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Film Review: Boss Level

Director:    Joe Carnahan Cast:    Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Michelle Yeoh, Annabelle Wallis, Ken Jeong, Selina Lo, Will Sasso Rating:    MA Running Time:    95 Australian Distributor:    Rialto Distribution / Hulu   Frank Grillo! Remember the name because you are going to be hearing it quite a lot over the next decade or so. For awhile now actor Frank Grillo has been on the verge of becoming a breakout star. He’s done it the hard way – starring in the TV show Billions, plus B-GradeRead More

Film Review: Reminiscence

Director:    Lisa Joy Cast:     Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Marina de Tavira, Daniel Wu, Mojean Aria, Brett Cullen, Natalie Martinez, Angela Sarafyan Rating:    M Running Time:    116 Australian Distributor:    Warner Bros/Universal Pictures   When Hugh Jackman hung up his Wolverine boots… um claws… he made the statement that one of the reasons for the decision was so that he could tackle very new and different roles. Of course one of his first performances outside of the Marvel universe was a return toRead More

Film Review: Out Of Death

Director:    Mike Burns Cast:    Jaime King, Bruce Willis, Lala Kent, Tyler Jon Olson, Michael Sirow, Kelly Greyson, Megan Leonard Rating:    MA Running Time:     95 Australian Distributor:    VOD through Vudu and iTunes   Sometimes it is the most simplest of plots that seem to work the best. That is certainly the case for Mike Burns(Peace, Love & Beats) fictional feature debut Out Of Death that takes the western cop feel of a show like Justified and brings it to movie format. The plot itself is pretty basic. Photographer Shannon (Jaime KingRead More

Film Review: The Woman In The Window

Director:    Joe Wright Cast:    Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore, Jeanine Serralles, Tracy Letts, Mariah Bozeman Rating:    MA Running Time:    100 Australian Distributor:    Netflix   The notion that Hollywood takes an old idea and puts a modern twist on it is not new. With the recent release of director Joe Wright’s new film The Woman In The Window on Netflix it seemed like everybody wanted to point out that this was a story that they had allRead More

Film Review: The United States vs Billie Holiday

Director:    Lee Daniels Cast:  Andra Day, Garrett Hedlund, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Jordan, Evan Ross, Rob Morgan, Tone Bell, Dana Gourrier Rating:    MA Running Time:    130 Australian Distributor:    Universal Pictures Australia   When talking about musical history a lot of people consider Elvis Presley to be the first real rock star. You could argue that title should be given to Billie Holiday though. Holiday was a rock star before rock was even thing. As a performer Holiday packed out clubs and had the paparazzi digging into herRead More

Film Review: The Dry

Director:  Robert Connolly Cast:    Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable, William Zappa, John Polson Rating:    MA Running Time:    117 Australian Distributor:    Roadshow Films   One of the things that makes Australian cinema stand out from other films is the grit that quite often comes with it. When I say that I am not just talking about genre flicks I am talking about drama films like Romper Stomper that just seem to go that extra step further than most other films. When you mix that grit withRead More

Film Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Director:   Patty Jenkins Cast:   Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal Rating:    M Running Time:   151 Australian Distributor:    Roadshow Films   Well at last 2020 has its own superhero – and her name is Wonder Woman. Over the last decade comic book fans have gotten used to having at least three or four superhero movies hitting cinemas each year. This year though with the blockbusters on hold those fans have had slim pickings. The underrated New Mutants came and went in the blink of an eye so the fansRead More

Film Review: The War With Grandpa

Director:    Tim Hill Cast:    Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Laura Marano, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, T.J. McGibbon Rating:     PG Running Time:     95 Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Australia   Sometimes as a movie critic you forget that it is okay for a film to be fun. Somewhere deep down inside your brain you watch a movie and then you try to analyse and pick apart exactly what the director was trying to achieve with the film. Sometimes there are noRead More

Film Review: Honest Thief

Director:    Mark Williams Cast:    Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, Robert Patrick Rating:     M Running Time:     99 Australian Distributor:    Rialto Distribution   At 68 years of age you could forgive actor Liam Neeson if he wanted to slow down. The good news for film lovers is that Neeson isn’t showing any sign of wanting to jump out of the fast lane any time soon. In fact while most actors have been starved of cinema time in 2020 Neeson is so hard working thatRead More

Film Review: Tenet

Director:    Christopher Nolan Cast:  John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branath Rating:     M Running Time:     150 Australian Distributor:     Village Roadshow   Movies don’t come much bigger than Tenet – with or without the current dearth of choices available on the big screen. It is a blockbuster of epic proportions from the brilliantly warped mind of Christopher Nolan, the man who unleashed the mind-bending Inception on unsuspecting audiences a decade ago and has had a plethora of other successful releases starting with Following in 1998 andRead More