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Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

Sarah Ward July 20, 2011 0

There’s one word in Bad Teacher’s title that proves accurate, and it’s not the reference to educators. Sadly, the one-note film fails to engage or entertain, relying on viewer fondness for the “bad” premise.

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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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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 11

Sarah Ward June 20, 2011 0

Senna Whilst on the surface, Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the titular Brazilian Formula One champion might not appeal to those unenamoured with the sport, Senna provides a powerful example of the deceptive nature of

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 10

Sarah Ward June 19, 2011 0

Martha Marcy May Marlene After taking home the best director prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and featuring in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Martha Marcy Marlene

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 9

Sarah Ward June 18, 2011 0

Take Shelter Over a career spanning twenty years, Michael Shannon has evolved from television bit player to an astonishing film talent. Yet, even with an Oscar nomination for his turn in Revolutionary Road, and

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 6

Sarah Ward June 16, 2011 0

Amador Socially inept, awkward and isolated protagonists have proliferated in cinema of late, with several such characters making their presence felt throughout the Sydney Film Festival program thus far (Attenberg, The Future and Terri,

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 5

Sarah Ward June 14, 2011 0

The Forgiveness of Blood The Silver Bear winner for best script at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, The Forgiveness Of Blood delves into violence and vengeance between Albanian families. Unpacking the consequences of a

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 4

Sarah Ward June 13, 2011 0

The Future Whilst protagonists and omnipresent observers are often placed in the role of the narrator in cinema, few features cast an injured feline as the guiding voice of the story. This niche is

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 3

Sarah Ward June 12, 2011 0

Sleeping Beauty: The feature film debut of award winning Australian author Julia Leigh (“The Hunter” and “Disquiet”) under the mentorship of Academy Award recipient Jane Campion (The Piano), Sleeping Beauty is far removed from

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 2

Sarah Ward June 11, 2011 0

Cirkus Columbia The fourth film from Bosnian director Danis Tanović, and his third since his debut feature No Man’s Land took home the Cannes Film Festival best screenplay award in 2001 and the best

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