Herald Sun (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Leigh Paatsch However, all is forgiven once It Chapter Two tightens the screws in its final act and the Losers close in an overconfident (and, by this point, way oversized) Pennywise. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 Angel of Mine (2019) Leigh Paatsch Though she clearly struggles at times, Rapace's scenes opposite co-star Yvonne Strahovski (as the mother of Lizzie's obsession) are both compassionate and compelling enough to keep an audience invested and unsettled. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
1/5 Holmes & Watson (2018) Leigh Paatsch A very flat, lethargic and largely laughter-free spoof, in which Will Ferrell plays the legendary literary detective Sherlock Holmes is simply incapable of getting any jokey party started. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 Frances Ha (2012) Leigh Paatsch This delightful indie comedy proves whoever said life's what you make it has got it all wrong. Life's what makes you. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4.5/5 The Station Agent (2003) Leigh Paatsch In a rare case of cinematic synchronicity, we get to know them at exactly the same speed as they get to know each other. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Leigh Paatsch This is history being made. This is music at its most powerful and totally embracing: awash with all the joy, sorrow and wonder of life itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Leigh Paatsch While the three leads are impressive enough, the screenplay (based on an obscure comic book series) is too sketchy and what should have been a fiery finale fails to combust. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 We Bought a Zoo (2011) Leigh Paatsch What you see in the title is all you will get from this soft-hearted, yet level-headed family movie. And that's exactly all the target audience needs from such middle-of-the-road fare. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Leigh Paatsch Just like 2013's Olympus Has Fallen and 2016's London Has Fallen, Butler's new movie is as dumb as a pile of bricks, but still stacks up on pure adrenaline-extraction grounds. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 American Factory (2019) Leigh Paatsch The big twist to the premise of this very well-made and researched documentary is that it is the United States of America that is increasingly supplying the underpaid jobs and overfriendly incentives, while it is China reaping the dividends. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Jersey Boys (2014) Leigh Paatsch This well-crafted screen adaptation is not about to let the hits (Sherry, Oh What a Night, Big Girls Don't Cry etc.) do all the heavy lifting, allowing the storytelling to get off lightly. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Leigh Paatsch The same winning blend of endearment and excitement is once again to the fore in this quality third installment in the animated series based on the books by Cressida Cowell. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Leigh Paatsch Those with a refined palate for challenging, intelligent and charismatic storytelling should unashamedly gorge themselves on the feast presented here. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 Otherhood (2019) Leigh Paatsch What saves the movie from totally going off the rails is the grounded vibes given off by its three leading women. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Leigh Paatsch It's all sweet, silly and kind of spooky as it was the first time around. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Leigh Paatsch Once you factor-in cardboard-thin characters, clichéd dialogue, and a distinct lack of context about how Australia found itself in Vietnam in the first place, Danger Close's stature soon shrinks markedly. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Leigh Paatsch Tarantino's utterly unique combination of macro-bravado and micromanagement is the key that unlocks all of the greatness within Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Leigh Paatsch A mind-wringing, sense-zinging threat to the psyche, Midsommar marks just the second work of filmmaking prodigy Ari Aster. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
1.5/5 Palm Beach (2019) Leigh Paatsch This beautifully filmed and sumptuously catered cavalcade of comfortable discomfort would be just about bearable if the acting, writing or direction could rustle anything relatable from the glam gathering. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Leigh Paatsch Aside from a brilliant Thompson, what keeps this engaging (though not always engaged) affair in an audience's good graces is its lively scriptwriting. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/5 Australian Dream (1987) Leigh Paatsch Unlike the recent TV doco The Final Quarter, Goodes himself is an active presence in The Australian Dream, giving a clear, strident and soulful voice to what he and others have gone through as indigenous Australians. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 Magic Mike (2012) Leigh Paatsch If you go a little deeper, the movie engages and fascinates beyond a strictly physical reaction. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Ophelia (2018) Leigh Paatsch Technically, there are stretches of the movie where highly evocative cinematography and a skillfully assembled sound mix combine to convey what the actors and some fairly wacky writing cannot. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Great Hack (2019) Leigh Paatsch The Great Hack does occasionally struggle under the weight of its own data load. There is a lot for viewers to process here, and sometimes the torrent of facts and figures flowing from the screen can get overwhelming. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Leigh Paatsch Hobbs and Shaw gets the job done as a big-screen thrill machine - you won't remember much of it in a week's time, but you won't walk away thinking you've done your dough on a dud. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Carol (2015) Leigh Paatsch Achingly precise (and unexpectedly poignant) performances from Blanchett and Mara keeps the whole thing well away from soap-opera territory. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 The Public (2018) Leigh Paatsch The obvious belief that Estevez and a committed cast share in highlighting such extreme measures gives The Public a lasting resonance that lives on in the memory for some time afterwards. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4.5/5 Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Leigh Paatsch The sound design and visuals have been vastly improved, and a judicious expansion of scenes featuring Robert Duvall (he who loved the smell of napalm in the morning) is also a welcome bonus. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Leigh Paatsch The big move made by the filmmaker in capturing the mercurial, maddening essence of Maradona is executed very early in the doco. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Leigh Paatsch The miraculous nature of this breakthrough mission to the moon - achieved with rinky-dink technology, rigorous mathematics and the crossing of fingers and toes all over the world - is bursting from every frame. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4.5/5 () Leigh Paatsch The scenes that Mirren shares with Richard McCabe (as Harold Wilson) are also a true delight to witness. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Leigh Paatsch What follows is a genuinely rousing, faintly ridiculous survivalist thriller where all those lapping waters and snapping jaws combine to induce a state of claustrophobic delirium. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Leigh Paatsch The storytelling of the new movie is depressingly lifeless, hitting all the right beats in the epic saga of Simba's tragic exile and triumphant return, but never with any vital rhythm. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Leigh Paatsch Here to briefly excite, amuse and then vanish from the memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Leigh Paatsch While its general synopsis looks very familiar on paper, its expansion and execution on screen is something truly out of the ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) Leigh Paatsch It is the sheer quality and consistent intensity The Cure pump into their performance that truly impresses. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
1/5 After (2019) Leigh Paatsch The first movie adaptation, and it looks fairly safe to say there won't be any more Afters after this After. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019