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Moro Spanish Film Festival – The Good Girls Movie review

Sofía deals with this financial crises the only way she can, by completely ignoring it. Things are crumbling around her and it’s to the quality of Salas’ performance that you see this uncertainty and the fear it instills in her in such fine detail. It’s in the cracks of her tightly wound persona that the details become apparent. This is a voyeuristic tale of the rich with a stark reality at its centre. The Good Girls is screening in Brisbane: Palace Barracks Thursday 25, April ...

Breaking Habits Movie Review

She endured hardships that would have left most people broken. She was married to a man for seventeen years who stole over a million dollars from her and then turned out to be a polygamist. She was kicked out of the house she shared with her brother and children because of his criminal activity and even spent time being homeless.   //   Throughout these ordeals however, she remained strong. As inspirational as her story is, the tale of the community she calls home is ...

Little Movie Review

Through the spell of a budding magician that she insults, Jordan wakes up as her thirteen year-old self. It’s at this moment that the film should switch into comedy mode, but it just doesn’t happen. The child actor who plays the  adolescent Jordan, a young teenager named Marsai Martin is actually quite good. She is just hampered by a script that goes nowhere.   //   Regina Hall, who was very funny in Girls Trip doesn’t have enough screen time to weave much of her ...

The Aftermath Movie Review

Setting The Aftermath in this time frame colours the story to a degree but it under-utilises the emotional turmoil of the time to tell a somewhat conventional love story. It is set in the dead of winter and the stark white of the snow underlines the coldness between its main players.   //   Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) is reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a high commander and part of the occupational forces in Germany. Their relationship is one of ...

Hellboy Movie Review

It is also a throw back to the horror movies of a bygone era. With its rampant gore, buckets of blood and entrails o’ plenty, it most certainly lives up to its R rating. It’s an unadulterated blast to see. David Harbour (Stranger Things, The Newsroom) presented a take on the red one that came across a little off the mark in the trailer but in full movie form, he seems a much wiser choice. Having the gravitas of Ian McShane as Professor Broom is also a major addition.   // ...

Galveston Movie Review

At first, mistrust falls on both sides but Roy (Foster) still has traces of his humanity left and he sees some form of redemption in protecting Rocky (Fanning). The two become a trio when Rocky helps her younger sister escape the squalid home that were both raised in.   //   The criminality in the film is never glamorised. These deplorable acts are presented as ugly, raw and senseless. The effect of stripping the perpetrators of their humanity is never shied away from. ...

Wonder Park Movie Review

June has created an imaginary place called Wonder Park. It’s a place she and her mother (Jennifer Garner) share together. When her mother becomes ill, the script is unafraid to go to a dark place to give the storyline some dynamic range.   //   The drama this creates informs the first half of the film. In the second half, through circumstance, June finds herself alone in the woods, where she actually finds a dilapidated version of the fun park. She sets out on a path ...

Pet Sematary Movie Review

It also rewards fans of the original film with moments like a delicious bait and switch scene that was as self-referential as it was fun. The actors are given slow burn roles and in particular Jason Clarke’s turn from sensible family man to shrunken eyed loon is a hoot. The transition of daughter, Ellie (Jeté Laurence) is also arresting.   //   For those with a good working knowledge of the basic storyline, via both Stephen King’s book and the original film, there ...

Dumbo Movie Review

The story is expanded and now ends with a much bigger flourish. It also gives some of the actors the canvas to go big. In particular Michael Keaton, who has never been more hammy and over the top as the representation of the evils of big business, V. A. Vandevere. Colin Farrell as the returning World War One solider Holt Farrier, also gets to play a heroic father figure to his two young children played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins.   //   The real star of the show ...

Us Movie Review

Life is good for the Wilson clan, so good in fact, they can afford to rent an expensive lakeside house to get away from it all. As they settle into their new digs, each family member shows their own unique personality. Everyone seems happy but Ma Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) seems to be quite fragile.   //   She’s had a traumatic experience as a youth and it still colours her actions even in adulthood. Husband Gabe (Winston Duke) tries his best to counter this mood by ...