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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Voyagers Review

It is the future and planet Earth has become hotter and drier. It is clear, that it cannot sustain life much longer. The decision is made to send humans into space with the mission to colonise a habitable planet. Unfortunately, that new home is 87 years away. The voyagers chosen by Earth are genetically excellent specimens grown in the laboratory and then raised in an exclusively interior environm...

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Boss Level Review

BOSS LEVEL is an action film that uses a time-loop plot mechanism and combines that with gaming tropes to create an actioner that gets better as it zips along. At first, I thought I knew where it was headed, but co-writers Chris Borey and Eddie Borey and co-writer/director Joe Carnahan keep flipping this tale around specifically to defy our expectations. Ex-special forces agent Roy Pulver (Frank G...

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Ammonite Review

It is the 1840s in England. Self-taught Palaeontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslett) has a reputation for the Jurassic fossils she has found on the coastline of Lyme Regis. She spends days searching sometimes treacherous cliffs that are liable to landslide during the winter months, but it is during these times that the ocean uncovers the layers of earth that hold the many fossils remains such as am...

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Music Review

Zu is a woman in her late thirties who has had a hard time fighting her drug addiction and alcoholism. Her mother died which left her grandmother Millie to raise her and her half-sister Music. She and her grandmother did not get on and eventually Zu took off leaving her grandmother and sister on their own. Now years have passed and Millie is gone. Zu is recovering from drug and alcohol abuse and s...

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The Xrossing Review

The murder of a young woman has remained unsolved for more than a year. It occurred in the outskirts of the city of Perth, in the Eastern Hills area. Three young men, Shane, Angus and Chris, who knew the victim, believe a local rumour that the murderer is a reclusive Indigenous man who lives near the scene of the crime.  The trio paint accusations on the man’s fence. They break into his home. This...

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The Furnace Review

Two cameleers, Jundah (Kaushik Das) and Hanif (Ahmed Malik) are crossing the Western Australian desert in 1897. They traverse this inhospitable landscape on their way to places like Mount Magnet in the mid-west of the state. Their camels carry goods such as tools and supplies like flour. They are travelling merchants in a remote part of the continent distant from any major city.  Their work takes ...

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The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Review

The Brothers Gibb who became the musical trio the Bee Gees, were born after the Second World War; Barry in 1946, and the twins Robin and Maurice in 1949. They were part of that first wave of Baby Boomers.  Their career was a glittering example of the kind of fame and money that the music business could bring young performers in the 1960s and 1970s. They had nine Number 1 singles in the US. They wo...

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The War with Grandpa Review

The War with Grandpa was a book written in 1984 by Robert Kimmel Smith. It was aimed specifically at children and has been studied and written about by a couple of generations of American school-kids. Like any work that has become the fodder for enforced reports, this book is loathed by some. However, Accessreel has been researching the matter for at least two days and we can confirm that generall...

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Radioactive Review

Marie Curie, as the world knows her, was born Maria Sklodowska in Warsaw in 1867. She came from a family who strongly believed in education. Her mother was a secondary-school teacher and her father, a physics tutor, gave her scientific training. She was a brilliant student who went to Paris to study physics and the mathematical sciences. There, she met Pierre Curie, Professor in the School of Phys...

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always Review

Autumn Callahan (Sidney Flanigan) is a seventeen-year-old from a small town in Pennsylvania. She lives with her mother and siblings. She also lives with her stepfather who is a negative influence. She is still at school and works at a grocery store with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder). Autumn goes to a crisis pregnancy center. She is surprised to discover she is as much as ten weeks pregnant. She ...

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Kajillionaire Review

KAJILLIONAIRE tells the story of Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood) a 26-year-old woman who lives in Los Angeles with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins). No one in this family is studying or working or involved in any of the pursuits one might expect of a married couple in their 60s and their adult daughter. They are “skimmers” which means they make the bare...

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Rams Review

RAMS is a new Australian film starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton and directed by Jeremy Sims. The official blurb sets out the story: In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin and Les, are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep, both descended from their family’s prized bloodline, these two men are working side by side yet worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a ...