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FILM REVIEW: Eighth Grade (2018)

For the third year running, the New Year brings us another terrific film centred on a teenage girl. Last year it was Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, in 2017 it was Hailee Steinfeld in Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen. In 2019 it’s Bo Burham’s Eighth Grade. And that a man has managed to capture the awkwardness of a teenage girl so brilliantly is astounding. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Eighth Grade (2018)

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FILM REVIEW: Sing

Sing (Christophe Lourdelet & Garth Jennings, 2016)

Rounding out a fantastic year in children’s animation, Sing cashes in on the talent show theme, delivering yet another win for Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets). Dreams are realised, careers are made, and the question remains: why is Matthew McConaughey playing a koala? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Sing

FILM REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets (Yarrow Cheney & Chris Renaud, 2016)

Stepping away from the amusing but not exactly articulate Minions, Illumination Entertainment is back with some quality animation in The Secret Life of Pets. Chris Renaud, who has previously co-directed the Despicable Me films, teams up with Yarrow Cheney (in his feature debut) as co-directors. Set in the most beautiful version of Manhattan you’re likely to see, we bear witness to a day in the life of the pets in an apartment building. Front and centre is Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), a Jack Russell who desperately waits for his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) to return each day from work. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets

FILM REVIEW: Minions

Minions (Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, 2015)

After the surprisingly good Despicable Me and its sequel, studio execs at Universal must have rubbed their hands with glee at the thought of all the extra money they could make off some cute little yellow blobs (THINK OF THE PLUSH TOYS!) Kiddies everywhere were besotted with the Minions (and you can imagine that these young audience members will forever associate the term ‘minions’ with these animated cuties) and will be out in full force these school holidays to see more of their shenanigans on the big screen. Set before the events of the Despicable Me films, Minions charts their journey from prehistoric times up until 1968 in their quest to find the perfect villainous leader. Enter Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) – the most powerful supervillain in the world, who enlists Kevin, Stuart, and Bob’s help in stealing the Queen’s crown jewels. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Minions

FILM REVIEW: Home

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