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The Little Death (2014) ★★★½
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The Little Death (2014) ★★★½

Directed by Josh Lawson The tradition of Australian cinema is to run from sex and comedy, which is curious considering how idiosyncratic and voraciously bawdy our national humour is. Comedian Josh Lawson, who’s come a long way since his days on Thank God You’re Here, breaks with this tradition and confronts sex headlong in one of the most brazenly funny … Continue reading

The Skeleton Twins (2014) ★★★
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The Skeleton Twins (2014) ★★★

Directed by Craig Johnson The lethargic and languid drama of The Skeleton Twins is given a much-needed boost of energy from comedians Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, giving impressive dramatic performances as a pair of depressed, estranged siblings with little to love but each other. The film begins with their simultaneous attempts at suicide that go awry when Milo (Hader) is … Continue reading

The Maze Runner (2014) ★★★
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The Maze Runner (2014) ★★★

Directed by Wes Ball If the zeitgeist critics have any plausibility (and it’s a battle currently being waged between iconoclastic theorist David Bordwell and various other ambiguous sects) then the prevailing onslaught of dystopian Young Adult adaptations signals an abstract and troubling power anxiety in the target audience (read: millennials, tweens, Gen Y, whatever other misnomer you care … Continue reading

Wish I Was Here (2014) ★
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Wish I Was Here (2014) ★

Directed by Zach Braff Having already waxed lyrical about the virtues of new-age sensitivity and bad wallpaper in his directorial debut Garden State, Scrubs star Zach Braff returns with another mediocre film that manifests the same idealism of youth in the realm of adulthood. I’d usually be wary to mention a person’s previous roles if they’d made a conscious effort … Continue reading

Margaret and David to retire, ‘At The Movies’ not returning in 2015
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Margaret and David to retire, ‘At The Movies’ not returning in 2015

In a move that was inevitable but not at all expected, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton have announced their joint retirement from film criticism, effectively ending their weekly review program—the only free-to-air television show dedicated entirely to cinema in Australia—at the end of 2014. Before moving to ABC and rebranding as ‘At The Movies’ in 2005, Margs and … Continue reading