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Schindler's List (1993)
(Schindler's List) slowly surrounds you, like a gang of bullies moving in one by one, before holding you down and beating you into submission.
Posted May 22, 2020
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence, as portrayed by Peter O'Toole with a career-making and career-defining performance, is one of cinema's most fascinatingly complex characters.
Posted May 18, 2020
Gone With the Wind (1939)
"Hey kids, wanna watch a four-hour-long romantic melodrama, told from the sympathetic perspective of the racist slave owners who lost the Civil War?"
Posted May 12, 2020
How can one film do so much, and be so effortlessly suave while doing it?
Posted May 6, 2020
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
I can guarantee this is the only review of Singin' In The Rain that references Natalie Imbruglia's Torn.
Posted May 6, 2020
Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull is wonderfully made and features one of the all-time greatest performances, but I feel like I'm missing the point.
Posted Apr 25, 2020
Citizen Kane (1941)
Most people don't care about Kane's cutting edge techniques but there's so much more to admire, appreciate and enjoy about this cinematic edifice.
Posted Apr 12, 2020
The Godfather (1972)
Leaves you confused and dirty, yet fulfilled and satisfied, kind of like having great sex with someone you definitely shouldn't sleep with.
Posted Apr 12, 2020
Bloodshot is painfully predictable, but cult status awaits on the other side of the coronavirus era.
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Military Wives (2020)
Its closest relative is The Full Monty - not surprising considering Cattaneo directed both - but this is better than its ancestor.
Posted Mar 17, 2020
Force Majeure is critically acclaimed for its blend of comedy and drama, but that is the exact area in which Downhill fails.
Posted Mar 6, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020)
Whannell and Moss team up for a memorable if imperfect frightener that recasts HG Wells' story as a harrowing domestic violence horror.
Posted Mar 4, 2020
Bombshell is flawed but with its triumvirate of talented women out front, it's a riveting and fascinating telling of a story that deserved to be told.
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Getting the most unhateable actor in America to play one of the most beloved American cultural figures is a home run before you even step up to the plate.
Posted Feb 15, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Jojo Rabbit is breathtaking in its ability to switch from humour to horror, from dark to light, from thoughtful to absurd.
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Castle (1999)
The greatest Australian film of all time.
Posted Feb 4, 2020
A weird mix of the historically accurate and the unforgivably fake.
Posted Feb 1, 2020
If nothing else, 1917 is the Mona Lisa of planning. But thankfully it's a lot more than that.
Posted Jan 18, 2020
This second outing from Shaun and friends has humour and takes its stop-motion to great heights, but lacks the extra facets and heart that made the first one so well-rounded.
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Little Women (2019)
The vitality (on screen) makes it so enjoyable, but Gerwig's ability to re-frame Alcott's words and themes with a contemporary eye make it unmissable.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
The filmmakers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could do a heavily CG version of Cats, they didn't stop to think if they should.
Posted Dec 31, 2019
The Rise Of Skywalker is like a hyperactive three-year-old - filled with boundless energy and often entertaining, but mostly messy and directionless.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Knives Out (2019)
Knives Out isn't revolutionary and falls short of being a post-modern Poirot ... but it's an occasionally bonkers and enjoyable twist on an old tale.
Posted Dec 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
There are a lot of reasons to recommend this film, but the main ones can be summarised in surnames - Scorsese. De Niro. Pacino. Pesci.
Posted Nov 30, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019)
Despite being very much about car design and the philosophy of race driving, it's a very human story that will win over non-petrolheads.
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Doctor Sleep is far better than it has any right to be.
Posted Nov 9, 2019
An immaculate acting display that ensures we see Garland as a real human, and not just the diva she could have been portrayed as.
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
A great time and a good laugh... and if nothing else, Dolemite... is a worthwhile venture if it helps return Eddie Murphy to greatness.
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Isle of Dogs (2018)
It works, in a way only Wes Anderson can make such things work.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
It's like Goodfellas, but with strippers. Goodstrippers?
Posted Oct 13, 2019
The Taxi Driver of comic book movies.
Posted Oct 5, 2019
A "help the creature get home" family adventure filled with so much fun and wonder that you just want to give the whole damned movie a big hug.
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Ride Like a Girl (2019)
Its message is important and its story powerful, but it's told in a matter-of-fact and unsurprising way that works without ever excelling.
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Ad Astra (2019)
An admirable attempt at an all-too-rare beast - the big-budget sci-fi art film - (but) the film is about as subtle as its redundant narration.
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Kitchen (2019)
Maybe we can get the TV series this deserves in 10 years time. But for now, a visit to The Kitchen is only going to get you a rushed, unsatisfying meal.
Posted Sep 2, 2019
Danger Close (2019)
Stenders has put together a well shot and engaging re-enactment ... (but) it falls short in many other areas.
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Welcome to Tarantino's weirdest film yet.
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Palm Beach (2019)
Pleasantly average, vaguely disappointing, and largely forgettable.
Posted Aug 8, 2019
This is less about cars, and more about Brosnan-era Bond-type OTT mayhem. Except on steroids. And possibly meth.
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Wild Rose (2019)
Wild Rose is the kind of star-making turn that will make, well, Jessie Buckley a star.
Posted Jul 27, 2019
The Lion King (2019)
Visually stunning and majestic to behold, but this story was told with more power and finesse by its predecessor.
Posted Jul 17, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)
It lacks a linear and layered story, but TSLOP 2 manages to be entertaining, humourous, and doesn't outstay its welcome.
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
The most enjoyable European vacation ever committed to the big screen (sorry Griswolds), and amazingly, it's even better than Homecoming.
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Some marvellous and clever moments ... but it also feels surprisingly by-the-numbers.
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019)
As much as this feels like an unnecessary sequel, Pixar has done the impossible. It's turned the perfect trilogy into the perfect quadrilogy.
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Men in Black International (2019)
It will take the return of Will Smith to breath life back into a franchise that is otherwise drifting in dead space.
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019)
They done a bad job with the Dark Phoenix story again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, screw you, Simon Kinberg.
Posted Jun 11, 2019
If you really want to line (Bohemian Rhapsody) against (Rocketman), it's no contest - Rocketman is far and away the better film.
Posted Jun 3, 2019
When it finally takes wing, this version of Aladdin soars like a magic carpet.
Posted May 26, 2019
The Hustle (2019)