Phil Jeng Kane

Phil has written for magazines, corporate videos, online ads, and even an app. He writes with one eye on the future, one eye on the past and a third eye on the Lotto numbers. His social bits are here.  

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Last Christmas Review

Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a young woman living a very scattered and disorganised existence. She is couch-surfing amongst her circle of friends and her selfish behaviour means she isn’t the ideal house guest. She could go home to her parents, but she is avoiding family confrontation. Her position at work is sometimes precarious because she isn’t the most conscientious of employees. She is rather lost...

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Terminator: Dark Fate Review

TERMINATOR:DARK FATE is the sixth film in the Terminator movie franchise. James Cameron, the originator of the concept, the co-writer and director of THE TERMINATOR (1984) and TERMINATOR 2 (1991) has returned to the fold as producer, after having no direct involvement in the creation of the third, fourth and fifth movies. Mexico City, 2020. Within a 24-hour period, first, a super-soldier, Grace (M...

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Ready or Not Review

Grace (Samara Weaving) is a young woman who was raised in a variety of foster homes. She has been seeking a permanent family all her life, so when she hooks up with Alex (Mark O’Brien) a member of the rich and powerful Le Domas clan, her life is set to change substantially. The family has, for generations, made their money from the manufacture and sale of board games, so they have a great regard f...

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Gemini Man Review

Henry Brogan (Will Smith) realises his days as an assassin for the US government are drawing to an end. He believes he is not as physically and mentally as capable as he used to be and more tellingly, he doesn’t feel he could handle the job with the psychological and emotional detachment he had as a younger man. As he prepares for his retirement, he discovers he is under surveillance. It becomes c...

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Ride Like a Girl Review

In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first woman to win Australia’s most prestigious horse race, The Melbourne Cup. The film RIDE LIKE A GIRL is a biopic that tells Payne’s story from the early 1990s up until her historic win.  Michelle was one of ten Payne children raised by her father Paddy after the early death of their mother in a car accident. They lived on a farm at Miners Rest in Country Vict...

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Ad Astra Review

AD ASTRA is a big budget science fiction movie that stars Brad Pitt in the role of Major Roy McBride. It is set in the near-future and McBride is part of the United States Space Command, colloquially referred to as SpaceCom. He is the son of the famous Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) who, years ago, travelled to the farthest edge of our solar system on a mission to discover signs of extra-terre...

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Freaks Review

Seven-year-old Chloe(Lexy Kolker) lives with her father (Emile Hirsch) in a boarded up, dilapidated home that she cannot leave. Every time she attempts to walk out of the front door, she is stopped by her father. She finds this frustrating and doesn’t understand why she can’t go out in the street like the other children that she can see out there. She is particularly tempted by an ice-cream truck ...

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The Australian Dream Review

Australians love sport. That is part of the international image we cultivate. Sport. ANZACS. Deadly animals. Drop bears. Larrikins. Sport. Those are some of the images and ideas that form the picture we like to present to the world. We have created a fun and likeable image that helps to sell us as a tourist destination.  However, asking questions about ourselves and our history is not something we...

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Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan Review

The Battle of Long Tan took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tân, in Phước Tuy Province, South Vietnam. It occurred on 18th August 1966, during the Vietnam War. Australian and New Zealand troops fought the forces of the Viet Cong and People’s Army of Vietnam (NVA). In DANGER CLOSE:THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN, the men of Delta Company are tasked with finding Viet Cong firing positions after ...

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The Keeper Review

In 1944, Bernhard Trautmann (David Kross) is captured in the forests near Kleve, Germany.He is a 21-year-old paratrooper and he has been fighting for four years.  He is sent to a British Prisoner-of-War camp in Lancashire, England. Jack Friar (John Henshaw), the manager of non-league side St Helens Town, sees Trautmann goalkeeping in a POW match and uses a combination of bribery and trickery to re...

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Booksmart Review

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are about to graduate high school. The long-time best friends spent four years studying hard and have been offered places in top colleges.  They studied so hard, in fact, that they never socialised with their peers, whom they consider to be immature time-wasters who will never amount to anything. Their view about themselves and their fellow students...

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Spider-Man: Far from Home Review

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the last entry of the MCU’s Phase Three and the final movie in what is now known as The Infinity Saga. It follows AVENGERS: ENDGAME (2019) and contains some events that connect back to the defeat of Thanos and the death of Iron Man. The movie is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and directed by Jon Watts w...

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