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Steve Jobs

In another biopic of the late, great co-founder of Apple, director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin provide an update for the Steve Jobs story. Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, their dramatisation takes a deceptively simple approach to storytelling, arranged in three distinct acts set in real time before Jobs takes the stage […]

The Dressmaker

Based on the novel by Australian author Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is an outback drama about revenge with dark comedic undertones. Fashionable femme fatale and dressmaker, Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage (Kate Winslet), returns to her dusty country home of Dungatar to take care of her unstable mother (Judy Davis) and confront the demons of her past. […]

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies is gathering Oscar buzz, and it’s easy to see why. The drama is directed by Steven Spielberg, co-written by the Coen brothers, stars Tom Hanks and is based on a fascinating true story — all the elements are in place for a high-quality Spielberg winner, and Bridge of Spies delivers. Tom Hanks […]

The Walk

The Walk is the masterfully told true story of Frenchman Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire walk between New York’s World Trade Center Twin Towers in 1974. Petit completed his "le coup" between the not-quite-finished towers without the aid of a safety line, even taunting waiting police by extending the walk and lying down in the middle. […]

Pixels

These days you can almost hear the world collectively groan if the words ‘Adam Sandler movie’ appear in the same sentence. When the perennial manchild puts on that voice (the one that hasn't worked for a character since Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison), it’s enough to make you throw your popcorn at the screen. Thankfully, […]

Ricki and The Flash

Meryl Streep doesn’t do anything by halves and though her choice to star as a struggling rock star who left her children behind to pursue a dream of stardom may seem arbitrary, it’s not. On closer inspection Ricki and The Flash is the story of a mother and the fractured relationship she has with her […]

Trainwreck

Amy (Amy Schumer) is a men’s magazine writer living in New York. She enjoys an uninhibited life, sometimes a little too much, and avoids intimacy and monogamy like it’s the plague. When this ‘trainwreck’ meets and falls for good-guy sports doctor, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), she begins to wonder if she might have the wrong […]

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

At the end of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team had proven their innocence and saved the initiative from being shut down. In Rogue Nation, the fifth outing in the long-running franchise, the IMF must once again prove their worth as they attempt to destroy the international rogue […]

Ant-Man

Marvel’s latest release, Ant-Man, follows burglar-in-need-of-redemption Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). He chooses to help Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) stop a former colleague from misusing Pym’s technology. To do this he must become Ant-Man and pull off his biggest heist yet. To give Ant-Man proper credit it has to be measured on its own merit, as […]

Magic Mike XXL

Gleeful shrieks have rung out from cinemas around the world as the sequel to 2012’s Magic Mike slides half-naked into theatres. Magic Mike XXL does what it says on the muscle-flexing tin. It’s a collection of scenes created with the sole purpose of getting the target audience “frothing” (as radio DJ Maz Compton so aptly put […]