The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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Apr 062016


Back in 2012 the promising-looking Snow White and the Huntsman, a darker take on the classic fairy tale, failed to set the world on fire and has since been forgotten about by most who watched it. This completely unnecessary, and frankly surprising, new entry to the franchise, detailing events preceding and following those in the first film, seems set to experience a similar fate. This generally mediocre by-committee fantasy lacks scale and a clear vision, and again squanders an all-star cast, including new faces Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Uneven performances, a confused narrative and an imbalance of tone – the narration alone deems it to silly for adults, and yet it possesses woefully miscued jokes that are too adult for youngsters – overshadow some elegant costumes, amusing supporting performances and mildly thrilling action sequences. Continue reading »

Trailer: Sicario

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Jun 222015

Director Denis Villeneuve’s SICARIO has its first official trailer. The film premiered at Cannes to mostly positive reviews, and from what I’ve read Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies) has directed another nail-biter.

When you have a director as interesting as Villeneuve coupled with a fierce Emily Blunt, what’s not to be excited about?

Official Synopsis:

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.


SICARIO hits Australian cinemas on September 17, 2015.

Into the Woods

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Feb 222015


Into the Woods, based on Stephen Sondheim’s musical, is one that has established a solid and proclaimed reputation among the theatre community and corresponding gathered a large number of musical fans. Rob Marshall’s adaption is a brighter star in the category of modern musical films, but while it remains faithful to most of the original material, it suffers from an unimaginative and rather bland retelling from stage to screen.

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Into the Woods

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Jan 052015


Chris Pine, as he shouts “Agony!” off a waterfall in one of the film’s funniest sequences, perfectly sums up how I felt about the bafflingly erratic Into the Woods, the Rob Marshall-directed (Oscar-winner Chicago and the awful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) adaptation of James Lupine and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

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Edge of Tomorrow

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Jun 022014


In the midst of a rather uninspiring blockbuster season, Edge of Tomorrow would have to do something pretty special to stand out among the annual deluge of sequels, remakes/reboots, prequels and superhero flicks which we’ve all come to expect. But I’m here today to report some great news: Edge of Tomorrow really delivers as a deliriously fun blockbuster with heart that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the better for it. My review after the jump.
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Sep 232012


Thirty years from now time travel has been invented and outlawed. Loopers “clean up” loose-ends for criminal organisations in the future, by killing people sent back in time and disposing of their bodies. But what if one day future-you was one of the loose-ends sent back for you to kill? Check out my thoughts on the sci-fi action film Loooper after the jump.

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Your Sister’s Sister

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Sep 072012


Jack escapes to his best friend’s remote cottage for some head-space and finds his best friend’s sister has also fled there, in need of her own time to heal. A relationship drama with more laughs than tears; check out my review of Your Sister’s Sister after the jump.

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