The film’s distance from the publicized and celebrated career of Hawking is a fresh and interesting amendment to the biopic canon, framed by excellent performances by all.
It’s been four years since Wicked left Sydney and a decade since it opened on Broadway, but seeing Wicked at the Capitol Theatre feels like it hasn’t aged a day.
Eden Caceda prefers his reality TV to be more Orwellian.
Melissa McCarthy rehashes her usual vulgar onscreen persona in this uninspired road movie, which squanders all its talent.
In 2010, a group of rogue American army soldiers murdered three civilians during the War in Afghanistan. Calling themselves “The Kill Team”, what followed was years of whistleblowers, legal proceedings and internal investigations.
Suicide is often a difficult topic to include and explore in mainstream films. Unlike accidental deaths, which seem to be a plot twist in so many movies, suicide is rarely depicted on screen, and when it is, it easily comes under criticism because of the way it’s shown and the meaning it is trying to create.
Eden Caceda wished Ed Revue actually taught him something.
Network TEN’s hit drama Offspring has developed considerably over its five year run, and has perhaps at long last found its true tone.
Based on Robert A Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies”, Predestination centres on a time travelling “temporal agent” (Ethan Hawke), travelling by time-warped violin case, who attempts to prevent a mass terrorist, the Fizzle Bomber.
Focused on seven international qualified bodybuilders training to compete in the Mr. Olympia contest, Mickey Rourke narrates Generation Iron, which aims to get to the core of why these bodybuilders do what they do.
Controversy has surrounded US military interventions in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, and the new political documentary Dirty Wars, reminds viewers of the grave issues of this foreign policy.
Baz Luhrmann’s first film Strictly Ballroom comes to life in this colossal stage adaptation, with all the same lines and songs Australia has come to love.
Very few documentaries profile a personality as unconventional and fascinating as Father Bob Maguire in the brilliant In Bob We Trust.
The small world of a Spanish wedding collides with The 2010 World Cup in Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s refreshing comedy, Family United.
Battle of the Year is a string of cliches, stock characters and unbearable melodrama.
Pulp Fiction has long been the inspiration for a number of films and the Pawn Shop Chronicles is no exception.
Focusing more on the cars and less on the half-naked women, Born To Race: Fast Track is the sequel to 2011’s Born To Race, but oddly with an entirely different cast assuming the roles previously created.
Don’t panic, Eden Caceda and Whitney Duan are here to show you the way outside of the university walls.
In 1981, a romantic drama film adapted from a novel of the same name by Scott Spencer graced the screens and filled the hearts of teenagers on dates in local cinemas.
Since The Hangover debuted in 2009, cinemas have screened an abundance of films about friends travelling to Las Vegas, or any other location with alcohol and bright lights, prior to a wedding or as a way to forget their transience. The new adult comedy Last Vegas is no different, but this time the male protagonists are about 40 years older than the younger men cast in similar films.
Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir Twelve Years A Slave is easily one of the greatest novels of the American literary canon about the slavery of African Americans pre-Civil War.
A melodrama about the past and struggle to let it go, this film adaptation uses the infallible acting skills of Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith to portray a lonely single mother, escaped con and the son who is at the centre of the love story that develops.
Romantic comedies have long featured women in lead roles and revolved around the lives of single young women, made for single young women. But Are We Officially Dating? switches up the conventions of the genre by having the romantic comedy told from men’s point of view.
Investing this supernatural franchise with a cultural twist is fresh, but ultimately forgettable.
Four years ago Australian character actor David Field made his directorial debut, starring newcomer George Basha, on the well-received drama film The Combination. It’s easy to see the connections between that film all those years ago and this new film Convict, this time Basha working behind the camera with Field.
Tom Clancy’s CIA operative Jack Ryan returns to the silver screen for the fifth time since The Hunt for Red October in 1990, this time Ryan being played by Star Trek actor Chris Pine.
Tracy Lett’s epic three hour play August: Osage County is a renowned work of fiction that has won the Pulitzer Prize and a number of Tony Awards since its debut in 2007.
Despite the cultural importance, a new Hollywood version of the classic story appears this year with Keanu Reeves in the lead role of 47 Ronin.
John Pilger’s damning new doco sees the journalist and filmmaker outraged again over indigenous disadvantage in Australia.
Relying on the legacy and animation to captivate audiences has been the consistent issue since the first film, with The Smurfs 2 sure to bore adults in the cinema despite the hyperactive action on screen.
Directed by Brian Percival, The Book Thief is well-intentioned and handles the story with delicacy. Unfortunately the tone of the film isn’t stable and The Book Thief ends up being a film made for middle-aged children.
There are films like the low-budget Ghost Team One – a jumbled film that isn’t sure if it wants to be a movie like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project or if it wants to satirise them.
Short Term 12 is the heartbreaking yet uplifting indie film of the year.
HBO’s Enlightened Season 2 is one of the best shows on television.