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Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 11:35am

★★

 

Never say die, because zombies seem to have long shuffle lives these days.

 

Resident Evil and its illustrious string of films return to grace us with an apparent final instalment, The Final Chapter. Directed and written by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich as its iconic femme fatale battling the Umbrella Corporation, the film follows humanity’s...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 11:09am

★★★

 

Ben Affleck has proven himself to be a talented director in recent years with films such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo all enjoying critical acclaim. Unfortunately, Live By Night is unlikely to add to his list of directorial successes.

 

The film opens with the introduction of Joe Coughlin (Affleck). Disenchanted after WWI, he has no interest in taking...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

Jackie Kennedy is stalking the White House like a ghost.

 

She is wiping her husband’s blood off her face, sobbing into a mirror. She and John are disembarking from a plane, the cries of the crowd are as soft and lulling as the sound of the sea. She is black-veiled and bitter, marching down a street seen around the world; face cast in iron. She is holding together John’s blown-...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:50am

This year's Tropfest is almost upon us, and the finalists have now been revealed.

 

The 16 finalists were chosen from a selection of several hundred entries, and will have their films showed at the gala event on Saturday February 11.

 

The return edition of Tropfest will be held at its new location of Parramatta Park.

 

The finalists are:

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Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 9:28am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a goddamn glorious week, you guys. Look at this friggin' lineup!

 

The two most critically acclaimed flicks of the week are African-American stories with majority black casts; Batfleck has freed himself (momentarily) from the Justice League; a long-lost pariah returns with...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 12:02pm

★★★

 

The great Martin Scorsese’s first feature since The Wolf Of Wall Street could not be more of a departure, except in its comparably intimidating length. But the director fails to stick to his titular focus in a disappointing denouement that makes the preceding hours feel laboured and dogmatic.

 

Two Portuguese priests, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:41pm

Event Cinemas George St kicks off its new season of In The House cult classics on Friday February 3.

 

Cult cinema cures every single ailment known to humankind.

 

Seriously though. The medicinal effects of genre film might not yet be properly understood, but all who have dedicated themselves to the art form...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:46pm

The outdoor cinema will host a range of new and old movies throughout the month.

 

Moonlight Cinema is occupying the Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park until Sunday April 2, so there are still a few months left to have a picnic and see a movie under the stars.

 

In February, Moonlight will be screening exciting new releases like Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:46am

You’d be forgiven for expecting Lion to be another foreign film drama with a predictable slumdog-rises-on-high plotline.

 

Yet despite the ideas planted by its preceding visuals, Lion is actually the incredible autobiographical adventure of Saroo Brierley.

 

At five years old, Brierley found himself lost at a train station in India. He fell asleep on a train and...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 4:54pm

Reviewed at Dendy Newtown, Thursday November 24 – Sunday December 4

 

For the tenth year running, an unseasonal darkness descended over Dendy Newtown in November, and in that darkness what horrors dwelt. The annual A Night Of Horror/Fantastic Planet Festival once again offered indie genre filmmakers an opportunity to mingle with their more macabre colleagues, and a rare union of...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 4:37pm

★★☆

 

On paper, Jackie seems to have made all the right choices as a work of biographical drama. 

 

It’s an impressionistic snapshot of a historical figure at a key moment in her life rather than a straightforward biopic, attempting to convey a sense of her fraught subjectivity rather than prosaically illustrating the history surrounding her. Its director is Pablo...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 12:35pm

Welcome to the first of 2017's weekly rundowns on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's good to be back! Two films premiere this week, but I wouldn't dare omit my opinions on those that slipped under the holiday radar.

 

Four major studio features and one exciting new indie flick grace the page today, along with a genuine plea to avoid one of the big...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:04pm

This year's Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival is set to be bigger, brighter, bolder and more inclusive than ever with all-star casts and films that showcase the full spectrum of queer life. 

 

Featuring a world premiere, four international premieres, a massive 31 Aussie premieres and Moonlight (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama), the 2017 program features films covering ...

Posted 28 Dec 2016 @ 3:28pm

“I love deadlines,” author Douglas Adams once said.

 

“I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.” If there’s anyone who has become acquainted with the peculiar noise made by missed targets, it’s Justin Kurzel, the South Australian director in charge of wrangling the Hollywood monster known as Assassin’s Creed.

 

“I only finished [the film] last week, so it...

Posted 28 Dec 2016 @ 3:25pm

For the 26th year running, the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival will once again take over Bondi Pavilion in January to bring Sydney the best of the brief, screening short films under the stars.

 

It’s an exciting time for Bronwyn Kidd, with the
 2017 iteration marking one year shy of her 20th anniversary as director and 15 years since Flickerfest picked up Academy...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:24am

One of Sydney's favourite short film festivals is set to return to Bondi Pavilion next year for ten nights of homegrown and international cinematic awesomeness.

 

The 2017 program features categories including the Best Of Australian and International, Best Of Documentary, Windows On Europe, Love Bites, Short Laughs Comedy, Green Flicks and a selection of Oscar-winning short films...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 10:05am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. After Disney's surprisingly divisive Star Wars effort (which I dug), the Boxing Day Onslaught has finally arrived: the cinematic equivalent of...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 12:00am

★★

 

French film Rosalie Blum is a new adaptation of the graphic novels of the same name by Camille Jourdy. It’s a quirky dramedy told across three separate parts, taking in the different viewpoints of three separate characters.

 

In act one we are introduced to Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi). He is the king of predictability, a man who lives with his overbearing...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 7:32pm

★★★★☆

 

The overwhelmingly humble Lion is the story of one man’s emotional and inspiring plight to find his natural family after getting lost as a child in Kolkata, 1600 kilometres from his village in India – and what a story it is. 

 

Director Garth Davis opens your eyes to some very raw experiences of longing, sorrow and joy, pinning you down to experience the...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 12:00am

★★★★

 

‘Feel-good’ films slot into their own distinct subgenre nowadays. 

 

The phrase is a marketing tool more than anything, designed in no small part to pigeonhole films that sweep award ceremonies and pack out multiplexes – films concerned with the triumph of the little man and the beating of unbeatable odds.

 

In that way, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 12:00am

★★★★

 

A United Kingdom could be renamed Politics And Prejudice. This film tells the extraordinary true story of when Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), fell in love with and married a determined English woman named Ruth Williams in 1948.

 

The film stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as the two lovers in this biracial...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 3:05pm

The perfect night out/night in is coming to Parramatta Park this summer.

 

For everyone who can't make their mind up about going to the cinemas to catch a new release or staying at home to watch a movie in bed, Mov'In Bed is the solution for you.

 

Throughout March and April 2017, Mov'In Bed will be screening 45 movies at a 150-bed venue in Parramatta Park.

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Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 2:50pm

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music at the State Theatre is turning 16 (going on 17) as it returns to the theatre for another year.

 

It's the State Theatre's longest-running live event and it's returning for two very special shows in February with costume contests and interactive fun packs, hosted by long-time celebrity judge Katrina Retallick.

 

So warm up your voices,...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:00pm

Never fear, North Sydney. There's an outdoor cinema set to open near you this summer. 

 

Watch the stars under the stars on the lush turf of North Sydney Oval with a program packed full of Oscar favourites as well as blockbusters, comedies, chick flicks and a great mix of family friendly releases. 

 

The lineup includes La La Land, Lion, Fences, Jackie, Rogue One: A...

Posted 13 Dec 2016 @ 2:44pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, Disney beats everyone to the punch, with what is shaping up to be the biggest screen event of the year.

 

I, too, intend to punch first by getting a few more of these big ol' Boxing Day launches out of the way. I'm dosing you out another three so that you can still fit...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 1:31pm

★★★☆ 

 

Dancer, the documentary offering by director Steven Cantor, is a gripping insight into the world of breathtaking artistry. The film examines the life of Sergei Polunin, who at age 19 became The Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer. 

 

Cantor’s film leaps and bounds through what is to be found off stage – in the wings, rehearsal spaces and family...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 1:20pm

★☆

 

If a film could be held up by Kate Beckinsale in black leather, and an unapologetic case of hipster balayage, then Underworld: Blood Wars would have had a fighting chance.

 

Unfortunately, most filmgoers these days have a thirst for decent plots, well executed fight scenes and un-clunky dialogue. Bless, Blood Wars is so low on any meaty components, we’re all at...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 5:17pm

Presents and 'family time' can get stuffed: everyone knows the highlight of the festive season is always TV Christmas specials. Especially when it comes to Doctor Who.

 

Festive episodes of Doctor Who are an institution in and of themselves, as integral to the season of goodwill as the Queen's Christmas Day address. This year's instalment is ...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 9:48am

Australia's international short film festival, Flickerfest, returns for its 26th edition to Bondi Beach in January ahead of a national tour.

 

The Australian competition component of the program has now landed, with 60 shorts competing for the prestigious Best Australian Short Film title, accredited by the Academy Awards.

 

Here are five highlights on the Bondi...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:59am

Two filmmakers from the Northern Beaches are embarking on an epic journey to uncover what our seas might look like if the world commits to protecting them - and they need your help.

 

With cameos from a prince, an island chief, a former park ranger and some passionate scientists, it sounds more like something out of a childrens' adventure novel, but it's real and all for a good...

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