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CHRIS DOS SANTOS
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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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Disney still have some magic left in them
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVILDisney still have some magic left in them
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.
Benjamin - Gay dramedy tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways
BENJAMINGay 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
JUDYZellweger 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.
Being Impossible - Aiming to start the conversation about all kinds of representation
BEING IMPOSSIBLEAiming 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.
Strange but True - All-star cast saves thriller from being a total misfire
STRANGE BUT TRUEAll-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.
Ride Like a Girl - Melbourne Cup biopic plagued by race's questionable history
RIDE LIKE A GIRLMelbourne Cup biopic plagued by race's questionable history
Seeing Michelle Payne survive a major injury and then triumph to become the first woman to win at the Melbourne Cup is extremely exciting and emotional, but the real downside is the script.
Good Boys - More than just a young 'Superbad'
GOOD BOYSMore 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.
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
INSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
This is one of those heartwarming tearjerkers that's sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser, showcasing not only the power of friendships but of disabled friendships.
Downton Abbey - Transition from TV to film not as classy as expected
DOWNTON ABBEYTransition from TV to film not as classy as expected
The film seems more like an extended TV special rather than a theatrical film, but fans won’t be mad to see it on the big screen.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Flying a little bit higher the second time around
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2Flying a little bit higher the second time around
It's a big step up from its processor providing some great laughs, and while its huge cast is wasted, this proves to be an enjoyable option for families to check out.
A Dog's Journey - Barking up the same tree for a third time
A DOG'S JOURNEYBarking up the same tree for a third time
If you want cute dogs, you’ll get cute dogs and that’s about it. You go to action movies for the fun, comedies to laugh, and dog movies to cry - and this film really wants you to cry.
Daffodils - New Zealand Musical almost in full bloom
DAFFODILSNew Zealand Musical almost in full bloom
A film worth investing your time in, with strong performances and high emotions, but it suffers from being afraid to commit to the musical genre.
Midsommar - Ari Aster brings the gore but lacks the emotion
MIDSOMMARAri Aster brings the gore but lacks the emotion
The film sadly never reaches the height of Ari Aster's feature debut 'Hereditary' - it's filled with bland characters and shock value that never goes anywhere
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Another Tarantino classic
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOODAnother Tarantino classic
The movie isn’t for everyone, but it’s a fun ride back to the past with fantastic performances, hilarious comedy and beautiful aesthetics. It’s about time we got something in cinemas that's original.
Give me Liberty - Outstanding performance, lengthily execution
GIVE ME LIBERTYOutstanding performance, lengthily execution
This could have been a really powerful film, but due to many lengthy scenes that drain it sadly fails. While the cast gives their all, the filmmakers needed to sit in the edit suite a little longer.
Sword of Trust - Trust the cast, not the comedy
SWORD OF TRUSTTrust the cast, not the comedy
While it has a mix of untapped potential and a stretched plot, ‘Sword of Trust’ is still a fun indie movie.
Palm Beach - Aussie dream cast, unwelcoming dinner party
PALM BEACHAussie dream cast, unwelcoming dinner party
The film offers very little in its 98-minute run time. It thinks it’s getting deep about growing up and getting old, but it doesn’t. Even if you love these actors, they have all been in better films.
Stuber - An über-fun 90 minutes but little more
STUBERAn über-fun 90 minutes but little more
If you’re looking for fun date night movie or a night out with friends, ‘Stuber’ is the perfect film. It doesn’t reach comedy heights, but thanks to its leads is great fun.
After - From Wattpad to the big screen - and God knows why
AFTERFrom Wattpad to the big screen - and God knows why
This film does not belong in cinemas nationwide; it’s even below Netflix's standards.
Yesterday - Great concept, disappointing execution
YESTERDAYGreat concept, disappointing execution
A genius idea that's turned it into a generic film. Both director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis have proven their creativity before, but here it's just wasted along with everything else.
Men in Black: International - Wish we could memory wipe this one
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONALWish we could memory wipe this one
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.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 - Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2Crowd-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.
Brittany Runs a Marathon - Literally run out to see this stellar comedy
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHONLiterally 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.
Mystify: Michael Hutchence - INXS lead singer still touching hearts years after his death
MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCEINXS lead singer still touching hearts years after his death
Hutchence's charm and impact on people will not wane. Whether it's to hear those songs again, remember the legend, or even to learn something new, this new documentary is worth seeing.
Skin - Inside the mind of white supremacists
SKINInside the mind of white supremacists
The film does leave it up to audience to decide how they feel about the whole story, but is worth checking out to start a conversation about these issues and whether a racist can really be changed.
My Name is Daniel - A step forward for disability representation
MY NAME IS DANIELA step forward for disability representation
This documentary offers an insightful look into living life with a physical disability, but its structure could use a little more work.
Only You - A romantic film that's not afraid to get real
ONLY YOUA romantic film that's not afraid to get real
A very emotional tale about a topic that isn’t talked about a lot on film, aided by great performances with fantastic chemistry.
The Wedding Guest - Cancelled due to boredom
THE WEDDING GUESTCancelled due to boredom
It isn’t the worst thriller of all time, it’s just dull and uninspiring. If you need to be reminded of Dev Patel’s talents then it's fine, otherwise you might want to attend a different wedding.
Aladdin - A whole new world of suffering
ALADDINA whole new world of suffering
The animated ‘Aladdin’ teaches lessons about love, friendship and most importantly, being yourself. The live action remake misses all that. Sadly, this is another empty shell of a classic Disney film.
Dog's Best Friend - Good boys, great doco
DOG'S BEST FRIENDGood boys, great doco
There have been many documentaries about dogs, but ‘Dog’s Best Friend’ doesn’t manipulate the audience. It just shows what’s great about both the human spirit and the K9 friends we all love.
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion - 60 years on, Asterix is as fresh as ever
ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION60 years on, Asterix is as fresh as ever
If you're a fan of Asterix, it'll bring a smile to your face, but it's a must for any fans of animation.
Poms - Cheerleading has officially been cancelled
POMSCheerleading has officially been cancelled
It takes what sounds like an enjoyable time and turns it into a bunch of lazy clichés. Don't suffer through this one.
Long Shot - An unexpected pairing turns out to be a good time
LONG SHOTAn unexpected pairing turns out to be a good time
It may not be perfect, but Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron keep audiences invested. It’s not a game-changing rom-com, but its definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre or the cast.
The Curse of the Weeping Woman - Horrifically mediocre
THE CURSE OF THE WEEPING WOMANHorrifically mediocre
This is a nice safe horror movie. It isn’t painful to sit through, nor is it game-changing, but you'll find it a fun sit, with some creative scares and decent acting.
Top End Wedding - Outback fantastic
TOP END WEDDINGOutback fantastic
It’s modern, it’s multicultural, it's finally an Australian film that is truly the Australia we live in today. Take your mum, your sister, your brother, your dog - this movie deserves a huge success.
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
BACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
It'll amuse pre-teen girls for 90 minutes before they forget it, but it never goes above that. It doesn’t succeed as cinematic film, nor is it so bad that it’s good; it’s mediocrity at its finest.
Breaking Habits - A strong woman, but a weak documentary
BREAKING HABITSA strong woman, but a weak documentary
This is an engaging documentary, but only scratches the surface. It’s a great underdog story, but only scratches the surface on the topic of legalising marijuana and the existence of the nuns.
Wonder Park - The park is closed indefinitely
WONDER PARKThe park is closed indefinitely
It so badly wants to be the next thing, but ‘Wonder Park’s' construction crumbles before it’s even begun being built. Take the kids to an actual theme park instead.
1985 - An emotional look at an overlooked past
1985An emotional look at an overlooked past
Transporting us back to 1985, the film may tackle sexuality and AIDS, but the ending is quite a beautiful message of hope for the future of the community. It’s a great film thanks to its performances.
Where Hands Touch - A romantic snooze
WHERE HANDS TOUCHA romantic snooze
While the premise is interesting, the film is very basic. Reading the Wikipedia article about biracial teens in WWII provides much more interest and engagement than anything ‘Where Hands Touch’ does.
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