Working Woman: a movie review by Toni Susskind

September 25, 2019 by  

Written by Michal Aviad, Working Women is a powerful movie that highlights gender exploitation, by turning the spotlight on sexual harassment in the office. Read more

An Unexpected Love – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 2, 2019 by  

It seems that folks in Argentina have a fairly relaxed outlook on life. It certainly appears so in this charming romantic comedy from director/writer Juan Vera.

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Tolkien – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 13, 2019 by  

It is not necessary to have read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien to view this offering from director Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland).   However, for aficionados of the books or movies, clues to the author’s ideas are strewn throughout the production and it is fun to take note of them.

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Red Joan – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 28, 2019 by  

Even though she has played everything from a spymaster to a queen, it’s hard to believe that Judi Dench can so expertly portray an ordinary elderly woman. But her character proves to be far more complex than she at first appears.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 9, 2019 by  

I quite like a fantasy adventure and know little about the craze for Pokemon that engulfed the world a few years back. It is a plus because I came to it with fresh eyes. It’s a minus because I didn’t like this offering very much.

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Poms – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 9, 2019 by  

Poms is in the tradition of The Fully Monty whereby a disparate bunch of people come together to reach a specific goal. The ladies here, and they are for the most part ladies, do keep their gear on but get to shake their tushies and strut their stuff, eventually.

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Long Shot – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 30, 2019 by  

“Unlikely but not impossible” states the poster advertising the unlikely pairing of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. That’s the point of course, but this is billed as a romantic comedy and it does deliver on both counts.

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Gloria Bell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 25, 2019 by  

Having reviewed the original version of this film, Gloria, over five years ago, I wondered why director Sebastian Lelio shot it again. He says because Julianne Moore wanted to do it and that for him, it is a film about feelings – Gloria’s and our own.

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Five Feet Apart – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 21, 2019 by  

It’s hard being a teenager and even more so for one has a serious illness.  There have been a few American films in recent years on this theme – Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, which was sweet and funny and The Fault in Our Stars, also charming and both just a little schmaltzy.

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Sometimes Always Never – a film review by Roz Tarszisz

March 6, 2019 by  

It’s always good to learn something new, however obscure, and it’s not giving anything away to say that the film’s title refers to which buttons a man should do up on a three-piece suit – starting from the top.

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On the Basis of Sex – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 5, 2019 by  

One could be forgiven for thinking that the use of sex in a title meant a movie was about sex.

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Green Book – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 20, 2019 by  

There’s invariably a good soundtrack to an American road trip movie and this one – inspired by a true story – is no exception.

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The Kid Who Would Be King – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 15, 2019 by  

As a child, I loved T.H. White’s The Once and Future King even though I was confused by the concept of Merlin the Wizard travelling backwards through time and getting younger as he went forward. Read more

CAPHARNAÜM: a movie review by Hila Tsor

December 12, 2018 by  

CAPHARNAÜM was a genuine masterpiece, a story that will stick with you months later.  Read more

Sobibor: a movie review by Toni Susskind

November 22, 2018 by  

A highlight of the 2018 Jewish International Film Festival, Sobibor was a box office hit in Russia, taking in over $2 million in ticket sales. Read more

Instant Families: a movie review by Toni Susskind

November 22, 2018 by  

When I first heard about Instant Families staring Mark Wahlberg as Pete and Australian Rose Byrne as Ellie, I thought, here we go again, another formulaic Rom-Com about a gorgeous couple adopting three very cute children. I was pleasantly surprised to see how wrong I was. Read more

Widows – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 16, 2018 by  

There are certain conventions we can expect from a heist movie. The assembling of disparate characters, the difficulties of setting up the robbery, the preparations and a twist at the end. A touch of humour to leaven the tension goes down well too.

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Spitfire: a movie review by Elana Bowman

November 7, 2018 by  

Spitfire the documentary is simply beautiful. Read more

Beautiful Boy – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 25, 2018 by  

That this film is based on a true story inspired by two memoirs only serves to make it all the more compelling. Read more

A Star is Born – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 15, 2018 by  

My rock concert going days may be long over but that didn’t stop shivers down my backbone as the first of many riffs came over the speakers.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls – film review by Elana Bowman

September 20, 2018 by  

Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in an old Michigan mansion. Read more

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: a movie review by Elana Bowman

August 31, 2018 by  

Being sent away for being gay? The terrible tragedy is that Cameron does not come out, she is found out at her prom no less by her prom date, and she is sent away post-haste by her very misguided guardians. Read more

You Were Never Really Here: a movie review by Elana Bowman

August 29, 2018 by  

Meet Joe. He carries the darkness within him, so it’s no surprise he is characterised as a slightly overweight, full of scars, totally unkempt, and seems to be falling apart, so he comes across as a lumbering hitman who is tasked with being brutal. Read more

Crazy Rich Asians: a movie by Hila Tsor

August 9, 2018 by  

Highly entertaining and colourful, Crazy Rich Asiansis an Asian-American romantic comedy which follows Rachel (Constance Wu), a smart and beautiful NYU economics professor who accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, and discovers that her boyfriend comes from an extremely wealthy family… Read more

Back to Burgundy – a move review by Roz Tarszisz

July 6, 2018 by  

My French is not that flash but I think the French title –  Ce qui nous lie ­– could have been given a more literary translation. Read more

Foxtrot: a movie review by Hila Tsor

June 12, 2018 by  

I’ve never had a movie make me feel in that same way Foxtrot had. I begun crying 10 minutes into the film, and my tears kept rolling right through till the end. Read more

Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland): a movie review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

May 21, 2018 by  

Sam Garlanski’s film, “Bye Bye Germany“  based on Michel Bergmann’s autobiographical novel is an entertaining addition to Holocaust stories, though this one is set in 1946 Frankfurt. Read more

Breath: a film review by Ben Apfelbaum

May 6, 2018 by  

Simon Baker’s  much-anticipated debut feature BREATH held its Sydney premiere recently at Randwick Ritz. Read more

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

April 30, 2018 by  

The most British thing since the last Lily James Second World War drama, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (hereafter mercifully referred to as ‘Guernsey’) is, thankfully, a great deal better. Read more

I Feel Pretty: a movie review by Hila Tsor

April 19, 2018 by  

We’ve all had it drilled into us that beauty is within, and that you should be confident in your own skin. These cliches lay at the heart of the romantic comedy film ‘I Feel Pretty’ directed by Abbey Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Read more

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