Tag Archives: film

August 17

Babyteeth (2020)

A quirky sad addition to the ‘terminally ill love-struck teen’ genre

August 11

The King of Staten Island (2020)

a tepid tale of a man-child’s struggle for adulthood

June 14

Sorry We Missed You (2019)

A bleak message about the gig economy

March 18

Downhill (2020)

A poor American copy of the European film Force Majeure (2016)

March 05

The Invisible Man (2020)

a sci-fi gore mashup of little value

February 25

Military Wives (2019)

a story about an overlooked group of heroines

February 19

Richard Jewell (2019)

a politically loaded David and Goliath narrative

February 08

Bombshell (2019)

There is more to this film than Me Too themes.

January 29

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2020)

A tale about human kindness.

January 17

1917 (2019)

a masterpiece of spectacle but an historical lightweight

January 09

Little Women (2019)

An adaptation that presumes more than it offers.

December 29

2019 Film Favourites

Personal film favourites of 2019

December 28

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

original in conception but a misfire in execution

December 23

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

the nearest thing to cinematic art in years

December 18

Marriage Story (2019)

an insightful, witty, and sad portrait of modern marriage

December 13

The Good Liar (2019)

a well-acted thriller, multi-layered and implausible

December 06

The Report (2019)

an ugly episode of recent US history

November 30

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

a contrived story without a narrative core

November 06

Joker (2019)

a powerfully introspective portrait of mental illness

October 28

Judy (2019)

a dramatic tour-de-force portrait of a fallen star

October 15

Late Night (2019)

a comic drama about modern media

October 03

The Keeper (2018)

tale of a soccer hero with a dark past

September 23

Ad Astra (2019)

a feast of special effects and Freudian themes

September 17

Parasite (2019)

a black comedy about social inequality

September 02

The White Crow (2018)

One of the most famous political defections of all time.

August 21

Palm Beach (2019)

a slow-moving predictable portrayal of middle-class privilege.

August 10

Sonja: The White Swan (2018)

a mediocre bio-pic of a 1930s skating movie star

July 06

Never Look Away (2018)

an epic tale about art and truth

June 25

Official Secrets (2019)

a whistle-blower morality play

June 16

Tolkien (2019)

a story of seamless connection between life and art

June 11

Rocketman (2019)

a swirling kaleidoscope of emotion and music

June 01

Top End Wedding (2019)

tepid Aussie rom-com becomes poetic essay on belonging

May 14

Long Shot (2018)

some cheap laughs for gross-out fans

May 05

The Chaperone (2018)

a visually delightful but flawed period drama

April 29

Sometimes Always Never (2018)

portrait of a family desperately unable to communicate

April 24

The Aftermath (2019)

a portrait of unresolvable grief

April 14

Woman at War (2018)

a quirky tale of an eco-terrorist heroine

March 20

The Guilty (2018)

a tension tightrope from beginning to end

February 25

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

an essay on the Black-American experience

February 18

On The Basis of Sex (2018)

An worthwhile addition to the history of feminism and jurisprudence.

February 13

Free Solo (2018)

a riveting story, brilliantly filmed amongst stunning mountain scenery

February 04

Green Book (2018)

a study of 1960s racism still relevant today

January 30

The Front Runner (2018)

a turning point for media and political morality

January 16

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

a well-acted but uneventful tale of an artful forger

January 09

The Favourite (2018)

a portrait of royal frailty and fickleness

December 30

Favourites 2018

Twelve favourite films of 2018