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JESS FENTON
Working in the television industry for 10 years and growing up in it for 20 years before that, this path was inevitable. An AFTRS alum with two Graduate Certificates under her belt, Jess is the definition of a movie buff and after torturing her friends with her opinions for years, they're now out there for public consumption. By day, Jess is an employee at Channel 9 travelling the country and the globe working on the Today Show, News, NRL, The Footy Show and the 2012 London Olympics, among others, but by night she's either hauled up inside a cinema (her home away from home) or rubbing shoulders with movie stars and movie makers on red carpets.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Sam Cooke
TOP 3 MOVIES: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stranger Than Fiction, Juno
BEST CONCERT: Peter Gabriel in Verona, Italy - 2010
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: When I was 5 I was with my family sitting front row at a screening of Dirty Dancing facing the audience. I turned around once the movie started and suddenly felt overwhelmed with the desire to be up there on that screen.

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Leftover Women - Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
LEFTOVER WOMENFeminists 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.
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
STANDING UP FOR SUNNYA 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.
Blinded By The Light - The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
BLINDED BY THE LIGHTThe 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.
Stupid Young Heart - Irresponsible teens with no consequences
STUPID YOUNG HEARTIrresponsible 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.
Animals - Hedonistic female friendship and the art of growing up
ANIMALSHedonistic female friendship and the art of growing up
Gritty but not too gritty, the film voyeuristically observes the modern right of passage of identity, resilience and the hard choices we have to make.
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.
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary - Whose documentary is it anyway?
THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARYWhose documentary is it anyway?
This film is a horrible legacy of a dying man, and a disappointment for fans hoping to see a favourite one last time. But if you’re looking for a film that subverts all expectations, this is for you.
Booksmart - Say hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
BOOKSMARTSay hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
A fun, hilarious, and instantly and infinitely quotable film, making it a must-see for all ages and sexes. Debut director Olivia Wilde has proven herself to be a fantastic new voice in filmmaking.
In Fabric - The best worst film ever?
IN FABRICThe best worst film ever?
Filled with oodles of style, colour and imagination, there is a wonderful retro feel with nostalgic and a mysterious spookiness for those so inclined.
Singled [Out] - Sex and four cities
SINGLED [OUT]Sex and four cities
It's is not an in-depth study or observation, it is merely a glimpse. It’s still a nice jumping off point for it viewers to use to then go and delve into this new phenomenon of the single lady.
Notting Hill's 20th anniversary - The essential romantic Richard Curtis
NOTTING HILL'S 20TH ANNIVERSARYThe essential romantic Richard Curtis
It’s hard to believe we’ve been quoting “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her” for 20 years. Jess looks at the man who penned that infamous line, Richard Curtis.
The Crow - What could have been 25 years after the film's release
THE CROWWhat could have been 25 years after the film's release
25 years ago, a film came out staring a virtual unknown. On paper, this film should never have been made. Yet here we are, a quarter of a century later, talking about it. Admiring it.
The Aftermath - A shallow waste of time
THE AFTERMATHA shallow waste of time
‘The Aftermath’ plays like a romance, only it’s not a romance. It plays like a sympathetic, tragedy post-WWII film, only there’s too much contrived romance for that to ring true. What a mess.
The Kindergarten Teacher - It's beautiful enough for me
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHERIt's beautiful enough for me
Maggie Gyllenhaal makes this film. She has an unparalleled gift to convey the subtlest of emotions that you empathise with her to an extraordinary degree.
Some Like It Hot - A virgin's review for the 60th anniversary
SOME LIKE IT HOTA virgin's review for the 60th anniversary
Marilyn Monroe - born Norma Jeane Mortenson on the 1st June 1926, died 5th August 1962 at aged 36. Jess looks at the woman behind the myth as 'Some Like It Hot' turns 60.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 25th anniversary - 1994: the year of Jim Carrey
ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE 25TH ANNIVERSARY1994: the year of Jim Carrey
It’s 25 years since the release of ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’, and we should celebrate a quarter of a century of having Jim Carrey the movie star in our lives.
On The Basis of Sex - Not all heroes wear capes
ON THE BASIS OF SEXNot all heroes wear capes
Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer share great chemistry and do great justice to their real-life counterparts, and you can shed a tear over and be grateful for the path forged by those before us.
The Kid Who Would Be King - A fresh look at an old tale
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KINGA fresh look at an old tale
The film isn’t as funny or as scary as you’d like it to be, but its biggest and most important strength is its message, and it couldn’t be more timely.
Glass - It's clear as... mud
GLASSIt's clear as... mud
After a series of failures for the once-sought after M. Night Shymalan, he came back with a vengeance with ‘Split’ only to, as it turns out, squander his “time in the light” once again.
Green Book - An unexpected gem for 'Dumb & Dumber' director
GREEN BOOKAn unexpected gem for 'Dumb & Dumber' director
Director Peter Farrelly has created a multi-layered, textured piece, and Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen do remarkable jobs. You'll be hearing a lot about this film in the lead-up to the Oscars.
The Front Runner - A tone-deaf look at what could have been
THE FRONT RUNNERA tone-deaf look at what could have been
Five years ago, ‘The Front Runner’ could have been a standout, but today it just comes off as tone deaf. Well made, but tone deaf.
Ralph Breaks The Internet - He said he was gonna wreck it, and he did
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNETHe said he was gonna wreck it, and he did
There are some laughs and the animation is just as great as the first film, but no new ground is covered and it comes off as painfully average... and about 20 minutes too long.
Peppermint - We and Jennifer Garner deserve better
PEPPERMINTWe and Jennifer Garner deserve better
There are simply too many potential actions set pieces here that are underplayed or glossed over. We expected more here.
Colette - The myth, The legend, The Claudine
COLETTEThe myth, The legend, The Claudine
While a wonderful and gloriously rich film which also serves as hauntingly modern in subject, feminist and queer themes, this extraordinary woman's story has been told rather tamely.
Instant Family - You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to adopt kids!
INSTANT FAMILYYou'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to adopt kids!
The film ebbs and flows with beautiful timing between hilarious moments and those that are either gut-wrenchingly emotional or that much needed pull on the heart-strings.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - A fantastic failure for the Potterverse
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALDA fantastic failure for the Potterverse
J.K. Rowling did a really terrible job with this screenplay. The whole thing is lazy, contrived, and has way too much exposition.
A Star Is Born - Keep the music, ditch the rest
A STAR IS BORNKeep the music, ditch the rest
This film has all the ingredients to rock audiences to their core with characters and a tale that truly means something.
Cool Runnings 25th Anniversary - Top 5 Olympic Films since 1993
COOL RUNNINGS 25TH ANNIVERSARYTop 5 Olympic Films since 1993
To usher in a quarter of a century of ‘Cool Runnings’, Jess has compiled a list of the best Winer/Summer Olympic films since 1993.
Smallfoot - An important lesson with music to lead the way
SMALLFOOTAn important lesson with music to lead the way
The animation is cute, bright and easily digestible for tiny human eyes. Despite the heavy subject matter, this film displays great humour delivered by adorable and fun characters.
I Am Paul Walker - A loving tribute, but for fans only
I AM PAUL WALKERA loving tribute, but for fans only
A charming look at the Paul Walker the public never got to see, and provides a wonderful eulogy to the man that fans will enjoy.
Ladies In Black - It doesn't have the
LADIES IN BLACKIt doesn't have the "Goodes"
‘Ladies in Black’ left me feeling bored and borderline appalled that this film will be seen as a representation of not only ourselves but our country as artists and filmmakers.
You Were Never Really Here - Brutal yet beautiful
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HEREBrutal yet beautiful
The shots are long, the sets are dark, the dialogue is sparse, and the action is brutal. Joaquin Phoenix embodies Joe, from his excessive physical damage to his uncompromising heart.
The Happytime Murders - Filthy felt
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERSFilthy felt
The talent was there, the trailer proved that it was funny, it was also a genuine detective story - so why does it fail?
Book Club - A waste of great talent
BOOK CLUBA waste of great talent
First-time director Bill Holderman has proven he has a lot to learn about women... and comedy... and storytelling. These are four of the most iconic women in cinema, and they deserved so much better.
SuperFly - Super nah
SUPERFLYSuper nah
There is nothing standout about the film. The screenplay is terrible, the cast may have some talent but it’s hard to see through the mess, and everything else you’re just too busy cringing at.
The Spy Who Dumped Me - Girl power fizzles
THE SPY WHO DUMPED MEGirl power fizzles
It’s neither the raucous comedy nor the smart savvy spy you want, but McKinnon is gold and the film’s saving grace.
Three Identical Strangers - Triple the twists and turns
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERSTriple the twists and turns
The story of these three men is remarkable and the film matches it, right until the last frame. It will have you hooked - it's simply unmissable.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights - A love letter to Mel Brooks on the film's 25th anniversary
ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTSA love letter to Mel Brooks on the film's 25th anniversary
It's 25 years since 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' first hit cinema screens, and Jess has penned a love letter to her idol Mel Brooks to thank him for years of comedy.
Skyscraper - It crashes and burns
SKYSCRAPERIt crashes and burns
Johnson does his stock-standard performance as an affable brick wall who tries to downplay his physical size and fails. Void of quality, fun and originality, there’s not much going for ‘Skyscraper’.
The Gospel According to André - Fashion favours the brave
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉFashion favours the brave
This beautiful and rare look into the man inside the man is a gift to all fashion, history and influencer lovers.
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