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259 feature films. 19 days. 1 city. The 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival was a huge success - check out our reviews here!x
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SWITCHCast 'Rockabul' director Travis Beard and 'Thunder Road' actor/writer/director Jim Cummings Interviews
Charlie and Ashley present a special episode of SWITCHCast, with interviews with Travis Beard, the director of 'Rockabul', and the writer, director and star of 'Thunder Road', Jim Cummings.
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The Australian Dream - The conversation Australia needs to have
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
The conversation Australia needs to have
Watch this documentary and talk about it. We need to re-evaluate how we acted during this extremely recent period of our history, and forge a better way forward.
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - The man behind the jazz legend
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
The man behind the jazz legend
By humanising a musical genius, we end up with an engrossing, hilarious, informative and heartbreaking look at the Miles Davis that music fans thought they knew.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Another Tarantino classic
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Another 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.
A Dog's Journey - Barking up the same tree for a third time
A DOG'S JOURNEY
Barking 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.
Late Night - The ladies of comedy have come to make waves
LATE NIGHT
The ladies of comedy have come to make waves
Is ‘Late Night’ a perfect film? No, but it is funny, and a lot of issues including gender and racial equality get their share of screen time. It's is definitely worth the privilege of our time.
Midsommar - Ari Aster brings the gore but lacks the emotion
MIDSOMMAR
Ari 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
Palm Beach - Aussie dream cast, unwelcoming dinner party
PALM BEACH
Aussie 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.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Very furious, not so fast
FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW
Very furious, not so fast
By this point in the franchise, ‘Fast & Furious’ fans will know exactly what to expect from ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, and there’s just enough here that's fresh enough to warrant taking another ride.
Ophelia - Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' with a modern twist
OPHELIA
Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' with a modern twist
Fine by way of entertainment, but doesn't do justice to the intricacies of the original story. It's incredible in all elements of filmmaking, but lacks the true heart and layers of Shakespeare's work.
The Public - Hot idea, chilly execution
THE PUBLIC
Hot idea, chilly execution
It’s obvious that Emilio Estevez has crafted something he's passionate about, but the script is so entry-level that it struggles to challenge audiences, preferring to aim for universal appeal.
The Scoundrels - Fun, fast-paced action-thrills from Taiwan
THE SCOUNDRELS
Fun, fast-paced action-thrills from Taiwan
Your Face - A contemplative portrait of ageing
YOUR FACE
A contemplative portrait of ageing
A film that creates portraits in time, taking time to find the beauty in the normalcy of life.
Defend, Conserve, Protect - Guardians of the ocean
DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT
Guardians of the ocean
A riveting documentary that celebrates the bravery of the Sea Shepherd crew, but to open eyes to the urgency needed to end whaling once and for all. Prepare to leave the cinema inspired and moved.
The Keeper - The true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
THE KEEPER
The true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
War tales are a dime a dozen, but this is certainly a unique story. Itks hard to imagine there’ll be another like it in the future.
The Lion King - A catastrophic and soulless remake of a Disney classic
THE LION KING
A catastrophic and soulless remake of a Disney classic
Rendered thunderously dull, lacking in any tension or complex characterisation, this film makes it abundantly clear that Disney has no interest in making great cinema or honouring its own legacy.
Apollo 11 - A transcendent journey to the Moon
APOLLO 11
A transcendent journey to the Moon
This feels more like a time-travelling thriller and less like a conventional documentary. We're not so much hearing what happened in the past as seeing it happen before our eyes.
Booksmart - Say hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
BOOKSMART
Say 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.
Hail Satan? - A hell of a fascinating documentary
HAIL SATAN?
A hell of a fascinating documentary
This is an unconventional community battling conformity and demanding separation of church and state. Set aside your preconceived notions of Satanism - it's a hell of an eye-opening experience.
Stuber - An über-fun 90 minutes but little more
STUBER
An 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.
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
THE THIRD WIFE
Artistic, painful and beautiful
May’s story as a pregnant 14-year-old bride is handled with such grace and delicacy - it’s an intoxicating, heart-wrenching experience.
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And Then We Danced - A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
AND THEN WE DANCED
A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
Levan Akin has made a remarkable film, a passionate dance for love, for country, for tradition, for art and for survival. This will easily go down as an LBGTIQ+ classic.
Amazing Grace - A stunning moment from Aretha Franklin's life
WIN AMAZING GRACE
A stunning moment from Aretha Franklin's life
Win one of five double passes to see the life-affirming Aretha Franklin documentary 'Amazing Grace' in cinemas.
The Nightingale - A dark, vengeful song
WIN THE NIGHTINGALE
A dark, vengeful song
Win one of five double passes to see the controversial 'The Nightingale' in cinemas.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire - A perfect film on the language of desire
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
A perfect film on the language of desire
This is a rare and precious film, breathtaking in its craft and intensely honest in its passions, and one of the best films of this or any year. This is great, great cinema.
Pain and Glory - Almodóvar delivers a rhapsodic masterwork
PAIN AND GLORY
Almodóvar delivers a rhapsodic masterwork
A portrait of an artist entering the last act of their lives, looking back at what they have created and the battlefield left in their wake, and facing the fear of never creating again.
You Don't Nomi - 'Showgirls': shit or masterpiece of shit?
YOU DON'T NOMI
'Showgirls': shit or masterpiece of shit?
As the film trots along, more evidence is wheeled out, causing your opinion to flop minute to minute. There’s drag queens, a satirical musical, more boobs than you could possibly imagine!
Ray & Liz - Not your typical
RAY & LIZ
Not your typical "poverty porn" flick
It may be dour, but it's also vital, edgy and progressive. This drama crackles with angry energy, and reflects how grim life really was and still can be for large parts of the population.
Daffodils - New Zealand Musical almost in full bloom
DAFFODILS
New 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.
Okko's Inn - A gentle tale of ghosts and human kindness
OKKO'S INN
A gentle tale of ghosts and human kindness
An exceptionally gentle exploration of death, trauma and simple human kindness (as well as Japanese culture) that's charming and effective at pleasing its young audience.
Matthias and Maxime - A magical film on the complexity of friendship and love
MATTHIAS AND MAXIME
A magical film on the complexity of friendship and love
This is a tender love story beautifully told, made with such love and care, sincerity and grace, showcasing everything that makes Xavier Dolan such an arresting filmmaker.
The Day Shall Come - A hilarious take on a flawed system
THE DAY SHALL COME
A hilarious take on a flawed system
While never takes its scathing satire to its limits, it’s an enjoyable romp that’s sure to divide audiences as much as it makes them laugh.
A Family - A unique and intriguing premise that never finds its feet
A FAMILY
A unique and intriguing premise that never finds its feet
There’s a tremendous amount of promise in the film from Jayden Stevens, and while it’s certainly an ambitious undertaking, never comes together in the end.
Young Ahmed - A disappointment from a world of talent
YOUNG AHMED
A disappointment from a world of talent
There’s just an inherent "something" missing here that could be blamed on a number of factors, all of which stem from behind the camera.
The Souvenir - A flawed but fascinating act of autobiography
THE SOUVENIR
A flawed but fascinating act of autobiography
There’s no doubt that we’re witnessing something deeply personal, and some moments are shattering in their honesty, while other aspects seem to lack an objective understanding for its viewers.
Memory: The Origins of Alien - Three Men and a Xenomorph
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN
Three Men and a Xenomorph
A comprehensive look at the three men who created 'Alien' and the influences which bled together into a masterpiece.
Extra Ordinary - Just plain old ordinary
EXTRA ORDINARY
Just plain old ordinary
At its best, the film is alive with light humour and a clumsy romance. But it's too uneven - with a wonky tone, hit-and-miss jokes and annoying acting - to be anything more than merely ordinary.
The Seer and the Unseen - Elves and environmentalism under the Northern Lights
THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN
Elves and environmentalism under the Northern Lights
A documentary that looks past the beauty of Iceland to see the life of one extraordinary environmentalist and her struggle against the mindless wheels of bureaucracy under the Northern Lights.
Carmine Street Guitars - Heartfelt #GuitarPorn
CARMINE STREET GUITARS
Heartfelt #GuitarPorn
The most enjoyable music documentary of the year. The genuine passion for guitars and music felt by all the participants in the film reverberates out of the screen and into the hearts of the audience.
Jawline - Yo! Please
JAWLINE
Yo! Please "like" me, I want to be famous
Watch from start to finish, then think back to the first two minutes of the film. Can you still see what’s to come? Is the sparkle still there? Or has the filter been deleted?
Monos - A hypnagogic mix of teen angst and warfare
MONOS
A hypnagogic mix of teen angst and warfare
This film is a mood, an aesthetic, an idea; a sensory cinematic experience more than a story.
BOX OFFICE week ending 14 August 2019
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THE LION KING
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FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS AND SHAW
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PALM BEACH
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DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN
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LATE NIGHT
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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
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TOY STORY 4
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BRING THE SOUL: THE MOVIE
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YESTERDAY
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MIDSOMMAR
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