Film review: ‘DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

For the first 15 minutes, Kriv Stenders’ Vietnam war drama Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan seems like a clunky attempt at an Aussie Platoon. We’re introduced to some painfully familiar characters: the intense, bullying veteran soldier, the wide-eyed innocent young grunts, the cocky guys playing cards and guzzling whisky and the pompous, uncaring commanding officer. Quickly, though, this

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Film review: ‘Hunter Killer’, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

With the Russians apparently the designated bad guys once again, Hollywood producers can dust off the Cold War action movie ideas and deliver the sort of films US Republicans probably spoiled their trousers over in the 90s. One such flag-waver is the preposterous, occasionally exciting and very unsubtly-named sub-marine drama Hunter Killer which stars Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. Butler

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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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