duty and pressures in college admissions through five vibrant individuals. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/5 Knocking (2021) Harris Dang Knocking is a taut psychological thriller that manages to mesh social commentary around perceptions on women and mental illness with stellar genre lo-fi filmmaking led by a genuinely deep performance by Cecilia Milocco. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/5 Together Together (2021) Peter Gray It's sweet without being schmaltzy, aided further by a likeable [Ed] Helms and a scene-stealing [Patti] Harrison who together break past the stereotypical formations of their characters EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/5 Mayday (2021) Harris Dang Powerfully thought-provoking, amazingly singular and beautifully fascinating, Mayday is an outstanding directorial debut from writer/director Cinorre that shows potential that she will be a wonderful filmmaker in the future. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4.5/5 Mass (2021) Peter Gray Unpleasant it may be, Mass is powerful, unflinching storytelling that demands to be seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/5 How It Ends (2021) Peter Gray How It Ends may pose serious questions but it does so in a light-hearted way; [Daryl] Wein and [Zoe] Lister-Jones clearly understanding that during a pandemic the last thing people want to watch is something that questions their own morality. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 Censor (2021) Harris Dang Censor is an enjoyably reverential and visually stimulating psychological horror experience that sharply deals with harms of censorship and how our inner demons can fester in our minds; led by Bailey-Bond's visual eye and Algar's stellar acting. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 In the Same Breath (2021) Harris Dang A harrowing and beautifully empathetic documentary about the treatment/cover-up of COVID-19 in China and the USA. It is familiar in parts but the unraveling in the astounding similarities between the two continents is downright angering and astounding. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 John and the Hole (2020) Peter Gray John and the Hole isn't a delightful experience, but its suggestive nature and deliberate ambiguity result in a feature that proves more intriguing the further you think about it. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 High Ground (2020) Harris Dang High Ground is a deceptively simple story about the lingering consequences of revenge through racism taken to heights of excellence due to beautiful vistas, top representation of Aboriginal culture and its brutal depiction of violence. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Peter Gray There's a strength underneath the film at even its most challenging, resulting in an undeniably fascinating watch that succeeds entirely off the committed performances at its core. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/5 Brothers by Blood (2020) Peter Gray An all-too ordinary mob story that seems unfortunately content with coaxing by on familiarity. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 Rams (2020) Peter Gray Its harmless, everyday-Aussie mentality will win over crowds who like their cinema uncomplicated, undemanding, and inoffensive. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
4/5 The Dry (2021) Peter Gray Literally and metaphorically adhering to a tinderbox mentality, The Dry is neatly paced, smartly written, and consistently engrossing. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Peter Gray An emotionally-charged masterpiece, Nomadland is a celebration in owning your happiness - in whatever form that may be. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4.5/5 Soul (2020) Peter Gray A far more meaningful film now given the climate of the world at hand, Soul is a deeply-felt, oft-hilarious, more experimental effort from Pixar that serves as a lovely ode to both life and death. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Peter Gray The type of delicious indulgence that will ultimately make your stomach churn EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Peter Gray Serves as a reminder of a simpler time in cinema, when family entertainment was a cheerful outing to the multiplexes and animated offerings didn't rebel against their structure EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Peter Gray I'm Your Woman is an examination of learning self-sufficiency in both marriage and motherhood against the violent grain of the criminal underworld. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
3.5/5 Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) (2020) Harris Dang Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt) is a charming and noble effort from Monica Zanetti that proves positive with its LGBTIQ representation thanks to charming performances, concise storytelling with how it meshes its drama with character and a genial tone. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
4.5/5 Corpus Christi (2019) Harris Dang Corpus Christi is a striking drama about the murky and hypocritical grounds of faith, redemption and morality. It is beautifully acted by Bartosz Bielenia and writer/director Jan Komasa admirably never goes for easy answers for his conflicts. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
2/5 The Stand In (2020) Peter Gray Though The Stand In gives the delightful [Drew Barrymore] plenty of meat to chew on - she has no less than three roles to play with, all distinctly different in their delivery - it's ultimately a film that sadly doesn't know what to do with her energy. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 The Furnace (2020) Peter Gray Embracing the western genre and all its tropes, whilst simultaneously announcing himself as a filmmaker with something specific to say, [Roderick] MacKay brings a sense of urgency to a traditional tale EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
3.5/5 The Rental (2020) Peter Gray Those who savour a gradual build up and characters who feel like real people, however flawed they are, The Rental should prove a satisfying destination. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Peter Gray Just as much about their music as it is their familial bond, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart manages to toe the line of appeal for both long-time fans and the uninitiated. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
1/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) Peter Gray The War with Grandpa is one battle where there are no ultimate winners. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Peter Gray A 1960's set, western-slanted revenge piece that takes a little longer than it should to get where it needs to go, but packs enough of a punch upon arrival to make it worth the journey. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
3.5/5 Jiu Jitsu (2020) Harris Dang Jiu Jitsu is much like Nicolas Cage's performance here; scrappy, eager-to-please and a lot of fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 All My Life (2020) Peter Gray In a year like 2020, overt sugary cliches aren't necessarily a bad thing when the packaging is as appealing as this. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 Palm Springs (2020) Peter Gray Seemingly enjoying the fact that it constantly tests the limits of its concept throughout its brisk 90 minute running time, Palm Springs is an earnest, heartfelt film that's both emotionally mature and comedically youthful. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020