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Emily

Saturday, January 21st, 2023 Film Reviews,

Emily Brontë remains one of the most mysterious figures in world literature. When she died at the age of 30 in 1848, she had written one novel and a sheaf of poems. The poems were immediately acclaimed for their “genius” but are little read today. The novel, Wuthering Heights, is a classic for the ages, […]

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Avatar: The Way of Water

Thursday, December 15th, 2022 Film Reviews,

We are told “the Way of Water has no beginning and no end,” which sounds like a perfect description of James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel. Anyone who hasn’t seen the original Avatar of 2009, or like me, has forgotten most of it, will get the disconcerting feeling of having entered the film at the half-way […]

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Friday, November 18th, 2022 Film Reviews,

A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for Hollywood to produce a superhero film in which all the lead characters were black African women. Even less likely was that the United States would play the role of the villain – an irresponsible superpower that can’t be trusted to preserve world peace. Welcome to 2022, […]

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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Friday, October 28th, 2022 Film Reviews,

One wonders what the late Jean-Luc Godard would have made of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. When the famous avant-garde director died last month, the tributes were predictably fulsome, but I can’t believe anyone actually enjoyed sitting through anything Godard made after about 1965. For the vast majority of people there is only one reason […]

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Don’t Worry Darling

Friday, September 30th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Don’t worry darling, you can look it up when you get home. This is the best advice I can offer to those who walk out of Olivia Wilde’s much-discussed movie, wondering what on earth it was all about. No film this year has been more thoroughly picked over by the gossip columnists, following reports of […]

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Three Thousand Years of Longing

Friday, September 9th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It’s widely believed the genie in a bottle who grants three wishes to the one who sets him free is a story from The Arabian Nights. In fact, nobody quite knows how this classic tale originated. There’s an element of The Arabian Nights, which was first translated into English in the early 18th century, along […]

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Jurassic World Dominion

Friday, June 17th, 2022 Film Reviews,

If Top Gun: Maverick took formula film-making into the stratosphere, Jurassic World Dominion has returned it to the primordial swamp. Whatever the shortcomings of the previous installment in this seemingly endless series, it feels like a classic alongside this new effort. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Spanish director, J.A.Bayona managed a few clever twists […]

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Friday, May 6th, 2022 Film Reviews,

For a long time the Marvel Cinematic Universe has resembled a global mystery cult that inspires fierce devotion among its acolytes and leaves outsiders bamboozled. While I was watching Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, trying to make sense of the kaleidoscopic swirl of images being thrown onto the screen, the person sitting next […]

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Spencer

Friday, January 28th, 2022 Film Reviews,

When a movie begins with the words “based on a true story”, it’s usually a coded warning that what you are about to see is fantasy. The disclaimer bestows an appealing suggestion of reality while allowing the filmmakers to let their imaginations run wild. So when Pablo Larraín begins his bio-pic about Princess Diana with […]

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Antlers

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 Film Reviews,

After months at home sampling streaming menus Australia is ready to go back to the movies. In November the floodgates will open with the Sydney Film Festival, the Italian Film Festival and the British Film Festival. The most high-profile new releases will include the long-delayed James Bond flick, No Time to Die; the latest superhero […]