Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Film Review

For a native of the country seemingly obsessed with fake news, it’s fake history that Quentin Tarantino has employed across multiple titles in his film-making career to great effect, including his latest and ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Spanning a six month period between February 8 and August 8 1969, and set…

The Australian Dream – Film Review

“Sport has a way of really capturing the essence of what is happening in society” says Stan Grant over an aerial shot of the MCG, as The Australian Dream, the second of two documentary feature films to explore the inexplicable torrent of abuse hurled at AFL footballer Adam Goodes begins. Stan Grant has written an…

A Dog’s Journey – Film Review

Man’s Best Friend is back, and no I don’t mean Dennis Quaid, but Bailey the beloved pooch who, like Tom Cruise’s character in Edge of Tomorrow, has one sole purpose – to “Live, Die, Repeat”. In the first film, A Dog’s Purpose, we get acquainted with Bailey as a Red Retriever puppy belonging to an…

Palm Beach – Film Review

It’s Frank’s birthday and the snarky old bastard is none too chuffed about it. Bryan Brown stars as Frank, the one time manager of a one hit wonder band – The Pacific Sideburns. Gathering at his palatial Palm Beach mansion to help celebrate and remember old times, some fondly, others not so, the cast features…

Late Night – Film Review

Hollywood has been on a collision course of meteoric proportions with a problem of its own making, thanks to a lack of diversity across all aspects of filmmaking for some time now, and one of the side effects of this is going to be when movies with the right intentions turn out to be movies…

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – Film Review

Following in the footsteps of “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story”, this week a critic proof box office favourite car caper franchise veers into spin-off territory,  as Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. Dwayne Johnson stays as Luke Hobbs, a US Federal Agent, who is at odds with Jason Statham’s former British soldier…

The Public – Film Review

  Emilio Estevez has crafted a film that feels like it is based on a true story. On a freezing cold night in Cincinnati, dozens of homeless men stage a protest by  refusing to leave the city’s public library, forcing a stand-off between police, politicians and library staff. As the TV news media broadcast live…

Diego Maradona – Film Review

It’s all about the world game this week with not one but two biographical films connected to soccer, WW2 Drama The Keeper, and a documentary about perhaps the greatest footballer who ever lived –Diego Maradona, the 58 year old Argentinian superstar who, like soccer, is a man of two halves, with Diego being the shy,…

The Keeper – Film Review

The Keeper tells the true story of Bert Trautmann – a young German soldier, captured on the Western Front as the Second World War drew to a close. Sent to a Prisoner of War camp in Lancashire, his talents as a soccer goalkeeper are soon discovered and he faces a choice between hard labour or…

The Lion King – Film Review

Boy is it hard to talk about the “Virtual Reality Digital Film” of The Lion King without acknowledging the splendour of the 1994 version. Hand-drawn in the middle of Disney’s Renaissance, it is a compelling watch a quarter century on for its beauty, humour and triumphant storytelling. That film both enables, and hinders, Jon Favreau’s…

Apollo 11 – Film Review

Apollo 11 is a documentary about the fabled mission to put a man on the moon in 1969 that saw the world watch with bated breath as Neil Armstrong uttered the immortal words “One Small Step for Man….One Giant Leap for Mankind”. There have been countless versions of this story, from the recent First Man…

Stuber – Film Review

Something in a different lane comes from a Canadian director and stars Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista as a blind cop on the hunt for the drug kingpin who killed his partner, fellow MCU stalwart Karen Gillan, who stumbles across an Uber diver named Stu played by Kumail Nanjiani, known for The Big Sick…