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Play It Again – Love Actually

By Jess Lomas November 20, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Leaky boat – The Fifth Estate review

By Jess Lomas November 12, 2013 In The Fifth Estate, director Bill Condon sets out to answer the question, “Can you make a thrilling film about a website?” The answer is, after viewing, ‘No,’ even when the website in question is Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, which captured the world’s attention as it persistently released classified documents […]

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Play It Again – Gambit

By Jess Lomas November 6, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Trailer Debut: Labor Day

Josh Brolin has another idea what you can use leftover peaches for in the first trailer for Labor Day. Written and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), Brolin stars as Frank, an escaped convict, serving 18 years for murder, who latches onto teenager Henry (Gattlin Griffith) and his mother Adele (Kate Winslet) […]

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Marry me – Fly Me to the Moon review

By Jess Lomas October 29, 2013 The French do several things consistently better than others, namely bread and romantic comedies. Director Pascal Chaumeil’s Fly Me to the Moon may pale in comparison to his previous film, Heartbreaker, however, it still delivers that warm, feel-good sensation and plenty of laughs. Opening on a Christmas dinner party, […]

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Servant of eight masters – The Butler review

By Jess Lomas October 29, 2013 Director Lee Daniels has a slender work portfolio to date, but has wowed audiences with Precious and divided critics with The Paperboy. In his latest, The Butler, Daniels appears to replace meaningful historical reflection for star power, creating a paint-by-numbers depiction of the civil rights movement in America. Cecil […]

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Play It Again: Evil Dead 3 – Army of Darkness

By Jess Lomas October 23, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up … or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, […]

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Stuck in a puzzle – Prisoners review

By Jess Lomas October 16, 2013 Many might think Liam Neeson has the kidnapped-daughter market covered with his Taken franchise, but Hugh Jackman gives him a run for his money in director Denis Villeneuve’s dark and twisted thriller Prisoners. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), their son Ralph, and daughter Anna walk […]

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Charlie Hunnam pulls out of 50 Shades of Grey

The role of male chauvinist of the century, Christian Grey, is once again up for grabs as Charlie Hunnam departs the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The Sons of Anarchy star claimed the highly sought-after role back in September but a newly released statement by the studio claims “The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES […]

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to reunite on Devil’s Night

Comedy superstars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are teaming up again in new Sony comedy Devil’s Night, according to The Wrap. The pair has already worked together on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and fans are eager to see more from the duo, with Step Brothers grossing $120 million […]

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Play It Again: Fright Night

By Jess Lomas October 8, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up … or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, […]

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Play It Again – The Bonfire of the Vanities (Flop Edition #2)

By Jess Lomas September 4, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Play It Again – Xanadu (Flop Edition #1)

By Jess Lomas August 27, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Family highs – We’re the Millers review

By Jess Lomas August 13, 2013 Part bumbling crime caper and part road movie shenanigans, We’re the Millers utilises a strong cast and a handful of gag jokes to come out as one of the more enjoyable comedies of the year. Small time drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed of his stash and […]

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The art of distraction – Now You See Me review

By Jess Lomas August 7, 2013 In Now You See Me, director Louis Leterrier attempts to make magic out of a lacklustre screenplay, but not even a star studded cast can save his feature from imploding as it nears its final trick. FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) […]

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Play It Again – The Shawshank Redemption

By Jess Lomas August 1, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Skyfall director Sam Mendes returning for Bond 24

Director Sam Mendes will helm the 24th James Bond film, due to hit cinemas in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. This announcement comes mere months after Mendes announced he would not return to Bond, admitting, “directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments… that […]

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Trailer Debut: Saving Mr. Banks

The first trailer for Saving Mr. Banks has been released and it looks simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Tom Hanks plays the man behind the mouse, Walt Disney, on a mission to fulfil a 20-year-old promise to his daughters: to turn their favourite book, Mary Poppins, into a film. The only thing standing in his way? The book’s […]

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Play It Again – American History X

By Jess Lomas July 9, 2013  Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Where there’s a Will – Much Ado About Nothing review

By Jess Lomas July 9, 2013 While Joss Whedon is best known these days for his Hollywood smash hit The Avengers, the skilled director proves he is equally successful when it comes to creating an engaging, witty, and fresh adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on a micro budget. A between-blockbusters project of […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey gets Australian release date

Universal Pictures has announced an official Australian release date for the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey: July 31, 2014. It arrives in New Zealand cinemas July 31 as well. The film hits American cinemas one day later. We may not yet know who will be playing the impressionable and submissive student Anastasia Steele or […]

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Trailer Debut: Inside Llewyn Davis

The new trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis is moody, bleak, and hints at the dark humour we’ve come to expect from Joel and Ethan Coen’s films. Set in 1961 in Greenwich Village, New York City, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is not having a good week. He’s a struggling folk singer who’s all about the music […]

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Slug life – Epic review

By Jess Lomas June 25, 2013 While humans are obsessed with the global warming debate and to what extent we’ve impacted the environment, it turns out it has nothing to do with us at all. In Epic, the new animated feature from the creators of Ice Age, Mary Katherine a.k.a M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) returns to […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: The LEGO Movie

The trailer and poster for The LEGO Movie should put some fears to rest that Hollywood’s money-making scheme to churn out toy-based films will only litter our cinemas with garbage. Surprisingly, The LEGO Movie trailer delivers laughs and a host of recognisable characters (Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.) sure to draw not just a young crowd […]

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Play It Again – Before Sunset

By Jess Lomas June 19, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Bad love – Despicable Me 2 review

By Jess Lomas June 18, 2013 It used to be that animated sequels went straight to home video. Now, they’re the most reliable money-spinners in cinemas. Back in 2010, Despicable Me showed us that a would-be evil villain, intent on stealing the moon, could be foiled by three orphan girls thrust into his life. In Despicable […]

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Crash and reboot – The Internship review

By Jess Lomas June 11, 2013 The dynamic teaming of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson helps The Internship scrape by as an enjoyable comedy, although we’d be reluctant to offer it a full time job. It’s surprising to realise eight years have passed since their last hilarious collaboration, Wedding Crashers. This time around, slightly older but not much wiser, they play whizz […]

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Play It Again – Before Sunrise

By Jess Lomas June 5, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Amanda Seyfried joins Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young

Amanda Seyfried has signed on for Noah Baumbach’s next directorial offering While We’re Young, The Wrap reports. While Baumbach’s latest Indie, Frances Ha, continues to do well on the festival circuit and in limited theatrical release overseas, he’s already focused on his next project, which has Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver (Girls) attached. […]

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Trailer Debut: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

The first trailer for David Lowery’s crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has appeared online, and it proves you can’t go home again. Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Gunthrie (Rooney Mara) are outlaws in love and on the run following a crime spree. A shootout in which Ruth wounds an officer finally sees them […]

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