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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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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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LED ZEPPELIN – CELEBRATION DAY CD & DVD

LED ZEPPELIN – CELEBRATION DAY CD & DVD

| 1 February 2013 | Reply

Label: Atlantic/Warners Released: Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Opening with archival news footage of the mighty Zeppelin travelling circus arriving in Tampa for a mid-Seventies record breaking show, the scene at the O2 is set for something special – 18,000 seats filled to overflowing after around 20 MILLION entered the ticket ballot for this gig […]

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MOVIE: HITCHCOCK

MOVIE: HITCHCOCK

| 29 January 2013 | Reply

Directed by Sacha Gervasi Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlet Johanssen Reviewed by Dani Deville 6/10   With such a title you might expect a biopic of the life and times of Big Alf,  however, the story recounts the events surrounding the production of Hitchcock’s most successful movie, Psycho. Picking up after the release and […]

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MOVIE – The Life Of PI

MOVIE – The Life Of PI

| 3 January 2013 | Reply

The Life of Pi Directed by Ang Lee, Starring Suraj Sharma, Tabu, Adil Hussain Reviewed by Dani Deville Released 1 January 2013 5/5 Based on the acclaimed novel by Yann Martel of the same name, The Life of Pi tells the story of Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, a young South Indian boy named after […]

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Movie Review – SKYFALL

Movie Review – SKYFALL

| 5 December 2012 | Reply

Directed by Sam Mendes, Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes Released October 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Skyfall, the third movie since the franchise was rebooted with Casino Royale, follows in the action packed footsteps of that film – Daniel Craig’s debut as Bond – and thankfully not it’s follow-up Quantum […]

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Theatre:  Little Y Theatre Company presents David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

Theatre: Little Y Theatre Company presents David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

| 3 December 2012 | Reply

Blue Room Theatre, Perth, Western Australia – 22 November, 2012 Directed by Mark Storen, Featuring Georgia King, Leanne Curran, Ella Hetherington, Alexandra Nell, Sarah McKellar, Verity Softly & Caris Eves By Shane Pinnegar Mark Storen has reinterpreted David Mamet’s classic play Glengarry Glen Ross wonderfully, using an all-female cast and remaining true to the Oh […]

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MOVIE – The Decoy Bride

MOVIE – The Decoy Bride

| 22 November 2012 | Reply

Directed by Sheree Folkson Starring David Tennant, Kelly MacDonald, Alice Eve Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 David Tennant (Dr Who, Casanova, Blackpool) turns on the charm as the author fiancé of Alice Eve’s mega movie star, who lands in a heap of you-know-what when the missus decides to stage their wedding at the UK island […]

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MOVIE – THAT’S MY BOY

MOVIE – THAT’S MY BOY

| 22 November 2012 | Reply

Directed by Sean Anders Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Leighton Meester Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Ugh – not another goddam Adam Sandler movie?!??! Look – he always plays the same character, and you know it!  Only the flimsy premise and the level of obnoxiousness varies (it’s pretty high here!), but he makes millions […]

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MOVIE – IRON SKY

MOVIE – IRON SKY

| 22 November 2012 | Reply

Directed by Timo Vuorensola Starring Julia Dietze, Udo Kier, Peta Sergeant Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar NAZI’S ON THE MOON!!!!  I kid you not!!!! In this Australian/German/Finnish co-production, it’s 2018, and a Sarah Palin-like president has sent a rocket to the moon, where Christopher Kirby’s astronaut James Washington discovers a Nazi base on the dark side […]

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MOVIE – SAVAGES

MOVIE – SAVAGES

| 22 November 2012 | Reply

Directed by Oliver Stone, Starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayak, Benecio Del Toro, John Travolta Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Oliver Stone bounces back onto the big screen with an interesting – though fairly one dimensional – story about a lovable threesome (in every sense of the word – Kitsch, Taylor-Johnson and […]

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Movie – THE SESSIONS

Movie – THE SESSIONS

| 25 October 2012 | Reply

Written & Directed by Ben Lewin Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H Macy In cinemas in Australia 8 November 2012 John Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) delivers a rivetingly believable performance as polio sufferer Mark O’Brien in this true story about the poet/journalist who could only spend a few hours a day out […]

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DVD: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – A Knight In York

DVD: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – A Knight In York

| 24 October 2012 | Reply

Label: EMI Released: July 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Ex-Deep Purple & Rainbow guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore famously turned his back on hard rock some years ago, forming Blackmore’s Night with then girlfriend (now wife and mother to their infant children, both of who make an on stage appearance in this video) vocalist Candice […]

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