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As a lifelong Formula One fan, I am a little ashamed to admit that it took Roger Donaldson’s intimate portrait of the life of Bruce McLaren to expose me to the origins of the name McLaren, one of the Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // McLaren”

THE WEEKLY // Baywatch

When I heard they were making a Baywatch film, I was among the many who cried, “Oh god, no!” When I saw the trailer, I thought, “Hang on a minute …” Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Baywatch”

THE WEEKLY // The Mummy

I had pretty low expectations for The Mummy, so I actually really enjoyed the first half. It was action-packed, had the look and feel of the kind of adventure film I devoured throughout my childhood, and was pretty spooky with Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // The Mummy”

THE WEEKLY // Wonder Woman

The internet’s gone wild. A DC blockbuster with a strong, powerful female protagonist, made by a female director, with a score in the nineties on Rotten Tomatoes … it’s a shame, actually, Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Wonder Woman”

THE WEEKLY // Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Did the world need another Pirates of the Caribbean film? I answer with a resounding NO!

The first few minutes of Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales appears to establish a Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

THE WEEKLY // Alien: Covenant

While really just a Prometheus sequel, we all know in our heart of hearts that had this film been called Prometheus 2 it would’ve got no funding and people would’ve raged hate upon it. So, what does Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Alien: Covenant”

THE WEEKLY // Snatched

With Mother’s Day been and gone, there’s not much left to say about Snatched. Yeah, perhaps it was a good film to take Mum to for a girly night out but now those obligations are over, is there any other point to see it? Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Snatched”

THE WEEKLY // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Remember at the end of Marvel movies right after the credits there’d be an exciting, dramatic 60-second scene, usually featuring a new unexpected character or hinting at a plot twist for a sequel or crossover film? Yeah. Those were Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

SPOTLIGHT // Berlin Syndrome

Cate Shortland, the Australian director of the chillingly captivating Berlin Syndrome, shows us the darker side of one of the key Australian rites of passage – backpacking across Europe. It may well give you cause to reconsider what you plan to do on your gap year. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Berlin Syndrome”


The synopsis for Raw is tame enough: a young girl who has led a sheltered, vegetarian life is thrust into the cruel and seductive world of university hazing.

Justine (Garance Marillier) is off to veterinary college, like her sister before her and her Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Raw”

THE WEEKLY // Colossal

Returning home from an all-night bender, alcoholic Gloria (Anne Hathaway) discovers that her boyfriend has had enough of her and has packed her bags. With nowhere else to go, she essentially squats at her family home in the small town she grew up in. Reconnecting with Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Colossal”


It’s pretty clear from the first five minutes what Life is trying to be, a strange kind of hybrid of Alien and Gravity, with an unhealthy dose of John Carpenters’ The Thing thrown in to liven things up. Continue reading “THE WEEKLY// Life”

THE WEEKLY // Beauty and the Beast

There’s always going to be some trepidation about a new retelling of a

classic story, especially one that turns cartoon into reality. However, never

fear, as Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast beat all my expectations. Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Beauty and the Beast”

SPOTLIGHT // Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones director Rachel Perkins’ engrossing and enthralling adaptation of Craig Silvey’s iconic Australian coming of age novel, takes us back to a time when childhood dreams were all about Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Jasper Jones”

THE WEEKLY // Kong: Skull Island

I’ll be honest, I still get a little kid thrill of excitement at the prospect of a “monster” movie. Films like Jurassic Park and Godzilla take me back to being a kid, when I’d make a cape out of my bed sheets to huddle in as Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Kong: Skull Island”

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