Eerie and threatening, “M” is a film less about individuals than about systems.
Think of it as “The X-Files” by way of Archie Comics.
“From Caligari to Hitler” is pretty understated, for a film featuring, by proxy, numerous madmen, giants, vampires and killer robots.
With weightless, over-designed visuals, gags about IKEA and “The X Factor” that would have been dated a decade ago, and a cloyingly sentimental story, “Scoob!” shows us the origins and early days of Mystery, Inc.
How long does it take to weave an almost intolerable atmosphere of tension and brutal menace? Try seven minutes.
“Beanpole” is a quiet war film. Its weapons are not bombs or bullets, but starvation and shortages.
“Capone” is not impressive, but it is quite watchable.
Giddy and vibrant, “The Willoughbys” is something like “A Series of Unfortunate Events” delivered by way of Pixar, with a dash or Roald Dahl thrown in for good measure.
The worst thing that can be said of this film is that it doesn’t live up to its title.
“True History of the Kelly Gang" is blustering, untidy, self-mythologizing, difficult to take seriously but impossible to ignore — in other words, quintessentially Aussie.