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Film Review: The Woman In The Window

Director:    Joe Wright Cast:    Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore, Jeanine Serralles, Tracy Letts, Mariah Bozeman Rating:    MA Running Time:    100 Australian Distributor:    Netflix   The notion that Hollywood takes an old idea and puts a modern twist on it is not new. With the recent release of director Joe Wright’s new film The Woman In The Window on Netflix it seemed like everybody wanted to point out that this was a story that they had allRead More


Film Review: The United States vs Billie Holiday

Director:    Lee Daniels Cast:  Andra Day, Garrett Hedlund, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Jordan, Evan Ross, Rob Morgan, Tone Bell, Dana Gourrier Rating:    MA Running Time:    130 Australian Distributor:    Universal Pictures Australia   When talking about musical history a lot of people consider Elvis Presley to be the first real rock star. You could argue that title should be given to Billie Holiday though. Holiday was a rock star before rock was even thing. As a performer Holiday packed out clubs and had the paparazzi digging into herRead More


Film Review: The Dry

Director:  Robert Connolly Cast:    Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable, William Zappa, John Polson Rating:    MA Running Time:    117 Australian Distributor:    Roadshow Films   One of the things that makes Australian cinema stand out from other films is the grit that quite often comes with it. When I say that I am not just talking about genre flicks I am talking about drama films like Romper Stomper that just seem to go that extra step further than most other films. When you mix that grit withRead More


Film Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Director:   Patty Jenkins Cast:   Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal Rating:    M Running Time:   151 Australian Distributor:    Roadshow Films   Well at last 2020 has its own superhero – and her name is Wonder Woman. Over the last decade comic book fans have gotten used to having at least three or four superhero movies hitting cinemas each year. This year though with the blockbusters on hold those fans have had slim pickings. The underrated New Mutants came and went in the blink of an eye so the fansRead More


Film Review: The War With Grandpa

Director:    Tim Hill Cast:    Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Laura Marano, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, T.J. McGibbon Rating:     PG Running Time:     95 Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Australia   Sometimes as a movie critic you forget that it is okay for a film to be fun. Somewhere deep down inside your brain you watch a movie and then you try to analyse and pick apart exactly what the director was trying to achieve with the film. Sometimes there are noRead More


Film Review: Honest Thief

Director:    Mark Williams Cast:    Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, Robert Patrick Rating:     M Running Time:     99 Australian Distributor:    Rialto Distribution   At 68 years of age you could forgive actor Liam Neeson if he wanted to slow down. The good news for film lovers is that Neeson isn’t showing any sign of wanting to jump out of the fast lane any time soon. In fact while most actors have been starved of cinema time in 2020 Neeson is so hard working thatRead More


Film Review: Tenet

Director:    Christopher Nolan Cast:  John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branath Rating:     M Running Time:     150 Australian Distributor:     Village Roadshow   Movies don’t come much bigger than Tenet – with or without the current dearth of choices available on the big screen. It is a blockbuster of epic proportions from the brilliantly warped mind of Christopher Nolan, the man who unleashed the mind-bending Inception on unsuspecting audiences a decade ago and has had a plethora of other successful releases starting with Following in 1998 andRead More


Film Review: Midway

Director:    Roland Emmerich Cast:    Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Alexander Ludwig, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Darren Criss, Jake Weber, Tadanobu Asano, Brennan Brown, Etsushi Toyokawa, Jun Kunimura. Rating:     M Running Time:     138 Australian Distributor:     Roadshow Films   If you aren’t aware of the various battles of World War II your first reaction to the trailer of Roland Emmerich’s Midway is probably didn’t they already do a movie about Pearl Harbour? They did indeed, Michael Bay(Transformers) directed the very under-rated Pearl Harbour back in 2001,Read More


Film Review: Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker

Director:    J.J. Abrams Cast:    Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo Rating:     M Running Time:     141 Australian Distributor:     Walt Disney Studio   It has taken forty-two years to get there, but finally the Skywalker saga is drawing to a close. No other cinematic franchise has ever reached the massive heights that Star Wars has and to say that this is a beloved series is under-selling it in a very big way. It is for that reason that J.J. Abrams hasRead More