Movie Reviews

The Water Diviner review: Crowe's powerful anti-war message

Sandra Hall Echoes of Peter Weir's Gallipoli resonate in Russell Crowe's anti-war piece.

Keep On Keepin' On review: Teaching and all that jazz

Musical connection: Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin in <i>Keep On Keepin' On</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker An Oscar-shortlisted documentary that's a disarming portrait of a jazz legend and his young pupil.

St Vincent review: Bill Murray's decrepit and deeply unpleasant mentor avoids sentimentality

Bill Murray in <i>St Vincent</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes In St Vincent, Bill Murray plays a man who drinks and smokes and lies around a lot, when he's not gambling on the ponies. He's the kind of guy Murray can play lying down. And he does.

Folies Bergere review: Isabelle Huppert shines in oddball romance

Down on the farm: Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Pierre Darroussin are no country bumpkins in <i>Folies Bergere</i>.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes This meandering film fits a long tradition of French literature but the characters are real and the story entertaining.

Turkey Shoot review: Eighties Ozploitation remake a bizarrely underpowered effort

Feeble effort: Viva Bianca and Dominic Purcell in the 2014 remake of <i>Turkey Shoot</i>.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson This remake of the 1982 Australian science-fiction action movie fails to convince.

Paddington review: Nicole Kidman gleefully villainous in animated adaptation

Glamorously evil:  Nicole Kidman as museum taxidermist Millicent in <i>Paddington</i>, after knocking out two security guards in the control room.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Happily, Paddington Bear's signature traits remain intact in this plush blend of live action and computer animation.

Horrible Bosses 2 review: Jason Bateman and co in more of the same, but somehow less

Bossy boots: Dr Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) lays down the law to Dale (Charlie Day) in <i>Horrible Bosses 2</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker Yes there is humour and one-liners but it's too long between gags and the stars of the first movie only have one-note cameos.

The Green Prince review: Former Israeli spy's riveting nostalgia trip

Princely figure: Mosab Hassan Yousef was known within Israeli spy circles as the Green Prince, in recognition of his Hamas links.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall A fascinating and confounding documentary about the relationship between a Palestinian spy and his handler from the Israeli security agency.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review: Fun family film but could do better

What happened! Steve Carell (right), Jennifer Garmer (left), Ed Oxenbould (front) and the rest of the family in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson A winning performance from Australian teenager Ed Oxenbould is at the centre of a Disney film that could have pushed things much further.

The Congress review: Movie without limits leaves much to be desired

Robin Wright in the film.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson An examination of an actor's life that becomes a trippy dystopic treatise on the nature of entertainment, faith and reality itself.

Exodus: Gods and Kings review: Ridley Scott's biblical epic is equally inspired and plagued

Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's <i>Exodus: Giods and Kings</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus is a mixture of the grand and the bland.

The Congress review: A fine cast wasted in Ari Folman's hallucinatory animation

Time to experiment: Robin Wright in <i>The Congress</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes Robin Wright is one of the actors of calibre in a film full of ideas but, in the end, empty of dramatics.

Human Capital review: A stylish depiction of the world at its worst

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Fabrizio Gifuni in <i>Human Capital</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker Italy's entry in this year's Academy Awards is an elegantly indignant film that depicts a flawed moral world.

The Mystery of Happiness review: A buddy movie with a twist

<i>Mystery of Happiness</i> film still.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker Inseparable friends who share everything turn out to have secrets from each other after all.

Love Is Now review: Product placement drives plot of lacklustre Australian romance

Glossy but empty: Eamon Farren and Claire van den Boom star in <i>Love Is Now</I>.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson This crude Australian romance is blighted by crass commercialism.

The Captive review: Uncomfortable child abuse thriller from Atom Egoyan

Ryan Reynolds in <i>The Captive</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson While Atom Egoyan fell out of favour with critics and audiences for his last film, this new thriller displays a telemovie bluntness.

The Green Prince review: The ultimate undercover operative

Mosab Hassan Yousef (left) in <i>The Green Prince</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker A documentary details the secrecy and deception of a Hamas informer and his Israeli secret service handler but leaves many issues open.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review: Disney dabbles in subversion, before Steve Carell saves the day

Terrible wish: Ed Oxenbould grapples with a very bad day as Alexander.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson A Disney family comedy proves a formula movie made by bright people keen to get away with being inappropriate where they can.

Serena review: Jennifer Lawrence in her element in haunting, imperfect melodrama

Taking melodrama by the reins: Jennifer Lawrence in Susanne Bier's delayed <em>Serena</em>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Serena has slipped under the fan-zone radar, yet star Jennifer Lawrence is in good form in the taut melodrama.

Love is Now review: Love story lacks lustre while technique shines

Not seeing eye to eye: Eamon Farren and Claire van der Boom in <i>Love is Now</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Bravo for getting an entirely digital film made with the help of Nikon; shame the story falls short.