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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Disney still have some magic left in them
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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
A surprising follow-up to the original film - it's funny, and the action is really engaging. Yes, it’s filled with flaws, but it’s nice to leave a Disney film not wanting to cry in a ball.
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Brisbane International Film Festival
BIFF has kicked off! Across 11 days, BIFF celebrates contemporary international and Australian screen culture with new release features and documentaries, shorts programs and retrospectives, alongside screenings with live music, conversations, panel discussions and more - so click here to check out SWITCH's collection of reviews from this year's festival!
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25 years since Clerks - The Impact of Kevin Smith on an unsuspecting Hollywood
25 YEARS SINCE CLERKS
The Impact of Kevin Smith on an unsuspecting Hollywood
25 years ago, a little black-and-white movie made by a guy from New Jersey no-one had ever heard of hit Sundance by storm. Kevin Smith proved with his labour of love that anyone can make a movie.
Strange but True - All-star cast saves thriller from being a total misfire
STRANGE BUT TRUE
All-star cast saves thriller from being a total misfire
Far from the bottom of the psychological thriller barrel. While the film loses itself in its narrative, the cast is definitely great, and it's worth checking out even just for the wild third act.
NT Live: Fleabag - The birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
NT LIVE: FLEABAG
The birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
‘Fleabag’ has changed the cultural landscape. Having the opportunity in Australia to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge's groundbreaking masterpiece is one you simply cannot miss.
Chained for Life - The aesthetics of acting
CHAINED FOR LIFE
The aesthetics of acting
An amusing, cunningly structured meta-commentary on filmmaking and cinematic ideals of beauty, the film is also an inside joke with a generosity of heart and humour.
Benjamin - Gay dramedy tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways
BENJAMIN
Gay dramedy tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways
An enjoyable rom-com, filled with equal amounts of sweet moments and tense ones.
Judy - Zellweger goes for Oscar gold in mid-core biopic
JUDY
Zellweger goes for Oscar gold in mid-core biopic
‘Judy’ is a film that celebrates Garland's legacy, and while the film is a little generic in its storytelling, Zellweger’s truly phenomenal performance pulls you into this behind the scenes to look at one of Hollywood’s greatest stars.
Gemini Man - Ang Lee vs Ang Lee: has technology gone too far?
GEMINI MAN
Ang Lee vs Ang Lee: has technology gone too far?
The film deserves to be acknowledged for discovering the future of movies and the capacity of the technology, but it sticks to a safe plot we've seen before... a few times.
Dark Place - An unsettling Indigenous horror anthology
DARK PLACE
An unsettling Indigenous horror anthology
Running at a lean 75 minutes and offering a bounty of gore, atmosphere and thought-provoking stories, it's a rare horror anthology that moves from strength to strength and never overstays its welcome.
Brisbane International Film Festival 2019 - The Reviews
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
The Reviews
BIFF showcases a huge selection of films ahead of their theatrical releases - so check out the reviews from the SWITCH team, and check back throughout the festival as we add even more!
In My Blood It Runs - An eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS
An eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
The documentary excels in never sensationalising any aspect of Dujuan’s story for dramatic effect; simply capturing Dujuan’s daily life is enough to make blood boil and tears fall.
If Life Gives You Lemons - An impactful coming-of-age story
IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
An impactful coming-of-age story
The film makes an assertion about circumstances, luck, determination and grit - whilst also advocating kindness.
Birds of Passage - A visually stunning, narcotised gangster epic
BIRDS OF PASSAGE
A visually stunning, narcotised gangster epic
It manages to make a narco narrative feel new and visually stunning on a broad dreamlike canvas, taking a creaky old Hollywood genre and molding it into something altogether more entrancing.
The Souvenir - A flawed but fascinating act of autobiography
THE SOUVENIR
A flawed but fascinating act of autobiography
There’s no doubt that we’re witnessing something deeply personal, and some moments are shattering in their honesty, while other aspects seem to lack an objective understanding for its viewers.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - A harmless tale that won't haunt you
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
A harmless tale that won't haunt you
There’s just enough scares to appeal to the under-15s with disposable income, but very little for anyone else looking to get into the real Halloween spirit.
Being Impossible - Aiming to start the conversation about all kinds of representation
BEING IMPOSSIBLE
Aiming to start the conversation about all kinds of representation
Intersexual people are not something that is discussed nor understood by a huge section of society. For this reason, the film should be celebrated, even if it’s not as strong as it wants to be.
The Goalkeeper - Bolivian Sex Trafficking and a fallen soccer great
THE GOALKEEPER
Bolivian Sex Trafficking and a fallen soccer great
There’s too much plot to make this a character piece, and too much character to make it plot-driven. Nor is it balanced. It only has two acts, needing a better middle to really hook the audience.
Midsommar: The Director's Cut - Ari Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
MIDSOMMAR: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Ari Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
With his director's cut, Ari Aster has elevated an already incredible film to the status of a masterpiece.
Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story - A sympathetic portrait of the ultimate Hollywood outsider
FUCK YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY
A sympathetic portrait of the ultimate Hollywood outsider
Sean Patrick Shaul’s documentary on Boll's life and career explores his background, how he broke into the industry, and why he developed such a bad reputation amongst fans of films and video games.
Locusts - A low-key, low-down thriller
LOCUSTS
A low-key, low-down thriller
It might be an imperfect movie with a few scenes that ring hollow, but the moments that work are fuller than many whole films.
Ad Astra - A luscious and meticulous space drama
AD ASTRA
A luscious and meticulous space drama
This is about as art house as Hollywood cinema gets. While a journey to the outer realms of our solar system, ‘Ad Astra’ is also an exploration of the human heart.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold - Dora meets Indiana Jones (and a song about poop)
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
Dora meets Indiana Jones (and a song about poop)
'Dora' is great. It’s cute and fun, exciting and with plenty of self-deprecating humour and Latin flavour, and boasts great messages about fitting in and being yourself
Good Boys - More than just a young 'Superbad'
GOOD BOYS
More than just a young 'Superbad'
From start to finish, this is a film full of non-stop laughs, and big ones too. Packing a punch with subjects of losing friendships and growing up that are sure to hit home for a lot of people.
Long Day's Journey into Night - Art and technology meet in a dream-like film noir
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Art and technology meet in a dream-like film noir
The protagonist’s myth-like search into his physical and metaphysical past is a feat of filmmaking that's as impressive as it is vital, where dream and fantasy and longing flow together.
Braid - A dark and unhinged fairytale
BRAID
A dark and unhinged fairytale
Rooted in Polanski-like psycho horror and with an ending that is interpretively ambiguous, this film leaves something to be desired as a story.
Granny Poetry Club - Growing old, friendship, learning and poetry
GRANNY POETRY CLUB
Growing old, friendship, learning and poetry
This documentary tracks a group of unlikely people in a very peculiar and undocumented situation. It's a reminder that age is but a number, and we are only as limited as we think we are.
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