Contrary to the brilliant trailer-cutting department at Warner Bros., It is not a scary movie. What It is, is a young-teens-on-bikes small-town-USA ‘80s-set adventure yarn, like Netflix’s Stranger Things, with which It shares much in common. Stranger Things, as an intellectual exercise, imagines a Stephen King-like story as directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based […]

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Pete Gleeson’s creepy fly-on-the-wall portrait of mining-country Australia (specifically, the area called Goldfields in Western Australia) is an eye-opener, even as it feels like it’s pulling its punches. It isn’t quite the documentary equivalent of Wake In Fright (or Hostel, for that matter) but it certainly has pungent things to say about isolation, masculinity, alcohol […]

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CJ reviews Colossal, the genre bending monster film starring Anne Hathaway, and declares the film to be ‘ham fisted, on the nose, clunky and full of plot holes and inconsistencies.

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CJ reviews Berlin Syndrome, the latest feature film from director Cate Shortland starring Teresa Palmer, and declares the latest instalment in the ‘female captive’ genre to be a tense and suspenseful thriller that is impeccably directed and features a terrific performance from Teresa Palmer.

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CJ reviews the brilliant coming of age drama from Mike Mills, ’20th Century Women’, which tells the tale of a 15 year old boy, his mother and two other women who help raise him during the flowers, love and freedom of 1970’s southern California.   

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