Standing as one of the year's more misleading titles, Ford v Ferrari is far from the film you may be expecting. Sure, the inherent plot is the true-life battle of America's mighty Ford Motor Co. versus the Italian goliath of sportscar racing. But at the very heart of this film is an endearing and wildly entertaining tale of the two men behind the machines, played with terrific gusto by two of the best in the game. With plenty of technical motor racing jargon and several exhilarating race sequences, there's...

Deck the halls and break out the tinsel. Whether we like it or not, the festive season is once again upon us. And, this year, Universal Pictures is hoping you'll journey out to the cinema for a fresh Christmas romantic comedy, instead of popping on Love Actually for the 87th time. No judgement on that. It should be required December viewing in every household. With all the gooey schmaltz and fuzzy romance seen in every film of the yuletide genre, Last Christmas delivers everything you're likely expecting and very...

Since that fateful September day in 2001, American cinema has offered numerous tales from the months and years following the events of 9/11. Just last year, Adam McKay delivered a divisive portrait of the mastermind of the post-9/11 war effort in Vice. With a narrative flirting on humanising someone many consider a war criminal, it left some with a sour taste in their mouths. How refreshing to have something like The Report come along at just the right time to provide the perfect sobering antidote. A slow-moving yet utterly...

It's no secret Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation of his novel The Shining. From the moment the film was released, King has been expressing his dissatisfaction with Kubrick's work any chance he gets. For those who have read the book, you can empathise with the author. For better or worse, it's a very different beast, particularly its vastly-different ending. Over three decades later, King finally wrote a sequel novel, partly as an attempt to reclaim the story he felt had been bastardised by Kubrick.  Many assumed...

Just four years after the last disastrous reboot attempt, it's time for yet another Terminator sequel, desperately hoping to recapture the magic that's been missing from this franchise since 1991. After beating the dead horse that is this saga for over 25 years, these revivals are films nobody really asked for, yet always seems to pique enough interest to continually keep popping up every few years. Much like those rascally cyborgs themselves, the Terminator franchise simply refuses to die. But given the series has gone far off the rails in...

After his recent comments on Marvel movies sent Film Twitter into a misguided and absurd frenzy, Martin Scorsese is back to grabbing headlines for all the right reasons. With a reported budget of $160 million, a production time of over two years, and a three-and-a-half-hour runtime, The Irishman is one of Scorsese's (and Netflix's) biggest gambles to date. Thankfully, it all pays off handsomely. Returning to the gangster genre his career has been intrinsically linked with, Scorsese proves once again why he's one of the greatest filmmakers of all time....

Sometimes, a movie star disappears, never to be heard from again. Occasionally, it's more an extended break before a stellar comeback performance to put them right back on the map. We've seen that once already this year, with Renée Zellweger making a roaring return in Judy. Now it's time for the glorious resurrection of Eddie Murphy, in a performance that's the best thing he's offered in more than a decade. After a string of disastrous failures which led to four (!) Razzie Award nominations in just six (!!) years,...

Australian cinema loves a good wedding. But, in a case of unfortunate timing, 2019 has already served up one gorgeously romantic trip down the aisle with Top End Wedding. By virtue of unavoidable comparison, writer/director Nick Conidi's debut feature film Promised can't quite match the finesse and style of its cinematic marital-themed compatriot. While the film is undoubtedly a passion project for Conidi and seeks to capture a fascinating moment in our history where tradition and revolution worked furiously against each other, Promised fails to fully explore the Australian immigrant...

Eat the rich seems to be a recurring theme of cinema this year. After Parasite blew everyone's damn socks off with its acerbic takedown of class warfare, Joker made an earnest but messy attempt to craft something similar, and the misguided conservative backlash against The Hunt caused Universal Pictures to unceremoniously shelve the film indefinitely, we're offered up a piece of cinema with an anti-elitist message as subtle as a crossbow to the chest. With its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, Ready or Not boldly declares rich people are batshit crazy...

Comedy sequels are rarely a great idea. Just think for a moment and try to summon a truly great comedy which delivered a follow-up that either matched or succeeded its predecessor. You're very likely to craft a list you could count on one hand. A brilliant comedy is really lightning in a bottle type cinema, meaning it's nigh-on impossible to replicate. But when a comedy goes gangbusters at the box office, the call to try it again with a sequel usually follow fairly quickly. In a rare case of...