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Rated MA Adopting the premise of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel ‘Madame Bovary’ and skewering it ever so slightly for a modern audience, ‘Gemma Bovery’ is a simple, light-hearted drama of sorts that exudes enough charm to keep it afloat over the course of its minimal 100 minute runtime. Gemma Arterton (one of the main reasons …

Rated MA With ’28 Days Later…’ and ‘Dredd’ on his screenwriting resume, Alex Garland is no stranger to toying with the science fiction genre, so a feature such as ‘Ex Machina’ feels like perfect fodder for the talented writer to focus his directorial skills on. A compelling and claustrophobic film, Garland has presented us with …

Review by Peter Gray (18+) From April 29th through to May 13th, Brisbane will play host to the Spanish Film Festival and one title likely to strike a chord with our audience is ‘Hidden Away’ (‘A escondidas’), a joyous yet heartbreaking tale detailing the love between two male teenagers, one Spanish, the other a Moroccan …

Rated: (M) Mathematical formulas prove more than just an answer to a complicated equation in ‘X+Y’, an exquisite, multi-layered drama that’s both poignant and hard-hitting. On the surface the film tells of Nathan (Asa Butterfield, best known for his work in 2011’s ‘Hugo’), an autistic teenager whose view on the world is drastically different from …

By Peter Gray Rated: (M) Duff; Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It’s a term that’s been thrown around the tween vocabulary for a good while now, and though in some form or another it’s been at the core of many a teen film, it’s taken until 2015 for it to get its own vehicle. It’s not …

Rated: MA Following his rather visionary debut ‘District 9’, director Neil Blomkamp seemed poised to be the next great director in the science fiction field. When follow-up outing ‘Elysium’ failed to ignite the masses in a similar fashion, the tide slowly started to turn on Blomkamp and all eyes were fixed on his third go-around …

Rated: MA Seeped in an 80’s atmosphere, and reminiscent of early Scorsese, ‘A Most Violent Year’ is a slow burn of a movie, one that keeps its audience taught with tension and unsure of when to breathe a sigh of relief.  Set in 1981 New York City, statistically known as one of the most violent …

Rated PG Life, death and family; the three seem to co-exist quite frequently when put together onscreen, and ‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ is no exception.  Wonderfully British and ever-so-bittersweet, this comedy of errors focuses on separated couple Abi and Doug (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant), whose current relationship woes need little explaining with …

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