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Under pressure - “Dance Academy” (2017) Review

 Welcome to "Dance Academy" the critically acclaimed children's T.V show that's finding new life and new stories and all new stakes for the characters Tara, Kat, Abigail, Christian, Ben and Ollie as young adults.

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Under pressure -  “Dance Academy” (2017) Review
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Mars (organisms collected by 'The Rover') Attacks in "Life" (2017)

"Life" does everything you want a space movie to do and for the most part is smart as hell... except when a scientist briefly tickle taunts an alien. 

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Mars (organisms collected by 'The Rover') Attacks in "Life" (2017)
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Why “The Lego Batman Movie” gives you permission to laugh and cry with your obsession with Batman.

As Edward Norton’s Narrator from “Fight Club” is being embraced by Meatloaf’s Robert “Bob” Paulson, a sufferer of testicular cancer with ‘bitch tits,’ the voice over says following: “And that was where I fit...between those huge sweating tits that hung enormous…” That masculine and yet tender bosom is what it feels like when you’re an ultra Batman fan watching “The Lego Batman Movie.”  

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Why “The Lego Batman Movie” gives you permission to laugh and cry with your obsession with Batman.
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Don't Poke the Monkey - “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) Review

“Kong: Skull Island” is big action film, with big ideas with a deep ensemble that becomes something more than big dumb fun.

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Don't Poke the Monkey - “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) Review
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Everything about you is ugly -  “Bad Santa 2” (2016) Review

His former partner Marcus Skidmore (Tony Cox) is released from prison and wants to pull together the old crew to refresh the old scheme; this time adding Willie’s mother Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates) into the mix. It’s fitting that the star of “Misery” is here for the torture that follows.

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Everything about you is ugly -  “Bad Santa 2” (2016) Review
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Ambitious Project - “Project Eden Vol. 1” (2017) Review

“Project Eden Vol. 1” ends with a cliff-hanger that entices but it’s hard to say whether it’s earned. To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling; hopefully what they dreamt up, has not made them its master because it only leaves a triumph or disaster. 

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Ambitious Project - “Project Eden Vol. 1” (2017) Review

Disney Princess 2.0 - “Moana” (2016) Review

“Moana” brings us a non-traditional Disney Princess that’s unique, long overdue and feels right at home. 

Disney Princess 2.0 - “Moana” (2016) Review
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This Will Be The Last Time - “Logan” (2017) Review

“Logan” synthesises comic book characters into the real world in a way that’s only been reached in what Roger Ebert called the “engrossing tragedy” of the “The Dark Knight.”

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This Will Be The Last Time - “Logan” (2017) Review

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2016) Movie Review [Sydney Film Festival]

Aquarius is a shrine to an incredible woman with a confounding central performance from Sonia Braga. Writer/director Kleber Mendonça Filho crafts a consuming tale about principles and passion.

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2016) Movie Review [Sydney Film Festival]
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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