Movie Review : The Founder


If you live in the western world and are over the age of about 3, you know the ‘golden arches’. You know what they are and you know what they mean.

McDonalds. Or as we say in Australia……. Maccas

But have you ever wondered how there came to be a McDonalds every few kilometres or so? Read my full review at Newcastle Live!


Director : John Lee Hancock

Starring : Michael Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, BJ Novak

Running Time : 115 minutes

Release Date :  November 24

Movie Review : Arrival


One morning, the world wakes to find alien spacecraft have quietly and gently arrived in various places around the planet. There are 12 alien pods in total and as they hover quietly just above the Earth, the planet waits nervously as the military of many nations move in.

It is during these first few days that linguistic expert Louise (Adams) is approached to help the military communicate with the aliens. She wants to do it her way but because it is the military and they like to be the boss of the world, they pass her over for someone else.  A few days later, just as the sun is setting over Louise’s peaceful lakeside home, a helicopter arrives requesting her help…. again. It is duly noted that this military chopper is big and loud and bright and it seems to literally shatter Louise’s peaceful world as someone official barks orders to this quiet, unassuming woman.

But away she flies to meet her destiny.

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Movie Review : Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first movie in a new (announced) franchise inspired by the Harry Potter universe. A book of the same name was on Harry’s required reading list in the very first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This textbook was written under the pseudonym of Newt Scamander, its fictional author and the lead in this movie.

If I haven’t lost you yet, read the rest of my review at Newcastle Live!


Director : David Yates

Starring : Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo

Running Time : 133 minutes

Release Date :  November 17

Movie Review : Nocturnal Animals


Nocturnal Animals is so deeply affecting, so deeply disturbing, so deeply beautiful and yet so deeply violent, once you watch it, you will be thinking about it for many days to come.

But is it living up to all the hype?

Read my full review at Newcastle Live!

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Movie Review : The Light Between Oceans


World War One has ended and a weary, emotionally damaged soldier Tom (Fassbender) returns to Australia seeking some balance in his tormented world. A job as the lighthouse keeper on the remote (fictional) island of Janus, off the coast of Western Australia seems ideal. The contract is only for 6 months and the solitude and physical work is perfect for him and will allow him to begin to heal.

Just before he leaves, he meets Isabel (Vikander), the daughter of a local businessman. When Tom is offered the chance to extend his contract on Janus to 3 years, he travels back to the mainland to sign and promptly marries Isabel. The two set off for their island but their idyllic, isolated bliss is soon shattered by heartbreak and a harrowing decision.

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Movie Review : Hacksaw Ridge


This time of year is usually a great time for quality movies, as evidenced by my last few reviews.

Why? Because it’s Oscar bait season!

To see if Mel Gibson’s directorial return cuts it, keep reading ….

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Movie Review : Hell or High Water


The movie opens with an early morning bank robbery that is so clumsy and amateurish that Elsie (Dickery), the bank employee …. on the floor, gun to her head mind you …. asks if the boys have much experience robbing banks. It is a light moment for a movie that will take you on quite a journey over the next few hours.

Tanner (Foster) is fresh out of prison and one assumes the mastermind behind this whole thing. His brother Toby (Pine) is far more dubious and anxious about it all but he can see no other way to try to save the family ranch. The story of how the bank tried to swindle his dying mother of her only asset is so very sad but knowing this kind of thing happens all the time will make you burn with anger.

But I assume that’s the point ….

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Movie Review : Doctor Strange


As my regular readers know, I am a geek and I do love me some Marvel…… but I’m still not a Marvel geek. However, I will admit after all these Marvel movies, I do have a pretty good idea who goes where and what may happen next.

Bearing all this in mind, I walked into the cinema knowing only that Doctor Strange was part of the Marvel universe and that I am not a big Cumberbatch fan. So yeah ….

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Movie Review : Bridget Jones’s Baby


15 years ago we met and fell in love with Bridget Jones (Zellweger), a thirty-something, single girl juggling career, friends and love in London. We cheered as she made some smart decisions in life, we cried as she screwed things up again and we laughed as she strutted through life in her silly little tops, determined to be who she wanted to be.

Bridget Jones was an every woman. Bridge was one of us.

Well now Bridget is back….. but is she still one of us?

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Movie Review – Independence Day: Resurgence


I am a huge fan of the original. Huge! I watch it more often than I care to admit, thanks to it’s almost constant availability on Foxtel, so I was keen for this new movie’s release.

As a side note, if you want to know what has happened to this fictional Earth during the previous 20 years, jump over to The War of 1996 website. It’s a nice bonus and fills in some gaps from the movie.

So anyway, the world is preparing to celebrate 20 years of unity and togetherness when the unthinkable happens and the alien ships start moving into our atmosphere. These ships are 3000 miles wide (I think I recall that correctly) and have their own gravitational pull which is not good. 20 years on and they are back. But this time they have bigger spacecraft, bigger guns and badder aliens.

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