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Category: Other Reviews

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SEAGULL

MOVIE REVIEW: THE SEAGULL

| 20 October 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE SEAGULL Written by Anton Chekhov Screenplay by Stephen Karam Directed by Michael Mayer Starring Annette Benning, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 There’s a lot to like in this latest adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play, but unfortunately most of it […]

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TV REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – THE WOMAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

TV REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – THE WOMAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

| 8 October 2018 | Reply

TV REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – THE WOMAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Written by Chris Chibnall Directed by Jamie Childs Starring Jodie Whittaker, Philip Abiodun, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Sharon D Clarke Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 The BBC have edged towards a more open-minded, modern world view in recent years, peppering […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett

BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett

| 6 October 2018 | Reply

  BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett Dorling Kindersley October 2018 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Books / Arts & Craft / Media Tie-In 10/10   Bring your love of Disney to life with more than 100 amazing and creative projects and activities. Let your imagination run wild with Disney inspired […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman

BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman

| 5 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture by Sander L. Gilman Reaktion Books April 2018 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History 5/10 Sander L. Gilman has become an authority on the human body. The professor has written and edited over 90 books, including ones that examined our attitudes towards obesity […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Allen & Unwin August 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Paranormal / Cultural Australia 8/10   Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

| 16 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Dark Fantasy 5/10 Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

| 14 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Supernatural 8/10 She had been in worse shape before. Much worse. Last rites and funeral arrangements kind of shape. Kate had come out of it like a modern-day Lazarus. But she was tired. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

| 13 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas Head of Zeus August 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Speculative Fiction 8/10   1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

| 5 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver Harper Collins Publishers April 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Short Stories 8.5/10 Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin. She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

| 3 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella Little, Brown Book Group March 2018 Paperback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Discovery, History & Science 9/10 Åsne Seierstad is no stranger to writing about war and conflict. The Norwegian journalist is the best-selling author […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross HarperCollins May 2018 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children’s Fiction / Humour 9/10 The President of the United States dubbed it the “Greatest book ever written.” Well, that’s if you believe the joke. This title – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

| 31 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin Pan Macmillan Australia May 2018 Paperback, $9.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Children’s Fiction 8.5/10 We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin May 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 6/10 The Three Laws of Robotics 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR OWN. 2. A robot […]

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MOVIE: THE FLIP SIDE

MOVIE: THE FLIP SIDE

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: THE FLIP SIDE Directed & Co-written by Marion Pilowsky Starring Eddie Izzard, Emily Taheny, Vanessa Guide, Luke McKenzie Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 You don’t see a lot of movies set in Adelaide, and you don’t see an abundance of great Aussie rom-coms either. The Flip Side is the former, and although it tries […]

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BLURAY: FRANK ZAPPA SUMMER ’82 – When Zappa Came To Sicily

BLURAY: FRANK ZAPPA SUMMER ’82 – When Zappa Came To Sicily

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: FRANK ZAPPA SUMMER ’82 – When Zappa Came To Sicily MVD Visual December, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Fans of the late, great Frank Zappa will know that in 1982 a concert in a soccer stadium in Palermo, Sicily was disrupted by fans rioting against heavy handed armed police present, and the concert […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

| 27 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French HarperCollins March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Romance / Historical Romance 7/10 Beloved Australian author, Jackie French is a firm believer in the idea that history explains why our world is the way it is. She has written hundreds of books […]

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BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis

BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis

| 25 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis Pan Macmillan Australia April 2018 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Medicine / Reproductive Medicine 8/10 After retiring from her professional netball career, Liz Ellis and her husband Matt found themselves among the one in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter

BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter Orion March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Contemporary 7/10 A surprising and emotional story starring an unforgettable heroine, for fans of Together, The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveller’s Wife When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever. She was a brilliant, high-flying […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl with the Lost Smile written by Miranda Hart and illustrated by Kate Hindley Hachette Children’s Group October 2017 Paperback, $26.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Action & Adventure 7/10 As much as we’d love our lives to be one big festival of happiness, the reality is […]

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DVD: THIN ICE

DVD: THIN ICE

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

DVD: THIN ICE Written by Jill & Karen Sprecher Directed by Jill Sprecher Starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 4/10 Thin Ice is textbook Hollywood: a film made with an auteur’s vision to serve its story, apparently directed so well as to receive abundant praise at […]

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