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Movie Review : Allied


Before you even ask, yes Brad Pitt is as handsome as ever.

But do he and Marion sizzle as much as we have been led to believe?

Find out by reading my full review at Newcastle Live!


Director : Robert Zemeckis

Starring : Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Charlotte Hope, Celeste Dodwell, Simon McBurney

Running Time : 124 minutes

Release Date :  December 26

Movie Review : Office Christmas Party


With such an amazing cast, including new comedy golden girl Kate McKinnon, I was expecting great things from Office Christmas Party.

So doers it live up to expectations? You can read my full review at Newcastle Live!

Director : Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Starring : Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, T.J Miller, Courtney B Vance, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Karan Soni, Abbey Lee

Running Time : 105 minutes

Release Date :  December 8

Movie Review : Trolls


Troll toys, in all their variations, have been around since the 1960’s so it’s safe to assume that all of us recall the kinda ugly little dolls with their long straight hair and…. well nothing else really. They have drifted in and out of fad status for over 50 years now and in 2016, they are back.

But these Troll are very different.

Read my full review at Newcastle Live!


Director : Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Starring : Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, 

Running Time : 92 minutes

Release Date :  December 1

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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