Film Review: The Farewell

★★★★☆ “Based on an actual lie” is the text that sets audiences up rather nicely for the lilting tone of Sundance hit The Farewell, the deeply personal and semi-autobiographical second feature from American writer and director Lulu Wang. Hoping to capitalise on the representational ground gained by last year’s Crazy Rich Continue Reading

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Oscars 2019: Green Book wins Best Picture, Colman is Best Actress

Several surprise wins livened up an otherwise low-key 91st Academy Awards, with Green Book trumping Roma to Best Picture and Olivia Colman besting Glenn Close for her role as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards on the night with four, including Best Actor for Rami Malek, while Roma and Black Panther both took Continue Reading

Film Review: The Meg

★★★☆☆ Loosely based on a series of trash sci-fi horror novels, The Meg surges into as many multiplexes as it can muster this weekend hoping to offer the kind of Jaws-lite jolts that enraptured a generation back in 1977. It’s also very conspicuously the type of American-Chinese co-production that we’ll undoubtedly see more of Continue Reading

Film Review: A Quiet Place

★★★★☆ With two high-profile sci-fis offloaded to Netflix in recent months – one sagely (The Cloverfield Paradox), the other more controversially (Annihilation, given its strong reviews) – you’d be forgiven for questioning whether Paramount still had the stomach for releasing high concept genre works into the current marketplace. Fortunately, there’s Continue Reading

Film Review: Lady Bird

★★★★☆ A deserving dark horse coming into the final furlong of Oscars ‘silly season’, Greta Gerwig enters the solo directorial fray with Lady Bird, a remarkably assured, occasionally heartbreaking portrayal of Sacrementan youth on the cusp of womanhood. Drawing on her own comparable upbringing in the same city, Lady Bird also functions as a satisfying semi-prequel Continue Reading