Film Review: What’s Love Got To Do With It? is an agreeable romantic comedy that answers its own question with charm and vigour

January 25, 2023

Don’t let the title fool you, What’s Love Got To Do With It? has nothing to do with Tina Turner.  Instead, the titular question is a rhetorical of sorts that documentary filmmaker Zoe (Lily James) ponders when she hears that her life-long best friend (Shazad Latif‘s Kaz) is interested in an arranged marriage, and subsequently […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see the new Australian comedy How to Please a Woman

May 13, 2022

Thanks to Madman Films, we have 10 double in-seasons passes (Admit 2) to see Sally Phillips, Erik Thomson, Cameron Daddo and Tasma Walton in the new Australian comedy How to Please a Woman, set for release in cinemas from May 19th, 2022. Gina is not feeling fabulous. She has lost her job and feels stuck and frustrated […]

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Film Review: Dog is an emotionally investing feature that benefits from Channing Tatum’s charm and competence as a filmmaker

March 17, 2022

Whilst he never exactly went off the grid to warrant this a “comeback”, Channing Tatum certainly reminds us just why his likeable, some may say limitedly ranged persona was such a staple in the mid 2010’s with Dog.  Not only does it see the actor step back into leading man territory – somewhere he hasn’t […]

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Film Review: The Batman; a noirish, pulpy thriller that rejects the superhero formula with a violent intimidation

March 1, 2022

As easy as it is to wax lyrical on the fact that we have yet another iteration of the Dark Knight, The Batman, from director Matt Reeves, is unlike any we have experienced on screen thus far.  Sure, the fact that Reeves has adopted a dark temperament to lace his narrative may not be viewed […]

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Film Review: Scream is a joyous and violently unpredictable film that honours the spirit of the original series

January 12, 2022

In 1996, when horror was a bad word and the slasher subsect had been relegated to bargain bins and a straight-to-VHS lifespan, genre maestro Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes) and a (then) relatively unknown Kevin Williamson dared to defy the conventions by creating a film that played into the […]

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Film Review: Red Rocket is a bleak, uncomfortable comedy heightened by the career-redefining turn of Simon Rex

January 4, 2022

When we are first introduced to Red Rocket‘s lead subject – washed-up porn star Mikey (Simon Rex) – writer/director Sean Baker frames him in such a manner that alludes to him being one of those scrappy anti-heroes whose undeniable charm is enough for us to forgive his indiscretions. And indeed, Mikey is that (in a […]

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Film Review: The Worst Person in the World finds the soothing comfort in one’s own discomforting outlook

December 24, 2021

As much as The Worst Person in the World adheres to many of the standard ingredients of the “romantic comedy”, to refer to Joachim Trier‘s as one would be doing it a massive disservice. Detailed over 12 chapters (and both a prologue and epilogue), the film gives us a look into a certain period of […]

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Interview: Sing 2 director Garth Jennings on classic comedy, dream casting and working with a “melting pot of creativity”

December 21, 2021

Having a background in live-action comedy films has evidently paid off for director Garth Jennings with his animated aspirations.  The acclaimed helmer of such features as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow, Jennings moved into animated fare with 2016’s jukebox-musical success Sing. Now back to reunite his scrappy crew of musical […]

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Film Review: West Side Story is the most alive Steven Spielberg has felt as a director in over a decade

December 19, 2021

Even for a filmmaker of Steven Spielberg‘s stature, it’s safe to say that taking on a property such as West Side Story would still be a daunting task.  The 1961 cinematic adaptation of the 1957 Broadway production was awarded 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, and has remained something of a cultural criterion in the decades […]

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Film Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City struggles to stay alive as it rests on horror cliches

December 9, 2021

Whilst I completely understand wanting to re-visit a fruitful series such as Resident Evil, one that pulled in significant coin despite being critically slaughtered, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City hardly makes such a trip worthwhile. For starters, Milla Jovovich, patron saint of these entirely disposable films, hasn’t been brought back.  Yes, it being a […]

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The fall, resilience and resurgence of the 2020 Box Office

July 30, 2020

What a year 2020 has been – and we’re only 7 months down! With COVID-19 (still) wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting and, let’s face it, unprepared world, reportings of weekend movie grosses hardly feels necessary.  And yet, as the entertainment industry remains one of COVID’s biggest casualties, it’s difficult not to find importance in the […]

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The first official trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody will most definitely rock you

May 21, 2018

The first offical trailer for the upcoming biopic based on the legendary rock band Queen is looking to take audiences on a wild ride, covering the band’s meteoric rise to fame. This is Bohemian Rhapsody. Being a Queen fan myself, I could not help notice actor Rami Malek’s (Mr. Robot) striking resemblance to the well known vocalist […]

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