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I’m ready for my close-up - “Hidden Figures” (2016) Review

“Hidden Figures” is a rousing story of unsung heroism adapted with the mass appeal of a colouring book.

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I’m ready for my close-up - “Hidden Figures” (2016) Review
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Tourists In Our Youth - “T2 Trainspotting” (2017) Review

The “f*ck you” of your teens and twenties is finite. “T2 Trainspotting” tackles the malaise of your 30s and beyond.

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Tourists In Our Youth - “T2 Trainspotting” (2017) Review
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I’m Not Crying, My Guitar Gently Weeps - “Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016) Review

“Kubo and the Two Strings” is a profound piece of poetry and empathy. Not all foes need to be vanquished; some need to be embraced.

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I’m Not Crying, My Guitar Gently Weeps - “Kubo and the Two Strings”  (2016) Review
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Proof of Life - “Cameraperson” (2016) Review

Cameraperson” is a movie memoir, of sorts, from long time cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (KJ).  Although you may imagine that life for a cameraperson is somewhat obscured by the vision of those they collaborate with; KJ finds herself as the witness to beauty and tranquillity in places shrouded in dark historical moments.

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Proof of Life - “Cameraperson” (2016) Review
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Burn The Negative, Oh and the Novel - “Inferno” (2016) Review

“Inferno” is a movie that satisfies like a single serve airline meal. The pulp globe-trotting mystery doesn’t have nutritional value, the rich taste of a restaurant dish, or the care of something home cooked; it’s purpose built to fill a void quickly and induce a mild vegetative state. 

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Burn The Negative, Oh and the Novel - “Inferno” (2016) Review
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Safety Not Guaranteed - “Deepwater Horizon” (2016) Review

Filmmaker Peter Berg is a U.S patriot, his body of work increasingly seems fascinated with the examples of heroics that are drowned out by controversy.

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Safety Not Guaranteed - “Deepwater Horizon” (2016) Review
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“Manchester By The Sea” (2016) Review

Casey Affleck’s performance in “Manchester By The Sea” is one of the most effectively crafted portrayals of the crippling weight of grief in recent movies. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s composition is lured toward him, every moment that he’s occupying the frame; the actor is like a tractor beam.

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“Manchester By The Sea” (2016) Review
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God is Dead: “Silence” (2016) Movie Review

"Silence” is a new movie from Martin Scorsese that examines the filmmaker’s own enduring crisis of faith.

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God is Dead: “Silence” (2016) Movie Review
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“Boys in the Trees” (2016) Review

“Boys in the Trees” is ambitious, inventive and has its eyes set on being an Australian answer to Rian Johnson’s “Brick” or Greg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin.” 

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“Boys in the Trees” (2016) Review
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A Tale of Two Orphans: “Pete's Dragon” (2016) Review

“Pete’s Dragon” feels like a mash-up between a Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn adventure except instead of two young lads it’s a prepubescent boy and a giant winged beast.  

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A Tale of Two Orphans: “Pete's Dragon” (2016) Review
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American Heroes?: “Snowden” (2016) and “Sully” (2016) Reviewed

Why does a character like “Sully” and his famous landing known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ make us feel sure to laud his heroics and still be indecisive in the case of Snowden? The outcome, is much more tangible to grasp; life or death. 

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American Heroes?: “Snowden” (2016) and “Sully” (2016) Reviewed
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Cursed in Couture: “The Dressmaker” (2015) Review

“The Dressmaker” wraps a pig pen of a town and its porky inhabitants in silk. It tackles the feeling of being cursed by your confines and the toxicity of small town gossip mongering; with beauty, death, romance and hilarity. 

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Cursed in Couture: “The Dressmaker” (2015) Review
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Redmayne doesn’t deliver ‘Beast Mode’: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Review

Imagine a magical version of BBC Documentary Life on Earth and instead of the charming warmth and wisdom of David Attenborough; you have a ticking, face contorting Eddie Redmayne. 

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Redmayne doesn’t deliver ‘Beast Mode’:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Review

Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker - 2016) Review

Director Nate Parker and Birth of a Nation rumbles with the ache of inevitable failure. Where films like Django Unchained allow you the blaxploitation fantasies of exacting vengeance on the worst of the worst; Birth of a Nation wants to reinforce while the historically displaced and disenfranchised have hate tattooed on their very bones. Black voices telling black stories is essential.

Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker - 2016) Review

Jackie (Pablo Larraín - 2016) Movie Review

Jackie Kennedy, the woman behind one of the greatest and most influential Presidents in the history of the United States, gets an intimate impressionist portrait. Forging the myths of “Camelot,” interrogating the morality of being a widow in the most drastic and heavily scrutinised circumstance; director Pablo Larraín and hypnotic star Natalie Portman finds ways to render gut punching alternate perspectives to well trodden history.

Jackie (Pablo Larraín - 2016) Movie Review

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve - 2016) Movie Review

Language and the ability to “articulate” our existence is one of the defining characteristics of the human species. Arrival is about the awakening and ensuing trauma discovering that we’re not alone in the universe.

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve - 2016) Movie Review

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford - 2016): The Wretched

Nocturnal Animals is a dark tragedy. Ford's motivation for the film is writ large in the opening credits. Obese, grotesque, American women gyrate in slow motion like a 'Fourth of July' themed, trailer park strip show. Like war photography, Ford wants to find the beauty in darkness.

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford - 2016): The Wretched

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Movie Review: And you thought M:I 2 was bad!?

The quality drop between Jack Reacher and Never Go Back might make it a worse sequel than Mission: Impossible II.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Movie Review: And you thought M:I 2 was bad!?