Film Reviews

08
Nov

Film Review: Gravity (2013)

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Occasion: Date night (2D) Anticipation: High Overall Rating:  Mission Specialist Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) finds herself spiraling into space after her crew are hit by a rouge cloud of space debris. Things go from bad to worse as Stone and fellow survivor Matt Kowalski (Clooney) struggle to get back to Earth before the debris completes […]

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13
Sep

Film Review: The Weight of Elephants (2013)

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Occasion: Mum & daughter night at Melbourne International Film Festival Anticipation: Medium Overall Rating:    Breathtakingly beautiful and searingly honest, The Weight of Elephants delves into the darkness of childhood angst, loneliness and longing.   Without the capacity to completely comprehend the adult world around him, 11 year old Adrian (Murphy) finds himself entranced by the mysterious […]

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18
Aug

Film Review: Wings (1927)

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Occasion: A night at the Astor Theatre Anticipation: Medium Overall Rating:    Film technique, technology and trends might have changed – but the excitement which Wings aroused in its audiences in 1927 remains until this day.   Wings is a story about friendship, love and flying in World War I. Billed at the time as a Clara Bow film, the narrative […]

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25
Jul

Film Review: World War Z (2013)

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Occasion: Saturday night at the movies Anticipation: High Overall rating:    A virus spreads rapidly across the world causing epic destruction. Transmitted via bites, it causes extreme violent behaviour and chattery teeth 12 seconds after exposure. Rather than present us with a gore-filled horror film, World War Z examines the logical long term steps which governments […]

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13
Jul

Film Review: Dark Star (1974)

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Occasion: DVD night Anticipation: Medium Overall rating:    Sci-fi stoner-surf comedy adventure Dark Star takes place on the ship of the same name, that four bored and bearded crew members call home. Gone a bit loopy from the tedium of 20 years of space travel, they perform mundane and repetitive tasks in cramped conditions, frequently reacting to comical […]

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02
Jun

Film Review: Tabu (2013)

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Occasion: Girls’ Night Out Anticipation: Medium Overall rating:    Tabu is a two part fairytale about loneliness, growing old burdened with regrets, forbidden love and a baby crocodile.   In part 1, ‘Paradise Lost’, Pilar (Madruga), an attentive but lonely woman living in Lisbon, is concerned for the health of her elderly neighbour, eccentric Aurora (Moreira).   Part 2, […]

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31
May

Film Review: Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

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Occasion: Girls’ night out Anticipation: Medium Overall rating:    Starring a clutch of director Joss Whedon’s favourites, Much Ado About Nothing is a faithful, yet modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by the same name. Fans will delight in Beatrice and Benedict’s acidic diatribes, Dogberry’s dopey incompetence and Don John’s sleazy schemes.   Luxuriously shot in […]

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