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  • Boyhood

    Despite its impressive ambition and unprecedented form, it’s the emotional authenticity of this coming of age tale that makes it so memorable.

    September 1, 2014 12:04
  • What We Do In The Shadows

    This gut-buster of a mockumentary is a bloody delight from start to finish.

    September 1, 2014 11:53
  • The Reckoning

    Writer/director John V. Soto delivers his best film yet with this tight, taut and compelling thriller.

    September 1, 2014 11:44
  • The Grandmaster

    The rushed storytelling fails to live up to the spectacular visuals, but it’s still a knockout of a film.

    September 1, 2014 11:43
  • Predestination

    While its internal logic may not hold up under scrutiny, this is one admirably wild slice of sci-fi boosted by Sarah Snook’s revelatory lead performance.

    August 25, 2014 12:38
  • Felony

    A smart and suspenseful thriller, which continually subverts expectations and features smashing performances all round.

    August 25, 2014 12:29
  • Locke

    A masterful performance from Tom Hardy ensures this one-man show is enthralling from beginning to end.

    August 25, 2014 12:21
  • Magic In The Moonlight

    There’s little magic to Woody Allen’s latest affair, which offers predictable but uninspired pleasures.

    August 25, 2014 12:02
  • Haunter

    "...an enjoyable romp through a haunted house."

    August 19, 2014 14:54
  • The Inbetweeners 2

    The not so fab four head down under with Australian cliches and puerile jokes ensuing.

    August 19, 2014 12:22
  • In Search Of Chopin

    Rich and revealing in detail, this “search” for the famed composer is a classy affair.

    August 19, 2014 12:03
  • James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge

    Cameron continues his exploration of the deep seas with this doco, which paints the filmmaker as an alarmingly proficient and boundary-pushing adventurer.

    August 19, 2014 11:54
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

    Charm alone cannot carry this quirky crowd-pleaser through its bumpy patches.

    August 19, 2014 11:43
  • 20,000 Days On Earth

    The film’s innovative form perfectly matches its iconic subject, and while indulgent at times, this rock doco is also insightful and inspiring.

    August 19, 2014 11:31
  • The Expendables 3

    It may not win any new followers, but for fans of the series, this blockbuster hits all the right notes in explosive fashion.

    August 13, 2014 14:26
  • Palo Alto

    While certain storylines play stronger than others, this atmospheric portrait of adolescence marks a promising debut from Gia Coppola.

    August 12, 2014 15:25
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Despite some quality ingredients, Lasse Hallstrom disappointingly serves up a pretty bland and predictable dish.

    August 11, 2014 17:53
  • And So It Goes

    Even Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton can’t transcend the story's tired template or sappy sentiment.

    August 4, 2014 14:53
  • Begin Again

    It may play like a Hollywood version of ‘Once’, but there’s no denying its charm.

    August 4, 2014 14:38
  • The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom

    Lazy, unoriginal and lethargic, this Chinese historical fantasy fails in an epic way.

    August 4, 2014 10:55
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