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Film Review: The Reckoning

Film Review: The Reckoning

The youngest of the three LaPaglia boys (Jonathon) is Detective Robbie Green. He is called out to the murder of his colleague Jason (played by Luke, the eldest of the three Hemsworth brothers). He recovers a data card from the crime scene which reveals that teenagers Rachel (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) and AJ (Alex Williams last seen […]

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May Film Reviews

May Film Reviews

52 Tuesdays (MA) Directed by Sophie Hyde When her daughter Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) was 16 years old, Jane (Del Herbert-Jane) decided to pursue a long-standing desire to transition into a man called James. Jane’s ostensibly gay younger brother Harry shared the house but she decided to send Billie to her father’s place for the year […]

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Film: The Duel

Film: The Duel

Directed by Dover Kosashvili (M) A seaside town in the Caucuses is the location for Dover Kosashvili’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story. We watch as Laevsky (Andrew Scott) lounges about in slippers all day, drinking, playing cards and occasionally getting up to kinky stuff with the rather large housemaid. At the time that Chekhov […]

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Film: Careless Love

Film: Careless Love

Directed by John Duigan (MA).   Vietnamese Australian Linh (Nammi Le) is studying law at university. She is quiet, studious and respectful to her parents, even sending money home when her father loses his employment to help pay the family’s mortgage. However, when she tells her housemates that she is going to the library to study, […]

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Film Review: A Dangerous Method

Film Review: A Dangerous Method

(MA) Directed by David Cronenberg In Zurich in 1904, a 19 year-old Russian woman was dragged into a psychiatric hospital, screaming and violently lashing out. In those times, men in suits had methods for dealing with hysterical women – methods closer to torture than healing. Novice psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) decided to treat the […]

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Film Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG)

Film Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG)

(PG) Directed by John Madden India is a Mecca for outsourcing everything from making shoes to tech support. When Sonny (Dev Patel) takes over running a dilapidated hotel in Jaipur, he decides to outsource old age and advertises it as the “Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful”. Being much cheaper than England, several Brits make […]

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Film Review: Spud

Film Review: Spud

(M) Directed by Donovan Marsh Two things happened in South Africa in 1990. Nelson Mandela was released from prison and John (Spud) Milton (Troye Sivan who was born in South Africa but now lives in Perth) started at an elite boys’ boarding school after winning a scholarship. The eight boys in his dormitory had nicknames […]

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Film Review: The Hunger Games

Film Review: The Hunger Games

(M) Directed by Gary Ross By the time this review goes to print, the word will be out that the film based on the first of Suzanne Collin’s trilogy is this year’s blockbuster. Set in the future, the edge-of-your-seat action centres around sixteen year-old Katniss (Winter Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence) who is named after an edible […]

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Film Review: Wrath of the Titans

Film Review: Wrath of the Titans

(PG) Directed by Jonathan Liebesman There’s lots of gods fighting for supremacy in this film and all of them seem to have huge anger issues with their closest relatives. Brothers Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) bring sibling rivalry to new heights and there is no love lost on their father either. One of […]

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Film Review: Coriolanus

Film Review: Coriolanus

(MA) Directed by Ralph Fiennes William Shakespeare’s plays are known for universal themes that have endured the passage of time. Many of his plays have been superimposed on modern settings and preserved on film. Coriolanus is a moving tragedy with more battle scenes than his other plays and at the centre of its action is […]

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