Film Review – Spotlight

Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who revealed a cover-up of hundreds of paedophile priests by the city’s archdiocese, it is in many ways an old-fashioned journalism thriller in the same vein as All the President’s Men (1976), which chronicled the work of the newspaper men who uncovered the Watergate scandal….

Film Review – The Revenant

  Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy go toe to toe in this stunning film from Academy Award Winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu “Inspired by actual events”. The primary event inspiring this narrative being the near fatal mauling of 19th Century American Frontiersman Hugh Glass by a grizzly bear in South Dakota in August 1823, previously told…

Film Review – The Martian

  When, early in the film, Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars proclaims ‘I’m not going to die here”, you immediately think – Yes you are mate. He’s over 200 million kilometres from Earth, with only his cheeky scientific mind to keep him alive until a rescue mission can reach him….

Film Review – Ant-Man

As Ruby reminds me, this is not about a man who becomes an ant, but rather a burglar who reluctantly takes part in a larger plot to save the world by donning a suit that allows it’s wearer to shrink to the size of an ant. Paul Rudd who most of us know as the…

The Good Liar – Film Review

What do you get when you combine a Sir and a Dame? In this case a perfect match as McKellen and Mirren duke it out, tiptoeing around the truth in this surprisingly smart thriller. Blind Freddie could see there’s more to The Good Liar than what the trailer tells us about lonely widow Betty (Helen…

The Addams Family – Film Review

A staple of 20th Century TV alongside The Munsters, The Addams Family made it OK to be freaky, kooky and downright weird. Hell, they even made it fun to be odd, and that’s a crucial message if you’re a kid who doesn’t fit in. So I come to this film with some reverence for the…

Frozen II – Film Review

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. What they find helps to explain the origins of Elsa’s magic and reveal the fate of their parents. It’s a…

Knives Out – Film Review

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) lies dead in a pool of his own blood, the victim of a single knife slash to his throat. The wealthy author is discovered the morning after his 85th birthday party sprawled on a sofa in his country…

Official Secrets: Film Review

Keira Knightley is frankly very impressive as Katharine Gun, a British translator working for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence agency. In 2003, Gun was so appalled by a request from the US to investigate UN Security Council Members in a bid to compromise them into voting for a proposal to invade Iraq…

Finke: There And Back – Film Review

The Finke Desert Race is the largest off-road motorsport event in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia’s fastest, deadliest, toughest and certainly dustiest race. “Finke” explores the race from within: competitors, organisers, paramedics, and the drive to win against the desert at all costs, delivering a visual adventure of inspiration and danger, excitement and spills. So…

Ford V Ferrari – Film Review

The pouts and sunglasses on the poster don’t do this film justice, but importantly the image of Matt Damon and Christian Bale underpins Ford V Ferrari because this is so much more than a film that is just about a car race. It’s about the volatility of men, the bitterness of disappointment, the corporate meddling…

Charlie’s Angels – Film Review

One of the bigger disappointments this year comes from wonderful actor, writer and director Elizabeth Banks with her latest incarnation of TV favourite Charlie’s Angels, experiencing the dreaded & unnecessary reboot, seriously lacking in chemistry, comedy and excitement. Kristen Stewart and relative newcomer Ella Balinska play two of the Angels, who come to the assistance…

Last Christmas – Film Review

The latest comedy from Paul Feig comes with a twist that apparently everybody else in the world picked instantly but I couldn’t see coming until the reveal, when it did become bleeding obvious. Emilia Clarke plays Katerina (Kate), who as a child was a gifted singer, but now as a young adult her life seems…

Doctor Sleep – Film Review

Not happy with Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation on his classic horror novel The Shining, Stephen King has returned to the occupants of the Overlook Hotel 40 years on, to check in on Danny Torrance, and see how the kid on the tricycle is handling his psychic gift. Turns out not so well. It is 2011…

Brittany Runs a Marathon – Film Review

Jillian Bell steps into her first lead role as Brittany, a New Yorker whose partying ways have masked serious emotional pain sending her on a pathway to poor health, both mental and physical. During a visit to a GP in an attempt to score some Adderall, a commonly prescribed amphetamine, Brittany is alarmed to learn…

Terminator: Dark Fate – Film Review

There’s a number of ways you can tell if you are watching a Terminator movie. Firstly, there’ll be a time travelling cyborg attempting to “terminate” one of the lead characters, who in turn will struggle to be taken seriously when explaining to other characters that they are being pursued by a lethal time travelling cyborg….