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Review | ‘The Drover’s Wife’ reimagines outback survival tale

Review | ‘The Drover’s Wife’ reimagines outback survival tale

The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson | Dir: Leah Purcell | ★ ★ ★ ★  “The two-roomed house is built of round timber, slabs, and stringy-bark, and floored with split slabs … Nineteen miles to the nearest sign of civilization – a shanty on the main road. The drover, an ex-squatter, is away with sheep. […]

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Review | Channing Tatum sets out on emotional road trip in ‘Dog’

Review | Channing Tatum sets out on emotional road trip in ‘Dog’

Dog | Dir: Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin | ★ ★ ★ ★ Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike partner Reid Carolin were producers for the 2017 documentary War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend that explored the unbreakable bonds between military K9s and their elite Special Operations handlers. Moved by the physical and emotional challenges survived by […]

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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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Review | Catch ‘La Traviata, My Brothers and I’ at UWA Somerville

Review | Catch ‘La Traviata, My Brothers and I’ at UWA Somerville

La Traviata, My Brothers and I | Dir: Yohan Manca | ★ ★ ★ ★  Yohan Manca’s first feature film was shot in Sète, a French fishing port and seaside resort on the Mediterranean. Beyond the expensive hotels, picturesque beaches and luxury yachts inhabited by the seasonal tourists, is a low-income housing filled with struggling families and […]

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Review | ‘Boss Level’ brings video game inspired ‘Groundhog Day’

Review | ‘Boss Level’ brings video game inspired ‘Groundhog Day’

Boss Level | Dir: Joe Carnahan | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  This breath-taking film opens with a computer game selection of Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) against Mr Good Morning. That is the name the flesh-and-blood Roy has given to his opponent that greets him every morning by wanting to hack him up with a machete. Former […]

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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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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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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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Review | ‘Honest Thief’ provides a purely escapist thriller

Review | ‘Honest Thief’ provides a purely escapist thriller

Honest Thief | Dir: Mark Williams | ★ ★ ★  ½  Filmed in late 2018, Honest Thief is pure escapism. Times have changed (it is rated PG for Crude References, Brief Strong Language and Strong Violence) and this just the sort of big screen film to make the world go away for 100 minutes. It has […]

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Check out the trailer for the film version of ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

Check out the trailer for the film version of ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

  The trailer of the fantastically queer musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has just arrived. The British musical has made the journey from stage to screen in record time, it’s only a few years since it had its first performance in Sheffield. Since then the musical has been a sensation in the West End, had a tour […]

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