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BOMBSHELL (2020)
Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell and Allison Janney. Directed by Jay Roach.

REVIEWS Bombshell - An important yet uninspired look at Fox News’ sex scandal

DESTROYER (2019)
Starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy, Toby Huss, James Jordan, Beau Knapp and Jade Pettyjohn. Directed by Karyn Kusama.

The moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

REVIEWS Destroyer - A gritty, damaging neo-noir

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE (2017)
Starring Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, Dee Dee Rescher, Brian Posehn, Grey Griffin and Fred Tatasciore. Directed by David Soren and Rob Letterman.

An epic feature film about a hero and his underpants. It’s about two boys who create a homemade comic book character that becomes real when they hypnotise their fun-crushing school principal and convince him that he... is tra-la-la... Captain Underpants.

REVIEWS Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Colourful but childish

COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2017)
Starring Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris. Directed by David Frankel.

When a successful New York advertising executive experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.

REVIEWS Collateral Beauty - Collateral damage

WHY HIM? (2016)
Starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco and Zoey Deutch. Directed by John Hamburg.

Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird. The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry - and Ned’s panic level - escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

REVIEWS Why Him? - A foul-mouthed family comedy

GHOSTBUSTERS 3D (2016)
Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance and Michael Kenneth Williams. Directed by Paul Feig.

REVIEWS Ghostbusters - Girlpower of the supernatural kind

TRUMBO (2016)
Starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.k., Elle Fanning, Alan Tyduk, Dean O'Gorman and David James Elliott. Directed by Jay Roach.

In this fascinating true story, Dalton Trumbo is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted in 1947 by the studios under the direction of the infamous House Committee on Un-American Activities. Holding strong to a belief in free speech and refusing to name "suspicious" friends, Trumbo was vilified in the communist witch-hunt that took place in America at the height of the Cold War. He was exiled professionally, sentenced to a year in prison for Contempt of Congress, and drawn into battle with the absurd Red-hating gossip columnist Hedda Hooper. With an irrepressible creative talent, Trumbo would find his way back into Hollywood, writing several scripts under pseudonyms during his exile, including Roman Holiday, and winning two Academy Awards under an alias.

REVIEWS Trumbo - The dark side of Hollywood

THE INTERN (2015)
Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Andrew Rannells, Adam Davine, Nat Wolff, Anders Holm, Linda Lavin and Zack Pearlman. Directed by Nancy Meyers.

The owner of a successful fashion website bonds with the elderly intern her company's hired.

REVIEWS The Intern - A frustrating tale lurks below the surface

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR (2015)
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Wallace Wolodarsky, Keir Dullea, Beth Dixon, Georgia Lyman, William Xifaras and Mary O'Rourke. Directed by Maya Forbes.

A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young and spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

REVIEWS Infinitely Polar Bear - Sensitively honest

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013)
Starring Ben Stiller - Walter Mitty, Kristen Wiig, Shirley Maclaine, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Ben Stiller.

In his secret life, Walter Mitty dreams big... really, really big. There’s no challenge beyond his grasp, be it climbing a massive glacier or rescuing a senior citizen from an exploding building. When he’s not daydreaming, the not-so-secret life of Walter Mitty is the opposite of his heroic alter-ego’s; he’s just an everyday guy facing imminent career downsizing, who’s too timid to ask out his pretty co-worker. But when Walter faces his ultimate real-world test, he springs into action on a global adventure exceeding anything even he could have dreamed of.

REVIEWS The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty - Escape
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty - Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig at the Australian remiere

ONE CHANCE (2013)
Starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Colm Meaney, Julie Walters, Simon Cowell, Kathryn Drysdale and Jemima Rooper. Directed by David Frankel.

An aspiring singer becomes a reality-show sensation.

REVIEWS One Chance - When the underdog sings opera

HOPE SPRINGS (2012)
Starring Meryl Streep - Kay Soames, Tommy Lee Jones - Arnold Soames and Steve Carell - Dr Bernie Feld. Directed by David Frankel.
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