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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

| 10 January 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Directed by Ben Stiller Starring Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty is a shy, bullied nobody plodding away in the basement of Life Magazine, unappreciated by anyone much other than his Mum, played charmingly by Shirley MacLaine. Blessed […]

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Movie review – The Book Thief

Movie review – The Book Thief

| 2 January 2014

The Book Thief Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar We first meet Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) in February 1938, when she witnesses her brother die in their mother’s arms on a packed war time train – a shocking image leaving the audience thinking that the start of this story is the tale of a family who are fleeing […]

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Movie review – Kill Your Darlings

Movie review – Kill Your Darlings

| 15 December 2013

Movie review – Kill Your Darlings Directed by John Krokidas Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C Hall Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar 5/10 Viewers start to feel sympathy for the lead character Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) from the start of the movie as they learn about his family life – a mentally ill mother (played […]

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Movie Review: The Butler

Movie Review: The Butler

| 2 November 2013 | Reply

Directed by Lee Daniels, Written by Danny Strong Starring Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, and a cast of thousands Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar In the current movie arena, you would be forgiven for thinking that this movie is another White House related flick what with the recent releases of White House Down and Olympus […]

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Movie review – The Counselor

Movie review – The Counselor

| 26 October 2013 | Reply

Movie review – The Counselor Directed by Ridley Scott, written by Cormac McCarthy Starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 From the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s morality tale The Counselor, it’s obvious this is an anti-Hollywood movie. Laura (a radiant and barely made up Penelope […]

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Movie review – Diana

Movie review – Diana

| 2 October 2013 | Reply

Starring Naomi Watts Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Diana paints a picture of Princess Diana as a lonely, sad and slightly manipulative woman living in the eye of a media hurricane as her private life becomes virtually non-existent thanks to paparazzi hounding and public fascination. Focussing on the last two years […]

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Movie review – Metallica – Through The Never

Movie review – Metallica – Through The Never

| 1 October 2013 | Reply

Starring Metallica and Dane DeHaan Directed by Nimród Antal By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Metallica’s Through The Never is part concert movie, and part conceptual storyline involving young gofer roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan) at a sold out ‘Tallica concert in Vancouver. The concert footage takes the viewer about as close as possible to the band as […]

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Movie review – I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

Movie review – I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

| 29 September 2013 | Reply

Starring Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth Directed by Pedro Almodovar Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar brings us an updated 70’s bedroom farce for his latest feature, though he’s mixed it up and set it on board a plane mid-flight as technical problems look like they might bring the jet […]

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Movie review – Turbo 3D

Movie review – Turbo 3D

| 18 September 2013 | Reply

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Pena, Snoop Dogg and Michelle Rodriguez Directed by David Soren Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The conceit that a snail ingesting nitrous oxide could be a serious contender at the Indi 500 car race is at the heart of Turbo and, ridiculous as that […]

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Movie review – White House Down

Movie review – White House Down

| 30 August 2013 | Reply

Directed by Roland Emmerich Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Beefcake of the moment Channing Tatum steps into the shoes (and wife beater singlet) of one of Bruce Willis’s most popular characters, John McLane, in what should really be titled Die Hard In The White House! White House […]

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JETHRO TULL – Around The World Live 4DVD set

JETHRO TULL – Around The World Live 4DVD set

| 22 August 2013 | Reply

Shock Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Culled mostly from concerts filmed for TV broadcasts, plus a few bootlegs along the way, Around The World Live skips Jethro Tull’s early Aqualung tramp days but features many of singer Ian Anderson & Co’s concert setups from the 70’s through to 2005. The progression is an astonishing […]

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Movie review – STOKER

Movie review – STOKER

| 20 August 2013 | Reply

Directed by Park Chan-Wook Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroony Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 A dark and brooding coming of age thriller, Stoker slowly unravels the disturbing tale of awkward teen India (Wasikowska), whose father (Mulroony) has died in a horrible accident on her 18th birthday. Discovering she has an uncle, […]

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Movie – THE HEAT

Movie – THE HEAT

| 25 July 2013 | Reply

Starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 To read some reviews of THE HEAT, the latest movie from director Paul Feig featuring his Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, you’d think the reviewers were anticipating that this buddy cop film was meant to be an existential piece of cinema […]

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Movie: EPIC 3D

Movie: EPIC 3D

| 23 June 2013 | Reply

Starring Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Seyfried Released July 2013 Reviewed by Tia & Shane Pinnegar 9/10 When the evil Mandrake (a creepily menacing Christoph Waltz) attacks the balance of good and evil in the forest, spreading rot and decay and killing the beloved Queen Tara (Beyonce Knowles), the stage is set for […]

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Movie – Zero Dark Thirty

Movie – Zero Dark Thirty

| 7 June 2013 | Reply

Directed by Kathryn Bigelew, Starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 In a world gone mad, where motivations make no sense and murder and freedom fighting are one and the same, how can we know who’re the good guys and who are the bad guys? ZERO DARK THIRTY is a gripping, […]

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Movie – Dead Man Down

Movie – Dead Man Down

| 7 June 2013 | Reply

By Shane Pinnegar Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard 7/10 Spoiler alert! Colin Farrell’s Victor is a man with his eyes set firmly upon revenge in Dead Man Down. As a part of Alphonse’s (a chilling Terence Howard) gang of strongarms and hoodlums, he seems initially to be a […]

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WEST OF MEMPHIS – Movie review

WEST OF MEMPHIS – Movie review

| 1 May 2013 | Reply

Directed by Amy Berg Reviewed by Dani Deville 9/10 The trial of the West Memphis Three was a case that shocked and disturbed the civilised world. The fact that this was a case which involved the murder of three seven year old boys was not, as you might expect, the most shocking part about this […]

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The Croods – Movie Review

The Croods – Movie Review

| 1 May 2013 | Reply

By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Watching The Croods on the big screen from the front row is almost enough to scramble the brain, as the titular family of cavemen and women indulge in what must be the fastest animated opening chase sequence ever, but this just sets the scene for the wonderful and dramatic tale which […]

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Adventures In Zambezia – Movie review

Adventures In Zambezia – Movie review

| 1 May 2013 | Reply

By Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Adventures In Zambezia, the latest animated offering from South Africa’s Triggerfish Studios, is a visually sumptious treat, featuring stunningly rendered waterfalls and jungle vistas and aerial views of the vast African continent. It also features a surprisingly sophisticated and adult storyline revolving around Kai, a young falcon (voiced by Jeremy Suarez), […]

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PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME, Movie review

PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME, Movie review

| 24 April 2013 | Reply

Directed by Ian Darling Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Alongside Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly is arguably Australia’s most important singer/songwriter, and this fascinating and emotional documentary does it’s best to drill into the core of what makes this enigmatic man tick. It’s not easy: ex-wives, friends, friends, family and bandmates all concur that Kelly is […]

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