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Brad Newsome's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Relic (2020) Robyn Nevin delivers a brilliant performance -- heart-rending and at times quite frightening -- as this imaginative original movie unfolds. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
No Score Yet Green Light (2019) A disturbing documentary following two suppliers in Australia's huge black market for medicinal cannabis oils. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Writer-director Andrew Patterson and cinematographer M.I. Littin-Menz are at times breathtakingly mobile as their camera navigates a tiny world frozen in nicotine amber.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Will Ferrell is his goofy, outsized self but Rachel McAdams brings a charming sweetness to this delightfully silly comedy.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) This big-ticket Disney movie is a visual spectacular expertly assembled but it looks unlikely to be remembered as an all-time classic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) Jerry Seinfeld's new stand-up special is a precisely tooled and precisely funny piece of work from a comedian who mastered his craft decades ago but never stopped working on it. It's also a throwback to an older form. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
No Score Yet Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story (2019) This celebratory documentary about the Bay Area thrash metal scene of the 1980s makes no distinction between the bands and the fans when putting them in front of the camera.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) It quickly proves to be another example of Gadsby's analytical mastery of her artform and all of its devices. "Douglas," it scarcely needs saying, is also frequently laugh-out-loud funny.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% Anote's Ark (2018) This heartfelt documentary, several years in the making, follows the country's now former president Anote Tong, as he travels the world trying to secure a future for his 110,000 people.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
100% Disneynature: Dolphin Reef (2020) The reef provides a colourful cast of supporting characters, and there's a heart-pounding sequence as a humpback whale fights to protect her calf from a pod of hungry orcas. The photography is magnificent throughout.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
98% Dina (2017) Filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles mostly let the couple's routines and journeys paint their own emotionally dappled picture.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
27% Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978) Yes, it features Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, but nobody who saw this kitschy TV abomination back in 1978 was surprised that George Lucas wanted it erased from human memory. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
70% Stargirl (2020) Stargirl teaches Leo everything and then teaches herself a thing or two herself as an afterthought. It's hard to work out who it's aimed at, unless teenage boys are suddenly turning to Disney for lessons in life and love.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash (2007) The insights into Cash's inner life, as well as the many full-length musical performances, make for fascinating viewing.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
37% Spenser Confidential (2020) You don't need to remember the '80s private-eye series Spenser for Hire to enjoy this witless, charmless Mark Wahlberg Netflix movie. All you need is a general lack of discernment.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
97% The Kingmaker (2019) It's grimly compelling viewing as Marcos gives filmmaker Lauren Greenfield intimate access to her opulent life and oblivious narcissism.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
66% Troop Zero (2020) Funny, truthful and touching but never saccharine, this brilliantly cast family movie written by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) is one of the most delightful things streaming anywhere.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
92% What Did Jack Do? (2020) Beneath the absurdity and non-sequiturs there's an emotional weight to the elliptical back story, and the monkey's wonderfully expressive face -- guilty, agitated, rueful -- suits the piece perfectly.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) It's a brilliantly exhausting movie that gaffer-tapes us to motormouth New York gem dealer and degenerate gambler Howard Ratner... The thrill and despair of the addict are palpable.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
17% Jexi (2019) Workaholics' Adam DeVine and the disembodied voice of Rose Byrne are wonderfully puerile fun in this sweet but dirty-minded rom-com.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
97% Muscle Shoals (2013) It's fitting that the first track we hear in this celebratory but emotionally dappled documentary is Wilson Pickett's Land of 1000 Dances. The rich, elemental energy of the recording encapsulates what would become known as the Muscle Shoals sound. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
88% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Sadly, Timmy himself proves oddly charmless, pathologically deluded, self-centred and heedless of the distress he causes others, not least his struggling single mother. We don't find out why he's like this, but the bear is amazing. Kids will love it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) The marvellously droll John Mulaney is in top form alongside a cohort of suitably arch mini-mes in this satirical take on old-fashioned children's TV specials. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
98% One Child Nation (2019) Grand atrocities pile atop private heartbreak as this powerful film unfolds.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
91% Togo (2019) Willem Dafoe and a bunch of adorable sled dogs star in this heartwarming, action packed new movie based on a true story... The sequences involving Togo as a mischievous pup are pure magic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
67% The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (2019) American country star Kacey Musgraves brings us the feel-good hit of the summer in this delightfully daggy Christmas special. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This riotous, poignant and uplifting true story couldn't have been told half as well without the singular magnetism and intensity of Eddie Murphy at its heart.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
88% Hala (2019) Young Australian Geraldine Viswanathan delivers a performance of tremendous poise, prowess and resonance in this affecting new coming-of-age film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
No Score Yet Outback Rabbis (2019) This documentary makes absorbing viewing as the rabbis and their families pile into their camper-van "synagogues on wheels" and set out looking for fellow Jews everywhere from Innisfail to Alice Springs.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
No Score Yet Fire Island (2019) There's also a real element of emotional vulnerability and insecurity as a group of six very different friends arrive at a beach house that they've rented out as a weekend party pad for the whole summer.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
72% The King (2019) Almost everything about The King works brilliantly, from the casting (not least Robert Pattinson as a deliciously detestable Dauphin) to the generally cracking script by Michôd and Edgerton.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) This engrossing documentary illuminates numerous facets of an outre circus with a serious purpose.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) It's tragic but utterly compelling viewing as director Ed Perkins allows the two men to share their stories -- and their lifelong anguish -- direct to camera before they sit down face-to-face for a final, painful catharsis.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) Netflix seems to be banging out Steven King adaptations as fast as King used to bang out books. This one, based on a novella by King and his son Joe Hill, is quite a decent little creeper too.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) This documentary is a stunning visual achievement, with director Douglas Tirola using perhaps thousands of images to give us a real sense of the seminal, savage American satirical magazine National Lampoon.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea (2019) Worthwhile viewing -- especially if you don't believe in white privilege.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Alice Wetterlund: My Mama Is a Human and So Am I (2019) A real gem... The first few minutes aren't the strongest, but once she hits her stride she hits it. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust (2013) One of Australia's greatest rock stories. It's certainly the most hilarious, and also one of the most deeply poignant.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
45% Camp Rock (2008) There are plenty of sound messages about the importance of honesty and not being ashamed of who you are, but it's nothing that anybody hasn't seen a dozen times before.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% The Kleptocrats (2018) The Kleptocrats is far more captivating than any documentary about a government embezzlement scandal ought to be. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Atari: Game Over (2014) Fun and worthwhile.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
88% Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019) Harbour, Kate Berlant and Michael Lerner are a treat, and with the whole thing running at just half an hour, it's perfect to watch while you're trying to figure out what to watch.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% I Am Mother (2019) An intriguing premise, fine performances and a string of startling reveals that just keeps on coming make this Australian sci-fi film a real winner -- and a must-watch for the Black Mirror set.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
100% The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) It's musically and visually impressive, and features nice little roles for Jenny Slate, Maya Rudolph and the vocal talents of Sia.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
78% Guava Island (2019) Donald Glover and Rihanna bring us a dark, disturbing Caribbean fairytale that sits somewhere between musical feature film and long-form music video.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) The humour is thoughtful, but the physical comedy is brilliant too, not least when Sykes is opining that Tiffany Trump probably doesn't need a secret service detail and could get by with a mall cop on a Segway scooter instead.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019) What's more interesting is the way that historians and academics here are able to illuminate some of Johnson's oblique, haunting lyrics in the context of contemporary belief in hoodoo and terror of lynching.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
31% The Silence (2019) The estimable trio at the heart of the cast goes close to carrying the whole thing over the line, but it never feels as taut or kinetic as it needs to be.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
42% The Upside (2019) As the paint-by-numbers plot progresses -- over two very long hours -- the treacle thickens and it becomes clear that each of them is slowly going to learn from and be redeemed by the others.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
83% The September Issue (2009) The frosty Winter is renowned for being something of a human steamroller, but the documentary shows the more interesting character to be her right-hand woman and creative director, Grace Coddington...One for the fashionistas.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019