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SWITCHCast 'Rockabul' director Travis Beard and 'Thunder Road' actor/writer/director Jim Cummings Interviews
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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Defend, Conserve, Protect - Guardians of the ocean
DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT
Guardians of the ocean
A riveting documentary that celebrates the bravery of the Sea Shepherd crew, but to open eyes to the urgency needed to end whaling once and for all. Prepare to leave the cinema inspired and moved.
The Keeper - The true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
THE KEEPER
The true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
War tales are a dime a dozen, but this is certainly a unique story. Itks hard to imagine there’ll be another like it in the future.
The Lion King - A catastrophic and soulless remake of a Disney classic
THE LION KING
A catastrophic and soulless remake of a Disney classic
Rendered thunderously dull, lacking in any tension or complex characterisation, this film makes it abundantly clear that Disney has no interest in making great cinema or honouring its own legacy.
Apollo 11 - A transcendent journey to the Moon
APOLLO 11
A transcendent journey to the Moon
This feels more like a time-travelling thriller and less like a conventional documentary. We're not so much hearing what happened in the past as seeing it happen before our eyes.
Booksmart - Say hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
BOOKSMART
Say hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
A fun, hilarious, and instantly and infinitely quotable film, making it a must-see for all ages and sexes. Debut director Olivia Wilde has proven herself to be a fantastic new voice in filmmaking.
Hail Satan? - A hell of a fascinating documentary
HAIL SATAN?
A hell of a fascinating documentary
This is an unconventional community battling conformity and demanding separation of church and state. Set aside your preconceived notions of Satanism - it's a hell of an eye-opening experience.
Stuber - An über-fun 90 minutes but little more
STUBER
An über-fun 90 minutes but little more
If you’re looking for fun date night movie or a night out with friends, ‘Stuber’ is the perfect film. It doesn’t reach comedy heights, but thanks to its leads is great fun.
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
THE THIRD WIFE
Artistic, painful and beautiful
May’s story as a pregnant 14-year-old bride is handled with such grace and delicacy - it’s an intoxicating, heart-wrenching experience.
Mystify: Michael Hutchence - INXS lead singer still touching hearts years after his death
MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE
INXS lead singer still touching hearts years after his death
Hutchence's charm and impact on people will not wane. Whether it's to hear those songs again, remember the legend, or even to learn something new, this new documentary is worth seeing.
Spider-Man: Far From Home - In a post-Iron Man world, Spidey's still the same insecure kid
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
In a post-Iron Man world, Spidey's still the same insecure kid
We needed to see Spider-Man grow, but they’ve just given us much of the same. We need to know where this is going, not just watch a kid play dress-ups time and time again.
After - From Wattpad to the big screen - and God knows why
AFTER
From Wattpad to the big screen - and God knows why
This film does not belong in cinemas nationwide; it’s even below Netflix's standards.
Parasite - A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
PARASITE
A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
An engrossing, stylish and near perfect movie. Though he is often juggling a mosaic of characters, themes and social issues, Bong Joon-ho never eschews his anarchic impulses and dark humour.
Yesterday - Great concept, disappointing execution
YESTERDAY
Great concept, disappointing execution
A genius idea that's turned it into a generic film. Both director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis have proven their creativity before, but here it's just wasted along with everything else.
Never Look Away - An artistic and spiritual epic
NEVER LOOK AWAY
An artistic and spiritual epic
The rare kind of work where politics, history, art and love collide into an almost operatic crescendo. Like the title suggests, it’s riveting viewing.
Toy Story 4 - Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
TOY STORY 4
Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
Rather than offering an even more potent ending, this ends up being an unnecessary epilogue, offering little to enrich the overall narrative of the series and never cashing in on the possibilities.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 - Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
There are many, many worse films you could show you children if they like animals - it’s a harmless 90 minutes and its not like their aren’t laughs. It’s a shame the film isn’t a lot more creative.
Claire Darling - A French film fail
CLAIRE DARLING
A French film fail
A challenging film with all the right elements and all the wrong delivery. It has all the makings of something great: characters with intriguing arcs, mystery, love and comical old people.
Under The Silver Lake - Not so deep
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
Not so deep
David Robert Mitchell wanted to throw as many left-field camera angles, score swells, and strange attempts at humour at a wall to see what would stick. By the time the credits roll it just feels like a whole lot of treading water for no reason.
Men in Black: International - Wish we could memory wipe this one
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
Wish we could memory wipe this one
It’s just another boring blockbuster using a nostalgic property to make a quick buck without understanding what made the lighting in a bottle that was the first film work.
Tolkien - 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans, this one's for you
TOLKIEN
'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans, this one's for you
For the literary fans of Tolkien, this film will serve as a very exciting chapter of your fandom. Unfortunately, it won't be appealing to anyone else.
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Revelation Perth International Film Festival - The reviews
REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The reviews
The 2019 Revelation Perth International Film Festival is jam-packed full of Aussie exclusives, indie offerings and first-run films. Jump into our reviews below to explore the line-up.
Happy Ending - An extra-wrinkly sex comedy
HAPPY ENDING
An extra-wrinkly sex comedy
A sometimes thoughtful meditation on growing older that will keep you entertained while reminding you that emotional life does not end or become less complicated once you reach your autumn years.
Zoo - Toothless and shambling
ZOO
Toothless and shambling
It only takes one good and original zombie film to breathe new life into the genre that refuses to die and make us believe in the walking dead once more. ‘Zoo’ is not this film.
The Keeper - From prisoner of war to soccer superstar
WIN THE KEEPER
From prisoner of war to soccer superstar
Win one of five double passes to see 'The Keeper' in cinemas.
The Beach Bum - Mayhem with Matthew McConaughey
THE BEACH BUM
Mayhem with Matthew McConaughey
An incredibly enjoyable 95-minute exercise in escapism, love, and the unprecedented pleasures life can bring, with an incredibly charming performance from Matthew McConaughey.
Dragged Across Concrete - A hypnotically violent and excessive crime flick
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE
A hypnotically violent and excessive crime flick
Even at 160 minutes and with ample dialogue, it's not once tedious or dull. It’s the ‘Before Sunrise’ of dirty cop films. Genuinely thrilling, ugly, bleak, brutal and vile in the best ways possible.
Black '47 - A bleak historical revenge Western
BLACK '47
A bleak historical revenge Western
An exploration of a gruelling period in Irish history, the film toys with notions of ethics in an amoral world in the first portrayal of the Great Famine on the big screen.
Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 - The line-up
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
The line-up
With the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival just weeks away, the line-up announcement brought an exciting collection of debuts, Aussie features and thrilling documentaries. So what's on offer?
Forrest Gump 25th Anniversary - Life is like a box of Forrest Gump haters, and I am here for it!
FORREST GUMP 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Life is like a box of Forrest Gump haters, and I am here for it!
25 years after six-time Oscar winner 'Forrest Gump' first hit screens, Jess joins the battle for those who both love and loathe the film.
Forged from Fire - A touching look at an Australian tragedy
FORGED FROM FIRE
A touching look at an Australian tragedy
A powerful and hopeful look into how people cope with tragedy and, from the literal ashes, how something beautiful is created.
Mean Girls - 15 years of fetch
MEAN GIRLS
15 years of fetch
‘Mean Girls’ has reached the heights of pop culture impact that most teen films can only dream of. 15 years later, we delve into this high school horror show to find out why.
I Am Mother - Finally, a great Netflix sci-fi film
I AM MOTHER
Finally, a great Netflix sci-fi film
Not only is it by far the best science fiction film to emerge from among the multitude of Netflix Originals, but cult gem status surely beckons.
Come to Daddy - A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
COME TO DADDY
A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
A film for people who laugh when they see somebody walk into a glass door, then laugh even harder when they notice that the person got a bloody nose. A delightful and unexpected highlight.
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..
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN
Close to home
an epic recount of the Battle of Long Tan with no Hollywood exaggerations. Kriv Stenders has created a film that explores inherent Australian values, history and entertainment.
Varda by Agnès - The final film of a French New Wave legend
VARDA BY AGNÈS
The final film of a French New Wave legend
It allows the audience to watch a legend of cinema take stock of her life’s work and share some last bits of wisdom.
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
THE FINAL QUARTER
Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
The booing of Adam Goodes started after he took a stand on racism. The events depicted in ‘The Final Quarter’ should be regretted deeply, both for his sake and ours.
The Dead Don't Die - A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
THE DEAD DON'T DIE
A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
A luxuriously paced, wittily gory zombie comedy, it’s part social commentary, part homage to cinema, and all ridiculous. You’d be dead right to want to check it out.
The Nightingale - A blunt and brutal period piece
THE NIGHTINGALE
A blunt and brutal period piece
This is not an easy film to watch and certainly not one to expect to come out of feeling terrific. But it will make you will feel something, which is a rare thing for a film to be able to do today.
Leftover Women - Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
LEFTOVER WOMEN
Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
Prepare yourselves for a way of life we never knew existed - caught between the old and the new, culture and duty versus what you want, we see it all via the subjects of this documentary.
BOX OFFICE week ending 17 July 2019
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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
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TOY STORY 4
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THE LION KING
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
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YESTERDAY
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ALADDIN
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ANNABELLE COMES HOME
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CRAWL
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STUBER
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BOOKSMART
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