Film review: THE WATER DIVINER, from Built For Speed

Australian cinema audiences embrace films that explore the Australian identity.  This is evident in the success of films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock which examined Australian culture as the 20th century dawned and the nation began to define itself from mother England, The Castle, which affectionately satirised the Australian suburban identity and Peter Weir’s Gallipoli, which both celebrated and

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Film review: NOAH, from Built For Speed

Noah begins with a potted history of the Old Testament that is strikingly reminiscent of the opening scenes in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  That sequence sets the tone for the film, as this interpretation of the story of Noah, the Ark and the flood that wiped out humanity, plays like a Tolkien action-fantasy.

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Film review: A WINTER’S TALE, from Built For Speed

Adapted from Mark Helprin’s expansive 1983 novel and in no way connected to the similarly-named Shakespeare play, A Winter’s Tale offers a slightly more mature take on the teen lit obsessions of forbidden romantic passions and conflict between supernatural beings.  Unfortunately, what could have been a thrilling fantasy adventure and moving story of romantic longing is neutered by a jumbled

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Film review: BROKEN CITY, from Built For Speed

Like the Al Pacino film City Hall, Broken City immerses us in the grubby world of New York politics. Unfortunately, this film also immerses us in a world of clichés, clunky dialogue, dull heroes and ridiculous villains. Mark Wahlberg plays disgraced New York cop Billy Taggart who, years after a questionable shooting, is now a struggling, debt-laden private eye. When

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Film review: LES MISERABLES, from Built For Speed

The problem with many film musicals is that, removed from the artificial world of the stage, the site of people bursting into song seems ridiculous. This becomes a bigger problem when the film goes for a gritty, realistic look as opposed to the deliberately staged look of the classic film musicals from the 1940’s and 50’s.   Les Miserables, a screen

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