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CHRIS DOS SANTOS
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Ever since he popped in 'The Lion King' VHS, Chris has been infatuated with film. He has a Bachelor in Film and Television, and is currently a manger at Greater Union. Chris practically lives at the cinema; whenever he is working, he is there watching the latest films - good, bad and everything in between.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae, The Cast of High School Musical
TOP 3 MOVIES: Titanic, Gone Girl, Love, Simon
BEST CONCERT: Adele at ANZ Stadium
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Having to watch 'Bambi' whenever I couldn't sleep or was crying as an infant.

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Back to Black - Wishing 'We Only Said Goodbye' to hollow biopics
BACK TO BLACKWishing 'We Only Said Goodbye' to hollow biopics
'Back to Black' is a disrespectful, hollow depiction of Amy Winehouse’s legacy. There is absolutely no reason to see this. Marisa Abela tries her best, but even she can’t save this.
Monkey Man - Dev Patel's directorial debut is a knockout
MONKEY MANDev Patel's directorial debut is a knockout
This is truly going to go down as one of the best action movies of the 2020s. Patel as a director is a tour de force and absolutely delivers.
Hannah Montana: The Movie - Sweet Nibblets! It's 15 years since Hannah went to the big screen
HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIESweet Nibblets! It's 15 years since Hannah went to the big screen
'Hannah Montana: The Movie' sits in that untouchable category of films for a certain generation. It has more than stood the test of time for the last 15 years - 'Hannah Montana' was such a cultural phenomenon that it changed tween media forever, and we have never seen anything reach its level again.
Kung Fu Panda 4 - Shadoosh! Po is back on the big screen
KUNG FU PANDA 4Shadoosh! Po is back on the big screen
While the comedy and animation are fun and vibrant, the story really weighs this outing down. It's a fine way to kill 90 minutes this Easter and not much more - it's not a trainwreck like many other sequels are this long after the last entry, but it's simply a weaker film.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - A chilly busting ghost adventure
GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIREA chilly busting ghost adventure
It fails to reach the heights of 'Afterlife', but it's a fine blockbuster to see and then return your proton pack back to the shelf only to be reminded about it when the next sequel comes out.
Madame Web - Her web connects to a new camp classic
MADAME WEBHer web connects to a new camp classic
I could sit here and list everything wrong with ‘Madame Web’ - and boy, there are a lot - but it truly is just such a mess that it’s fun.
The Lego Movie - 10 Years proving that 'Everything is Awesome'
THE LEGO MOVIE10 Years proving that 'Everything is Awesome'
There's no denying that 'The Lego Movie' had a huge influence on cinema that still lasts to this day. From the films that followed to the impact on animation, it's the perfect love letter to the best-selling toy of all time.
Argylle - The bigger the spy, the worse the film
ARGYLLEThe bigger the spy, the worse the film
A huge missed opportunity - there is a really fun idea here, but they take every wrong turn. With a focus on twists over story and characters that only make this blander to get through, 'Argylle' is one to miss.
Force of Nature: The Dry 2 - Eric Bana Returns to Aaron Falk
FORCE OF NATURE: THE DRY 2Eric Bana Returns to Aaron Falk
It has many problems, beyond that awful title, but I hope it's not the last we see of this team. 'The Dry' was such a success - and not just financially - so I wanted this to be the start of a good new Australian film series.
The Iron Claw - An absolute gut-punch
THE IRON CLAWAn absolute gut-punch
A crowning achievement of the biopic genre - the way it encapsulates the Von Erich's family's story is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Its viewpoint on toxic masculinity is sure to resonate with many viewers. It's an absolute knockout.
Mean Girls - A musical? That’s so fetch
MEAN GIRLSA musical? That’s so fetch
A celebration of the film that came before it and of the musical genre, I was not expecting to have this much fun and such an unapologetically great time. Get in loser - we're a musical now and it's so fricken fetch!
Priscilla - Sofia Coppola's turn at Graceland
PRISCILLASofia Coppola's turn at Graceland
With groundbreaking performances from both Spaeny and Elordi, it's a fantastic look at an untold side of the woman wooed by the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Migration - Illumination takes flight
MIGRATIONIllumination takes flight
'Migration' isn't going to be the next big Illumination franchise. As far as summer family flicks go you could see worse, you could see better, but this sits right in the middle.
The Boys in the Boat - A film as boring as its title
THE BOYS IN THE BOATA film as boring as its title
This film simply exists, and you're going to remember so little about it. It's fine, but there is no reason to row into cinemas to see this.
Next Goal Wins - Taika Waititi misses the goal
NEXT GOAL WINSTaika Waititi misses the goal
The film has a great premise, one that could have made for an incredibly funny and heartfelt underdog sports film, but it never lives up to it. Through odd story focus and so many missed goals, even though the finale match does work and is exciting to watch, the journey to the field was incredibly misguided.
Wish - Disney 100 ends with a fizzle
WISHDisney 100 ends with a fizzle
Animated Disney films are the one thing I look forward to each holiday season, and I haven't been this let down in a long time. It's my 'Wish' that we forget about this one.
Dicks: The Musical - A24 finds the right note
DICKS: THE MUSICALA24 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.
Trolls Band Together - Poppy and Branch back for a third trip
TROLLS BAND TOGETHERPoppy 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.
Faraway Downs - Luhrmann reimagines 2008's 'Australia'
FARAWAY DOWNSLuhrmann 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.
Saltburn - Gaslight, gatekeep, boyboss
SALTBURNGaslight, 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.
Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles - Jump into the Big Red Car for a trip into Aussie history
HOT POTATO: THE STORY OF THE WIGGLESJump 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.
Dumb Money - GameStop short squeeze goes to the big screen
DUMB MONEYGameStop short squeeze goes to the big screen
While it was a strange event that captured meme culture and was wildly talked about doesn't mean it was the perfect true story to adapt. 'Dumb Money' is still a fun little throwback to a time not so long ago that captures how powerful the internet can be.
PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie - Second trip to Adventure Bay lacks might
PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIESecond trip to Adventure Bay lacks might
With a longer run time and "darker" tone, and these pups might be on their last case. It still has something for the fans, but after the perfect family adventure in their first feature, 'The Mighty Movie' just feels weak.
Blue Beetle - Let the DC Extended Universe Reset Begin
BLUE BEETLELet the DC Extended Universe Reset Begin
This film is the fun reset DC needed - it's not tied down by franchise-building but still suffers from superhero fatigue.
The Nun II - Valak: Back in the habit
THE NUN IIValak: Back in the habit
There is no reason that now two films about Valak are so bland and simply not scary.
Theater Camp - Creative kids rise up
THEATER CAMPCreative kids rise up
It's one of those comedies that is a perfect symphony. Every part of the film comes together so perfectly, it's a love letter to theatre and an all-around fantastic time.
Haunted Mansion - Sorry foolish mortals, this isn’t a happy haunt
HAUNTED MANSIONSorry foolish mortals, this isn’t a happy haunt
It shows a lot of potential as a Disney film based on an iconic theme park ride, but misses its mark. It tries to be everything but fails because of it.
One Direction: This Is Us - 10 years since we were 'Taken Home' with 'Midnight Memories'
ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US10 years since we were 'Taken Home' with 'Midnight Memories'
It's nice to go back and relish that sweet, innocent time, and that's what 'One Direction: This is Us' is all about.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem - Cowabunga! The heroes in a half shell are back
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEMCowabunga! The heroes in a half shell are back
It's a perfect time capsule of the legacy and a truly fun adventure in the 'Ninja Turtle' canon. Grab your nunchucks and a slice of the finest pizza, because this is a totally radical ride!
Strays - Barking mad
STRAYSBarking mad
It may not be for everyone, but it has enough laughs that if the marketing has piqued your interest, you'll get something out of it. 'Strays' does what it says on the poster, not anything more or less.
Gran Turismo - From video game to true story to movie
GRAN TURISMOFrom video game to true story to movie
Time will forget this film, and there's just no reason to see this. It's not bad, it's good, it's just there.
Barbie - Greta Gerwig reminds us why Barbie is everything
BARBIEGreta Gerwig reminds us why Barbie is everything
From the entire cast bringing their absolute all, the fantastic set and costume design and the really rich and thoughtful script, this is the perfect pink plastic package.
NT Live: Fleabag Encore - National Theatre brings Waller-Bridge's show back to the big screen
NT LIVE: FLEABAG ENCORENational Theatre brings Waller-Bridge's show back to the big screen
'Fleabag' is one of the greatest pieces of media in the 21st century, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge's talent will continue to create an impact for decades to come. Whether you're unfamiliar with the show or consumed it over and over again, run out and experience this brilliant work on the big screen.
Insidious: The Red Door - Core franchise cast returns for a jump scare-filled sequel
INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOORCore franchise cast returns for a jump scare-filled sequel
It's bland jump scare after bland jump scare. It's an M-rated horror film that serves to please the teenage crowd who want a thrill, but it's not a satisfying continuation of these characters.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny - Farewell to cinema's favourite archaeologist should remain a relic
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINYFarewell to cinema's favourite archaeologist should remain a relic
For all its problems, 'Crystal Skull' still felt like an 'Indiana Jones' adventure - a bad one, but still had the energy and atmosphere of those previous titles. 'Dial of Destiny' feels like the skin of those films - the parts are there for a great adventure but it never comes together.
No Hard Feelings - Jennifer Lawrence comedy gives a heart-on
NO HARD FEELINGSJennifer Lawrence comedy gives a heart-on
The movie's reliance on heart over comedy really weighs it down. What could have been an all-out balls-to-the-wall fun film gets mixed up, and the two never really meet.
Shortcomings - Randall Park's directorial debut is a delight
SHORTCOMINGSRandall Park's directorial debut is a delight
The film proves Randall Park's director status with a fun comedy that sells us on unlikeable leads with realistic problems.
Chevalier - An untold history comes to life
CHEVALIERAn untold history comes to life
A successful Black man in 1700s France is a story that deserves to be told; it's just a shame the package as a whole isn't stronger.
The Flash - DC dips into the multiverse
THE FLASHDC dips into the multiverse
It's nowhere near the bottom of the superhero barrel - even for DC - but when you mix in the real-world drama and the mediocre film there isn't much to rave about. As an entry in the confusing DCEU, it will go down as a respectable venture, but where it's been released in the timeline is only going to baffle audiences further as the new films come.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - The Autobots are back and taking us to the 90s
TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTSThe Autobots are back and taking us to the 90s
It brings the fun back to Autobots film adventures, but what stops this from soaring is its need to make human characters the main focus. When it’s metal-on-metal fighting it’s the most fun you’ll have in the cinema.
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