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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 No Score Yet 100% Wolf (2020) The film rockets along, but there's nothing hasty or half-hearted about its style. It's packed with witty visual gags, enhanced by classy lighting, and its large cast -- human, lupine and canine -- are graced by an inventive set of eccentricities.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
20% Irresistible (2005) The good bits work with such smoothness that each lapse in logic and continuity hits you with a dizzying thud. And there are many.‐ smh.com.au
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3.5/5 93% Becoming (2020) With Obama herself as narrator, it's a personal diary -- bereft of tension and short on surprises with a perpetually sunny guide treating you to an intimate but selective tour of her life so far.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) It's a dizzying menu, aimed at eliminating any hint of fustiness and show that this is a story as modern as the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. And I suppose it is. But it's also absorbing enough not to need any artificial means of support. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) A thoroughly moral tale told with great flair.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) The groundswell of dogged determination propelling this environmental thriller is so powerful that it deals effortlessly with the knotty tangle of facts packed into its plot. Much of this is down to the film's star and initiator, Mark Ruffalo.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3.5/5 80% Escape and Evasion (2019) It's not the script which provides the film's punch. That comes from Josh McConville's embodiment of an Australian army officer who has returned from a mission to Myanmar suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 65% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) You feel as if you're being treated to a series of jokes by someone who's forgotten all the punchlines. The gags are there but they never realise their potential. And the can-do spirit does wax and wane. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3.5/5 100% Undertow (2018) It's an intelligent film, but it's relentless.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) If that sounds worthy, well-meaning and incredibly dull, I can only say that Norton makes it work, spinning it into a twisting narrative that, admittedly, does require your concentration. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
4/5 97% Beats (2019) Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3.5/5 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Ford has snared another grumpy old man role of the kind he seems to have been hankering after since glumly seducing audiences as Han Solo all those years ago. And he does it well.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) Now American photographer Autumn de Wilde, directing for the first time, raises the bar to a new level, thanks to the grandeur of this version's design, the deftness with which she orchestrates its absurdities, and the wit of the screenplay.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 43% 2nd Date Sex (2019) A lot of fumbling follows as the film threatens to die of boredom... It's all a little too half-hearted.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) American writer-director Robert Eggers excels at transporting you into the past and putting you under the skin of those you meet there. Persuading you to be glad that you came is another matter.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 99% For Sama (2019) [A] dynamic and poignantly personal account of a city's systematic destruction.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 20% The Grudge (2020) Pesce has hired some fine actors and squandered them on a plot that isn't ingenious enough to justify the heartlessness that's all part of the package at this end of the horror movie market.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's hard to tune in to the fervent tone of straight-faced sincerity which permeates every scene... If we ever needed proof that our flaws make us human, it's here. Perfection makes dull company.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) A few scatological gags are scattered through the script and Arteta lays on the slapstick with Haddish handling most of it. You get the impression that he's trying to make another Bridesmaids but that his nerve and his inspiration keep failing him.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) Jordan, however, is completely persuasive. The virtues possessed by Stevenson are all on the quiet side. His analytical flair is matched by his patience, his tenacity and his acuity. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The demolition levels have been maintained, the Boys' banter is as cheesy as ever and the Miami leisurewear hasn't lost its neon glow.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 78% Go Karts (Go!) (2019) The racing sequences bring out the best in [director Owen] Trevor... Unlike so many action directors, he's not addicted to the kind of choppy editing that sacrifices narrative sense for kinetic energy. He keeps you informed.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 70% Bombshell (2019) [Director Jay Roach] and Randolph are rightly fascinated by the social climate and geography of the Fox offices -- the factions, hierarchies, protocols and rivalries that define the place.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) Aardman prefers the deadpan approach, helped by the fact its puppeteers, animators and editors can do so much with a single, well-timed gesture. Never mind about the words, Shaun's body language is all he needs to win you over and raise a laugh.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The film is a triumphant return to home base for Ritchie... It's his wit which energizes the film and shapes the characters -- with a lot of help from his actors. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 21% Cats (2019) While it's far from being perfect, or even purr-fect, it certainly doesn't warrant the abuse that has been heaped upon it. At the very least, it deserves a chance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Despite some clunky chunks of exposition, the action rockets along, powered both by its need to be more spectacular than ever before and the script's desire to tie up the saga's many loose ends... It's a rousing finish.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) A very hard-working film, so much so that it seems to be driven partly by an anxious desire to prove itself capable of matching its predecessor. Ignore this if you can, for it's such a satisfyingly wild ride that its flaws can be forgiven.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
2/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) This might matter if we had been encouraged to care more about the kids' fate, but the script is so bad that you care instead about the actors and their vain efforts to do something with its cliches.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 17% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) There's a plot in there somewhere, but most of the time it's subsumed by a frenetic attempt to showcase the whole Playmobil range in an extended kinetic eruption of primal sound and primary colour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kairos (2018) A bold piece of work tackled with a perceptive candour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) It's tedious but, worse, it's wasteful. The wealth of talent that has gone into its making has been frittered away in a vain attempt to pump new heart into a creation that ran out of puff long ago.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.5/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) It's an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one -- a psychological thriller without the thrills.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 100% Martha: A Picture Story (2019) Thoroughly engaging... In so many ways she has been ahead of her time. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) [Some] sequences have a gleam and a rhythm to them that encapsulates Disney animation at its purest and most sinuous. The film itself doesn't hit that sweet spot that makes Pixar animations, for example, fun for adults as well as their children. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 59% Fisherman's Friends (2020) It's a cheering success story highlighting the homely pleasures and eccentricities of English village life. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 78% Judy & Punch (2020) Any taint of earnestness would have killed this film, as Foulkes is clearly aware. As a result, she's cannily approached it in the spirit with which it was meant. She's successfully matched its urge to amuse and outrage with her own.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/5 51% Charlie's Angels (2019) There's a jaunty feel to it all, together with a few well-placed plot twists, lots of good-humoured banter and the usual fun to be had from the Angels' fondness for disguise.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This is certainly not a film for our times. Drawn from recent history, it's a nostalgic celebration of gas-guzzling fast cars and the people who risked their lives racing them. Yet it's wholly seductive.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) There are plenty of funny bits. Thompson is a delight and I appreciated the controlled elegance displayed by Yeoh in affording us a rare glimpse of her sense of humour. But the central romance lacks any trace of spontaneity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 89% Emu Runner (2018) There are few surprises here... But by the time it's done, you've gained a clear insight into the way racial prejudice can precipitate a rush to judgment by even the seemingly enlightened.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 96% Yuli (2018) It has all the makings of a perfectly formed feel-good movie, but Spanish director Iciar Bollain and British screenwriter Paul Laverty have less conventional ideas in mind.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Colaizzo gives us a vividly believable picture of what it's like to be youngish, single and in danger of losing your way in any big city where status can depend solely on a talent for keeping up appearances via an artfully arranged social media feed.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The deliberately amateurish style of the musical numbers is supposed to engender spontaneity but too often looks merely cack-handed. Nonetheless, you come out on a high. Springsteen fever proves to be contagious.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 80% Promised (2019) It's not a particularly stylish film... But there's a simmering good humor to it and a sense of reality that turns its ordinariness into a virtue.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 100% Slam (2018) [Director Partho Sen-Gupta]'s a confident talent with a finely tuned instinct for the mechanics of plot and character. There's a lot going on in this film and although the conclusion it reaches is pretty predictable, the trajectory it takes is not.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) It looks to Shakespeare for its basic cues before taking off with a few imaginative flourishes. Most notably it gives Falstaff a new lease of life.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger hasn't quite lost her off-putting propensity for straining for effect by scrunching up her face and squinting into the distance. Nonetheless, it's a remarkable performance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 61% Ride Like a Girl (2019) What interests Griffiths most is the Payne family and the film is at its best when concentrating on the dynamics of this close-knit clan. It's heartening and it's fun but Payne herself remains slightly out of focus.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019