Big Eyes (Tim Burton, 2014)

Big Eyes marks a change of form for Tim Burton, who has previously stuck with the same cast and crew from film to film. It is his first film since 1990 not to be edited by Chris Lebenzon, and his first since 1999 not produced by Richard D. Zanucks (who died in 2012). But more obviously, it’s his first live action film since 1996 not starring either his (now ex-) partner, Helena Bonham Carter, or his tried and true star, Johnny Depp. And while Depp usually entertains in these roles time and time again, the change is appreciated. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Big Eyes

FILM REVIEW: Cinderella

Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh, 2015)

Sixty-five years after the Disney animated classic, director Kenneth Branagh has created a Cinderella for 21st century audiences. A timeless fairy tale, there isn’t much in the way of modern revisions, but Branagh and screenwriter Chris Weitz do flesh out the original, creating a strong role model in the kind and resilient (Cinder)Ella. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Cinderella

FILM REVIEW: A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman, 2014)

Severus Snape is king! Or to be exact, King Louis XIV of France, in Alan Rickman’s latest feature, A Little Chaos. After making his directorial debut with The Winter Guest seventeen years ago, it’s been a long time between drinks due to a tiny little thing called Harry Potter taking up much of Rickman’s time. But now that Harry has grown up and Snape is all but a heart-wrenching memory in our Muggle hearts, Rickman gets his chance to dazzle once more in (as well as out of) the director’s seat. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Little Chaos

FILM REVIEW: Insurgent

Insurgent (Robert Schwentke, 2015)

With a new director and screenwriters at the helm, Insurgent is the second and latest instalment in the Divergent trilogy. It looks mostly the same as last year’s Divergent, except that Tris (Shailene Woodley) has that pixie haircut going (after The Fault in Our Stars massacred her long locks last year). She looks a hell of a lot older and about a foot taller, though considering she’s well past the growth-spurt age, I think it’s just the hair. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Insurgent

FILM REVIEW: Love is Strange

Love is Strange (Ira Sachs, 2014)

Whether you enjoy Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange will depend on your patience and your fondness for films capturing a series of ‘moments’. While the film does utilise a linear narrative, various plot developments go unseen, loose ends abound, and there are a few long, lingering takes that may test the patience of some viewers. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Love is Strange


Home (Tim Johnson, 2015)

Released just in time for the school holidays, Home is a delightful animated film for the kiddiewinks, even if it isn’t the cream of the crop when it comes to children’s animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Home

FILM REVIEW: Run All Night

Run All Night (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2015)

No doubt audiences will be beyond shocked to find Liam Neeson brandishing a gun in his latest action movie. Who could have possibly seen that coming? Other than everyone. His sticking to type is wearing a little thin, except there’s no denying it: the guy’s a badass. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Run All Night

FILM REVIEW: Superchondriac

Superchondriac (Dany Boon, 2014)

Superchondriac has been the victim of some overly pretentious, judgey reviews in the States, but if you’re not a complete snob, there are plenty of laughs to be had in Dany Boon’s latest French comedy. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Superchondriac

FILM REVIEW: The Gazelles

The Gazelles (Mona Achache, 2014)

Translated directly as “THE CHICKS”, even the title goes to show that the French manage to make everything sound better. But while The Gazelles is set in Paris, it shows a much less romantic view of the city than what we’ve come to expect. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Gazelles

FILM REVIEW: Focus (2015)

Focus (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, 2015)

The tagline for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s latest venture advises to “Never lose focus”. While this could be taken as a warning for its audience to pay full attention, paradoxically Focus doesn’t quite demand so much because it isn’t all that complex. But then again, maybe simplicity is the key to the perfect con. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Focus (2015)