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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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PERTH FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: DALI LAND

PERTH FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: DALI LAND

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

PERTH FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: DALI LAND Metro City, Northbridge – Saturday, 19 January, 2019 By Shane Pinnegar 68% Dali Land is billed as an opportunity to “enter the mind of Salvador Dali, in an immersive 4 level exhibition dedicated to the surrealist master. Featuring over 200 works including drawings, sculptures, film, graphics, photography, and ‘Unconscious […]

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PERTH FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: TRASH TEST DUMMIES

PERTH FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: TRASH TEST DUMMIES

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

PERTH FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: TRASH TEST DUMMIES Fringe World Perth – Saturday, 19 January, 2019 By Shane Pinnegar 95% Old school circus clowning skills are at the heart of The Trash Test Dummies’ anarchic and manic family-friendly comedy show at Perth’s Fringe World 2019. Now featuring the troupe’s first ever female Dummie, Amy Nightingale-Olsen, who […]

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DVD REVIEW: FUN WITH DICK & JANE

DVD REVIEW: FUN WITH DICK & JANE

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: FUN WITH DICK & JANE Shock Entertainment, October 2018 Written by David Giler, Jerry Belson, Mordecai Richler, Gerald Gaiser Directed by Ted Kotcheff Starring George Segal, Jane Fonda, Ed McMahon Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 You may be surprised to know that this 1977 comedy isn’t the bedroom farce it looks like at […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE INTERNATIONAL

DVD REVIEW: THE INTERNATIONAL

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE INTERNATIONAL Shock Entertainment, October 2018 Written by Eric Warren Singer Directed by Tom Tykwer Starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 An impressive international cast gets involved in a chase around the world in this fictional expose of a bank on the cutting […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE GREAT OUTDOORS

DVD REVIEW: THE GREAT OUTDOORS

| 15 January 2019 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE GREAT OUTDOORS Shock Entertainment, October 2018 Written by John Hughes Directed by Howard Deutch Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Annette Bening, Stephanie Faracy Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5/10 Written by John Hughes, writer of many classics from the ‘80s and ‘90s (Breakfast Club, the Vacation series, Pretty In Pink, Uncle Buck, Planes […]

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DVD REVIEW: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE

DVD REVIEW: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE

| 20 December 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE Shock Entertainment September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 The best way to succinctly review this film (also known as Return Of The Creature and Return Of The Creature From The Black Lagoon), made in 1955 by director Jack Arnold and starring John Agar and Lori Nelson […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: HARMONY

MOVIE REVIEW: HARMONY

| 19 December 2018 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: HARMONY Written & Directed by Corey Pearson Starring Jessica Falkholt, Jerome Meyer, Eamon Farren, Paula Arundell, Jacqueline McKenzie Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Harmony is the first in a planned series of five fantasy thrillers produced here in Australia, all slated to star fresh young actress Jessica Falkholt before her tragic death alongside […]

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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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