Author: Peter Gray

Film critic with a penchant for Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa, Michelle Pfeiffer and horror movies, harbouring the desire to be a face of entertainment news.

Win a double in-season pass to see Pierce Brosnan in The Misfits

June 26, 2021

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have ten double passes to give away to the upcoming release of the action thriller¬†The Misfits,¬†in Australian cinemas from July 1st, 2021. After being recruited by a group of unconventional thieves, renowned criminal Richard Pace (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have […]

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Interview: The cast and creators of In The Heights on bringing the film from stage to screen

June 23, 2021

As In The Heights prepares to dance its way on to the big screens here in Australia (you can read our review here), the cast and creators were on hand at a global press conference to discuss making the film, including director Jon M. Chu, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and screenwriter Quiara Alegr√≠a Hudes. Our own […]

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Sydney Film Festival announces teaser art films for 2021

June 23, 2021

As the Sydney Film Festival prepares to return to theatres for its 2021 season, running from the 18th-29th August, it has teased a line-up of art titles ahead of its official program launch. Set to screen alongside such already announced titles as Mads Mikkelsen‘s crime comedy Riders of Justice and The Kids, a revisit with […]

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Film Review: In The Heights is a feel-good reminder of the joy of the big screen musical

June 23, 2021

Any film that has an air of positivity about it can all too easily be framed as “the movie we need right now” coming off the global lockdown stage of the pandemic. ¬†Sure, a film that makes you laugh, smile, or cry (in the good way) is going to be enough of an escape after […]

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Interview: Christopher Scott on choreographing In The Heights; “They could have done this live”

June 22, 2021

After In The Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda enlisted director Jon M. Chu to bring his acclaimed stage production to life on the big screen, Chu extended his arm to longtime collaborator Christopher Scott, the three-time Emmy nominated choreographer who helped shape the movements of the Step Up films. Ahead of the film’s Australian release, Peter […]

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Interview: RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under winner Kita Mean on snatching the crown and learning about herself

June 21, 2021

You’re a winner, baby! The anticipated first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has sashayed away but not before crowning its rightful winner – New Zealand drag queen, Kita Mean. Along with the crown, Kita Mean secured herself a one year’s supply of Revolutions Beauty Cosmetics and a cash prize of $30,000. Having victoriously […]

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First Impressions: Kevin Can F**k Himself is one of the season’s most original offerings

June 20, 2021

When Kevin Can F**k Himself begins you’d be forgiven for worrying that Annie Murphy, so great as the vapid Alexis Rose in Schitt’s Creek, has drastically reduced herself to playing the stereotypical put-upon wife in the all-too familiar sitcom set-up of schlubby husband acts like a man-child and gets away with it because he’s endearing, […]

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Film Review: Love Spreads is a contained drama uplifted by winning performances

June 19, 2021

As most musicians can attest, the hopeful critical and commercial success of your debut album ultimately means very little if your sophomore record under-delivers. ¬†Such is the dilemma for Glass Heart, the fictional girl group at the centre of Jamie Adams‘ familiar-feeling Love Spreads. Seeming personal vendettas, the strain of writer’s block, and the clashing […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Shorts Review: Enjoy is a delicate look at depression in men

June 18, 2021

A sensitive subject that manages to transcend its 18 minute containment, Saul Abraham‘s Enjoy is a delicate look at depression, specifically in men, and how difficult it is to remove your own psyche from spiralling downwards. 1 in 8 men in Australia experience some form of depression or anxiety, 3 times more common than it […]

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Win a family pass to the animated fantasy Moonbound

June 17, 2021

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have five family passes (Admit 4) to give away to the upcoming release of the animated fantasy film Moonbound, based on one of Germany’s most popular children’s books,¬†in Australian cinemas from June 24th, 2021, just in time for school holidays. When Peter sets out on a magical journey to rescue […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival returns to cinemas for 2021 program

June 17, 2021

Building on the success of last year’s 2020 online-only festival – which had the largest audience reach in their history – The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will afford its largest platform to date, with the 2021 festival presented as a hybrid with both digital and physical access. Returning August 5th-22nd, MIFF 2021’s packed program […]

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Film Review: Luca is a love story at its core that celebrates individuality

June 17, 2021

On the surface Luca appears to be one of the more slight Pixar entrants. ¬†A studio that is known for its near-perfect track record, there’s a certain narrative around the brand that seems to paint any of their films that doesn’t quite reach the emotional highs of an Up or an Inside Out¬†as a second-tier […]

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Film Review: Fast & Furious 9 knows that too much is never enough

June 17, 2021

As melodramatic and as nonsensical as one would expect from a series that defies the laws of physics as freely as it does whilst waxing lyrical on the importance of family, Fast & Furious 9 (or F9 as it’s being marketed) is the type of ludicrous, high-octane fluff designed for the biggest of screens. Another […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Ultrasound is a deliberately off-kilter horror/sci-fi hybrid

June 16, 2021

To claim nothing is as it seems in Rob Schroder‘s Ultrasound would be a vast understatement. ¬†Requiring significant patience and understanding of its components, this horror/science-fiction hybrid begins on one disturbing note before unravelling into something far more psychologically mysterious. It all opens rather straightforward, however off-kilter, with Glen (Vincent Kartheiser) driving home one night […]

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Interview: Sung Kang on his return to the Fast & Furious franchise; “It’s very humbling”

June 16, 2021

Despite supposedly meeting his maker at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Sung Kang‘s fan favourite character Han Lue is back in action for Fast & Furious 9. ¬†Reuniting with director Justin Lin and Fast family patriarch Vin Diesel, Kang’s return to the franchise has been shrouded in mystery. As the […]

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Win a family pass to new animated adventure film Cranston Academy: Monster Zone

June 15, 2021

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have five family passes (Admit 4) to give away to the upcoming release of the animated adventure¬†Cranston Academy: Monster Zone, featuring the voices of Jamie Bell and our own Ruby Rose, in Australian cinemas from June 24th, 2021, just in time for school holidays. Bullied for his intelligence and struggling […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: No Future‘s simplistic script is overcome thanks to committed, nuanced performances

June 15, 2021

With a title like No Future and a narrative detailing the recovery of addicts and the potential grief and fear of relapsing that comes with that territory, Andrew Irvine and Mark Smoot‘s drama isn’t exactly reaching for subtlety. It’s a simplistic script that takes few risks in straying from the expected, but superb, committed performances […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Catch The Fair One is a vigilante tale of stark realism

June 15, 2021

Invoking notes of revenge thrillers like Death Wish and Taken, but adhering to a female edge that lends the film a more calculating temperament, Catch The Fair One is a gritty thriller that survives more on its emotional mindset rather than gratuitous violence. Headlined and anchored by real-life boxer Kali Reis (who also serves as […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: God’s Waiting Room is alluring as it is ugly

June 15, 2021

There’s some magnetic performances and a dirty immersion to God’s Waiting Room that, at times, are strong enough for the film to overcome its narrative cliches and ultimate contrivance that put much of its good work at risk. As easy as it is to roll your eyes at the outline of the film being that […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Agnes is far too uneven to earn complete forgiveness

June 14, 2021

Starting on a blackly comic note and ending on a vastly different one of dramatic grit, Mickey Reece‘s Agnes is a truly confounding piece. ¬†Inserting a narrative and tonal shift half-way through its proceedings, Reece has created a unique film without question, but it’s one that is likely to irk viewers who could respond so […]

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Tribeca Now Showcase Review: In The Cards (Episode 1) makes a fine first impression in spite of its morally questionable characters

June 14, 2021

There’s something delightful in a comedy series basing itself around a person who’s, for lack of a better word, awful. ¬†Maybe awful is too strong a word. ¬†Let’s go with morally questionable. ¬†Either way, In The Cards, from writer/director Colin Kane Healey, centres itself around a morally questionable type who most would agree deserves that […]

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Tribeca Now Showcase Review: If I’m Alive Next Week… is a humorous (and short) snapshot into the lives of a perfectly dysfunctional family

June 14, 2021

The foul-mouthed, no-nonsense senior citizen can easily give itself way to presenting a caricature more than a character of organic standing. ¬†Thankfully, in If I’m Alive Next Week… screenwriting duo Jennifer Morris and Robbie Sublett (who also serve as the series’ directors and creators) manage to create an 80-something who tells like it is without […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Shapeless‘ important message is undone by its minimalistic approach

June 13, 2021

Given that Shapeless is an incredibly personal film to lead actress and writer Kelly Murtagh, detailing a disorder that cripples many, it’s a somewhat painful experience to be framing a review in a negative light. There’s a dark, unforgiving movie in here somewhere, one that expresses no fear in manifesting her struggle with bulimia in […]

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Film Review: Rogue Hostage is a joyless and predictable thriller

June 12, 2021

Despite actors amassing considerable acclaim over their careers with carefully calculated role choices, sometimes they just have to take a pay cheque because the work is there and the money is good.¬† Such is the case with John Malkovich and his latest effort, Rogue Hostage. The two-time Academy Award nominated actor has sporadically offset his […]

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Interview: Eiza Gonz√°lez about the importance of Spirit Untamed‘s hopeful message

June 11, 2021

With roles in a Golden Globe-winning comedy and a $400 million dollar blockbuster under her belt in the last year alone, now is a good time to be Eiza Gonz√°lez. ¬†After breaking out as Jon Hamm’s right-hand woman in the hit Baby Driver in 2017, the Mexican born singer-cum-actress has quickly become a sought after […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: See For Me treads familiar ground with a welcome creativity

June 11, 2021

The elevator pitch narrative of “blind subject is targeted by home invaders” is one that’s been explored before in the cinematic realm. ¬†The 2016 double offering of Don’t Breathe and Netflix’s Hush both utilised this logline to impressive effect, and though See For Me is treading familiar ground, it too is at least doing so […]

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Interview: Ron’s Gone Wrong directors Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine on addressing social media and physical separation

June 10, 2021

To coincide with the trailer launch of Ron’s Gone Wrong, the latest animated comedy adventure from 20th Century Studios telling the story of a socially awkward middle-schooler and his digitally-connected, walking, talking “best friend” whose hilarious malfunctions set him apart in this digital age, Peter Gray chatted with the film’s directors, Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe […]

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Film Review: Spirit Untamed rides with a harmlessness that’s sweet and safe

June 10, 2021

Despite one of the more impressive voice casts assembled in recent years – Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Walton Goggins, and Isabela Merced, to name a few – Spirit Untamed is suitably middle-of-the-road fare. ¬†It’s sweet and harmless, but it’s aimed so specifically at the young female demographic that its universal appeal feels ultimately limited. Playing […]

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First Impressions: Marvel’s Loki delights in embracing the unexpected

June 9, 2021

Given how mischievous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is as a character, it only makes sense that his namesake series follows suit. ¬†A show that, from the first two episodes afforded to media ahead of its Disney+ debut, seems to absolutely delight in embracing the unexpected, Loki continues the more inventive, and oft-humorous, route that served the […]

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German Film Festival Interview: I’m Your Man writer/director Maria Schrader on subverting the expected narrative

June 8, 2021

With the German Film Festival currently underway across all major Australian cities (even Melbourne is getting an extended season), our own Peter Gray was fortunate enough to sit in on a roundtable event with writer/director Maria Schrader about her comedic and contemplative feature I’m Your Man (read our review here), where she discussed the unique […]

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