Prank

Prank! – Raindance 2016 Review

While there are a smattering of laughs across Prank!’s mercifully short running time, as a whole the "jokes" fall flat. On a few occasions this must be intentional - Prank! has to understand that none of...
Gozo

Gozo – Raindance 2016 Review

The Maltese Island of Gozo has seen a lot in the last 7000 years; the imprisonment of Odysseus by the nymph Calypso, Daenerys Targaryen’s marriage to Khal Drogo, and the foreshadowed destruction of...
Iceguardians

Ice Guardians – Raindance 2016 Review

Ice Guardians has its work cut out for itself - it’s a tough sell to argue that the enforcer role in hockey is necessary and ethical, particularly after you’ve shown off a (hopefully atypical) training...
In Circles

In Circles – Raindance 2016 Review

The setup of In Circles is promising - crop circles are an undeniably intriguing phenomena, and the film sets up a slew of interesting characters bringing their own preconceptions out to the West Country...
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Incarnation – Raindance 2016 Review

Incarnation’s premise, while intriguing, is far from original. Time loops are a classic sci-fi staple, and have been cropping up in films across the board, again and again - and again. Luckily, Incarnation...
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Three – Raindance 2016 Film Review

In claustrophobic crime thriller Three, director Johnnie To is determined to keep you guessing; scenes often appear bizarre until their true meaning is revealed, and the script keeps its cards close to its...
Down Under

Down Under – LFF 2016 Review

Down Under places its feet firmly in the realm of truth from the outset, kicking off with sobering footage of the Cronulla race riots in 2006 - before pivoting into an absurd and farcical tale of street...
A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean – Raindance 2016 Review

A Plastic Ocean grabs your attention immediately, with what might be one of the greatest horror reveals in cinema. Opening on rare footage of blue whales in their natural habitat, the camera pans right, into a...
Mimosas

Mimosas – LFF 2016 Review

A curious combination of thematically dense and tonally sparse, some may grasp a deeper meaning from Mimosas. However this otherworldly odyssey across North Africa struggles to rise beyond its style, as the...
Chasing Asylum

Chasing Asylum – LFF 2016 Review

Raw, detailed and unashamedly single-minded, Chasing Asylum is a tearjerking look behind the scenes at Australian immigration. With 60 million people forcibly displaced by events across the globe, this...
A Date For Mad Mary

A Date For Mad Mary – LFF 2016 Review

It might have been easy for A Date for Mad Mary to take the easy route: mine the stresses of planning a wedding for some easy laughs, or even mimic Orange is the New Black for some prison-driven black comedy....