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Film Review: The Bookshop (UK, 2018) will make you want to stay home and read a book instead

May 25, 2018

Isabel Coixet has always been a talented filmmaker, making understated drama films dealing with issues like existentialism and inner turmoil to great aplomb. Although there have been some highs in her filmography like My Life Without Me and The Secret Life of Words (both starring the talented actress/director Sarah Polley), her last few films have signaled a steady decline in quality.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: The Snowman (USA, 2017) is in desperate need of an ice kicking

October 20, 2017

WARNING: May contain excessive amounts of puns.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Transformers: The Last Knight (USA, 2017) is a nonsensical, explosion littered mess

June 21, 2017

It’s gotten to a point now where it doesn’t matter what you think. 2014’s soft reboot Transformers: Age of Extinction was a woeful film, torn apart by critics and made its predecessors look like Citizen Kane in comparison. And yet, it grossed over $1 billion worldwide. It maintains a spot in the top 20 highest grossing films of all time. After four films, I guess you couldn’t blame Michael Bay and Paramount for simply phoning it in for their next sequel. And they did. Oh they so did. In fact they texted it in.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Kung Fu Yoga (China/India, 2017) is a disappointment for Jackie Chan fans

June 19, 2017

Before I get into this review, let’s get this out of the way. Ever since I first saw one of his films on SBS, I’ve been a huge fan of Jackie Chan, due to his incredible dexterity, creative fight choreography, amazing stuntwork and his likable aw-shucks persona.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: My Pet Dinosaur (Australia, 2017) follows a well-trodden path

April 24, 2017

Australia is not widely known for its family fantasy films. But with a plot replicating that age-old story of a boy befriending and protecting a mythical creature from the government, surely this film would fit safely into the same mould, right?... Continue Reading

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Monster Fest Film Review: Dearest Sister (Laos, 2016) has an identity crisis

December 15, 2016

Laos director Mattie Do’s sophomore film Dearest Sister has an identity crisis. It just isn’t sure what story it wants to tell. And its an issue that is never repaired throughout its needless 100 minute running time. ... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Office Christmas Party (USA, 2016) delivers chaos but no comedy

December 11, 2016

Subplots run amok in Office Christmas Party, an overwraught holiday comedy that marks a return to the big screen for directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who are best known for the Will Ferrell and Jon Heder mishap Blades of Glory. Though unlike the 2007 sports comedy, the team’s latest feature doesn’t have the thick frame of oddly-aimed satire to anchor it, instead relying on an overcrowded cast of hit-or-miss comedians who are somehow roped into a script full of bad running jokes and stale archetypes.... Continue Reading

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Monster Fest Film Review: The Greasy Strangler (USA, 2016) is… undeniably original

November 30, 2016

Sometimes when you review movies, you’ll occasionally take something that you had no clue existed, and upon watching it, you’ll only be left with more questions. The Greasy Strangler is one of those movies. It’s the type of film that you tell your friends to watch, if only to have someone to go to therapy with. ... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: Dead 7 (R18+) (USA, 2016) is no Walking Dead – but there are boy bands!

August 10, 2016

Apparently we live in a world where members of boybands decide that writing and starring in a post-apocalyptic zombie filled cowboy shoot-em-up Western is a good idea. Initially when I saw the trailer for this film I had a little optimism that it could be one of those “so bad it’s almost good” type of films. You know the ones, like Sharknado, or Megashark VS Giant Octopus, or Snakes On A Plane. Considering this was a film funded by SyFy it’s easy to have some tentative, positive reservations. But what little hope I had for this film was dashed pretty quickly. Spoilers ahead because it would be impossible to discuss how terribad this film is without giving stuff away.... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: Jeruzalem (Israel, 2015)

February 4, 2016

Another month, another found footage horror film. Well, ostensibly. You see, Jeruzalem approaches the sub-genre with (credit where it’s due) an interesting new take, but still manages to completely cock it up by the end. Which isn’t anything new for these films but seeing the opportunity unfurl and then burn right in front of your eyes is disappointing.... Continue Reading

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