One of the biggest film casualties of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has been Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War; a lavish period biopic which was surely due to be Weinstein's great big Oscar hope of the 2017 season. After premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to a tepid response, Gomez-Rejon was furiously re-editing the film so as to meet its November theatrical release date when the Weinstein story broke. When The Weinstein Company naturally collapsed and the film was pulled from release, Gomez-Rejon raised an additional...

By virtue of unfortunate comparison to Pixar's impeccable back catalogue of masterpieces, every new film from the studio faces a dauntingly high bar to clear. Last year, Toy Story 4 somehow managed to defy all expectations and walk off with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in the process. Sadly, Pixar's first of two films this year can't quite meet the dazzling pedigree of many of its contemporaries. While it's naturally wonderful to see Pixar return to fully original storytelling for the first time in three years, the...

In an era of remakes that do little more than slap a new coat of paint on a well-known story, you approach something like a reimagining of The Invisible Man with immense trepidation. Thankfully, this is one remodel that deftly proves its necessity. By flipping the narrative focus away from its titular character, writer/director Leigh Whannell offers a fresh take on H. G. Wells' 1897 novel that's as thrilling and terrifying as it is shrewdly relevant. With yet another impressive performance by Elisabeth Moss at its helm, The Invisible...

It's been over 115 years since Jack London released his classic wilderness adventure The Call of the Wild; a book most of us were likely forced to read during our early school years. After several big-screen adaptations over the last few decades, it's time to dust off the novel once again with 20th Century Studios (so long, Fox) offering another take on London's work. Given CGI photorealistic animals are all the rage nowadays, director Chris Sanders makes the confounding call to make his canine star Buck a completely computer-generated...

After bursting onto the horror movie scene back in 2009 with runaway hit Paranormal Activity, Blumhouse Productions has proven itself a major player in the genre. But for every spectacular success like the Oscar-winning Get Out and Insidious, they've also served up some absolute disasters like Ouija and Truth or Dare. In a curious move, Jeff Wadlow, director of the latter film, is being given another shot with Blumhouse's latest reimagining, Fantasy Island. Taking mild inspiration from Aaron Spelling's 1977 television series of the same name (which, let's be...

April 30, 2019. The day the internet savaged the first trailer of Sonic the Hedgehog so viciously, the video was quickly pulled from YouTube and the film's release date was pushed back to allow for the title character to be completely (and rightly) redesigned. Now the day has arrived when we see if this unprecedented move has paid off. Given this calamitous backstory, it's a miracle the final product isn't quite the disaster you may be expecting. While it's far from a truly great film and serves up barely...

With six world premieres, 93 Australian premieres and 12 Sydney premieres across 57 feature-length films, Queer Screen's annual Mardi Gras Film Festival returns to Sydney for its 27th year. Under the banner of "Emerge. Evolve. Fly.," the program features another spectacular line-up of LGBTQ+ films sure to enlighten, challenge, move, entertain, and dazzle Sydney audiences. With dramas, comedies, documentaries, animated films, and everything else in between, there's something for everyone this year. Here are eight films The Jam Report highly recommends form part of your viewing schedule. 5B For those too...

Just one month after Greta Gerwig proved the absolute necessity of yet another film adaptation of Little Women, photographer-turned-director Autumn de Wilde makes her impressive feature film debut with the equally-daunting task of adapting Jane Austen's beloved classic Emma, which has also seen its fair share of film and television adaptations over the years. It may only feel like yesterday for many of us, but it was almost 25 years ago (!) Gwyneth Paltrow tackled the role of self-assured but misguided matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. And it was way back...

There were numerous egregious snubs when the Academy announced its crop of Oscar nominations a few weeks ago. Many rightfully furrowed their brows at Lupita Nygon'o missing out for the year's finest leading female performance found in Jordan Peele's Us. On the flip side, the year's greatest male leading performance was also painfully omitted. And one of the year's greatest films was ignored completely. Academy voters, you've got some explaining to do. Forget Joaquin Phoenix and Adam Driver. The man who should be taking home that little bald gold...

It seems these days we are in desperate need of feel-good movies more than ever before. The cinema has always provided gentle refuge from the chaos of the real world, and nothing offers blissful escapism quite like a heartwarming adventure with a dose of sweetness that's genuinely irresistible. A film like The Peanut Butter Falcon (the title will make sense eventually) knows exactly how to push the right buttons to make your heart soar. What a joy it is to kick the decade off with one of the...