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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
99% Hamilton (2020) I've consumed methamphetamine that was less invigorating than this delicious chunk of musical and political catnip, performed with a soaring sense of purpose‐
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
41% Capone (2020) Hardy's fascinatingly intense performance is the smelly adhesive binding together what often feels like a kind of bizarro revue or series of twisted vignettes: a biopic by way of a sideshow‐
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Eventually the whole damn movie begins to eat itself, when SFX carnage is unleashed in the form of a giant glob of CGI that slithers across the frame like a tapeworm. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Die haut der anderen (2018) The Skin of Others is not a simple and linear cradle-to-the-grave biography. It's more a work of academia: a kind of growing, breathing investigation, constantly expanding its hypothesis, challenging itself and its assertions.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) A strikingly idiosyncratic excursion into style and mood, saluting an era when spectacle didn't mean ironic, or bombastic, or self-conscious, or directed by algorithm, or part of an elephantine pop culture portal to nowhere (like the MCU).‐
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
3/5 76% Hearts and Bones (2019) It is a human-oriented drama that builds a thoughtful and contemplative space, empathising with characters grappling with difficult circumstances outside the common experience. It is also the kind of drama you sometimes want to grab and shake to life.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
92% Holy Motors (2012) For lovers of cinema Holy Motors is probably a must-see, but in sad clown cinema as sporadic and strange as this, even a rock solid recommendation seems to be slippery territory.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel colour grades using a thick sunset orange, apparently believing that evoking the qualities of dusk and creating moody atmosphere are the same thing.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
91% 1922 (2017) 1922 is easily the finest Stephen King film this year, and among the finest in recent memory. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) The question of what games the film is playing-shifting realities and relegating performances inside performances-is much more interesting than anything the humans are up to. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
54% Guns Akimbo (2020) The Deathgasm maestro has not just made a really dumb movie, but a really dumb movie that's also very smug: a noxious combination of imbecilic and self-satisfied. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
88% Onward (2020) The fact this CGI-animated feature uses magical technology to tell a story denouncing the relationship between technology and magic is, of course, entirely lost on the director ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2/5 65% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) On several occasions I had to pause to remind myself what the story was about and what each of the characters were trying to achieve.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
61% The Call of the Wild (2020) A beautiful film in aesthetic, setting, staging and sentiment. Magnificent images of largess counter an ultimately intimate story. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 100% In My Blood It Runs (2019) In My Blood It Runs is Newell's best film yet. It feels like a turning point: the director's aesthetic choices reflecting the contents of her subject's character in different and exciting ways.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 60% The Leunig Fragments (2019) For better or, more often, for worse, it is a collection of fragments.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
4/5 70% H Is For Happiness (2019) There is much to appreciate in this film; much to like. You don't just watch it in big bright colours; you remember it in big bright colours too.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
90% The Lighthouse (2019) From the opening shot there's never any doubt the director is in absolute control. Not just of every scene and every moment, but of every shadow and every stream of light‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) The moral binariness of this film, which is certainly well-intentioned (and, sadly, tells a story shockingly relevant in today's world) had me looking for nuance everywhere. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
94% Little Women (2019) Drama molded in by-the-numbers style, replete with many predictable aesthetic choices ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
20% Cats (2019) The weirdest thing about this very weird film is how dull it feels; how devoid of spirit.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Koko: A Red Dog Story (2019) Playfully explores the unconditional love offered by dogs and the emotional impact they have on humans.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Bilched (2019) Despite the youthful hedonism, Bilched has brains and style.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) This is play-to-the-bleachers entertainment, loaded with Hallmark sentiment and configured with an atmospheric integrity a cut above a soft drink commercial.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 73% Angel of Mine (2019) Takes what could have been a simple stalker movie premise and fills it out with an intense array of emotions.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Below (2019) The overall feel is one of a film engaged in a constant process of finding itself. Corr's oddly engaging performance is the glue that binds it together.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) Emotive, inspiring and argumentative, driven by a clear desire for justice and equality.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The destiny of everybody in this world, other than Simba, is to die and get eaten. How inspiring. Thank you Disney. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
100% Dark Age (1988) Nicholson's aesthetic and thematic impulses collide with a striking, jittery sort of panache.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
44% Murder Mystery (2019) the idea of reality being a form of pantomime that people can observe and commentate, as if they have nothing invested themselves and no skin in the game whatsoever, is what keeps this film enjoyable ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Is this terrific, one-of-a-kind film post-truth? Anti-truth? Total truth? A dog and pony show? Maybe all, maybe none. It's Dylan hiding in plain sight.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 46% Palm Beach (2019) There's nothing conceptually wrong with dramas about affluence or affluent people of course, but boy does it take a while to feel even vaguely sympathetic to the troubles confronting Ward's characters.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Final Quarter (2019) Despite much of the material being confronting, The Final Quarter is also inspiring, with a message that each of us will be remembered ultimately for two things: what we say and what we do.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) a film that treats narrative segues as unique entertainment propositions, merging time and space with fussy panache, rendering the past as a kind of phantasmagoric pageant‐
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) a tale of parental yearning that resonates with a surprising amount of pathos - thanks in no small measure to Elizabeth Banks and David Denman's performances‐
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Has barely a modicum of the crackle and fizz of its cartoon predecessor, from which the filmmaker's entire knowledge of the Middle East appears to have been drawn‐
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The glossy high-end style of cinematographer Brandon Trost exacerbates the film's eerie superficiality, making it look like a shampoo commercial. ‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) an all-singing, all-dancing, all jiggling and jiving celebration of music, feminism, black culture, performance power‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It loiters in a kind of aesthetic limbo: refusing to get dark and grimy, and not wanting to go the proverbial double rainbow either.‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) I might be tempted to describe Infinity War and Endgame as a couple of the worst and ideologically vacuous blockbuster movies ever made - except I'm no longer sure they should even be called movies‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 55% Celeste (2018) Celeste lacks vitality; it lacks energy. There are times when one wants to grab the film and shake it to life.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 80% Escape and Evasion (2019) A credible and interesting film with compelling ideas.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
31% The Silence (2019) The scariest thing about The Silence is that so little happens for so long. One feels the desire to grab this film and shake it to life. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 89% Top End Wedding (2019) Blair's direction demonstrates significant comedic flair - there are many laugh-out-loud moments - even if the script's scruffy elements cramp his style a little.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 100% 2040 (2020) Gameau defaults to the position of inspiring people rather than alarming or overwhelming them. You leave the film wanting more, not less, of these sorts of productions.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
36% Burlesque (2010) Magnificently awful.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) A work of art of this calibre undermines the entire system, explores the vacuity of celebrity culture, exposes the inhumanity of the PR machine.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
62% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rodriguez can't help but get a little bit deep with this sort of material, in between wall-rattling set pieces and servings of splashy futuristic eye candy.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
51% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room could be interpreted as a cynical comment on the pursuit of immersion in popular entertainment.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 60% The Combination Redemption (2019) In The Combination Redemption the drama sometimes feels flaky and the ideologies of the film-makers confused.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019