Film

Film Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood plays like a glorious love letter to the Tinseltown of old

August 14, 2019

With only eight films in his illustrious career, writer/director Quentin Tarantino has left an indelible mark on cinema in the last few decades. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the filmmaker’s unique style and vision. With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his ninth (and potentially penultimate) film, Tarantino offers a deeply personal piece […]

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Film Review: The Australian Dream looks at our national shame through the lens of one of our biggest sporting heroes

August 12, 2019

The Australian Dream is one of two recent documentaries about AFL legend Adam Goodes’ playing career and his his powerful anti-racism advocacy, with Ten’s The Final Quarter already making waves. Written by famed journalist Stan Grant and directed by BAFTA-winning director Daniel Gordon, the film is an inspiring (and infuriating) exploration into the depths of […]

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MIFF Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a brimming, hot-blooded and passionate romance at its best

August 5, 2019

French director Céline Sciamma is one of the best writer/directors in French Cinema working today. She specializes in coming-of-age dramas and this reviewer has been a fan of her work ever since he saw her film Tomboy. From fantastic directorial work like her directorial debut Water Lilies and her prior film Girlhood to stellar screenwriting […]

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Film Review: Delve into the life of a forgotten cinema great, in Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice-Guy Blaché

August 3, 2019

If you were asked to name some of the greatest and most influential filmmakers, what names would spring to mind? Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, Tarantino? Perhaps Eisenstein or Chaplin? How about Alice Guy-Blaché? No? Luckily for you (and for Alice’s legacy), Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is here to help. Narrated by Jodie […]

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Film Review: Ophelia fails to make the most out of its interesting revisionist premise

August 3, 2019

Filmgoers have always mused upon the fact that there are formulas in cinema that have been explored over and over. Cliches and tropes, if you will. In the case of this review, the formula that has been explored numerous times is the adaptations of the works of renowned English writer/playwright William Shakespeare. What makes Shakespeare’s […]

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Film Review: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw crackles with energy

August 1, 2019

It’s hard to believe that a franchise that started out as little more than a soft remake of Point Break, pinning Vin Diesel and his disposable crew against low-rent law enforcement with the street racing scene as its background, has transformed itself into a billion dollar commodity where secret agents take on international terrorists.  And […]

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Photo Gallery: Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Sydney Premiere (31.07.19)

July 31, 2019

Celebrities and guests walk the impressive black carpet for the Sydney premiere of the new Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

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Marvel’s Hayley Atwell leads a female powered Oz Comic Con Brisbane and Sydney lineup

July 31, 2019

It’s only been a couple of months since the box office dominating Avengers: Endgame rocketed through our pop culture landscape. But the demand and appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hardly wavers amongst Australian audiences. So it’s no surprise that social media was buzzing with the announcement that Hayley Atwell will be making her first […]

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Here are all the guests coming to the 2019 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

July 18, 2019

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival kicks off tomorrow at Cinema Nova and Backlot, and along with it will come an impressive list of special guests. Running from the 19th to the 30th, they’ll be in town to present their films, and you can get all the details of when and where you can see the […]

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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: Waiting: The Van Duren Story (Australia, 2019) is a touching film about your new favourite artist

July 18, 2019

The name “Van Duren” may not mean much to most people. But to Greg Carey and Wade Jackson this Memphis musician is king. The pair went on a journey to discover more about this artist. The result, Waiting: The Van Duren Story is like Searching for Sugar Man, because it sees some fans searching for […]

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MIFF Set to Showcase 16 Virtual Reality Films This Year

July 17, 2019

Arts House and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) have announced a new partnership which will aid the production of various films based around untold stories and new technologies, supporting artists, filmmakers and VR experts alike at this year’s festival. While MIFF VR has featured at each festival since 2016, the virtual-reality landscape has never […]

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Film Review: Apollo 11 steps back in time with a journey to the moon

July 17, 2019

Apollo 11 is a documentary that takes you to the moon and back. Literally. This feature-length film comes hot on the tails of First Man and Hidden Figures. It proves that there is still plenty of mileage to be had from this extraordinary, historical feat. This is directed by Todd Douglas Miller who is used […]

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Film Review: The Lion King is beautiful to watch but lacks the full roar

July 17, 2019

We all know that Disney reworking its own animated films into “live action” remakes is purely for the box office dollars. Those of us old enough to remember the originals, having seen them in the cinema, and blasting the soundtracks into our subconscious and poring over every bit of dialogue, are all too aware. What […]

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Photo Gallery: The Lion King – Sydney Premiere (16.07.19)

July 16, 2019

VIP guests and celebrities were greeted with an amazing spectacle whilst walking the red carpet for the Sydney premiere of the new live action Disney film The Lion King

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Finish Him: Mortal Kombat movie will be R rated, feature fatalities

July 15, 2019

As the brand new Mortal Kombat film readies filming in South Australia this year, a juicy piece of news has been confirmed by writer Greg Russo via Twitter. This upcoming Mortal Kombat film, which is schedule for a released of 5th March 2021, will be the first in the franchise to be rated R in […]

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Film Review: Stuber is an Uber-amusing three-star ride

July 11, 2019

Buddy comedies are a dime-a-dozen these days. And much like romantic films, they rely on the chemistry of the leads to succeed. An original plot? Unimportant. Solid acting? No need. If the chemistry works between the leads, then it should offset a lot of the film’s flaws. Case in point, Michael Dowse‘s action-comedy Stuber, a […]

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Film Review: Booksmart is so damn good, you’d want to rub your face in it

July 10, 2019

The fact that the existence of another raunchy teen comedy — jam-packed with sex, drugs and alcohol — may not mean much but it has been a very long time since I have heard this much hype for a comedy such as Booksmart. Ever since its premiere at this year’s South by Southwest, it has […]

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Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood headlines the 2019 Melbourne International Film Fest

July 10, 2019

Now in its 68th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival has announced an astonishing line-up for its 2019 season, boasting 259 feature films, 123 shorts and 16 virtual reality experiences, MIFF 2019 will include 31 world premieres and 160 Australian premieres all taking place over just 18 days. It’s artistic director’s Al Cossar‘s first year […]

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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: If You Don’t Know Me is a charmed look at the spirit, struggles & sex appeal of Teddy Pendergrass

July 9, 2019

If you don’t know artist, Teddy Pendergrass by now, you certainly will. In the documentary, If You Don’t Know Me we learn all about this R & B singer who was often referred to as “The Black Elvis.” This film is an illuminating look at the life and legacy of this legendary soul man. Pendergrass’ […]

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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: Woodstock At Fifty paints the famous concert with too broad a brush

July 9, 2019

Woodstock was one of the most important concerts in history. This year marks 50 years since those infamous three days of peace, love and music. The film, Woodstock at Fifty is a documentary that gives a rather backstage view to the show thanks to some interviews with various key players. While some parts of this […]

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