Review: Stargirl (2020) – Why So Cynical?

Stargirl, based off the best selling book by author Jerry Spinelli, starts by welcoming you to its world by admitting its flaws. Bleak skies with grey tinted clouds and empty streets accompany an opening monologue that plays to the notion of conforming, of hiding away from not only people but the creativity that socialising often …

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Opinion: Cinemas v View on Demand – A History

  In the last few days a brewing conflict over how audiences consume content has boiled over thanks to some questionable language used by Universal CEO Jeff Shell when explaining the viability of PVOD (Premium View on Demand) after the success of the entirely online release of Trolls: World Tour. While these comments, which I …

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Review: Amanda (2020) – Love Me Tender

Mikhaël Hers' Amanda begins with single mother Sandrine (Ophélia Kolb) explaining the phrase 'Elvis has left the building' to her 7-year-old daughter Amanda (Isaure Multrier). The payoff for this moment doesn't come until the closing minutes of an often dreary film but it is this lingering saying, a mixture of melancholy and optimism, that clings …

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Review: Military Wives (2020) – Keep Calm and Choir On

While for some Military Wives will feel like its own thing, a heartfelt story about different forms of courage. To me, it feels like a continuation of a trend that seems to be continuing unabated, with varying degrees of success. The cynical side of me can't help but see the releases of films about adults …

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Review: The Invisible Man (2020) – Heard But Not Seen

While Leigh Whannell's previous feature Upgrade looked at the way technology removes our freedom and choice from us, sometimes quickly but more often than not slowly and without notice. His latest, an adaptation of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, similarly toys with its characters freedom but here the constricting forces are different. Be it …

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Review: True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) – Two Lies Don’t Make A Truth

Ned Kelly to many was the last scream of a dying breed, an outlaw in a country quickly becoming civilised by industrialisation. The incoming train system connecting people and opportunities like never before. His actions, however, are largely unrecorded, shrouded in mystery and conjecture. The question became, was he doing the right thing for those …

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