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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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Daniel Isn't Real - Smart and sinister psychological horror
DANIEL ISN'T REAL
Smart and sinister psychological horror
A slickly directed, spooky and surprisingly empathetic film about the monsters that dwell in the human mind.
What Will Become Us - The man behind an iconic Australian brand
WHAT WILL BECOME US
The man behind an iconic Australian brand
An emotional and absorbing story that works to humanise a billionaire. Australian audiences won’t look at the familiar Westfield logo in the same light after watching this documentary.
Playing with Fire - Put out this flaming mess
PLAYING WITH FIRE
Put out this flaming mess
While the film does have the potential to be fun, what was unexpected was just how bland it is. Although John Cena is charismatic as hell, the rest of the film isn’t that hot.
Children of the Sea - Sunk by a soggy script
CHILDREN OF THE SEA
Sunk by a soggy script
This film epitomises the risk that filmmakers take with adapting a long-running or ongoing manga - a vast amount of material has to be peeled back to the core essentials..
Playmobil: The Movie - Reassemble this play kit
PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE
Reassemble this play kit
While the first ten minutes are very wild, the film loses steam quickly and becomes yet another bland forgettable kids' film. It sincerely misses the mark of being a fun adventure film.
The Queen's Corgi - Barking up the wrong tree
THE QUEEN'S CORGI
Barking up the wrong tree
This is one film to skip if you’re looking for an entertaining kids film. Definitely not one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The Wild Goose Lake - Supremely stylish neon-noir
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
Supremely stylish neon-noir
Owing a debt to Nicolas Winding Refn, Diao Yinan’s sophomore feature may be little more than an exercise in style, but it’s certainly a dazzling and mythic one.
Ask Dr Ruth - A documentary on 90th birthday parties, Nazi Germany and sex
ASK DR RUTH
A documentary on 90th birthday parties, Nazi Germany and sex
Dr Ruth is so much more than just a 90-year-old with the big balls to talk about sex. This is the story of a strong woman who finally gains recognition for her long service to society.
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
STANDING UP FOR SUNNY
A 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.
The Addams Family - They're altogether boring, the Addams Family
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
They're altogether boring, the Addams Family
Yet another bland, boring animated kids film. It isn’t terribly insulting to the Addams legacy because it feels so far removed from it. Don’t waste your time; just show your kids the 90s films.
Knives Out - A whodunnit worthy of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
KNIVES OUT
A whodunnit worthy of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
Mystery fans rejoice: this is an impeccable cinematic achievement, laced with sardonic wit, division and conflict, and of course a perplexing puzzle. This is easily one of the most fun films of 2019.
Frozen 2 - Elsa and Anna return with the magic (mostly) intact
FROZEN 2
Elsa and Anna return with the magic (mostly) intact
It is a pity that the story never finds its feet; a combination of this level of craft and a real ripper of a yarn would have made this a slam-dunk. As it stands, the magic is still there.
Suzi Q - Celebrating a female rock icon
SUZI Q
Celebrating a female rock icon
A profile of a versatile, passionate and insatiable performer, who dedicated her life to being on stage, on her own terms. Essential for fans and anyone with an interest in feminism and music.
Fisherman's Friends - A great catch for a film about friendship and music
FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS
A great catch for a film about friendship and music
If it’s been a long week, a film about a group of unlikely elderly men winning big by doing what they love with the ones they love is exactly what you need. It’s a great story, and needed to be told.
Official Secrets - Exposing lies at a time of war
OFFICIAL SECRETS
Exposing lies at a time of war
As much as it never quite finds its groove, it’s still an often thrilling and genuinely entertaining film, profiling an important figure in the movement against the Iraq War.
Marriage Story - Simply extraordinary
MARRIAGE STORY
Simply extraordinary
It’s shocking that a film so simple can be so nearly flawless. As an ugly portrait of two flawed people it's never easy to watch, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences in years.
Ford v Ferrari - A racing biopic that's right on track
FORD v FERRARI
A racing biopic that's right on track
An impressive biopic that rarely strays from its path. A melding of entertainment and creativity, this should be considered both a commercial and critical success.
Charlie's Angels - A new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
CHARLIE'S ANGELS
A new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
2019's reboot is a fun watch with a great cast, especially a scene-stealing Kristen Stewart. If you like pure joy, it's highly recommend you check it out on the big screen.
The Report - Truth and idealism versus the administrative state
THE REPORT
Truth and idealism versus the administrative state
The film boils down to the idea of truth and morality versus the administrative state, and a country not living up to its ideals. With America more polarised than ever, this film couldn’t be more timely.
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.
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1917 - Sam Mendes' personal war story
1917
Sam Mendes' personal war story
A brilliant piece of art, and clearly a personal project for Sam Mendes. It's sure to entertain audiences and garner respect from critics for its execution.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - Back to the barn for another round of heartwarming fun
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON
Back to the barn for another round of heartwarming fun
It isn’t as a sure-fire hit as the first film, but like all of Aardman's works, it’s another fun adventure with creative animation, charming characters and a heartwarming story.
Sorry We Missed You - An incisive look at the struggle against debt
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
An incisive look at the struggle against debt
A film about family dynamics, it’s in the quiet observation of working-class parents and their children that 83-year-old Ken Loach’s latest film hits its nuanced, deeply emotional notes.
Finding Farideh - An emotional & moving documentary for Iran's Oscar submission
FINDING FARIDEH
An emotional & moving documentary for Iran's Oscar submission
All everyone is after here is closure. Whether or not anyone finds it - well, you’ll have to watch and find out, but this moving and revealing story is worth it.
The Truth - A well-intentioned trip down a well-worn path
THE TRUTH
A well-intentioned trip down a well-worn path
If ‘Shoplifters’ was a beautifully-crafted painting, this would be stick figure doodles. Catherine Deneuve gives the best performance, with Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke criminally underutilised.
Love, Antosha - A star taken too soon
LOVE, ANTOSHA
A star taken too soon
It manages to capture the essence, cheek and love Anton Yelchin brought into the world, and the of heartache his passing. It may be a very long time before we see a talent like his again.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was - Half insight, half PR exercise
LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS
Half insight, half PR exercise
There are scenes that are fascinating and genuinely absorbing and show a vulnerable side of Liam rarely seen in public, but the documentary, unfortunately, morphs into a full-blown hagiography.
Werewolf - Struggling for survival in post-war Poland
WEREWOLF
Struggling for survival in post-war Poland
Combining wartime drama and survival horror instead of merely taking a gruesome premise and throwing it to the wolves, this is a thoughtful, understated and quietly powerful film.
The Professor and the Madman - Mel Gibson's dictionary origin story a dry read
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
Mel Gibson's dictionary origin story a dry read
The cast - a who's who of British cinema - does an admiral job with the source material they are given, but who would have thought a film about how the dictionary was made would be dull?
Vivarium - What makes a house a (horrific) home?
VIVARIUM
What makes a house a (horrific) home?
The film explores the perils of suburbia by satirising typical issues and offering up grotesque caricatures of real-life parenting discomforts.
The Operative - Finding the humanity in espionage
THE OPERATIVE
Finding the humanity in espionage
If you’re after a character-focused espionage drama with an emphasis on realism rather than a James Bond-style spy caper, 'The Operative' is worth checking out.
Color Out of Space - A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
Combining the unholy trio of Nicolas Cage, H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Stanley seems like insane brilliance on paper, which is why it’s so disappointing that this film is a bit of a slog.
30 years since 'Steel Magnolias' - The female-led films that made me
30 YEARS SINCE 'STEEL MAGNOLIAS'
The female-led films that made me
So many of the films that I’ve loved, worshipped and quoted ad nauseam to this day are so deliciously women-centric - I must have just naturally gravitated towards them.
Greener Grass - A deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
GREENER GRASS
A deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
Distorting reality through a dreamlike lens, the filmmakers created a world of blunt allegories and social antagonisms, perverted by a unique style into a manic, nearly unclassifiable black comedy.
Untogether - Not even the cast could keep this one together
UNTOGETHER
Not even the cast could keep this one together
It wants to be deep and meaningful, but fails at both. It turns into a boring snoozefest; all the characters are bland and too full of themselves to even come close to being relatable.
Jewish International Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
The reviews
SWITCH has explored this year's Jewish International Film Festival program to bring you the best films from the festival!
The Irishman - Kissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
THE IRISHMAN
Kissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
This isn’t telling one story, but a number of stories spanning decades with same dangerous gangsters, sharing the same threads of beautiful cinematography, great visual effects and patient editing.
Dark Whispers Vol. 1 - A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
DARK WHISPERS VOL. 1
A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
After flicking through every page and watching the eerie stories brought to life by 11 talented Australian female filmmakers, you’ll quickly decide on your own favourites and be left wanting more.
Doctor Sleep - Here’s 'The Shining' Stephen King has been waiting for
DOCTOR SLEEP
Here’s 'The Shining' Stephen King has been waiting for
Some 'Shining' fans will see it as a perfect follow-up, others will deem it too different. It’s a fun supernatural horror aided by fantastic performances by Rebecca Ferguson and Kyliegh Curran.
Emu Runner - Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
EMU RUNNER
Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
With incredible cinematography, this film supports the creation and telling of Indigenous stories, by Indigenous people, with Indigenous actors.
BOX OFFICE week ending 11 December 2019
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FROZEN 2
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KNIVES OUT
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
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THE GOOD LIAR
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FORD V FERRARI
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LAST CHRISTMAS
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CHARLIE'S ANGELS
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JOKER 21
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FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS
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PAT PATNI AUR WOH
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