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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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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.
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.
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.
Coming To America turns 30 - Five films featuring actors playing multiple roles
COMING TO AMERICA TURNS 30Five films featuring actors playing multiple roles
30 years after 'Coming to America' first hit the big screen, we count down the top 5 movies where actors play multiple roles.
Hearts Beat Loud - An incomplete medley
HEARTS BEAT LOUDAn incomplete medley
All the elements are there - the cast, the music, the story - it just doesn’t know what to do with them. There's a beautiful heart and loveable characters, but not much else.
Tag - Game on!
TAGGame on!
It’s fun and energetic with a terrific concept, and most of the cast looking like they're having so much fun onscreen - but Isla Fisher consistently steals the spotlight and the laughs.
Hard Paint - A colourful addition to cinema's queer comeback
HARD PAINTA colourful addition to cinema's queer comeback
It captures the isolation and loneness with its dark, ominous and vast yet isolated shots, and is magnified by newcomer Shico Menegat’s quiet, fresh and beautiful performance.
Adrift - A tale of survival and love - and who can pass up that combo?
ADRIFTA tale of survival and love - and who can pass up that combo?
This harrowing tale of love and survival hits all the right notes you’d expect it to, but what puts this above the rest is its stars.
The Ice King - So much more than a champion figure skater
THE ICE KINGSo much more than a champion figure skater
A great starting off point to learn more about John Curry, but it’s sadly not the be-all and end-all biography of this tragic yet beautiful life.
The Breaker Upperers - Another soon-to-be New Zealand comedy classic
THE BREAKER UPPERERSAnother soon-to-be New Zealand comedy classic
This is the low-budget indie darling you hope and expect it to be, and will surely become an instant classic, all while showing off New Zealand’s wickedly dry sense of humour and originality.
Tea with the Dames - Delightful yet without substance
TEA WITH THE DAMESDelightful yet without substance
The interaction between these incredible women is pure delight - the playfully snide comments, the lapses in memory, the inside jokes, the shared decades of joy and sorrow, the champagne guzzling.
Deadpool 2 - Just when you thought it couldn't get any better - or filthier...
DEADPOOL 2Just when you thought it couldn't get any better - or filthier...
While funny and entertaining, it's a bit same same but different - similar jokes, same people - but rest assured, Deadpool comes to party.
Tully - It's a hat-trick of Cody and Reitman
TULLYIt's a hat-trick of Cody and Reitman
With little to no dialogue, Reitman reveals the monotony of this thankless life of a mother of three. No great tragedy has befallen our protagonist, she’s just like all of us - overwhelmed by life.
I Feel Pretty - Witty and bright!
I FEEL PRETTYWitty and bright!
This is about the power of confidence and self-esteem - and while the film is cute and fun, it doesn’t quite deliver on the laugh-out-loud good times we’ve come to expect from Amy Schumer.
Super Troopers 2 - Same same and still funny
SUPER TROOPERS 2Same same and still funny
It may not be the best made movie and it’s not exactly the “thinking man’s comedy”, but it’s comedy nonetheless and it’s going to make someone laugh. Is that someone you? You’d be surprised.
Isle of Dogs - A whimsical comedy for dog and animation lovers
ISLE OF DOGSA whimsical comedy for dog and animation lovers
Funny, charming, dry, heartfelt and set among the rich and vast Japanese culture, is there a story more powerful or universal than a little boy and the bond shared with his beloved dog?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Post-war romance meets detective story
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETYPost-war romance meets detective story
This is a detective story - with so many players and secrets, the story slowly unfolds. Lily James is, as always, transfixing, Michiel Huisman is handsome, and the supporting cast are all great.
A Quiet Place - A smart, silent take on the horror genre
A QUIET PLACEA smart, silent take on the horror genre
The story of ‘A Quiet Place’ at its core is family, and is the film’s biggest strength. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are wonderful, but young Millicent Simmonds is the breakaway star.
Early Man - I would rather watch actual soccer
EARLY MANI would rather watch actual soccer
While it may look like an Aardman film, it lacks that sparkle and incredible detail that always sets it apart. Story-wise it’s completely uninspired. Shame.
That's Not My Dog! - A great laugh-a-minute Aussie night out
THAT'S NOT MY DOG!A great laugh-a-minute Aussie night out
With almost 100 jokes told in just under 90 minutes, this is a non-stop laugh-fest. Featuring 30 comedians, it's sure to leave you in stitches and feeling a million bucks.
Peter Rabbit - Cheeky and funny but a very different breed of bunny
PETER RABBITCheeky and funny but a very different breed of bunny
From the get-go, the film is cheeky, funny and a non-stop whirlwind of fur, slap-stick and mayhem - but it's not the Peter Rabbit you know; this is 21st century rabbit for a 21st century audience.
Finding Your Feet - The comedy that's not a comedy
FINDING YOUR FEETThe comedy that's not a comedy
With such a stellar British cast, the blame here falls on the writers and their parochial screenplay. For a film about ageing, two writers barely 40-years-old was not the way to go.
Five best on-screen partnerships - Celebrating the 20th anniversary of 'The Wedding Singer'
FIVE BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIPSCelebrating the 20th anniversary of 'The Wedding Singer'
Is there anything not to love about the 1998 classic ‘The Wedding Singer’? 20 years after it hit the big screen, we celebrate by looking at the best on-screen partnerships.
In The Fade - Vigilante justice
IN THE FADEVigilante justice
What 'In The Fade' is trying to say and what it becomes are two different things. However, Kruger delivers a powerful and heartbreaking performance, and it’s the best she’s been in years, if not ever.
Fifty Shades Freed - One last O - as in OMG this is bad
FIFTY SHADES FREEDOne last O - as in OMG this is bad
Ana’s character is much stronger in this third instalment, which is a minor win but it’s all marred by that same woeful dialogue. Definitely a film for the true believers only.
Lady Bird - This <i>is</i> the best version of herself
LADY BIRDThis is the best version of herself
Filled with the kind of charm and empathy, writer/director Greta Gerwig thrives in telling that all-too-powerful, painful and empowering transition from adolescence to adulthood.
I, Tonya - So much more than an ice skating movie
I, TONYASo much more than an ice skating movie
So much more than a figure skating movie, this is about endurance and watching someone get up every day to live in a world and compete in a rigged sport - and Margot Robbie's performance is gold.
The Shape Of Water - A modern fairytale for the adults
THE SHAPE OF WATERA modern fairytale for the adults
This may not be the kind of fairytale you should read to kids in bed at night, but it’ll still leave you with those long-lost childhood feelings of astonishment and reverence.
All The Money In The World - No amount of recasting could save this film
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLDNo amount of recasting could save this film
This is one of history’s most fascinating stories. While wonderfully acted and beautifully shot, ‘All the Money in the World’ is a superficial look at “the value of money” and the cost of family.
The Commuter - Jump on board this slow train for mild action only
THE COMMUTERJump on board this slow train for mild action only
What should be an awesome, tension-filled thrill ride is nothing more than a mildly excitable trip on a commuter train. While the stakes are high, you’re never really sure if they’re real.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - Jack Black <i>is</i> the reason to see this movie
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLEJack Black is the reason to see this movie
The appeal of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is witnessing big-name stars act like their teenage counterparts - but Jack Black is the reason to see this movie.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Disturbingly funny and brilliantly acted
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURIDisturbingly funny and brilliantly acted
This is one of the most moving films of the year - Martin McDonagh’s films are always a breath of bittersweet fresh air, and Frances McDormand’s finest performance since the Oscar-winning ‘Fargo’.
Wonder Wheel - Inert and boring
WONDER WHEELInert and boring
Not a single character is likeable, nor can they provoke an ounce of empathy. This 100 minutes felt like forever with not even Kate Winslet to save you from ‘Wonder Wheel’s’ mind-numbing boredom.
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