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Where there’s a Will, there’s more Will, in Gemini Man.

If we remove our feelings, would we be better soldiers? This is essentially the question asked by Ang Lee’s latest film Gemini Man. It stars Will Smith as Henry, an army sniper desperate to retire after his lengthy list of kills begins to get the better of him. When he gets hold of top-secret information Read more about Where there’s a Will, there’s more Will, in Gemini Man.[…]

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Joyless Joker dares to explore the creation of a villain

From the director of The Hangover, comes a film that could hardly be more opposite. Todd Phillips, who both co-wrote and directed Joker has instead drawn heavily on Scorsese films Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy (even borrowing Robert Deniro) to bring audiences a portrait of the Clown Prince of Crime that is unlike Read more about Joyless Joker dares to explore the creation of a villain[…]

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Slight frights only in Scary stories to tell in the dark

Just in time to get tween trick-or-treaters amped for Halloween comes Scary stories to tell in the dark. Based on the book series written by Alvin Schwartz, it’s best described as a young adult horror film. The screen story is written by The Shape of Water’s Guillermo Del Toro Gomez and adapted by brothers Dan Read more about Slight frights only in Scary stories to tell in the dark[…]

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Brad Pitt has the weight of the world on his shoulders in Ad Astra

Typically our world revolves around our relationships, not so in the sci-fi mystery/thriller Ad Astra where Brad Pitt stars as astronaut Roy McBride in the not too distant future. Or is it? This latest space-set film is futuristic enough that there are already commercial flights to the moon, where you can hop out and grab Read more about Brad Pitt has the weight of the world on his shoulders in Ad Astra[…]

Abominable is heartening, wholesome holiday-viewing

Nobody has ever seen a yeti, but if recent pop culture is anything to go by everyone wants to. Abominable is the third animated film released in just twelve months that’s based on the folkloric creature. Warner Bros brought us Small Foot, starring Channing Tatum, James Corden and Zendaya., Then came Missing Link, starring Hugh Read more about Abominable is heartening, wholesome holiday-viewing[…]

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Can Ride Like A Girl beat the odds stacked against Aussie films?

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest event on the Australian horse-racing calendar. Given that it’s the only sporting event Australian workplaces pause for, you might even say it’s the biggest sporting event in the country. Here in Oz, it’s affectionately deemed “the race that stops the nation”. In 2015, 29-year-old Michelle Payne rode in it Read more about Can Ride Like A Girl beat the odds stacked against Aussie films?[…]

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Good Boys is highly inappropriate and heaps of fun

Good Boys follows the “Beanbag boys”- Max, Lukas and Thor- three sixth grade outcasts who manage to get invited to the cool crew’s party where the main event will be a game of spin the bottle. Max is particularly eager to have his chance at kissing his crush Brexlie, but the trio has never popped Read more about Good Boys is highly inappropriate and heaps of fun[…]

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The Farewell is a uniquely charming dramedy based on the true story of an actual lie

It started out as a personal essay by director Lulu Wang that featured on the American podcast NPR. Until the podcast aired Wang had been struggling to find a producer interested in making her film, but all that was about to change. The story is one of Wang’s own family. In The Farewell, the character Read more about The Farewell is a uniquely charming dramedy based on the true story of an actual lie[…]

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UglyDolls is a bright but imperfect tale about bright, imperfect dolls

When factory machines malfunction, unconventional, asymmetrical, “ugly dolls” are created. They’re shot through a long dark pipe into Uglyville, which despite its name, is a bright happy place where all the rejects live happily together. Except Moxy (Kelly Clarkson). She’s round, bright pink, missing a few teeth that she should have and sporting a few Read more about UglyDolls is a bright but imperfect tale about bright, imperfect dolls[…]

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Brittany Runs A Marathon is a PB for Jillian Bell

The “diet” industry is literally worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Fitness equipment, meal replacement shakes, gym memberships, protein powders, Spanx and now self-made Youtube health and fitness gurus pushing them all. It’s a gold mine of insecurities that businesses have been profiting from mining for centuries because few among us are perfectly happy with Read more about Brittany Runs A Marathon is a PB for Jillian Bell[…]