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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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THEATRE REVIEW: LA SOIRÉE, Perth, 29 Jan, 2015

THEATRE REVIEW: LA SOIRÉE, Perth, 29 Jan, 2015

| 30 January 2015 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: LA SOIRÉE, Perth, 29 Jan, 2015 Fringe World presents LA SOIRÉE Perth, Thursday, 29 January, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 La Soirée is circus, Jim – but not as we know it. Here the clowns dress as Charlie Chaplin on rollerskates before stripping down to a ballgown and juggling on a pogostick. […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: BLACK SWAN THEATRE’S VENUS IN FUR

THEATRE REVIEW: BLACK SWAN THEATRE’S VENUS IN FUR

| 29 January 2015 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: BLACK SWAN THEATRE’S VENUS IN FUR Directed by Starring Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Black Swan Theatre Group’s presentation of Venus In Fur is impressively acted and presented in the small Underground Theatre, with [actors] giving the two-person psychosexual drama humour, tension and humanity. A play within a play, Venus In Fur sees […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kingsman: The Secret Service

MOVIE REVIEW: Kingsman: The Secret Service

| 14 January 2015 | 4 Replies

MOVIE REVIEW: Kingsman: The Secret Service Directed by Matthew Vaughn Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Colin Firth is reborn as an immaculately besuited Bond-style secret agent of the Kingsman group in this playful and self-deferential romp about insane tech-billionaire Valentine (Samuel L Jackson, […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Les Misérables, Perth, 7 Jan 2015

THEATRE REVIEW: Les Misérables, Perth, 7 Jan 2015

| 8 January 2015 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: Les Misérables, Perth, 7 Jan 2015 Crown Theatre, Perth, Western Australia – Wednesday 7 January, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 35 years after its original French language production, one could be forgiven for thinking that there was little life left to be breathed into Les Misérables. After all, this story of oppression […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Son Of A Gun

MOVIE REVIEW: Son Of A Gun

| 4 December 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Son Of A Gun Directed by Julius Avery Starring Ewan MacGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Shot in Western Australia and starring Ewan MacGregor, Son Of A Gun is a sometimes bleak tale of a young life that teeters far too easily over the brink into major crime. When […]

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Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

| 2 December 2014 | Reply

Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Directed by Miguel Arteta Starring Steve Carrell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minette, Kerris Dorsey Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ever had a REALLY bad day and felt like no-one cares? Alexander Cooper has one on the eve of his twelfth birthday. He […]

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MOVIE REVIEW – EXODUS: GODS & KINGS

MOVIE REVIEW – EXODUS: GODS & KINGS

| 2 December 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW – EXODUS: GODS & KINGS Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 for the visuals 6.5/10 for the rest As epic and grandiose a movie, visually, as anything brought to the screen in recent memory, Exodus: Gods & Kings realises […]

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MOVIE REVIEW – Gone Girl

MOVIE REVIEW – Gone Girl

| 13 November 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW – Gone Girl Director: David Fincher Starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike By Melissa Harrison-Ward 9/10 After seeing a preview for this movie way back at the start of this year, I have been waiting for this movie’s release, incidentally I also finally started reading the novel by Gillian Flynn last week after […]

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DVD REVIEW – The Rolling Stones – Live From The Vault: LA Forum 1975 and Hampton Coliseum 1981

DVD REVIEW – The Rolling Stones – Live From The Vault: LA Forum 1975 and Hampton Coliseum 1981

| 6 November 2014 | Reply

DVD REVIEW – The Rolling Stones – Live From The Vault: LA Forum 1975 and Hampton Coliseum 1981 Shock Entertainment 21st and 7th November 2014 (respectively) Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 and 8 ½ /10 The first two in a series of live concerts from The Stones archives getting their first official release (not only […]

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DVD REVIEW: METAL DOWN UNDER

DVD REVIEW: METAL DOWN UNDER

| 2 October 2014 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: METAL DOWN UNDER Written & Directed by Nick Calpakdjian Released independently, August 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Australia is far more widely known for our unique brand of pub rock than for our contribution to the world of Heavy Metal, but writer/director Nick Calpakdjian sets out to prove that our metal legacy […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians Of The Galaxy

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians Of The Galaxy

| 25 September 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians Of The Galaxy Directed by James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 They rarely make ‘em like this any more: this year’s biggest sci fi action movie is a treat which cleverly combines a cool story, genuinely […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hundred Foot Journey

MOVIE REVIEW: The Hundred Foot Journey

| 24 September 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: The Hundred Foot Journey Directed by Lasse Hallstrom Starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Based on the much-loved book by Richard C Morais, The Hundred Foot Journey is a story about love and tragedy, family and work, racial divides and intolerance – but at […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Maze Runner

MOVIE REVIEW: The Maze Runner

| 11 September 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: The Maze Runner Directed by Wes Ball Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Dexter Darden, Patricia Clarkson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Based on the first book of a Young Adult trilogy (a quadrilogy if you include his recent prequel) by James Dashner, […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Black Swan Theatre Company’s Laughter On The 23rd Floor, by Neil Simon

THEATRE REVIEW: Black Swan Theatre Company’s Laughter On The 23rd Floor, by Neil Simon

| 10 September 2014 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: Black Swan Theatre Company’s Laughter On The 23rd Floor, by Neil Simon Directed by Kate Cherry Starring Peter Rowsthorn, Humphrey Bower, Stuart Halusz, Damon Lockwood, Jo Morris, Ben Mortley, Igor Sas, Lara Schwerdt and James Sweeny Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Gags fly at rapid fire as a group of comedy writers gather […]

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DVD REVIEW: The Abominable Dr Phibes & Dr Phibes Rises Again

DVD REVIEW: The Abominable Dr Phibes & Dr Phibes Rises Again

| 29 August 2014 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: The Abominable Dr Phibes & Dr Phibes Rises Again Shock Entertainment Cinema Cult Reissues April 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 and 7/10     Vincent Price brought his creepy best to the Dr Phibes character over these two cult classics from 1971 and 1972, about the horribly disfigured titular character who is […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: THE LAST CONFESSION

THEATRE REVIEW: THE LAST CONFESSION

| 7 August 2014 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: THE LAST CONFESSION His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Written by Roger Crane, Directed by Jonathan Church Starring David Suchet, Sam Parks, Philip Craig, David Ferry, Richard O’Callaghan, Nigel Bennett, Stuart Milligan, Sheila Ferris Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10   The Vatican, like any government, is beset by corruption, lobbying and intrigue, and these machinations […]

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127 CULT films you should see!

127 CULT films you should see!

| 13 June 2014 | Reply

What constitutes a “CULT” movie? For the purposes of this list, let’s say it is a movie which was probably produced independently, or by a minor studio. Or by a larger studio but somehow it missed the audience it deserved. Sometimes it has alternative subject matter and/or a low budget. It has to be remembered […]

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Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

| 8 June 2014 | Reply

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2 Directed by Dean DeBlois, Written by Cressida Cowell & Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Five years after Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) & his pet dragon Toothless taught the Vikings of Berk to domesticate the dragons […]

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MOVIE REVIEW – Grace Of Monaco

MOVIE REVIEW – Grace Of Monaco

| 30 May 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW – Grace Of Monaco Directed by Oliver Dahan Starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 4/10 The question we have to ask here is, does a fascinating subject make for a fascinating movie? The answer here is resolutely no. Grace Of Monaco is set some months after Grace Kelly’s […]

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Movie Review: Bad Neighbours

Movie Review: Bad Neighbours

| 14 May 2014 | Reply

Movie Review: Bad Neighbours Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne. Directed by Nicholas Stoller Reviewed by Shayne McGowan 8/10 Bad Neighbours is the new comedy from director Nicholas Stoller, and if you’re a fan of his previous work (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) then this will be right up your […]

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