Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 81% Overlord (2018) While Overlord's premise screams B-movie and the feature knows it, [director Julius] Avery doesn't handle the narrative in a simple and senseless manner.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
88% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's the type of film that cheering kids will want to re-watch, re-live and play-act, bearing well for post-theatrical streaming and home-release prospects.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
45% Storm Boy (2019) Though less subtle in its contemplation of environmental devastation, coping with loss and change, and letting go of the ones you love, this four-decades-later remake still flaps its way into viewers' hearts like its intrepid pelican hero.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
100% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Eight years on, the How to Train Your Dragon films might not break any new aesthetic ground... but they remain as vibrant as ever.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Maleficent looks the part in an effort pleasant to watch, but is, of course, unlikely to replace its predecessor as the version of record.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) Although the craft is coupled with a scenario featuring ample initial intrigue, the New Zealand-shot film remains frustratingly generic.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
80% Errors Of The Human Body (2013) As smart as it is suspenseful and as contemplative as it is creepily effective, the feature swarms with the potential of its competent helmer and commanding lead actor, even as it drifts towards an intriguing conclusion. ‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
89% Compliance (2012) The challenging but compelling feature is at all times exasperating and thought-provoking.‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
94% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2012) With a bittersweet atmosphere and beautiful imagery - both of the detailed and delicate variety - Wolf Children proves a finessed, fantastical offering grounded in human emotion and experience.‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
65% Antiviral (2013) As a writer and director, Brandon utilises the familiar themes and aesthetics with ambition and assurance, making body horror his own grotesque but galvanising cinematic playground.‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
74% Grabbers (2013) The ingenuity of the film's method of dispersing with the freakish interlopers may be its strength amidst evident simplifications and a predictable storyline, yet the antics are amusing and entertaining. ‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
95% The History Of Future Folk (2013) Though competently performed and brimming with enthusiasm, the sweet but slight fable-based film that results is heavily reliant upon its idea and less cognisant of its wavering cinematic execution, however it does provide moments of heartfelt comedy.‐ Trespass
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
16% Robin Hood (2018) Grimly upbeat rather than merry, and relentless rather than frenetic, the film's gritty zest is splashed across the screen with momentum, but also to the point of overuse.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
No Score Yet A First Farewell (2018) The daily worries of rural life inform A First Farewell, an intimate and affecting debut from Chinese filmmaker Lina Wan.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet His Master's Voice (Az ur hangja) (2018) B-grade sci-fi at best and a messy slog at worst.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
100% Before the Frost (Før frosten) (2018) While this 1850s-set period effort trades in obvious truisms, it weaves its familiar elements into a grim and gripping drama...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
No Score Yet Another World (2018) What starts out as a familiar homecoming story with more than a dash of middle-aged male malaise slowly deepens into a textured and poignant - albeit still somewhat well-worn - rural drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet Three Husbands (2018) Any complexity the film purports to offer is simply lost in the bump and grind.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Poet (2018) It may be set during the early days of China's economic reform, and steeped in the everyday life of a rural mining town, but this is a film that wrings sweeping beauty and well-earned sentiment out of every frame.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
80% Project Gutenberg (Mo Seung) (2018) Derivation is rarely as entertaining as this slick Hong Kong effort about a high-stakes counterfeiting operation - and rarely comes with such compelling and engaging performances...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
No Score Yet Ladyworld (2018) In pairing the aftermath of a natural disaster with the minefield that is female adolescence, it proves its own surreal, savage and superbly performed creation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
No Score Yet Rona, Azim's Mother (Rona, madar-e Azim) (2018) A solemn, heartfelt and movingly acted drama...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
No Score Yet Good Day's Work (Dobar dan za posao) (2018) Seksan is well cast; not only does he visibly look the part, but he plays his role with weary, hardy yet resilient acceptance rather than glum resignation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Les distàncies (2018) An emotionally intimate, aesthetically naturalistic exploration of the niggling feeling that life hasn't quite lived up to one's expectations.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Insiders (içerdekiler) (2018) While the narrative highlights the human and social impetus to achieve results at any cost, it is not enough to take away the film's clumsy air.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
No Score Yet Yuva (2018) Yuva is as willowy and unconstrained as the forest-dweller at its centre, even as both protagonist and film hew to a broadly familiar path.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
No Score Yet Brothers (Kardesler) (2018) A tragedy that is steeped in recognisable narrative beats but remains powerful nonetheless.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
No Score Yet The Pillar Of Salt (Tuzdan Kaide) (2018) A puzzle-box of a film that wants to be appreciated more than solved, The Pillar Of Salt is as obtuse as it is enigmatic, piecing together a purposefully disjointed narrative with arresting imagery and a strong mood.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Truly haunted by languishing in derivation and mediocrity. ‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
83% Ladies in Black (2018) Lovely to look at from afar, but boasting extra detail when seen from a closer vantage.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Simply wants viewers to delight in the big-hearted pleasures of its gorgeous world.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) An '80s-style B-movie, and it wants to look and feel like one.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Slick, smart, slightly sleazy and ruthlessly entertaining, and remains thoroughly committed to making viewers eat up every moment.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) As a depiction of life splattering and changing something luminous, it's vivid, almost violent and certainly intoxicating.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Doueriri knows how to unpack a moral quandary, sometimes bluntly but always effectively.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 80% The Merger (2018) A by-the-numbers affair brightened up by palatable packaging and palpable passion - and with ample charm in its crowd-pleasing vibe and its cause.‐ ArtsHub
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
7% Slender Man (2018) This flimsy horror effort doesn't have a knack for much, other than sticking to the dullest of formulas‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) A stitched-together film that can't survive on a rote noir storyline, some human energy and too many gags about puppets gone wild.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Glimmers with emotion, exuberance and cultural specificity, engagingly and enjoyably so.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) Simply happy to champion both American and white male superiority through a flimsy protagonist that's given a penchant for being insufferable rather than a personality.‐ Flicks.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Only ever remains skin deep; the filmic equivalent of reading from the prayer book and listening to the sermon, rather than interrogating and internalising the words contained within.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
21% Submergence (2018) Handsomely shot and involvingly performed, yet it sometimes functions like its striking but overused graphic matches, diving too deep into obviousness.‐ Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
92% The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) (2018) A splashy, stylish, skilfully executed and supremely entertaining effort, and a mighty fun time at the cinema.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
76% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2018) An assault on the senses that's as brutal as its slasher set-up and as theatrical as its campy tone.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) Everything from the feature's colour-saturated visuals, to its ferocious score, to Cage's glorious performance all hits the mark.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Apostasy (2017) Treads through fraught territory with both authenticity and a no-holds-barred understanding of the complexities of the situation.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
80% Acute Misfortune (2019) As excellent an Australian film as the country can claim in recent years, this is a fearless dissection of two men, their unconventional relationship, and the stories they both spun and starred in.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
91% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) A gorgeous gut-punch of a movie, almost like Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude tinted with bleakness and set in a unique gangster world.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) An enchanting and empathetic debut; as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
86% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Sublimely blue in its bittersweet mood and its exacting colour scheme, the end result is a layered, almost novel-like, always tender and touching study of life and love.‐ Concrete Playground
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018