Review Licorice Pizza

Review: “Licorice Pizza”

Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza" embraces the romance of being disconnected, of finding out who you are by pretending who you think you should be, and getting in trouble. It's a film that tries to capture the sun-drenched, locomotive...
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Review: “West Side Story”

Rapturously entertaining, moving, exhibiting an intoxicating flow, and a sense of staging that defies the near-impossible task of recreating the immediacy of this hallowed stage text; Steven Spielberg's first musical "West Side Story" exhibits effortlessness. So one may be...
Review King Richard

Review: “King Richard”

"King Richard" is a strange and conflicting beast. It's a film that finds a language to render powerful compositions of courts as colosseums of unfathomable expectations. It's also an incredibly patronising, mischaracterised portrait of its subject and...
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Review: “Drive My Car”

To do justice to talking about this undeniable masterpiece, there are some minor spoilers of events depicted in the early stages of the film contained within this review. From a glacial perch of an expansive windowed Tokyo condo, a couple...
Review The Harder They Fall

Review: “The Harder They Fall”

Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors are dripping with swag and swagger in the same western? Sign me up for "The Harder They Fall" - a stylish, hip hop infused, revisionist yet classical collision course...
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Review: “Finch”

"Finch" is a tale of survival in a hostile post-apocalyptic vision of Earth, lashed by the searing by a solar flare that has irrevocably altered the climate and decimated modern technology. It's here that director Miguel Sapochnik and writers...
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Review: “Eternals”

Academy Award Winner Chloe Zhao's "Eternals" is not good, but unlike the slew of increasingly tiring and formulaic Marvel fare there are some bright spots. The film follows immortal characters entrusted with guarding humanity against 'Deviants' for seven millenia, and...
Review Red Notice

Review: “Red Notice”

In the opening credits of "Red Notice," we see a 3D printed fabrication of an artefact foreshadowing that the latest collaboration between filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber and Dwayne Johnson is nothing but the most egregious attempted forgery. Master thief...
Review Army Of Thieves

Review: “Army of Thieves”

"Army of Thieves" is a heist movie fantasy that both asks and answers the question of what if a one-note character from the zombie movie you enjoyed got a two-hour origin story that features no armies and a crew...
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Review: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" is a deplorable act of IP coercion and grave robbery that is as boring as it is vindictive. The convoluted plot sees NBA superstar LeBron James lured into a terrible pitch meeting at Warner...
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Review: “No Sudden Move”

Director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon's "No Sudden Move" is heist-movie chess, a game in which the pieces on the board are compelled to break the rules. Three men are recruited for a simple job. They are to babysit...
Review Pig

Review: “Pig”

Quiet yet stirring, seething and yet steady - "Pig" is the unlikely fusion of incongruous ingredients. It's equal parts the nihilism of "First Reformed," the clear-eyed justice-seeking of "John Wick," and the buffet of grief and cuisine of Jonathan...
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Review: “Army of the Dead”

Zack Snyder's "Army of Dead" begins with almost unparalleled ferocity and style. A military convoy is driving through the Nevada desert. Breathtakingly picturesque against the magic hour sunset, a sudden and explosive fellatio-related head-on collision results in a...
Review The Mitchells Vs The Machines

Review: “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines”

"The Mitchells Vs. The Machines" is a glorious and heartfelt story of the unlikely family pitted against a phone update turned Skynet-style AI. Writer/directors Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe ("Gravity Falls") have answered one of the greatest hypotheticals:...
Review Wrath Of Man

Review: “Wrath of Man”

Guy Ritchie's "Wrath of Man" is the movie "Den of Thieves" wishes it was. An armoured car is incapacitated, invaded, and the drivers and an innocent bystander are killed. Some months later, the mysterious Patrick Hill or "H" (Jason...
Review Without Remorse

Review: “Without Remorse”

"Tom Clancy's Without Remorse" is a brutal, espionage actioner that side-steps the world-policing impulses of the source material with the help of phenomenal casting and some taut and dynamic action direction from Stefano Sollima. Navy SEAL John Kelly (Michael...
Review Judas And The Black Messiah

Review: “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Director and co-writer Shaka King's "Judas and the Black Messiah" is an explosive, rightly revisionist account of Bill O'Neal's (LaKeith Stanfield) FBI backed infiltration into Black Panther Party and his role in the devastating demise of Chairman Fred Hampton...
Review Boss Level

Review: “Boss Level”

"Boss Level" bears no resemblance to that absolute mother of a final stage that inspired its name. It's "The Grey" and "Narc" director Joe Carnahan's most recent effort and the latest in a long line of time-loop movies. "Boss...
Review Raya And The Last Dragon

Review: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Disney Animation's latest feature, "Raya and the Last Dragon," is so affecting and candid about failure, selfishness, and the faith required for second chances that you could be forgiven for forgetting that it's an animated movie for kids about...
Review One Night In Miami

Review: “One Night In Miami”

"One Night in Miami" is a poetic, hypothetical reimagining of an evening with four of the most influential Black men in America at a specific time - Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie...
Review The Midnight Sky

Review: “The Midnight Sky”

George Clooney's "The Midnight Sky," like "Monuments Men" before it - chokes on a combination concept and a casting slam dunk. In 2049 the Earth is being enveloped by suffocating radiation. Space expeditions have desperately tried to find a...
Review Nomadland

Review: “Nomadland”

"Nomadland" is astounding. At its epicentre is an utterly transfixing and emotionally captivating performance from the legendary Frances McDormand. Chloe Zhao ("The Rider"), adapting the screenplay from Jessica Bruder's novel, directs this desolate impression of American life; an abandoned...
Review Soul

Review: Pixar’s “Soul”

"Soul", Pixar's latest wonder, has the ambition to explore questions foundational to our humanity and infuse that with the inspiration and resonance of humanity's most universal art, music. Joe (Foxx) has been a part-time musician teacher for his adult...

Review: “David Byrne’s American Utopia”

"David Byrne's American Utopia" is a soul-enriching experience, closing the impossible distance between the filmed stage and the viewer. This captures a live and urgent performance from the Broadway stage modified with additional tracks that frame the enduring legacy...
Review The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Review: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

A common criticism of Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut "Molly's Game" was that it squandered the cinematic potential of its material. Sorkin has always been known as a master writer and both "The Social Network" and "Steve Jobs" most significantly...

Review: “On The Rocks”

Sofia Coppola's "On The Rocks" is a cathartic diary about the impacts of fathers on daughters. It's beautiful, affecting, magical and makes me well up many weeks after watching. Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans play a happily married couple with...
Review Im Thinking Of Ending Things

Review: “I’m Thinking Of Ending Things”

Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" is simultaneously specific and profoundly universal; a beguiling dissection of relationships and family in time. The set-up is simple. A young woman (Jessie Buckley) begrudgingly agrees to take a long road trip...
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Review: “Bill & Ted Face the Music”

"Bill & Ted Face the Music" is like a gift in a dream. You're visiting old friends, familiar gags, and an aged brand of whimsy gives you a microdose of nostalgia that doesn't make you choke. When it ends,...
Review Tenet

Review: “Tenet”

"Tenet" is the post-"Prestige" era Christopher Nolan formula distilled down to its purest essence to date - both for better and worse. Starting in media res and not just demanding but requiring multiple viewings, here we have yet...
Review Dirt Music

Review: “Dirt Music”

"Dirt Music" is a movie with longing, the small town entanglements and even a poster that stirred up a frightening epiphany. Is Australia's most lauded modern author Tim Winton - whose novel the film is based on -...

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