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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

Boyhood (2014) ★★★★★
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Boyhood (2014) ★★★★★

Directed by Richard Linklater The tragedy of Boyhood is that it ends. After observing the longitudinal unfolding of a life on the screen for nearly three hours, the final cut to black—preceded by a subtle frame-length allusion to Truffaut’s The 400 Blows—consummates a theme that director Richard Linklater has returned to consistently in his rich and varied career: Life passes … Continue reading

Wetlands (2014) ★★★★
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Wetlands (2014) ★★★★

Directed by David Wnendt Disclaimer: Adult Content. Abject bodily functions get their overdue day in court in Wetlands, German director David Wnendt’s adaptation of Charlotte Rouche’s best-selling novel and the surprise hit of this year’s Revelation Film Festival. The film is a revolting gift received in bright coloured wrapping, and one that surprises with its energy. It opens with … Continue reading