Film

Magazine Dreams is a brutal, affecting drama bolstered by the terrifyingly perfect Jonathan Majors: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2023

A brutal movie to endure, Elijah Bynum‘s Magazine Dreams speaks to the strive for physical perfection within men and how such toxicity can consume them from the inside out. On that outside, Killian Maddox (Jonathan Majors in a demanding, raw performance that should already be favourited come award season next year) has the type of […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Brendan Fraser’s acclaimed performance in The Whale

January 24, 2023

Thanks to Madman Films we have 10 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the new drama The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser in his acclaimed comeback role and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, mother!), in cinemas from February 2nd, 2023. A reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage […]

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Mad Cats is a high-art-meets-low-brow martial arts extravaganza of melodramatic proportions: Slamdance Film Festival Review

January 23, 2023

Sometimes an artist’s vision is best conveyed through the use of metaphorical imagery.  Reiki Tsuno is not one of those artists! Leaning bombastically far into literal chaos and absurdity, Tsuno’s Mad Cats is a high-art-meets-low-brow martial arts extravaganza that embraces melodramatic nonsense – and is all the better for it. When he receives a message […]

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Sometimes I Think About Dying‘s at-times tedious pace doesn’t take away its emotional resonance in tackling the themes of social anxiety: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2023

Whilst it isn’t always moving at a tolerable pace, nor does it necessarily answer the questions it raises throughout, Rachel Lambert‘s at-times dreamy dramedy Sometimes I Think About Dying still manages an emotional resonance as it tackles social anxiety and the feeling of disconnection that can stem from such. Daisy Ridley – in a beautiful, […]

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Mahogany Drive is a layered comedy detailing racial and gender bias on a subconscious level: Slamdance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2023

The unexplained corpse of a white woman at the feet of three Black gentlemen doesn’t look good.  Four dead white women looks even worse, and it’s a situation at the centre of Mahogany Drive that writer/director/star Jerah Milligan navigates with precise wit and a social commentary that doesn’t quite travel where we expect it to. Before […]

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Film Review: Shotgun Wedding offsets its traditional romantic comedy sensibilities with bloodshed and a scene-stealing Jennifer Coolidge

January 20, 2023

If there’s one thing you can rely on when it comes to the romantic comedy genre, it’s that if there’s a wedding involved Jennifer Lopez can’t be too far from the fray.  The reliable superstar knows how to play the genre game, but if any audiences are concerned that Shotgun Wedding will play things a […]

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Ghostface is “something different” in first full-length Scream VI trailer

January 20, 2023

After 27 years of slicing and dicing his (and sometimes her) variety of assorted victims over 5 films, it’s nice to see the iconic Ghostface rebrand themselves as “something different”; at least that’s what’s being promised to returning franchise player Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) in the first full-length trailer for Scream VI, the hotly anticipated […]

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Film Review: The operatic, obscene vision of Babylon is a welcome reminder of the boundaries cinema can push

January 18, 2023

An elephant graphically defecates on its unsuspecting handlers, before stomping about in an uneven state amongst a storm of fornicating bodies.  An aspiring actress urinates on the face of a willing movie star in a coked-out stupor.  A tuxedoed lounge singer seductively croons about petting her girlfriend’s genitalia.  A party reveller bounces around on a […]

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Win a double in-season pass to the new romantic comedy What’s Love Got to do With It?, from the producers of Bridget Jones’s Diary

January 17, 2023

Thanks to StudioCanal we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see What’s Love Got to do With It?, a new romantic comedy from Working Title Films, the producers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually, starring Lily James, Shazad Latif, Shabana Azmi and Emma Thompson. How do you find lasting love in today’s […]

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Interview: Emma Mackey and director Frances O’Connor on Emily; “People keep trying to make you think there are rules in cinema.  It’s not true.”

January 14, 2023

Emily tells the imagined life of one of the world’s most famous authors, Emily Brontë.  The film, written and directed by Australian actress Frances O’Connor (in her directorial debut), stars Emma Mackey as Emily, a rebel and misfit, as she finds her voice and writes the literary classic “Wuthering Heights”; further exploring her raw, passionate […]

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Film Review: Frances O’Connor defies convention with Emily, a fictionally-charged biopic bolstered by a mesmerising Emma Mackey

January 13, 2023

“It’s an ugly book, full of selfish people who only care for themselves” isn’t exactly the sterling praise one would reap upon something as treasured as “Wuthering Heights”, but it is how author Emily Brontë’s work was described by her older, more traditional sister Charlotte upon finishing it; or, at least, that’s how Frances O’Connor […]

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Film Review: M3GAN; A.I. horror-lite comedy is a self-aware slice of glorious lunacy

January 12, 2023

Right from the opening of M3GAN it’s obvious what type of film Gerard Johnstone‘s A.I. horror-lite is going to be: one that doesn’t take itself remotely seriously, has its wink poised at the audience, and knows you can’t think it’s ridiculous any more than the creators already do. If its trailer didn’t already clue you […]

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Film Review: Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre; Hugh Grant’s camp energy and Aubrey Plaza’s deadpan Bond girl elevate suave spy comedy

January 11, 2023

Originally scheduled for an early release starting in January of 2022, the sudden pulling of Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre from the theatrical schedule certainly didn’t bode well for a film that, from all appearances, seemed like a certified success.  Yes, it wasn’t uncommon for films to shift during the time period due to the […]

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Short Film Review: Kiddo is an unsettling and individually interpreted horror film

January 4, 2023

Kiddo, a short film written and directed by Brett Chapman, is an oddity, to say the least. And that’s meant in the most complimentary of fashions, as the supremely bizarre, always unsettling outing announces itself as an original, individually interpreted horror film that’s likely to sit differently (and divisively) with its audience. In fact, it’s […]

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Film Review: Mummies is an engrossing adventure for all the wrong reasons

January 4, 2023

Needle drops have become more and more of a popular addition in film over the last year.  The notion of having a song not written for the film – often one that already has a sense of notoriety – and inject it into proceedings has been utilised to either enhance a physical sequence or, perhaps, […]

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Win a double in-season pass to meet M3GAN; She’s more than just a toy. She’s part of the family

January 3, 2023

Thanks to Universal Pictures we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see M3GAN, a fresh new face in terror from the horror genre’s most prolific minds – James Wan, the filmmaker behind the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Blumhouse, the producer of the Halloween films, The Black Phone and The Invisible […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Emily; The real and imagined life of Emily Brontë on the big screen

January 3, 2023

Thanks to Madman Films we have 10 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see Emily, where the real and imagined life of ‘Wuthering Heights’ author Emily Brontë intertwine, in Australian cinemas from January 12th, 2023. EMILY tells the imagined life of one of the world’s most famous authors, Emily Brontë. The film stars Emma Mackey […]

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Interview: Michelle Williams and Paul Dano on playing Steven Spielberg’s parents in The Fabelmans

December 30, 2022

With The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg returns with his most personal movie yet – the legendary director’s own coming of age story set against the family drama which paralleled and ultimately intersected with his emergence as a filmmaker. Ahead of the film’s release in Australia on January 5th (read our review here), Michelle Williams and Paul […]

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Interview: Tony Kushner on writing Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans; “He only likes to work on things that scare him.”

December 30, 2022

As undoubtedly one of his generations greatest, most adored filmmakers, it’s difficult to fathom a project leaving an auteur such as Steven Spielberg vulnerable.  But for his latest film The Fabelmans, a semi-autobiographical look at his own beginnings as the director he came to be, Spielberg laid his soul bare – and Tony Kushner was […]

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Film Review: The Fabelmans; this is Spielberg’s story, and we’re privileged to be along for the ride

December 29, 2022

“Mommy and Daddy will be right next to you the whole time.” From the opening line of dialogue in Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans, an autobiographical coming-of-age tale that boasts itself as his first writing credit since A.I. some two decades prior, we get a sense of what’s to come as, outside a New Jersey movie house in the early […]

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Interview: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo on being recommended by Tom Hanks for A Man Called Otto and finally playing a nice guy on screen

December 29, 2022

As the lead in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer and flexing a more intimidating muscle on screen in films such as The Magnificent Seven, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Sweet Girl, it’s a welcome change when Manuel Garcia-Rulfo arrives in A Man Called Otto, beaming an infectious smile and displaying effortless charm. Said smile and […]

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Film Review: A Man Called Otto continually finds a warm light throughout its surprisingly dark navigation

December 29, 2022

Welcome back, Mr. Hanks. After adopting a not-so-easy to digest accent and exaggerated acting style in Baz Luhrmann’s divisive Elvis, and whatever the hell that adaptation of (not Guillermo del Toro’s) Pinocchio was, America’s loveable dad has returned for another of his committed, affable turns in Marc Foster‘s A Man Called Otto; which is rather […]

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Interview: Alex Bain on becoming the Prime Video Buff; “I can’t be authentic about something if I don’t love something.”

December 28, 2022

Following a nation-wide search, Prime Video Australia have secured their “Buff”. Queensland-born Alex Bain has secured the illustrious Prime Video couch for the next three months, where she will be the streaming service’s voice of recommendations and reason – all the while being paid $40,000. As she settles into her first month of catalogue shuffling, […]

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Interview: Radha Mitchell on new Australian drama Blueback, facing her deep water fears, and the film’s family engagement

December 27, 2022

The last time Peter Gray spoke with Australian actress Radha Mitchell, the two discussed a considerably controversial film detailing female revenge in the aftermath of assault.  Narratives couldn’t be any further removed from each other with Blueback, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s acclaimed short story that follows a young girl who befriends a magnificent wild […]

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Film Review: Blueback is beautifully captured and charmingly peaceful

December 27, 2022

Given just how successful his last film The Dry was, it’s understandable for their to be a certain expectation and closely examined look at what director Robert Connolly has on his table for his immediate follow-up.  Not that you should expect a crime thriller 2.0 given he’s adapting Tim Winton‘s family-friendly short Blueback, but don’t […]

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Film Review: Triangle of Sadness is a wicked satire that’s as horrific as it is humorous

December 25, 2022

The rich eat, but then suffer mercilessly in Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, a wicked, at-times horrifically and humorously gross satire that takes aim at the wealthy in a manner that is deliciously void of any subtlety. Divided into three chapters – all linked by a young, glamorous couple – the film promises one observation […]

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Film Review: The Banshees of Inisherin blurs the line between absurdity and heartbreak with dark humour and masterful poise

December 25, 2022

Though he certainly didn’t lose any of his sense of comfort by travelling across the Atlantic for his last film – 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – there’s a sense of grandeur in writer/director Martin McDonagh returning to his homeland for The Banshees of Inisherin, an impossibly funny and, at times, heartbreakingly bleak dramedy […]

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Interview: Philippa Langley on her real-life story inspiring Steve Coogan’s The Lost King

December 22, 2022

Fascinated by the stories we don’t tell, and why we don’t tell them, Philippa Langley has a passion to tell distinctive and original narratives that challenge our perception of established truths. In 2012 she led the successful search to locate the grave of King Richard III through her Looking For Richard Project. Philippa conceived, facilitated […]

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Film Review: The Lost King is a charming underdog tale of a woman finding her voice and its global echo

December 22, 2022

Behind every true story there’s always a slew of accusations as to what is exactly fact and what’s fiction.  In the case of The Lost King, a charming dramedy surrounding everywoman Philippa Langley and her search to find the grave of Richard III, there’s the historians who believes it absolves the king of the supposed […]

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Film Review: I Wanna Dance With Somebody; Houston, we have a problem!

December 22, 2022

Much like a Greatest Hits package where it’s all the beats that both fans and the casual listener are familiar with, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a glossy biopic about “The Voice”, Whitney Houston, Kasi Lemmons‘ film refuses to delve beyond a catchy hook.  There’s no bridge, no worthy duets, and no deep-rooted B-side. And […]

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