posted by CineMuseFilms
a vengeance thriller with solid storytelling, exciting visuals, and well-crafted acting
more heroine-inflicted casualties per minute than some war movies
a techno-dystopian warning about digital dependence
a gut-wrenching tale about death and grieving
a clever rom-com that laughs where few dare to tread
a haunting reflection on grief and what lies beyond the last heartbeat
a tense Nordic essay on ageing, art, and father-son rivalry
a delicious film title promising much but delivering little
a combat spectacular loosely based on Dunkirk history
a beguiling exercise in form over substance
a gentle portrait of a gentle artist
a chilling dystopian tale about inner demons
a shallow Gothic tale with Shakespearean pretensions
the funny-sad story of France’s first black circus entertainer
a finely crafted portrait of the revered American poet Emily Dickinson
a tense essay on moral boundaries in a child sexual abuse case
an unsubtle but beautifully produced character study of Winston Churchill
a clever mockumentary about the concept of time
superbly produced Gothic romantic thriller
chilling case study of the Darth Vader of American politics
pointless film about an obnoxious self-obsessed nobody
whimsical character study of a lonely Jewish fixer
landmark battle between a brave abuse victim and a heartless church school
slow introspective study of how we make sense of our lives
superbly produced epic about the last Raj.
mother-daughter road trip film that is a waste of comedic talent
a story of how religion and sexual abuse inspired a slave rebellion.
unexpectedly entertaining wedding sit-com.
beautifully filmed story of heroism under the Nazi occupation of Poland.
propaganda documentary for Men’s Rights Activists (MRA)
An exquisitely filmed essay on guilt, lies and loss in the between-wars era
taut psycho-sexual thriller about captivity and madness
entertaining but predictable horror spoof mixed with clever racial satire.
nostalgic period drama about movie-making and romance during the London Blitz.
A well-acted but unoriginal iPhone-driven ghost story
An important episode in history overshadowed by a mediocre love story.
A warm-hearted romantic drama set in a beautiful French village
The story of domestic violence behind one of the biggest art frauds in history.
A dystopian masterpiece where alternative facts and fake news are weapons to crush truth
A gripping thriller of Stiletto power, political corruption, and stopping the gun lobby.
An essay on the origin, purpose, problems, and future of film criticism.
A brilliantly filmed pulse-racing war story that needs to be told.
An original story about a dystopian world without memory
A new take on the Gothic sanatorium horror where wellness is not what you think.
A gritty tale of drug recovery with a ginger moggie called Bob.
A sad portrait of depression that led to a real on-air suicide.
A complex lyrical essay on grief psychosis
A story of how heroic postcards became small grains of sand in the Nazi war-machine
A coming-of-age, thriller and rom-com mashup that looks at dysfunctional lives in an Aussie country town.
A warm funny coming-of-age story that asks “do you need a man to raise a man?”
A monumental story of persecuted faith and colonial conflict.
A darkly funny portrait of love and grief in a cranky old man.
A quirky story about a father-daughter bond that is unorthodox and endearing.
An absurdist black comedy about society’s obsession with mating.
A well-made action-packed real life disaster story overlaid with a weak ‘human interest’ melodrama.
A soulful essay about atrocities committed against nuns during war.
An intimate and densely lyrical insight into the African-American experience.
An entertaining and voyeuristic peek into the black-box of secrets: the iPhone.
A feel-good bio-pic about a remarkable episode in history.
An historical essay warning that manipulators of truth will always be among us.
a powerful story of an ordinary couple who changed history
Painful battles with inner demons made bearable by outstanding performances
A tapestry of lyrical moments and finely wrought detail in a journey for self-identity
Natalie Portman gives a memorable performance of an unforgettable event.
One big quirky, intelligent, funny coming-of-age cliche.
Could have been the comedy of the year but blows itself apart with F-bombs and worse.
What could have been a great sci-fi ends up a rom-com space opera mashup.
A warm, intelligent, well told story about two people who became a global power-couple in celebrity politics
Post-divorce trauma has great cinematic potential but it goes nowhere in this story.
A whimsical essay into the ordinariness of human existence
A jigsaw puzzle of quirky characters connected by chance whose lives become entwined.
An immensely satisfying cinematic experience: visually stunning, narratively powerful, and an emotional whirlwind.
Action-packed espionage with an ordinary script and unconvincing performances
This finely crafted portrait of love between a black king and a white woman is the outstanding bio-pic of the year.
Beautifully filmed, original and inspiring tale of triumph over adversity.
A delightful French farce that is funny and sad and loaded with charm.
A beautifully filmed dazzling retro musical about young dreams.
A twisted tale of parental abuse under the guise of art
A well-crafted and touching tale about heroism without glory under Stalinist rule
An original and painfully satirical study of post-traumatic stress dis-order
A tale of treachery, greed and a code of ethics toxic enough to spoil a Big Mac.
A confronting portrait of an ordinary man struggling for his dignity in an Orwellian world.
A thought-provoking story with mediocre digital effects and lots of American propaganda
A story of hyper-vanity, deadly jealousy and a smattering of bright red cannibalism
A look into a woman’s parallel universe as perpetrator and victim of sexual violence
An epically beautiful melodrama about morality and love
A mish-mash of confused storylines, random killings, and high level maths.
While some wrongs are beyond the law they are never beyond primal vengeance.
A visually engaging modern western with a post-GFC message.
A darkly sensitive essay about the universal emotion of maternal guilt
A sumptiously filmed thriller that turns into a corny parody
A twisted horror that pits sociopathic teenager against a senile paranormal serial killer
A female-driven pyschological thriller with a spectacular finale of feminine vengeance
Story of a humble hero in one of the most violent sensory assaults you can experience in a cinema
A digital effects spectacular of an oil-rig explosion tacked onto a modest melodrama back-story
A magical world of fantasy beneath which lies true history of human atrocity
A humorous historical account of an unlikely encounter between soul-mates from different worlds
A visually sumptuous Woody Allen comedy of melancholy and lost opportunity
A young boy learns more about human values in a weekend than many learn in a lifetime
A nation’s rite of passage that celebrates diversity and the power of words
A bio-pic thriller about a principled romantic and modest hero
A satire thriller about the herd mentality that drives social media
Roaring dust-storms of utes and non-stop drinking in a confusion of juvenile slapstick sketches
A stunningly successful black comedy played in emotional quicksand.
Engaging, interesting and funny, but audiences will see right through the artifice of its constructions
Still fighting her demons with intelligent hilarity and tugs on our heart-strings
Masterful storytelling within a thoroughly riveting film
It has all been done before but this one nails it for steadily escalating tension and sustained terror
A thoroughly engaging offbeat fable about conformity and difference
A film that aspires to epic-grade cinema but settles for adventure entertainment
Dogged investigative journalism stumbles from the innocuously weird to the bizarrely dangerous.
An unusually intense multi-layered story about grief told with great warmth and honesty
A bleakly dark dystopian tale with a heavy handed political message
Slapstick comedy on the shaming of stressed-out moms
A comically lame quagmire of vilification and gratuitous violence.
A brutally realistic tale of GFC-greed versus moral redemption
An outstanding documentary with potential to change attitudes towards the perception of women’s bodies
Do not expect subtlety as the jokes are blatantly bawdy and beautifully bitchy.
A compelling documentary of a psychological train-wreck in slow motion
A thin plotline and modest digital effects tell the story of an attractive woman in a bikini swimming for her life
The first film left audiences wanting more, the sequel is a case of ‘no more please’.
A very funny tale of a conniving femme fatale who exploits her charm and beauty to outsmart every male she encounters
An absurdist film about a surreal journey with multiple endings that defies interpretation
A richly satirical, funny and entertaining post-feminist comedy about sex and marriage
A joyful upbeat film that expresses youth’s unshakeable belief in the power of music
A grindingly slow and excruciatingly realistic story that compels us to witness the indignity and ordinariness of life for those who struggle through harsh economic times
It explores the gap between who we really are and the roles we have learnt to play…
Both a profoundly political statement and a poetically beautiful story about femininity and feminism
The minimalist dialogue and slow pace creates an open space into which is hung a finely wrought portrait of parental grief
A tale of boys with puerile genital fixations and girls reduced to primal flesh who exist only to yield to or thwart the male sex drive.
A truly great documentary of inspirational musical bravado, authenticity and humanity
A beautifully sugar-coated but tragic story with a deep message that increasingly demands a societal response
A brilliantly photographed and entertaining crime thriller that foregrounds the spectacular Australian outback and pays respect to its ancestral heritage.
An original addition to black comedy war dramas
A visually stunning work…full of haunting imagery and ambivalent possibilities
Despite its visual delights, the film feels strangely disengaged from the legend of its own Queen.
A tautly directed hostage thriller with an outstanding cast
Great family fun if you are a Kiwi
A horror movie with more originality than usual
A morally challenging debate between Catholicism and atheism fought out between a cool ex-con priest and an arrogant surgeon
A weak script, full of clichéd melodrama, tired gags, and feigned sentimentality
A highly engaging film that achieves much with little
For audiences willing to vicariously experience a slow and dense melodrama about loss.
A story about a pitiable lonely older woman who overreaches romantically in a very funny way
A mixed but engaging film.. not the comedy you expect
A tale of two cultures that collide in the hallowed halls of Cambridge
A coming of age film thats more like a bomb about to explode
A thoughtful and well-acted portrait of an emotionally convoluted archetypal Australian male who borders on clinical depression
A tragic tale about a mental illness that is displayed on an operatically grand scale.
An operatic performance of pride’s folly.
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