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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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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - More ABBA musical madness, for better and for worse
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
More ABBA musical madness, for better and for worse
So, did ‘Mamma Mia!’ need a sequel? Not really. Is it any good? Of course not. But does that matter? Hardly an inch.
The Gospel According to André - Fashion favours the brave
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ
Fashion favours the brave
This beautiful and rare look into the man inside the man is a gift to all fashion, history and influencer lovers.
Skyscraper - It crashes and burns
SKYSCRAPER
It 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’.
Ant-Man and the Wasp - Little film packs a big punch
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Little film packs a big punch
The big and small gags deliver like in the first film and it delicately treads between kitch, comedy, action and heartwarming moments.
Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible - A fascinating portrait of an Australian cinema icon
JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE
A fascinating portrait of an Australian cinema icon
You’ll walk away with an insatiable desire to go back and watch all her great work again, with your new knowledge of her craft and philosophy, at how she conjures magic out of the marriage of images.
Mary Shelley - A paint-by-numbers biopic
MARY SHELLEY
A paint-by-numbers biopic
‘Mary Shelley’ is a serviceable biopic that features a strong turn from Fanning and decent performances elsewhere but she deserves more than a linear, Wikipedia-style trawl through her life.
Adrift - A tale of survival and love - and who can pass up that combo?
ADRIFT
A 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.
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.
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.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - An extinction-level event for the Jurassic franchise
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
An extinction-level event for the Jurassic franchise
This is been devoid of originality, sincerity or wonder, and fuelled by lazy fan servicing that demonstrates no understanding of why we were fans in the first place.
Incredibles 2 - The spectacular sequel we've all been waiting for
INCREDIBLES 2
The spectacular sequel we've all been waiting for
It's is a rip-roaring action film, full of heart and electricity, boisterous and bombastic in all the right ways, and delivering in spades after many years of anticipation.
Disobedience - An emotionally rich collision of faith and desire
DISOBEDIENCE
An emotionally rich collision of faith and desire
What binds Ronit, Esti and Dovid’s stories together is less about betrayal or passion, but our duty to our parents, our partners, our community and our faith.
Tag - Game on!
TAG
Game 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.
Upgrade - Futurism and face-smashing action
UPGRADE
Futurism and face-smashing action
‘Upgrade’, with its low budget, innovative mixtures of story and vision, and unabashed genre thrills and chills, manages to thrash out some of the metaphysics of the twenty-first century.
Hereditary - Nothing stays buried
HEREDITARY
Nothing stays buried
‘Hereditary’ is not for the faint of heart. It’s a stressful, intense ride through an escalating family tragedy with a supernatural horror twist. You have been warned.
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.
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.
I Kill Giants - Small on action, big on emotion
I KILL GIANTS
Small on action, big on emotion
If you manage to let this film in past your traps and defences, ‘I Kill Giants’ is unlikely to leave a dry eye in the room.
LBJ - Just okay
LBJ
Just okay
This feels like a film that thought it was something special when it actually never lifts off the ground. Harrelson and Donovan and the hilariously bad make-up are the only draw cards.
The Bookshop - Faded and musty
THE BOOKSHOP
Faded and musty
There are a 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.
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Funny Cow - Laughs abound
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Laughs abound
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RBG - A legal leader and pop culture icon
WIN RBG
A legal leader and pop culture icon
Win one of five double passes to see 'RBG' in cinemas.
Whitney - The true story of a musical legend
WIN WHITNEY
The true story of a musical legend
Win one of five double passes to see 'Whitney' in cinemas.
Bam Bam - A one-two punch against stereotypes
BAM BAM
A one-two punch against stereotypes
This documentary isn’t just about a female boxer hitting back against the stereotypes of her family, society and her sport. It's an impressively deep exploration of one woman’s complex identity.
Finding The Line - Skiing down the icy face of fear
FINDING THE LINE
Skiing down the icy face of fear
Best viewed on the biggest screen you can find, it's a sports documentary that raises some interesting points about how we can push ourselves past our own negative responses and personal barriers.
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2018 - The reviews
MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2018
The reviews
Take a peek at our top picks from this year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.
A Vigilante - A timely blow to the throat of toxic masculinity
A VIGILANTE
A timely blow to the throat of toxic masculinity
Intense, emotional, economically told yet fully-realised, ‘A Vigilante’ is a debut feature that signals the emergence of a brutally-skilled filmmaking talent in Sarah Daggar-Nickson.
The Field Guide to Evil - An uneven assortment of international terrors
THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL
An uneven assortment of international terrors
The quality of the film is nebulous, and difficult to trace into patterns and arcs: a horror-dream or a familiar nightmare composed of images you’ve never seen before but that feel strangely familiar.
Hearts Beat Loud - An incomplete medley
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
An 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.
Coming To America turns 30 - Five films featuring actors playing multiple roles
COMING TO AMERICA TURNS 30
Five 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.
The Insult - A brilliant examination of the nature of conflict
THE INSULT
A brilliant examination of the nature of conflict
Using masculine aggression as an allegory for escalating conflict, ‘The Insult’ raises interesting (and timely) questions that resonate well beyond the Middle East.
Leave No Trace - Overflowing with hope and compassion
LEAVE NO TRACE
Overflowing with hope and compassion
Simultaneously haunting and yet overflowing with hope, this is a beautiful film that offers something deeply compassionate: a story of a father and daughter that speaks truths about some large things.
Mirai - A magical journey through childhood
MIRAI
A magical journey through childhood
As family entertainment, ‘Mirai’ is still a leap ahead of most other animated films in cinemas.
Wrath of Silence - Action-filled mystery and scathing social critique
WRATH OF SILENCE
Action-filled mystery and scathing social critique
If you’re looking for a clever noir mystery with plenty of brawling, with a script that tears into China’s social fabric, keep your eyes and ears peeled for ‘Wrath of Silence’.
Hard Paint - A colourful addition to cinema's queer comeback
HARD PAINT
A 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.
Samui Song - A twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
SAMUI SONG
A twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
It's handsomely filmed and features fine performances from a well-selected cast, even though the characters aren’t given much obvious psychological depth by the script, and their motives remain fairly straightforward.
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist - Punk's not dead
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST
Punk's not dead
A truly inspirational and fascinating look into a style icon, this is the story of her life, and it is a fascinating life to witness.
The Ice King - So much more than a champion figure skater
THE ICE KING
So 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.
Genesis 2.0 - The next age of man?
GENESIS 2.0
The next age of man?
The duration of this documentary felt like more than its 112 minutes, and that’s a real shame. What should be the culmination of humanity and science falls very flat.
Rockabul - Changing minds through music
ROCKABUL
Changing minds through music
For District Unknown to have brought elation to its band members and young generations of Afghanis is revelatory. This is the story of people slowly changing minds through the power of creativity.
BOX OFFICE week ending 4 July 2018
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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
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INCREDIBLES 2
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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER VACATION
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OCEAN'S 8
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SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
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SANJU
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ADRIFT
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TAG
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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
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DEADPOOL 2
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