Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
70% Pink Wall (2019) A deeply felt, acutely observed feature. - Screen International EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
83% Cunningham (2019) Immersive and enthralling... steadfastly avoids becoming a standard birth-to-death tribute. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) [A] quietly compelling film... - Screen International EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
68% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
67% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
No Score Yet Carmilla (2019) This restrained affair could ultimately use a bit more blood in its veins. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
100% Bellbird (2019) An understated drama with an open heart and a lithe sense of humour. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3.5/5 80% Reflections in the Dust (2018) Sullivan's approach is bold, ambitious and primed to make an impact; however it's Houbolt and Queere's performances that ensures the film hits home. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
50% Palm Beach (2019) Palm Beach works best an ensemble showcase filled with ample talent making the most of their requisite lively and serious moments, as directed by a filmmaker with an attentive and generous eye. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) This ruminative film leaves a firm imprint. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
83% Let It Be Law (Que sea ley) (2019) As women fight for the right to control their own bodies and lives, Let It Be Law lays bare personal stories in straightforward talking-head shots that have a lingering impact. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
100% The Orphanage (2019) While Afghanistan's current plight is well-observed cinematically, stepping back to examine life on the ground three decades ago offers a rare but worthy viewpoint. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
34% Poms (2019) Lessons are learned by characters of all ages, but Poms frequently feels awkward rather than uplifting. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
80% Roads (2019) Roads is always on the move, be it by camper van, ferry, electronic bike or motorcycle, but it's the yearning of its two protagonists that gives the movie its restlessness. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
63% Son of a Gun (2015) Son of a Gun may be another gritty Australian crime offering, but it is also an enthusiastic, expressive and engrossing example of its genre. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) With Aquaman, the character, being one of the rare highlights of Justice League, it's reassuring to see Aquaman, the movie, build upon the half-human, half-Atlantean's momentum. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
70% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019) A sharp Macedonia-set satire about power, change and a woman's place in a patriarchal world. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
63% Idol (2019) [This] ambitiously twisty feature... provides an astute thread of commentary about class, gender and immigration. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
86% Top End Wedding (2019) This crowd-pleaser fits the wedding film mould, largely compiled from recognisable parts and adhering to a familiar template. Yet It does, however, build charmingly and convincingly towards a well-earned emotional payoff. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
96% Roma (2018) For all of the highlights on Cuarón's resume, Roma sees the director enter another realm. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
70% Climax (2019) Epitomising the idea that style can equal substance (as he has across his entire filmography), it's how Noé spins this story that mesmerises. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Heller may only have two movies to her name, however she's a perceptive, probing and generous director, giving her characters the space they need to shine and fail and experience everything in-between. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Refuses to be shrugged off, ignored or overlooked. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
94% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Doesn't judge or dismiss or play up stereotypes, because everyone is a fangirl (or boy) for something, including the director herself. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
2.5/5 63% Normandie nue (2018) While the film's template and clichés are always evident, it still radiates the charm inherent in its various components - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Heft and depth go far in this eighth franchise instalment. In the ring and on the screen, you can't connect without both. - ArtsHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 59% The Grinch (2018) Ramps up the slapstick while adding a needless backstory that threatens to undercut the text's message - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
73% The Children Act (2018) Ponders faith and medicine among Jehovah's Witnesses to stunning effect - and with heart-wrenching delicacy. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019