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Women rule the screen at the cinema this December

Can You Ever Forgive Me (★★★★★) Melissa McCarthy is brilliant as American author Lee Israel. Making her name in the 1970s and 1980s for writing biographies of famous people such as Katharine Hepburn and Estée Lauder, her books no longer sell. Unemployed, drinking whiskey for breakfast with her cat for company, she admits to liking […]

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Fashion and literature shape the stories on screen this September

Fashion and literature shape the stories on screen this September

McQueen (★★★★★) Writer/director Peter Ettedgui doesn’t shy away from the dark side in his powerful documentary of fashion’s bad boy. With a childhood effected by abuse, Lee Alexander McQueen was famous for spectacular and controversial fashion shows such as ‘Highland Rape’ and ‘McQueen’s Theatre of Cruelty’. Always pushing boundaries, McQueen wanted people to feel emotion, […]

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On The Edge: What’s on at the cinema this May

On The Edge: What’s on at the cinema this May

Tully (★ ★ ★ ★ ½) Eleven years after the unforgettable film Juno, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody delve into the nightmare that is motherhood. Charlize Theron is Marlo, a mother of three which includes an awkward daughter, a son whose special needs are demanding and disruptive and a howling new-born. While husband Drew […]

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April Film Reviews: The Quiet and the Divine

A Quiet Place (★★★★★) is one of the scariest horror films ever made. When you see it, make sure you turn off your mobile phone, don’t take any popcorn or food that will make a noise and don’t talk. The opening scenes are in complete silence. Evelyn and Lee Abbot (real-life married couple Emily Blunt […]

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December Film Reviews: Take a closer look

December Film Reviews: Take a closer look

Sometimes we see films that draw us in while viewing them, but then tarnish when thinking about them afterwards. Sometimes a film can be annoying and confusing but on contemplation reveals complex and interesting layers. Then sometimes we laugh all the way through a film, only to be grounded later on by the weight of […]

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August Film Reviews: Horror highlights from fantasy to reality

August Film Reviews: Horror highlights from fantasy to reality

The ancient walking, talking tree (voiced by Liam Neeson) in A Monster Calls (★★★★★) might be a monster to some children, but Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is twelve and has to deal with some grown-up things in his life. Apart from having bullying classmates, his mother (Felicity Jones) is very ill. His father (Toby Kebbell) has […]

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February Films: Spotlight on the marginalised

February Films: Spotlight on the marginalised

Our past lives within us. Our life experiences not only form our identities but inform us which identity is best to present to others. The shadows left by society’s construction and labelling of difference as deviance are still with us, and three films this month tell personal stories of those marginalised by what Michael Foucault […]

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Sing, sail and sissone with the kids at the cinema this December

Sing, sail and sissone with the kids at the cinema this December

January sees some interesting animated feature films that are not just for kids. Adults as well as children can enjoy Sing (G), Moana (PG) and Ballerina (G) in air conditioned comfort. And even though there is a weighting towards female protagonists, these films are not just for girls. Characters in these three films are diverse […]

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March Film Reviews

March Film Reviews

Looking for a reason to escape this never-ending summer heat? Lezly Herbert has got you covered with her reviews of the latest flicks at the cinema.   Spear (M) Directed by Stephen Page Since 1991, Stephen Page, who also co-wrote the film, has been artistic director of the leading indigenous dance group – Sydney-based Bangarra […]

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Film Reviews: ‘He Named Me Malala’ and ‘The Dressmaker’

Film Reviews: ‘He Named Me Malala’ and ‘The Dressmaker’

He Named Me Malala   (PG) Directed by Davis Guggenheim In 2012 Malala Yousafzai was injured when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends in a school bus in Pakistan. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region, was shot in the head, […]

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