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Category: Other Reviews

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DVD REVIEW: FUN WITH DICK & JANE

DVD REVIEW: FUN WITH DICK & JANE

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: FUN WITH DICK & JANE Shock Entertainment, October 2018 Written by David Giler, Jerry Belson, Mordecai Richler, Gerald Gaiser Directed by Ted Kotcheff Starring George Segal, Jane Fonda, Ed McMahon Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 You may be surprised to know that this 1977 comedy isn’t the bedroom farce it looks like at […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE INTERNATIONAL

DVD REVIEW: THE INTERNATIONAL

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE INTERNATIONAL Shock Entertainment, October 2018 Written by Eric Warren Singer Directed by Tom Tykwer Starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 An impressive international cast gets involved in a chase around the world in this fictional expose of a bank on the cutting […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE GREAT OUTDOORS

DVD REVIEW: THE GREAT OUTDOORS

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE GREAT OUTDOORS Shock Entertainment, October 2018 Written by John Hughes Directed by Howard Deutch Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Annette Bening, Stephanie Faracy Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 Written by John Hughes, writer of many classics from the ‘80s and ‘90s (Breakfast Club, the Vacation series, Pretty In Pink, Uncle Buck, Planes […]

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DVD REVIEW: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE

DVD REVIEW: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE

| 20 December 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE Shock Entertainment September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 The best way to succinctly review this film (also known as Return Of The Creature and Return Of The Creature From The Black Lagoon), made in 1955 by director Jack Arnold and starring John Agar and Lori Nelson […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: HARMONY

MOVIE REVIEW: HARMONY

| 19 December 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: HARMONY Written & Directed by Corey Pearson Starring Jessica Falkholt, Jerome Meyer, Eamon Farren, Paula Arundell, Jacqueline McKenzie Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Harmony is the first in a planned series of five fantasy thrillers produced here in Australia, all slated to star fresh young actress Jessica Falkholt before her tragic death alongside […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ROBIN HOOD

MOVIE REVIEW: ROBIN HOOD

| 22 November 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: ROBIN HOOD Written by Ben Chandler, David James Kelly Directed by Otto Bathurst Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Tim Minchin Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 for the confused plot, 9/10 for the action adventure, 1/10 for non-token representation, 0/10 for historical accuracy and we could go on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: BOOK WEEK

MOVIE REVIEW: BOOK WEEK

| 19 November 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: BOOK WEEK Written & directed by Heath Davis Starring Alan Dukes, Tiriel Mora, Susan Prior, Airlee Dodds, Thuso Lekwape Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Alan Dukes leads the cast of Book Week with a delightfully shabby performance as miserable novelist-turned English teacher Nick Cutler, a character who anyone familiar with the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE NUTCRACKER & THE FOUR REALMS

MOVIE REVIEW: THE NUTCRACKER & THE FOUR REALMS

| 19 November 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE NUTCRACKER & THE FOUR REALMS Written by Ashleigh Powell from the ballet by Marius Petipa, based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by Alexandre Dumas Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston Starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightly, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Richard E Grant Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: YARDIE (as part of the Mini British Film Festival)

MOVIE REVIEW: YARDIE (as part of the Mini British Film Festival)

| 3 November 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: YARDIE (as part of the Mini British Film Festival) Directed by Idris Elba Starring Aml Ameen, Stephen Graham, Shantol Jackson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Idris Elba’s directorial debut tracks D (for Dennis, played by Aml Ameen)’s trajectory from happy-go-lucky thirteen year old in Kingston, Jamaica to the cusp of igniting a gang […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE CHILDREN ACT (as part of the Mini British Film Festival)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE CHILDREN ACT (as part of the Mini British Film Festival)

| 2 November 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE CHILDREN ACT (as part of the Mini British Film Festival) Written by Ian McEwan Directed by Richard Eyre Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ffion Whitehead, Ben Chaplin Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Against a backdrop of a dysfunctional marriage coming off the rails, The Children Act is a film of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: MY GENERATION [as part of the Mini British Film Festival]

MOVIE REVIEW: MY GENERATION [as part of the Mini British Film Festival]

| 2 November 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: MY GENERATION [as part of the Mini British Film Festival] Directed by David Batty Starring Michael Caine, David Bailey, Paul McCartney, Twiggy, Roger Daltrey Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Co-produced and presented & narrated by British icon Sir Michael Caine, My Generation looks at the cultural revolution that emanated from 1960’s England and […]

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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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