Category Archive: film review

Film Review: Macbeth

Macbeth is the new film by Australian director Justin Kurzel, best known for his crime drama, Snowtown. An apt fit for one of Shakespeare’s darker and more powerful tragedies. Flawlessly cast with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cottilard,… Read More

Film Review: Cut Snake oozes menace

Cut Snake is a Melbourne-based crime drama set in in mid-1970s, focussing on the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), an ex-convict trying to lead a straightforward, quiet life with his beautiful bride-to-be, Paula (Jessica De Gouw).… Read More

How To Change the World: review/giveaway

In conjunction with Madman Entertainment, is giving away double passes to “How To Change the World” to our Australia-based readers. To be in with a chance of winning, read our review and then… Read More

Film Review: Kill Me Three Times

Kill Me Three Times, directed by Kriv Stenders, opens with this pleasantly-worded opening line, ‘Fuck me. I can’t believe I’m going to die in this place.’ The explosive expletive uttered by Simon Pegg… Read More

Film Review: Irrational Man is problematic

The newest offering from writer/director Woody Allen, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Emma Stone tells the story of the brilliant-yet-tormented philosophy professor in the midst of an existential crisis. When Abe (Phoenix) arrives… Read More

Backyard Cinema has all aspects covered

Kaya Strehler takes in a different kind of movie experience: What began as a personal revolt against shitty cinema food and underwhelmingly average ambience in commercial cinemas has now grown into a reputable business and all… Read More

Iris review and ticket giveaway

What do you get when you pair an 87-year-old documentarian with a sharp-witted, flamboyantly attired 93-year-old? The answer is Iris, a documentary made by Albert Maysles about the legendary Iris Apfel. And the… Read More

Why you need ’71 in your collection

Marking the directorial debut from Yann Demange, ’71 was one of the finest films so far this year. It’s released on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital tomorrow and here’s why you need to add it to your collection: … Read More

Film Review: Mr Holmes is a masterclass

British literature’s most famous super sleuth returns in the form of a retired, close-to-the-grave old man wrestling with his increasingly unreliable memory. Ian McKellen plays the iconic role of Detective Sherlock Holmes, trying to piece… Read More

Film Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Directed by by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, this American comedy-drama screened at the Sydney Film Festival at the weekend. Here’s why it was our favourite movie from the entire programme:  If you weren’t a fan of… Read More

Film Review: Women He’s Undressed

We attended the World Premiere of director Gillian Armstrong’s documentary about the life of Australian costume designer and three-time Oscar winner, Orry-Kelly. Here’s our review and photos: You probably haven’t heard of Orry-Kelly. He… Read More

Film Review: Amy is gut-wrenching

Just as he did with the frankly magnificent Senna, British filmmaker/director Asif Kapadia takes a story of which everyone knows the conclusion, and still manages to make it utterly engaging. The generally accepted persona… Read More