Category: Other Reviews

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MOVIE: I FEEL PRETTY

MOVIE: I FEEL PRETTY

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: I FEEL PRETTY Written & directed by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein Starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Lauren Hutton, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 3/10 There’s a really positive, empowering message about being beautiful on the inside at the heart of I Feel Pretty, but just like the patronising title, it’s been […]

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MOVIE: RED SPARROW

MOVIE: RED SPARROW

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: RED SPARROW Directed by Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence, has more than a few echoes of Nikita, and enough difference to allow it to stand on its own two feet. Dominique is the star of the […]

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MOVIE: ISLE OF DOGS

MOVIE: ISLE OF DOGS

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: ISLE OF DOGS Screenplay by Wes Anderson Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Koyu Rankin, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Wes Anderson’s latest stop motion film, Isle Of Dogs, is a visual and comedic delight, with the added bonus […]

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MOVIE: SUPER TROOPERS 2

MOVIE: SUPER TROOPERS 2

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: SUPER TROOPERS 2 Written by Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Hefferman, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stohlhanske Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar Starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Hefferman, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stohlhanske, Brian Cox Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Super Troopers became a smash cult stoner/slacker hit way back in 2001, and finally the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Peg + Cat – The Camp Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

BOOK REVIEW: Peg + Cat – The Camp Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

| 4 April 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Peg + Cat – The Camp Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson Candlewick Entertainment March 2018 Paperback, $9.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Beginner Readers / Kids Fiction 5/10 Can Peg and Cat figure out the winning pattern? Friendly competition between bunks at summer camp leads to a hands-on lesson in counting by […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE FAN

DVD REVIEW: THE FAN

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE FAN Shock Entertainment, December 2017 Directed by Tony Scott Starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 This 1996 film sadly suffers from a disappointing case of being less than the sum of its impressive parts. Following De Niro’s struggling knife salesman Gil Renard as he obsesses […]

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DVD REVIEW: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE

DVD REVIEW: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE Shock Entertainment, July 2017 Directed by George Roy Hill Starring Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Valerie Perrine Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 I can’t say I much enjoyed watching this 1972 darkly comic sci fi film based on Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s classic novel, but it is undeniably thought provoking and challenging. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

BOOK REVIEW: Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins Walker Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Revel in the rain with a little duckling and friends in a bright adventure from the creator of Maisy that kids will find just ducky. Oh, goody, hooray! It’s raining today. When I’m feeling […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hexes for the Modern Age by Val Brains

BOOK REVIEW: Hexes for the Modern Age by Val Brains

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hexes for the Modern Age by Val Brains Skyhorse Publishing December 2017 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour 4/10 Let’s face it: most people irritate us. Hexes for the Modern Age is a tongue-in-cheek approach to giving these folks a taste of their own medicine. While inspired by witches’ curses of the past, this […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones

BOOK REVIEW: Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones

| 27 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones Walker Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Science & Education 6/10   A gentle, sweetly illustrated concept book takes on physical forces as young children learn about pushing and pulling. It’s time for Bird to build […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin

BOOK REVIEW: How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin

| 26 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin Familius February 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Folk Tales 7.5/10 Many years ago, before the world bloomed in magnificent colors, the Earth lay stark and gray. The animals that graced its skies and roamed its lands were the colors […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

| 25 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock Walker Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Guess what kind of truck is at work in this interactive book by the bestselling creators of Roadworks. Crash-a-rumble Smash-a-grumble What’s at work? Here’s a clue: It will clear the ground […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

| 24 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris Little, Brown Book Group May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Literature, Poetry & Plays / Non-Fiction Prose 9/10 Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

| 23 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson Candlewick Press February 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Historical Fiction 6.5/10 In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry

BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry

| 22 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry Ochard February 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Speculative Fiction 5/10 This review will contain spoilers for book 1, Contagion. An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau Pan Macmillan September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Business & Management / Small Businesses & Self-Employment 7/10 If anyone was qualified to write books on the successful start-up or side […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns

BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns

| 20 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns ABC Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Animals / Photography 9/10 These perfectly imperfect dogs have gentle lessons for us all… Meet special little Vegemite with the permanent wink; Bali Pip, the playful pup who lost […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris

BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris

| 19 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris Black Dog March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris team up to bring us a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. A bird drops a seed to the floor […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

| 18 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 7/10 There is a high possibility that you either know or have encountered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

| 17 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid Candlewick Press March 2018 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Beginner Readers / Fiction 7/10 Judy was feeling left out. Judy wanted to be creative. Judy wanted to be a genius. Judy wanted to be a president. But most of all, Judy wanted to go […]

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