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SWITCHCast Episode 43: Breath, The Gateway, National Theatre Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Chris discuss the week's films, and share their predictions of the year's biggest upcoming films that were glimpsed at this year's CinemaCon.
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My Friend Dahmer - A haunting portrait of a serial killer as a young man
MY FRIEND DAHMER
A haunting portrait of a serial killer as a young man
It’s a portrait of the abyss of loneliness, and how that abyss can swallow you whole. It offers not shock and horror, but something all the more human, affecting and haunting.
Entebbe - A political thriller missing a real human touch
ENTEBBE
A political thriller missing a real human touch
Aiming to focus on the political tug-of-war and machinations of the event, it lacks any real connection to the people involved. Take it in for the history lesson, but stay for its thrilling finale.
Gringo - A uniquely entertaining addition to the comedy crime genre
GRINGO
A uniquely entertaining addition to the comedy crime genre
It’s not perfect. In fact, it’s a minefield of a story, but it is highly enterprising, pleasantly unique, and never boring. This is an enjoyable and inventive addition to the crime comedy genre.
The Bookshop - Faded and musty
THE BOOKSHOP
Faded and musty
There are lot of ways to describe the overall tone of this film, like cloying, twee or simply very, very British. It’s a dull, ultra-genteel combination of all three.
BPM - Queer history, honoured and invigorated
BPM
Queer history, honoured and invigorated
This is a new queer classic which offers a hard-won opportunity to honour those who fought for change before us, and celebrate their humanity, their temerity, and their victories.
Deadpool 2 - Just when you thought it couldn't get any better - or filthier...
DEADPOOL 2
Just 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
TULLY
It'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.
Midnight Oil: 1984 - The power and the passion
MIDNIGHT OIL: 1984
The power and the passion
This isn’t just a definitive look at an iconic band but also a fascinating snapshot of Australian music and politics during the 80s.
On Body and Soul - Feel this film with every fibre of your being
ON BODY AND SOUL
Feel this film with every fibre of your being
A superb example of filmmaking craft, with stunning visuals, but its somewhat uneven script does create its own challenges. Still, if you want cinema that makes you feel, this is definitely for you.
Crooked House - In dire need of a few renovations
CROOKED HOUSE
In dire need of a few renovations
This adaptation of Agatha Christie's ‘Crooked House’ was killed not only by the joyless, workmanlike direction, but also with assistance from the wooden, charisma-free acting of its leads.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Presented by National Theatre Live
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Presented by National Theatre Live
For a play that burns with longing and pain and soul, this production just ends up being banal, obnoxious and aimless.
Breath - Like riding a big wave and then wiping out
BREATH
Like riding a big wave and then wiping out
Watching Simon Baker’s ‘Breath’ was like paddling out into pristine surf and catching a few big, clean waves for an hour, only for the skies to suddenly cloud over and the wind to change.
Double Lover - Softcore pornography for cinephiles
DOUBLE LOVER
Softcore pornography for cinephiles
Nothing about ‘Double Lover’ feels remotely safe. If you dig Hitchcock and his oeuvre, you’ll enjoy the abundance of spiral staircases, doppelgängers and “dark others”.
Avengers: Infinity War - Throwing down the gauntlet on the superhero genre
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Throwing down the gauntlet on the superhero genre
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a must-see blockbuster event. You won’t see a better blockbuster this year. It doesn’t hit every note perfectly, but when it does, it does so spectacularly.
Gurrumul - A celebration of music, culture and friendship
GURRUMUL
A celebration of music, culture and friendship
This film is both a fitting epitaph for a musical legend as well as timely reminder that there is still far too great of a gap for Indigenous Australians in the area of health and life expectancy.
Last Flag Flying - An emotionally-charged American anti-war film
LAST FLAG FLYING
An emotionally-charged American anti-war film
With remarkable performances from Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, this is a poignant story which balances sincerity with levity to bring us a war movie far from the front lines.
Loveless - They call me Mother (Russia)
LOVELESS
They call me Mother (Russia)
There’s an undeniable power to this merciless deconstruction of modern Russia and its discontents, and its steadfast refusal to be anything less than ruthlessly unforgiving.
Unsane - Paranoia will destroy ya
UNSANE
Paranoia will destroy ya
Not just a gimmick, but not quite transcending its pulpy genre origins, ‘Unsane’ is mean, it’s nasty, and entertaining as hell. Steven Soderbergh is clearly having a ball, and Claire Foy is stunning.
I Feel Pretty - Witty and bright!
I FEEL PRETTY
Witty 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.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Post-war romance meets detective story
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Post-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.
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Sci-fi cult TV prize pack - Win big and save the world!
WIN SCI-FI CULT TV PRIZE PACK
Win big and save the world!
With three new sci-fi and cult shows hitting Blu-ray and DVD - ‘Travelers’, ‘Blood Drive’ and ’12 Monkeys’ - we’re giving you the chance to win a pack for yourself!
Super Troopers 2 - Same same and still funny
SUPER TROOPERS 2
Same 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.
Foxtrot - An unpredictable drama that dances to its own beat
FOXTROT
An unpredictable drama that dances to its own beat
‘Foxtrot’ is emotionally tumultuous, and leaves you feeling battered. You'll be left wondering where the story is headed, as it moves from tragedy to humour and back again in the blink of an eye.
Rampage - No monkeying about
RAMPAGE
No monkeying about
An average action movie with Dwayne Johnson is almost becoming a genre unto itself, but it’s a genre that knows exactly what it is. Maybe that’s why it’s such an enjoyable guilty pleasure!
The Party - One decadent evening
THE PARTY
One decadent evening
A wickedly dark, funny and thought-provoking ride. Not a moment out of place or not needed - it’s a masterpiece, and a party you'll gladly want to attend again.
Isle of Dogs - A whimsical comedy for dog and animation lovers
ISLE OF DOGS
A 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?
Sydney Film Festival 2018 - First films of this year's festival announced
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018
First films of this year's festival announced
Today, the first wave of films have been announced for this year's calendar, so SWITCH is excited to check out the first 26 films on offer for SFF 2018!
A Quiet Place - A smart, silent take on the horror genre
A QUIET PLACE
A 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.
Pop Aye - Not your normal road trip movie
POP AYE
Not your normal road trip movie
'Pop Aye' offers a glimpse inside the true Thailand, with an endearing story about a man and his elephant trying to find their place in the world.
Walking Out - Part survival drama, part coming-of-age tale
WALKING OUT
Part survival drama, part coming-of-age tale
This compelling film belongs to Josh Wiggins and Matt Bomer, and to the gorgeous backdrop of the Montana mountains.
2001: A Space Odyssey - The 50th anniversary of Kubrick's impossible masterpiece
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
The 50th anniversary of Kubrick's impossible masterpiece
Even 50 years on, this film is one of the greatest artistic achievements in the history of our species. It is imagination at its grandest, ambition at its highest and cinema at its greatest.
Planet of the Apes - The seminal science fiction classic 50 years on
PLANET OF THE APES
The seminal science fiction classic 50 years on
The truest sign that this is one of the great works of science fiction cinema is that it has never stopped feeling relevant and immediate, and fifty years on, that's certainly the case.
Spielberg, ranked - Counting down the master director's entire filmography
SPIELBERG, RANKED
Counting down the master director's entire filmography
Inarguably, Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential filmmakers currently alive and working. We rank each and every one of his films from 1971 to 2017.
Early Man - I would rather watch actual soccer
EARLY MAN
I 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.
Ideal Home - Sweetness and spice in a crowd-pleasing combination
IDEAL HOME
Sweetness and spice in a crowd-pleasing combination
This is a huge amount of fun, with some dark, real moments peppered throughout for a real kick. With just enough sweetness to balance the mixture out, this is a surprisingly endearing film.
Love, Simon - A joyous and important milestone in mainstream cinema
LOVE, SIMON
A joyous and important milestone in mainstream cinema
This is a celebration of the beauty of being young and queer and in love for the first time, a film that is wholly good and made for no other reason than to make the world that little bit better.
A Wrinkle in Time - A gorgeous ode to the warrior in all of us
A WRINKLE IN TIME
A gorgeous ode to the warrior in all of us
It's so much more than the sum of its parts, a beautiful made and deeply heartfelt ode to imagination and integrity and the warrior in all of us, and a powerhouse performance from young Storm Reid.
The Death of Stalin - Unnerving comedy classic
THE DEATH OF STALIN
Unnerving comedy classic
It’s crass, ridiculous, gorgeously awkward and impossibly clever, delivered with wit and irreverence by an impeccable cast. It turns so beautifully from comedy to tragedy and back
The Other Side Of Hope - Charming and poetic
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
Charming and poetic
While ‘The Other Side Of Hope’ is unapologetically moral and political in its message and agenda, it also comes across as a good piece of cinema with poetry all of its own.
Blockers - Prom night disaster
BLOCKERS
Prom night disaster
This movie will leave you exceptionally well-entertained. It captures both the teenage and adult experience so successfully, and has a heart as big as John Cena’s hands.
BOX OFFICE week ending 25 April 2018
1
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
2
I FEEL PRETTY
3
PETER RABBIT
4
RAMPAGE
5
A QUIET PLACE
6
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
7
READY PLAYER ONE
8
SHERLOCK GNOMES
9
TRUTH OR DARE
10
BLOCKERS
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