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Tanna – Review

We often hold up that brand of ultra-realism known as “verite” as a paragon of out-there, maverick filmmaking. The brilliance of Tanna’s essential project makes even the finest of verite pictures look...
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Paper Planes – Review

Quirkily pitched though largely rather rote, this Australian family film manages nevertheless to achieve something special within its genre trappings. Sam Worthington’s at his best since Somersault,...

52 Tuesdays – Review

One of 2015's most important films, though so deft in style that it's never "Worthy". A parent's FTM transition provides a backdrop, but James (formerly Jane) is never defeatist or self-loathing. Instead,...

Son of a Gun – LFF Review

There are few logical explanations for Son of a Gun. The most probable is that writer/director Avery is getting paid by the cliché, each one more laughable and obvious than the last. It’s a shame because...

The Babadook – Review

Even for the occasional horror fan, The Babadook feels far too full of the usual clichés: a troubled child, a distressed (bereaved) mother and - what’s that? A haunted house? Writer and director Jennifer...

Mystery Road – LFF Review

Australian filmmaker Ivan Sen writes, directs, photographs, scores, and edits his latest film, Mystery Road, revealing him to be a jack of all trades and master of… some. Clearly inspired by Westerns,...