Sarah Ward Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy (2020) Nothing about Yakim adheres to a simple script, as Creating a Character demonstrates again and again. ‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
100% The In-Between (2019) It shouldn't be so refreshing and notable for a film to show living with physical disorders as normal, but it sadly is - and that's noticeable here.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
No Score Yet Morgana (2019) Morgana chronicles the ups and downs of Muses' life, delving deep into both extremes, it always lets her vibrancy and curiosity break free of the facade that once constrained her, and thoroughly steal the show.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
67% The Flood (2019) Headey and Jeremiah's performances do ample heavy lifting - not enough to completely patch over kind-hearted but by-the-numbers material, but enough to ensure that their characters and their ordeals linger.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% End of Sentence (2020) What starts as yet another movie about men experiencing an emotional awakening due to a woman's passing - and initially establishes its premise in a dispiritingly by-the-numbers way - ultimately becomes genuinely insightful and touching.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
88% Lasseter's Bones (2016) Though varying little in style and structure from similar first-person investigative efforts, Walker's film is sustained not only by his intriguing take on an interesting topic, but by the filmmaker's personable presence.‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
100% Of Love & Law (2017) As heartfelt, informative and even humorous as spending time with Fumi and Kazu proves, Toda reaches further than their specific plight, offering an eye-opening portrait of the pair's homeland.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
100% Pray Away (2020) A poised, meticulous, wide-ranging but never flashy film...‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
82% Listen Up Philip (2014) What it does so brilliantly is map out the flow-on effects of anxiety, envy and striving for success.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
86% Moon Man (2013) The cheerfully-animated and jovially-toned feature engages in its nuanced narrative of understanding and acceptance, as its namesake tries to find his place in the world.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
91% What Richard Did (2013) The director's devastating power resides in his ability to turn the before and after of his lead character's actions into a commanding and compassionate morality tale of cause and effect.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
100% The Donut King (2020) More than just a movie about doughnuts... or about a self-made man who earned a fortune making them, The Donut King serves up a weighty musing on a variety of facets of the immigrant experience.‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
No Score Yet Kids Run (2020) Kids Run favours showing rather than telling, aided by pivotal performances from young Doenst and Bonvissuto.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) Aided by lively on-the-ground cinematography that wanders the capital with an insider's eye, this is a smart, likeable underdog comedy that should continue to engage audiences and attract further festival attention.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
No Score Yet Speer Goes to Hollywood (2020) Speer's spurious position no longer goes unchallenged, nor does his wartime command over 12 million slave labourers go unacknowledge, and Lapa's documentary lays bare the falsities in his preferred narrative in a dense, sober and compelling fashion.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
100% Kill It and Leave This Town (Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta) (2020) This is a work of entrancing low-fi artistry and deeply felt emotion, but becoming immersed in its stream-of-consciousness fragments isn't always easy.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% Servants (Sluzobníci) (2020) An unsettling rebuke of government control and ideological manipulation - as well as a sharp cry against compliance with the prevailing status quo.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet One in a Thousand (Las mil y una) (2020) Its ambitions might exceed its execution - there's no shortage of stories to tell among these Corrientes teens, as the film makes plain - but One in a Thousand remains a potent, defiant feature.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) While recycling the familiar, leaning on stylised violence and unleashing a flurry of self-satisfied dialogue have long been the writer/director's specialty, this isn't a return to form.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This isn't just a killer picture on all of the standard levels, however. Contemplating society's growing class collisions and inequities, Parasite also makes a killer statement.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
78% Go Karts (Go!) (2019) Warmly embracing a well-oiled formula, all-ages crowd-pleaser Go! treats the underdog sports drama genre like a racetrack - sticking to the course, taking the inside lane through the expected conventions, and doing so with dash and flair.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
No Score Yet Wings Over Everest (2019) Subtlety isn't the boilerplate script's strong point but this China-Japan co-production still finds enough excitement in its tensely shot high-altitude antics, as well as in weighty performances...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Uncle (Onkel) (2019) As writer/director Frelle Petersen stares lovingly at his backdrop and sees majesty in its grassy expanse, he explores both its beauty and its tedium.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Sacrifice (2019) Sacrifice casts a darkly alluring spell when it's in patient, ruminative mode, and remains just as absorbing when its climax delivers grim confrontations and probing revelations. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet Tezuka's Barbara (2019) This is a film that's overdone and noticeably flat in tandem, as well as increasingly ludicrous.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
No Score Yet Nevia (2019) An involving and affecting debut feature that's shot with expressive naturalism and anchored by impressive acrobat-turned-actor Virginia Apicella.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Secret Diary of a Mom to Be (2019) A mostly entertaining comedy that's upbeat and candid, but also struggles with mixed messages.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
No Score Yet A Beloved Wife (2019) This warts-and-all comedy aims for perceptive laughs about the messiness of life and love, but remains too broad to inspire more than a few smiles and nods.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
89% Just 6.5 (6.5 Toman Per Meter) (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) A gripping crime thriller that also makes a sharp political statement, Just 6.5 paints a bleak picture of Iranian law enforcement's attempts to deal with the country's flourishing narcotics trade.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
74% Pink Wall (2019) A deeply felt, acutely observed feature.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Perfect 10 (2019) With Perfect 10, Scottish writer/director Eva Riley turns a plucky and compassionate coming-of-age tale into a memorable feature debut, all while unearthing a shining talent in fellow first-timer Frankie Box.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet A Road to Spring (2019) Steeped in the struggles of everyday workers in a rapidly changing society, this weighty debut finds its own way to interrogate a wide-ranging subject...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
88% Cunningham (2019) Immersive and enthralling... steadfastly avoids becoming a standard birth-to-death tribute.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) [A] quietly compelling film...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Even with Payne's plight as a woman in a vastly male-dominated realm repeatedly thrust to the fore, the film remains general and formulaic.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be (La mafia non è più quella di una volta) (2019) Again filtering fact through satire, the Italian writer/director turns his equally cynical and bemused observations into a gleefully indulgent work of agitation...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
83% You Will Die at 20 (2019) [Alala] sharpens this fable-like coming-of-death tale into a moving commentary on unwavering compliance; a clear portrait of Sudan during its 30 years of authoritarian leadership.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) Although formulaic, it's suitably empathetic and entertaining.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
No Score Yet White on White (Blanco en blanco) (2019) An exacting, disquieting film about the corrupting influence of beauty and power.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter (2019) Robbins' first stint as a factual director is guilty of doubling as an advertisement; however, just as the film's inmates find inner freedom despite their status, so too does this affecting feature.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
100% Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) An entertaining package filled with thrilling clips, informative interviews and infectious enthusiasm, with the upbeat film destined to land a firm blow with eager cinephiles.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
73% Angel of Mine (2019) Serves up psychological thrills while presenting a stereotypical portrait of a fraying woman, then subverting it by unpacking the substantial reasons for her seeming instability.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
70% H Is For Happiness (2019) Finding its genial, quirky groove early, John Sheedy's family film flirts with tweeness but ultimately bubbles with the same spark as its can-do protagonist.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
No Score Yet Below (2019) The film raises a wry smile more often than laughs, but it's a dynamic and memorable feature...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Relativity (Mein Ende. Dein Anfang.) (2019) It finds a compelling example of the slippery nature of time, tapping into the wholly relatable, often grief-driven experience of spying echoes of the past on every corner.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% The Australian Dream (2019) Anger and injustice rightfully, palpably seethe from The Australian Dream, but the documentary is most effective in putting its call for reconciliation into practice.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
71% Danger Close (2019) A war movie both impassioned and generic; often, despite the film's palpable sense of importance at bringing such an under-sung skirmish to the screen, it feels impassioned about remaining generic.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
70% Carmilla (2020) This restrained affair could ultimately use a bit more blood in its veins.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
77% Hearts and Bones (2019) As well as showcasing Weaving's talents, it also proves a calling card for its director, as well as a stirring debut for Sudanese-Australian truck driver-turned-actor Andrew Luri.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
100% Bellbird (2019) An understated drama with an open heart and a lithe sense of humour.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019