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REVIEW: The Butler

Powerful race biopic, painted in broad brush strokes. Forrest Gump without the wit or subtlety.

Rating: 3 out of 5

REVIEW: Decoding Annie Parker

A powerful subject neutered by a shoddy script, poor direction and diabolical photography.

Rating: 2 out of 5

REVIEW: Drinking Buddies

Off hand improvisational mumblecore rom-com with solid performances and many charming moments.

Rating: 3 out of 5

REVIEW: Parker

Forgettable take on the well worn character, blending him seamlessly into Statham’s narrow character database.

Rating: 2 out of 5

REVIEW: Behind the Candelabra

Damon and Douglas raid the dressing up box for Soderbergh’s unrevealing Liberace biopic.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Kodiak Deathbeds

New band from Black Mountain’s Amber Webber AKA Lightning Dust - check out Kodiak Deathbeds. The band name alone should secure your hard earned cash.

Listen on Soundcloud.

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Brisbane 1982

30 years too late, but I’ve just come accross Australian social documentary photographer Rennie Ellis. Above is “At the pub, Brisbane 1982” - a photo which says so much of a time and a place. Below is one from a 1978 AC/DC tour.

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REVIEW: Blood Ties

Cliched, pretentious, utterly derivative wanna-be-Scorcese gangster pic. Forgettable.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Night Moves

Slow pace and a dry execution let down this promising environmentally friendly indie thriller.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Up

If you like being punched in the emotional face you’ll love this Pixar tearjerker. One of the best openings ever.

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Enough Said

Smartly-scripted romcom that flips a lot of tropes for analysis through the middle-aged divorcee lens.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Short Attention Span Theatre: Between The Planet of the Apes

Here’s three quick shorts to bridge the gap between the and Rise the Dawn of the P.O.T.A.

One / Two / Three

Funded by 20th Century Fox and produced by Vice’s Motherboard.

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REVIEW: Godzilla

Underwhelming monster pic that’s surprising similar to the ‘98 model. The trailer promised a more suspense.

Rating: 3 out of 5