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MIFF 2014: Mommy (2014) 1
by / on August 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm / in Festivals, Film, Foreign, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2014: Mommy (2014)

I’ll admit it now, I’m a Xavier Dolan novice. Mommy is only the second film that I’ve seen of this French/Canadian wunderkind, and the first, Tom at the Farm, I saw the night before. For those who are Dolan diehards, this review may seem a tad uninformed and will not go into a discussion of his four previous films. Steve […]

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MIFF 2014: Curtain Call (2014) 0
by / on August 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm / in Australian Cinema, Documentary, Festivals, Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF 2014: Curtain Call (2014)

“Regrets, I’ve have a few, but then again, too few to mention.” – lyrics from My Way (sung by Frank Sinatra and many others). These words frame one crucial element of Justin Olstein and Eleanor Sharpe’s Curtain Call, a documentary about actors Terry and Carole Ann Gill and their now closed theatre restaurant The Tivoli, formerly located in Melbourne’s Inner […]

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Film Review: Jersey Boys (2014) 0
by / on July 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm / in Current Theatrical Releases, Film

Film Review: Jersey Boys (2014)

A stage to screen adaptation is nothing unfamiliar to cinemagoers. Many musicals of the last forty years have made big splashes on the silver screen (think Chicago, Hairspray, Les Miserables) leading to stage revivals and boosted ticket sales thanks to their silver screen popularity. Then there are the flops. Sadly, Jersey Boys belongs to the latter group. Chronicling the rise […]

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Film Review: Maleficent (2014) 0
by / on May 29, 2014 at 10:10 am / in Current Theatrical Releases, Film

Film Review: Maleficent (2014)

Long debated is the genesis of evil: is one born evil or can one become evil? With Disney’s new film Maleficent the answer is pointedly clear. Further pushing the popular “story behind the story you knew” mood with Oz: The Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent takes a figure known to popular culture and turns the audience’s notions […]

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave (2013) 0
by / on January 26, 2014 at 8:00 am / in Film

Film Review: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Steve McQueen really does have a thing for the embattled and imprisoned protagonist. His three feature films to date have focused on an Irish republican leading a hunger strike in Hunger, a sex-addict slipping deeper into the despair of his compulsion in Shame, and now the agonising capture and slavery of freeman Solomon Northrop in 12 Years a Slave.

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Film Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 0
by / on January 20, 2014 at 8:00 am / in Film

Film Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Greed, power games, drugs and New York financial corruption in the 80s. No this is not Wall Street, but simply another Scorsese take on retro fast-paced living. And like Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull and The Departed, all good things must come gloriously crashing down. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a stockbroker. Well, that’s putting it mildly. Conning people into buying […]

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Film Review: Her (2013) 0
by / on January 16, 2014 at 8:00 am / in Film

Film Review: Her (2013)

Set in the not-so-distant future, Her takes place in a world where technology has come so far that operating systems have been programmed intuitively and provide services resembling human interactions and relationships.

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Film Review: August: Osage County (2013) 1
by / on January 2, 2014 at 11:19 am / in Current Theatrical Releases, Film

Film Review: August: Osage County (2013)

August: Osage County features great opportunities for actors, and thankfully a cavalcade of brilliant actors breathes life into these intricate and multi-layered characters. There really isn’t a weak link in the cast, but Streep, Roberts and Cooper deserve to be singled out. Not far behind them are Martindale, Nicholson and Cumberbatch.

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Film Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) 0
by / on December 19, 2013 at 9:00 am / in Current Theatrical Releases, Film

Film Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Plenty of laughs are to be had with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues through genuinely astute and witty television journalistic observations, and through some less erudite gags.

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Film Review: Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013) 0
by / on October 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm / in Film

Film Review: Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

The Butler is a film about response. Cecil’s blending into the background was a form of transformation from the cotton farm way of life he came from. His response was to do whatever it takes to make a better life, however demeaning or full of inequality. Louis’ response to the racism and segregation was to stand up, speak his mind and demand to be heard.

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