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SWITCHCast Episode 48: The House With a Clock in Its Walls, Ladies in Black, Johnny English Strikes Back, Smallfoot, Ghosthunter, I Am Paul Walker
Charlie, Jess and Daniel discuss the week's films, plus we lay shit on the single-worst thing that has ever happened in the history of cinema, ever.
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Five Feet Apart - Breathing borrowed air and clichés
FIVE FEET APART
Breathing borrowed air and clichés
Fighting with my Family - A soap opera in spandex
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY
A soap opera in spandex
While the underdog story often feels tried and done, this makes it feel fresh once again, largely thanks to its talent cast and hilarious and heartwarming script.
The Man Who Feels No Pain - Not your typical Bollywood film
THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN
Not your typical Bollywood film
A unique and hugely entertaining surprise from director Vasan Bala, with kinetic, stylish slo-mo fight scenes bolstered by the film’s three charismatic leads. You'll be wildly entertained.
Destroyer - A gritty, damaging neo-noir
DESTROYER
A gritty, damaging neo-noir
Kidman has always taken on challenging roles, and nearly always delivered an interesting performance. Her performance elevates what could have been a standard “dirty cop” drama into something unique.
The Lego Movie 2 - Don't interrupt me when I’m spaceshipping!
THE LEGO MOVIE 2
Don't interrupt me when I’m spaceshipping!
While 'The Lego Movie 2' isn’t as strong as the first, which was always going to be a hard feat, it still has laughs, a good message and fun and creative worlds.
Swimming with Men - Sync or swim?
SWIMMING WITH MEN
Sync or swim?
The emphasis on teamwork, trying something new, and ignoring what other people think are great messages, but not enough to save this sinking ship. The biggest sin is that it offers nothing original.
Hotel Mumbai - A terrifyingly visceral tale of survival
HOTEL MUMBAI
A terrifyingly visceral tale of survival
Despite some roughness around the edges, it's a haunting portrayal of an atrocity and a powerful, armchair-gripping thriller with a strong cast, confident direction and a brave commitment to realism.
Captain Marvel - Brie Larson shines in a film that's exactly what you expect
CAPTAIN MARVEL
Brie Larson shines in a film that's exactly what you expect
It’s slick, enjoyable, funny and charming, and does have more character than most of the middle-tier films in the Marvel franchise. It’s just a pity that it couldn’t find a way to be something more.
Everybody Knows - An engrossing but slightly familiar mystery
EVERYBODY KNOWS
An engrossing but slightly familiar mystery
Penélope Cruz steals the show as a terrified mother, but Javier Bardem and the rest of the cast aren't far behind.
The House That Jack Built - This ain't no nursery rhyme
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
This ain't no nursery rhyme
If you are familiar with Lars von Trier’s work, then a warning that this film is not for the faint of heart is no surprise - yet nothing here feels remotely as compelling as his previous films.
The Guilty - The call of a lifetime
THE GUILTY
The call of a lifetime
This is Swedish director Gustav Möller’s first feature film, but from the expert control of tone and shot composition, one would be forgiven for mistaking his career as a long and successful one.
Greta - Isabelle Huppert: horror icon?!
GRETA
Isabelle Huppert: horror icon?!
Let’s just get this out of the way - ‘Greta’ is absolute trash, a throwback to when thrillers were nasty, gnarly and nuts. Even though it is in no way a great film, it’s sure as hell a fun one.
The Sisters Brothers - Blood runs thicker than plot
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
Blood runs thicker than plot
While far from perfect, it’s always a pleasure spending time with the film’s four male stars, led by Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. If only their material had been a bit richer.
King of Thieves - It's brace and bit
KING OF THIEVES
It's brace and bit
The film never really reaches beyond a limited scope of both investment and, sadly, enjoyment. Frankly, it's a sluggish bore.
Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley - Asks urgent questions that demand answers
UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY
Asks urgent questions that demand answers
What is the path to social justice for Aboriginal peoples? ‘Undermined: Tales From the Kimberley’ asks urgent questions and demands answers.
Vox Lux - Art and violence collide in Brady Corbet's ambitious melodrama
VOX LUX
Art and violence collide in Brady Corbet's ambitious melodrama
Thrills and surprises in equal measure, for the most part the film feels like an artistic and thematic coup, with yet another stunning performance from Natalie Portman.
Stan & Ollie - Great performances can't save this lacklustre biopic
STAN & OLLIE
Great performances can't save this lacklustre biopic
It’s a pity that ‘Stan & Ollie’ ends up being as lacklustre as it is. The story has potential, the performances are terrific and the subject manner is fascinating.
If Beale Street Could Talk - Love is a many splendid thing indeed
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Love is a many splendid thing indeed
Barry Jenkins had a lot to live up to after ‘Moonlight’. Yet this film refuses to stand in comparison, rather in compliment. It's deeply beautiful, a work of extraordinary poetry and truthfulness.
The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl - Kaleidoscopic, joyous and completely charming
THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL
Kaleidoscopic, joyous and completely charming
Kaleidoscopic, joyous, carefree, heartfelt, hilarious, bizarre and intoxicating, if you only have time to watch a single animated movie, seek this one out.
Arctic - The ice isn't the only thing that's chilling
ARCTIC
The ice isn't the only thing that's chilling
A beautifully shot and emotionally gripping slow burn that manages to say so much about human survival, despite hardly featuring any spoken words.
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Some Like It Hot - A virgin's review for the 60th anniversary
SOME LIKE IT HOT
A virgin's review for the 60th anniversary
Marilyn Monroe - born Norma Jeane Mortenson on the 1st June 1926, died 5th August 1962 at aged 36. Jess looks at the woman behind the myth as 'Some Like It Hot' turns 60.
Rafiki - A future LGBT classic
RAFIKI
A future LGBT classic
The film was banned in its home country of Kenya, where homosexuality is a criminal offence that can result in a lengthy prison sentence. It just makes ‘Rafiki’ feel like even more of a triumph.
TransMilitary - Powerful and Important filmmaking
TRANSMILITARY
Powerful and Important filmmaking
'TransMilitary' is gut-wrenching, funny, poignant and important documentary making. It's an example of documentary making at its finest. It's urgent and unmissable. Do yourself a favour and see it.
The Man who Killed Don Quixote - Art imitates life
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
Art imitates life
Terry Gilliam has reinvented history and iconic characters from the past before, but this isn’t worth the 29-year wait. While Adam Driver shines, the rest on the film needs another polish.
Wild Nights with Emily - A walk on the (not so) wild side
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
A walk on the (not so) wild side
Unfortunately, 'Wild Nights with Emily' is never as compelling as its subject matter implies it would be.
The Happy Prince - Whimsical Wilde’s woeful washout
THE HAPPY PRINCE
Whimsical Wilde’s woeful washout
Clearly a passion project for Rupert Everett, this is a faithful approximation of the last dark days of Oscar Wilde's life. It's definitely not your average "start from nothing, rise to fame" biopic.
Us - Jordan Peele's new nightmare
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Jordan Peele's new nightmare
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Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2019
The reviews
Our collection of reviews from this year's MQFF.
Mapplethorpe - A monochrome portrait of a colourful photographer
MAPPLETHORPE
A monochrome portrait of a colourful photographer
The work of Matt Smith and the film’s well-developed style deserve a better vehicle than the screenplay they’re paired with. If only it had pushed the boundaries as much as Mapplethorpe’s own work.
Making Montgomery Clift - Family and legacy in the shadow of a Hollywood icon
MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT
Family and legacy in the shadow of a Hollywood icon
Even with its shortcomings, it's far more handsomely and intelligently crafted than you would expect, making it a competent and sometimes fascinating portrait of this cinema and queer icon.
My Generation - Revisiting the swinging 60s
MY GENERATION
Revisiting the swinging 60s
An unrepentant nostalgia-fest for the era, but entertaining if you were alive in the 1960s, a keen Anglophile, or want something cozy to watch with your parents with a cup of tea and a nice biscuit.
Sunburn - Barely warm
SUNBURN
Barely warm
there is something in their cinema-making that feels like it’s produced only for their cultural elite, and maybe that’s why ‘Sunburn’ will leave you cold.
Malila: The Farewell Flower - Contemplating love and loss
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER
Contemplating love and loss
Though the film suffers from massive pacing issues, this is an interesting glimpse at rural Thai culture, and a genuine attempt to show a love that’s far from superficial.
Dilili in Paris - A timely animated adventure
DILILI IN PARIS
A timely animated adventure
While ‘Dilili in Paris’ is skewed to a younger audience, there is still a lot to enjoy for astute adults who can appreciate the beauty, art, and literature of its time period.
The Wild Boys - A surreal coming-of-age adventure
THE WILD BOYS
A surreal coming-of-age adventure
It's an entirely original film debut from Bertrand Mandico, and will especially appeal to those with an interest in gender-bending and fluidity, implied or depicted queerness and sociology.
Love, Cecil - A playful portrait of a great twentieth century artist
LOVE, CECIL
A playful portrait of a great twentieth century artist
Executed with energy, playfulness and clarity, ‘Love, Cecil’ is about a wonderful portrait of Cecil Beaton. It’s impossible not to walk away with a greater appreciation for him as an artist.
Alliance Française French Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019
The reviews
Our collection of reviews from this year's Alliance Française French Film Festival.
Cruel Intentions - Still wickedly fun, 20 years later
CRUEL INTENTIONS
Still wickedly fun, 20 years later
It may not have aged well, but its juiciness, iconic moments and trailblazing mark it left on the teen film landscape makes it an essential watch to this day.
Watchmen - Reassessing the impossible adaptation ten years later
WATCHMEN
Reassessing the impossible adaptation ten years later
In many ways, Zack Snyder’s film was doomed before the cameras rolled, due entirely to the fact that its source material is the apex of its storytelling form.
And the Oscar goes to... - Pick the 2019 winners to take home your own prize!
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
Pick the 2019 winners to take home your own prize!
Can you predict this year's Academy Award winners? Guess correctly and you'll take home a massive prize pack!
BOX OFFICE week ending 13 March 2019
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CAPTAIN MARVEL
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A DOG'S WAY HOME
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GREEN BOOK
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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
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KING OF THIEVES
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WHAT MEN WANT
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GRETA
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STAN & OLLIE
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
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ON THE BASIS OF SEX
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