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Review | Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’ tackles faith and forgiveness

Review | Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’ tackles faith and forgiveness

Corpus Christi | Dir: Jan Komasa | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  This Polish film is based on actual events. Twenty year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) is paroled from prison after serving time for second-degree murder. After finding comfort in religion during his prison term, his desire is to become an ordained priest, but his criminal record prevents […]

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Bibliophile | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Eat Better Forever’

Bibliophile | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Eat Better Forever’

Eat Better Forever by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Bloomsbury With so many debates about the food we consume that many people are left feeling confused, anxious and even guilty about something that is essential for their survival. Avoiding most of the negativity surrounding our nourishment, this book is a welcome relief, making it easier to choose, eat […]

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Review | ‘Girls Can’t Surf’ expertly highlights fight for equality in sport

Review | ‘Girls Can’t Surf’ expertly highlights fight for equality in sport

Girls Can’t Surf | Dir: Christopher Nelius | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Well, girls and women can surf but that wasn’t the generally held belief in the early 1980s when a group of women decided to take on the male-dominated professional surfing world after being allowed to compete since 1976. Theirs was a fight for inclusion, recognition and […]

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Bibliophile | David Michie’s ‘The Secret Mantra’ brings a gripping hunt

The Secret Mantra by David Michie Hay House Matt Lester is in the Himalayan Mountains, following a goat track to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. In The sequel to The Magician of Lhasa, the former quantum physicist Matt has completely changed his life and devoted the last 5 years to spiritual development with Tibetan […]

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Review | ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ sparks discussion on mental illness

Review | ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ sparks discussion on mental illness

Words on Bathroom Walls | Dir: Thor Freudenthal | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Based on the popular Young Adult novel by Julia Walton and directed by German director Thor Freudenthal who directed The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this PG13 -rated film is moving and cinematically fantastic depiction of a teenager dealing with a mental illness. […]

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Bibliophile | The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie

The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie Hay House Matt Lester works at the Imperial Science Institute in London as a research manager for creating nanobots – highly functioning robots of microscopic size. When he moves to Los Angeles with his partner for a job opportunity, his life doesn’t pan out as smoothly as he […]

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Bibliophile | The Quokka’s Guide to Happiness by Alex Cearns

The Quokka’s Guide to Happiness by Alex Cearns ABC Books Unique to Rottnest Island and small areas of the West Australian coast, the quokka is a gentle, friendly creature that is very approachable and very photogenic. With mouths that curve upwards and open to help them breathe and cool off (like dogs), they appear to […]

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Bibliophile | ‘The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard’ by Ollivier Pourriol

The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard by Ollivier Pourriol Profile Books “Hard work has its own rewards” is a mantra often given to students, burdened by expectations that they have to succeed in school to achieve anything or be anyone. Learning a language, playing a musical instrument and working hard in a chosen […]

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Review | ‘The Xrossing’ puts multi-dimensional characters at its heart

Review | ‘The Xrossing’ puts multi-dimensional characters at its heart

The Xrossing | Dir: Steven J Mihaljevich | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This riveting locally shot film revolves around the repercussions of the murder of a young girl in the Swan Valley. Three teenage boys decide that a quiet Noongar man Black Bobby (Kelton Pell), who keeps to himself, is the perpetrator. Riding their bikes through […]

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Review | Clea Duvall sweeps away the tinsel with ‘Happiest Season’

Review | Clea Duvall sweeps away the tinsel with ‘Happiest Season’

Happiest Season | Dir: Clea Duvall | ★ ★ ★ ★  Abby (Kristen Stewart) is hoping to propose to her girlfriend at Christmas after Harper (Mackenzie Davis) gives her a spontaneous invitation come and meet her family and stay with them for the 5 day festive holiday. The problem is that Harper lied about being out to […]

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