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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Isle of Dogs (2018) Matt Neal It works, in a way only Wes Anderson can make such things work. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Matt Neal It's like Goodfellas, but with strippers. Goodstrippers? EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) CJ Johnson Despite being astonishingly derivative on a directorial level, has some fresh vibes in the excellent chemistry between Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 Joker (2019) CJ Johnson Cinematography, art direction and Phoenix's performance are the draws here; the story is so derivative, drawn out, empty and vapid that the film's biggest fault is that it drags. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Matt Neal The Taxi Driver of comic book movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) CJ Johnson Subtle it is not. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 Isha Ovedet (2018) CJ Johnson This is a forensic examination of just how workplace sexual harassment can not only play out but ensnare its victims in deeply complicated, confusing, dehumanising emotional and psychological webs. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 () CJ Johnson Far be it for me to churlishly point out too many deficiencies - some slack editing, some iffy dialogue and some far too glorious (CGI-infected) sunsets; this is a rousing crowd-pleaser that earns its box office success. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Matt Neal A "help the creature get home" family adventure filled with so much fun and wonder that you just want to give the whole damned movie a big hug. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 () Matt Neal Its message is important and its story powerful, but it's told in a matter-of-fact and unsurprising way that works without ever excelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 Good Boys (2019) CJ Johnson The kids' charm, the script's inherent nostalgic value and a hefty dose of good will provide the film's value, rather than any particularly brilliant gags. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) CJ Johnson Held together almost entirely by the warm interplay between Bill Murray and Adam Driver as a couple of small-town cops dealing with the undead rising. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 Ad Astra (2019) Matt Neal An admirable attempt at an all-too-rare beast - the big-budget sci-fi art film - (but) the film is about as subtle as its redundant narration. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) CJ Johnson This unique film will be easily appreciated not only by the Scarface completist, but the cultural tourist and art-house anthropologist as well. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) CJ Johnson Combines the calm, grand spectacle of 2001, the essential plot structure of Apocalypse Now, and, possibly, the best bits of James Gray's therapy sessions to create a slow-burn sci-fi thriller that is by turns captivating, mesmerizing and infuriating. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2.5/5 Freaks (2018) CJ Johnson Not afraid to hit a few hard beats, this little DIY effort shows a lot of guts. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 Animals (2019) CJ Johnson Significantly hipper, more thoughtful and more nuanced than your typical RomCom, while being significantly tamer, more formulaic and more commercially-minded than Hyde's previous film 52 Tuesdays. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 Bait (2019) CJ Johnson The most visually memorable film so far this year ... The aesthetics of the film inevitably consign it to the arthouse, but for the right viewer, this film will be fresh, vibrant, exciting and extremely memorable. It certainly was for me. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) CJ Johnson Certainly Hoggian, but it demonstrates a compassion and depth of feeling unseen in her first three films. Wonderful and totally engaging, with superb central performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) CJ Johnson Brutal and relatively compelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Matt Neal Maybe we can get the TV series this deserves in 10 years time. But for now, a visit to The Kitchen is only going to get you a rushed, unsatisfying meal. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3.5/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) CJ Johnson Massively ambitious crime drama is a supremely well crafted piece of genre auteurism. It's thoroughly solid in the delivery of its very specific intentions; whether you want such a product is up to you. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Matt Neal Stenders has put together a well shot and engaging re-enactment ... (but) it falls short in many other areas. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Matt Neal Welcome to Tarantino's weirdest film yet. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) CJ Johnson One of those films that makes the whole world outside the cinema seem creepy and weird when you emerge. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
2.5/5 Palm Beach (2019) Matt Neal Pleasantly average, vaguely disappointing, and largely forgettable. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) CJ Johnson A superb time at the movies, a languid, fun, exquisitely crafted "movie movie" that is best appreciated in the context of QT's whole career ... if this is your first Tarantino, you'll have a great time, but it needs to be your ninth for you to "get it." EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matt Neal This is less about cars, and more about Brosnan-era Bond-type OTT mayhem. Except on steroids. And possibly meth. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Matt Neal Wild Rose is the kind of star-making turn that will make, well, Jessie Buckley a star. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Matt Neal Visually stunning and majestic to behold, but this story was told with more power and finesse by its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Matt Neal It lacks a linear and layered story, but TSLOP 2 manages to be entertaining, humourous, and doesn't outstay its welcome. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matt Neal The most enjoyable European vacation ever committed to the big screen (sorry Griswolds), and amazingly, it's even better than Homecoming. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Matt Neal Some marvellous and clever moments ... but it also feels surprisingly by-the-numbers. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) CJ Johnson Dylan's tour was a jape, and so is this relentlessly entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) CJ Johnson Extremely well crafted and scripted ... Fun, propulsive, ingenious and quite loveable. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Matt Neal As much as this feels like an unnecessary sequel, Pixar has done the impossible. It's turned the perfect trilogy into the perfect quadrilogy. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) CJ Johnson Combines social-realism gritty urban British council-housing single-mum drama (Fish Tank, Dirty God) with inspirational aspirational goose-bump feel-good dramedy (The Full Monty, Brassed Off), skirting up to clichés only to make surprising left turns. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Matt Neal It will take the return of Will Smith to breath life back into a franchise that is otherwise drifting in dead space. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matt Neal They done a bad job with the Dark Phoenix story again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, screw you, Simon Kinberg. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5 / 5 Astérix : le secret de la potion magique (2018) CJ Johnson Honours the spirit of the books with grace and integrity. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) CJ Johnson It must have been tough, saying lines that make no sense in a story that is incomprehensible; I imagine them all - Dance, Hawkins, Watanabe - at the bar each night, trading bonkers lines of dialogue they'd had to say that day, as a kind of drinking game. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Matt Neal If you really want to line (Bohemian Rhapsody) against (Rocketman), it's no contest - Rocketman is far and away the better film. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Matt Neal When it finally takes wing, this version of Aladdin soars like a magic carpet. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) CJ Johnson A tremendously rewarding experience ... has the heft and moral complexity of a smart novel ... Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Realm (El reino) (2018) CJ Johnson The film's final act is superb: very tense, very cynical and very very angry ... It's satisfying stuff, and truly on the dirty money for these deeply corrupt times. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
1.5/5 The Hustle (2019) Matt Neal The film's inability to find its funnybone, combined with a tone that continually wobbles into bizarre places it struggles to get out of, makes this a criminal disappointment. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 Top End Wedding (2019) Matt Neal There's a lot to like in this film which takes us to a lot of places Australian cinema hasn't visited very often, both geographically and culturally. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Long Shot (2019) CJ Johnson After a promising opening ten minutes featuring gags that, if not truly edgy, at least carry a little bite, the superficially progressive RomCom Long Shot proceeds inexorably towards complete mainstream commercial formulaic filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 Acute Misfortune (2018) CJ Johnson Rich, strange, smart and darkly off-centre ... [director] Thomas M. Wright produces a portrait that is somewhat oblique and extremely evocative. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matt Neal (No spoilers) The Return Of The King of superhero movies. An epic end chapter that closes a legacy in the best way, living up to the lofty expectations. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019