Category Archive: film review

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

Film Review: Slow West is tight and arresting

Director/writer John Maclean’s story is set at the end of the 19th Century and follows the journey of sixteen year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who has made his way from Scotland and is travelling solo across… Read More

Film Review: Woman in Gold

Woman In Gold tells the incredible true story of an Austria-born, America-based, elderly Jewish woman and her battle to reclaim her heritage. Starring the always-engaging Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann, the film revolves around… Read More

Film Review: Clouds of Sils Maria

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart team up in the latest, slow-burning offering from writer/director Olivier Assayas: Clouds of Sils Maria is a film which looks at death, youth, age, self-image and change. It… Read More

Banksy Does New York: ticket giveaway

Elusive, Britain-based street artist Bansky’s month-long “residency” in New York is studied in this upcoming documentary. We’re giving away TEN DOUBLE PASSES to our Australia-based chums. Read the review to find out how to… Read More