Film & TV

Interview: Spiral director Darren Lynn Bousman on returning to the Saw franchise

May 13, 2021

After over a decade of vacating the director’s seat on the Saw franchise, Darren Lynn Bousman has returned to the series that gave birth to his career as a staple within the horror genre. ¬†As the latest instalment releases in cinemas across the country, Spiral: From the Book of Saw (read our review here), our […]

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Film Review: Ema is an alluring, invigorating and breathtakingly hallucinogenic drama from Pablo Larrain

May 13, 2021

Ema tells the story of the titular lead (Mariana Di Girolamo), a young insatiable dancer who is on a quest to bring her family back together. She is currently estranged from her husband Gaston (a brilliant Gael Garcia Bernal), the director of the dance company she performs. The couple had encountered problems with their marriage […]

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Film Review: Spiral: From the Book of Saw is politically minded and incredibly grisly

May 13, 2021

Defying the critical odds in 2004 and spanning an unlikely 8-film-strong series in the process, the original Saw became much more of a phenomenon than expected, and, arguably, than originally intended. ¬†Often synonymous with the horror sub-genre of “torture porn”, James Wan‘s grimy, low budget affair delighted in its gory aesthetics, but tried its best […]

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Film Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead is an efficient actioner that modifies the western genre

May 13, 2021

Adhering to a similar action efficiency of his penned Sicario, though not quite as emotionally rousing as his own Wind River or near-note perfect Hell Or High Water, Taylor Sheridan‘s Those Who Wish Me Dead is nonetheless a strong continuation of his brand of modifying the western genre. Adopting an environmental temperament and leaning into […]

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Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibit to bring wonder to Melbourne this winter

May 13, 2021

Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI (formerly Australian Centre for the Moving Image), has brought the internationally acclaimed Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibit to Melbourne for its Australian debut as part of the city’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece series. From today, May 13th, through to Sunday, October 17th 2021, the exhibition celebrates a near-century […]

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Interview: Australian actor Finn Little on Those Who Wish Me Dead and bonding with Angelina Jolie

May 12, 2021

At the age of just 14 years, Brisbane-born talent Finn Little has already amassed an impressive filmography. ¬†After securing the lead role in the Australian drama Storm Boy at just 11, Little has continued his steady rise in the industry with roles in the Netflix series Tidelands, the mini-series The Reckoning, and the Luke Evans-led […]

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Film Review: Fatale is an entertainingly frivolous throwback to the cinematic thrillers of the 1990’s

May 10, 2021

Fatale tells the story of Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy), an eager sports agent who seemingly has the perfect life. A rising business, his loving wife Tracie (Damaris Lewis), immense wealth; it sounds like the perfect success story. However, underneath the fa√ßade lies a crumbling marriage on the rocks. Through the behest of his friend Rafe […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Spiral: From the Book of Saw starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson

May 7, 2021

Thanks to StudioCanal we have five double passes to give away to the upcoming release of the horror film Spiral: From the Book of Saw, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson,¬†the anticipated continuation of the Saw film series, in Australian cinemas from May 13th, 2021. A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice […]

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Interview: Claudia Karvan on her film June Again and being hungry for new experiences

May 6, 2021

A staple of the Australian entertainment landscape for over 30 years, Claudia Karvan has amassed countless accolades – including Logie and AACTA Award wins – and an enviable catalogue that has seen her conquer theatre, television and cinema. To coincide with the release of the new dramedy June Again (read our review here), Karvan spoke […]

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The next Black Panther & Captain Marvel films officially named as Marvel teases Phase 4 of the MCU in new video

May 5, 2021

“The world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change: we’re all part of one big family.” As the world slowly starts to find its footing once more, so too one of the greatest past time activities; going to the cinema. One studio that has arguably reshaped the movie-going experience and […]

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Film Review: June Again is an emotionally devastating dramedy anchored by Noni Hazlehurst

May 5, 2021

Despite a rather sunny marketing campaign – the poster alone evokes feelings of joy – June Again is a far more emotionally devastating feature than audiences may be expecting. ¬†That’s certainly not a criticism on behalf of JJ Winlove‘s feature film debut, more a light warning to audiences who may not be prepared for its […]

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Film Review: Cliff Walkers is a stylish and visually exciting cinematic chase from acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou

May 3, 2021

Set in Northern China in 1931, Cliff Walkers follows the story of four Soviet-trained Chinese agents who are tasked to find an informer who has escaped from a location that was occupied by the Japanese, who used it for nefarious purposes like torture. Their mission is to evade capture and make it to Harbin so […]

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Interview: Brock O’Hurn on the paranormal experience of filming The Resort in an abandoned hotel

May 1, 2021

Famed on Instagram for his 6’7 frame and popularisation of the “man-bun”, California native Brock O’Hurn has traded in influencing for entertainment, transitioning from the phone screen to the big screen. ¬†Having made his film debut in Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, and its subsequent sequel, before earning television roles in drama series such […]

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Film Review: The Resort is an unoriginal horror offering saved by its gory finale

May 1, 2021

There’s nothing particularly original about The Resort. ¬†In some manner hoping to be a type of The Shining-in-Hawaii set-up, Taylor Chien‘s supernatural scarer at least doesn’t tread on the expected genre trope of the found footage angle – something that this type of narrative could easily have adopted. A film that unfortunately lets itself down […]

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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: Wrath of Man works primarily as a driving seat feature for Jason Statham

April 29, 2021

After making a name for himself in the late 90’s/early 2000’s with his distinct brand of British gangster villainy, writer/director Guy Ritchie seemed to trade in authenticity for capital. ¬†The success of such studio projects as Sherlock Holmes and Aladdin seemed to gradually distance Ritchie from his more unkempt beginnings, before 2019’s The Gentlemen seemingly […]

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First Cow

Film Review: First Cow is a beautiful, contemplative and poignant tale set in the 1820’s

April 29, 2021

Set in 1820‚Äôs Northwest, First Cow tells the story of two travellers. The first being Otis ‚ÄúCookie‚ÄĚ Figowitz (John Magaro), a taciturn chef who is travelling with a group of fur trappers. The second being King-Lu (Orion Lee), a Chinese immigrant on the run for killing a Russian man. The two eventually become friends over […]

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Film Review: YouthMin: A Mockumentary is satirical without ever being savage

April 28, 2021

Satirical without ever being savage, YouthMin adopts a cringeworthy mockumentary style of approach to its narrative, bringing to mind the same uncomfortable comedy that made The Office such fascinating viewing. Whilst its thematics of being primarily raised in the protestant church and the subsequent camps that came with such faith is more likely to resonate […]

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Film Review: Twist is a missed opportunity that wastes its impressive cast in the process

April 28, 2021

The teen-centric, modernised adaptation of classic literature is a road travelled before throughout cinema. ¬†Jane Austen’s¬†Emma was revamped for the Valley girl-focused Clueless;¬†Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew was the basis for Heath Ledger’s taming of Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, and, however surprising it may be, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark […]

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Film Review: The Oak Room is an intimate yet unsettling thriller

April 27, 2021

As much as The Oak Room‘s narrative basis of “A man walks into a bar…” sounds like a gag set up, Cody Calahan‘s slow burning thriller is anything but a humorous punchline. The man walking into said bar is Steve (RJ Mitte), a prodigal son of a small Canadian town who, as we learn through […]

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Film Review: Land is a handsomely tailored and suitably hopeful tale of survival

April 27, 2021

With Nomadland¬†having just earned Academy Award accolades as the Best Picture of 2020, a film like Land being released is curious timing. ¬†It’ll inevitably be compared to Chloe Zhao’s inward masterpiece and, in its own way, it’s something of a more digestible, audience friendly take on the narrative of finding yourself in the wilderness. The […]

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Interview: Director Lee Daniels on the cultural importance of The United States vs Billie Holiday

April 22, 2021

The first ever African-American film producer to solely produce an Oscar-winning film (when Halle Berry won her Best Actress statue for Monster’s Ball), Lee Daniels has long associated himself with acclaimed fare throughout his career thus far. After a near-decade long break from directing films, the Academy Award-nominated director of such lauded features as Precious […]

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Interview: Sam Claflin on the emotional turmoil of playing the villain in Every Breath You Take

April 22, 2021

After making a name for himself in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sam Claflin soon earned global recognition as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series. ¬†Romantic leading roles and character driven projects followed, with his exercises in the dark psyches of his roles continuing with the release of Every Breath You Take. […]

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Film Review: Every Breath You Take delights in its trashy 1990’s thriller mentality

April 22, 2021

The spirit of the 1990’s thriller is alive and well within Every Breath You Take. ¬†The upper-middle class family having their perfectly manicured lives upended by the arrival of a mysterious figure – this one British and in the form of the disarmingly handsome Sam Claflin – is a road travelled many times before; hell, […]

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Interview: Mortal Kombat actors Josh Lawson and Sisi Stringer on bringing their characters to life

April 22, 2021

Though the battle grounds of Mortal Kombat are far from the usual comedic landscape Josh Lawson is used to, the Australian actor/writer/director has certainly put his own stamp on proceedings in bringing the character of violent mercenary Kano to life. Touching down in Sydney to discuss his foray into the world of blockbuster cinema, Lawson […]

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Mortal Kombat Interview: Director Simon McQuoid and producer E. Bennett Walsh on honouring the game’s spirit

April 22, 2021

Mortal Kombat fans rejoice! The hotly anticipated (and fantastically violent) cinematic re-adaptation of the best-selling game has arrived in cinemas for all eager, and legal, eyes to see (you can read our review here). In conjunction with the film’s release, Peter Gray caught up with its director, Simon McQuoid, and producer, E. Bennett Walsh, to […]

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Film Review: Sister (China, 2021) is an emotionally stirring & thought-provoking drama

April 22, 2021

Sister tells the story of An Ran (Zhang Zifeng), a nurse who is on a strong career path to become a doctor and move out her home and go to Beijing as a full-time student. She is estranged from her family due to the ongoing fact that her parents always preferred a son over her. […]

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Film Review: Mortal Kombat sets a precedent for what is possible within the genre of the video game adaptation

April 21, 2021

The road from video game to cinema screen has often been an arduous trek – to say the least. ¬†Often made with the best of intentions, but seldom able to satisfy the expansive fanbase, video game adaptations are usually starting at a disadvantage. Sure, there’s a certain campy pleasure to watching Jean Claude Van Damme […]

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Film Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday succeeds off Andra Day’s transformative central performance

April 16, 2021

The best performances within the biopic genre are those that aren’t just simply imitations or impressions of the subject at hand, but an honest appraisal of the person, one where the performer vanishes on screen. And so often with such grand performances, it can lead to the rest of the film surrounding them to feel […]

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New Fast & Furious 9 trailer takes Fast Saga to new heights – literally!

April 15, 2021

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, the Fast & Furious series has defied all expectation and grown to exponential heights as Vin Diesel and his motley crew have graduated from street racing to international espionage. The latest trailer for Fast & Furious 9 only adds to the franchise’s penchant for athletic lunacy as Diesel’s Dominic […]

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