Electric lead, sloppy storytelling.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Andre Benjamin gives an utterly extraordinary performance as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic, which focuses on the two years leading up to the rock guitar genius finding fame in London during 1967’s summer of love. The pity is...
2.5 stars Need for Speed doesn’t move fast but it is long. The only thing I knew about this car action movie pre-preview was that it was based on a video game and it had a moody poster image – all black and fire – where a handsome dude with burni...
Porn king bio peels away the glitz.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Let’s start with the title: 'The Look of Love' was a Dusty Springfield song from 1967. Its lyrics posed a breathy promise: underneath a cool exterior there’s no mistaking the real thing. It’s a great number; smoky, sexy and...
Biopic sketches passable portrait.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Greetings from Tim Buckley could be seen as misleading title for this telemovie-like biopic, given that it’s more about the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley than his comparably gifted father, Tim, whose fans will...
Sudsy plotting undermines group harmony.
Debutant director Yaron Zilberman has a natural flair for capturing the authenticity of a moment yet struggles to gel those affecting instances into a cohesive whole in Performance. Wavers between profundity and cliché for most of its running time.