November 29, 2016 by Glen Falkenstein
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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
November 15, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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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.
November 2, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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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.
November 1, 2016 by James Berardinelli - Reelviews
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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
October 20, 2016 by Glen Falkenstein
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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
October 12, 2016 by Glen Falkenstein
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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
October 10, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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When Anu Singh was charged with the murder of her boyfriend Joe Cinque in 1997, it was a crime that shocked Australia.
October 5, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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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 It not that it’s out of date, but it’s more about ramped up tension than special effects.
September 7, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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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
August 18, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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“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).
August 11, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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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.
August 9, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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“Truman doesn’t sound very Spanish” said my friend. It turns out to be the name of a dog and the ostensible focus of this delightful film.
July 29, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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When my teenage daughters used to complain about an aspect of their bodies, I told them they had everything they needed for a happy life. I made peace with my thighs some time ago but after viewing Embrace realized that perhaps I could have saved years of anguish if I had been more truly accepting of my own body.
It’s interesting that non- British directors consistently produce fine British costume dramas. Read more
June 21, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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When my favourite plus1 was not available for a preview of the fifth outing of this animated anthropomorphic franchise, I took a friend and her grandson. I need a little tacker for feedback.
June 6, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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It has been a few weeks since I viewed Land of Mine but images have stayed with me.
Being of a more practical than romantic bent, I watched explorer Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) gadding about the desert swathed nun-like in beige linen and all I could think was – slap on a hat woman or you’ll end up with a ruddy complexion. But this being art, she remains pale as a lily.
June 2, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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It’s not that often you get a good laugh at the movies. First time director/writer Eduardo Falcone provides plenty of laughs but it’s nicely calibrated and not slapstick, well perhaps only a little.
May 26, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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Reviewing movies takes me to places I might otherwise not go. In the past I might have considered myself a tad old to enjoy a story about a teenage boy but was engrossed by this debut film from writer/director Martin McKenna.
April 28, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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It must have been hard work for Meryl Streep to learn to sing off-key. Read more
April 15, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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Perhaps it is coincidence the heroine of this movie shares her name with Margaret Dumont, the woman who was the “straight man” in several Marx Brothers comedies and the oblivious butt of many jokes.
April 11, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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Think big, dream wide is the maxim of Moorambilla Voices. Michelle Leonard, founder and Artistic Director of the choir, is just the woman to bring dreams to life.
March 29, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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It should be peaceful at Base Camp, Mount Everest with all that clean air, dazzling white snow and towering peaks. But in the short climbing season, it is so crowded up there, it’s more like Bondi Beach on Boxing Day, but with parkas.
March 24, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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Sheep have never figured much in my life. Yet in the past month I have read and discussed a book about sheep farming at my book club*, spent time considering Tom Roberts famous painting of sheep shearers and taken in this film. I will try, although not too hard, to avoid any woolly thinking.
Two British treasures – Alan Rickman (in one of his last appearances) and Helen Mirren bring their finely honed skills to this modern thriller, so it’s already off to a good start.
March 10, 2016 by Toni Susskind
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10 Cloverfield Lane is a taut psychological thriller which draws you in and demands your attention. Read more
Directed by Michael Bay of Transformers fame, 13 hours attempts to retell the attack on a visiting US diplomat and a CIA compound that did not officially exist in Libya in 2012. Read more
February 16, 2016 by Roz Tarszisz
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It is not a crime to belong to a political party. But there was a time in America when it was a crime to be a communist working in Hollywood.
February 11, 2016 by Toni Susskind
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Similar to its predecessor, Zoolander 2 is a mix of satire and tongue in cheek humour that doesn’t to take itself too seriously. The jokes are more hit and miss than the original, but it is still an entertaining way to spend a night out. Read more
January 27, 2016 by Toni Susskind
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Based upon the novel by Emma Donoghue, I approached Room with a level of trepidation. Read more