Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle’ Is A Fun Ride

It’s very difficult to to separate Jumanji with the late Robin Williams. Naturally, in order to draw new interest into this sequel, casting the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a no-brainer. Going into the film, a common expectation will be how does this Jumanji compare to the 1995 version. Jumanji … [Read More]

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is The Best Star Wars Movie By Default

Star Wars The Last Jedi came in with some really high expectations. Star Wars The Force Awakens evoked a lot of questions and the Last Jedi trailer stirred up even more questions.  As a matter of fact, we came up with the top 5 burning questions for Star Wars The … [Read More]

A Message from the King is heartbreaking

A message from the King is a sad story. Not just in the writing, but also with the lack of promotion! I found the movie in my Netflix list the other day and I don’t remember adding this movie. I don’t know if id heard of this movie before. I … [Read More]

I really really liked Justice League. Here’s Why.

I really enjoyed Justice League. I, unfortunately, could not avoid all of the negative reaction to the film online which tempered my expectations but I walked into this movie with High hopes. Based off of where we last saw our heroes there literally was no other place to go but … [Read More]

“Mr. Roosevelt” is The Cat’s Meow (It’ll make sense)

Los Angeles.  Austin.  The question is not whether these towns are strange.  Only which one is stranger.  Both bergs are featured in their full omnipresent oddness in the new romantic comedy Mr. Roosevelt.  Noël Wells writes, directs and stars. Trailer: In her feature directorial debut, Noël Wells portrays Emily, a talented but … [Read More]

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water Closes the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

The closing film for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival was Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which seems destined for many Academy Award nominations this season. It also served as an opportunity to pay tribute to Michael Shannon, one of the actors in The Shape of Water, who … [Read More]

Filmonik Melbourne: Long night of the short films

David Black chats about indie short film nights While the big, classy movie mags tend to concentrate on all the glitz and glamour of prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Raindance and MIFF, the true heart of the industry lies with the myriad of much smaller short movie nights that are … [Read More]

Quick Flick Review: “Faithful” needed less Histrionics, more Subtlety

Faithful is a psychological thriller about a woman named Lauren who’s struggling in her relationship with a cheating husband. I often have the opportunity to review short films by aspiring Directors. By nature the budgets are minimal and the scripts spare. Still, the end result varies widely in terms of … [Read More]

Innuendo – the bad twin. Twice the value!

David Black reviews Saara Lamberg’s feature debut, Innuendo and opening night Movie premieres can be quite a glamorous affair, but when the movie is an Australian, indie arthouse movie, like “Innuendo”, things can be very strange indeed!  I must say that this is the first film I’ve been to where … [Read More]

Lady Bird Is Greta Gerwig’s Directorial Debut

Lady Bird is the name that Saiorse Ronan gives herself (in the film of the same name), rather than her given name of Christine. The Greta Gerwig-helmed indie film was smartly written and gives Gerwig an impressive directorial debut with an equally impressive cast, including Laurie Metcalf as LadyBird’s mother, … [Read More]