Review – The Place Beyond the Pines

Robbing banks, crooked cops and politics don’t really factor into the any parental mantra, but co-writer/director Derek Cianfrance squeezes it into his guide to fatherhood in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ that, unfortunately,… Continue reading

Review – Iron Man 3

Clothes make the man, but does the armour make the Iron Man? Rather than lift Tony Stark/Iron Man’s stakes on the mythic superhuman scale, writer/director Shane Black strips back the character in ‘Iron… Continue reading

Review – Oblivion

High above the scorched landscape of planet Earth that has been destroyed by alien invaders called ‘Scavs’ there sits a flash living space featuring a large glass-bottom pool where the film’s characters frolic.… Continue reading

Review – Saving General Yang

After a seven year absence the director of ‘Freddy versus Jason’, ‘Bride of Chucky’ and ‘Warriors of Virtue’ (yes, the Kung-Fu kangaroo film), Ronnie Yu is back … and as mediocre as ever… Continue reading

Review – Trance

Amnesia, long lost lovers, slimy villains; sounds like a soap opera but it’s all packed into ‘Trance’, the new film from filmmaker Danny Boyle. While Boyle’s frenetic direction excels, the film is always… Continue reading

Review – Warm Bodies

‘Warm Bodies’ constructs the Frankenstein like zom-rom-com that isn’t as grotesque as the idea sounds. It’s humorous, sweet and has unexpected depth that superbly elevates it well above the genre bending gimmick it… Continue reading

Review – Sound City

For those about to rock, we salute you. ‘Sound City’ is a fond acknowledgement of a special time when a studio produced several albums that signaled key moments in music history. It’s indulgent… Continue reading

Review – G.I. Joe: Retaliation

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ is one of the most despicable displays in the collision between consumerism and filmmaking. Yes, the film is based on the toy company Hasbro’s stable of action figures so it… Continue reading

Review – Rust and Bone

The deadbeat dad storyline is a familiar one in cinema but it has never been done with a combination of killer whales, Katy Perry music and mixed martial arts (MMA) before. If it… Continue reading

Review – A Good Day to Die Hard

A bad omen at the start of any film is when main plot details are dropped by a news report and in the opening seconds of ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ there’s… Continue reading

Review – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The world of Las Vegas magicians is ripe for parody but ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ feels like a joke that has been waiting to be told since the 1980s and they’ve mangled the… Continue reading

Review – I Give it a Year

‘I Give it a Year’ is so obsessed with how clever it thinks it is that it completely sinks the romantic comedy pirate ship it sets forth to be. Nat (Rose Byrne) and… Continue reading

Review – Oz the Great and Powerful

In the ‘Wizard of Oz’, the Land of Oz was the perfect embodiment of the optimism and fear transferred over from Dorothy’s (Judy Garland) life in Kansas. Her protectors on the farm became… Continue reading

Review – Save Your Legs

A cricket tournament in India provides the path to enlightenment for a group of thirty-something men stuck in an adolescent mindset in the charismatic new Australian film ‘Save Your Legs’.

Review – Side Effects

The murder mystery has been given a stylish medical makeover by director Steven Soderbergh in ‘Side Effects’. It’s Roman Polanski’s ‘Chinatown’ with a prescription in hand.