Category Archive: film review

Documentary review: Particle Fever

Particle Fever delivers a front-row seat to this generation’s most significant/inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happened. No, not the invention of Snapchat, but rather the launch of the Large Hadron Collider. In case… Read More

Film review: The Mule has guts

The Mule is a film about a slow-witted yet impressively-stubborn man trying not to do a poo. Seriously. Even stranger is that the movie, directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony, is inspired… Read More

Nightcrawler presents a dark canvas

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in the pulse-pounding new thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles has been getting plenty of plaudits, but are they deserved? Peter Watts finds out: Lou Bloom… Read More

My Old Lady – Movie Review

Addy Fong reviews the latest movie from writer/director Israel Horovitz, starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and the wonderful Maggie Smith: It’s always going to be an uncomfortable situation, travelling to a foreign… Read More

Interstellar is an aesthetic delight

When writer/director Christopher Nolan releases a film, you know it is going to be a bold, ambitious and visually sumptuous affair. Interstellar is no different. The story is thus. Matthew McConaughey is Cooper, a humble… Read More

Two Days, One Night – Film Review

Carol Bowditch checks out the latest picture starring Marion Cotillard, in which a vulnerable woman is given one weekend to encourage her colleagues to give up their bonuses, which are being offered in exchange… Read More

Pride is remarkable and wonderful

The saying “inspired by a true story” is always worrying to accept at face-value. “Inspired by” rather than “based on” kinda suggests massive liberties were taken with the narrative. At first glance, that would certainly seem to… Read More

The Judge is strong and long

Bobby Townsend checks out the buttock-numbingly long, family/courtroom drama, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall:  The story is thus: Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (RDJ) returns to his childhood home for his… Read More

Review: Annabelle fails to deliver

Before The Conjuring, there was ANNABELLE, says the movie’s tagline, which tells us that what we’re being presented with is a prequel to the enthusiastically received 2013 American supernatural horror flick. The story, for what it’s… Read More

Advanced Style – Movie Review

The ever growing niche documentary genre of ‘old people doing interesting things’ has extended beyond the belly laugh-inducing Ping Pong and the oh so heartbreaking Young at Heart. Now, highlighting style of the over 50s is the… Read More

Life of Crime – Movie review

Bobby Townsend reviews the new comedy/drama from Daniel Schechter, which is adapted from the work of Elmore Leonard: You may recall author Elmore Leonard’s characters Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara being portrayed by Samuel L.… Read More

The Little Death – Film Review

Australian actor/writer Josh Lawson makes his directorial debut in this comedy, which was voted second in the 2014 Sydney Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature. The Little Death, derived from the expression… Read More