Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man can only hint at such possibilities - it's too shackled to the demands of delivering a big-budget sci-fi action thriller, on which terms it fails... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Destined to irritate fans of the book and bore those who aren't familiar, The Goldfinch ends up a perplexing, unloveable artefact. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Lest things get too sincere, Jarmusch's ambivalence - itself a symptom of the world he shows us - tempers the fury, reminding the audience that there's nothing funnier than the end of the world. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Buoyancy (2019) It's one of the strongest Australian debut films of recent years. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) With its sense of turn-of-the-century nostalgia -- from baby pink hoodies and khaki Capri pants to video game adventures -- the movie cultivates an uncanny continuum between the recent past and now. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Alien continues to fascinate - it's built around this primal, even divine creation that endures despite our feeble attempts to snuff it out; a life-force that thrives, even as it threatens mankind's destruction. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
86% Animals (2019) This untamed depiction of female friendship moves beyond basic binaries of freedom and control. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) It: Chapter 2 retreats from the genuine horror of the 2017 remake towards something less imaginative. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Whatever her reasons, Franklin is certainly presented at the height of her power in the resynced, remastered result - a film that moves and breathes with the urgency of the moment. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Throws enough at the wall to convince that Aster's gestures towards the super-feminine might be real, or at least really well researched. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The result is a film that's both conceptually outlandish and improbably boring, with two leads who never seem remotely in peril and look vaguely absurd in low-level fights. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) There are sequences so pristine and immediate, so wide-eyed and full of mankind's optimism, as to feel almost unreal to jaded modern eyes. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) It's like experiencing past, present and some eerie computer-generated future all at once -- dazzling and alienating and even a little bit emotional, in all the ways you know it probably shouldn't be and yet a great magic act can convince you otherwise. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's a rollickingly, grim dispatch from a society chowing down on its own entrails, where the underclass are clawing at each other, the rich get twisted up by their own malaise, and everyone's losing their goddamn minds. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) All you need is love, the movie suggests, when a dash of imagination wouldn't have gone astray. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The new movie works hard to entertain, but it's also stuck in awkward limbo between reset and replay mode, gesturing toward new adventures while rehashing tired old themes. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) The 75-year-old British filmmaker's most ambitious work to date is also one of the most potent movies of the year. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum continues to deliver the kind of fight choreography that serves as an antidote to the CGI slickness of other action spectacles, but it seems unlikely that the creative team can successfully lap the same premise for much longer. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) There's so much of the filmmaker's soul and craft in the finished product, so many of Gilliam's fascinating, clashing impulses - visionary excess, blundering self-sabotage - bouncing off walls in ways that refuse to be tamed. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary won't quite supplant the nostalgic memories of the original, but for audiences coming fresh to the tale, this is a satisfyingly ghoulish -- and frequently amusing -- addition to the ever-expanding King cinema canon. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's [affinity for Dumbo], whose computer-generated expressions have more personality than most of the stock human performances combined, creates a sense of empathy for the outsider that elevates the movie's generally tepid writing. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie might not capture the comedic energy of its subjects, but as a testament to a lifelong friendship, it's hard not to be moved just a little. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) For all its sound and fury, Vox Lux ultimately signifies very little. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) It's been a long and storied journey, but at the tender age of 88, Clint Eastwood has finally settled in as the wizened, reflective heart of American cinema - and made what might be one of its great road movies. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots only nudges the envelope. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
66% Vice (2018) The film similarly struggles to reconcile its impulses toward laughter and outrage. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
87% Colette (2018) Washmoreland has the right kind of deviant sensibility to take the film beyond stuffy historical piece. He gives Knightley range to move outside the period straightjacket. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's refreshingly unusual, to say the least, for a major studio picture to deliver an empathetic portrait of a bitter, middle-aged lesbian that has little interest in a redemptive character arc. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The film's sense of its own importance also proves to be its undoing. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) With such a cultural purview, who's to say that Bohemian Rhapsody - which aspires to little beyond simply entertaining its audience in the most generalist way - isn't successful? - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Even as Fallout marches to a surprisingly generic ticking-clock-and-explosive climax, the action is energised by Cruise's wild zeal. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom might be the first film in the series that breaks the mould of its predecessors, ditching the tenuous social concern of Michael Crichton's cautionary original in favour of a gleeful contempt for humanity's failings. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The film is cohesive, zippy and confident to a fault, an interlocking piece of an ever-expanding - or should that be contracting - universe where most of the spontaneity has been relegated to the bad press. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It hums with Spielberg's unmatched formal elasticity. But it's also a shrill, soulless piece, lacking the sense of wonder - or even an interrogation of such - essential to its director's best work. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
85% The Square (2017) As intelligent and well assembled as The Square is, it lets its audience off the hook with a wink at every turn. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) ...an unexpectedly tender coming of age piece. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman pulls off a tricky highwire act once Rama's attacker is eventually found... - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It's a heady cocktail, and yet the film arrives at an impasse. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, takes one of Baldwin's unfinished manuscripts, Remember This House, and transforms it into an urgent exploration of US history. - The Neighbourhood Paper (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) All told, Coppola's film is another satisfying, if somewhat minor, addition to the filmmaker's impressive career. - The Final Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
64% Axolotl Overkill (2017) A surprisingly affecting debut, less concerned with teenage debauchery than the world of disarray in which its characters move. It's also one that's strongly attuned to the bonds between women. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
75% Berlin Syndrome (2017) The film is at its most convincing when evoking the horrifying ordeal of domestic entrapment and it gives its protaganist at least some surface dues in developing what passes for agency here. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
81% Personal Shopper (2017) [Personal Shopper] displays a conversely intuitive, almost millennial understanding of the changing European landscape and the New World citizens who populate it. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Once again stunt man-turned-auteur Stahelski orchestrates scene after scene of gracefully choreographed carnage. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Sanders' film is impressive enough on its "own," or at least as impressive as a commercially-minded, committee-driven bastardisation of an iconic text might hope to be. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Skull Island manages to hold [its] precarious balance of haphazard social commentary and B-movie thrills for an admirable distance, assisted immensely by the levity of the screenplay and performances. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) A Sistine Chapel of transcendent stupidity. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
Recommended 60% Allied (2016) Allied fabricates a wish-fulfillment idea of Golden Age Hollywood melodrama-star-crossed gossip and all-for a 21st-century cinema that has increasingly little time for it. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's weight to this world, no longer defined by clashes between politicians and spiritual warriors; instead, there's a sense of the desperation of the people and creatures that have always existed just outside the margins of the series' frame. - The Final Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's an oddly satirical piece, casting a gentle side-eye at capitalism and the corporate war machine even as it hedges its bets with Lee's trademark dramatic pathos. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016