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T-Meter Title | Year
94% Come to Daddy (2019) Wild, weird and yet nothing less than wholly sincere in its focus on the father-son relationship at the core of the film, Timpson's brilliant debut feature reveals an unambiguously great filmmaker - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Entwined (2019) Entwined speaks through old laws and old fears to profoundly contemporary anxieties about the environment and how it can be wilfully misunderstood by those in power, a fatal error at any moment in history - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
No Score Yet Climate of the Hunter (2019) Climate of the Hunter never sacrifices its smarts for fun (or vice versa), but with its dazzling visuals and hypnotic descent downwards into a seemingly inevitable chaos, the film's delights are ultimately as sensorial as they are intellectual - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) A deliberately clinical, even cold film about the horror of synthetic happiness, Little Joe is an impressively stylish film that puts the demands of idealized happiness under the microscope in uncomfortable, disturbing ways. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Pelican Blood is one of the year's most fearless films, not merely because of what it dares to tackle subject-wise, but how determinedly it adheres to its own free spiritedness right until its very final moments. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) It demands we think about power, difference and violence in ways we do not necessarily expect a heavily branded mainstream blockbuster to do so. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
82% Color Out of Space (2019) While Cage's trademark hysterics are guaranteed to either charm or annoy, Color Out of Space is much more than a star vehicle; it speaks to contemporary anxieties about the environment in a psychedelic vision truly Stanley's own. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
100% Simple Women (2019) Simple Women is ultimately a moving and intelligent exploration not of the phenomenon of stardom itself, but of the complex mechanics that underpin our own capacity to invest such deep emotional feeling into the act of being a fan. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
5/5 83% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) True History of the Kelly Gang issues a sharp bolt of electricity directly into the heart of this well-worn legend, granting it an intoxicating energy that speaks well beyond the hackneyed 'wild colonial boys' clichés of yore. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Flatland (2019) Flatland is both literally and metaphorically a wild ride, but an unrelentingly sincere one that speaks with intelligence and kindness of its three central women characters, warts and all. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
71% Radioactive (2019) Compelling, creative, thoughtful and undeniably beautiful, Radioactive confirms Satrapi's status as one of the most original and important filmmakers working today. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
75% Disco (2019) Disco is a riveting film about being denied support by those who feign to offer it but fail, and the opportunities available to a young woman whose options are limited and shrinking rapidly. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2019) Saint Maud is driven by a powerful performance by Clark, and on all counts a comfortable contender for horror film of the year. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
42% Seberg (2019) For those of us for whom her work means so much, we deserve better. Kristen Stewart deserves better. And most of all, of course, Jean Seberg deserves better. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
77% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi's critique of the normalization of hate and the destruction of innocence is hardly subtext, and that Jojo Rabbit renders this palatable in a multiplex-friendly popcorn movie at this particular moment is nothing less than masterful. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child is a dense, intelligent film that soars by combining a robust critique of colonialism (both in its past and present manifestations) with a moving coming-of-age story about a young Haitian girl a long way from home. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Sorry We Missed You is marked by a determined vision to reveal the abuses, exploitations and humiliations rife in the contemporary British labor market for those who struggle to survive on its outskirts, and he does so with immense compassion - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
90% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Bacurau is a wild, weird ride, and while maybe not for everyone its fearless politics is strengthened by its filmmakers' determinedly playful approach to genre experimentation. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) With Pain and Glory Almodóvar and Banderas remind us just how magical and enduring their professional relationship - past and, we can only hope, future - has been. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Alien Crystal Palace (2019) Alien Crystal Palace functions beyond binaries of good and bad film, of high and low art. Dombasle instead demands we marvel at the magic of the moving image itself - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The success of Parasite is not merely marked by great filmmaking and an intriguing storyline, but deep within its foundations lies an overwhelming understanding on Bong's part of how bigotry operates at an almost molecular level. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) A film for the senses as much as the mind and heart, Portrait of a Lady on Fire continues to solidify Sciamma's status as one of the most exciting and accomplished filmmakers working in Europe today. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
83% Little Monsters (2019) Abe Forsythe's sophomore feature Little Monsters is a gift. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) At times passive, passionate and often frequently ambivalent, the power of Take Me Somewhere Nice lies in just how confidently Sendijarević allows her protagonist the right to her contradictions, without feeling the need to justify them. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
100% Leftover Women (2019) Leftover Women is captivating viewing that demands we think with intelligence and compassion of a world beyond our own experience. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Sequin in a Blue Room (2019) Smart, hot and unflinching, Sequin in a Blue Room is dark but not doomed, sexy but not exploitative, proving the queer coming-of-age film can be told in an Australian vernacular in new and exciting ways. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Chinese Portrait (2018) Elegantly simple in both concept and execution, Chinese Portrait is thoroughly captivating as its kinetic tableaux breathe new life into the very notion of "moving pictures". - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
89% Adam (2019) Adam is an intimate, confident portrait of a friendship that blossoms in a social context where shame and social acceptance dominate how women see themselves and others. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Rosie cannily captures something about the fundamental tension between the banality and panic of poverty, and while far from experimental cinema in this sense there is something intrinsically radical about the film. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Land of Ashes (Ceniza Negra) (2019) Land of Ashes is built upon the seamless, impressive connection between Sofía Quirós Ubeda and her lead actor, Smashleen Gutiérrez, the latter bringing real depth to her character's transition from childhood to womanhood - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
100% Vision Portraits (2019) Vision Portraits is a frank and fearless examination not only of the remarkable journeys of its four visually impaired subjects, but also of the assumptions and biases of the sighted - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
75% Particles (Les particules) (2019) With Particles director Harrison says something important about the experience of adolescence itself, rejecting soap-boxing didacticism for something far more subjective, disorienting and indefinably creepy. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
89% Riot Girls (2019) A queer teen love story told through the lens of the dystopian gang warfare trope, Riot Girls is often visceral and consistently high-energy. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
100% Door Lock (2018) While not as audacious as the original Spanish film that inspired it, Door Lock stands as a solid Korean thriller, and on that front has much to keep audiences satisfied. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
95% The Deeper You Dig (2019) The Deeper You Dig is both beautifully but simply made, and a poignant, deeply affecting film that uses a supernatural tale to articulate the almost unspeakable complexities of how mothers can connect to their children. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense is a razor-sharp parable about radicalization, masculinity and misogyny that avoids pompous, self-aggrandizing soapboxing in favour of empathy, humanity and compassion. All that, plus bonus dachshund. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
86% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) The Father's Shadow is a deeply moving supernatural tale about grief and loneliness, as a young girl discovers her power and agency in a hard, cold world. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
86% We Are Little Zombies (2019) We Are Little Zombies is an 8-bit empathy theme park that dazzles the senses as much as it provides a window into the subjective experience of its cast of really damaged, traumatised kids. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
77% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin is not just visually captivating, but also marked by an emotional intelligence and dark humor that renders it one of the year's most unique cinema experiences. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
25% Sadako (2019) While not repeating the now rather dusty Ringu 'curse' formula in the way we have come to expect, Sadako still provides enough call backs to the broader mythology and iconography established in the first film to simultaneously provide franchise coherency - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda By Agnès is a sprawling, wandering film that reveals how the seemingly different strands of our lives can diverge, intersect, vanish and return. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
89% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real reveals that at its best, horror can depict with crystal precision experiences, feelings and sensations that are often very difficult to articulate in any other way. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
43% The Wedding Guest (2019) The Wedding Guest has all the right pieces there but fails to pull together into quite the finished product the high standards of its individual components suggest. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) Less the self-indulgent circle jerk some have accused it of being than an expose on the potential hypocrisy of supposedly woke, progressive masculinity, Our Time is as much a critique as it is a potential confession. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Best of Dorien B (2019) A film about the liberating force of shaking your comfort zone, The Best of Dorien B. is so earnest, sincere and fun that it's hard to begrudge it taking us to where we - and its title character herself - finally need to be. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) In Hail Satan? Lane in many ways mirrors the shrewd sense of radical playfulness that underscores The Temple of Satan's own ideological and moral agenda, while at the same time never downplaying the importance and scale of their vision - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
86% Animals (2019) A film about presence, identity and change, Animals is a victorious celebration of life's often unexpected complications. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
No Score Yet A Dog Called Money (2019) Despite the scale of its vision it is difficult to not see A Dog Called Money as preaching to the converted on some level; the film is unlikely to appeal to anyone who hasn't already made a connection with Harvey and her work previously. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) Dirty God is a film about finding your own path, of the necessity of trial and error, and a timely reminder that the fallout of domestic violence for its survivors is not just difficult, but often very, very messy. - The Blue Lenses EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
80% Reflections in the Dust (2018) Watching Houbolt in this film is simply a gift, and filmmakers - not just in Australia, but around the world - should take Sullivan's lead and continue to create roles of this depth, diversity and value for actors of this caliber. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019