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Ant-Man and the Wasp

I’m going to get a little critical in this review, so I want to say up front that I friggin’ loved Antman and the Wasp and consider it a more-than-worthy final MCU release for 2018. For me, that unique feeling you get heading into a new Marvel film was magnified for the Peyton-Reed-directed Antman and the Wasp likely because the first Antman is my absolute favourite film from the Marvel Cine...

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross, is a the fourth film in the modern Ocean’s heist film franchise, and the first with an all-female cast of criminals. Inspired by her late brother Danny, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) assembles a team of multi-talented women to pull off a jewellery heist at the New York Met Gala. Debbie is the first character we’re introduced to, masterfully manip...

Mountain

Mountain finds itself between a few genres. Not quite a nature documentary. Not quite an extreme sports reel. Perhaps best described as a feature-length, lightly narrated, high-concept music video. This may not sound terribly inviting, but with music performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and narration poetically delivered by Willem Dafoe, Mountain delivers. Dafoe’s voice, much like the mo...

Upgrade

It’s not my habit to research movies before I go to review screenings. But just before the lights dim, I find myself regretting it. Movie buddy Nick’s just told me that the trailer’s full of gore. I’m also wondering why I’m voluntarily putting myself through a film from the same creators as Saw and Insidious. This fact would maybe be an A++ for someone else…just...

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Going into this, my husband and I were musing about The Rock’s recent career in movies that we would never see. “The Rock in yet another remake,” said Husband. ” I guess they needed a stereotypical buff guy,” I replied. I have never been so glad to be wrong about Dwayne Johnson. Jumanji spins off the original concept about a board game that sucks its players into its ...

Dunkirk

Look, straight off the bat, this is another Christopher Nolan slam dunk. He’s one of the most reliable directors out there. When I first heard he was taking on a World War 2 film, I was like, this is guaranteed gold. The twist however is that it’s not a moment of glory, the battle of Dunkirk was a tough loss for the allies. They were forced to retreat from the beaches of France while completely su...

War for the Planet of the Apes

I’m going to call it early: the Planet of the Apes reboot has left the best until last. War for the Planet of the Apes is the best instalment perhaps since the 1968 original, and you don’t need to have seen any of the other films to catch it in the cinema and love it. In the original, it’s obvious the audience is supposed to be firmly on the side of the humans. Charlton Heston memorably hates on t...

Transformers: The Last Knight

You know, it ain’t bad. Back in 2006, I remember seeing the trailer for the first Transformers at the cinema before a screening of Nacho Libre. I went home telling my Mum about it and she gave me a strange look and a patronising “OK…” The following year however, on the way home from the cinema, Mum was raving about how badass it was and I gave a smug “I told you so.” Michael Bay gave us an amazing...

The Trip to Spain

“There better be some Spain in this,” I joke as the lights dim. Which is honestly the only hope I have for this movie. If someone gave me a movie to review and said it was about two fifty-year old guys on a road trip, I think my response would be less than thrilled. But the Spanish thing makes it all okay. Of course, if anyone is at all familiar with this series, you’re probably ...

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