Tag Archives: Cinema

July 31

A Ghost Story (2017)

a haunting reflection on grief and what lies beyond the last heartbeat

July 28

The Man (2017)

a tense Nordic essay on ageing, art, and father-son rivalry

July 25

Paris Can Wait (2016)

a delicious film title promising much but delivering little

July 21

Dunkirk (2017)

a combat spectacular loosely based on Dunkirk history

July 17

The Beguiled (2017)

a beguiling exercise in form over substance

July 13

Maudie (2016)

a gentle portrait of a gentle artist

July 10

It Comes at Night (2017)

a chilling dystopian tale about inner demons

July 06

Lady Macbeth (2016)

a shallow Gothic tale with Shakespearean pretensions

July 03

Chocolat (2016)

the funny-sad story of France’s first black circus entertainer

June 29

A Quiet Passion (2016)

a finely crafted portrait of the revered American poet Emily Dickinson

June 26

Una (2016)

a tense essay on moral boundaries in a child sexual abuse case

June 22

Churchill (2017)

an unsubtle but beautifully produced character study of Winston Churchill

June 19

The Death & Life of Otto Bloom (2016)

a clever mockumentary about the concept of time

June 14

My Cousin Rachel (2017)

superbly produced Gothic romantic thriller

June 09

Wilson (2017)

pointless film about an obnoxious self-obsessed nobody

June 05

Norman (2017)

whimsical character study of a lonely Jewish fixer

May 31

Don’t Tell (2017)

landmark battle between a brave abuse victim and a heartless church school

May 28

The Sense of an Ending (2017)

slow introspective study of how we make sense of our lives

May 25

Viceroy’s House (2017)

superbly produced epic about the last Raj.

May 21

Snatched (2017)

mother-daughter road trip film that is a waste of comedic talent

May 19

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

a story of how religion and sexual abuse inspired a slave rebellion.

May 15

Table 19 (2017)

unexpectedly entertaining wedding sit-com.

May 11

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2016)

beautifully filmed story of heroism under the Nazi occupation of Poland.

May 05

Frantz (2016)

An exquisitely filmed essay on guilt, lies and loss in the between-wars era

May 01

Berlin Syndrome (2017)

taut psycho-sexual thriller about captivity and madness

April 27

Get Out (2017)

entertaining but predictable horror spoof mixed with clever racial satire.

April 25

Their Finest (2016)

nostalgic period drama about movie-making and romance during the London Blitz.

April 19

Personal Shopper (2016)

A well-acted but unoriginal iPhone-driven ghost story

April 17

Bitter Harvest (2017)

An important episode in history overshadowed by a mediocre love story.

April 13

The Country Doctor (2016)

A warm-hearted romantic drama set in a beautiful French village

April 10

Big Eyes (2014)

The story of domestic violence behind one of the biggest art frauds in history.

April 02

Miss Sloane (2016)

A gripping thriller of Stiletto power, political corruption, and stopping the gun lobby.

March 29

Land of Mine (2016)

A brilliantly filmed pulse-racing war story that needs to be told.

March 26

Embers (2015)

An original story about a dystopian world without memory

March 22

A Cure for Wellness (2016)

A new take on the Gothic sanatorium horror where wellness is not what you think.

March 20

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

A gritty tale of drug recovery with a ginger moggie called Bob.

March 16

Christine (2016)

A sad portrait of depression that led to a real on-air suicide.

March 13

Collateral Beauty (2016)

A complex lyrical essay on grief psychosis

March 09

Alone in Berlin (2016)

A story of how heroic postcards became small grains of sand in the Nazi war-machine

March 06

Jasper Jones (2017)

A coming-of-age, thriller and rom-com mashup that looks at dysfunctional lives in an Aussie country town.

March 02

20th Century Women (2016)

A warm funny coming-of-age story that asks “do you need a man to raise a man?”

February 26

Silence (2016)

A monumental story of persecuted faith and colonial conflict.

February 24

A Man Called Ove (2016)

A darkly funny portrait of love and grief in a cranky old man.

February 22

Toni Erdmann (2016)

A quirky story about a father-daughter bond that is unorthodox and endearing.

February 19

The Lobster (2015)

An absurdist black comedy about society’s obsession with mating.

February 15

Patriots Day (2016)

A well-made action-packed real life disaster story overlaid with a weak ‘human interest’ melodrama.

February 12

The Innocents (2016)

A soulful essay about atrocities committed against nuns during war.

February 09

Fences (2016)

An intimate and densely lyrical insight into the African-American experience.

February 05

Perfect Strangers (2016)

An entertaining and voyeuristic peek into the black-box of secrets: the iPhone.

February 02

Hidden Figures (2016)

A feel-good bio-pic about a remarkable episode in history.

January 30

Denial (2016)

An historical essay warning that manipulators of truth will always be among us.

January 26

Loving (2016)

a powerful story of an ordinary couple who changed history

January 22

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Painful battles with inner demons made bearable by outstanding performances

January 19

Moonlight (2016)

A tapestry of lyrical moments and finely wrought detail in a journey for self-identity

January 17

Jackie (2016)

Natalie Portman gives a memorable performance of an unforgettable event.

January 14

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

One big quirky, intelligent, funny coming-of-age cliche.

January 08

Passengers (2016)

What could have been a great sci-fi ends up a rom-com space opera mashup.

January 05

Southside with You (2016)

A warm, intelligent, well ­told story about two people who became a global power-couple in celebrity politics

January 01

Things to Come (2016)

Post-divorce trauma has great cinematic potential but it goes nowhere in this story.

December 29

Paterson (2016)

A whimsical essay into the ordinariness of human existence

December 28

Rosalie Blum (2016)

A jigsaw puzzle of quirky characters connected by chance whose lives become entwined.

December 23

Lion (2016)

An immensely satisfying cinematic experience: visually stunning, narratively powerful, and an emotional whirlwind.

December 21

Allied (2016)

Action-packed espionage with an ordinary script and unconvincing performances

December 15

Queen of Katwe (2016)

Beautifully filmed, original and inspiring tale of triumph over adversity.

December 11

La La Land (2016)

A beautifully filmed dazzling retro musical about young dreams.

December 06

The Family Fang (2016)

A twisted tale of parental abuse under the guise of art

December 04

The Fencer (2016)

A well-crafted and touching tale about heroism without glory under Stalinist rule

November 30

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

An original and painfully satirical study of post-traumatic stress dis-order

November 27

The Founder (2016)

A tale of treachery, greed and a code of ethics toxic enough to spoil a Big Mac.

November 23

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

A confronting portrait of an ordinary man struggling for his dignity in an Orwellian world.

November 20

Arrival (2016)

A thought-provoking story with mediocre digital effects and lots of American propaganda

November 17

The Neon Demon (2016)

A story of hyper-vanity, deadly jealousy and a smattering of bright red cannibalism

November 13

Elle (2016)

A look into a woman’s parallel universe as perpetrator and victim of sexual violence

November 09

The Accountant (2016)

A mish-mash of confused storylines, random killings, and high level maths.

November 06

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

While some wrongs are beyond the law they are never beyond primal vengeance.

November 03

Hell or High Water (2016)

A visually engaging modern western with a post-GFC message.

October 30

Julieta (2016)

A darkly sensitive essay about the universal emotion of maternal guilt

October 27

Inferno (2016)

A sumptiously filmed thriller that turns into a corny parody

October 25

I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

A twisted horror that pits sociopathic teenager against a senile paranormal serial killer

October 23

The Girl on the Train (2016)

A female-driven pyschological thriller with a spectacular finale of feminine vengeance

October 19

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Story of a humble hero in one of the most violent sensory assaults you can experience in a cinema

October 17

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

A digital effects spectacular of an oil-rig explosion tacked onto a modest melodrama back-story

October 10

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

A humorous historical account of an unlikely encounter between soul-mates from different worlds

October 03

The Confirmation (2016)

A young boy learns more about human values in a weekend than many learn in a lifetime

September 29

The Queen of Ireland (2015)

A nation’s rite of passage that celebrates diversity and the power of words

September 26

Snowden (2016)

A bio-pic thriller about a principled romantic and modest hero

September 23

Nerve (2016)

A satire thriller about the herd mentality that drives social media

September 21

Spin Out (2016)

Roaring dust-storms of utes and non-stop drinking in a confusion of juvenile slapstick sketches

September 19

Birdman (2014)

A stunningly successful black comedy played in emotional quicksand.

September 12

Sully (2016)

Masterful storytelling within a thoroughly riveting film

September 05

Captain Fantastic (2016)

A thoroughly engaging offbeat fable about conformity and difference

August 24

Truman (2015)

An unusually intense multi-layered story about grief told with great warmth and honesty

August 17

Bad Moms (2016)

Slapstick comedy on the shaming of stressed-out moms

August 14

Down Under (2016)

A comically lame quagmire of vilification and gratuitous violence.

February 16

Trumbo (2015)

the story of the 1950s right-wing purge of Hollywood