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Special Treatment

Special Treatment

Sarah Ward July 16, 2011 0

Exploring the many parallels between prostitution and psychoanalysis, Jeanne Labrune’s Special Treatment may be amusing and moving, smart and sophisticated, and even humorous and heartfelt, however it feels somewhat insubstantial beyond its brief running time.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Sarah Ward July 12, 2011 0

After a laboured penultimate effort based on one half of the final novel in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 provides the beloved wizarding franchise with the send-off it deserves.

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Mozart’s Sister

Mozart’s Sister

Sarah Ward July 9, 2011 0

Exploring femininity and family, period piece Mozart’s Sister weaves strength, sadness and speculation into a bittersweet biopic of the teenage years of the talented, troubled sibling to the musical maestro of the eighteenth century.

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Wu Xia

Wu Xia

Sarah Ward July 7, 2011 0

Impressively choreographed and intelligently handled, Wu Xia presents a compelling combination of police procedural and martial arts epic, yet distinguishes itself from the wealth of period pieces that recall the frenetic style of the apt title.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Sarah Ward July 5, 2011 0

Whilst meandering and melodramatic, and also over-reliant upon the eclectic collection of ensemble characters often seen in such efforts, French feature Little White Lies offers a moderately interesting exploration of the half truths that fuel friendships.

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Blame

Blame

Sarah Ward July 4, 2011 0

All arguing and little action, Blame may represent the latest hopes of the Western Australian film industry, however the end result is an average revenge thriller that meanders in motivation, mistaking talk for tension.

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Mr Popper’s Penguins

Mr Popper’s Penguins

Sarah Ward July 1, 2011 0

Predictable and pedestrian, albeit pithy and punchy, Mr Popper’s Penguins is pitched at pleading pre-teens rather than put-upon parents, with the latter unlikely to be placated by Carrey’s particular penchant for peculiar physical antics.

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Sarah Ward June 28, 2011 0

  Words can barely do master auteur Terrence Malick’s latest – and only fifth – lyrical feature justice, with The Tree Of Life an astounding, audacious, ambitious and operatic cinematic experience to be savoured, celebrated and scrutinised with equal

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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Sarah Ward March 27, 2011 0

A beautiful, emotional and remarkable science fiction tale, Mark Romanek’s  profound and powerful adaptation of  Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-selling novel Never Let Me Go takes hold of the audience from the opening, and acts as the telling title suggests. 

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Black Swan

Black Swan

Sarah Ward January 1, 2011 0

When viewed as a whole, successful acting couplets and consummate crew contributions help to enact the thematic undercurrents and enhance the composition of what may well be one of the best films of 2011.

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