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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% 2040 (2019) 2040 is an optimistic film that tries a little too hard to be entertaining as well as informative. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) Like a portraitist that does his best work when he knows his subject, Lowenstein has given us an insider's view of Hutchence in a film that has taken a decade to complete.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
100% Suzi Q (2019) Quatro broke down all sorts of barriers for women in a male-dominated rock culture. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) If the family is a natural masterpiece it is almost always a flawed masterpiece. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
99% Apollo 11 (2019) The Moon landing is weirdly exciting, although we already know it will go like a charm. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) While Ki-taek's family toast their good fortune, catastrophe lies just around the corner. For the Parks, the fairy-tale of their lives proves too good to be true.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) This dialogue about the boundaries of personal responsibility and the pursuit of public or private goals, lies at the heart of the story.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) If racism was in retreat in 1980 Lee shows that it never went away, and has now returned in force. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
96% Little Woods (2019) The strength of Little Woods lies with the actors, and their ability to inject life into characters that lead ordinary, rather squalid lives in a non-descript frontier town.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Columbian directors, Cristina Gallego and Cirro Guerra have produced an entirely new kind of crime movie - an ethnographic gangster tale in which age-old tribal customs rub up against the brutality of the South American narcotics trade ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
95% 1985 (2018) Tan stresses the tragic dimension of the story, but also its ordinariness. It's a tale of a boy and his family that could be played out in any American town, in 1985 or today.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is a film about the seen and the unseen; a film of small details, some of them obvious plot devices, others so subtle they could be easily missed.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) There was an old man with a gun Who spent his whole life on the run‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
93% Us (2019) It's the revolt of the have-nots against the haves, a savage assault by the American underclass on a group of masters oblivious to their existence. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) It's a tangled tale, with enough scheming, spying, treachery and cattiness to fill an entire mini-series. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's an anthology of disillusions in which love is the only transcendent force. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There's barely a scene in which cars are not being driven, discussed, designed and argued about, but somehow it's not the cars that matter.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
91% Widows (2018) If the filmmakers appear to take a cynical or pessimistic approach to American politics, they offer redemption in the spectacle of a disparate group of women working together to achieve an apparently impossible goal.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) If any Hollywood movie were so completely devoid of black, Asian or Latino characters it would be torn to shreds by the same critics that find Crazy Rich Asians refreshing and empowering.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The marriage becomes a battle between artifice and authenticity, an allegory for the popular music industry.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) We feel as if we're in the room with Joe when he's having his flashbacks. There are times when we might actually be in his head - not an especially desirable residence.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) The singer who hits the heights and the depths is a showbiz stereotype, but there may never have been a performer who soared so high and sank so low. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
89% The Breaker Upperers (2018) It's crude, vulgar and slapdash, so don't go along expecting the Lubitsch touch.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
89% Rocketman (2019) It's like sitting through a succession of riotous video clips punctuated by bouts of maudlin self-hatred. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
88% The Third Wife (2019) The story is hardly more than a series of brushstrokes that slowly create a nuanced picture of life in Hung's household. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
88% Ladies in Black (2018) It's hardly surprising that Beresford's return to top form has come along in the shape of a movie made in Australia, based on an Australian novel, using top Australian actors and a few well-chosen ring-ins. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
87% The Nightingale (2019) Every step in this grim story is deftly negotiated. The rape scenes are handled in a manner that is all menace and no eros. The violence is graphic and relentless, but never "gratuitous".‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
87% Colette (2018) Colette's embrace of eros gave her a broad, popular appeal, but her style and grace as a writer ensured that her books were viewed as literature. Can we see her in Keira Knightley? ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) You will leave this film with an expanded view of Scrabble and a head full of pop cultural trivia.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The director's skill lies in how well he fleshes out the confrontation, letting us see Tony and Yasser as proud, fallible beings, not political cyphers.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
86% The Gospel According to André (2018) If Talley is now considered an institution within the fashion industry we can see that he didn't achieve this status merely by camping it up at parties. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) If you've ever found yourself wondering how American politics attained its current level of crazed amorality, Where's My Roy Cohn? provides a few answers.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
85% The Wife (2018) Some have tried to portray this film as a feminist statement but it's more like a human tragedy in which love has made an uneasy accommodation with society and its prejudices. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's approach to filmmaking is that of an intellectual who wants us to think of him as a real badass dude.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Roy is a space-age Telemachus who reveres the father that set off on a voyage many years ago and remains a stranger. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
84% Dogman (2019) It's obvious that Marcello the dogman is not just the keeper of a pooch parlour, he has a full set of dog-like instincts. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) In a world of vulgar, populist leaders with funny hair, one can understand the appeal of this vision of an orderly, hierarchical society ruled over by civilised beings - but it feels like a sales pitch on behalf of traditions that now lie in ruins.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Zellweger inhabits the character so comprehensively it's impossible to imagine another actor in the role. This may be because she has had her own share of unpleasant experiences in the spotlight. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) For Moore, Trump isn't the cause of America's woes but a symptom of a wider malaise. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
81% The Report (2019) Burns could not have known the release of his film would coincide with the daily drama of impeachment proceedings but the timing could not be more opportune. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) I began to wonder if Schnabel was pioneering a daring new theory that Van Gogh actually bored himself to death.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) His Nazis are evil but also foolish, dangerous but ridiculous. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) If you're thinking this seems to be a list of horror clichés and stereotypes, that's not an uncharitable suspicion. The filmmakers' skill rests in the way these stereotypes are reanimated in a narrative that contains a surprising number of layers. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
78% Loro (2019) It's like changing channels between a Tinto Brass movie and My Dinner with André. ‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Whenever the plot appears ready to crash headlong into cliché, Farrelly avoids the danger with a neat little swerve.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
77% Never Look Away (2019) It may be proof of Donnersmarck's success that the artist has now dissociated himself from the film.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) One subtext of Van Sant's movie is a call for Americans to embrace tolerance and common sense in an age of pathological victimhood.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
75% Judy & Punch (2019) It's a project that would have benefited from some tough criticism in the developmental stage, but instead it has an air of self-congratulation.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) We can figure out from an early stage that she's done a bad, bad thing or two, but it takes a bit of time and several extended flashbacks before all the pieces of the puzzle come together.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
73% The Children Act (2018) If there's a right and a wrong involved it's not immediately obvious. The film, like the book, is a conversation piece that will have viewers arguing over coffee.‐ Australian Financial Review
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018