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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) It's Shane, with more vodka and fewer horses. It's as Polish as a cabbage roll, yet startlingly universal.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5/5 63% Hope Gap (2020) None of it lacks credibility. As a portrait of the breakup of a marriage, and the three-cornered pain of the situation, it's completely convincing. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3.5/5 67% Savage (2019) The details of gang life are fascinating. The casting is superb: hundreds of rough-heads assembled from across New Zealand. These mean-looking buggers provide a terrifying backdrop for the power struggle.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) It's a hard task for both actors, requiring layers of shading. Lucky then that Coppola, in her seventh feature, has firm control of the levers. She knows how to give her characters space, how to film them thinking. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
2/5 50% Four Kids and It (2020) The problem boils down to this question of sincerity. Director Anthony de Emmony does not feel the magic of this story. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle is far from a disaster, but it is more amusing than hilarious. It is that thing a comedy can never be -- only half good.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Slim & I (2020) This is pure joy, in more ways than one. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 74% Mulan (2020) Apart from the lack of singing, romance, comedy and a mouthy dragon, this is just like the original. You might wonder what's left. Well, $200 million buys a lot of scenery and sets and quite a few stars. This new version has spectacle in mind.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 80% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) I can't say I loved it, but my tolerance for puzzles with no reward is less than it once was. On the other hand, Kaufman is rarely boring.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) It's inexorable, terrifying, heartbreaking, with a finale that has plenty of weight. Ly's debut reminded me of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, made 30 years ago: urgent, provocative, tragic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/5 71% Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020) Even broad comedy requires a light touch, a sense that things are happening spontaneously. This one feels like the first rehearsal of a script that wasn't ready.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/5 9% Force of Nature (2020) Some movies are born bad; some achieve badness through lack of care or budget. Some seem to aspire to it and Michael Polish has had a long enough career to know the difference. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3.5/5 94% Litigante (2019) It's not always successful, but the film has two towering performances at its core -- from Carolina Sanin and Leticia Gomez -- and a strong sense of integrity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Vigil (2019) If The Vigil has weighty metaphors to stimulate the brain, it works on other parts of the body as well, namely the spine. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
2.5/5 11% The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020) Hogan tries to remain unruffled, but appears bemused and somewhat confused as his world crumbles... The satire is as labored as his nonchalance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
83% Noise (2007) Noise is an impressive debut, a serious, fresh, surprising film by a writer-director with plenty on his mind.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3.5/5 91% Relic (2020) [Writer-Director Erika James] tries to invert those with ingenuity and care, applying a real-world theme -- the loss of a parent through dementia. It's genuinely creepy, if a little unfocused in the way it uses those ideas.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 79% Greyhound (2020) It's that rare thing -- a war film driven by abhorrence of war, rather than bloodlust or jingoism. Hemingway's definition of courage as grace under pressure has never been clearer.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) The film fairly ravishes the senses, with its sense of weather as destiny. All of the performances are solid. Sigurdsson and Hlynsdottir, as grandfather and granddaughter, are like granite: the film succeeds because of their bond.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 95% It Must Be Heaven (2019) The mood is superbly sustained by emptying most of the locations of people. It's a soulful sort of comedy, rather than a thigh-slapper, but thoughtful is always better than its alternative.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
2/5 44% Love Sarah (2020) Love Sarah is a well-cast treacle pudding, with virtually no risks taken. If only a punk band had moved in next door.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
2/5 56% Resistance (2020) Resistance may be good enough at what it does, but what it does is more horse manure than history.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) There is a through-line in terms of theme, and Green has made only good choices here. The film is tautly constructed, able to be shot largely in one place, and with minimal staging and effects. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 71% Escape from Pretoria (2020) The pleasure here is in the fine detail, and Annan makes sure we feel every scrape of chisel on wood. The characterizations are not deep, but that's part of the genre. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
4/5 78% Hearts and Bones (2020) Hearts and Bones is a thoughtful and engaging story, driven by exceptional performances.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
2/5 35% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) There's a good movie here trying to get out, but what keeps it from emerging is a dead hand on both structure and pace.‐ smh.com.au
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
2.5/5 85% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) Wheatley appears to have hired a big house, filled it with friends and booze, giving each person a thin description of their character, then waited for the magic to happen. What results is a disjointed mess.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
3/5 76% Military Wives (2020) Predictable, but both women give it their best. There's a natural and useful contrast between Scott Thomas, so patrician and brittle, and Horgan, with her unforced comic timing and her Irish vowels. Their performances are the film's best asset.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 100% Honeyland (2019) Hatidze's story is heartbreakingly moving, and needs no heavy editorialising. Her strength, dignity, resilience and humanity carry the film's truth and weight. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) A movie that could easily have crashed and burned. That it does not has something to do with the shared intensity of character and performance. All three main actors share the stage as equals and the level of commitment is remarkable.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
2/5 41% The Professor and the Madman (2019) The film is a bombastic dirge verging on the preposterous. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 60% The Leunig Fragments (2019) It's both an engaging and frustrating film. Leunig wants to draw us near the flame, but not too near. Burgess doesn't like to push. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 76% H Is For Happiness (2019) Sheedy never finds the right tone for this ambitious project. Candice's florid language is great on paper, one of the main attractions of the book, but it's almost impossible to translate to the screen.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 41% Midway (2019) Why did Emmerich want to remake this battle, 77 years after the fact, if he did not have enough money?... We didn't need a new one, unless he had something new to say or a new way to say it. To both questions, the answer is no.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 35% Seberg (2020) It's an indulgent picture, a performance in search of a vehicle, a feat of set-dressing rather than the engrossing drama Jean Seberg deserved.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The film succeeds beautifully. The science is fascinating, the results thrilling, the message sober and empowering.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) It may have been possible to adapt Carey's florid book for the screen, but Kurzel fails to bring the basics. He goes straight for the flourishes, neglecting character, plot and dramatic build-up. The film is all surface.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) The overall impact of 1917 is simply breathtaking, horrifying, appalling. It offers a compelling version of what a day in the war might have felt like for two soldiers. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) About 20 minutes in, the characters cease to be characters; they are now flesh and blood, our sisters. We feel their happiness and despond, their cold feet and warm hearts, their slights and loves. It's a masterful, passionate, all-in kind of adaptation.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is bold in its inversion of expectations and its reimagining of a familiar subject. There's nothing trivial about it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) It feels like a chamber piece because it is: a chance for the director to observe an ocean-going star in all her glory, to see what he can do as her captain.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) This film is different precisely because Broomfield was a long-time friend of Marianne. His heart is invested, which gives the film a welcome intimacy and warmth. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) What a superb way to remember the centenary of the end of the war. Hail Peter.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Ideal Palace (L'incroyable Hhistoire du facteur cheval) (2018) The movie is seductively pleasurable, for most of its length. Tavernier corrals the emotions and restricts musical embellishment, concentrating on the powerful landscape and Cheval's life within it. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Koko: A Red Dog Story (2019) The new documentary will be used to raise funds for dog rescue. That's a fitting tribute to Koko, who was a special dog. Alas, this film doesn't do him justice.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) She is good at deflecting those who want to pry and that's a problem for the film. If we're going to go 100 minutes with this remarkable old lady, a little depth is pretty much required. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) The documentary does a reasonable survey of his faults and foibles, lining up those willing to plunge a knife, but it's neither definitive nor detailed enough to satisfy even a minimum standard of proof.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 61% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Both actors give this bed-bound script their all and their jousting is enjoyable if you like other people's pain. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) The script, based on a book by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell, keeps layering in complexity, refusing to go dumb. And Knightley's performance gets steelier as she struggles to overcome her fears ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 56% Farming (2019) The tone of the film is also unexpectedly lyrical -- like a fairytale, albeit grimmer than Grimm. Unrelieved horror and violence can be enervating, but this film has the benefit of truth, and a message of survival. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019