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The Justice of Bunny King Review

THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING opens with Essie Davis standing on the side of the road, windscreen squeegee in hand. From the moment ‘What’s Up’ by 4 Non-Blondes started playing, I knew this was the sort of film that would tear my heart out of my chest.  And I knew it would make me cackle with laughter. Sometimes things are so cliché, they transcend being an obvious choice, and begin to feel more like ...

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In The Heights Review

I just love IN THE HEIGHTS. Right from the beginning, I was hooked! That opening number, ‘In the Heights’? It’s a whirlwind of a song. We meet Usnavi (our hero, played by Anthony Ramos), most of the people in the neighbourhood, and of course, Washington Heights itself. The real star of IN THE HEIGHTS is Washington Heights. It’s a Latino American neighbourhood in New York City. And always under thr...

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Review

THE CONJURING 3: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT continues the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the stars of the Conjuring extended universe. Once again, they’re investigating the paranormal, fighting demons, and enjoying the happiest marriage I’ve ever seen on screen. This one is based on the Trial of Arne Johnson. This real life guy really did kill someone. And he really did blame it on demonic possessi...

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My Name Is Gulpilil Review

David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu is a proud Yolngu Aboriginal man, coming from Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. He’s an actor, singer, dancer, painter, story teller, writer…  You’ve definitely seen him in something.  From ‘Walk About’, to ‘Storm Boy’, to ‘Crocodile Dundee’, to ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’, and ‘The Tracker’… Gulpilil is synonymous with quality Australian film. For fifty years...

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Two of Us Review

TWO OF US is a French film about true love, never giving up, and deciding, ‘to hell with what my children think’… Nina and Madeleine have a love story for the ages. Together for decades, they now live on the top floor of an apartment block. Different apartments, for appearances’ sake, but the doors are never locked. For all intents and purposes, they live and love together.  But their ...

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I Blame Society Review

I’m frankly obsessed with this film. I’ve watched it four times. Each time I notice something new to love. As such, it’s hard to write a review that isn’t just a blow by blow account of what happens. Or a long list of all my favourite lines, many of which wouldn’t make much sense without the context. ‘I’m a murderer, not some frenzied spree killer!’ I quote, cackling, to a group of people who have...

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Land Review

LAND is very beautiful, very slow, and very sad. Eddee Mathis is a woman who has lost everything. She’s played by veteran actress and first time film director, Robin Wright. We have no idea what terrible thing has happened to her. But it was bad enough that she’s leaving her entire life behind. Eddee’s bought a lonely cabin in the mountains of Wyoming. Honestly, ‘cabin’ is a strong word. It’s fall...

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Six Minutes to Midnight Review

SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT is a good, old fashioned, British spy thriller. I’m talking secret meetings, murder, double crosses, enemy agents, ticking countdowns: the whole lot. All set in a beautiful English coastal town, just on the edge of autumn. It is so much fun. It’s August, 1939. In a few day’s time, Germany will invade Poland. Britain will declare war on Nazi Germany. The world will be ...

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review

How much did I love THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY? Well, I went right on down to my library and checked out the book it’s based on.  How much did everyone else love it? I’m not even joking: the cinema burst into applause as the final credits rolled.  THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY is not your usual biography film. It’s actually based on a chapter of ‘Chasing the Scream: The First and ...

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Supernova Review

When it comes to reviewing SUPERNOVA, it’s hard to really know where to start. I absolutely adored it. But it also kind of broke me…  It’s a slow, beautiful film. About a slow, monstrous illness. SUPERNOVA is about the lingering death so many of us fear: dementia. A death of the personality and the memory, but not of the body. So we lose what makes us ourselves, but we keep on living. Tusker...

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Nobody Review

I was so excited to see NOBODY. It promised to be ‘A History of Violence’ meets the newer ‘Rambo’ films, and I was here for it. Ever since John Wick threw that gun at a guy’s head, I’ve been impatiently waiting for more of this particular genre. NOBODY completely delivered. I’m so happy. NOBODY follows the usual set up. Hutch Mansell (played by Bob Odenkirk) is a seemingly mild mannered family man...

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Godzilla vs. Kong Review

GODZILLA VS. KONG is the Giant Monster (Kaiju) movie I’ve been waiting for since I was a little kid, staying up late to watch black-and-white monster movies on SBS. I’m not even being hyperbolic. This film is a delight. I cannot wait to watch it again.  Obviously, GODZILLA VS. KONG is exactly what it says on the label. Godzilla and King Kong fight each other. The two giant monsters of disaster cin...

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