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Men In Black: International - Wish we could memory wipe this one
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MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
It’s just another boring blockbuster using a nostalgic property to make a quick buck without understanding what made the lighting in a bottle that was the first film work.
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The best of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival
The SWITCH team has submerged themselves in this year's festival - and there's tonnes to choose from! Check out our reviews to discover the must-see films from the lineup.
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Never Look Away - An artistic and spiritual epic
NEVER LOOK AWAY
An artistic and spiritual epic
The rare kind of work where politics, history, art and love collide into an almost operatic crescendo. Like the title suggests, it’s riveting viewing.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 - Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
There are many, many worse films you could show you children if they like animals - it’s a harmless 90 minutes and its not like their aren’t laughs. It’s a shame the film isn’t a lot more creative.
Claire Darling - A French film fail
CLAIRE DARLING
A French film fail
A challenging film with all the right elements and all the wrong delivery. It has all the makings of something great: characters with intriguing arcs, mystery, love and comical old people.
Under The Silver Lake - Not so deep
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
Not so deep
David Robert Mitchell wanted to throw as many left-field camera angles, score swells, and strange attempts at humour at a wall to see what would stick. By the time the credits roll it just feels like a whole lot of treading water for no reason.
Varda by Agnès - The final film of a French New Wave legend
VARDA BY AGNÈS
The final film of a French New Wave legend
It allows the audience to watch a legend of cinema take stock of her life’s work and share some last bits of wisdom.
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
THE FINAL QUARTER
Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
The booing of Adam Goodes started after he took a stand on racism. The events depicted in ‘The Final Quarter’ should be regretted deeply, both for his sake and ours.
The Dead Don't Die - A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
THE DEAD DON'T DIE
A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
A luxuriously paced, wittily gory zombie comedy, it’s part social commentary, part homage to cinema, and all ridiculous. You’d be dead right to want to check it out.
The Nightingale - A blunt and brutal period piece
THE NIGHTINGALE
A blunt and brutal period piece
This is not an easy film to watch and certainly not one to expect to come out of feeling terrific. But it will make you will feel something, which is a rare thing for a film to be able to do today.
Leftover Women - Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
LEFTOVER WOMEN
Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
Prepare yourselves for a way of life we never knew existed - caught between the old and the new, culture and duty versus what you want, we see it all via the subjects of this documentary.
The Wandering Chef - A delicious tale of human connection
THE WANDERING CHEF
A delicious tale of human connection
This documentary is the perfect example of how a strong and gratifying narrative can leave technicalities and logistics in the dust.
Tito and the Birds - A flight of imagination
TITO AND THE BIRDS
A flight of imagination
With a script that is as richly textured as the artwork, ‘Tito and the Birds’ is a moving and human story that boasts a big heart and reminds us that we aren’t alone in the troubles we face.
Shooting the Mafia - An interesting but unclear picture
SHOOTING THE MAFIA
An interesting but unclear picture
The film never quite brings together the determined woman and her trailblazing work into a coherent portrait. It's is an interesting but disjointed look at one of the great photographers of our time.
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
STANDING UP FOR SUNNY
A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
Despite its many flaws, the film is very sweet and adorable and pushes some great messages about love and self-acceptance. Let's call this one a diamond in the rough.
Hail Satan? - A hell of a fascinating documentary
HAIL SATAN?
A hell of a fascinating documentary
This is an unconventional community battling conformity and demanding separation of church and state. Set aside your preconceived notions of Satanism - it's a hell of an eye-opening experience.
Kursk - When tragedy and bureaucracy collide
KURSK
When tragedy and bureaucracy collide
Moments of suspense are abound but not abundant. This isn't a traditional "submarine movie", but the themes of bureaucratic interference and media manipulation are more relevant than ever today.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - Still shagadelic 20 years on
AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
Still shagadelic 20 years on
20 years later, the lasting cultural impact of the 'Austin Powers' franchise is still a force to be reckoned with. Brent takes a journey back to his childhood to share a cheeky story of its release.
Blinded By The Light - The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
The film just didn’t resonate. It lacked the humour, the heart and the finesse of Gurinda Chadha’s previous films, and therefore it falls short.
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
JUDY & PUNCH
A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
Part fairytale and part black comedy, the film is a period story with a message that’s vital to current society. Writer and director Mirrah Foulkes is an exciting young Australian storyteller.
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
SCHOOL OF SEDUCTION
Husband hunting in Russia
A jaw-dropping look at one of the many new businesses designed to help women get ahead in Russia.
Ladyworld - Experimental thriller not so thrilling
LADYWORLD
Experimental thriller not so thrilling
The format of experimental thriller ends up hindering the message of the film, and after the initial shock of the film's controversy, it just gets predictable and hard to follow.
Stupid Young Heart - Irresponsible teens with no consequences
STUPID YOUNG HEART
Irresponsible teens with no consequences
While the film highlights incredibly important and tough social issues, they’re undercooked and lack any real punch. It's sad, concerning and engaging enough, but ultimately it's a futile journey.
Tolkien - 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans, this one's for you
TOLKIEN
'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans, this one's for you
For the literary fans of Tolkien, this film will serve as a very exciting chapter of your fandom. Unfortunately, it won't be appealing to anyone else.
Hotel Mumbai - A nail-biting account of a real-life drama
WIN HOTEL MUMBAI
A nail-biting account of a real-life drama
Win one of five copies of ‘Hotel Mumbai’ on Blu-ray.
Lost in Space: The Complete First Season - An exhilarating adventure into the great beyond
WIN LOST IN SPACE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
An exhilarating adventure into the great beyond
Win one of five copies of ‘Lost in Space: The Complete First Season’ on Blu-ray.
Brittany Runs a Marathon - Literally run out to see this stellar comedy
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
Literally run out to see this stellar comedy
Everyone across the board brings their A-game to bring this really fresh and heartwarming comedy to life. Put on your joggers and sweatpants to run out and see this one.
NEW TRAILERS
'The Final Quarter' Trailer
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'The Public' Trailer
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'The Wandering Chef' Trailer
'NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy' Trailer
'Tito and the Birds' Trailer
'Shooting the Mafia' Trailer
'Official Secrets' Trailer
'Late Night' Final Trailer
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'Good Boys' Trailer
'Stupid Young Heart' Trailer
'Ladyworld' Trailer
'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' Trailer
'Parasite' Trailer 2
'Stuber' Red Band Trailer
'Animals' Trailer
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