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Posted 8 Mar 2016 @ 1:38pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. March is proving to be a bumper month for silver screen scares, but I'm getting ahead of myself - I'm a little too excited about next week...

 

Back to the matter at hand! An exciting sequel, a...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 1:42pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The Oscars have come and gone, and you may need to duck into the cinema just to escape the braying of Leonardo DiCaprio's fans.

 

Fortunately, there's plenty on offer this week, and the themes run the gamut from homelessness to heists, from...

Posted 1 Mar 2016 @ 1:42pm

★★★☆

 

Maggie Smith: what a woman. At 81, this matriarch of the big screen is not showing any sign of slowing down or settling for sub-par roles. And The Lady In The Van is no exception. It is a brash, witty and exceptionally English look at the life of Miss Shepherd, an elderly lady who squatted in a van in London’s Camden district in the 1970s and ’80s.

 

Based on...

Posted 1 Mar 2016 @ 1:20pm

★★★

 

Gods Of Egypt is possibly the most ridiculous movie I’ve seen in a long time, but goddammit, it’s a fun one. 

 

It’s The Mummy meets every buddy cop film from the ’90s meets Wild Wild West. For example, see the giant mechanical scarabs that never get explained because director Alex Proyas straight up doesn’t give a fuck.

 

Not that the plot...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 2:08pm

If the meeting of Spike Lee and Michael Jackson sounds like your ideal match-up, then get ready to have your day made.

 

Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, a new documentary from Spike Lee, will play as part of an exclusive invitation-only evening designed specifically for fans of the dearly departed pop star.

 

This once-in-a-lifetime...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 11:32am

★★★★

 

To see the world through the eyes of another is surely the core of great storytelling; the sharing of experience is what binds us together as human beings, even when that experience is suffering. Though it’s his first film, László Nemes showcases an unshaken belief that this experience must not simply be distantly related, but lived up close and personal in horrific detail...

Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 2:10pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. February is quite literally going out with many, many bangs - this week, the screens are dominated by action.

 

There's something to appreciate in every one of these epics. Well, except for one of them. So let's just get that out of the way first...

 

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Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 1:32pm

★★★☆

 

It’s an absurd statement to say that Joel and Ethan Coen have set the bar for themselves too high to jump, but it certainly seems the case with Hail, Caesar! – a movie filled with all the trappings of a Coen creation, but one that feels less like the sumptuous meal they normally serve and more like a puffy dessert.

 

In the midst of the 1950s’ “golden age of...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 2:49pm

Watch in awe as Chloe Moretz saves the world. Or, conversely, watch in awe as Gerard Butler saves the world. Or why not go for something a bit different and watch - in awe - as Ryan Reynolds saves the world?

 

Moonlight Cinema has announced its massive March program, a Hollywood-happy set of hits with a few Australian debuts scattered throughout.

 

Many will be...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 1:46pm

Be afraid... be very afraid.

 

Following on from acclaimed events in Melbourne and Adelaide last year, the Horror Movie Campout is finally stabbing and shanking its way over to Sydney. A fully immersive horror event, the mini-festival of all things ghoulish will feature DJ sets, a performance by rock'n'roll outfit The Lazys, and the screening of two horror films picked in advance...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:44pm

Now's your chance to get intimate with Madonna, cosy up to ABBA and find some time for Tina Arena.

 

As part of its 2016 program, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has announced a bumper crop of Harbourside events. There will be a screening of Madonna's classic documentary In Bed With Madonna, a singalong showing of Mamma Mia! and a very special performance from the one and...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 1:30pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a real serious week, you guys, with three more Oscar contenders just in case you weren't already sick of them.

 

Then again, this week is post-Deadpool, so maybe we needed a jolt of something serious to bring us back to reality. Or not, if the...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:21am

Given his massive workload, perhaps it’s in bad taste to talk to the director of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Paul Struthers, about Sydney’s recent good weather.

 

“I haven’t had much chance to see the sun,” he says with a laugh. “It’s been a bit hectic because the festival starts [soon]. The program’s a lot bigger, which means a lot more pushing of individual films. But [it’s]...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 6:00am

In news that's not going to get anyone 'mad' (heh heh), Tropfest has revealed it has recruited a home-grown Aussie legend to serve on the judging panel this Sunday.

 

Fans of Australian cinema rejoice: Mad Max star and bona fide living legend Mel Gibson has been announced as a judge for this Sunday's Tropfest short film festival.

 

The addition of one of our best...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 2:09pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Alas, there's only three big Western releases hitting our screens, but with superheroes, supermodels and Saoirse Ronan on offer, there's plenty to enjoy.

 

To fill out the ranks, there's always Bollywood - this time cribbing off a Western classic - and a local favourite whose...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 12:28pm

★★★★☆

 

Brooklyn is a familiar immigrant story, one that many families will know versions of as their own – but its sense of nostalgia is deftly offset with humour, charm and emotional intelligence. 

 

Set between the small Irish town of Enniscorthy and New York, it follows a young woman, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), as she goes “away to America”. Once there, she...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:53pm

With its healthy mix of the mainstream and the unforgivably odd, the 27th incarnation of the festival is shaping up nicely. Zoot alors!

 

The 27th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival has just unveiled its jam-packed 2016 lineup. Diversity is the key to the program this time around, and films have been plucked from just about every concievable genre.

 

Highlights...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 3:09pm

Welcome to the BRAG’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. If you're an Apple devotee (ugh), you'll be happy to know your lord and saviour is back on the silver screen.

 

For the rest of us (i.e. Macbook owners who don't bang on about it), there's plenty of drama and romance to get us through the week. And it's almost the end of Oscar...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 11:43am

★★☆

 

Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel Room has the kind of premise that comes as a gift to filmmakers, so this film adaptation from Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) carries with it a lot of promise. 

 

The story of a young woman, Joy (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who together break free from years of captivity in a suburban basement, has two rich...

Posted 27 Jan 2016 @ 12:51pm

Welcome to the BRAG’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. And I'll be honest with you, dear readers: it's slower than your mate on the Mary J.

 

Fortunately, the enterprising chaps at some of our nation's biggest cinema chains have tapped into the rich oil vein that is Indian cinema, so I've...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 4:13pm

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight carries a couple of clues about itself in name alone.

 

It’s the eighth film from the one-time cult director, set in a comparable post-Civil War universe to its predecessor, Django Unchained. It’s also one of Tarantino’s most violent films yet. Kurt Russell, a Tarantino veteran from 2007’s Death Proof, acknowledges that in a time when America...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 12:28pm

The next run of Moonlight Cinema screenings tie in nicely to the Oscar furore, so you can sit there cheering for Team Leo or Team Fassbender, as is your wont.

 

The focus of the February lineup is very much on Oscar-bait, so you'll be able to watch Michael Fassbender growl and grump his way through Steve Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio fight off a bear in The Revenant, and Saoirse Ronan...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 2:32pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's been a brutal week for the arts with the dual loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and we're all searching for distractions.

 

Fortunately a...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 1:21pm

 

The era of the young adult has hit Hollywood with a vengeance, and if it’s turned pages at bookstores, you can guarantee it’s had producers flicking through their chequebooks.

 

It hasn’t had them engaging in any kind of quality control, however, which is why The 5th Wave is 2016’s first contender for the wooden spoon award.

 

Aliens have arrived,...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 12:39pm

★★★★

 

Spotlight is a biodrama that chronicles the The Boston Globe’s investigation into the cover-up of child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church in the early 2000s. Though ‘journodramas’ aren’t very common these days, Spotlight hits every mark and proves that the potential of the genre remains underutilised, not undiminished.

 

A large part of this is due to the...

Posted 18 Jan 2016 @ 7:02pm

Rather than an Oscar, which can be the kiss of death for a career – Tom Hulce, anyone? – winning Flickerfest opens a great many doors.

 

Flickerfest has announced the winners of its 25th festival, with prizes going to Balcony, an English short from director Toby Fell-Holden and Australia's Slingshot, directed by David Hansen. A Tale Of Love, Madness And Death, a Chilean...

Posted 18 Jan 2016 @ 11:01am

★★★★☆

 

Jazz drummer and composer Antonio Sánchez first met the lauded film director Alejandro González Iñárritu at an afterparty following a marathon concert event. Sánchez didn’t know it at the time, but that meeting was a fortuitous foundation for his Sydney Festival performance tonight: a two-hour tour de force of improvised drumming, played in conjunction with a screening of...

Posted 15 Jan 2016 @ 1:04pm

It's time to roll out the rainbow carpet again, as Sydney is gearing up for the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival.

 

Queer Screen has revealed its much-anticipated program for its 2016 event. And the news is good. There will be a raft of Australian premieres, award winners and an Oscar contender will be lighting up this year's silver screen.

 

Seven Aussie premieres...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 2:04pm

Celebrating the completion of its 25th edition, Bondi's Flickerfest short film festival will host an exclusive red carpet awards ceremony and afterparty on its closing night. 

 

Featuring a selection of screenings of the award-winning films that will be chosen from the 53...

Posted 12 Jan 2016 @ 3:28pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Normally, we pick five, but I've missed you guys, so I'm throwing in a bonus. Happy New Year!

 

Two of them may have been spoiled by your friends already, so there's no time to waste! Hop on your segue or hoverboard (if it hasn't already...

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