Film review: INSURGENT from ‘Built For Speed’

Insurgent is the second instalment in that other dystopian, post-apocalyptic young adult series, Divergent.  For those unfamiliar with the saga, it follows the standard template for the young adult adventure genre: sensitive but feisty teen girl Triss (Shailene Woodley) becomes a freedom fighter battling an oppressive government and it’s smug leader, the ice cold Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and hooks up

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Film review: BIRDMAN, from ‘Built For Speed’

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s idiosyncratic serio-comic take on the machinations of theatre, the decline of cinema and the fickleness of celebrity, Birdman, has been the toast of international film festivals meaning it has arrived on our shores carrying the weight of enormous expectation.  That sort expectation often leads to disappointment and that is to some extent the case here.  While this

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Film review: ST. VINCENT, from Built For Speed

St Vincent is a charming if flawed feel-good comedy drama that provides another showcase for Bill Murray’s amusing brand of misanthropy. Murray plays Vincent a familiar figure in American cinema, the rude, miserable, middle-aged grump neighbour who disdains anyone interfering with his self-contained, self-serving world.  When his new neighbour, kindly single mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) is forced to work late,

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Film review: DIANA, from Built For Speed

If anyone had read the popular film websites’ scathing reviews of the Princess Di biopic Diana they might have been anticipating the film’s arrival on our shores about as eagerly as Australians awaiting the radiation cloud in On the Beach.  Diana is undoubtedly a disappointing film with a thin script that covers only a small portion of Diana’s life, bland

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