November, 2013

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Bad Grandpa movie review: low, low, low-art

, Nov 15, 2013

Bad Grandpa, from Jackass alumni Jeff Termaine and Johnny Knoxville, isn't exactly high-art. But who cares?
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The Counselor: Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

, Nov 05, 2013

Veteran Ridley Scott adapts an off-the-wall screenplay from esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, and the results are nothing if not audacious.
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Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

, Oct 29, 2013

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In some circles superhero movies have a bad name. Want to know why? Go see Thor: The Dark World.
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Captain Phillips movie review: bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

, Oct 29, 2013

5
Paul Greengrass' breathlessly intense drama Captain Phillips is being marketed as a Tom Hanks movie. What impact does that have on the film's quasi-documentary grasp of realism?
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About Time movie review: less rom-com, more tick-tock?

, Oct 20, 2013

3
English writer/director Richard Curtis' new movie -- a sweet-toothed time travel rom-com starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams -- poses several interesting questions, and answers almost none of them.
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Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

, Oct 19, 2013

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Studio-produced Hollywood mystery-thrillers don't get a great deal better (or bleaker) than director Denis Villeneuve's enthralling film about a search for two abducted young girls.
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Rush movie review: pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

, Oct 09, 2013

Capturing the sensational long-running stoush between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Ron Howard has directed one of his most entertaining movies in years.
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Gravity movie review: a new space odyssey

, Oct 04, 2013

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Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position. Alfonso CuarĂ³n's space-set drama -- starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock -- is a sight to behold.
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The Best Offer movie review: the finer points of fakery

, Oct 03, 2013

Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore directs a perfectly cast Geoffrey Rush in this gloomy and deceptive film set in the industry of high-end art dealing.
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Stories We Tell movie review: basking in narrative confusion

, Sep 26, 2013

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In its own modest way, Sarah Polley's debut documentary feature about her family is a sophisticated and beguiling work.
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Mood Indigo movie review: don’t cry for me, I’m already dead

, Sep 20, 2013

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Michel Gondry is celebrated for odd films and visual flair, but his work has never felt pretentious or inaccessible. Until now.
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Blue Jasmine movie review: dramatic masterclass c/o Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett

, Sep 15, 2013

3
A late-period masterstroke from the ever prolific Woody Allen offers many things, including one of Cate Blanchett's finest performances.
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The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

, Sep 11, 2013

Australia's nomination for best foreign language film for the 2014 Oscars is a quaint and beautifully balanced Laos-set drama.
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White House Down movie review: disaster porn comes to D.C.

, Sep 03, 2013

2
Comedy and drama are regarded as easily distinguishable forms, but movies like White House Down prove defining them is not so simple.
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Jobs movie review: dairy-infused biopic balderdash

, Sep 01, 2013

3
Cheesy moments can quickly derail a dramatic movie. Director Joshua Michael Stern's Steve Jobs biopic is full of them.
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Kick-Ass 2 movie review: superheroes on social media

, Aug 28, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 may feature the most digitally connected heroes and villains in Hollywood history, but it's also an uncomfortably amoral experience.
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Pain & Gain movie review: humping the American Dream, Michael Bay style

, Aug 18, 2013

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A terrific movie about the American Dream, directed by Michael Bay. Hang on, what?
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Elysium movie review: in space, nobody can hear you politicise

, Aug 15, 2013

3
Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 is another loud action movie ensconced in political allegory. This time around the old gray mare ain't what she used to be.
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The Turning movie review: Oz film par excellence

, Aug 07, 2013

A Tim Winton-adapted anthology film this ambitious, with this much scope and talent, must have been a high risk project for curator Robert Connolly and the bevvy of Australian directors involved in its making. That risk paid off extraordinarily well.
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Galore movie review: Oz film cliches, and plenty of ’em

, Aug 06, 2013

2
The Australian film industry is deeply familiar with morose dramas. Despite considerable talent in front and behind the camera, Galore ticks too many of the same old boxes.