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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Thanks to the exceptional cast and the witty, smart direction, the story of what happened such a short time ago is both bitterly entertaining and unashamedly provocative.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) I don't know if 1917 will, over time, become a classic among war movies, but it deserves to be included among the best of them. It's a cinematic experience that is at the same time exhilarating, nerve-racking and inspirational.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Normally I'm not averse to time-shifting in movies, but in this case I found the device unhelpful. Individual scenes are superbly staged and the cast is flawless, making the film essential viewing for lovers of the book.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4.5/5 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait, winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes this year, depicts the aspirations, hopes and dreams of its female characters and explores them with intimacy and loving insight.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) And at a time when racism is once again rearing its ugly head in many parts of the world, Jojo Rabbit might, with all its faults, be just the film we need right now. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) This musical feast was filmed a very long time ago - but it feels like only yesterday.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 81% The Report (2019) Driver and Bening give detailed and thoughtful performances, and the film, though necessarily on the dry side, is riveting from start to finish.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Despite its length, The Irishman is riveting. It confirms Scorsese as one of the great American filmmakers. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 86% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) There are flashbacks, chases and gun battles in rain-soaked back alleys, cigarettes are lit with old-fashioned lighters, and there are shadows galore. Visually, the film, set in the city of Wuhan, is most impressive.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) With actors like these in top form there's never a dull moment, even when the film delves into flashbacks set in the distant past.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) ...all these elements are exhilarating, but they're undercut by the director's addition to queasy-cam.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) At two hours and 10 minutes the film's on the long side, but it's an entertaining enough pastiche and we haven't had enough of these in the cinema lately. The production design of the cluttered house is fabulous.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Bold, yet slightly frustrating, Judy & Punch is something original in Australian cinema, and all the more commendable for that.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets celebrates the courage of a government employee who attempted to prevent the invasion at considerable risk to herself and to those she loved.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4.5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) This terrific movie, so honest, open, smart and touching, is a little gem.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell is terrific in the title role and the film as a whole is a confident combination of the amiable and the uncompromising. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 89% Emu Runner (2018) Emu Runner was clearly a labour of love for everyone who worked on it. It's a small film but one that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) For all those cinemagoers who have been enthralled by Almodovar's work over the years this very personal movie, with its superbly pitched central performance by Banderas, will be immensely rewarding.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/5 64% Balloon (2020) The film's main strength lies in its convincing depiction of what it was like to live under the restrictive totalitarian state that was East Germany. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
1/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Even by its own humble standards the plot is poorly worked out (a few lame attempts at social commentary criticising the rich are feeble in the extreme) and the dialogue is wretched.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The film feels authentic in its depiction both of Javed's family but also the changes that took place after what seems to have been akin to a religious conversion.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/5 63% Locusts (2019) Some talented actors are involved - including Andy McPhee as Ryan's friend - and Davis does his best to bring cohesion to the material, though the wobbly camerawork is, as always, an unnecessary distraction.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 100% Slam (2018) Overall, Slam is very impressive: it tells an important story in a convincing and enthralling way.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Garland must have been exasperating to work with, but Zellweger's performance goes right to the heart of what made her a superstar.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 98% Working Woman (2019) Ben-Shlush is excellent as Orna, while Noy exudes faded charm as the boss who treats his female employees shamefully.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 71% The King (2019) Adam Arkapaw's sombre, mellow cinematography is simply splendid and all elements of the production, notably the costumes designed by Fiona Crombie and Jane Petrie, are flawless. There's also a great music score by Nicholas Britell.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Whether or not you've read the book, the film of The Goldfinch is definitely worth a look; it's no masterpiece but it's a whole heap better than many of the studio-made American films released so far this year.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) We've seen plenty of films about South American drug cartels, but Birds of Passage is unique as it depicts the very source of the problem. Guerra and Gallego show the inexorability with which the violence follows the money.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's approach to this material is classical and literate. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) ...a stark commentary on the human condition.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3.5/5 75% Halston (2019) Meticulously researched and filled with colourful characters, Frederic Tcheng's absorbing documentary Halston will be essential viewing for anyone interested in the world of fashion.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 100% Buoyancy (2019) Sarm Heng gives a very appealing, natural performance as the naive Chakra, who witnesses some terrible things and eventually finds the strength to stand up against his oppressors. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) In-jokes abound and, though the material is slight, parts of the film are pretty funny. But it's a minor Jarmusch, with a running time too protracted for this type of thing.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's a tasty idea for a space thriller, and Gray, with a great deal of help from his charismatic star and his cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema, has produced a rich, suspenseful, intelligent outer-space epic.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 98% The Farewell (2019) There's plenty of humour, especially in the lengthy wedding sequence with its speeches and songs; but the film's main strength lies in its sympathetic examination of the differences between the Chinese who have never left China and their cousins...‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 68% Angel of Mine (2019) Angel of Mine is a domestic drama that nudges in the direction of a thriller and provides an entirely satisfying journey for the viewer. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 84% Dogman (2019) Suffused with a very dark vein of black humour, the film is dramatically tense and emotionally raw.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Despite a running time (more than two and a half hours) that would normally seem excessive for this kind of movie, Dragged Across Concrete is never boring.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is a staggeringly powerful denouncement of the very worst aspects of colonialism - and also a moving portrait of a woman determined to seek justice in a world controlled by domineering men.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) The all-important films are shown in almost subliminal excerpts, offering today's audiences little opportunity to assess the place of this remarkable woman in cinema history.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Consummately acted by an unusually fine ensemble cast, the film will provoke and enthral, a sure indication the director has succeeded in making not only a handsome and nostalgic movie but also a challenging and subversive one.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 68% Danger Close (2019) Stenders and cinematographer Ben Nott stage the battle scenes with impressive hyper-realism, and editor Veronika Jenet's work is, once again, outstanding. Made on location in Queensland, the film feels thoroughly authentic.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 48% Palm Beach (2019) The new Palm Beach is a world away from that likably rough and ready effort - it's a polished, visually lush and very likeable entertainment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Camino Skies (2019) The challenging trek takes them and the viewer to some spectacular places but the crucial element of Camino Skies is the depiction of the love and support they give each other...‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 67% The Public (2019) Making a feature that pleads the cause of the homeless is a laudable achievement, so it's all the more unfortunate that Estevez is unable to eliminate some of the obvious flaws in an otherwise compelling, and timely, drama.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 60% Ophelia (2019) This visually handsome film, though it will probably annoy Shakespeare purists, proves to be a diverting entertainment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) The Nureyev story is a very good one, and Fiennes and Hare tell it well.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) The conclusion to be drawn from [Penny] Lane's film is that these eccentrics may themselves be in danger... but they aren't much of a danger to the rest of us.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11... is quite simply an amazing film. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019