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259 feature films. 19 days. 1 city. The 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival was a huge success - check out our reviews here!x
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Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
The SWITCH team has sat down to check out the best of the best of the Melbourne International Film Festival to make sure you catch the best films in this whirlwind two weeks.
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is back for another year, running from the 19th to the 30th July 2019. Check out our reviews for the highlights from this year's line-up.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival - The reviews
REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe reviews
The 2019 Revelation Perth International Film Festival is jam-packed full of Aussie exclusives, indie offerings and first-run films. Jump into our reviews below to explore the line-up.
Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 - The line-up
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019The line-up
With the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival just weeks away, the line-up announcement brought an exciting collection of debuts, Aussie features and thrilling documentaries. So what's on offer?
The Dead Don't Die - A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
THE DEAD DON'T DIEA 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.
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.
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
JUDY & PUNCHA 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.
Saturday Afternoon - A shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
SATURDAY AFTERNOONA shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
A shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism, and will be especially confronting to Western audiences.
Alpha: The Right to Kill - A gritty, vividly realistic glimpse at Philippine's
ALPHA: THE RIGHT TO KILLA gritty, vividly realistic glimpse at Philippine's "war on drugs"
Brillante Mendoza shines a light on Philippines' current problem. It's clear he doesn't believe thousands of deaths will change the situation. One of the most important films you could now take in.
Retrospekt - An idiosyncratic thriller with powerful substance
RETROSPEKTAn idiosyncratic thriller with powerful substance
Mystery hangs in the air for the duration of ‘Retrospekt’. It’s by no means an easy watch, but it’s a film with a lot to say and a creative way of saying it.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead - A toxic family car crash
HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEADA toxic family car crash
An entertaining - if not uncomfortable - film, this family has more secrets and infighting than an episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’, so sit back and watch the drama unfold.
The Miracle of the Little Prince - A time capsule of dying languages and civilisations
THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCEA time capsule of dying languages and civilisations
The film looks at the cultures whose story ‘The Little Prince’ belongs to, and offers a time capsule of their dying languages and civilisations.
Papi Chulo - A deep, dark comedy dealing with LGBT mental health
PAPI CHULOA deep, dark comedy dealing with LGBT mental health
Full of dark revelations and scattered with offbeat satire, the film has an important message to share, bravely telling a story rarely seen on screen, let alone from within the LGBT community.
German Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
SWITCH has sussed out some of the best offerings from this year's German Film Festival line-up.
Sydney Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
The Sydney Film Festival shines a light on the best upcoming cinema when it hits Sydney's big screens from the 5th to the 16th June 2019. Take a look through our reviews to help you choose.
Yuli - Dancing on a knife's edge
YULIDancing on a knife's edge
This biography of Carlos Acosta is a stylishly shot and well-cast film, but it's not without its faults. Wonderful performances can't save the poor pacing and a confusing narrative structure.
Chasing the Jet Stream - A wild adventure at great heights
CHASING THE JET STREAMA wild adventure at great heights
Far from being for adrenaline junkies, this is a quiet documentary that needed a little more grunt to get it off the ground.
Piranhas - Boys will be boys
PIRANHASBoys will be boys
Although these boys are on the cusp of manhood, the film still feels like you’re watching kids fighting in the sandpit, only someone has given them firearms.
Sydney Film Festival 2019 - This year's line-up announced
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019This year's line-up announced
It's hard to believe it's less than a month until it kicks off - and this year, there's highly-anticipated Australian films, along with a big-name international offerings and intriguing documentaries.
Rockabul - Travis Beard on documenting Afghanistan's first heavy metal band
ROCKABULTravis Beard on documenting Afghanistan's first heavy metal band
Australian Travis Beard befriended a group of Afghani locals who formed District Unknown, Afghanistan’s first heavy metal band. Charlie spoke to Travis ahead of the film’s Australian release.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - An endearing tale of destiny
THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIRAn endearing tale of destiny
A romantic comedy with a strong international twist, it’s a beautiful film about the positivity that you can bring to your life if you allow it. Let ‘Fakir’ put a smile on your face.
Swimming with Men - Sync or swim?
SWIMMING WITH MENSync or swim?
The emphasis on teamwork, trying something new, and ignoring what other people think are great messages, but not enough to save this sinking ship. The biggest sin is that it offers nothing original.
Mapplethorpe - A monochrome portrait of a colourful photographer
MAPPLETHORPEA monochrome portrait of a colourful photographer
The work of Matt Smith and the film’s well-developed style deserve a better vehicle than the screenplay they’re paired with. If only it had pushed the boundaries as much as Mapplethorpe’s own work.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
Our collection of reviews from this year's MQFF.
Malila: The Farewell Flower - Contemplating love and loss
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWERContemplating love and loss
Though the film suffers from massive pacing issues, this is an interesting glimpse at rural Thai culture, and a genuine attempt to show a love that’s far from superficial.
Alliance Française French Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
Our collection of reviews from this year's Alliance Française French Film Festival.
Academy Awards 2019 - And the nominees are...
ACADEMY AWARDS 2019And the nominees are...
This year's Academy Awards are anything but clear - with a diverse mix of films, with unclear favourites in most categories, it could be anyone's game!
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - Fly into a fantastic franchise finale
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLDFly into a fantastic franchise finale
The end of a visually stunning, surprisingly moving series, with a conclusion that will leave you with a sense of satisfaction and a smile on your face. The whole family will love flying high again.
2018's rising stars - The top-rating films of the past 12 months
2018's RISING STARSThe top-rating films of the past 12 months
We've put all the reviews that scored 4.5 and 5 stars in one handy article, to make sure you didn't miss any gems in 2018!
The best of 2018 - Our top five films of the year
THE BEST OF 2018Our top five films of the year
What a huge year for movie lovers. There have been ups and downs, but we’ve been gifted with some of the finest films in a long time. We share our top five films - with controversial choices aplenty.
Eighth Grade - An insightfully honest portrayal of youth
EIGHTH GRADEAn insightfully honest portrayal of youth
This is a film about growing up, and the gruelling moments it takes to get there. The story’s relatability, regardless of age or gender, is its most powerful weapon.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Melissa McCarthy's finest performance to date
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy's finest performance to date
It's the perfect kind of biographical film - wholly entertaining, truly enlightening, and entirely fascinating. It’s a glimpse of the life of an unconventional woman, wonderfully told and portrayed.
Happy Halloween - The best horror films of 2018
HAPPY HALLOWEENThe best horror films of 2018
SWITCH has put together a collection of the scariest films from 2018! Wander back through some brilliant horror offerings, and bring in All Hallow's Eve with the best movies that go bump in the night.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDINGA ridiculously fun love story
It's ridiculously fun, guaranteed to make you smile. Showing a truly positive side to same-sex marriage between two people who wholly adore each other, what more could you want to make your heart soar?
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot - A biopic void of humanity
DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOTA biopic void of humanity
More dismal than dark comedy, and more an advertisement for AA than a tale of redemption, this lacklustre biopic from Gus Van Sant is missing the genre’s most important trait - humanity.
Liquid Truth - Struggling to stay afloat
LIQUID TRUTHStruggling to stay afloat
With an impressive performance from Daniel de Oliveira which rescues the film, it’s not enough to keep the rest of the clunky parts buoyant.
Kin - A melding of genres handled adeptly
KINA melding of genres handled adeptly
A solid offering from a clearly talented creative team, ‘Kin’ is a very different kind of family drama, with an exciting cast and a fantastic debut from the Baker brothers.
McQueen - A stunning, meticulous vision of a conflicted artist
McQUEENA stunning, meticulous vision of a conflicted artist
Like McQueen, this documentary isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of filmmaking, from its gripping storytelling to its lush visuals. This is one of the most impressive cinematic achievements of 2018.
Lean on Pete - A journey to uncover love and connection
LEAN ON PETEA journey to uncover love and connection
This film offers an all-too realistic glimpse at the struggles of life through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old boy. Delicately handled, it shows great control from a skilled cast and crew.
Submergence - Swimming against the tide
SUBMERGENCESwimming against the tide
As a piece of cinema, unremarkable is a perfect description of ‘Submergence’ - it’s all fine, with no major flaws, but also no standout elements.
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