Reviews / 08.10.2018

Name a beloved horror movie icon and it's highly likely their reputation has been slaughtered by a neverending wave of disappointing sequels. Freddy. Jason. Leatherface. Chucky. They've all exhausted their welcome and become more laughable than terrifying. Then there's Michael Myers, the babysitter murdering, William Shatner mask-wearing, knife-wielding psychopath. Since his debut in 1978's seminal classic Halloween, the serial slasher has been seen in seven awful sequels, a disappointing 2007 reboot and its even more disappointing sequel. When you've already attempted a reboot once before, that's the end of...

Reviews / 04.10.2018

With a screenplay filled with glaring plot holes and woeful dialogue and a calamity of disappointing performances from its terribly underused lead actors, 'Venom' feels like a horrendously missed opportunity. The source material is a goldmine of potentially brilliant delights. The cast is filled with amazing performers including two Oscar nominees and an Emmy winner. This could have been a sensational movie. Instead what we're handed is a frustrating and sloppy mess of a film which can't seem to decide on its tone, intention, or direction. This is the kind...

Reviews / 27.09.2018

It may not seem like it, but it’s been ten years since director Gus Van Sant gave us the powerful and Oscar-winning biopic Milk. Since then, the filmmaker has been in somewhat of a slump, with three films (Restless, Promised Land, and The Sea of Trees) falling flat on their faces. You probably didn’t see any of them and you probably don’t need to. But with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Van Sant appears to have got his groove back with a film that’s a heart-warming and charming crowd-pleaser with a dash...

Reviews / 22.09.2018

At this very moment, there are 6.5 million Americans living with an intellectual disability. Only 15% of adults are gainfully employed with nearly 1 in 3 living below the poverty line. Their access to a proper education during their youth may provide a clue to these damning statistics. 17% of students with an intellectual disability are given access to an education through regular classrooms. Overall, only 40% of disabled students eventually graduate high school, immediately putting them at a greater disadvantage than those they already face. As tackled in the...

Reviews / 21.09.2018

For as long as Hollywood has existed, there have been those movie stars whose lives have been tragically cut short. Whether their death has come by their own hand or a fateful accident, the general public has always held a deep fascination to study the life and times of those lost before their time. In recent years, producer Derik Murray has tapped into that curiosity with his I Am...

Reviews / 14.09.2018

From first-time feature director (and former Google employee) Aneesh Chaganty, the grippingly tense and wildly thrilling 'Searching' is a film that initially captures attention with its gimmick but truly shines thanks to the sublime film found within. Both a technical and narrative triumph, the film is showcased exclusively through laptop screens, surveillance cameras, and smartphones to dazzling effect. But, the film elevates itself above its stratagem with a genuinely suspenseful and emotionally engaging plot, some truly terrific acting, and ingenious storytelling techniques that will keep you guessing until the very end....

Reviews / 13.09.2018

At some point over the last few years, Hollywood has decided humour is the right path to resurrecting a sagging franchise. Perhaps Disney are to blame, given they've taken this route to revitalise both the Star Wars and Thor sagas. But those films are inherently rooted in fun, thereby adding a dash of comedy feels entirely natural and earnest. Applying this formula to something grounded in sci-fi/horror is often fraught with problems, especially something as promisingly terrifying as the Predator franchise. Sure, every film since John McTiernan's 1987 original...

Reviews / 06.09.2018

One of the cardinal sins of cinema is for a film to be boring. This rings especially true within the horror genre; a genre designed to thrill, terrify, and, above all things, get your heart racing. Rather ironically, 'The Nun' commits this very cinematic sin by delivering a bland, by-the-numbers piece of cinema which offers very little in the way of genuine scares or engaging entertainment. Overloaded with predictable jump-scares you can see coming a mile away and a thin plot that's stretched to its limits, 'The Nun' is another...

Reviews / 03.09.2018

Australian cinema has produced some of the finest comedy the screen has ever seen. But the romantic comedy genre is not a territory we Aussies explore particularly well. For every groundbreaking example like last year’s sublime 'Ali’s Wedding,' there’s something as generically safe as The Flip Side, the debut feature film from producer-turned-writer/director Marion Pilowsky. There’s nothing inherently wrong with taking this path. The end result here is still a rather breezy, entertaining experience. However, with a cast full of superb comedic talent, The Flip Side feels like...

Reviews / 23.08.2018

It obviously remains to be seen if 'Crazy Rich Asians' will truly mark a turning point for the industry. But with its intoxicating mix of dazzling Singaporean location filming, deliciously entertaining narrative, and one of the year's finest ensemble casts, the film is a mighty strong play to make one hell of a difference. This is one of the best times you will have in a cinema in 2018. My screening broke into spontaneous applause at its conclusion. Yep. It's just that much fun....