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Film Reviews

REVIEW: Hail Satan? (2019)

Satanism probably conjures up images of virgin sacrifices, drinking goat blood and other fiendish demonic behaviours. Some of us remember the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s and 90s (more of which later), which bled into…

3.5
Drama

SUNDANCE 2019: Dolce Fine Giornata

Civil life, love, and politics don’t tend to coexist so harmoniously in Jacek Borcuch’s wonderfully crafted film Dolce Fine Giornata. Enrobed in decadent layers of family drama and metaphors of the times, Borcuch’s film quietly…

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Film Reviews

SUNDANCE 2019: Judy & Punch

Judy and Punch was the second of three Australian films I saw at Sundance (the other two being The Nightingale and Little Monsters) and has a surprisingly similar subject matter to The Nightingale – a woman…

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Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Nightingale (Sundance 2019)

Director Jennifer Kent has gone in a somewhat unexpected direction as a follow up to her cult hit, The Babadook. Mining the uncomfortable corners of her country’s past, Kent has conjured a work full of…

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Film Reviews

REVIEW: Honey Boy (Sundance 2019)

Honey Boy plays like a therapeutic passion project penned by Shia LaBeouf and thoughtfully directed by Alma Har’el. It’s a devastating confrontation of abuse, alcoholism, and the effects of waiting so long before you can…

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Film Reviews

REVIEW: Animals (Sundance 2019)

Adapting her own 2014 novel of the same name, screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth has teamed with director Sophie Hyde to tell the tale of two hedonistic women in their early thirties who are struggling with…

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Film Reviews

REVIEW: Love, Antosha (Sundance 2019)

If a more beautiful, heart-shattering film is released this year, I will be surprised.. The second a five year old Anton Yelchin appears on screen, the tears start and they won’t stop for a long…

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Film Reviews

SUNDANCE 2019: Greener Grass

Directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe have a tight, twisted grasp of society because they scrutinize and indulge it so effortlessly in their debut feature film Greener Grass. It’s absolutely bonkers. There’s no way around…