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Film Review: Aladdin is tonally inconsistent but a fun remake of an OG classic

May 23, 2019

It’s easy to be cynical about the Disney juggernaut of rolling out live action remakes of their classic animated properties. We’ve already had Dumbo earlier this year which was watchable but felt like a little misstep by Tim Burton. Next comes Aladdin, which along with The Lion King releasing July 17 will be the 1-2 […]

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Photo Gallery: Aladdin Special Preview Screening – Sydney (21.05.19)

May 21, 2019

Tonight was a special night for a select group of lucky people who were able to watch a special preview screening of Disney‘s new live action movie Aladdin staring Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Will Smith as Genie. Aladdin flies into cinemas on May 23rd.

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Film Review: Little Woods is a remarkably assured directorial debut from Nia DaCosta, with two great lead performances

May 13, 2019

When one brings up the word “survival” in cinematic terms, usually some would think adventure stories in foreign environments like tropical islands, forests or jungles. Others would think of contained thrillers, where stories would be set in one small setting like a hostage situation in a building ala Die Hard, Under Siege or Speed. But […]

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Pennywise is back in the terrifying trailer for “It: Chapter Two”

May 10, 2019

Surprise blockbuster hit It slashed up the box office in 2017, making the Stephen King adaptation the most successful R-rated horror film of all time. Now, it’s finally time for the sequel, simply dubbed “Chapter Two” which heads back to Derry where the original characters – collectively, the Losers Club – are all grown up. […]

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Film Review: The Hustle (US, 2019) is a swindle with very little payoff

May 9, 2019

After several release date pushbacks and a title change (its working title was Nasty Women, a now outdated reference to one of Donald Trump’s many insults thrown at Hillary Clinton), The Hustle finally plods into cinemas this week. A female-centric remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was itself a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story), the film attempts […]

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Film Review: All is True (UK, 2018) is a quiet look at Shakespeare in retirement

May 8, 2019

It’s fair to say that most people know Shakespeare and his plays. But, very little is known about the old Bard himself. All Is True is a bio-pic about ye olde William i.e. the writer in his twilight years. The result is a story that relies on some speculation and doesn’t always live up to […]

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Film Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (USA/Japan, 2019) is an excellent buddy comedy based off a quirky video game

May 8, 2019

Video games have generally had a fairly bad run when it comes to movie adaptations. Either they veer too far away from their source material and lose their gamer fans, or they lean too far into it and go over the heads of mainstream audiences. So when it was announced that they were making a […]

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Film Review: Long Shot (US, 2019) could be the year’s biggest surprise package

May 4, 2019

All romantic comedies require some suspension of disbelief from an audience. These films often exist in a world of hyper-reality where two polar opposite characters somehow fall madly in love with each other. When a studio offers up something like Long Shot, a romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, it’s hard not to raise […]

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Film Review: Top End Wedding (Australia, 2019) is exactly what Australian cinema is aching for

May 2, 2019

It’s been twenty-five years since Australian cinema produced a top quality romantic comedy. Over two decades after Muriel’s Wedding, our local film industry has barely touched the genre, let alone delivered a film worthy of rivalling anything America or the UK can dish up. How wonderfully refreshing it is to see something like Top End Wedding […]

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Watch Jim Carrey fight Sonic the Hedgehog in 2019’s strangest film trailer

May 1, 2019

It’s 2019, and we’re about to witness not only a live-action Pokémon movie, but a legitimate big-budget ($90 mil) film depicting the adventures of Sega’s most recognisable mascot, Sonic. That’s right, lightning-fast, anthropomorphic hero Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own CGI-rich feature film despite no recent Sonic title really making an impact on the […]

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Film Review: Thunder Road (USA, 2019) is a genius arrival from a rogue independent filmmaker

April 26, 2019

Thunder Road opens with one of the more profound opening scenes in recent memory. Police officer Jim is giving a eulogy at his mother’s funeral somewhere in the American heartland. He’s completely unprepared and grief-stricken and – in one 12-minute shot – flips from humourous nostalgia to all out hysterics, finishing the awkward performance with […]

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Film Review: Avengers: Endgame is the ultimate payoff for over a decade of films

April 24, 2019

It’s all been leading up to this, 11 years and more than 21 movies and it’s time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to provide a conclusion to the Avengers saga and some of its Phase One heroes. The ones who ushered in a renaissance and resurgence of comic book superhero movies. Whodathunk that back in […]

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Photo Gallery: Avengers: Endgame Sydney Premiere purple carpet arrivals (23.04.19)

April 23, 2019

It was a full house tonight at the Entertainment Quarter as celebrities and guests lined up to walk the purple carpet for the Sydney premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Here are some photos from the night.

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Interview: Charlayne Woodard on reuniting with M. Night Shyamalan after 19 years for Glass, film secrecy and the “other”

April 17, 2019

While she was on the Upper West Side in NYC, filming the second season of Pose for FX, I caught up with Charlayne Woodard to talk about her role as Mrs. Price in the film Glass, which is about to enjoy a home release. It’s a role she first came to perform some 19 years […]

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Film Review: Little (US, 2019) is a big disappointment

April 14, 2019

Just one week after the superhero genre gave us a Big-style blockbuster with Shazam!, we’re being offered up a by-the-numbers reverse version. Taking inspiration from the Tom Hanks classic, Little flips the age transformation and genre of its protagonist, which, for better or worse, is mildly refreshing.  By all accounts, this was the brainchild of young […]

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The first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer is here, and there’s a lot more Skywalker than you expected

April 13, 2019

The first trailer for Star Wars Episode IX just dropped and there is a LOT to unpack. Firstly, the title of the film: The Rise of Skywalker. Though both Luke narrates the piece and Leia makes a tearful appearance (cue the tissues), this will no doubt once again enlighten debate as to the lineage of […]

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Foxtel brings epic Game of Thrones graveyard to Sydney

April 12, 2019

With the final epic season just around the corner, Foxtel is giving Sydney Game of Thrones fans a unique chance to mourn lost characters with a deliciously eerie art installation dubbed ‘Grave of Thrones’. (Oh and, yes, this article will contain spoilers) Situated inside Centennial Park, ‘Grave of Thrones’ features an extraordinary collection of tombstones […]

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Film Review: The Aftermath (UK/USA/Germany, 2019) accepts its predictable nature and performs more than adequately

April 11, 2019

One only needs to look at the poster art for James Kent‘s postwar-set romance The Aftermath to gage the triangle of transgression that will unfold over the course of the film’s 108 minute running time.  In fact, the surface level of the Joe Shrapnel/Anna Waterhouse-penned script practically begs you to accept the predictable turn of events, […]

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Film Review: Terry Gilliam’s passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (UK/France/Spain, 2018) is surprisingly void of any heart

April 11, 2019

“And now…after 25 years in the making…and unmaking” So says the wry on-screen text preceding Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a near-three decade trek for the eccentric filmmaker whose hope of bringing his off-kilter adventure-comedy to fruition has languished in development hell since its beginnings in 1989. Once intended to be a […]

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Photo Galley: Top End Wedding Sydney Premiere, The Ritz Randwick (09.04.19)

April 9, 2019

Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee and cast members head to The Ritz, Randwick to walk the red carpet for the Sydney premiere of their new film Top End Wedding directed by Wayne Blair

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