Herald Sun (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Leigh Paatsch Though the film marking her return has its slight flaws, Gyllenhaal's mesmerising performance has none whatsoever. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Leigh Paatsch Boosted by some of the year's best writing, the extraordinary Marriage Story will merrily break your heart, then solemnly repair it, over and over again. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Leigh Paatsch All three leads run hot and cold throughout, but so too does the movie, which never quite nails the right tone of flippant humour needed to keep an audience on-side. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Leigh Paatsch If there is one character that propels Ford V Ferrari towards a winning outcome it is Miles, who draws from Bale his most endearing and warm performance to date. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Leigh Paatsch When paying homage to (or just as often, blatantly copying from) The Shining, Doctor Sleep does cast a faintly affecting spell. The rest, however, emits a faintly worrying smell. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Leigh Paatsch Very, very strong. Almost overpoweringly so. The November arrival of Last Christmas is great news for anyone who wished there were more happy-sad British rom-coms about lovelorn Londoners riding emotional rollercoasters all the way through December. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 Arctic Dogs (2019) Leigh Paatsch Admirable sentiments? Yes. When heard from a voice cast who could not be less invested in what they are saying? Not so admirable. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Leigh Paatsch Stand by for the very final, utterly unforgettable shot of The Irishman for lasting proof of an established cinematic master still looking to prove something more. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 Flight (2012) Leigh Paatsch Some might say Flight peaks very early. Those folks would be absolutely right. But what a peak it is. Whatever you do, do not show up late. The opening half-hour is truly stunning. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Leigh Paatsch Rev-9 is easily the most sophisticated, sinister and pimped-out piece of murder-tech to ever appear in a Terminator movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Leigh Paatsch A joy to watch from start to finish, further boosted by a ripping support cast led by Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/5 Little Monsters (2019) Leigh Paatsch Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) is clearly the best thing about Little Monsters. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Mule (2018) Leigh Paatsch Not unwatchable by any stretch, but could have been so much better in the hands of another filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5 Deep Impact (1998) Leigh Paatsch The final 30 minutes - where all of mankind starts looking for anywhere to duck and cover - is great disaster movie stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Leigh Paatsch While not exactly a musical, it is the music of legendary American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen that fuels the engine of this endearing British movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Leigh Paatsch Though a slight notch down from its predecessor, Double Tap goes about its undead and up-to-something business the right way from go to whoa. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Leigh Paatsch A perfectly pleasant, if a touch innocuous, rejigging of the Arthurian legend for a modern audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 () Leigh Paatsch Feeding off the energy in the room, the comedian isn't afraid to improvise some new gags, even this late in his career, and the tangents upon which his routine goes "off-road" are a distinct highlight of the show. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Strange but True (2019) Leigh Paatsch A solid cast does well in often trying circumstances here, thickening up some watery plotting as required. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 Pavarotti (2019) Leigh Paatsch The doco is at its very best when it gets to show us plenty of Pavarotti in his showstopping, heart-starting prime, peaking with his work with the incomparable Joan Sutherland and (most famously of all) as part of The Three Tenors. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
1.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Leigh Paatsch All storytelling roads lead to an incomprehensible Game of Thrones-lite battle in the final act that is either very poorly staged, or terribly edited. It is impossible to tell. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Leigh Paatsch It must be said that as a whole movie, Judy only works in parts. The tone can get a bit tacky and the structure too flash-backy to truly impress for too long. Nevertheless, Zellweger's immaculate work saves the day repeatedly. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 Seabiscuit (2003) Leigh Paatsch A high-quality telling of the inspirational true story behind America's own Phar Lap, an equine powerhouse that became a hero of the Depression era. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Leigh Paatsch The film is more sturdy than sensational, perhaps concentrating too hard on not losing its footing along the risky route taken through the story. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 Women He's Undressed (2015) Leigh Paatsch From the outset of this fascinating documentary, decorated Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong is a woman on a mission. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Bugsy Malone (1976) Leigh Paatsch Worth seeing purely for the sequence where the pre-teen Mafioso open their violin cases and pull out machine guns that fire nothing but cream pies. A true original from 1976. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Love & Mercy (2014) Leigh Paatsch While this feature-film biopic brings higher aspirations to the table, it doesn't always rise to the occasion demanded by its fascinating subject. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Instant Family (2018) Leigh Paatsch First impressions here point to an amiable, if ineffectual middle-of-the-road comedy. Nothing wrong with that. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Leigh Paatsch While the movie starts out very fleshy and very flashy, it soon settles into a grittier groove that helps us understand what pushed these women to take such drastic (and dangerous) measures to get ahead. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
1.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Leigh Paatsch It is all so deathly dull, and to be frank, it did not have to be. Not with a star of Smith's proven charm (bizarrely never called on here) or a director like Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) involved. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Leigh Paatsch When push comes to shove, this remarkable production never loses your full attention nor fascination or worry. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Leigh Paatsch The dry delivery of such gags and the stoner-ish overall vibe of The Dead Don't Die will prove to be an acquired taste for many (hardcore zombie fans included). However, that quality cast list keeps the whole thing on the right side of average. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Leigh Paatsch In what should come to stand as the finest performance of 2019 - Oscars, here he comes! - Phoenix isolates a void in The Joker between the breaking of the man and the making of a menace to society. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 Blood Diamond (2006) Leigh Paatsch The movie sometimes revels too much in the chaos and carnage of its setting, but superior writing and acting pricks the conscience exactly when needed. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Leigh Paatsch The narrative flow of The Goldfinch is oddly disjointed, as if it has been inelegantly hacked down from a longer version. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Leigh Paatsch Being a del Toro production, the grisly effects and monster designs are well above average, and provoke a lasting chill at odds with the lightweight tone of the picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Leigh Paatsch Stallone moves like a stretch Hummer attempting a U-turn in a suburban driveway, emotes like an Easter Island statue, and speaks in a voice so impossibly deep and consistently incoherent. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 Rams (2018) Leigh Paatsch Rams' subtle blend of bleak comedy and human drama is far more appealing than it first looks. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Paper Towns (2015) Leigh Paatsch An endearingly modest and quietly affecting adaptation of an early novel by wildly popular young-adult author John Green (The Fault in our Stars). EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Leigh Paatsch The calculated combo of raunchy high-jinks and sweet-natured cluelessness that defines Good Boys runs in an appealing parallel to obvious inspirations such as Superbad and the recent Booksmart. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Leigh Paatsch This unique movie is, by turns, a cerebral and compelling experience. Don't go thinking you'll be getting anything like Matt Damon's The Martian. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Leigh Paatsch Superbly filmed, shrewdly written and simply beautiful to look at, this welcome return to Downtown Abbey is as good a work of light entertainment as will be released this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Leigh Paatsch A fast pace, friendly vibe and a willingness to send itself up are all big pluses for this crowd-pleasing affair. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Leigh Paatsch Visually, the movie backs off on the garish colours and frenetic scene changes that made the original Angry Birds such an eyesore, and this not-so-needy vibe also later works in favour of a slightly stirring finale. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 () Leigh Paatsch As for Ride Like a Girl's all-important racetrack sequences, they are passable enough, but not quite as exhilarating as first-time director Rachel Griffiths and her team have been making out while promoting the movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Contraband (2012) Leigh Paatsch Hang tight, action fans. Because once that assignment begins, so does a quite enjoyable mash-up of Tower Heist, Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 My Week With Marilyn (2011) Leigh Paatsch It is with great imagination that Williams reveals the rest of what Marilyn Monroe was really all about. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 Deliverance (1972) Leigh Paatsch This gripping drama was a controversial release back in the early 70s, and its distressing intensity hasn't really diminished in the decades since.Just remember, once you go with its powerful flow, there ain't no turnin' back. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 World War Z (2013) Leigh Paatsch It will stress you out. It will mess you up. But you're still going to love living through every last dismembered bit of World War Z. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Leigh Paatsch This exquisite experience is not depressing in the slightest. Conversely, you will leave in a state of hope and happiness most movies could never hope to inspire. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019