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Film Review: The Tender Bar

Director:    George Clooney Cast:    Tye Sheridan, Ben Affleck, Lily Rabe, Briana Middleton, Daniel Ranieri, Christopher Lloyd, Max Martini Rating:     MA Running Time:     106 Australian Distributor:     Amazon Prime   George Clooney’s The Tender Bar is an adaptation of the 2005 memoir from Pulitzer-winning journalist and writer J.R. Moehringer’s of the same name. The film chronicles his journey from his childhood days and how he transformed into a “man”. The Tender Bar stands firm on the bedrock of relationships as the relationship between J.R. Moehringer (Sheridan) and his uncle CharlieRead More


Film Review: House of Gucci

Director:    Ridley Scott Cast:    Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek, Vincent Riotta, Camille Cottin, Reeve Carney, Florence Andrews Rating:     MA Running Time:     158 Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Australia   “House of Gucci” follows an outsider, Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), who finds herself in the midst of a family affair, and she wants to have her own piece of the pie. When she married an eligible bachelor, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the woman slowly begins to change, appearingRead More


Film Review: West Side Story

Director:    Steven Spielberg Cast:    Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll, Mike Faist, Iris Menas Rating:    M Running Time:    156 Australian Distributor:     Walt Disney Studios   Reimagining a property so beloved, so highly ingrained in popular culture, and the hearts of steadfast fans can feel like an impossible feat. But Steven Spielberg, arguably one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, has achieved just that. The 1957 musical, itself based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” has beenRead More


Film Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Director:    Will Sharpe Cast:     Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Jamie Demetriou, Toby Jones, Hayley Squires, Sophia Di Martino, Stacy Martin, Kiki May, Taika Waititi, Aimee Lou Wood, Olivia Colman (narrator) Rating:    M Running Time:    111 Australian Distributor:    Amazon Prime / Studio Canal   Many artists are never appreciated in their time; others get the appreciation, but little of the money and fame. The latter is definitely true of early 20th-century painter Louis Wain, the subject of Will Sharpe’s delightfully eccentric The Electrical Life of LouisRead More


Film Review: The Toll

Director:    Ryan Andrew Hooper Cast:    Michael Smiley, Annes Elwy, Paul Kaye, Steve Oram, Evelyn Mok, Julian Glover, Gwyneth Keyworth, Iwan Rheon Rating:    MA Running Time:    83 Australian Distributor:    Signature Entertainment / Digital Platforms from 21 October 2021   Directed by Ryan Andrew Hooper and written by Matt Redd this is a story that lures you into a false sense of security as appearing to be remarkably unremarkable.  It is set, though, against a lovely backdrop of a rural setting in Wales and creates much charmRead More


Film Review: The Birthday Cake

Director:    Jimmy Giannopoulos Cast:    Shiloh Fernandez, William Fichtner, Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ewan McGregor, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore, Ashley Benson, Penn Badgley, Aldis Hodge, Jeremy Allen White, Luis Guzman, John Magaro, Jake Weary, David Mazouz, Paul Sorvino Rating:    MA Running Time:    93 Australian Distributor:    Signature Entertainment / Screen Media Films   With a cast including Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, William Fichtner, Luis Guzman, Paul Sorvino, Vincent Pastore, Aldis Hodge, Shiloh Fernandez and Penn Badgley, Director Jimmy Giannopoulos had a lot of talent to work withRead More


Film Review: How it Ends

Director:    Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein Cast:    Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Whitney Cummings, Tawny Newsome, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Logan Marshall-Green, Fred Armisen, Bradley Whitford, Sharon Van Etten, Olivia Wilde, Paul W. Downs, Lamorne Morris, Colin Hanks, Helen Hunt, Daryl Wein Rating:    Not Rated Running Time:     88 Australian Distributor:     American International Pictures / Netflix   The quirky apocalypse comedy “How It Ends” is a witty and strangely optimistic story about a woman (Zoe Lister-Jones) who sets out to make peace with her past regrets and tieRead More


Film Review: Black Widow

Director:    Cate Shortland Cast:    Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, William Hurt Rating:    M Running Time:     135 Australian Distributor:       Walt Disney Studios   Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff has been a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nearly since its inception. Her first solo outing aptly titled “Black Widow” like all large films in 2020 was delayed, but more so, this movie feels like it’s coming more than a decade later than it should have. Giving a major player inRead More


Film Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Director:    Patrick Hughes Cast:    Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Grillo, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Tom Hopper, Richard E. Grant, Caroline Goodall Rating:    MA Running Time:     100 Australian Distributor:    Roadshow Films   When The Hitman’s Bodyguard released in 2017, it became a solid enough action-comedy hit to warrant a sequel, which is now hitting theatres in the form of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. The original’s creative team returns with Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) directing from a script by Tom O’Connor (The Courier). Like The Hitman’s BodyguardRead More


Film Review: Jumbo

Director:    Zoe Wittock Cast:    Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon, Sam Louwyck, Tracy Dossou Rating:    Not Rated Running Time:    94 Australian Distributor:    Umbrella Entertainment   Jumbo tells the story of Jeanne (Noémie Merlant) an introverted shy young woman who one day, in a bizarre way, gets the feeling of finally being understood – not by a human, but by a machine. When she’s cleaning one of the rides of the theme park where she works, she believes someone’s messing around with the controls. When theRead More