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Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 3:58pm

★★★★

 

After 80 years in the public eye – and immediately following the abysmal gauntlet of 2016’s gritty comic reboots – who would have thought that the definitive movie about Gotham’s caped crusader would come from the folks behind The Lego Movie?

 

The super cool Batman (Will Arnett) has saved Gotham yet again from the villainy of the Joker (Zach Galifianakis),...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 2:08pm

For the first time ever, Parramatta's Riverside Theatres will be the location for this weekend's national touring Flickerfest film festival.

 

Riversie will host the Best of Australian and Best of International short film programmes, handpicked from the 2,400 entries for Flickerfest 2017.

 

Flims being showcased in the Best of International section include Battalion...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 1:34pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This kind of release schedule is every studio executive's wet dream: franchise, franchise, franchise.

 

If you're of the family persuasion, there are a number of decent options for you and your tiny stank people to indulge in at the cinema. Some of them, however, aren't kid-...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 1:29pm

0.5 STARS

 

Do you remember the marketing conceit that the video game Team Fortress 2 introduced, where you could buy skins for your characters? That’s Power Rangers in a nutshell: seeing it at a cinema is like paying $20 for a new skin over Michael Bay’s Transformers.

 

When a group of five misfit teenagers stumble on the wreckage of an alien spacecraft in a gold...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 1:05pm

To celebrate the tenth year of Sydney Film Festival's Official Competition and Sydney Film Prize, the festival will be screening all of its previous competition winners every Tuesday night for ten weeks.

 

The Official Competition is the contest element of the Sydney Film Festival. The major prize (currently $63,000) is awarded to the winning film every year. Now, every Tuesday...

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 12:00am

★★★★★

 

Those revelling in the slow-motion war-porn of Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge should be forced to watch Land Of Mine, Martin Zandvliet’s magnificent, affecting exploration of the scars left by conflict and the complexity beyond the battlefield.

 

It’s May 1945, and World War II is all but over. In Denmark, a group of young German POWs are taken to the coast to...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:28pm

The Big Pineapple film competition is returning for another year, with the goal of facing up to gender disparity within the Australian film industry.

 

Women in Film & Television and For Film's Sake are teaming up for the competition, enacting a "four tick test", in which four of a film's creative team of five (writer, producer, director, cinematographer, lead protagonist)...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 9:57am

★★☆

 

Otto Bloom is an enigma. 

 

Found by a policeman with no ID, no memory and no history of his existence, Otto is studied by neuroscientist Ada without much success, until Otto tells her that he comes from the future. But The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom isn’t a time travel story. Otto hasn’t merely travelled back in time and arrived in our present; he’s...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:23pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Bumper crop this time around, folks, as some locals rough the joint up and a hardline porcine socialist brings her leftist agenda Down Under.

 

There's also the return of an oft-maligned but visually talented Hollywood director, a major award-winner with Aussie faces, an exciting...

Posted 12 Mar 2017 @ 12:42pm

★★☆

 

If you plan on seeing Get Out, the debut feature by noted comedian and television icon Jordan Peele, it’s probably best to skip reading the rest of this review – and, in fact, any reviews of the film full stop. Seriously. By this stage, the lauded socio-political horror/thriller has been hyped within the very inch of its life, and many of its key plot points have already...

Posted 11 Mar 2017 @ 1:35pm

★★★★☆

 

The annals of horror history are littered with antagonists that boast fascinating, distinctive character traits. Freddy Krueger has his glove. Jason has his hockey mask. Romero’s zombies have their shuffle. And yet the antagonist lurking at the heart of André Øvredal’s stunning English language debut, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe is unique precisely because of her anonymity,...

Posted 11 Mar 2017 @ 12:43pm

★★★★

 

Killing Ground, the debut film from writer/director Damien Power, is a horrific Rube Goldberg machine, a complicated series of chance encounters and violent clashes that builds up to a searing, blood-soaked finale. In that way, the destination won’t be much of a surprise – given the “perfect young couple head into the outback” setup, it’s not a question of if things are...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 3:29pm

The Australian film industry has had a history of overachieving with genre film, but our most distinctive stories are buried behind mainstream tastes - and the filmmakers are suffering, reports JOSEPH EARP.

 

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"I think people and audiences, potential audiences, have to be warned about it." – David Stratton on Wolf Creek

 

It was mid-2013, and...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:41pm

★★★★ 

 

"I'm pregnant." Spoken under darkening skies, they're two simple words that can fill a room, make your heart swell and, in the case of Loving, become the catalyst to a decade of emotional and physical upheaval.

 

Based on a true story, Loving is set in 1950s country Virginia. It's a time when ‘whites’ and ‘coloureds’ live harmoniously together, but the...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a big week for us - two Aussie releases, another US blockbuster filmed on our turf, an Iranian award-winner and a Japanese box office smash!

 

There's also ...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:21pm

★★★★

 

Brace yourselves for monkey madness, folks – the big guy is back, and not for the last time. Now boasting more bulk than ever before, Kong undergoes a Dredd-style transformation in the brashest, ballsiest blockbuster of the summer.

 

Biologist Bill Randa (John Goodman) is convinced of the scientific value of a near inaccessible and wholly uncharted island in...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:55pm

Talk to any Australian between the ages of 20 and 80 about movie critics, and without fail, two names pop up: Margaret and David, the beloved duo who fought over films for 30 years on screens around the country.

 

At The Movies gracefully retired in 2014, but true passion never subsides – and cinema is unquestionably David Stratton’s greatest passion, given that it has consumed...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Naturally, I must make some comment on the absurdly expensive spectacle that is the Oscars, but we must also pay tribute to the late, great Bill Paxton.

 

Bill was unstoppable, a product of trashy genre output that managed to get his mug onto award-winning fare, to which he...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 2:21pm

★★★★

 

Softly spoken and frequently auspicious (given our present global circumstances), Alone In Berlin is a quiet cat-and-mouse thriller that paints a moving portrait of the small acts of heroism that shake the foundations of fascism.

 

Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna Quangel (Emma Thompson) live simple, blue-collar lives in Berlin, 1940. Somewhat reluctantly,...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 12:13pm

 

The impact of Marvel Studios’ extended universe-building has increasingly become one to be measured in economic rather than critical success. 

 

Marvel isn’t making movies for the sake of making movies any more – it is propping up an empire, and its “one for the widest possible audience, one for the critics” approach has become strikingly dull.

 

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Posted 26 Feb 2017 @ 12:00am

★★★

 

Adapted from a successful book and play, Jasper Jones is a well-crafted, timely treatise on small-town prejudice and its macrocosmic implications that quickly falls victim to the ‘Australian film’ genre.

 

The bookish Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) lives an unassuming life as an only child in the rural town of Corrigin, Western Australia. His life is turned...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:16pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we journey back in time to a world where heroine addicts were revolutionaries, Japanese schoolgirls were terrifying, and Ice Cube still had relevance.

 

As usual, on quieter release weeks, I'll put you on to a show that's been keeping me entertained and distracted from...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 10:15am

★★★☆

 

“Nostalgia – that’s what you’re here for,” says Sick Boy. “You’re a tourist in your own youth.” As are we, drawn back into the struggles of Danny Boyle’s skagboys 20 years on, visiting old friends we’re astonished to find still alive.

 

We’re not the only ones – Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a tourist now, too, having “chosen life” and whisked off to...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 1:56pm

Ahead of the final month of its 2016/17 season, Moonlight Cinema has announced what films you'll be watching under the stars in March. 

 

A unique cinematic experience, Moonlight Cinema allows moviegoers the chance to watch films, new and old, in the fresh Sydney air. 
 
On the program is a lineup of new releases, Australian premieres and a weekly classic for...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 1:54pm

This Monday night, Event Cinemas George Street will allow you to not only watch the new film Jasper Jones, but also meet its stars.

 

Young actors Angourie Rice and Aaron McGrath will be joining Hugo Weaving as they present a special screening of the film Jasper Jones.
 
Based on the best-selling novel by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is set to be an Australian classic....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:23pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).

 

Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:08pm

★★★★☆ 

 

Hidden Figures is classic Oscar-bait – based on a true story, loaded with exposition and emotional shouting, and led by an award-winning cast. And though it may come as a surprise, it’s also one of the most affecting and enjoyable films of the summer.

 

Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson) has always been the smartest person in any given room, owing to her...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 12:05pm

Over 24 years, Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival has not only showcased some of the best and brightest LGBTQI cinema from home and abroad, it has also helped launch the careers of many emerging filmmakers and encouraged a diverse audience base that is...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 3:32pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Oscar season is in full swing - I hope you've tuned your heart strings, 'cause they're about to get a hecka workout.

 

This week, Denzel directs a heavy-hitter, two tales aim straight for the tear ducts, fathers tussle with sons and one ditzy lass fails to notice the key...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 11:46am

★★★☆ 

 

A Street Cat Named Bob is the heart-warming and feel-good true story about a young and homeless recovering drug addict living in London with his cat. 

 

James Bowen (played here by the occasionally whiny Luke Treadaway) is down on his luck, busking in Covent Garden and living in public housing until a chance meeting with a ginger tomcat changes his life. The...

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