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Why You Should Watch: Bend It Like Beckham

An oldie but a goodie is a good way to sum up British comedy Bend It Like Beckham. Years after it was made it’s still as fun as it was when it was first appeared in cinemas. It screens this Saturday night at 9.25pm on SBS ONE.
Are things weighing you down and you need a laugh?Let Bend It Like Beckham take away your woes. You won’t be able to help laughing at the repartee that’s jam-packed into this energetic worldwide hit about a couple of young women with a passion for...

Oscar buzz, clickbait and the 12-month awards season

The trend towards calling 2015 Oscar contenders in July is silly, but inevitable, as we count down the days to the Toronto International Film Festival.
As a former film festival director, I can imagine the weary sighs that went around the offices of the Toronto International Film Festival this morning, with the publication of a Variety piece under a scare-headline: IS TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL LOSING...

Spoilsport: Deliver us from Eric Bana's new movie!

We love you Eric, but your new serial-killer/exorcism movie Deliver Us From Evil is scarily bad.
By Michael O'SullivanThe question at the heart of Deliver Us From Evil, a garden-variety serial-killer thriller tarted up as an exorcism drama, is not whether good will triumph over evil. Rather, it's this: What in God's name possesses good actors...
Sandy George started with a 'short' list of 36 unseen films then whittled it down with further research, an open mind and instinct. She concludes with a bonus list of 10 films she has seen and unreservedly recommends.
Abuse of WeaknessI’m intensely curious about this film, Catherine Breillat’s fourteenth, in part because of the conviction that the best cinema around at the moment blurs the line between fact and fiction. Breillat suffered a stroke about a decade...

Movie reboots: Why so serious?

The good-but-glum Dawn of the Planet of the Apes raises a common question about super-heavy remakes of legacy franchises.
By Ann HornadayDawn of the Planet of the Apes was this weekend's pan-species box-office champ, gobbling up US$73 million like so many perfectly ripe bananas.  Audiences seemed to share my high opinion of this sequel to 2011's surprisingly...
The Australian director of Wish You Were Here has secured actor Woody Harrelson for his follow up film, a revenge western about a Texas Ranger.
Australian actor turned filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith, who forged a strong debut with 2012’s Wish You Were Here, a tense whodunit that also spoke to the uneasy needs of contemporary Australia, has obviously had his first feature seen by the right...

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They're the soap-star lovers trying to make South Africa's first ever Afrikaans romantic comedy. What can Australian films learn from them?
Australians love to bitch about Australian films. "Why are they always depressing!?" Why is there always a junkie?" "Who dies?" "Why do they all star Jack Thompson?"Imagine if we had half the population speaking eleven different languages; how...
Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes will also feature in the 1950s-set film about a Hollywood studio in crisis.
As is often the case with the movies of Joel and Ethan Coen, the cast of the siblings’ next work, Hail, Caesar!, is comprised of favoured actors from their previous work – those who are fluent in the peculiar language that is Coen – and some...

Spoilsport: Transformers should go the way of the dinosaurs

Michael Bay's dumb blockbuster suggests that robots got rid of the dinosaurs, and will do the same to us. If audiences demand so little from movies, maybe we deserve what's coming to us.
By Stephanie MerryIt's only natural to get a little excited about the title of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and not because it means another instalment of talking machines battling to the death. It's the word "extinction." Could this mean...
Borat was ruffling international feathers long before James Franco and Seth Rogen set their sights on North Korea.
By Joshua KeatingWASHINGTON — It's not every day that the dudes from Pineapple Express can prompt an implicit threat of nuclear war. So I presume that the producers of The Interview, the new Kim Jong Un assassination comedy starring Seth...