Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 18, 2017 by  

Shlemazel* is the best Yiddish word to describe Norman.

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The Sense of an Ending – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 16, 2017 by  

British actors can do grumpy old men really well, and the protagonist here is very good at it.

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Don’t Tell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 14, 2017 by  

Paedophilia may not sound like the subject for a night out at the movies, but director Tori Garrett has created a compelling Australian tale of lost innocence.

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Whiteley – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 8, 2017 by  

“Somewhere between struggle and rage there’s IT” said Brett Whiteley in this documentary charting his life, work and death.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: A movie review by James Berardinelli

Not every movie about the Holocaust is expected to be on the same high level as Sophie’s Choice or Schindler’s List, but (especially when the source material is factual) more is expected than the familiar melodrama and faux tension delivered by Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife. Read more

Land of Mine – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 22, 2017 by  

A story about removal of land mines doesn’t make for easy viewing but this fine film is more about hope than hell.

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Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

March 4, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Marcel Tyberg. Read more

Miss Sloane: a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 1, 2017 by  

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty) is a ruthless Washington D.C. lobbyist.  Known for her successful track record, she will do whatever it takes to win.

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Silence – a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 12, 2017 by  

Silence is about as far as you’ll get from Hollywood fare in a February release from an A-list director. Read more

Hidden Figures: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 10, 2017 by  

Taking the top spot on opening, Hidden Figures, one of several Best Picture nominees and popular releases depicting historical racial tensions in the United States, hits a chord to which many of its more dramatic counterparts never come close. Read more

Fences: a movie review by Toni Susskind

February 9, 2017 by  

Fences is a movie that takes its time exploring and unravelling the complexities of human reasoning and nature.  Read more

Gold: a movie review by James Berardinelli

Rags to riches stories are a Hollywood staple. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 6, 2017 by  

Continuing the series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Jackie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 5, 2017 by  

For those who remember the day President John Kennedy died in November 1963, this biopic will bring it all back. Read more

The Edge of Seventeen – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 29, 2016 by  

Angst and tantrums – the teenage years are a challenge for all involved.  This well drawn portrait from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig is worth a look for its depiction of a girl who has yet to work out her place in the world, or indeed, if she even has one.

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La La Land – a movie review by Roz Tarszsisz

December 20, 2016 by  

It has been a long time since a movie like this graced cinema screens.

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Little Men – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 8, 2016 by  

It’s the little touches that make this tale of childhood friendship from director Ira Sachs (Love is Strange) so engaging.  The story spans a small arc but for those involved, the consequences are life changing.

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Golden Years – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 5, 2016 by  

For the oldies in this British comedy caper, there’s nothing golden about their declining years. After a lifetime of upright citizenship, there’s no back up or recourse when their superannuation funds collapse.

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Rosalie Blum – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 5, 2016 by  

It’s refreshing to watch a French film about ordinary people. .  Filmed in Nevers, a small town in rural France, it’s all about the characters and a plot which hinges on a series of coincidences.

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Mahana: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

November 29, 2016 by  

When I spoke with Mahana Director Lee Tamahori earlier this week he told me that westerns were a dead genre. Mahana may not be a western, but the genre’s spirit is alive and well in the accomplished Director’s confronting and visually rapturous thriller. Read more

The Founder – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 15, 2016 by  

You don’t need to have entered a McDonald’s restaurant to appreciate how a hamburger stand became a billion dollar empire.  Director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) has brought to life the American success story of the man who saw gold in a beef patty.

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The Light Between Oceans – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 2, 2016 by  

The idea of the place where two oceans meet is both romantic and exciting. Writer and director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines) has based his film on the eponymous bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman.

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The Accountant – a movie review by James Berardinelli

The Accountant is a superhero movie. Despite not being based on an existing comic book (a welcome change), the film has all the beats and tropes we have come to expect from superhero movies, although the R-rating makes it more of an adult experience than one targeted for younger viewers. Read more

Hell or High Water: a movie review from Glen Falkenstein

October 20, 2016 by  

It takes a lot to outdo Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, even in the latter’s best performance to date. Ben Foster (Inferno, 3:10 to Yuma) does just that, and he’s a sight to behold. Read more

Café Society: A movie review from Glen Falkenstein

October 12, 2016 by  

Jesse Eisenberg, in a role Director Woody Allen would no doubt have played himself were he 40 years younger, moves to Hollywood in the guise of New York-native Bobby to work for his studio-heavyweight uncle Phil (Steve Carell), only to fall for Phil’s secretary Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Read more

Joe Cinque’s Consolation – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 10, 2016 by  

When Anu Singh was charged with the murder of her boyfriend Joe Cinque in 1997, it was a crime that shocked Australia.

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The Girl on the Train – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 5, 2016 by  

If you discount the mobile phones, this modern whodunit could have been made over 20 years ago. It not that it’s out of date, but it’s more about ramped up tension than special effects.

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Sully – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 7, 2016 by  

The real life event on which this film is based was dubbed Miracle on the Hudson and recreates memorable images of evacuated passengers standing on aircraft wings in the middle of the river.   Read more

Kubo and the Two Strings – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 18, 2016 by  

“I tell stories about epic heroes and monsters but I had no idea my stories were true” says boy hero Kubo, in the trailer for this enthralling animated action adventure from director Travis Knight (ParaNorman,Box Trolls).

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Down Under – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 11, 2016 by  

Examples of irony and idiocy litter this Australian black comedy from director and writer Abe Forsyth as he shows that bouts of bad behaviour can be interspersed with surprising moments of clarity and truth.

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