Film Review: Handsome Devil (Ireland, 2016) is a pleasant but predictable coming of age story

Handsome Devil is cut from the same cloth as Sing Street and Dead Poet’s Society, but it also leaves a few things deliberately ambiguous. This is a pleasant, coming-of-age tale set in a private, all-boys boarding school in Ireland. The story ends on an encouraging and positive note where you should be yourself because it reminds us that “No one else can be you”.... Continue Reading

Photo Gallery: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella walk the black carpet for the Sydney premiere of The Mummy

Hollywood came to Sydney last night as the stars of Universal’s The Mummy held its Australian premiere at the iconic State Theatre. Stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis were joined by director Alex Kurtzman as they told the attending audience they “hoped the movie scared the shit out of them”. You’ll find out closer to the June 8th release date whether they were successful or not in doing so, but in the meantime enjoy these black carpet photos from our photographer Nathan Atkins:... Continue Reading

Film Review: Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (USA, 2017) is like a conga dance, blurring the lines between friendships & manipulation

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a light comedy film about a human of New York. But he’s not just any human. The eponymous Norman is a wheeler/dealer and the undisputed king of networking. The film is what you’d get if The Ides of March were directed by Woody Allen because it’s a complex, Jewish political story where not all is as it seems.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Netflix’s War Machine (MA15+) (USA, 2017) is an enjoyable satirical war drama in the vein of The Big Short

With the release 2015’s Beasts of No Nation, the streaming giant Netflix began producing their own Netflix Original movies and to this day their library of original content starring high profile actors and actresses continues to grow. Now we see the release of Netflix’s biggest original movie to date, War Machine. Written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), War Machine is a satirical war drama that acts as a fictionalised adaptation of the non-fiction book The Operators written by journalist Michael Hastings in 2012.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Haus of Pain (USA, 2017) is an amusing, heartfelt love letter to wrestling and chasing your dream

Do you ever sit back and take stock of your life, and wonder how things might have been if you followed another path? A path you were so adamant you’d pursue at some point? This is the premise for Rooster Teeth’s newest documentary Haus of Pain which sees James Willems of the popular YouTube channel Funhaus, attempt to see what life would have been like had he followed his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Continue reading Film Review: Haus of Pain (USA, 2017) is an amusing, heartfelt love letter to wrestling and chasing your dream

Win a double pass to see Wilson at the Palace Nova Cinemas in Adelaide

One film we’re particularly excited about here at The Iris is Wilson, a new comedy staring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Judy Greer which hits select cinemas on Thursday, May 25th. The film chronicles the life of a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man (Harrelson), as he reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Neruda (Chile, 2016) is a complex bio-pic that leaves you questioning what is truth and fantasy

Neruda is a film that truly embodies its subject matter. But this proves to be one double-edged sword because it is also to its betterment and detriment. This bio-pic about the eponymous, beloved Chilean poet uses the lyrical qualities the writer employed to bend the narrative in so many ways that the result is virtually imperceptible.... Continue Reading

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