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Review | Kristen Stewart is perfection as Princess Diana in ‘Spencer’

Review | Kristen Stewart is perfection as Princess Diana in ‘Spencer’

Spencer | Dir: Pablo Larrain | ★ ★ ★ ★  When Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) went to the compulsory family gathering that took place over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, she had come a long way from the blushing virgin who married her prince ten years earlier. Pablo Larrain, who […]

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‘Scream’ hits the right mark as Ghostface returns with a new round of terror

‘Scream’ hits the right mark as Ghostface returns with a new round of terror

Scream | Dir: Matt Bertinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett  | From Jan 13 | ★ ★ ★ ★   If asked the question ‘Do you like scary movies?’ My answer would be a clear ‘No!’ Regrets, I’ve had a few, watching Wolf Creek is high on the that list. I’ve never understood the appeal of horror movies, while I understand […]

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Review | Sean Barker’s ‘Red Rocket’ fascinates and terrifies

Review | Sean Barker’s ‘Red Rocket’ fascinates and terrifies

Red Rocket | Dir: Sean Barker | ★ ★ ★ ★  Writer / director Sean Barker has made some memorable films. Starlet (2012) centered on an unusual friendship between a porn star and an elderly retiree. Tangerine (2015), which was shot on iPhones, was about a transgender sex worker in Hollywood. The Florida Project (2018), filmed in […]

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‘Doctor Who’ praised for including same-gender attraction plotline

‘Doctor Who’ praised for including same-gender attraction plotline

The latest instalment of long running sci-fi show Doctor Who has been praised for including a same-gender attraction storyline between two of its major characters. The special New Year episode of the show saw The Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, trapped in a time loop with a Dalek in a storage facility just a few minutes […]

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Review | Paul Verhoeven’s controversial ‘Benedetta’ plays at Perth Festival

Review | Paul Verhoeven’s controversial ‘Benedetta’ plays at Perth Festival

Benedetta | Dir: Paul Verhoeven | ★ ★ ★   Based on the book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by American author and historian Judith Brown, I really wanted to like this erotic thriller from the Dutch director of Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995) and Elle (2016) starring Isabelle Huppert. This […]

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Review | ‘House of Gucci’ is an incredibly entertaining soap opera

Review | ‘House of Gucci’ is an incredibly entertaining soap opera

House of Gucci | Dir: Ridley Scott | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Directed by 84 year old Ridley Scott whose contribution to film classics include Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and The Martian, House of Gucci is an extravagant recreation of the shocking true story of the downfall of the family behind the […]

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Nicole Kidman transforms into Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos’

Nicole Kidman transforms into Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos’

Being the Ricardos | Amazon Prime | Dir: Aaron Sorkin | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Writer-Director Aaron Sorkin is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated creatives with an impressive track record that includes The West Wing, The American President, A Few Good Men, The Newsroom, The Social Network and The Chicago Seven.  Here in his latest work he delivers a […]

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Review | The Matrix Resurrections plugs us in one more time

Review | The Matrix Resurrections plugs us in one more time

The Matrix Resurrections | Dir: Lana Wachowski | From 26th Dec | ★ ★ ★ When The Matrix arrived in 1999 it make a huge impact, a mind-blowing story, a great line-up of actors, a good dose of influence from Hong Kong action films, and some special effects that were groundbreaking for their time. It told the story […]

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Björk makes return to cinema in Robert Eggers ‘The Northman’

Björk makes return to cinema in Robert Eggers ‘The Northman’

The first trailer for the next film from critically acclaimed rising star Robert Eggers has landed and is charging across social media. The Northman is the third film from Eggers, following the critical success of his debut The Witch and multiple award-winning The Lighthouse. The Scandinavian-set Viking epic stars Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth, a legendary warrior who […]

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Review | Sally Phillips shines in ‘How To Please A Woman’

Review | Sally Phillips shines in ‘How To Please A Woman’

How To Please A Woman | Dir:  Renée Webster | ★ ★ ★ ★  Gina (Sally Phillips) gets together with a group of women for early morning swims at Leighton Beach. Turning fifty has not been great but the sunrise swims in the Indian Ocean refresh her. Life seems joyless and overwhelming and she is unable to […]

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