Standing as the first Disney remake to be met with genuine alarm and sardonic online scorn, Aladdin arrives with a hefty point to prove. With many questioning the need for its very existence, this live-action re-imagining has caused all sorts of panicked anxiety amongst Disney purists. Put the pitchforks and torches down. Guy Ritchie's visual spectacle is far from the unmitigated train wreck many have predicted. Well, for the most part. While this updated version of one of Disney's most cherished animated works is entirely enjoyable (albeit rather pointless)...

After five years, two films, one dead puppy (rest in peace, Daisy), and a staggeringly high body count, the John Wick franchise has been a breath of fresh air in the crowded action genre landscape. Deliciously ludicrous and unashamedly outlandish, both films have offered pure unadulterated fun, all within a meticulously crafted and surprisingly inventive world of assassins bound by a strict set of guidelines and charming old-world style. As all good action threequels should, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum ramps up the mayhem to gloriously absurd levels, with...

After several release date pushbacks and a title change (its working title was Nasty Women, a now outdated reference to one of Donald Trump's many insults thrown at Hillary Clinton), The Hustle finally plods into cinemas this week. A female-centric remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was itself a remake of 1964's Bedtime Story), the film attempts to flip the script and allow the women to take the spotlight as the shrewd con women in charge. While there is great chemistry between the two leads, Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, and...

Remember the moment it was announced a big Hollywood live-action film adaptation of beloved Japanese video game, movie, and television series juggernaut Pokémon was coming, starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu? It was the collective "WTF?" heard around the globe. Standing as one of the year's most unusual properties, the casting of Reynolds in Pokémon Detective Pikachu proves to be rather inspired and ultimately saves this film entirely. While the screenplay relies too heavily on audiences having prior knowledge of the franchise to fully appreciate the end result...

All romantic comedies require some suspension of disbelief from an audience. These films often exist in a world of hyper-reality where two polar opposite characters somehow fall madly in love with each other. When a studio offers up something like Long Shot, a romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, it's hard not to raise one eyebrow in question of this film's plausibility. The other eyebrow raises to join it when you learn the pair play a flawless U.S. Secretary of State and a scruffy unemployed journalist. Three...

It's been 25 years since Australian cinema produced a top quality romantic comedy. Over two decades after Muriel's Wedding, our local film industry has barely touched the genre, let alone delivered a film worthy of rivalling anything America or the UK can dish up. How wonderfully refreshing it is to see something like Top End Wedding appear in our cinemas. Even more invigorating is the fact it's written, directed, and starring members of our Indigenous community. Standing as both a gorgeous love letter to Indigenous culture and an utterly charming...

The time has come to say goodbye to one of the most successful and ambitious franchises in cinema history. With a three-hour spectacle to wrap up this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame is the blockbuster fans have been aching for. It's taken us 11 years and 22 films to arrive at this point. Thankfully, the wait has been entirely worthwhile. Curb your anxiety at the door. Marvel Studios have done it again. With a moving impact few blockbusters could ever hope to deliver and an array...

Just one week after the superhero genre gave us a Big-style blockbuster with Shazam!, we're being offered up a by-the-numbers reverse version. Taking inspiration from the Tom Hanks classic, Little flips the age transformation and genre of its protagonist, which, for better or worse, is mildly refreshing.  By all accounts, this was the brainchild of young star Marsai Martin, who pitched the idea after seeing Big for the first time at the age of 10 and thus now becomes the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history, making your 10-year-old look entirely lazy. It's...

It's been a rocky road for the DC Extended Universe. From the dizzying delights of Wonder Woman to the hyper-colour mess of Suicide Squad. From the delicious ridiculousness of Aquaman to the dark and sloppy disaster of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And it's hard to forget what should have been their crowning glory but was perhaps their worst misstep with Justice League. Constantly compared to their rivals at Marvel Studios (a reminder it's okay to like both cinematic universes), it's been a case of one step forward,...

As we head towards our ninth year of Disney live-action re-imaginings, we're starting to reach the point of exhaustion, particularly when we realise we've got not one, not two, but three of them in 2019. These films represent a cash cow for the studio they simply cannot ignore. Audiences keep turning out in droves to watch the animated films of their childhood reworked into visual spectacles that have mostly artistically failed more than they've soared. Few films from my youth have meant more to me than the tale of...