Natalie Portman

Film Review: Vox Lux (USA, 2018) is as dazzling as it is divisive

February 20, 2019

What is it about stories about the rise to stardom that makes it so fascinating to audiences? Is it because it resembles a wish fulfillment fantasy? Or is it because it resembles a cautionary tale? Either way, it is a well-worn formula, that has been the backbone of well-regarded films, including 2018 films A Star […]

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Film Review: The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (USA, 2018) is visual eye candy but needs a bit more filling

November 20, 2018

Disney once again brings a visually sumptuous live action adaptation to the big screen in the the lead up to the festive season. This time loosely taking E.T.A Hoffman’s original ‘The Nutcracker And The Mouse King’ story, and also a ballet by Tchaikovsky, and a novel by Dumas, and putting their own spin on it. […]

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Review: The Killers show everyone how it’s done on the first day of Boston Calling

May 28, 2018

Boston Calling kicked off the weekend to a mid-sized crowd on a hot, windy day, which gave me major flashbacks to the Big Day Out and Falls Festivals past. Within the first ten minutes I was sweaty, covered in dirt, and had sneezed about a hundred times. But if you don’t get a little grimy and […]

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Review: Eminem addresses the Nicki Minaj rumour on the final day of Boston Calling

May 28, 2018

The hot weather and sun we’d had on the first two days felt like a distant memory by Sunday afternoon. The temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight, and the cold wind made the light rain feel a million times worse than it was. The weather inspired me to check out The Arena stage, held in a […]

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Film Review: Netflix’s Annihilation (USA, 2018) is a seriously intelligent, visually stunning picture

March 9, 2018

Rousing its fair share of controversy over Paramount Studios’ decision to release it to streaming service Netflix the world over (save for North America and China) instead of in cinemas for which it was initially intended, Alex Garland‘s ambitious Annihilation is certainly a unique production for such a risk-adverse studio. Whilst there’s a certain arthouse […]

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AF French Film Festival Review: Planetarium (France/Belgium, 2016) is supernaturally addictive, but not as intriguing as it aims to be

March 12, 2017

A strong taste of the old is present in Planetarium, as Natalie Portman leads a dual-language spoken film about not only the ghosts of the supernatural around us, but also those which come from within before the dawning of a new war era. Directed and written by French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central) the film follows two […]

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Interview: Planetarium director Rebecca Zlotowski discusses her unique foreign film and how an Oscar winner came to be involved

March 11, 2017

As the 28th annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival makes its way across the major Australian states through March and April, the toast of French cinema will be at the ready for audiences seeking a sense of European style.  One film sure to hold interest throughout the festival is Planetarium, a lush pre-war drama starring […]

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Film Review: Natalie Portman delivers a searing, Oscar-worthy performance in Jackie (USA, 2016)

January 9, 2017

Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) has been depicted on the silver and small screens before but Jackie is the first film to really capture the complex nature of this remarkable woman. The film is not strictly a biopic in that it only focuses on a number of key events in Kennedy’s life prior to and in the […]

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First look sees Natalie Portman shine as Jackie Kennedy in upcoming biopic

September 12, 2016

After premiering at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the first look at Jackie, starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman as the widowed first lady is mesmerizing. Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Nasty Baby), the biopic follows both the public and private struggles Kennedy faces in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The film […]

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The Force Awakens‘s Oscar Isaac joins Alex Garland’s new sci-fi Annihilation

March 31, 2016

Adapted from the first book in science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, Alex Garland‘s latest venture, Annihilation, is shaping up to be something great. Written and directed by Garland, the film will center around a biologist (played by Natalie Portman), who is seeking answers to her husband’s tragic disappearance. In a bid to find these answers, […]

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DVD Review: Knight of Cups (USA, 2015)

March 23, 2016

Or, as I like to call it, Special-K. Terrence Malick and his editors have modeled their film on the time and space bending properties of a psychoactive trip. One second you’re in a swanky Los Angeles apartment, the next on the ruins of a burnt-down gas station.  Sometimes it’s Rick’s (Christian Bale) voice whispering contemplative […]

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Film Review: Jane Got A Gun (USA, 2016)

March 21, 2016

Set in the Wild West, Jane Got a Gun centres around Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman), her outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) and Jane’s ex-lover Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton).  Bill finds himself in a bit of trouble from an outlaw gang and their leader Colin (Ewan McGregor) wants him dead.  In a desperate effort to save […]

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The Jewish International Film Festival Announces Line-Up And Dates

September 1, 2015

In October, the Jewish International Film Festival returns to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand for a run of dates that will feature 60 international premiere features and documentaries. The festival has become known for showcasing diverse cinema and engaging audiences both from the Jewish community and beyond. Every film, selected by Festival […]

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