Reviews / 09.05.2019

After several release date pushbacks and a title change (its working title was Nasty Women, a now outdated reference to one of Donald Trump's many insults thrown at Hillary Clinton), The Hustle finally plods into cinemas this week. A female-centric remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was itself a remake of 1964's Bedtime Story), the film attempts to flip the script and allow the women to take the spotlight as the shrewd con women in charge. While there is great chemistry between the two leads, Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, and...

Reviews / 07.05.2019

Remember the moment it was announced a big Hollywood live-action film adaptation of beloved Japanese video game, movie, and television series juggernaut Pokémon was coming, starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu? It was the collective "WTF?" heard around the globe. Standing as one of the year's most unusual properties, the casting of Reynolds in Pokémon Detective Pikachu proves to be rather inspired and ultimately saves this film entirely. While the screenplay relies too heavily on audiences having prior knowledge of the franchise to fully appreciate the end result...

Reviews / 04.05.2019

All romantic comedies require some suspension of disbelief from an audience. These films often exist in a world of hyper-reality where two polar opposite characters somehow fall madly in love with each other. When a studio offers up something like Long Shot, a romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, it's hard not to raise one eyebrow in question of this film's plausibility. The other eyebrow raises to join it when you learn the pair play a flawless U.S. Secretary of State and a scruffy unemployed journalist. Three...

Reviews / 02.05.2019

It's been 25 years since Australian cinema produced a top quality romantic comedy. Over two decades after Muriel's Wedding, our local film industry has barely touched the genre, let alone delivered a film worthy of rivalling anything America or the UK can dish up. How wonderfully refreshing it is to see something like Top End Wedding appear in our cinemas. Even more invigorating is the fact it's written, directed, and starring members of our Indigenous community. Standing as both a gorgeous love letter to Indigenous culture and an utterly charming...

Reviews / 24.04.2019

The time has come to say goodbye to one of the most successful and ambitious franchises in cinema history. With a three-hour spectacle to wrap up this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame is the blockbuster fans have been aching for. It's taken us 11 years and 22 films to arrive at this point. Thankfully, the wait has been entirely worthwhile. Curb your anxiety at the door. Marvel Studios have done it again. With a moving impact few blockbusters could ever hope to deliver and an array...

Reviews / 14.04.2019

Just one week after the superhero genre gave us a Big-style blockbuster with Shazam!, we're being offered up a by-the-numbers reverse version. Taking inspiration from the Tom Hanks classic, Little flips the age transformation and genre of its protagonist, which, for better or worse, is mildly refreshing.  By all accounts, this was the brainchild of young star Marsai Martin, who pitched the idea after seeing Big for the first time at the age of 10 and thus now becomes the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history, making your 10-year-old look entirely lazy. It's...

Reviews / 02.04.2019

It's been a rocky road for the DC Extended Universe. From the dizzying delights of Wonder Woman to the hyper-colour mess of Suicide Squad. From the delicious ridiculousness of Aquaman to the dark and sloppy disaster of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And it's hard to forget what should have been their crowning glory but was perhaps their worst misstep with Justice League. Constantly compared to their rivals at Marvel Studios (a reminder it's okay to like both cinematic universes), it's been a case of one step forward,...

Reviews / 27.03.2019

As we head towards our ninth year of Disney live-action re-imaginings, we're starting to reach the point of exhaustion, particularly when we realise we've got not one, not two, but three of them in 2019. These films represent a cash cow for the studio they simply cannot ignore. Audiences keep turning out in droves to watch the animated films of their childhood reworked into visual spectacles that have mostly artistically failed more than they've soared. Few films from my youth have meant more to me than the tale of...

Reviews / 06.03.2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken many interesting turns over the last few years. We've seen the dazzling efforts of Ryan Coogler to inject Black Panther with an authenticity that provided black cinematic representation like never before. We've witnessed the quirky adventures of lesser-known entities like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. And we've seen the culmination of the entire franchise with last year's gloriously devastating Avengers: Infinity War. In 2019, Marvel Studios maps a course through uncharted territory by finally placing a female character as the lead in their latest...

Reviews / 13.02.2019

When a big-budget blockbuster is pulled from its coveted Christmas release spot and dumped in mid-February, you tend to assume the worst. Even more so when that film cost $200 million and is written and produced by the man responsible for the two highest-grossing films of all time. Something didn't quite add up and disaster loomed for Alita: Battle Angel. While not quite the catastrophe many have feared, the film is far from the triumph it may have been, resulting in a muddled piece of cinema that's equal parts...