Movies

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

This film is probably deeply nostalgic for several generations of Americans. It’s based on the host of an extremely popular children’s television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001. Tom Hanks plays the impossibly affable Fred Rogers during the latter part of his career. He’s fragile, very slow and deliberate in speech, […]

Bad Boys For Life

Fasten your safety belts and get set for the ride of your life as Bad Boys For Life crashes into cinemas 17 years after the second instalment. Once again Jerry Bruckheimer serves as producer, while Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reprise their roles respectively as Miami narcotics detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey. There’s plenty […]

Bombshell

Before the entertainment world was rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent #MeToo movement a bombshell was dropped on the news media, in particular, Fox News. Docudrama Bombshell explores this first wave of sexual harassment revelations. The film revolves around allegations pegged towards the then Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) by news […]

True History Of The Kelly Gang

True History Of The Kelly Gang is a unique interpretation of the story of Ned Kelly, infamous bushranger of the 1800s.  Featuring a stellar lineup of award-winning Australian and international stars, including Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Essie Davis, Claudia Karvan and Charlie Hunnam, the acting is faultless. Unfortunately, it’s the plot and dialogue that is […]

1917

Sam Mendes’ 1917 uses an especially impressive technical feat, in that it is filmed using one single shot for the entire length of the film. Set during the midst of World War I in northern France this film follows two young soldiers, Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay), as they are tasked with delivering […]

Little Women

It’s one of the most ubiquitous 19th-century novels and has been adapted for the screen dozens of times, so any attempt to say something new with the story will naturally attract close scrutiny - especially if that attempt is being made by someone as respected as Greta Gerwig. It’s definitely a lush film. There’s a lot […]

Jumanji: The Next Level

Following on from the surprise comedy hit of 2017 comes the latest instalment of the revitalised Jumanji series. The intrepid group of teens who were sucked into the Jumanji video game the first time around are this time joined by two crotchety old men. In this fun-filled body-swapping romp the group of adventurers is again […]

Cats

The stage musical is one of the longest-running and most successful shows ever created, so there has been a lot of apprehension about Tom Hooper’s lush, star-packed movie version of Cats. Well, it certainly is  a sensory-rich, enveloping cinematic experience. The lyrics in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical are based on poems in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s […]

Star War: The Rise Of Skywalker

Star War: The Rise Of Skywalker brings a 42-year long saga to a rather underwhelming and serene ending. The Disney sequel trilogy has been much derided - The Force Awakens for its overly safe, nostalgic plot and The Last Jedi for failing to satisfyingly answer any of the fandoms burning questions. The Rise Of Skywalker […]

Two With A View – Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

By Rita Bratovich & Mark Morellini RITA: So Mark... how gorgeous was that film. Subtle, delicate, sensitive. MARK: yes...all of the above... a lavish production and it can't be denied that it was beautifully crafted, with a gorgeous cast of predominantly women, very meticulous to detail and mesmerising cinematography... but ultimately I found it somewhat […]