Featured, Reviews / 21.04.2021

For several decades now, Hollywood has been obsessively attempting to create a great film adaptation of a popular video game title. They've mostly failed spectacularly in both a critical and commercial sense, but it's a genre of film that simply will not die. After the campy 1995 adaptation and its god-awful 1997 sequel, the inevitable reboot of Mortal Kombat has finally arrived. And it's everything you'd expect and very little else. What began as a simple arcade fighting game in 1992 has led to a dozen video game sequels...

Featured, Reviews / 26.03.2021

Despite fairly middling reviews and heavy criticism from Beatrix Potter purists (UK film critic Mark Kermode famously remarked, "If you've read the books you will be appalled."), Peter Rabbit's astonishing $350 million worldwide gross in 2018 signalled a sequel was all but assured. Had it not been for that pesky global pandemic, we would have received the follow-up at this time last year. After several release date changes and a new staggered global rollout that sees the film released in Australia three months before the U.S., Peter Rabbit...

Featured, Reviews / 25.03.2021

After a year of cinema closures and release date delays, many have wondered what film will be successful in reviving box office numbers around the globe. Tenet couldn't do it. Wonder Woman 1984 tried its best. But they both arrived at a time when audiences were still reluctant to leave their homes. With the world tentatively taking its first steps into a new sense of normality, it may ultimately fall to two legendary pop culture icons to save cinema. If there ever was a film you need to see...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 15.12.2020

From Regina King and Natalie Erika James to Radha Blank and Autumn de Wilde, one of the few redeeming qualities of 2020 has been the confident directorial debuts of numerous female filmmakers. In a year of such darkness, their stellar work has been a bright light of hope for the future of the film industry. As 2020 finally draws to a close, it's time to add another name to that list. And she has delivered one of the year's most deliciously enjoyable treats. Provocative, stylish, and sardonically dark, Promising...

Featured, The House of Mouse Project / 06.04.2020

In the life of a film critic, there will always be one particular question that inevitably comes our way; what was the first film that started it all? For most of us, it was the first film we saw in a cinema that truly sparked our love of movies. Much like generations of children before me, my first trip to the cinema was to see a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. And I've been in love with Disney's special brand of magic ever since. The year was 1990 and...