Film Review: The Professor

Writer-director Wayne Roberts’ The Professor is an uneven comedy drama. The film is not memorable viewing.  After he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, university lecturer Richard must face his own mortality. He decides to live his remaining days to the fullest, ruffling feathers amongst family, colleagues, and students… With The Professor, writer and director Roberts gets to the crux very […]

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Film Review: Framing John DeLorean

Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce’s Framing John DeLorean is a riveting documentary. The filmmakers exhibit adept storytelling, keeping viewers hooked throughout.  Through interviews, archive footage, and reenactments, Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce tell the story of the rise and fall of American inventor and executive John DeLorean, who changed the automotive industry in the 20th century… Framing […]

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Film Review: Charlie Says

Mary Harron’s drama Charlie Says is a meditation on some of the members of the Manson Family. The film is quietly captivating.  Years after the notorious Manson murders, three women who killed for him are incarcerated in an isolated cell block. When a graduate student attempts to provide education to them, she sees that they are still under Manson’s spell… […]

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Film Review: Ma

Octavia Spencer is a riot in director Tate Taylor’s Ma. The thriller is a lot of fun, with a gloriously deranged final act. A group of teenagers in a small town are looking for an adult to buy them alcohol. Sue Ann agrees to make their purchase, and later invites them to use her basement to party. Their host, however, […]

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Film Review: A Vigilante

Writer-director Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s feature debut A Vigilante is tonally abrupt, yet an engaging and thought-provoking watch. Sadie helps domestic abuse victims escape their tormentors. Her unorthodox methods sees abusers face retribution. Sadie, however, is plagued by trauma herself… Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante is a drama crossed with a revenge thriller. The film is thought provoking insofar as it meditates on […]

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Film Review: The Hustle

Despite its glamorous setting and talented leads, Chris Addison’s The Hustle is weirdly flat. Those expecting an amusing comedy will be disappointed.  Josephine is a con artist working her tricks on gullible rich men in the south of France. When brash Australian Penny shows up hoping to score big, Josephine reluctantly agrees to train her to make big cons… An […]

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Film Review: A Boy Called SailBoat

Cameron Nugent’s A Boy Called Sailboat is a comedy drama that aims for whimsy. The film charms in places. Young Sailboat lives with his parents on the outskirts of town. When his sick grandmother asks him to write her a song, Sailboat sets about composing on his little guitar. The impact of his song is quite unexpected… Written and directed […]

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Film Review: Woman At War

Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman at War is an entertaining, thought-provoking and feel-good tale.  Halla is an unlikely eco terrorist. A middle-aged choir mistress, Halla is hellbent on disrupting the aluminium industry from damaging the environment in Iceland. Planning her most daring crusade yet, Halla receives some unexpected news… Focusing on protagonist Halla and her attempts to sabotage a new industrial plant […]

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Film Review: Spy Cat

German-Belgian animated feature Spy Cat is a suitably entertaining adventure. The film may prove more captivating to young children than to adults.  House cat Marnie lives a pampered existence. When she is sent away by her owner’s brother, Marnie teams up with a band of misfits to try and foil robbers who have been plaguing the town… Directed and written […]

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