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: Vox Lux

Writer-director Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux is an enthralling picture. A compelling protagonist and good storytelling make for a most rewarding picture. Caught up in a tragic situation, teenager Celeste is thrust into the public eye. Celeste has a meteoric rise to fame as a pop star, but this has an impact on her both as a teenager and as a woman… […]

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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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