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REVIEW: Lost Illusions

A passionate and ambitious young provincial poet (Benjamin Voisin) arrives in the bustling Paris of 1891. However, he is soon reluctantly abandoned by his wealthy patron/lover due to his embarrassing display of naivety in Bourbon Restoration society. Initially living on scraps, he eventually not only finds his feet, but thrives. Unfortunately though, in doing so […]

Australian film ‘Magic’

An enigmatic conjurer (Vincent Parfitt) often seen roaming the gardens of a grand estate captures the imagination of fairy-chasing young aristocrat Patricia (Kirsty McKenzie), who invites him to entertain her father and his guests. Affronted by their scepticism and their insistence he reveal the secrets of his illusions - especially from the woman’s arrogant and suspicious […]

From The Vine

Toronto CEO Marco Gentile (Joe Pantoliano) resigns in protest after being unable to fulfil a promise to his predecessor to make his company more environmentally responsible. Alarming his wife and daughter, he swiftly arranges a return to the Italian town of his youth, where it is soon revealed to him the answer to his personal […]

Emma

Classic literature enthusiasts should warm to this latest engaging instalment of Jane Austen’s Emma. Living on a beautiful country estate with her draft-obsessed father (Bill Nighy), Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is vain, snobbish and well-meaning in her way. She enjoys match-making, and although declaring married life is not for her, shows a keen interest in […]

Seberg

Kirsten Stewart portrays the downward spiral of actress Jean Seberg as she is hounded, spied upon and humiliated by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI as part of an operation aimed at discrediting the American civil rights movements of the 1960s. Returning to the U.S. after becoming a star of French New Wave cinema, her passion for […]

Apollo 11

With the 50th anniversary of the most momentous journey ever undertaken looming, director Todd Douglas Miller decided the timing for a documentary on the subject couldn’t be better. What he and American archivists weren’t expecting was to stumble upon a cache of unprocessed 65mm footage of Apollo 11’s launch, as well as more than 11,000 […]

Booksmart

Beanie Feldstein, who delighted in Lady Bird, is back in high school. This time, it’s the last day before graduation. Both she and her bestie Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) have completed a brilliant academic year and have the world at their feet. Only trouble is, after being delivered some home truths, they realise they haven’t lived […]

Red Joan

What drives a person to commit an act of treason? For Physics student Joan (Sophie Cookson), it begins at Cambridge in the 1930s where the shadows of war are threatening. Although she attends socialist group meetings mainly because she is drawn to an exotic Russian, Sonya (Tereza Srbova) and her handsome and charismatic cousin, Leo […]

mid90s

It’s Summertime in LA and troubled 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Soljic) comes across an intriguing collection of older boys who spend their days skateboarding, hanging around the local skateboard shop, smoking, drinking, partying with girls (when they could be bothered), and getting filmed by the aspiring film-maker amongst them. One of the group is only slightly […]

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines is set in a post-apocalyptic future where mobile, or ‘traction’ cities scour the earth, plundering its remains and each other. None is bigger or more powerful than London, which has crossed what remains of the English Channel (Brentering?) and is roaming the continent in search of prey to feed its hungry machine. But […]