The Age (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 I Am No Bird (2019) Jake Wilson I Am No Bird contains much to mull over, but not always with a sense that Baker has been able to shape her material into a cohesive narrative or argument. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/5 The Report (2019) Jake Wilson Ultimately, the film is a character study as much as anything else -- focused, obviously, on Americans, not on the actual victims of torture. Burns has been lucky in his actors, starting with Driver, whose performance is one long slow burn. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Jake Wilson You can feel the actors' joy in playing these long, almost theatrical scenes -- and the director's joy in seeing them take the script to a new level. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
() Age Staff The general setting out of the story is good, and the artists know their business. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The Furies (2019) Jake Wilson The effort to combine sermonising and sadism at worst feels hypocritical, and even at best has a vaguely self-congratulatory air. After all, many earlier horror films have addressed similar themes without being so heavy-handed about it. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jake Wilson With Doctor Sleep, no room is left to doubt that the good characters merit sympathy and the bad ones deserve to suffer. That would be fine in a fairytale, if it were short and sweet enough, but it seems a meagre vision for two and a half hours. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Jake Wilson The Irishman is pure cinema, all three and a half hours of it - and one of Scorsese's jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffing freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Jake Wilson The film ups the ante on its predecessor, resulting in a pure, rather beautiful example of genre as ritual. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jake Wilson That Hamilton has kept a low profile in recent times gives an edge to her performance, which suggests that she, like her character, feels no need to ingratiate herself with anybody. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Jake Wilson There's no attempt to be seriously disturbing, or to offer us anything more than a macabre good time. Still, on that level the film delivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
1.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jake Wilson Jolie seems utterly trapped by the narrow conception of the role, which requires her to speak in a clipped British accent and keep emotional display to a minimum. Sometimes her stiffness is played for laughs, sometimes she's just stiff. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 A Thousand Thoughts (2018) Karl Quinn It's an ambitious project that teeters on the edge of preciousness without ever toppling. As a hybrid form, though, it sometimes leaves you wishing it could make up its mind and just be one thing or the other. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Jake Wilson This is a film to ponder; once again leaving the impression that Lee is an adult among children -- or to put it another way: one of the few interesting artists still at work in mainstream Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Jake Wilson Hogg's lighter touch discourages easy judgment. Despite this she has a knack for the kind of vignette that speaks volumes about a relationship. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Jake Wilson [Joaquin Phoenix] never manages to make Arthur into a coherent person, partly because it's hard to see this schmuck as any kind of future arch-villain and partly because the film's thesis is kept broad and vague. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Jake Wilson The Goldfinch is an unmistakable fiasco, pretentious and incoherent even on its own terms. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jake Wilson The zombie genre is now close to exhaustion -- though this is not a problem for Jarmusch who likes his premises threadbare, all the better to distil them into absurdist ritual. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 UglyDolls (2019) Jake Wilson It's all pretty derivative but also pretty wacky, and there's meaning, if you look for it, on a whole lot of levels, from Freudian imagery and hints of religious allegory to the satire of reality TV. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Jake Wilson This is, to put it plainly, one nutty movie. To begin with, there is no evident reason for it to exist. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Jake Wilson While there's no lack of spectacular vistas, the most dramatic landscape of all is Pitt's face, regularly shown in close-up... This is an acting challenge which Pitt meets impressively, letting emotion surface seemingly against his will. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 Good Boys (2019) Jake Wilson Some of this is fun and inventive, some of it repetitive and feeble, especially the heavy emphasis on the naivety of the protagonists and the hopelessness of their attempts at cool. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
High School Musical 2 (2007) Gordon Farrer It's an irrepressibly colourful and upbeat effort and the result is Grease meets Fame meets Annette Funicello and Elvis Presley, for 8-to-12-year-olds. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Jake Wilson Children will sit through it happily enough, but they deserve better, don't they? EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
1.5/5 () Jake Wilson The individual shots are handsomely framed, but the rhythms are off, either drawn-out or truncated, and mannerisms such as the frequent fades to black only add to the sense of disjuncture. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jake Wilson Even if the film is mostly too lacking in narrative momentum to be truly suspenseful, it retains a disturbing quality which stems precisely from Muschietti's willingness to court the absurd. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 Dogman (2018) Jake Wilson Dogman can be unpleasant to watch, as films about bullying commonly are. But on its own terms it's well-made and even gripping. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Jake Wilson The fire burns slowly, but there's no lack of heat in Celine Sciamma's period love story. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
() Jake Wilson The encounters that take place as part of this nocturnal journey are brief and deliberately undramatic: what counts most are the darkened streets themselves, the passing cars and dots of light in the distance. The effect is often exquisite. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Jake Wilson Cinematically speaking, zombies have been done to death, but in this new comedy from Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe the gag is precisely how far the trope can be taken for granted. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 Weathering With You (2019) Jake Wilson Echoes and departs from Your Name and while not as complete a success, holds considerable appeal in own right. Visually it may be even more beguiling than its predecessor. As storytelling it's awkward and poetic. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jake Wilson There seems little doubt that every detail of the tableau has been selected to give [Tarantino] pleasure, and we are being permitted to witness a private ritual of self-gratification, on more than one level. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
It Must Be Heaven (2019) Jake Wilson [Elia Suleiman]'s the straight man to an absurd world, remaining silent and largely impassive through a string of oblique, fanciful vignettes EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Dirty God (2019) Garry Maddox Often confronting but always heartfelt, Dirty God is elevated by a stunningly authentic performance by Vicky Knight. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Picture Character (2019) Jake Wilson The idea of a feature-length documentary about emojis may sound whimsical, but the more filmmakers Ian Cheney and Martha Shane probe the topic, the more intriguing questions are opened up. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Bacurau (2019) Jake Wilson A familiar premise is given new and unsettling life. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Violence Voyager (2018) Jake Wilson This campy yet unsettling Japanese oddity takes retro to a whole new level, through a technique that is neither live-action nor animation in any usual sense. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Jake Wilson Even more than Hereditary, Midsommar lives on the edge where horror meets absurdity, prompting the kind of laughter that comes from not knowing how else to respond. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 Late Night (2019) Jake Wilson I'm willing to accept this as an accurate picture of how comedians can be -- which is not to say that the accuracy makes Late Night any funnier. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1964) Jake Wilson Whatever passes before [Sergei Parajanov's] camera -- men, women, children, animals, crucifixes, candles, fire, snow -- is rendered so vividly that other films look like vague shadows by comparison. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Stephanie Bunbury Diao is a master of both settings and set-pieces. Unfortunately, the characters and plot twists are much less compelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Whistlers (2019) Stephanie Bunbury Poromboiu has always been the funniest of the Romanian new wave directors, albeit with a bitter twist and deliberately rough delivery. Here, clearly revelling in the constraints of genre convention, he delivers pure entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Jake Wilson Movie premises don't come much more French than this... Regardless, this is a very cunningly handled first feature, maintaining a matter-of-fact, sometimes comic tone rather than venturing too far into erotic daydream. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Matthias & Maxime (2019) Stephanie Bunbury Xavier Dolan shows a new restraint and romantic tenderness... He breathes fragrant life into a familiar story of unspoken longing. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Frankie (2019) Jake Wilson The customarily skillful Sachs here takes a frankly rarefied approach a little reminiscent of the Australian director Ben Hackworth -- framing the idyllic "natural" settings as if they were backdrops made for the actors to stand against. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 Australian Dream (1987) Karl Quinn To put it in more emotional terms, if The Final Quarter left you seething at how appalling this country sometimes is, The Australian Dream might have you feeling cautiously optimistic about how good it can be -- if it has the will to try. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Share (2019) Karl Quinn For teens and their parents [this film] ought perhaps to be compulsory viewing. A word of advice though: maybe watch in separate rooms. Some things are just not meant to be shared. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jake Wilson The action regularly grinds to a halt so they can trade elaborate putdowns, which give every sign of having been crafted by writers whose practical experience of brawling has occurred mostly on Twitter. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 Camino Skies (2019) Jake Wilson Despite the pretty cinematography and "inspirational" tone, the approach has a lot in common with the voyeuristic formula of reality TV: following vulnerable people through demanding situations and waiting for them to crack. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Jake Wilson The film gives the impression that much of Fiennes' attention went into working with Ivenko on shaping the details of this portrait -- and it is psychologically convincing, whether or not it has much to do with the real man. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Jake Wilson First, the good news: it's immediately clear that Wilde is a filmmaker by vocation... If anything, the film is polished to a fault: the marketing term "elevated genre," most frequently applied to horror, feels equally apt here. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019