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70th Melbourne International Film Festival Reviews
With 267 films to choose from, how do you select which to watch in the festival's 18-day run? The SWITCH team has gathered reviews of MIFF's biggest and best offerings!
WIN ONE LIFE
The true story of a race against time
Win one of seven double passes to see 'One Life' in cinemas.
WIN CREEPSHOW SEASON 4
The most fun you’ll ever have being scared
Win one of five copies of 'Creepshow' Season 4 on Blu-ray.
THE BOY AND THE HERON
Miyazaki on living and legacy
The joy of 'The Boy and The Heron' remains clear: Miyazaki's unbridled human creativity draws from his personal decades of life and is put to screen by the hands of the animators themselves, frame by frame.
DICKS: THE MUSICAL
A24 finds the right note
'Dicks: The Musical' lives up to its title, but that means this isn't for everyone. It's crude, it's unapologetically gross and insane. It's a full-out musical comedy that knows what it is and just goes with it.
A gripping documentary detailing escapes from North Korea
Splicing together shaky phone footage, hushed phone calls and more, Madeleine Gavin presents a harrowing and suspenseful documentary on escaping North Korea.
Scraping the bottom of the teen comedy genre
A film that should be primed for classic status, but never truly earns it. Perhaps the perplexing praise the film has received both critically and commercially is a result of a barren desert of any other teen comedies, and 'Bottoms' appears as the much-needed body of water nearby.
TROLLS BAND TOGETHER
Poppy and Branch back for a third trip
It has more of a focus on the music and comedy than an overall message, but still offers another vibrant holiday adventure loaded with fun moments and great music.
BRING ON BROLLIE
The latest streaming service hits Australia - and it's free
Independent Australian and NZ distributor Umbrella Entertainment has launched a new streaming service, dubbed Brollie, specialising in Australian film and TV content. Check out the SWITCH reviews available now available for free.
Luhrmann reimagines 2008's 'Australia'
'Faraway Downs' removes the background noise and reinvents the film 'Australia' for the better. It's a stronger package and I can't wait to experience the rest of it through this new lens.
A sprawling, messy epic that never quite knows what it wants to say
A sweeping, sprawling mess of a film, like a table after an enormous feast. There's a bunch of bits everywhere and you know the whole meal would probably have been more satisfying, but you can't deny how tasty all the leftovers are. How grateful we are that destiny has delivered them to us.
THE ROYAL HOTEL
A taut, terrific nightmare in the last swill of a beer glass
A worthy addition to the canon of great Australian films questioning the idea we have of who we are.
A tepid horror meal that’s a bit too slick and not enough sick
For all the memorable moments, 'Thanksgiving' feels amorphous, toothless, unsure of itself, unwilling to commit one way or the other.
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES
A welcome but flawed return to the brutal, eccentric world of Panem
It's a competent prequel that offers many franchise-great moments, and legitimately adds to the overall experience, but it's one that isn't without flaws.
The definitive release of Rodriguez and Tarantino’s crazy experiment
The best thing about the weird beast that is 'Grindhouse' is its refusal to play it safe, to push its tropes to its limits and to demand that a standard of quality be maintained. In a time now where nostalgia is an easy way to a quick buck and a lasting legacy is the last thing on anyone's mind, 'Grindhouse' feels all the more radical.
ALL OF US STRANGERS
An astonishing ghost story of infinite beauty, sadness and wisdom
This is a miracle, maybe even a masterpiece, a statement on love to last the ages, perhaps the best film of the year.
Gaslight, gatekeep, boyboss
It may take some uncomfortable turns and the trailer does a great job of giving a taste of what is to be expected. It's a twisted dark comedy that may not be from everyone but if you are on board, it's a delightfully tangled trip to Saltburn.
The glory of the unhinged and the delight of discovery in Yorgos Lanthimos' latest
It's a phantasmagorical marvel, a film that literally squeals with delight at every ridiculous detail and revels in the power of discovery. Its brain may be unhinged, but the heart of 'Poor Things' is mighty.
Garth Davis Returns with love, twists, and a robot
Garth Davis recently concluded an Australian Q&A tour of 'Foe' before it releases in cinemas nationwide this week. Connor had the chance to speak with him about writing the screenplay with the book's author, why the shared Irish heritage of his stars made for better chemistry, and whether there is a place for artificial intelligence in the film industry.
An uncertain future ill-portrayed in an uncertain film
All the pieces are certainly there to make it work - a terrific cast, a talented creative team and an intriguing central premise - but the whole thing seems to be beyond Garth Davis' skills to bring it all together as a cohesive whole.
Basking in the banal in David Fincher’s latest meticulous marvel
A deliciously banal, outrageously pedantic slice of preposterous pulp, so meticulously constructed that it transcends to the ridiculous.
ROCK HUDSON: ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWED
An enigmatic portrait of one of the most enigmatic Hollywood stars
For fans of Hollywood history, this is a wonderful watch, but for those interested in the history and legacy of queer history, I'd say it's a necessary one.
HOT POTATO: THE STORY OF THE WIGGLES
Jump into the Big Red Car for a trip into Aussie history
'The Wiggles' are Australia's greatest performers and, at the end of the day, that is what the documentary captures: a beautiful snapshot of four guys in coloured skivvies.
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