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The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival is currently on at the moment and screening at Leichhardt’s Palace Norton Street Cinema and Palace Central Sydney, with tickets on sale now at www.greekfilmfestival.com.au

After several sold out sessions since Opening Night on Tuesday 8 October, additional sessions have been added to allow audiences to catch the Festival’s most popular films.

Audiences will be treated to additional screenings of touching documentary When Tomatoes Met Wagner; feel-good comedy Perimenontas Ti Nona; and Perfect Strangers, an adaptation of an Italian box-office hit.

EXTRA SESSIONS @ PALACE NORTON ST:
Sat 25 Oct – Perimenontas Ti Nona – 7.00pm
Sat 26 Oct – Perfect Strangers – 7.30pm
Sat 27 Oct – When Tomatoes Met Wagner – 5.00pm


- Billy 




A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over the network.

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, the awards contenders are starting to emerge. Bombshell is the very definition of a stellar cast, boasting the likes of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow. Hits cinemas in January. Looks like a must see 



Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.

Director: Joachim Ronning (Kon-tiki, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales)
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson.

So five years ago (that hurts to type) I remember coming out of Maleficent with a resounding sense of apathy. You can check out what I mused here, but basically I found it to be a misstep for Disney. Jump cut to today and I’m back, smack bang in the apathy jacuzzi again. Soaking up all the wasted time and resources of a staggeringly lacklustre film.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m a Disney baby through and through. Give me that castle animation and stirring rendition of Wish Upon a Star intro any day of the week. But, even with my mouse tinted glasses on, I can’t condone what Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is up to.

Why all the negativity? It’s largely because the film takes a relatively simple plot, and through needless complication and tedious exposition turns it into a convoluted mess. The story lumbers along from scene to scene, rarely interesting itself with something as simple as cohesion. On occasions this kind of story can be fun to sit through, sadly Mistress of Evil is neither fun or endearing enough. It lacks wonder and is in desperate need of excitement. It’s a fairytale for goodness sake.

In terms of the performances, Angelina Jolie is once again the most interesting onscreen, but never gets to fully embrace the cartoonish vibe the film is crying out for. I found Michelle Pfeiffer surprisingly underwhelming in a role she should’ve knocked out of the park. Far from being her fault, the script and character arc is well below what an actor of her calibre deserves. Elle Fanning channels her hippy best, but she’s dialled up the vanilla way too high; for anyone who has seen Neon Demon knows she capable of way more. Three phenomenal women who could’ve brought the house down, but their talents are utterly squandered.

My gnawing issue is that the modern day Disney storytelling formulas are getting a touch played out. Too often our heroes are initially met by two people; one they think they can trust and one they know they definitely can’t. Over the course of the story they realise the “nice” one is bad and the “mean” one is actually good. We all learn lessons. The end. The age of the target audience shouldn’t preclude them from mixing it up now and then.

If you’re a fan of the original Maleficent, you’ll probably find plenty to like here. Whereas for me, it just didn’t rope me in.

Perhaps I’m developing an immunity to Disney stories. I need Disney to change out their new age cookie cutters, but then maybe their cookies always looked like this and I just never noticed.

At its best Mistress of Evil isn’t bold or weird enough. At its worst, it’s way too bland.

If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts, feel free to drop a line below.

- Stu


Whilst I’m not entirely sure the world was crying out for a Dr Dolittle remake; we evidently live in
a world where everything that’s old is new again. Or kind of new. Fresh off Avengers: Endgame RDJ takes on the mantle of Dr Dolittle, the charming gent who can chat with the animals. Seems as though his performance may be leaning closer to his take on Sherlock Holmes instead of fast-talking Tony Stark, which is fine by me.

The trailer has copped the usual negative knee jerk reaction online, but my fingers are loosely crossed hoping for a fun ride. I appreciate the hints of physicality in RDJ’s performance and I’m always down for talking animals.

Dolittle hits cinemas January 9th. Would love to hear you thoughts. Feel free to drop a line in the comments below

- Stu




Far from home in a landscape strewn with threats two young soldiers face their darkest fears and embark on a journey behind enemy lines to deliver a message that could not only save their brother, but an entire battalion on the unforgiving fields of war. In cinemas January 16

I’m always fascinated when an acclaimed director such as Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Road to Perdition) takes on an epic production. Sure they don’t always land as we hope for, but Lordy it’s a good time had by all when they do. Think Christoper Nolan’s Dunkirk, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line or MIchael Mann’s Last of the Mohicans. Can’t wait to see how Mendes captures the theatre of war. I’ll be in line opening day for this one.

- Stu


Watch Academy Award® winning Director, Ang Lee and the GEMINI MAN VFX team explain how 3D+ technology is used to put audiences in the action like never before. See for yourself in cinemas OCTOBER 10.


 As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King's Man, directed by Matthew Vaughn, coming to theaters February 2020.




Forget Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, Forget The Max Rebo Band, the best band from a Galaxy Far, Far Away are making their way to Australian shores in November 2019 - GALACTIC EMPIRE!

Co-Presented by Destroy All Lines and premier pop culture convention Supanova, Galactic Empire are bringing their Star Wars Metal extravaganza to both Supanova events in Adelaide and Brisbane and to rock venues throughout Australia in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Gold Coast. From a foreboding rendition of ‘The Imperial March’ to the sweeping guitars of ‘Duel of the Fates’ or soaring melody of ‘Rey’s Theme’, the band’s faithful translations of John Williams’ classic scores has created a new "force" where fandom and music overlap.

Tickets for these interstellar shows go on sale on Wednesday 25th September at 9am Local Time at http://tickets.destroyalllines.com.

Friday 1 November – Supanova, Adelaide Showground
Sunday 3 November – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Tuesday 5 November – The Basement, Canberra
Thursday 7 November – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Friday 8 November – Supanova, BCEC Brisbane
Sunday 10 November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast

- Stu 



Hobbs and Shaw is dumb, bordering on ludicrous, but dripping with self awareness. Which ultimately makes it a big ol bag of fun. I personally hate when people suggest they just “switch their brain off” when they go into a film, because it implies a lack of connection with the screen. I understand what they’re saying though, they want a movie that does what it says on the box. Let me tell you my friends, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is just that kind of movie.

Is it any good? Well here’s the thing, the action is plentiful without ever being too original, the jokes flow thick and fast and the chemistry between the leads is palpable. So yeah, I’ll go so far as to say it’s good. It’s worth a watch on a Friday night with mates after a few post work beers.

I predict Hobbs and Shaw will dominate at the global box office, not only cause of brand recognition but mostly due to Dwayne Johnson’s goliath presence and Jason Statham’s well established charm/athleticism. Idris Elba let’s us see a glimpse of what he could’ve been as James Bond and it’s frustratingly beautiful. Vanessa Kirby however matches the boys blow for blow, almost out shining the lot of them . Kirby is quickly becoming the secret sauce that blockbusters need. I first saw her in my beloved Mission Impossible: Fallout and immediately craved what she brought to the table. Sprinkled throughout are some superb cameos, which land to maximum comedic effect. Which I won't spoil here.

I won’t even attempt to break down the plot, because like most Fast & Furious entries, the plot is flimsy at best. Someone needs to do something and there’s the people who don’t want them to or something something or other. You know what I mean. You’re not lining up for lengthy exposition and deep dives into the human experience when you slap down your cash to watch the Rock v Transporter v Stringer Bell duke it out.

Fast & Furious fans will dig the ridiculousness of Hobbs and Shaw. It knows that it’s all a little silly, but IT’S A BIG POPCORN FILM, IT’S MEANT TO BE SILLY! Sorry but that was more for the people polluting the world with their takes that this film needs to judged like it's high art. It's not pretending to be anything more than that which it is. A refreshing change from recent Fast & Furious films.

Watch the trailer, it’s that for a smidge of 2 hours. Doesn’t seem like your thing? Then don’t bother. But if you’re up for some easy laughs and things going bang, then this might just scratch that itch.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is in cinemas everywhere. If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts, please drop a line below or hit me on twitter @stu_watches

7.5/10

- Stu






Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam – amid a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his dispersed company of 108 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of 2,000 soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer, and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.

Thanks to the generous folk at Transmission Films, we’ve got 10 in-season double passes for Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan to give away.

For your chance to win simply head over to our Facebook page (click here) and on the Danger Close: The Battle for Long Tan post, in the comments (Facebook), tell us what your favourite war film is. It couldn't be easier to win. There’s no limit to how many times you can enter. Australian residents only.

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan in cinemas August 8