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  • Save Your Legs!

    With the hit-and-miss traditions of Australian comedies, ”Save Your Legs!” could’ve been an absolute balls-up that left the industry as red as a Kookaburra Red...

  • Snitch

    If you’ve ever flown you’ve heard the great words of advice that greet you through the airport loudspeaker: “Don’t offer to carry something in your...

  • Blinder

    Bull Durham may disagree, but baseball, with its three strikes and you’re out rule, doesn’t add much of a frame to a perseverance meme. Australian...

  • Butter

    A “cutthroat story of greed, sex, blackmail and butter” says Jennifer Garner’s ambitious politico says in her introductory words. Director Jim Field Smith’s “Butter” includes...

  • Liberal Arts

    We mightn’t have met the mother yet, but sitcom star Josh Radnor’s not going to make us wait eight years to I.D his merit. In...

  • Liberal Arts

    We mightn’t have met the mother yet, but sitcom star Josh Radnor’s not going to make us wait eight years to I.D his merit. In...

  • Rise of the Guardians

    At first I found the idea of recasting Santa Claus as a sword-wielding Cossack ridiculous, like some screenwriter was scraping the bottom of the ideas...

  • Vamps

    15 years ago, I was likely also anticipating an Alicia Silverstone reunion – only that one involved a tongue and a bedroom wall of sticky...

  • Life of Pi

    Questions about how filmable Yann Martel’s smash hit novel is swirled everywhere when Fox announced they were adapting it. As soon as Ang Lee was...

  • Step Up 4 : Miami Heat

    Did you know the power of dance can take on a million dollar property investment? DID YOU? Well you can, that is the message of...

  • The Sapphires

    “The Sapphires” is one of the most charming films to come out of Australia in a long time. It takes the term “feel good” and...

  • Deadfall

    The Hulk needed have gone so big in previous efforts. Eric Bana’s made a name for himself stateside thanks to roles in big, splashy blockbuster...

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    Is Jonathan Crane (aka The Scarecrow) in it? Is the character of Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) really Talia Al-Ghul? Does Bruce Wayne die at the...

  • Back to 1942

    In the winter of 1942 a terrible drought came over the Henan province in China. The drought, combined with a locust invasion and the continued...

  • Hitchcock

    One of the best things about ”Hitchcock” – despite it being a good film by any measure – is the pleasure of seeing Anthony Hopkins...

  • Lincoln

    January 1865. Having just won re-election to a second term as president, Abraham Lincoln is greeting soldiers, black and white, at an encampment. The black...

  • The Details

    ”Spider-Man” trilogy co-stars Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks (Peter Parker and Betty Brant, respectively) get themselves entangled in another sticky, messy web of trouble in...

  • Skyfall

    One of the things you learn as a film critic is to always hedge your bets. Which is why, six years ago this month, I...

  • Lay the Favorite

    The usually buttoned-up Stephen Frears’ unhooks the neck-tightening top button from its thread hole to make a slightly less shameful version of “Showgirls”, where the...

  • Redd Inc

    Nicholas Hope (“Bad Boy Bubby”) is back wearing the sadistic skivvy in the unnerving “Redd Inc”, a crafty new thriller that – and it’s a...

  • Flight

    It’s been almost four years since airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed his crippled jet safely on the Hudson River. Ever since that day, whenever...

  • The Zen of Bennett

    As an unabashed Tony Bennett fan, I’ve listened to his CDs, viewed his television shows, heard him sing twice in person and tried to figure...

  • Chasing Mavericks

    What do you get when you pair two of Hollywood’s best directors, a talented leading man and a tale that assures audiences it’s based on...

  • The American Scream

    Halloween typically pumps out guts and gore but director Michael Stephenson (“Best Worst Movie”) injects charm and sentiment into an otherwise fright-filled holiday with “The...

  • Piranha 3DD

    “It’s time to get wet again”, David Koechner’s Chet, the sleazy owner of one of those highly-commercialised water parks, tells viewers in an advertisement within...

  • The Bachelorette

    In the first few minutes of writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette”, a couple of the main characters are ordering lunch, and it results in quite a...

  • Take This Waltz

    The grass is never greener on the other side, that’s the message at the center of Sarah Polley’s stay-with-the-one-that-truly-loves-you forewarner, ”Take this Waltz”. This ‘new...

  • Underbelly : Badness

    Though always equipped with engrossing (true) stories (ripped straight from the first couple of pages of the daily newspapers), the “Underbelly” series does dip bottom-ways,...

  • Cabin in the Woods

    The premise of this movie seems to be saying a lot, but at its most basic it’s a fairly transparent parable about the act of...

  • Seeking Justice

    Rather ironic that Nicolas Cage’s latest is named “Seeking Justice”, since that’s what most of us have been beseeching after having to endure the fallen...