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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

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

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Perfect Strangers, Toni Erdmann & Miss Sloane

Italy, Romania and Wall Street feature in this edition of Short ‘n’ Sweet with a few films outside of the mainstream. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Perfect Strangers, Toni Erdmann & Miss Sloane

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Manchester By the Sea, Hidden Figures & Fences

One more sleep until the Oscars and here are some more of the big contenders: Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Manchester By the Sea, Hidden Figures & Fences

FILM REVIEW: Lion

Lion (Garth Davis, 2016)

Many will be familiar with Saroo Brierley’s story, having previously been covered some years back by 60 Minutes. Now it gets the big screen treatment in Lion. Five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost in Calcutta, India, 1600km from home, unable to find his way back to his brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate) and mother Kamla (Priyanka Bose). Living on the streets for three weeks before being transferred to an orphanage, Saroo is then adopted by Australian couple Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierley (David Wenham) and goes to live with them in Hobart. As an adult, Saroo (now played by Dev Patel) becomes fixated on finding his birth mother to let her know he is safe, turning to Google Earth for help. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Lion

FILM REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker (James Foley, 2017)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner surely there’s no better time to release the next film in the Fifty Shades trilogy. Because nothing says true love like a good old dose of domestic violence. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Passengers, Jackie & Moonlight

Lesson of the week: depressing films are usually the better ones. If you avoid them, boy are you missing out on a lot of quality cinema. One of the three films below had a happy ending, and it was bullshit. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Passengers, Jackie & Moonlight