Movie Reviews

Anyone who’s endured the fist-waving ferocity of Perth traffic in the past few years, in which mums make like Vin Diesel just to drive their kids to school, knows the true meaning of the title of this long-running series. Fast & Furious, indeed.

Julianne Moore gives an unforgettable performance of grace and gravitas in an Alzheimer's drama that is affecting mostly for its intense first-person approach to the subject. Almost 350,000 people in Australia live with the degenerative neurological disease.

In a role that has been called "the comeback of the century" (with justification), Michael Keaton plays not one but two characters, a washed-up former star of a blockbuster franchise who's trying to revive his career by putting on a play and his big-screen alter ego, a foul-mouthed, feathered superhero named Birdman.

Musicals don't come any more polished and provocative than Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, a magnificent mash-up of several of our most cherished fairytales refracted through a Freudian looking glass (specifically Bruno Bettelheim's ground- breaking study The Uses of Enchantment).

Reviewing a Paul Fenech film, whether it be Fat Pizza, Housos vs Authority or his latest assault on political correctness, Fat Pizza vs Housos, is a bit like reviewing a wild, raucous, out-of-control circus.

It would be a pleasant surprise and a fitting reward to see the late, great Sopranos star James Gandolfini get a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his superb final performance in The Drop.

Teen literature fans will have been waiting patiently for an adaptation of The Giver, a dystopian futuristic thriller based on Lois Lowry's slim, bestselling 1993 novel that preceded both Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Veronica Roth's Divergent series.

In the frantic lead-up to the climax of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the four superheroes are in a lift, racing to the top of a New York skyscraper.

Imagine, for a moment, how hard life might be for a modern, everyday vampire in 2014.

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