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Call Jane softens its serious subject matter with an entertaining enthusiasm: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

November 2, 2022

There’s a scene in the first third of Call Jane that I can only imagine would infuriate the female audiences in attendance.  Abortion is not a subject I have any real right to comment on – I am pro choice, for what it’s worth – but, in 2022, it’s almost insulting that sequences taking place […]

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Six episodes in, is The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power worth watching?

October 7, 2022

If you have been glued to Amazon’s new show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power each week, you wouldn’t be alone. The first five episodes have firmly established the Second Age setting, filled with a lot of back story and establishment of Numenor, Southlands, Khazan-dum and Lindon. It feels all of this […]

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Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel’s nuptials ignite in explosive trailer for Shotgun Wedding

October 5, 2022

It’s time to literally save the day for Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel in the first explosive trailer for Shotgun Wedding. Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding, just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat […]

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My Policeman suffers from a glossy sheen that doesn’t naturally represent its queer merit: TIFF 2022 Review

September 22, 2022

Given how wild everyone – or teenage girls, to be a little more accurate – are for pop’s main man-candy Harry Styles, it will no doubt throw much of his female following off as to how graphic the sexual scenes are in My Policeman, a queer love story that perseveres with grand intentions but, sadly, […]

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First Impressions: Amazon’s The Rings of Power is a sensual feast of Tolkien goodness

September 5, 2022

Set in the middle age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and the One Ring, Amazon Prime Video’s new series The Rings of Power. After watching the first two episodes, it is clear the studio squeezed every cent out of the reported $465 million dollars for its first season […]

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Interview: The cast of The Boys on the “messed up” third season at Prime Video’s exclusive fan screening

June 10, 2022

The Boys hasn’t had to do much to announce itself as the dirty, profane, narcissistic, misogynistic, black sheep of the comic book world…but it doesn’t mean it won’t keep on trying. Following its three-episode premiere on Prime Video on June 3rd, cast members Jack Quaid (Hughie), Jessie T. Usher (A-Train), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Karen […]

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Photo Gallery: Cast of The Boys walk the black carpet for a special VIP screening

June 8, 2022

Fans flocked to Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter withstanding freezing temperatures to watch the cast of The Boys – Jack Quaid, Jessie T Usher, Chace Crawford, Karen, Fukuhara and Aussie Claudia Doumit – walk the black carpet at the VIP screening of Episode Four of the Third Season of Amazon Original series The Boys.

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Season Review: The Boys season 3 spits in the face of superhero fatigue with a violent glee

June 3, 2022

Within the first few minutes of the third season of The Boys, the profane-laced dialogue (no one drops a “C-bomb” like Karl Urban), bold nudity (if you think there’s a lack of male frontal shots in mainstream media, feast your eyes here), and bloodied-red body horror (there’s that R18+ rating certified) more than announces that […]

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The Boys cast members to tour Australia to preview anticipated third season

May 20, 2022

The Boys are back! Following the release earlier this week of the head-poppingly diabolical official trailer and key art of the highly anticipated third season of The Boys, Prime Video today announced the cast of the series will be travelling Down Under this June. Cast members including Jack Quaid, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, and Karen […]

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Film Review: All The Old Knives is a conversational thriller intelligently carried by Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton

April 8, 2022

Despite both Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton proving their worth as action figures within the spy genre previously – Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Newton in Mission: Impossible II – All The Old Knives steps away from the action-driven physicality of the genre and opts for proceedings more in tune with a John […]

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First Impressions: Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 is vibrant and witty but suffers from series-long character issues

February 17, 2022

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has returned for a fourth season of lighthearted 1960’s shenanigans and based on the first two episodes it looks set to be just as quick-witted as ever. The spirited comedian Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is back in New York City after she was abruptly removed from Shy Baldwin’s […]

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Film Review: I Want You Back is a simplistic, yet enjoyable rom-com bolstered by Charlie Day and Jenny Slate

February 11, 2022

With the recent release of Marry Me reminding us that not all romantic comedies have to be relegated to the throw-away click-throughs of a streaming platform (I’m looking at you Netflix), I Want You Back decides to brazenly prove that a quality entrant to the genre can be released to a service – in this […]

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Film Review: The Tender Bar is well-meaning, yet mediocre storytelling that shines brightest through Ben Affleck’s gentle performance

January 7, 2022

The Tender Bar is very much the type of film we’ve seen before, and, unfortunately for George Clooney‘s well-meaning dramedy, it’s been done better than what this narrative ultimately presents. A coming-of-age story where the protagonist overcomes his or her personal and professional struggles to achieve ultimate success, all the while guided by a wise […]

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Full Series Review: The Wheel of Time crafts its own successful version of Robert Jordan’s enthralling fantasy world

December 29, 2021

The last episode of The Wheel of Time season one was released on the 24th of December, capping off the agonisingly slow weekly wait (who decided to re-introduce that?) for new episodes of the epic fantasy series. For the uninitiated, the show is based on the well-known novels by Robert Jordan – although fans of […]

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Film Review: Being the Ricardos is a narratively disjointed, though enjoyably acted biopic about the unmatched Lucille Ball

December 21, 2021

Much was said about Being the Ricardos before it even screened for critics, with the fact that stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem were somewhat controversial casting choices to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.  Neither looks considerably like the legendary comedic performers, which left a certain sour taste in the mouths of those wondering […]

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Film Review: The Protege is a serviceable action film elevated by its cast

December 7, 2021

New Zealand-born director Martin Campbell is no slouch when it comes to the action genre.  Sure, there was the stumble that was the thorn in Ryan Reynolds’ side, Green Lantern, and Beyond Borders, despite suitable work from both Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen, was a boring misstep, but having reinvigorated the Bond films at times […]

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First Impressions: Amazon Prime’s The Wheel of Time is an intricately-plotted fantasy series that should satisfy genre fans

November 19, 2021

Although the fantasy genre had always had a dedicated fanbase, one could argue that it wasn’t until the filmic adaptations of the Lord of the Rings in the early 2000’s that it truly became a classification known and embraced by a mainstream audience.  Second to that, in a more culturally relevant manner, Game of Thrones […]

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Encounter is an intentionally ambiguous sci-fi drama that furthers Riz Ahmed’s star quality: TIFF 2021 Review

September 14, 2021

There’s a consistent thrill to Encounter, Michael Pearce‘s ambitious science fiction-leaning effort that delights in its ambiguous nature.  At least, for the most part.  Seen through the eyes of an unreliable narrator (an as expected stellar Riz Ahmed), Pearce’s film is better when it’s holding on to its secrets.  There’s something deeper and darker at […]

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First Impressions: Nine Perfect Strangers revels in the slow burn of threat

August 10, 2021

Though it boasts a lush Byron Bay setting, is filled to the brim with aesthetically pleasing cast members, and is based around the notion of healing one’s self, Nine Perfect Strangers is decidedly unnerving. Set in a secluded health and wellness resort named Tranquillum House, the nine perfect strangers of the title are the latest […]

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The Lord of the Rings wraps first Amazon Studios series in New Zealand; release date announced internationally

August 3, 2021

Amazon Studios have revealed the very first look at the anticipated Amazon Original Lord of the Rings series in concurrence with the news that the as-yet-untitled project will debut across 240 countries and territories worldwide from Friday, September 22nd, 2022. As filming for season one ends today in New Zealand, this new epic drama brings to […]

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TV Review: Amazon Prime Video’s Making The Cut Season 2 is an agreeable show for fashion-thinking audiences

July 17, 2021

Earning a more fruitful reaction and reputation over the similarly themed Netflix offering Next In Fashion (which only lasted one season), Amazon’s Making The Cut took the winning Project Runway duo of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn and altered their mentor mentality to look for a fashion brand rather than just a designer. There’s no […]

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Film Review: Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is only as watchable as it is thanks to Michael B. Jordan

April 30, 2021

“Action-capable hero seeks revenge following the murder of his wife” is one generic genre outline that many an action film has adhered to.  And whilst Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (as it’s being touted) is a film stocked with considerable talent who all deserve better than such a configuration afforded, their combined efforts can’t exactly lift […]

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Film Review: Blithe Spirit is one visitor you’ll be summoning the Gods to return to its resting space

April 3, 2021

So much of Blithe Spirit‘s ingredients point to signs of a tasty meal, and yet one can’t help but feel entirely ready to return this flavourless chaff to the kitchen within minutes of its arrival. Adapted from Noel Coward‘s 1941 play and boasting the appealing quartet of Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher and Judi […]

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The Mauritanian confirms Australia and New Zealand release after Golden Globes & BAFTA nominations

February 23, 2021

The Mauritanian, the new highly anticipated thriller by Kevin Macdonald will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Australia and New Zealand on 24th March. Starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley, the film is based on the best-selling memoir Guantànamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and follows the inspiring true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being […]

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Film Review: I Care A Lot is further proof of Rosamund Pike’s devilish star quality

February 12, 2021

Given just how maliciously magnetic she was in Gone Girl, it makes sense that devoted fans would be awaiting another Rosamund Pike performance that allows the actress to delight in all the dark ambition so evident in her Oscar-nominated turn. That’s certainly not to say she hasn’t been delivering the goods in the years since, […]

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Film Review: Bliss is heavy on ideas but light on execution

February 5, 2021

A science fiction film dealing with the powers of telekinesis and virtual reality, and starring Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek for good measure, Bliss is heavy on ideas but light on execution as Mike Cahill‘s ambitious outing takes only mere minutes to fall apart at its artificial seams. Wilson headlines as Greg, a supposed biggish […]

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Film Review: Greenland is a surprisingly emotional and human tale for a disaster themed action film

February 5, 2021

When it was known that Gerard Butler would be reuniting with his Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh for a disaster movie, I think we all had an idea of what type of movie it could be.  Guaranteed, Greenland would not have been the outcome in anyone’s frontal cortex.  Shifting focus away from the […]

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Film Review: Dave Franco’s The Rental is a gradually unnerving thriller that speaks to his skills as a storyteller

January 20, 2021

It goes without saying that within the realms of the horror film, setting plays a large factor.  From the Bates Motel – and, by extension, THAT shower – in Psycho to the murderous New York dwelling of The Amityville Horror, places of habitation are often their own character if utilised precisely enough.  In The Rental, […]

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Interview: Actor Aldis Hodge on working with Regina King in One Night In Miami and the importance of the film’s release

January 14, 2021

Academy Award winning actress Regina King‘s feature film directorial debut, One Night In Miami, is arriving this week on Amazon Prime Video.  An adaptation of Kemp Powers’ acclaimed stage play detailing a fictionalised meeting between  Malcom X, Muhammed Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a Miami hotel room in 1964, the film has been […]

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Film Review: One Night in Miami is a thematically powerful and emotionally riveting chamber piece

January 13, 2021

In America 1964, the audience is introduced with its four main players. Renowned boxer Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) had just defeated Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion of the world; Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) is still fighting for the cause for Black people; pop musician Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom […]

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