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Film Review: The Departure

Director:    Merland Hoxha Cast:    Jon Briddell, Kendall Chappell, Olivia Lemmon, Austin Lauer, Grant Wright Gunderson Rating:     MA Running Time:     71 Australian Distributor:     Amazon Prime   In Los Angeles, just as Nate (Grant Wright Gunderson) and his girlfriend Jessica (Kendall Chappell) decide to move in together, his boss Brice (Jon Briddell) asks him to manage the New York office for six months. Meanwhile, Nate’s friend John (Austin Lauer) is struggling to get somewhere with his girlfriend Amber (Olivia Lemmon), who seems distracted by someone else. AsRead More

Film Review: You Should Have Left

Director:    David Koepp Cast:    Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Tiiu Essex, Colin Blumenau, Lowri Ann Richards, Eli Powers Rating:     MA Running Time:     93 Australian Distributor:     Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia   Theo (Kevin Bacon) is a retired and wealthy banker who is trying to put his life back together after a dark event. Together with his wife and daughter, he rents an isolated and luxurious house in a field in Wales, which initially seems too good to be true. As the days go byRead More

Film Review: 365 Days

Director:  Barbara Bialowas and Tomasz Mandes Cast:   Anna-Maria Sieklucka, Michele Morrone, Bronisław Wrocławski, Otar Saralidze, Magdalena Lamparska, Natasza Urbańska, Grażyna Szapołowska, Tomasz Stockinger, Gianni Parisi, Mateusz Łasowski Rating:    R Running Time:     114 Australian Distributor:    Netflix   Positioning itself as Polish cinema’s answer to the Fifty Shades of Grey book and film series, author Blanka Lipinska’s 365 Days (365 dni) is adapted by filmmaker Barbara Bialowas. The result is something quite staggering – fabulously engrossing, dripping in high camp, trashy sexual decadence and overwrought melodrama. It’s a conflicting paradox – one that’s engrossing inRead More

Film Review: 7500

Director:    Patrick Vollrath Cast:    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar, Ayilin Tezel, Carlo Kitzlinger, Murathan Muslu, Paul Wollin Rating:     MA Running Time:     93 Australian Distributor:     Amazon Prime   “7500” exploits the danger that some feel every time we fly that the aircraft will be hijacked.  7500 is the emergency call sign for exactly that situation. To stand out from the others, new movies on that theme try to be different in some way. “7500” does this by taking place in a claustrophobic place that has room underRead More

Film Review: The Call Of The Wild

Director:    Chris Sanders Cast:    Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell Rating:     PG Running Time:     100 Australian Distributor:     Walt Disney Studio   The Call of the Wild, Jack London’s 1903 novel about a dog’s adventures in the Yukon, has already been adapted to the screen five times. This, the first 21st century adaptation, comes from animation director Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon) and marks his first time working with a live-action cast. The film itself isRead More

Film Review: Palm Beach

Director:    Rachel Ward Cast:    Bryan Brown, Richard E. Grant, Aaron Jeffery, Jacqueline McKenzie, Heather Mitchell, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Claire van der Boom, Charlie Vickers, Matilda Brown, Frances Berry Rating:    M Running Time:    98 Australian Distributor:      Universal Pictures Australia   Rachel Ward’s gentle film about three late-middle age couples coming together for a weekend of wine, catch-ups and nostalgia is the perfect promotion for the Northern Beaches of Sydney, with its lingering shots of crystal clear water and luxuriously appointed homes. The beachside villa inRead More

Film Review: An Unexpected Love

Director:    Juan Vera Cast:    Ricardo Darín, Mercedes Moran, Claudia Fontán, Luis Rubio, Andrea Pietra, Jean Pierre Noher, Claudia Lapaco, Chico Novarro, Gabriel Corrado, Norman Briski, Andrea Politti Rating:    M Running Time:    135 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Juan Vera’s drama is a sweet, rich look into the deconstruction of a relationship and reconstruction of the two lives involved; it’s balanced, humane, filled with lovely, insightful dialogue about the nature of love relations.    Marcos and Ana are a couple that have been married for 25Read More

Film Review: Claire Darling

Director:    Julie Bertuccelli Cast:    Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Alice Taglioni, Laure Calamy, Samir Guesmi, Olivier Rabourdin, Johan Leysen, Colomba Giovanni, Simon Thomas, Mona Goinard, Joseph Flammer, Lewine Weber-Monfort, Amine Mejri, Julien Chavrial Rating:    M Running Time:    94 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Julie Bertuccelli’s Claire Darling is an intriguing and poignant story based on a best-selling book by Texan author Lynda Rutledge. It looks at the relationship between a mother and her daughter and the significance of possessions that hold memories of life’s experiences. The furniture andRead More

Film Review: Top End Wedding

Director:    Wayne Blair Cast:    Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Huw Higginson, Ursula Yovich, Shari Sebbens, Kerry Fox, Travis Jeffery, Elaine Crombie, Matt Crook, Atmiya Patel, Taylor Wiese, Dalara Williams, Tracy Mann Rating:    M Running Time:    103 Australian Distributor:    Universal Pictures   ‘Top End Wedding’ stars Miranda Tapsell (‘The Sapphires’, TV’s ‘Love Child’) and Gwilym Lee (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘The Tourist’) who get engaged, and when given 10 days off work, pack their bags to make a quick trip back home to the Northern Territory to have the wedding of her dreams.Read More

Film Review: Celeste

Director:    Ben Hackworth Cast:    Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Nadine Garner, Odessa Young, Emm Wiseman Rating:    M Running Time:    105 Australian Distributor:     Curious Films   Directed by Brisbane-born director Ben Hackworth, the film follows Celeste (Radha Mitchell), a famed forty-something opera singer, as she prepares to make a comeback after a decade out of the limelight. Having pushed everyone away after the death of her husband ten years ago, Celeste uses the occasion to attempt reconciliation with her estranged step-son Jack (Thomas Cocquerel). While Jack hasRead More