Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland

Zellweger delivers a Judy more captivating than the film itself

Judy Garland, best known to most as The Wizard of Oz’s ruby slipper clad Dorothy, is the subject of the latest music biopic to come out of Hollywood, entitled simply Judy. Can we really call it a biopic, though, when it seems to cover so little of her life? The film opens on young Judy Read more about Zellweger delivers a Judy more captivating than the film itself[…]

Joker-joaquin-phoenix

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[…]

Teresa-Palmer as Michelle Payne

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?[…]

the farewell movie review

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[…]

Brittany Runs a Marathon stars Jillian Bell as Brittany

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[…]

A Dog's journey - dennis quaid

A Dog’s Journey begs the question, can an old dog do new tricks?

A Dog’s Will, A Dog’s Life, A Dog’s Tale, A Dog’s Way Home… It’s all starting to get very confusing. To add to the confusion we now have A Dog’s Journey, which is the sequel to the 2017 film A Dog’s Purpose. By this point, you have to wonder whether dogs have any new tales Read more about A Dog’s Journey begs the question, can an old dog do new tricks?[…]

Luke Bracey and Alexander England as soldiers in Danger Close

The commanding Aussie film Danger Close preserves a significant story

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan is an Australian historical war drama directed by Kriv Stenders, known for Red Dog. It follows the true story of a single battle fought by Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the Vietnam war in 1966.  The film spends, what can only be described as, the bare minimum Read more about The commanding Aussie film Danger Close preserves a significant story[…]

The-Public-Emilio-Estevez-movie-review

Estevez is back in the library, but The Public is no match for The Breakfast Club

In the new political drama, The Public, a tragic combination of bitterly cold weather and overflowing homeless shelters has led to an ever-growing body count of people who’ve found themselves sleeping in the freezing cold. Seeking warmth, people are flocking to the Cincinnati Public Library, which is well acquainted with the city’s homeless population. Emilio Read more about Estevez is back in the library, but The Public is no match for The Breakfast Club[…]

otherhood-netflix-movie-review-patricia-arquette-felicity-huffman- angela-bassett

Meddling mums birth cluttered comedy in Otherhood

Writer and producer Cindy Chupack (whose resume includes Sex and the City, Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond) finds herself in the director’s chair for the new Netflix comedy Otherhood. Otherhood is based on the William Sutcliffe novel Whatever Makes You Happy. The film stars Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman and Angela Bassett (who are also Read more about Meddling mums birth cluttered comedy in Otherhood[…]