FILM REVIEW: Dance Academy: The Movie

Dance Academy: The Movie (Jeffrey Walker, 2017)

Picking up eighteen months after the events of the last season, the movie adaptation of ABC series Dance Academy (2010-2013) sees Tara (Xenia Goodwin) miserable as she works at the Sydney Opera House bar and participates in a writing course. Having broken her back as a result of slipping on a bead at an audition, she has temporarily given up her dream of ballet. But when she is given the chance to audition for the National Ballet Company by artistic director Madeline Moncur (Miranda Otto) she throws her all into reigniting her passion for dance. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Dance Academy: The Movie

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FILM REVIEW: The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby (Tom McGrath, 2017)

Alec Baldwin returns, but this time it’s not as Trump. It’s as a baby. (So actually, still close enough). Based on Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name, The Boss Baby is brought to the screen by screenwriter Michael McCullers and director Tom McGrath. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Boss Baby

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: The Salesman, Life & The LEGO Batman Movie

An Iranian drama, an alien sci-fi and a kids’ (or is it?) animation make up this round of Short ‘n’ Sweet. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: The Salesman, Life & The LEGO Batman Movie

FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Logan, Jasper Jones & A Cure for Wellness

You get 3.5 stars! You get 3.5 stars! And you get 3.5 stars! Okay, so these all had something to value in them but weren’t quite amazing, hence the same star rating for all.  Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Logan, Jasper Jones & A Cure for Wellness