Reviews

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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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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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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Film Review: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is visually arresting, spectacularly entertaining and surprisingly mature

December 16, 2022

Given that it has been 11 years since we last saw Puss in Boots garner his own solo outing, it’s fair for any audiences going into this one to have certain reservations.  Not that the original was bad in any manner, but Puss in Boots: The Last Wish isn’t exactly a continuation many were clamouring […]

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Film Review: Nanny is a haunting human drama bathed in a supernatural temperament

December 15, 2022

The term “elevated horror” gets thrown around a lot nowadays.  And as much as supposed film purists like to rib on such a phrase, it’s undeniably becoming a subgenre of the horror space, allowing dark, heavy topics and deep exploration of characters to exist within the structure of a scary story. Such is the mentality […]

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Film Review: Avatar: The Way of Water is a visual, immersive spectacle that lacks a certain narrative thrill

December 14, 2022

Whilst there are those that will sternly attest that 2009’s Avatar was an impactful piece of cinema with a lasting relevance, there’s the equally valid counterpoint that beyond the special effects and its introductory lesson to the 3D technique it’s a movie that doesn’t have the emotional weight it so wants to believe it has.  […]

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Film Review: The Other Fellow breaks the imagery of masculinity and misogyny associated with James Bond in a funny and poignant manner

December 12, 2022

Whilst the general consensus is that the James Bond franchise has its large share of devoted fans – all eagerly awaiting the resilient secret agent’s next global mission – there are those that take a differing view.  It’s not that they don’t like the films per se, it’s that each film release comes with the […]

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Film Review: The Road Dance is a sweeping, sensitive melodrama elevated by lush performances and fetching cinematography

December 8, 2022

A sweeping melodrama that harkens back to a time when such tales filled local cinemas, The Road Dance would almost be a lush theatrical experience, with its traditional, old-fashioned storytelling, if it wasn’t for one crucial element of its narrative that grounds it in an unpleasant reality. Based on a novel by John McKay, itself […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Ticket To Paradise is more a charming detour than it is first-class entertainment

December 7, 2022

Few actors possess and exude as much movie star wattage as George Clooney and Julia Roberts.  And it’s his attractive gruffness and her screen-lighting smile that keep Ticket To Paradise from being a destination you’d request a refund for. Local audiences – predominantly those based in Queensland – are sure to get a thrill from […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Reacher: Season 1 is tightly paced and welcomingly brutal

December 6, 2022

When Lee Child‘s novel creation Jack Reacher was first introduced to audiences in a motion-captured capacity it was in the form of Tom Cruise’s filmic duo of Jack Reacher (2012) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016).  Whilst Cruise’s action capabilities have never been questioned, the fact that he was chosen to portray such a […]

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Film Review: Carnifex is a serviceable man vs. beast outing that embraces tension over gore

December 1, 2022

You’d think people would learn by now that no good comes from hoping to find a new species.  Or, in the case of the trio at the centre of Australian creature feature Carnifex, an endangered species they’re hoping may still be alive in the aftermath of a bushfire-ravaged Australian forest. There’s been some controversy surrounding […]

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Film Review: Violent Night is a brutal, seasonal delight

December 1, 2022

‘Tis the month before Christmas and in Tommy Wirkola‘s sight, is a deliriously entertaining seasonal film called Violent Night. Taking a few cues from Die Hard and embracing the brutal mentality of Home Alone – here you’ll see what would actually happen to someone if they were pummelled by bowling balls – director Wirkola (Dead […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Beast is an entertaining and emotional creature feature

November 29, 2022

Given that we’ve had a share of snakes and sharks and bears (Oh My!) over the years as the creatures that have opted to stalk various familiar-faced talent, it’s only fair that the majestic king of the jungle get their due too. If the circle of life taught us anything, it’s that what goes around […]

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Film Review: Meet Cute; a time travel comedy you’ll want to go back and warn yourself from watching

November 25, 2022

Live. Date. Repeat. The ideal first date and that titular mentality that so many romantic comedies bank on is a concept that, in real life, we wish could be so cinematically charming.  And the idea that a film would take such a concept and build a time travel-influenced narrative around it sounds incredibly promising.  What […]

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Film Review: Seriously Red is an easy crowd-pleaser that gets by on its inspirational-quote mentality

November 23, 2022

Though Seriously Red is a film that has its heart in the right place and explores the rather fascinating world of celebrity impersonators and, by extension, what that does to one’s own identity, Gracie Otto‘s musically-inclined comedy never quite digs deep enough regarding its thematics. Otto’s film centres itself around Raylene “Red” Delaney (Krew Boylan, […]

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Film Review: Bones and All is horrifically, tenderly unique as it blends carnage and courtship

November 22, 2022

It goes without saying that there’s a certain irony in Luca Guadagnino helming a cannibalistic tale in the wake of one of his his Call Me By Your Name stars being ousted for their abusive, sexual fantasies involving such anthropophagous tendencies; Armie Hammer, for those who perhaps haven’t heard, having been banished from the industry […]

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Film Review: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery; Rian Johnson has his cake and eats it too with bigger, better sequel

November 22, 2022

Rian Johnson had far too much fun paying homage to the works of Agatha Christie in 2019’s star-studded crime comedy Knives Out.  To say he executed it perfectly would be putting it mildly, but whilst a sequel to such a set-up seemed like a given, how anything secondary would be navigated was another mystery in […]

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Film Review: Corsage is a witty, rebellious perspective on a fascinating historical figure

November 22, 2022

Period films, especially biopics featuring a famous historical figure, can start to blur together. They’re never revolutionary, always follow the same formula, and the only thing viewers discuss at the end is how great the costumes were. But Corsage is different. This internationally co-produced historical drama by writer/director Marie Kreutzer was practically designed to reverse […]

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4K Ultra HD Review: The original Scream remains a horror classic as it upgrades its specs for killer home release

November 21, 2022

Releasing a horror movie only days out from Christmas doesn’t seem like the smartest marketing ploy.  Add to that a slasher example of the genre at a time when “horror” was a bad word – and so often relegated to the straight-to-video treatment – and you had, essentially, a film slashed dead on arrival.  Such […]

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Film Review: Disenchanted sadly lacks the magic of its predecessor

November 19, 2022

With Hocus Pocus 2 proving a sizeable success, The Princess Diaries 3 now officially in the works, and both Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan discussing their interest in a Freaky Friday sequel, the House of Mouse is more than proving itself in the business of revisiting original titles for the sake of nostalgia, fan […]

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Film Review: The People We Hate at the Wedding lives up to its title as it wastes a talented cast on a tired premise and unlikeable script

November 18, 2022

Well, we can’t say we weren’t warned that with such a title as The People We Hate at the Wedding we’re unprepared to be subjected to people at a wedding that we do indeed hate.  A “comedy” that commits the cardinal sin of trying to make its hateful characters relatable and forgivable of their actions, […]

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Film Review: The Menu is an eat-the-rich black comedy that’s prepared and plated to near-perfection

November 18, 2022

A satire surrounding the wealthy, faux celebrities, foodies and their misplaced importance, or chefs with a God complex seems far too easy to execute for a mock artist.  For director Mark Mylod (What’s Your Number, TV’s Succession) and screenwriters Seth Reiss (TV’s Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Will Tracy (TV’s Succession) it’s low-hanging fruit […]

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Film Review: She Said speaks to the strength of female silence-breakers in the face of abuse and corruption

November 16, 2022

Given the weight and influence that came with the #MeToo movement – founded in 2006 by American activist Tarana Burke – and, by extension (and association), the overwhelming allegations of sexual assault against once-famed producer Harvey Weinstein, it makes sense that a film detailing as such has come to fruition.  Based off the 2017 New […]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Invitation‘s “Unrated Edition” adds extra blood but not enough bite

November 15, 2022

It’s all too easy to wax lyrical these days about trailers spoiling and “giving too much away” for the keyboard warriors who oft decide they hate a film before they even see it.  Whilst the jury is still out on how many will dislike The Invitation, I can attest that, as far as spoilers go, Jessica M. […]

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4K Ultra HD Review: Bullet Train‘s bombastic energy is enhanced by neon visuals and booming audio

November 13, 2022

The Hitman Vs. Assassin subsect of the action genre is one that rarely deviates from its rather tried and true formula; aside from a hefty injection of cash and a star-studded cast, something as recent as Netflix’s throwaway actioner The Gray Man is proof that the genre, even in 2022, seems comfortable resting on its […]

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Film Review: Dylan & Zoey tackles sensitive subject matter in an intelligent fashion

November 12, 2022

Initially, it can’t be denied, Dylan & Zoey does adhere to certain rules that the “Indie film playbook” so often lays out for new filmmakers to navigate.  This is by no means a criticism of Matt Sauter‘s film, merely an observation that the simplistic settings, dialogue-heavy characters and their societal views, and “me against the […]

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4K Ultra HD Review: Nope is a visual and technical wonder

November 11, 2022

It’s understandable to be going into a film like Nope and be expecting horror greatness, given that it’s stemming from the mind of Jordan Peele, who, with both Get Out and Us, redefined the genre with his “woke” sensibilities and penchant for symbolism and commentary. Ominous alien invasion is seemingly what’s promised here.  The trailers (at least initially, before the studio […]

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