Author: Ben Chapple

Film Review: Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out (USA, 2017) is a triumph

April 30, 2017

Fresh off the writing table of comedy sketch duo Key & Peele, Jordan Peele tackles his solo directing/writing debut in this racially-fueled thriller determined to leave you with a bad taste in the mouth in the most wonderful of ways. Peele is without a doubt best known for his comedy, so his new project was […]

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Film Review: My Pet Dinosaur (Australia, 2017) follows a well-trodden path

April 24, 2017

Australia is not widely known for its family fantasy films. But with a plot replicating that age-old story of a boy befriending and protecting a mythical creature from the government, surely this film would fit safely into the same mould, right? Unfortunately and somewhat unsurprisingly, the answer is, in the case of Matt Drummond’s new […]

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Film Review: The Girl on the Train (MA15+) (USA, 2016) is a long ride on the tracks

October 5, 2016

With the hype likening this Tate Taylor thriller to last year’s hit Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train returns to the classic bleak style but without the twists and turns that make the genre interesting. Adapting a fan-favourite page-turner to the big screen is always a risk, especially when that adaptation involves a relocation […]

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Film Review: Pete’s Dragon (PG) (USA, 2016) brings the feels

September 13, 2016

Do you remember the 1977 Disney film Pete’s Dragon? No? Good, neither do most. But Disney’s new string of live action remakes is now having a crack at the original – which has become something of a cult favourite in the Disney archives – in an attempt to replicate their success with The Jungle Book […]

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Film Review: Ben-Hur (M) (USA, 2016) wasted by an ending so dumb it Ben-Hurts

August 25, 2016

No one asked for the remake of arguably the biggest Hollywood epic of all time. And yet, for some obscure ($) reason, the universe decided the 1959 classic Ben-Hur must be done again. And this time, it has Morgan Freeman in dreadlocks. We all know the story. Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is a wealthy Jewish […]

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Film Review: Free State of Jones (MA15+) (USA, 2016) is saved by its strong performances

August 23, 2016

Gary Ross’ Civil War drama Free State of Jones recounts one of the most interesting, albeit lesser-known, tales from the 1860s and 70s in Mississippi. Matthew McConaughey’s Newton Knight, disillusioned with the Confederate forces, deserts the war and builds himself a ragtag army comprised of poor farmers and runaway slaves, bent on fighting back against […]

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Film Review: Jason Bourne (M15+) (USA, 2016)

July 26, 2016

Amongst the tales of historical power couples – Cleopatra and Caesar, Kahlo and Rivera, Boleyn and King Henry – none have dragged society to their feet in sheer anticipation as the reunion of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. We know the name, and despite their absence in the fourth installment, Damon and Greengrass return to […]

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Film Review: Central Intelligence (USA, 2016)

June 29, 2016

There’s an ancient proverb: when you place two of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood in the same room together, they’re either going to carry the movie or destroy it. Or at least, that’s roughly how it goes. In the case of Central Intelligence, placing comedy’s new golden boy Kevin Hart in a suit alongside […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Captain Fantastic (USA, 2016)

June 23, 2016

Viggo Mortensen is no stranger to portraying a damaged father in a journey to protect his children à la The Road, but Matt Ross’ quirky tale has a lot more than just Aragon to draw in audiences. A quick glance at Ross’ resume won’t inspire confidence because of its relative shortness, however, Captain Fantastic flew […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Elvis & Nixon (USA, 2016)

June 22, 2016

A journey following little more than what the title suggests, director Liza Johnson takes on her biggest task yet with Elvis & Nixon. It’s not easy to be trusted with the reigns of puppeteering acting powerhouses Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon. It’s an even tougher responsibility to direct them embodying two of the Twentieth Century’s […]

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