Film Review

Film Review: Mary Magdalene (UK, 2018) does little to cement itself as a worthy biblical epic

March 22, 2018

Mary Magdalene extends the long list of biblical film adaptations, and with it, brings a competent yet flawed look at one of the most scrutinised and controversial figures surrounding the life of Jesus Christ. While Mary Magdalene brings some refreshing aspects to the table, it also becomes the victim of its own ambition, sacrificing any […]

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Film Review: Tomb Raider (UK, 2018) is the video game to film curse lifted?

March 15, 2018

Alicia Vikander embodies Tomb Raider, Alicia is Lara Croft! There’s no pushing it aside and it must be said it’s miles above Angelina Jolie’s attempt at the character (it may have been Simon West‘s direction at the time, who knows?).  Here, we have a more grounded, fierce and believable action heroine in Vikander. A woman that […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: Rodin (France, 2017) is a dull & inert bio-pic

February 27, 2018

Auguste Rodin was a renowned French sculptor who produced works like “The Thinker” and “The Kiss”. Some people even declare this artist a genius. But the same cannot be said about his eponymous bio-pic. This French film manages to make this famous man’s life seem so hollow and pedestrian that there is more life emanating […]

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SXSW Film Review: Petting Zoo (USA, 2015)

March 15, 2015

To the untrained eye, Petting Zoo presents itself as your typical coming-of-age story told through the perspective of a pregnant teenager – a trope that has been documented countless times in today’s cinema. However, this film explores the issue of teenage pregnancy through an impoverished Texan youth, delivering a perspective that is separated entirely from […]

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Film Review: Fury (MA15+) (USA, 2014)

October 23, 2014

It is 1945. WWII is coming to an end and an American army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is leading his tank crew (Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal) through Germany. After one of their gunners is killed in battle, they are given a desk clerk named Norman (Logan Lerman) as his replacement. Terrified […]

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Film Review: The Inbetweeners 2 (MA15+) (UK, 2014)

August 20, 2014

Studio executives know the value of the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That sort of thinking has led to countless terrible and lazy sequels because the film-makers know that audiences will turn up no matter what dribble they serve up onscreen. However, sometimes more of the same is a good thing. The […]

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Possible Worlds Film Festival Review: Drinking Buddies (USA, 2013)

August 21, 2013

The closing night screening of Drinking Buddies as part of the Possible Worlds Film Festival was aptly capped off with pre-drinks (thanks to sponsors 4 Pines and Wild Turkey) and the announcement of the best American and Canadian film winners, as voted by this year’s jury. Passionately put by our presenter, it’s about fighting to bring back the social […]

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Film Review: Behind The Candelabra (MA15+) (USA, 2013)

July 23, 2013

Liberace is a name known to many, but his story is often overlooked when it comes to Hollywood icons. Director Steven Soderbergh brings the classic performer and his story to the masses withBehind the Candelabra and goes big by recruiting both Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in what has undoubtedly been the most controversial roles of both of their impressive careers. After […]

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Film Review: The Numbers Station (MA15+) (USA, 2013)

July 12, 2013

The Numbers Station is a government conspiracy based thriller, revolving around a concept which should have been an easy sell for Danish Director Kasper Barfoed. Unfortunately, ambiguous story telling and poor character development leave this film with only a few redeeming features, which are so subtle, you could blink and miss them. Emerson (John Cusack) is a burnt […]

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(Short) Film Review: The Anti-Social Network (PG) (Australia, 2013)

July 8, 2013

Sydney film-maker Shae-Lee Shackleford has put together a short film called The Anti-Social Network which pokes a bit of fun but also manages to highlight a growing trend in social media addiction and its impact on people’s lives. Our story follows Lucas whose life is consumed by Facebook, played by Sam Mcmillan. From waking in the morning with his phone […]

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Spanish Film Festival Review: Fin (Spain, 2012)

June 28, 2013

The Spanish Film Festival turned sixteen this year. To celebrate, it added Canberra and Byron Bay to its already impressive list of cities to be visited by all things Cine español. Plus, this year, Maribel VerdĂş, the brilliant actress from Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), has joined the festival to participate in audience Q&As to follow […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Mood Indigo (France, 2013)

June 25, 2013

Michel Gondry has always been one of my favourite directors. His ability to take dreamlike concepts and turn them into something visually tangible has always been his strength, and a unifying quality between all his productions – be they feature length, short or music video format. Though perhaps we won’t consider The Green Hornet in amongst this […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Greetings From Tim Buckley (USA, 2012)

June 20, 2013

Jeff Buckley may have sung “So Real” on his ground-breaking, Grace album, but the bio-pic of his and his dad’s lives concentrates on their mystical qualities. Maybe it was their untimely deaths – Jeff by drowning in Memphis’ Wolf River at age 27 and Tim at age 28 from an accidental overdose – that turned them into alt-rock […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: What Maisie Knew (USA, 2012)

June 20, 2013

What Maisie Knew could actually be called Matilda. The former is an adaptation of the Henry Jamesnovel but it also shares a lot in common with the latter, Roald Dahl book. There is the brilliant and mature-beyond-her-years little girl who has to take care of herself because her parents only do so when it’s convenient. Although both sets of parents are […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (USA, 2013)

June 20, 2013

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks looks set to polarise audiences as much as the organisation’s founder, Julian Assange does. The documentary is the latest film from the Oscar-winning, Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: the Smartest Guys In The Room). It attempts to paint a portrait of this organisation with snappy animation and a good musical […]

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Russian Resurrection Film Festival Review: Hipsters (Russia, 2008)

June 14, 2013

This year’s Russian Resurrection Film Festival marks its 10th anniversary as the largest festival of Russian Cinema outside of Russia. Showcasing a cross section of Russian culture over a variety of film genres, the program welcomes award winning Director of comedy musical Hipsters Valery Todorovsky. Set in 1950s Soviet Russia, Hipsters follows the relationship between Mels (Anton Shagin) who is a member of […]

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Film Review: Human Meat Factory by Anna Han (2011 Australia)

October 28, 2012

Human Meat Factory is a stop animation short created by Korean born director Anna Han. Aimed at engaging audiences by providing an animal’s perspective of the slaughter industry, the short will be screened as part of the 4th Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival in Korea and the 6th Sydney Underground Film Festival. At a touch […]

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