Nov 212014

SELMA is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act in 1965. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

David Oyelowo (The Butler) stars as Martin Luther King and is joined by a cast that includes Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth and Cuba Gooding Jnr.

SELMA has received very positive reviews after its première at the recent AFI festival in LA. In his review for Variety, Scott Foundas says:

DuVernay’s razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement — and Dr. King himself — at a critical crossroads is as politically astute as it is psychologically acute, giving us a human-scale King whose indomitable public face belies currents of weariness and self-doubt.

SELMA is set for release in Australia on February 5 via STUDIOCANAL.

Nov 202014


Thanks to Icon Films , we have 3 x double passes to give away to THE CAPTIVE – in Australian cinemas from December 4.

Doting father and husband, Matthew (Reynolds), leaves his sleeping daughter alone in his truck  while he ducks into a roadside diner. When he returns, she is gone and instantly his world is destroyed. Struggling under the weight of loss, suspicion and guilt, his marriage breaks down. Through all of the heartbreak and turmoil he never loses hope that he’ll find his missing child. Eight years later, with the help of local police , a girl who matches  his  daughter’s description is  sighted on the internet. With his  daughter found to be held captive, but her actual whereabouts unknown, Matthew is in a race against time to save her.

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Nov 192014

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Moonlight Cinema’s December and January film program has just been announced and it’s jam-packed with over 20 different advance screenings – and that’s just the first two months. The outdoor cinema will be making an appearance in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth this summer.

Moonlight Cinema will be officially launched across the country with an exclusive advance screening of zany comedy Dumb and Dumber To on December 18. It’s been a whole twenty years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels brought their lovable imbeciles, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, to the big screen.

Fans of Bill Murray can catch him in upcoming indie drama St Vincent, more than a week before it hits cinemas. We caught this film at TIFF and can recommend it for those looking for a feel-good film with heart. Other titles to catch at Moonlight before the rest of Australia include Disney’s latest, Big Hero 6 about a boy and his plus-size, inflatable robot (we’ve seen this and we’re in love with the robot!); the superhero film with an art-house edge, Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone; and WWII drama filmed in Sydney and directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken.

Also joining the program will be Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. This film has been getting awards buzz following its première in the US and is a film we’re really looking forward to seeing. The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, and Nightcrawler are three other big-name titles that you should consider booking a patch of grass for.

Bring Australia Day in early with some Australian cinema. The Water Diviner will be showing at Moonlight Cinema on Australia Day Eve, January 25. It tells the moving tale of an Australian man, played by Russell Crowe, who travels to Turkey after the Battle at Gallipoli to try to locate his three missing sons. The Water Diviner is also showing as an advance screening at Moonlight on December 19.

For more information on the programme and to book tickets, head to the official website.
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Nov 182014


Mr. Turner is a dense, challenging biographical drama of ugly sounds and gorgeous visuals, sets and costumes. Veteran British filmmaker Mike Leigh (Naked, Secrets and Lies and Another Year) canvases the period spectacularly, while Cannes Best Actor-winner Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) completely embodies the vile but fascinating J. M. W Turner, one of the great 19th Century British painters.

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Nov 162014


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is the first cinematic half of the third and final installment in the Hunger Games franchise, based on the best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins. Francis Lawrence, who directed the excellent second film, Catching Fire, returns to direct, and the story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for Panem after escaping the Third Quarter Quell Hunger Games.

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Nov 132014


A brutally efficient and elegant return to the world of action for Keanu Reeves and an impressive, confident directorial début for David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, John Wick is a reminder that the action genre need not be left to the mercy of soulless, shaky-cam, rapidly edited, PG-13 pretenders. My review of John Wick after the jump.

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Nov 112014


Three very different films hit Australian cinemas this week. The late, great James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop; Maggie Smith & Kevin Kline’s Parisian comedy-drama, My Old Lady; and the 2014 Palm d’Or Winner, Winter Sleep. Our brief thoughts on all three are after the jump.

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Nov 092014


Pride is British feel-good drama at its very best, featuring one of the strongest ensemble casts of the year. It is not only an inspiring and important film about the fight for equality and how strength in numbers amongst multiple marginalised groups has the potential to change a nation’s values, but it’s also full of frequent humour and irresistible energy. Coupled with the charm is an ever-present feeling of substantiality in its exploration of the period and the heroes that made such an unlikely union possible. Written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus, Pride has understandably been internationally celebrated, including winning the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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