Film Review: Waves

Trey Edward Shults’ Waves is tender, powerful, and finely executed.  High school wrestler Tyler struggles with balancing practice, family life, and his relationship with his girlfriend. His sister Emily, meanwhile, struggles in the aftermath of a life-changing event… Focusing on Tyler and his family as he faces pressure from all corners, Waves is a meditative drama. Written and directed by Trey […]

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Film Review: First Love

Takashi Miike’s First Love is an incredibly fun action movie. The veteran filmmaker has not lost his touch. Leo is a young boxer who is given a life-changing diagnosis. He bumps into Monica, who is running from someone. The pair are unwittingly caught in a drug smuggling scheme involving the Yakuza, the Chinese, and the police… Directed by Takashi Miike […]

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Film Review: Burning Cane

Writer-director Phillip Youmans’ Burning Cane is an assured debut from the young filmmaker. The haunting climate is galvanised by two strong leads. In the sugar cane fields of rural Louisiana, Helen focuses on her faith in spite of a troubled pastor. Her son, meanwhile, struggles with his drinking problem… Burning Cane commences with two lengthy monologues. The first, a story […]

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Film Review: Sid & Judy

On the fiftieth anniversary of Judy Garland’s death, director Stephen Kijak has created a timely and engrossing documentary with Sid & Judy. In 1950, film producer Sid Luft met Hollywood star Judy Garland. Garland had just parted ways with MGM, the company which had made her a star, and controlled her every move… Sid & Judy begins at a later […]

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Film Review: Knives Out

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out is tremendous fun. The star cast are on great form in this very entertaining film. When Harlan Thrombey, a successful author and head of the Thrombey family, is found dead, the police begin an investigation. The detectives wish to interview each family member, to see what they know about his death… Knives Out […]

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Film Review: The El Duce Tapes

Rodney Ascher and David Lawrence’s The El Duce Tapes has much to say about art of courting controversy and the man behind a notorious personality.  In the early 1990s, Ryan Sexton documented hours of concert footage and interviews with El Duce, lead singer of controversial rock band The Mentors. Years later filmmakers Rodney Ascher and David Lawrence piece together these […]

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