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Film Review: Mary Magdalene (UK, 2018) does little to cement itself as a worthy biblical epic

Mary Magdalene extends the long list of biblical film adaptations, and with it, brings a competent yet flawed look at one of the most scrutinised and controversial figures surrounding the life of Jesus Christ. While Mary Magdalene brings some refreshing aspects to the table, it also becomes the victim of its own ambition, sacrificing any deep character development in order to focus on the misunderstood relationship between Mary and Jesus.... Continue Reading

Film Review: A Ghost Story (USA, 2017)

David Lowery is a filmmaker whose work I have enjoyed due to thenrestrained approach to his direction, his way of humanizing his characters and his sincere, honest approach to storytelling. Whether it be a small-scale story like Ain’t Them Bodies Saints or a commercial film like the recent Pete’s Dragon, his directorial and screenwriting touch is always apparent.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Una (UK/USA, 2016) is a gripping abuse drama that thrives through unhesitating commitment

It would have been too easy for a film like Una to result in something unreservedly perfunctory. The fable of the abuse victim confronting her perpetrator has been depicted more than one would wish to count, and the argument can be made that a fair share wishes to portray the subject matter no more than on face value. But whereas for Una, the subject matter goes dramatically deeper in a fashion that is so confronting and so quietly intense, it is difficult to not be magnetised by the results. Headlined by a pair of performers unwaveringly basking in the taboo nature of the source material, Una expertly explores what it means to have power, the stature of sexuality and the unreachability of peace. It is a spellbinding exhibit of the effects of unjustified interaction and an unflinchingly taut piece of filmmaking that deserves to be seen.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) (USA, 2016) is one of the best films of the year

Laika Studios is an animation studio that is yet to become a household name. I honestly didn’t know them before hearing about their latest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. Though, without knowing it, I had already enjoyed their first studio film, Coraline, immensely. And reading about their other works like The Boxtrolls and Paranorman, only left me more interested in what they had cooked up for their latest film.... Continue Reading