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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE VISIT

MOVIE REVIEW: THE VISIT

| 29 September 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE VISIT Directed by M Night Shyamalan Starring Olivia DeJong, Ed Oxenbould, Kathryn Hahn, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 That M Night Shyamalan has a unique creative genius has never been in question, but his scorecard has come to resemble a heart monitor printout, and in recent years […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: MACBETH

MOVIE REVIEW: MACBETH

| 23 September 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: MACBETH Directed by Justin Kurzel Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Daniel Thewliss Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 1/2 /10 Every so often a film comes along that is so incredibly rich in its artistry, but so dense and impenetrable as to be difficult to watch. Justin Kurzel should be congratulated for his cinematography […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PIXELS

MOVIE REVIEW: PIXELS

| 22 September 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: PIXELS Directed by Chris Columbus Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Sean Bean, Dan Ackroyd Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 1/2 /10 At the root of Pixels is a remarkably clever idea: aliens invade Earth in the guise of pixelated ‘80s arcade video games. In the right hands that has […]

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DVD REVIEW: Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman

DVD REVIEW: Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman

| 11 September 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman Shock Entertainment August 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 With a production company named LatinXploitation, you can be fairly sure the key elements of blood, crime, skin and shootouts will all be present in this madcap Argentinian romp. When innocent dork Santiago, video […]

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DVD REVIEW: MAN FINDS FOOD SEASON 1

DVD REVIEW: MAN FINDS FOOD SEASON 1

| 4 September 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: MAN FINDS FOOD SEASON 1 Shock Entertainment August 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 From a five-cheese toasted sandwich off the menu, to a modern US fine dining restaurant that transforms into a secret Ramen house after hours – complete with burlap sacks blacking out the windows, and a brother-and-sister Pakistani restaurant that […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Irrational Man

MOVIE REVIEW: Irrational Man

| 13 August 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Irrational Man Directed by Woody Allen Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 4/10 Writer/director Woody Allen is slated by many as one of the greatest American auteurs of his generation, but that’s a view this reviewer does not share. I find many of his films banal, whiny and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ANT MAN

MOVIE REVIEW: ANT MAN

| 13 August 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: ANT MAN Directed by Peyton Reed Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly Reviewed by Maddie Jensen 7/10 In the same vein as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man is a Marvel film with a more comedic spin. Paul Rudd is a superb choice for the titular role, bringing humour and a strong performance […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Cirque De Soleil’s TOTEM

THEATRE REVIEW: Cirque De Soleil’s TOTEM

| 6 August 2015 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: Cirque De Soleil’s TOTEM Perth, Western Australia – Friday 31 July, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar With its themes of indigenous cultures and the wonders of nature, Totem by Cirque de Soleil is the very epitomy of New Circus – yet if you delve deep beyond the super-hi-tech staging, there’s a strong traditional […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: BLITHE SPIRIT at The Black Swan Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: BLITHE SPIRIT at The Black Swan Theatre

| 30 July 2015 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: BLITHE SPIRIT at The Black Swan Theatre Perth, Western Australia – July 2015 Directed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler Starring Adam Booth, Adriane Daff, Michelle Fornasier, Ella Hetherington, Michael Loney, Jo Morris, Alison van Reeken Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 As the Black Swan Theatre’s heavy red velvet curtains open on a WWII-era drawing […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDE OUT

MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDE OUT

| 30 July 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDE OUT Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Disney have crafted a near-perfect future classic in this animated tale of how our emotions rule our personalities. Taking surprisingly complex and sophisticated concepts an […]

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DVD REVIEW: LUCKY THEM

DVD REVIEW: LUCKY THEM

| 9 July 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: LUCKY THEM Shock Entertainment 3 July, 2015 Directed by Megan Griffiths Starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Toni Collette plays Ellie Klug in this truly enjoyable homage to rock n’ roll obsession and love. The ‘enigmatic talent dropping out and living in anonymous obscurity’ trope is […]

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DVD REVIEW: HAMMER HORROR – THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF

DVD REVIEW: HAMMER HORROR – THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF

| 9 July 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: HAMMER HORROR – THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF Shock Entertainment 3 July, 2015 Directed by Terence Fisher Starring Oliver Reed, Clifford Evans, Yvonne Romain Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The late, great Oliver Reed is fantastic as the conflicted wolfman in this, Hammer Studios’ only foray into the werewolf genre. Made in 1961 […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE WHO – Live At Shea Stadium, 1982

DVD REVIEW: THE WHO – Live At Shea Stadium, 1982

| 8 July 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE WHO – Live At Shea Stadium, 1982 Shock Entertainment 3 July, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 By 1982 The Who – like many bands – had been forced to make changes. Punk had redressed the “dinosaur” rockers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, fashion had gone all new wave, and radio wanted […]

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DVD REVIEW: HAMMER HORROR – THE BRIDES OF DRACULA

DVD REVIEW: HAMMER HORROR – THE BRIDES OF DRACULA

| 7 July 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: HAMMER HORROR – THE BRIDES OF DRACULA Shock Entertainment 3 July, 2015 Directed by Terence Fisher Starring Martita Hunt, Peter Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The Hammer studios had such a huge hit with their soapy take on the Dracula myth in 1968’s The Horror Of Dracula, that […]

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DVD/CD REVIEW: THE ROLLING STONES From The Vault – The Marquee, Live in 1971

DVD/CD REVIEW: THE ROLLING STONES From The Vault – The Marquee, Live in 1971

| 30 June 2015 | Reply

DVD/CD REVIEW: THE ROLLING STONES From The Vault – The Marquee, Live in 1971 Shock Entertainment 26 June, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 A Stones gig doesn’t get rawer than this 1971 set from London’s iconic Marquee Club. Predating punk by years, this edition of the bands From The Vault historical release program is […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kung Fury

MOVIE REVIEW: Kung Fury

| 30 June 2015 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Kung Fury Written & Directed by David Sandberg Starring David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Steven Chew 28 May, 2015 Reviewed by Shayne McGowan Hollywood is currently delivering an endless supply of reboots, remakes, book and comic adaptations, and new instalments in franchises. There are not many original ideas being thrown out to the audience […]

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EVENT REVIEW: SEXPO PERTH

EVENT REVIEW: SEXPO PERTH

| 26 June 2015 | Reply

EVENT REVIEW: SEXPO PERTH Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre 5 June, 2015 By Shane Pinnegar It wasn’t so long ago that an event like SEXPO would have been held in some sleazy basement – thankfully in these in some ways more enlightened times sex is no longer seen as the society-destroyer and corrupter of morals […]

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DVD REVIEW: Witchfinder General

DVD REVIEW: Witchfinder General

| 5 June 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: Witchfinder General Shock Entertainment 1 April, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 No-one is releasing classing English and American cinema like Shock Entertainment are, and no-one made horror movies in England in the ‘70s like Hammer Studios. Starring Vincent Price in one of his more serious and menacing roles, Witchfinder General […]

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DVD REVIEW: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

DVD REVIEW: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

| 5 June 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Shock Entertainment 1 April, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A tense and edgy heist film, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot has seasoned thief John ‘Thunderbolt’ Doherty (Clint Eastwood) forming an uneasy alliance with brash youngster ‘Lightfoot’ (Jeff Bridges, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role) to […]

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DVD & CD REVIEW: SLASH – Live At The Roxy

DVD & CD REVIEW: SLASH – Live At The Roxy

| 5 June 2015 | Reply

DVD & CD REVIEW: SLASH – Live At The Roxy Shock Entertainment 19 June, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Fans of Slash (and if you’re not, then you’re overdue a long, hard look at yourself) will be ecstatic about this new live DVD/Double CD/Triple vinyl set, released in Australia by Shock Entertainment. Singer Myles […]

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