Elle Fanning in movie still from Mary Shelley about famous Frankenstein author

Headlined by actress Elle Fanning, directed by Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour (the female helmer behind the coming-of-age tale Wajdja) and written by Brisbane talent Emma Jensen, Mary Shelley is a suitably female-driven production detailing the origins of its titular subject’s greatest work – Frankenstein. As horrific as Shelley’s prose are, as well as the …

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lesbian drama disobedience

A beautifully crafted film that is sure to break your heart in the process, Disobedience honestly and respectfully explores forbidden love, one’s own faith, and the notion of free will. When news travels to New York-based photographer Rhonit (Rachel Weisz) that her long-estranged father Rav Krushka, a beloved leader of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in …

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Ideal Home Steve Coogan paul rudd

Director Andrew Fleming has had nothing if not a varied career behind the camera. From the hetero/homosexual love triangle that was at the basis of 1994’s romp Threesome to the fantastical horror of The Craft – with a slew of episodic TV work with Younger and New Girl thrown in for good measure – the …

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Tully Movie

As a filmmaker Jason Reitman hasn’t had the most consistent streak. For every lauded production like Up in the Air and the Oscar-winning Juno, there are lesser features such as Labor Day and the ensemble Men, Women & Children. Thankfully his latest effort, Tully, is firmly placed amongst the higher quality titles in his catalogue. …

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Avengers infinity war

4.5 stars In some ways writing a review on Avengers: Infinity War seems almost redundant as it’s the type of film that has a devoted audience so built-in that there’s no need to read someone’s thoughts to convince you otherwise on its worth. That being said, my line of work means I am fortunate (privileged …

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THE SONG KEEPERS

Following the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir on a tour through Germany, performing a repertoire of Lutheran hymns brought to Australia more than a century ago and translated into their own langue, The Song Keepers is a simple, lovingly-intended documentary that never quite reaches the depths its subject matter deserves. There is noteworthy content peppered …

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A Quiet Place

Even when working off a plot device that doesn’t test the limits of originality, a clever script and dedication from creatives can transform the familiar to something unexpected. This is the case with A Quiet Place, an impossibly eerie chiller that presents civilisation as a fallen project, and those who have survived must exist in …

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Love Simon

LGBTIQ audiences have seen more and more honest representation of themselves in theatrical media as of late, and with cinematic titles like Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name earning recognition outside of the community, Love, Simon arrives just in time for there to be a transition into mainstream cinema. Detailing the titular teenage Simon’s …

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Garth Davis

Given that his debut feature film, 2016’s biographical drama Lion, was an Oscar-nominated production, it stands to reason that Australian-born director Garth Davis earns increased interest on his profile as he gears up to deliver his sophomore project. Not the most expected subject matter, but in the current climate of #MeToo it is understandable that …

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Mary Magdalene

There’s never really been any evidence that Mary Magdalene was the sinful prostitute history painted her as. As a supporting character in other biblical-themed films, her tarnished reputation made for a serviceable arc as she was placed predominantly in the background. For Mary Magdalene, Australian director Garth Davis (Lion) has worked with historians in a …

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