ABC News (Australia)

ABC News (Australia) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jason Di Rosso, Keva York, Luke Goodsell
Rating Title/Year Author
() Jason Di Rosso Scorsese manages to fashion a moving work that's empathetic and also boldly critical. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Luke Goodsell Ford v Ferrari can't help but be moderately satisfying, its familiar heroes-versus-the-system narrative jazzed by some genuinely exciting motor racing sequences. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Luke Goodsell Trapped in limbo between Mission: Impossible and Hustlers, it's an unsteady confection that drifts toward inertia -- too low on good jokes to paper over the plot tedium, and only partially rescued by the chemistry between its leads. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Luke Goodsell Pain and Glory considers both elements of its title, and though the former weighs heavy, it's the warmth that lingers - in the small moments that resonate in life's absurd slipstream... EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The King (2019) Jason Di Rosso Their re-jigging of the Bard's work as cinematic high adventure is largely successful, if not particularly daring. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Luke Goodsell It's neither witty enough to be truly, viciously funny, nor sufficiently scary to cultivate the atmosphere of evil that might make it genuinely unnerving. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Luke Goodsell The overwhelming music certainly captures that giddy, all-consuming rush of falling for a new idol who seems, in that moment, to belong exclusively to you. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Judy (2019) Jason Di Rosso There's enough emotion and sheer tragedy to propel it to the finish, and its central performance lingers for the awful emotional trauma and humanity that it conveys. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Luke Goodsell Has anyone so gifted and visually arresting -- a goth queen dream -- been so ill-served by a pair of movies so aggressively dreary? EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Keva York Rather than uncritically promoting some string theory of "girl power", Hustlers asks to be understood as the complement of Wolf of Wall Street and other such tales of corporate corruption. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Luke Goodsell 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... EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Joker (2019) Jason Di Rosso Joker builds into a statement that's salient and provocative - holding a mirror to real world frustration and the resurgent populism in our midst. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Stephen A. Russell This is definitely one of those 'read the book first' occasions. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
American Factory (2019) Lauren Carroll Harris It's the kind of astonishing story that could serve as the dramatic spine of an alternate history novel... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Jason Di Rosso With a more robust exploration of how they ended up here, Hotel Mumbai might have become the more thoughtful thriller it aspires to. As it stands it's an accomplished horror ride from a director with much promise. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Jason Di Rosso Captain Marvel packages this dilemma in a stylish, thoughtful and funny superhero movie that's a twist on the usual origin story formula. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Jason Di Rosso By the time his heroine is belting out her third-rate songs in a sequined jumpsuit, you can't help but wish you'd stayed home. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Us (2019) Jason Di Rosso Peele is one of the most promising directors of the American horror resurgence. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Jason Di Rosso Los Angeles - especially its crumbling eastern sprawl - serves as an evocative backdrop, with cinematographer Julie Kirkwood capturing its shades of pink and beige as the sun hits the sand and concrete. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Capernaum (2018) Jason Di Rosso No doubt it is a tongue-in-cheek name, but it is true that Capharnaüm is about many things: corruption and racism, refugees, stolen childhood, the moral weakness of adults and the difficulty in apportioning blame. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jason Di Rosso You wonder how so much talent, underwritten by such an obscenely large budget, doesn't trigger more pathos. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Burning (2018) Jason Di Rosso Burning is a superior thriller with a double edge - a film that's about a doomed romantic obsession and also a social critique that lays bare the impotency of an outsider seeking to understand the opaque world of the mega rich. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Jason Di Rosso The Hustle's attempt at satire suffers from the limitations of its imagination, and its failure to realise it needs to be harsher on the con artists than their victims if it doesn't want to make bolder changes to the script's architecture. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Jason Di Rosso If only the film's unflinching gaze and sheer energy were enough to inspire a great film. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Las herederas (2018) Jason Di Rosso In telling a personal story The Heiresses, then, is also very much a political tale. It's a terrifically accomplished debut full of humour and deep tenderness... EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Jason Di Rosso Maradona is a man whose story is full of such remarkable highs and lows, and who continues to mean so much to so many, that even Kapadia's heady storytelling can't overplay it. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Jason Di Rosso Booksmart, instead, wraps its main characters in cotton wool. And despite one romantic awakening that's handled well but is best experienced without any forewarning, the script's curve balls lack impact... EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Dogman (2018) Jason Di Rosso It's a pleasure - of sorts - to see the director back with such well-crafted and vibrantly realised characters, caught once again in his nightmarish cinematic web of loneliness and self-delusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Jason Di Rosso Given how many Americans can claim some kind of migrant heritage, it's perhaps strange there haven't been more films like Lulu Wang's carefully crafted drama... EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Freedom (2019) Luke Goodsell It's one of the strongest Australian debut films of recent years. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Jason Di Rosso Ad Astra lacks the sophistication of its high-end, 1970s references, and would have benefitted from giving in to more splashy action movie impulses. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Animals (2019) Keva York Buoyed by Unsworth's often-snappy dialogue, it's a film that exudes genuine warmth, even as it grapples with the realities of growing up and growing apart, and the ugly anxieties that come with being a modern, middle-class woman no longer in her twenties. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Luke Goodsell It: Chapter 2 retreats from the genuine horror of the 2017 remake towards something less imaginative. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Keva York If The Nightingale falls short of its lofty ideals, that doesn't stymie its significance as an affecting cinematic reckoning with the unremitting ugliness of Australia's colonial history. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Keva York Tarantino seems more interested in showing off his lead actors -- who take clear delight in hamming it up for him -- and his loving recreation of Los Angeles landmarks (like Musso & Frank's and El Coyote) than he is in building dramatic tension. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Late Night (2019) Sarinah Masukor In the world of Late Night, a 58-year-old woman can have a long-running talk show. And despite her age, Katherine changes and grows. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Parasite (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Luke Goodsell All you need is love, the movie suggests, when a dash of imagination wouldn't have gone astray. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Sarinah Masukor The film becomes a ridiculous, cheesy, amusement park. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Luke Goodsell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Valerie Ng There are rare, giddy moments where we are made aware of nothing at all but the movement of the camera, light and boundless, as it soars over mountains and across city streets as if by the force of wind alone. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Terror Nullius (2018) Jason Di Rosso As beautifully made as it is, there's a caustic, irreverent tone running through it that wouldn't be out of place in a student newspaper. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Luke Goodsell The 75-year-old British filmmaker's most ambitious work to date is also one of the most potent movies of the year. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019