Tag Archive: film reviews

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.

Review – Amour

Making the commitment to spend the rest of your life with someone, through sickness or health in marriage, is one of the oldest traditions in the union between two people. The tale of… Continue reading

Review – The Last Stand

There is a moment in ‘The Last Stand’ where the film’s villain is about to initiate part of his evil scheme and someone asks “what’s that?” He replies with flamboyant delivery “EXCITEMENT!” If… Continue reading

Review – Beautiful Creatures

Double, double YOLO and LOL; fire burn, and teenage sexual desires bubble. Welcome to the world of ‘Beautiful Creatures’, a film that’s fighting so hard against its mystical lore that the word “witch”… Continue reading

Review – Flight

A pilot who is an alcoholic, a cancer patient and a drug addict recovering from a heroin overdose meet in a stairwell. It sounds like the beginning of a lurid joke but this… Continue reading

Review – Silver Linings Playbook

Writer and director David O. Russell indulges his broken characters in a world of crazy as a way of coping with a harsh reality in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Russell goes beyond the woes… Continue reading

Review – Lincoln

In ‘Lincoln’ filmmaker Steven Spielberg takes a peephole approach to the life of one of the greatest American Presidents, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis).