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…

Bad Boys For Life – Film Review

I’m not sure the years have been so kind to our Bad Boys. Martin Lawrence hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with titles like Big Momma’s House…and Big Momma’s House 2, while Will Smith seems to have done alright, despite his last two blockbusters (Aladdin and Gemini Man) earning dire reviews. Still, he is…

Bombshell – Film Review

When you have a film with Oscar winners including Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, who star as FOX News anchors Megyn Kelly, and Gretchen Carlson respectively, alongside Oscar nominees John Lithgow and Margot Robbie, who play FOX News founder Roger Ailes and fictional new recruit Kayla Pospisil, the expectations for a sensational movie are understandably…

Little Women – Film Review

It would be hard to go wrong with a cast that includes Laura Dern, Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan. Throw in director Greta Gerwig who teamed up with Ronan for 2017’s Lady Bird a film about the turbulence of adolescence that won 2 Golden Globes, and you have the makings of a classic take on…

Spies in Disguise – Film Review

The voices of Tom Holland and Will Smith star in this animated take on spy classics like Bond and Bourne, with Holland’s Walter Beckett, a science geek who turns Smith’s Agent Lance Sterling into a pigeon to go undercover as they are tasked with taking out criminal mastermind Killian voiced by Aussie Ben Mendelsohn. It’s…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Film Review

Nobody really expected a lot of 2017’s Jumanji reboot Welcome to The Jungle. But the update to the beloved Robin Williams film, with The Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan as video game avatars zipping around Hawaii was a global smash, grossing close to a Billion dollars, taking $50 million dollars in Australia,…

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker – Film Review

Much has been said about the final instalment in the Skywalker Saga. Our family has looked forward to the film by watching the previous 8 films on Disney+. There are some beauties and a shocker or two. Rise of Skywalker lands somewhere in the middle, neither the best nor the worst, but a fitting tribute…

Playmobil: The Movie – Film Review

Back in 2014, nobody, (apart from me), expected The Lego Movie to be any good. The film from Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the brains behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump St and Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse was outrageously funny and with animation from Australia’s Animal Logic, it looked like it was…

Sorry We Missed You – Film Review

Next time you buy a Star Wars toy online, spare a thought for the delivery driver bringing it to your door… Sorry We Missed You tells the tale of a young English family in financial difficulty in Newcastle. The Dad, Ricky has been a knockabout labourer his whole life and along with his wife Abby,…

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…