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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Long Shot Review

It’s 2019 and US President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) is a lazy politician and former television star who thinks that with his current level of popularity, it is a good idea to make his run for movie stardom rather than his second-term as president. He informs the Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) and endorses her as a future presidential candidate. At a charity event one night, C...

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Top End Wedding Review

Australian rom-coms are not numerous, so the arrival of a new one is worthy of note. TOP END WEDDING is the story of Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and Ned (Gwilym Lee) a couple who live in Adelaide.  Lauren is a successful lawyer working for a non-specified big business. Her time is taken up working on big deals and trying to meet the demands of her strict boss Hampton (Kerry Fox). Ned is a rather less...

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Avengers: Endgame Review

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is the last film in what is now dubbed the Infinity Saga. It is a direct sequel to AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018), however it contains story threads, elements and characters from many of the preceding twenty-one movies. Which is why some folks have spent the last few weeks catching up with or re-watching those films. Y...

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Hotel Mumbai Review

The Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008 were a series of shootings and bombings that occurred over four days from 26 November to 29 November. Ten men from the Pakistan-based Jihadist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba killed more than 160 people and wounded 300-plus. There were twelve planned attacks; targets included taxis, a café, cinema, hospital, railway station and several hotels, including the luxury...

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Captain Marvel Review

Captain Marvel is the twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise. It comes right after the entertaining ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (2018), but in story terms, MCU fans are primed for this tale because of the final moments of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018). The— then unseen —Captain Marvel was the superhero that Nick Fury contacted as things got down and dusty, post The Snap a.k.a...

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Storm Boy Review

South Australian author Colin Thiele published his popular children’s novel Storm Boy in 1964. Since then, it has been made into an audio dramatisation, a stage play and a 1976 award-winning feature film. Now it has been adapted to film for a second time. There is definitely something about this fifty-year-old tale that attracts reimagining and retelling. The story at the centre is set somewhere i...

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Instant Family Review

Married couple, Pete and Ellie Wagner (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne), are doing well, making money renovating and “flipping” houses. One day, they begin to wonder if something is missing in their life, because unlike their respective siblings, they don’t have children. Natural child-birth is problematical for the Wagners, so they look into adoption. They meet Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Ti...

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Aquaman Review

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) sometimes known as Aquaman, is a half-Atlantean and half-human who lives in a coastal town in Maine. He has certain powers which he uses when he performs heroic acts. Although he occasionally saves people at sea and battles teched-up underwater supervillains, he does so only on his terms. He does not seek the mantle of super-hero. The fact he is heir to the underwater ki...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is the latest incarnation of Marvel’s Spider-man on the big screen. Only this time, Spidey is Miles Morales…sort of. Movie fans currently see Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-man as part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony have put their talents into an animation that combines the latest in CG graphics and 2D animation with the popular Marvel Comics’ Spider-verse...

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Fahrenheit 11/9 Review

Even if you don’t follow politics, we are obviously living in politically tumultuous times in democratic countries. UK’s Brexit and the Trump presidency in the United States show there are major shifts in who, and what, people will vote for. Notably, voters seem sick of the status quo and distrustful of the major parties. They are sick of the same old lies from politicians who then grab power and ...

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Boy Erased Review

BOY ERASED is the story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), a nineteen-year-old college student from Arkansas who is gay, but hides it from his parents. His mother Nancy (Nicole Kidman) is a hairdresser. His father Marshall is a car dealer and Baptist preacher. Jared spent his high school years as a successful student and athlete with a cheerleader girlfriend.  Leaving home for college has allowed him...

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Bohemian Rhapsody Review

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is the movie biography of British rock band Queen. The story begins in London in 1970, when guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are in a struggling band called Smile. They meet Freddie Bulsara who auditions to be the lead singer. His day job is a baggage handler at Heathrow, but he is driven by artistic and musical ideas that he wants to realise. Soon, bassist John Deaco...

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