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Oct 02, 19 Joker



Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Thanks to Roadshow Films



Whether you end up loving or hating Joker; Todd Phillip’s gritty and Scorsese-like take on the legendary DC comics villain – there’s no denying that the cinematic comic book adaptations landscape has been changed forever.

Just as Nolan changed our expectations for what a comic book film can be with his Dark Knight trilogy, Joker’s examination of the birth of a nefarious villain hellbent on chaos and anarchy is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – stripping the well known character back to the bare basics as we’re introduced to the sad life of the misunderstood and unloved Arthur Fleck.

Sharing more in common with dramas such as Taxi Driver and Serpico, rather than it’s other comic book cousins, Phillip’s and his mindbogglingly good leading man Joaquin Phoenix take us into the mind of a broken man trying to fit into a world that doesn’t want to open its arms to him – in what’s an engaging, cant look away, character study that slowly but surely descends into a dark and uncomfortable place that befits the name and reputation of its title being.

It may seem far to early to call, but I for one am confident in saying that Phoenix’s full embodiment of Fleck goes down as one of the most singularly impressive acting turns of not only the decade, but all time.
Phoenix commands every second of screen time he gets in Phillips dark tale, in what must surely be the biggest sure fire bet for an Oscar you could ever hope to get.

From the way in which Fleck appears physically, from a simple walk, through to a slight facial tick, right through to a haunting and hard to forget collection of haunting laughs, Phoenix appears in virtually every scene of Joker and never ones fails to enthrall. In doing so he’s managed to do the seemingly impossible of allowing us to understand a deeply flawed and depraved creature, but a creature you begin to understand and at times even feel sympathy towards.

For all the great incarnations of the character, it’s hard to think of a better way in which the Joker could be born into existence and by bringing his own flavour and nuances to Fleck. There’s no point in comparing Phoenix to Heath Ledger’s iconic take on the face painted mad man, with this take a whole different beast entirely.

As good as Phoenix is, it would’ve only taken the film so far had Phillip’s and his team not come to the party – but for a relatively small budgeted film, Joker’s astounding overall quality ensures it can comfortably sit in the top class of 2019 films.

It’s amazing to think that this is a film from the same man that gave us Old School and The Hangover ,but Joker sees Phillip’s grow into a whole new level with his on point direction, giving Joker an epic and unforgettable cinematic verve that brings it’s A game to match its captivating leading man.

While first and foremost a believable tale of a man pushed to the edge of his already teetering limits, Joker also manages to throw in a number of surprising narrative and comic book throwbacks that will be no doubt be discussed ad-nauseam by die-hard fans and naturally tie together Fleck’s story to a much broader universe without ever feeling forced or unnatural – all within a tale that is as confronting and even topical as you’d get regardless of genre.

Final Say –

Bleak, beautiful and boundlessly inventive, led by a Joaquin Phoenix performance for the ages, Joker is an outstanding cinematic achievement that’s sure to be talked about for years yet to come.

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Ad Astra

Sep 23, 19 Ad Astra



A paranoid thriller in space that follows Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) on a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Thanks to 20th Century Fox Australia



How much Brad Pitt acting do you really need to sell you on this movie? I’m gonna start with a compliment, before I dive into what I feel are my major flaws with this film. Brad, as expected, is excellent.

The visual aesthetic is incredible! This project simply looks beautiful; every few minutes there will be amazing wide-angle space shots, exquisite astral images and gorgeous planets. Even the directive choices are pretty clever – they add a few front-angle jump scenes,and first-person perspective shots, that gives you this really cool video-game vibe; Kinda like you’re playing a video game. I saw it in VMax at Event Cinemas, so I was spellbound the entire time.

The rest of this film is a real slog-fest. After a very enticing first act, this movie get sloooowww. By the 60 minute mark, you’ll feel the dip; 90 minutes in,and I was just waiting for it to end. That’s not entirely a bad thing – if slow films are your vibe, you won’t mind this. But for me, I just got a bit bored.

The plot also didn’t interest me. The key focus is a father-son relationship, which is fine, but not what I expected. The sub-plots in this story would’ve made for much stronger content. There’s a mission on the far side of the moon, where they’re ambushed by lunar space pirates (which lasts 2 minutes). There’s a rescue mission, stylised as horror, where experimental primates take over a space shuttle (this is about 10 minutes). There’s an entire mini-segment about humans living on mars that is literally 20 minutes. The rest of the story is just dedicated towards his father, which is a let down.

This eventually led to a very underwhelming, unsatisfying climax, which had me going: “Just end it. Say what you need to say, and finish it already. I don’t care anymore”. Honestly, towards the end, I didn’t even want to know what happens, because anything I found interesting was brushed off.

Its really not as horrible as I’m making it sound; its just underused and wasted potential. I, personally, would not recommend it if you’re expecting a bit of action and a draw to keep you entertained; but if you’re happy with the pretty pictures, Brad Pitt, and don’t mind a slower based film, I think you will enjoy it.

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Ride Like A Girl

Sep 20, 19 Ride Like A Girl

I have 5 double in-season passes to RIDE LIKE A GIRL to giveaway!

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the statement below:

“If you were a jockey, what would you like your horse to be named?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the #RideLikeAGirlMovie, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas SEPTEMBER 26


RIDE LIKE A GIRL will be released in cinemas across Australia on 26th September 2019  with advance screenings in Queensland the weekend of  September 20-22 by Transmission Films. Starring Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne alongside Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski and Stevie Payne.

As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.

Thanks to Transmission Films

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Sep 11, 19 X-STACY

I have 2 x double passes for the opening night of X-STACY, 7:30pm Friday 11 October, at Ron Hurley Theatre, Seven Hills

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What is your favourite memory of the 90s?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #XStacy, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!



X-STACY is a play about the struggles of adolescence, the challenges of life and the need for love and family. Written by Queensland playwright, Margery Forde, the play is returning to the Brisbane stage this September, over 20 years since it was first performed at La Boite Theatre.

Set in the 90s, but with timeless themes and life lessons, X-STACY is an important experience for young people, as well as their parents and families alike. Past audiences continue to comment on the relevance and necessity of this theatrical experience in today’s world.

When his younger sister, Stacy, wants to check out the rave scene, Ben knows he’ll have to watch out for her. And tonight she’s going to drop her first ecstasy pill. Later, as Ben struggles to forgive himself, his mother retreats into the Church. But the time will come when both must face the truth about what really happened that night.

Tickets from $35 each and are available from

Thanks to the Salad Bowl Collective

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Aug 27, 19 Freaks

I have 2 double in-season passes to FREAKS

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What makes you a little bit of a freak?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #Freaks, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas SEPTEMBER 12


Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real.

Directed by Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsk

Starring Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Lexy Kolker, Amanda Crew, Grace Park

Classification: MA 15+

Thanks to Icon Films

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Oz Comic Con 2019

Aug 20, 19 Oz Comic Con 2019

I have 2 x double weekend passes for the annual extravaganza of Brisbane OZ COMIC-CON, Saturday and Sunday 21st/22nd September, 9am – 6pm Daily, at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“Tag who you would take with you to Oz Comic Con and let me know what you’re most excited to see/do over the weekend!”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #OzComicCon, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!



Introduced on Australian soil in 2012, Oz Comic-Con has since become the country’s largest celebration of pop culture, securing a permanent place in the hearts of pop culture fans across all genres. 

Offering something for everyone, Oz Comic-Con features appearances from film and television stars, comic writers and illustrators, voice actors, gaming tournaments and freeplay opportunities, activations from film studios and partners, industry panels and workshops, and exclusive merchandise that can’t be found anywhere else.


Oz Comic-Con is the perfect one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family. Early bird tickets are ON SALE NOW – save up to 33% with General Admission Single Day Passes.

Thanks to Oz Comic Con

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