Bad Santa 2: Film Review

By Linda Marric @Linda_Marric Thirteen years after the original, we finally have a sequel for Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa.   Directed by Mark Waters, Bad Santa 2 is every bit as mean and nasty as the original. Billie Bob Thornton reprises his role as Willie, the lazy, drunk, sex obsessed petty criminal, who we now find in a suicidal state, living a wretched existence with very little prospect. Willie is called upon by his old partner in crime Marcus (Tony...

Dog Eat Dog: Film Review

By Linda Marric  @Linda_Marric Fresh from a very public falling out with the producers of his last project, Dying Of The Light, which he says was taken away from him, Veteran filmmaker Paul Schrader’s is back with an astonishingly bonkers new production which will confuse even some of his most fervent fans. Dog Eat Dog is an ugly nihilist piece showcasing all that is wrong with the world and featuring a group of unpleasant characters with little or no redeeming...

Official Trailer – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A lot of people are VERY excited about this trailer, the first in a standalone Star Wars series, which operates in the same universe, literally, but does not infringe on the main Star Wars narrative. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently said of it: “We love what we’ve seen”. This is the second trailer for Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones and is directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards. It is due to be released on 15 December in Australia, and 16...

Review: Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek was in dire need of a reboot as book office returns dwindled with each new outing and in 2009 JJ Abrams did an admirable job bringing the series back to the forefront for a new generation. Sure, die hard Trekkies were frustrated at the lack of the philosophical edge the series was known for but the balance of action and comedy made the series relevant once more. After the middling Into Darkness, Abrams left to direct a small...

CrocADyke Dundee : Trailer

Dawn O’Donnell was a convent girl who became a professional ice skater, travelled the world and then landed up in 1950s Australia, a penniless lesbian. By the time of her death in 2007, she had stormed through Sydney’s gay underworld and built herself an empire of bars, clubs, steam rooms, sex shops and drag shows, inspiring The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. This fascinating documentary explores the mythology (was she a mobster? an arsonist? a murderer?) and life...

Tangerine : Trailer

Tagged as 'The transgender revenge comedy of the year' (Rolling Stone) Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone 5 by director Sean Baker (STARLET, PRINCE OF BROADWAY). If you're after a more subversive Christmas tale than the usual festive fodder then Tangerine is for you, revealing as it does Hollywood subcultures rarely captured on screen.  Released November 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YJxN8hoQbQ&feature=youtu.be Clips from the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGMKdEzcd7w Chester cheated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2btJ5zClZ2c

Sunset Song : Trailer

Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) has taken on the challenge of adapting Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic Scottish tale Sunset Song. But can model-actress slashie Agyness Deyn do Gibbon's heroine Chris Guthrie justice? Deyn was last seen in 2014's Electricity. Sunset Song will be released December 4th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQqqkTdwv50&feature=youtu.be

Victor Frankenstein : Trailer

There's been countless film and TV adaptations of Mary Shelley's brilliant Gothic Classic Frankenstein, (check out this A-Z for proof), so can the latest version from director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter Max Landis offer anything fresh? We'll see. Starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Out December 3rd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YJOS2sksXQ&feature=youtu.be

Under Milk Wood : Trailer

Kevin Allen's surreal adaptation of Dylan Thomas' seminal Under Milk Wood features Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church and focuses on the more visceral elements of this bawdy, filthily fluid and magical dreamscape of a work. Out in cinemas now, released October 30th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNKuqgIIR88

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