Film & TV

Film Review: The Kid Who Would Be King (UK, 2019) is an incredibly fun take on the Arthurian legend for the whole family

January 18, 2019

It’s quite amazing to know that there are many films out there that have been inspired by the story of the Arthurian legend. On the top end of the scale, we have the Disney flick The Sword of the Stone, the John Boorman cult classic Excalibur and of course the comedic parody Monty Python and […]

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Film Review: Glass (USA, 2019) reflects M Night Shyamalan’s worst habits

January 17, 2019

Though he doesn’t always nail them, M Night Shyamalan deserves praise for the ending of Split: the highly successful 2016 thriller, revealed in the very final moment to be part of the same universe as 2000 alt-superhero film Unbreakable. Very few people, especially those that had no idea he was working on a sequel to […]

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Film Review: Storm Boy (Australia, 2019) is a rather dour and pointless experience

January 17, 2019

Australian cinema has somewhat of an obsession with crafting adorable animal characters audiences instantly fall in love with. From the gutsy little pig in Babe to the tough cattle dog in Red Dog to those toe-tapping penguins in Happy Feet, it’s a long-running subgenre we Aussies do particularly well. A pelican hardly seems the next likely evolutionary step […]

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Film Review: Instant Family (USA, 2018) is an instant failure, despite the likable cast

January 13, 2019

Family films have been a very mixed bag with me. While there are some films out there that really capture the spirit of what makes a family come together in both cinematic terms and emotional terms, most of the family films out there are incredibly cynical in how they are made i.e. a checklist of […]

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Film Review: Free Solo (USA, 2018) an unflinching look at scaling a 3200 foot rock without a rope

January 12, 2019

Whether it be physical or academic it is without a doubt that greatness and feats of greatness require a certain level of determination, mental grit and skill that very few are willing to foster within themselves. Alex Honnold however meets those qualities in the unlikeliest of ways in documentary/semi biopic Free Solo, a story of […]

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Film Review: Eighth Grade (USA, 2018) is an empathetic, uncompromising & honest piece of work

January 5, 2019

Teenage films have been quite a huge staple for me in the past decade. Whether they would be quality films (like Heathers, Stand By Me), plain fun (Mean Girls, Easy A, Say Anything etc.) or just plain silliness (Porky’s, American Pie), this reviewer has always found some enjoyment for entertainment reasons as well as nostalgic […]

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Film Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (USA, 2019) is a fitting end to a coming of age saga

January 4, 2019

When Cressida Cowell’s book series How To Train Your Dragon was developed into a film, its success took the world by storm and spawned a number of television series, short films, video games and even live performance shows. Now the third, and final film installment has arrived with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden […]

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Our five favourite moments from Foxtel Arts series- The Day The Rock Star Died

January 1, 2019

The Day the Rock Star Died returns to our screens soon. The show is a series of half-hour programs and handy little primers to some beloved musicians who are no longer with us. Their story is told through the use of some archive material and interviews with esteemed authors, producers and broadcasters. The AU Review […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Sicario: Day of the Soldado (USA, 2018) succeeds as both a sequel and a stand-alone narrative

December 30, 2018

Denis Villeneuve shone a light on issues that now seem more rife than ever in 2015’s hard-hitter Sicario. For its follow-up, sub-headed Day of the Soldado, the concerns at hand are more unnerving than before, and whilst the argument of whether or not the original film needed a sequel is still a valid talking point, […]

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Film Review: Holmes and Watson (USA, 2018) is the surprise Anti-Trump film of the holiday season

December 28, 2018

When a film doesn’t have a media preview screening, you know the confidence from the studio in its quality must be low. Following that up with a dismal score on Rotten Tomatoes (currently 6%) only seems to reinforce their fears. This year’s mainstream US holiday comedy – which in past years has included surprise hits […]

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Film Review: The Favourite (UK, 2018) is a raucously glorious and wickedly delicious good time

December 27, 2018

Absurdist cinema is not for everyone. The directorial work of master of the bizarre Yorgos Lanthimos likely hasn’t sat well with most audiences. By the same token, period films aren’t exactly most people’s cup of tea either. When presented with an absurdist period piece directed by Lanthimos, one may have some trepidation. Leave your apprehension […]

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Interview: Jason Momoa on the 5 year journey to Aquaman and loving his own movie

December 26, 2018

As Aquaman swims his way into cinemas today (read our review here), the King of Atlantis himself, Jason Momoa, has been travelling across the globe in the film’s lead-up to promote the latest offering from the DC roster. Returning to Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast, where the film was mostly shot, Momoa chatted with The AU […]

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Film Review: Vice (USA, 2018) shines with its ensemble as McKay’s spiritual successor to The Big Short delivers

December 25, 2018

Already a critical darling and favourite of the award season, Adam McKay’s new film Vice tackles an unlikely subject, with perhaps an even more unlikely lead actor. In the film out Boxing Day, Christian Bale transforms himself into Former US Vice President Dick Cheney, as McKay – who also wrote and produced the film – […]

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Film Review: Cold War (Poland, 2018) is a dryly amusing, dramatically concise and romantically passionate epic

December 24, 2018

It seems that autobiographical stories that stem from the lives of film directors are in the spotlight in terms of critical acclaim lately. There are great films out there like the Spanish family drama by Carla Simon, Summer 1993; the relationship comedy-drama by Tamara Jenkins, Private Life; the semi-autobiographical rom-com by Eva Vives, All About […]

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Film Review: Mary Poppins Returns (USA, 2018) is a delightful return to the whimsy and magic of Disney musicals

December 24, 2018

Disney once again mines its own intellectual property for more family fun over the holiday season. Their recent trend of recreating their animated features into new “live action” films has been an ongoing and generally successful juggernaut. However with Mary Poppins Returns, they’ve opted for a new take on the Poppins tale.

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Film Review: Aquaman (USA, 2018) proves utterly unapologetic in its decision to play everything as riotous

December 21, 2018

After what has felt to be an endless journey for Jason Momoa‘s portrayal of the King of Atlantis to grace the screens, Aquaman finally arrives in the hopes of both serving the character justice and steering the DC ship back on course after the underwhelming Justice League. Traditionally a blonde-haired/blue-eyed creation that was often the […]

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Film Review: Ralph Breaks The Internet (USA, 2018) is more than just memes and viral videos

December 21, 2018

When 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph was released it conceptually took video game nostalgia and the joy of arcade games and brought that idea to life. This time in Ralph Breaks The Internet (aka Wreck-It Ralph 2) the sequel ups the ante by taking our two main characters from their comfortable video game realm into the much […]

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Film Review: Bumblebee (USA, 2018) is a joyous and heartfelt sci-fi wonder that succeeds on its own bee’s knees

December 20, 2018

The Transformers film franchise has been in devastating lows these past years. Although one can expect that from a franchise that is based on a line of toys, any film based on a toy can be a good film like the LEGO films. Aside from the 1986 cult-classic animated film (which featured Orson Welles as […]

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The AU’s 21 Best Films of 2018

December 20, 2018

It’s been another incredible year of film, with powerful indie projects and incredible blockbusters that saw packed out cinemas align with strong reviews from critics. As voted by the AU review contributors, here are the 21 films we rated above the rest this year… 21. Ocean’s 8 The Met Gala sequence itself is, admittedly, quite […]

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Photo Gallery: Jason Momoa attends Sydney premiere of Aquaman (19.12.18)

December 19, 2018

Tonight, the star of Aquaman, Jason Momoa hit the blue carpet in Sydney for the premiere of the locally filmed blockbuster! It hits cinemas next week, 26th December, but before you head along, check out all the action from the carpet courtesy of Nathan Atkins:

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