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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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Green Book - An unexpected gem for 'Dumb & Dumber' director
GREEN BOOK
An unexpected gem for 'Dumb & Dumber' director
Director Peter Farrelly has created a multi-layered, textured piece, and Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen do remarkable jobs. You'll be hearing a lot about this film in the lead-up to the Oscars.
Free Solo - A beautiful story of human persistence
FREE SOLO
A beautiful story of human persistence
‘Free Solo’ is a lean, thrilling and powerful documentary, covering an impossible feat that is anchored by keeping us grounded through the eyes of the climber and his world beyond the mountains.
Minding The Gap - A mesmeric portrait of imperfect youths coming of age
MINDING THE GAP
A mesmeric portrait of imperfect youths coming of age
For a non-fiction piece of filmmaking, its emotional intelligence is grounded in such tangible intimacy, it is heartbreaking as much as it is astonishing.
Skate Kitchen - Brimming with flavour and warmth
SKATE KITCHEN
Brimming with flavour and warmth
A life-affirming look at a little-seen subculture, at the real heart of ‘The Skate Kitchen’ is a genuine love for the sport, community and summertime in New York.
Loro - Flashy and fleshy
LORO
Flashy and fleshy
Through Silvio’s salesman-like approach to human interaction and carnal cravings, Paolo Sorrentino paints a visceral portrait of Italy’s decline into unrestrained greed, political apathy and hedonism.
The Kid Who Would Be King - A fresh look at an old tale
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING
A fresh look at an old tale
The film isn’t as funny or as scary as you’d like it to be, but its biggest and most important strength is its message, and it couldn’t be more timely.
Glass - It's clear as... mud
GLASS
It's clear as... mud
After a series of failures for the once-sought after M. Night Shymalan, he came back with a vengeance with ‘Split’ only to, as it turns out, squander his “time in the light” once again.
Mary Queen of Scots - Shallow regal intrigue
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Shallow regal intrigue
Playing fast fast and loose with historical facts to emphasise drama but fumbling even that, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ is a waste of its two talented leads, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
Instant Family - You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to adopt kids!
INSTANT FAMILY
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to adopt kids!
The film ebbs and flows with beautiful timing between hilarious moments and those that are either gut-wrenchingly emotional or that much needed pull on the heart-strings.
Piercing - A penetrating pitch black comedy
PIERCING
A penetrating pitch black comedy
This is a compact two-hander that offers a stylishly presented, off-kilter treat for fans of black comedies.
Eighth Grade - An insightfully honest portrayal of youth
EIGHTH GRADE
An insightfully honest portrayal of youth
This is a film about growing up, and the gruelling moments it takes to get there. The story’s relatability, regardless of age or gender, is its most powerful weapon.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - Fly into a fantastic franchise finale
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
Fly into a fantastic franchise finale
The end of a visually stunning, surprisingly moving series, with a conclusion that will leave you with a sense of satisfaction and a smile on your face. The whole family will love flying high again.
Mary Poppins Returns - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ish
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ish
With strong direction, an almighty cast and good songs, it's fun for the whole family. While that may be satisfactory for many, where it exceeds in heart it overcompensates for a substantive drawback.
The Favourite - A delicious work of magnificent insanity
THE FAVOURITE
A delicious work of magnificent insanity
There really is no way to prepare yourself for this film. It’s insane and sincere, vicious and heartfelt, thunderous and mournful. No one, including the audience, comes out of this without bruises.
Cold War - Poles apart
COLD WAR
Poles apart
Nowhere else this year will you find such thoughtful, specific storytelling being told through song.
Aquaman - Worth sea-ing
AQUAMAN
Worth sea-ing
The film sparkles with creativity and B-movie sensibilities to illustrate great humour and heart with Jason Momoa leading with ease. Flawed but entertaining, it's hard not to be swept up by 'Aquaman'.
Ralph Breaks The Internet - He said he was gonna wreck it, and he did
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
He said he was gonna wreck it, and he did
There are some laughs and the animation is just as great as the first film, but no new ground is covered and it comes off as painfully average... and about 20 minutes too long.
Vice - A potentially promising film buried under confusion and noise
VICE
A potentially promising film buried under confusion and noise
‘Vice’ is a film where all the pieces don’t fit together right. In an awards season more full of disappointments than surprises, the failure of ‘Vice’ is just another to add to the pile.
Colette - The myth, The legend, The Claudine
COLETTE
The myth, The legend, The Claudine
While a wonderful and gloriously rich film which also serves as hauntingly modern in subject, feminist and queer themes, this extraordinary woman's story has been told rather tamely.
Bumblebee - A Transfomers movie... with heart?! Tres scandaleux!
BUMBLEBEE
A Transfomers movie... with heart?! Tres scandaleux!
‘Bumblebee’ is brimming with sincerity and heart, and turns out to be pretty good! The bar in the 'Transformers' series was pretty low, but at least it’s an improvement.
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River's Edge - The kid's aren't alright
RIVER'S EDGE
The kid's aren't alright
The film, based on Kyoko Okazaki's cult manga, captures the tangled and complex nature of adolescence in all of its crude and unflattering glory.
2018's rising stars - The top-rating films of the past 12 months
2018'S RISING STARS
The top-rating films of the past 12 months
We've put all the reviews that scored 4.5 and 5 stars in one handy article, to make sure you didn't miss any gems in 2018!
Most anticipated films of 2019 - Must-see movies for the coming year
MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2019
Must-see movies for the coming year
2019 is already looking like another year full of great releases, so here are some of the big films to be excited about in the next 12 months.
The best of 2018 - Our top five films of the year
THE BEST OF 2018
Our top five films of the year
What a huge year for movie lovers. There have been ups and downs, but we’ve been gifted with some of the finest films in a long time. We share our top five films - with controversial choices aplenty.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - An amazing love letter to our friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
An amazing love letter to our friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler
Its crowning achievement is just how beautifully it is a testament to the strange and enchanting lore of the Spider-Man lore. It’s the film Spidey fans will fall in love with.
The Front Runner - A tone-deaf look at what could have been
THE FRONT RUNNER
A tone-deaf look at what could have been
Five years ago, ‘The Front Runner’ could have been a standout, but today it just comes off as tone deaf. Well made, but tone deaf.
The Madness of George III - Presented by National Theatre Live
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III
Presented by National Theatre Live
This is a play of the kind of scale we can’t see in Australia, so this NT Live screening offers us a rare opportunity to see the play at all, bolstered by a tremendous performance from Mark Gatiss.
Peppermint - We and Jennifer Garner deserve better
PEPPERMINT
We and Jennifer Garner deserve better
There are simply too many potential actions set pieces here that are underplayed or glossed over. We expected more here.
Climax - An all-dancing, drug-fuelled nightmare
CLIMAX
An all-dancing, drug-fuelled nightmare
Director Gaspar Noé captures the group’s feverous plunge into brutality and psychotic inhumanity with an intimate, glazed immediacy, as the film unfolds in a series of long, gliding shots.
Mortal Engines - A junkyard mess
MORTAL ENGINES
A junkyard mess
In a world full of teenage post-apocalyptic stories, it's difficult to stand out from the pack. This is not the way to do it.
Second Act - J-Lo faux pro a no-go
SECOND ACT
J-Lo faux pro a no-go
With a performer as naturally charismatic in any genre as JLo in the lead role, it’s frustrating to watch a film so fatally misjudge the type of film its premise demands it to be.
The Coming Back Out Ball Movie - One-on-one with the director Sue Thomson
THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE
One-on-one with the director Sue Thomson
After success as the closing night film of MIFF, the director of ‘The Coming Back Out Ball Movie’, Sue Thomson, spoke to SWITCH about the importance of the film and how it came to be.
Roma - A transcendent work of memory and cinema
ROMA
A transcendent work of memory and cinema
Alfonso Cuarón has not just delivered a personal ode to a city he loves, to a time and a place that haunts him, to a figure who defined him, but given us the chance to see the same within ourselves.
One Cut of the Dead - A zombie film oozing with brains and heart
ONE CUT OF THE DEAD
A zombie film oozing with brains and heart
Made for a mere AU$30k, with a cast of unknown actors, ‘One Cut of the Dead’ is a gore-streaked gem of independent filmmaking.
The Coming Back Out Ball Movie - Life's a ball!
THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE
Life's a ball!
It is timely and poignant but at the same time a most uplifting, bubbly and effervescent display of a community that, while it might has its flaws, is galvanised and strong.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Melissa McCarthy's finest performance to date
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Melissa McCarthy's finest performance to date
It's the perfect kind of biographical film - wholly entertaining, truly enlightening, and entirely fascinating. It’s a glimpse of the life of an unconventional woman, wonderfully told and portrayed.
Overlord - Solid Nazi-mutant kill-thrills
OVERLORD
Solid Nazi-mutant kill-thrills
This could be the best World War II action/horror film to date. If you’re looking for a gory Nazi-mutant kill-fest, then look no further.
Killing - A brief, meandering samurai tale
KILLING
A brief, meandering samurai tale
While ‘Killing’ starts strongly and explores some interesting themes, it’s hard to ignore how unfinished and less-than-satisfying this film feels.
Creed II - Not quite a knockout
CREED II
Not quite a knockout
It's an entertaining ride that carries you through entirely predictable beats, so mildly underwhelming to see a follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s knockout that is instead only merely good.
Sorry to Bother You - Boots Riley's spectacular satire on race in America
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
Boots Riley's spectacular satire on race in America
A shockingly intelligent, insanely imaginative, totally unforgiving, endlessly entertaining, consistently surprising piece of satire. Boots Riley has created a film for the ages.
BOX OFFICE week ending 16 January 2019
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
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AQUAMAN
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INSTANT FAMILY
4
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
5
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
7
BUMBLEBEE
8
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
9
THE FAVOURITE
10
A STAR IS BORN
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