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AccessReel is the Western Australian movie-lovers website.

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The Nun Review

The Nun is the third movie in the Conjuring universe and is largely being touted as the “darkest chapter” out of all them all by the studio. So does it live up to the hype? The latest instalment focuses on the origins of Valak, the fantastically creepy demonic nun who was introduced to audiences in Conjuring 2. Valak promptly became a beloved horror figure so it was inevitable that she would get h...

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The Flip Side Review

Ronnie (short for Veronica) and her boyfriend Jeff are a thirty-something couple who live together in Adelaide. Jeff teaches part-time and Ronnie runs a boutique foodie restaurant that is suffering an economic down-turn. In fact, her whole life feels on a downward slide, as Ronnie deals with money problems and a mother who has Alzheimer’s Disease. And then, out of the blue, she gets a call from an...

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The Happytime Murders Review

Sometimes an idea arrives at the correct cultural moment and the time is ripe for it to impress and capture an audience. And sometimes an idea is long past its use-by date. Such is the case with THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS. We are asked to imagine a world where puppets are real independent beings, living side-by-side with humans and subject to the same ambitions, fears, lusts and flaws that we are. In t...

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West of Sunshine Review

Jim (Damian Hill) is up against it. He owes money to a loan shark and payment is due. On this particular day, he has his courier job to do, but he has also agreed to look after his son Alex (Ty Perham). There are particular rules that prevent him from driving around the parcels and Alex in the company van, so he is forced to use his own vehicle, a beautifully preserved classic Ford Fairlane.  From...

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Pacific Rim: Uprising Review

According to the Internet, the United States used to have something called the Environmental Protection Agency and when they did tests on new vehicles to establish how much fuel those vehicles would use in city and highway driving, the EPA would employ the disclaimer “Your Mileage May Vary”. This phrase and its initialism, YMMV, has come to us through that very same Internet and it is a short-cut ...

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Phantom Thread Review

London, somewhere in the mid-1950s. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a fashion designer to high society and European royalty. His is the creative part of the House of Woodcock, while his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) manages the financial and operational side of the business. The siblings are in their 50s and are set in their ways. The business is in the centre of their life. No other elem...

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Molly’s Game Review

Molly’s Game is based on the memoir Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom. The story takes a close-up view of a world that is well beyond most of us. However, when we first see Bloom, she is training to be a skier. Her first coach is her father (Kevin Costner) an...

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All the Money in the World Review

In 1973, J. Paul Getty III, the grandson of billionaire oil magnate J.Paul Getty, was kidnapped from a piazza in Rome. He was 16 years old. A ransom demand was sent to young Getty’s mother, Gail Harris. It demanded $17 million; the idea being that the money would come from the grandfather. Several factors complicated this from happening. Harris was estranged from the Getty family. Her son had ofte...

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Daddy’s Home 2 Review

DADDY’S HOME 2 is the sequel to the 2015 Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg hit DADDY’S HOME; that movie cost US$69 million and took US$242 million, so a follow-up was always going to happen. The original was all about a formerly absent father Dusty(Wahlberg) trying to win back his ex-wife and kids from the current husband and step-dad Brad (Ferrell). Dusty was all confidence and machismo while Brad was a...

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Jigsaw Review

Jigsaw is back. Or is he?!

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1922

The film 1922 is the latest Stephen King adaptation to arrive on our screens. It is based on the novella of the same name from King’s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars. It stars Thomas Jane in role of Nebraska farmer Wilfred James, a man who loves working on his farm, but who is struggling with difficult seasons and with the fact that the property is actually owned by his wife Arlette (Molly Par...

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Wind River

On a job to hunt a mountain lion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), discovers the frozen body of Natalie Hanson, an 18-year old resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. She isn’t properly dressed, she has no shoes and she is bloodied. He informs her family and contacts the local policeman Ben (Graham Greene). Eventually, rookie FBI special agent Ja...

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