Back in 2003, the world initially scoffed at the idea of a film based on a Disneyland ride. Admit it. You thought Disney had lost their mind. There were few who expected Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl to be particularly good, let alone score Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination and launch a wildly successful franchise that would ultimately net more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Given that franchise has fizzled in recent times (a reboot appears to be on...

You have to feel for a director whose first major film earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, scored over $600 million at the worldwide box office, and delivered one of the greatest twists in the history of cinema. For the last two decades, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has been desperately attempting to recapture the lightning in a bottle of 1999's pop culture phenomenon The Sixth Sense with varied results. While there have been the mild highs of films like Signs and Split, there have also been...

The one that was made at home. 2020 will be remembered for many god-awful things we'd all like to forget. For movie lovers, it was the year the world of film ground to a halt. With cinema shutdowns, release date delays, and film festival cancellations, there was little joy for those of us who regularly spend time inside the hallowed walls of a movie theatre. In the midst of a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders from the California government, Walt Disney Animation Studios was faced with the daunting task...

Have you ever yearned to see King Kong give The Iron Giant a fist bump? Or witness Pennywise, Catwoman, and the droogs from A Clockwork Orange cheering on from the sidelines of a basketball game? If so, Space Jam: A New Legacy is certainly the film for you. In one of the most shameless pieces of cross-promotion cinema has ever seen, this long-awaited (perhaps too long) sequel stuffs so many pop culture cameos into 115 minutes that it would take even longer to name them all. A film that...

A new film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe opening in theatres around the globe is surely a sign the world of cinema is beginning to return to some sense of normalcy. After three release date delays and a change in strategy that sees the film debut simultaneously on Disney+ with Premier Access, Marvel Studios' long-awaited prequel Black Widow has finally arrived to give a fallen hero her deserving swan song. Part James Bond spy thriller, part Mission: Impossible action epic with a good dose of tense familial drama, Black...

For those of us who live in nations where international travel is still off-limits, watching a film set in a foreign location is the closest we'll get to an overseas holiday for at least another six months. Just in time for the onset of Australia's brisk winter, the wizards of Pixar Animation are here to provide a joyous trip to the sunny shores of the Italian coast with their latest little gem that typically packs an emotional punch. Crafted with a gorgeously quaint storybook quality rarely seen in Pixar...

Full disclosure - until the trailer for its sequel dropped, I had forgotten 2017's The Hitman's Bodyguard existed. A breezy late-summer popcorn action movie that earned tepid reviews and a mildly respectable worldwide gross of $180 million, it wasn't exactly the most memorable of films. Evidently, it's since found a fanbase that warranted a follow-up. And, let's face it, new distributor Lionsgate is desperate for a successful franchise outside of Saw and John Wick. Much like most action sequels, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (just FYI - there's no "The" in...

Now that WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have firmly established the television spin-off world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's time to turn our attention to the franchise's favourite mischievous scamp. The MCU has delivered a chequered roster of villains over the past decade. While there's been the highs of Avengers: Infinity War's Thanos and Black Panther's Erik Killmonger, there's also the lows of Iron Man 2's Whiplash and Thor: The Dark World's Malekith. But the most enduring villain of this lengthy saga has undoubtedly been...

With three Tony Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, an Oscar nomination, and a Pulitzer Prize, it's no surprise Lin-Manuel Miranda is the most in-demand man in Hollywood right now. In 2021, he'll be responsible for composing original songs for not one but two animated films (Sony Pictures' Vivo and Disney's Encanto) plus make his feature directorial debut with Netflix's musical Tick, Tick...

With two chapters, five spin-offs, and close to $2 billion at the worldwide box office, The Conjuring Universe is one of the most successful horror movie franchises in cinema history. From the high of 2013's The Conjuring to the low of 2018's The Nun (which, staggeringly, remains the highest-grossing film thus far), it's been an uneven saga where nothing has come close to matching the exhilarating terror of the film that started it all. Naturally, that won't stop Warner Bros. from eliciting a third film from the case files...