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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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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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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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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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BLURAY: ALL NIGHT LONG

BLURAY: ALL NIGHT LONG

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: ALL NIGHT LONG Directed by Jean-Claude Tramont Starring Barbara Streisand, Gene Hackman, Dennis Quaid Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 Amazingly, Babs Streisand was paid four million US bucks for appearing in All Night Long – the highest fee paid to an actor in Hollywood at the time of filming in […]

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BLURAY: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

BLURAY: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID Directed by Carl Reiner Starring: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Carl Reiner directs a superb Steve Martin as Rigby Reardon in this hilarious homage to the pulp detective movies of the 1940s, also starring Rachel Ward as the ubiquitous dame Juliet […]

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DVD: K-9

DVD: K-9

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

DVD: K-9 Directed by Starring James Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O’Neill, Rando Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 This cute buddy cop movie with a difference was made in 1989, pairing James Belushi up with Rando, A West German German Shepherd who had been discovered after a worldwide search for […]

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BLURAY: THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE

BLURAY: THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE

| 21 August 2018 | Reply

BLURAY: THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE Co-written & directed by Marty Feldman Starring Marty Feldman, Ann Margaret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Marty Feldman’s masterpiece proved too clever for its own good, especially in America, where his absurdist humour and rapid-fire sight gags […]

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MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

| 15 August 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Directed by Marc Forster Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gattiss, Jim Cummings Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 It might be the adults in the cinema who relate more to this delightfully adorable Disney offering, rather than the youngsters present. After all, we’re the ones who’ve grown up with A […]

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MOVIE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT

MOVIE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT

| 26 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT Written & Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to suspend belief for a sliver short of two-and-a-half hours and follow Ethan Hawke and his IMF crew as they yet again […]

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MOVIE: NINE

MOVIE: NINE

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: NINE Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Directed by Rob Marshall Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Based on the popular Broadway show by Mario Fratti (translated into English by Arthur Kopit and Maury Weston), Rob Marshall aims very high […]

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MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III

MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Directed by Sam Raimi – Bradford May – Starring Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels – Larry Drake, Arnold Vosloo, Kim Delaney – Jeff Fahey, Arnold Vosloo, Darlanne Fluegel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ – 5 ½ – 6 ½ After the runaway […]

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MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & Directed by Philip Cox Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Betty Davis was the high priestess of raunchy Seventies funk – a black woman who sang about sex and wrote some of the dirtiest, most outrageous music of the […]

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