Movie Reviews

Beatles inspire Spanish road movie Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

Philippa Hawker David Trueba's story about school teacher who uses Beatles lyrics to help his students learn English is a disarming, delicately observed road movie.

Fury review: Brad Pitt's hyper-real war epic unconvincing

The Fury crew: Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) and Boyd

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson This David Ayer film has the feel of a hyper-realistic video game but little of the dramatic material is convincing.

Before I Go to Sleep review: Nicole Kidman dazzles in thriller

Questions of trust: Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in Before I Go to Sleep.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Nicole Kidman excels as a woman who wakes up every morning with no memory of what happened the day before.

Force Majeure review: Avalanche of emotions exposed in Ruben Ostlund's marital drama

<i>Force Majeure</i>

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson When a controlled avalanche quickly gathers momentum, interest gives way to panic.

Whiplash review: Where the studio is a battlefield and instruments are weapons

Beat crazy: Andrew (Miles Teller) drums  for his life for teacher Fletcher (J. K. Simmons) in <i>Whiplash</i>.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall This dazzling film about a jazz student terrorised by his teacher is drawn from the real-life experience of its director, and it shows.

Whiplash review: Twisted love story about intimidation, bullying and all that jazz

Pounding: J.K. Simmons as Terrence Fletcher in Whiplash.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Whiplash is a twisted love story set in the world of modern jazz, and romantic in every sense.

Tammy review: Melissa McCarthy throws her weight around

Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon in <i>Tammy</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Melissa McCarthy's passion project is a good-natured argument for the right of a fat, broke, obnoxious woman to be happy. Amen.

Review: 3.5 stars

Son of a Gun review: Australian crime flick is mostly on target

Ewan McGregor in Son Of A Gun.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker Julius Avery's entertaining crime thriller starts out as the story of an apprenticeship, then takes flight in more ways than one.

John Doe: Vigilante review: An avenger with a story to tell

Copycat vigilante figures take matters into their own hands in <i>John Doe: Vigilante</i>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker A film that starts out in a promising fashion, then fizzles.

A Walk Among the Tombstones review: Liam 'loner with gun' Neeson provides deadly flair

Next: Liam Neeson plays yet another broken man with a gun and a deathwish.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes Liam Neeson does his usual schtick in this crime thriller, and it's enough to make it seem more engaging than it might otherwise be.

Before I Go To Sleep review: Nicole Kidman impressively vulnerable in marriage thriller

Before I Go To Sleep.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson As Christine Lucas, Nicole Kidman plays one of the most emotionally vulnerable characters of her career.

The Golden Era review: Portrait of a quietly disruptive life in art

Tang Wei stars as the novelist Xiao Hong in <i>The Golden Era</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker The Golden Era tells the life story of a woman author who lives through the turmoil of 1930s China.

The Judge review: Downey Jnr shows comic bravado but lacks emotion

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in <i>The Judge</i>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson Robert Downey jnr could be destined to stay with the Marvel comics genre rather than the drama required in this movie.

A Walk Among the Tombstones review: Liam Neeson impresses in grim tale

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Actor Liam Neeson attends the Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures with The Cinema Society screening of

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson It's the characters' lived-in quality that prevents this bloody and intense film from being more than just another B-movie.

Son of a Gun review: Brains and brawn aplenty in Julius Avery's Aussie thriller

Ewan McGregor in <i>Son Of A Gun</i>.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Perth director's bold new feature sports clever plot twists and a hero who's determined to live beyond his 20th birthday.

Force Majeure review: Avalanche exposes fissures in the perfect family

Before the storm: Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) Vera (Clara Wettergren) and Harry (Vincent Wettergren) enjoy the ski slopes.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes An avalanche tears through a ski resort, and through a family, in this remarkable Swiss film.

Siddharth review: A tragic tale of Indian child trafficking

A father in search: Rajesh Tailang in <i>Siddharth</i>.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes A father must cross India in search of his 12-year-old son, who has disappeared, possibly into the hands of child traffickers.

The Case Against 8 review: Making a case for equality

Scene from the film <i>The Case Against 8</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker This documentary takes us into the world of the legal team that sought to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban.

Tusk review: Kevin Smith's monster movie dips with Depp

Michael Parks is a disturbing presence in Kevin Smith's horror-comedy <i>Tusk</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker Kevin Smith's Tusk is a monster movie hybrid, a mash-up as unlikely as the weird apparition at its centre.

The Judge review: Robert Downey Jnr's ham-fisted Oscar bait

Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall star in <i>The Judge</i>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson This tedious Robert Downey Jnr-Robert Duvall prestige project plays like mid-'90s Oscar bait.