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The 5th Wave: Movie Reviews on Web Wombat EntertainmentThe 5th Wave : Movie Review

As watchable as it is, The 5th Wave is not entirely sure what kind of movie it wants to be. Genre-wise it fits snugly in with other sci-fi alien invasion, defend-Earth-to-the-death, humankind-will-rise-again, type films, complete with all the explosions and gunfights you could hope for. It is in the tone - specifically that of lead character Cassie, played by Chloe Moretz - that is where it becomes confused. Read More ...

 

The Peanuts Movie : Movie News & Reviews on Web WombatThe Peanuts Movie : Movie Review

Many childhood memories would have been irredeemably sullied if The Peanuts Movie had gone a different way; if they had done an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and tried to make it topical and trendy, it would have been a huge disservice to the much-loved comic. Thankfully, the whole team behind this film have the same love and respect for the Peanuts gang that we do, and made a loving, sweet reboot. Read More...

 

Sisters : Movie Reviews on Web WombatSisters : Movie Review

Sisters is 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler together again, after 2008’s Baby Mama. Two of the biggest and most-loved sitcoms in recent history, and one of the best comedic couplings in years. Sisters promised a lot, but did it deliver? Short answer would be “no, but..." Read More ...

 

Suffragette : Movie News & Reviews on Web WombatSuffragette : Movie Review

Suffragette has been one of the more contentious film releases of the past year, and correctly so. It deals with a topic rarely dealt with in film, and made several promotional missteps and script omissions that drew ire from some feminists, especially women of colour. These are fair reasons to be wary of Suffragette, but the movie itself, as a historical-based film, was much better than I had expected. Read More...

 

Daddy's Home : Movie Reviews on Web WombatDaddy's Home : Movie Review

The people behind Daddy’s Home are good at what they do. Both the various writers and director work almost exclusively on this type of broad, silly comedy; they’re not straight-to-DVD bombs, but if one of them was on telly while you were folding the washing, you’d probably leave it on. Some of these efforts are better than others. Read More ...

 

The Program : Movie Reviews on Web WombatThe Program : Movie Review

Have you ever seen that famous interview Oprah did with Lance Armstrong? It goes for over a damn hour. The interview itself is about a half hour less than The Program, a feature film about Armstrong’s entire sporting career. The idea behind an hour-long interview with a disgraced athlete is also the catharsis behind this film; it is predicated upon the idea that this is an interesting, engaging, thoughtful story, and ... it isn’t, not really. Read More...

 

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens : Movie Reviews on Web WombatStar Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens : Movie Review

As the lights went down for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and the opening “A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far Far Away...” splashed across the screen, I didn’t feel the small child in me leap in hope. Rather, I cringed. It’s hard not to feel jaded. After all, the failure of the Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005 was where many of us learned to feel jaded. Over long, overly ambitious hunks of garbled script, terrible acting and almost immediately dated CGI, each one was a punishment for daring to entertain nostalgia, a stinging rebuke for anyone foolhardy enough hoping to recapture some of the gleeful matinee excitement of the original trilogy. Read More ...

 

Peggy Guggenheim : Art Addict : Movie Reviews on Web WombatPeggy Guggenheim: Art Addict : Movie Review

Even if you have only bare-bones knowledge about art history, the name Guggenheim no doubt strikes a chord. The name is most synonymous with the Guggenheim Museum in New York, named after Solomon Guggenheim, and reflects the influence of this important name on art and society of the time. This documentary follows the life of art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim, and her influence and work in the art world in the first half of the 20th century. Read More...

 

Secret in Their Eyes : Movie Reviews on Web WombatSecret in Their Eyes: Movie Review

Welp, I no longer have any semblance of fingernails, seeing as how I bit them down to nothingness in the course of this film. Secret in Their Eyes is not only an adaptation of La pregunta de sus Ojos (The question in her eyes) by Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri, but an American-made companion to the 2009 Argentine adaptation that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (I have not seen 2009 version, so I will not comparing/contrasting, but simply taking this for a film on its own feet...though, reading the Wiki entry for the film, the two seem vastly different...) Read More ...

 

The Night Before : Movie Reviews on Web WombatThe Night Before : Movie Review

I can admit when I’m wrong, and I will happily say that, yes, I did judge this movie too quickly, and too harshly, after first seeing the trailer. It was definitely not my fault, though, since the trailer makes strong>The Night Before look like a very different movie indeed. Read More ...

 

Hotel Transylvania 2 : Movie Reviews on Web WombatHotel Transylvania 2: Movie Review

The difference between Hotel Transylvania 2 and, say, most of the Pixar or Dreamworks projects, is that, as an adult, you’ll be less likely to enjoy it. The film, pleasant enough though it is, doesn’t have much for adults to grab a hold of. It works to a very baseline child humour; lots of wild gesticulating and exaggerated facial expressions and current pop music. Which is fine, of course, but the humour, whatever humour there is to be had, gets lost somewhere in the child-adult chasm. Read More ...

 

The Dressmaker : Movie Reviews on Web WombatThe Dressmaker : Movie Review

I will always give an Australian film more of the benefit of the doubt than overseas movies, mainly because I so want to support the Australian film industry, and I do feel an odd sense of pride when there’s Aussie accents and local places up there on the big screen. I suppose it’s the only ideas of patriotism I have... Read More ...

 

Spectre : Movie Reviews on Web WombatSpectre: Movie Review

Bond is back, and more perfectly adequate than ever! Four instalments into the Daniel Craig era and the formula is now a smoothly-running system. Thrilling opening action sequence? Check. Exotic locales? Check. Potentially helpful characters being needlessly obtuse? Check. Girls? Guns? Gadgets? Check, check and check. It's all there and it's all a lot of fun. Just don't expect any big surprises. Read More ...

 

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension : Movie Reviews on Web Wombat Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension : Movie Review

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension doesn’t care about you. The film does not care if you enjoy it. The film is the (most recent) cinematic manifestation of the term “flogging a dead horse”. The film has the CGI effects of a movie from 2002. The film has made $27 million worldwide and does not give a damn whether you liked it or not. Read More ...

 

Macbeth : Movie Reviews on Web WombatMacbeth : Movie Review

The new Macbeth adaptation from Justin Kurzel (the Australian director of the incredibly disturbing serial killer film Snowtown) is here, and quelle surprise, it isn’t exactly Footloose. It’s certainly the foggiest Macbeth I’ve ever seen. Thick grey and red mist rolls in the glen and across the heath in the every shot, as grimy actors stumble in and out to deliver their baleful solliquoys. It’s like they inhabit the world’s gloomiest sauna. Read More ...

 

Crimson Peak Another Look: Movie Reviews on Web WombatCrimson Peak (Another Look) : Movie Review

Although Martin has already reviewed the film for Web Wombat, and well, I couldn’t help but want to discuss the film with you. Read More ...

 

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer and Tickets :  Movie Review on Web WombatStar Wars: The Force Awakens - Trailer & Tickets: Movie News

There's a new Star Wars movie coming out, which you probably know, unless you're currently housesitting a sweet pad on Mars. Read More ...

 

Crimson Peak: Movie Reviews on Web WombatCrimson Peak : Movie Review

It should be mentioned at the outset that Crimson Peak is not a horror movie. The true touchstone for the piece is a fairy tale crossed with Wuthering Heights, with the virginal Edith stumbling into the dark wood of Tom's crumbling mansion, with Lucille playing the wolf waiting by the path. Read More ...

 

The Walk :  Movie Review on Web WombatThe Walk : Movie Review

Phillipe Petit, the protagonist of The Walk, is a prick. He's arrogant, mercurial and tedious, and as played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, a portrayal of a Frenchman so broad he seems a moment from wearing a string of onions and kissing another man's wife. Read More ...

 

The Visit: Movie Reviews on Web WombatThe Visit : Movie Review

The found footage barrel is being well and truly scraped, but in The Visit, writer and director M Night Shyamalan at least gives you a viable reason why someone might carry a camera around constantly and film seemingly everything they do. The idea being that fifteen year-old Rebecca (Olivia DeJonge) - an academically-minded film geek and directing protege - is documenting meeting her maternal grandparents for the first time. There had been some unspoken-of unpleasantness between her mother Paula (an always amazing Kathryn Hahn; I can’t quite pinpoint why I adore Hahn so, but I just know that I so adore watching her, in both dramatic or comedic roles) and her grandparents, and Rebecca wants to solve the mystery and heal everyone’s hurt feelings. Read More ...

 

The Lobster :  Movie Review on Web WombatThe Lobster : Movie Review

The Lobster sure is a weird one, but most definitely worth sticking with. When David's partner of 12 years walks out on him he finds himself legally incarcerated in a seaside hotel where he will have just 45 days to start a new romance, or else be literally transformed into an animal through horrifying surgery. In David's case: a lobster. But in David's world, this isn't particularly odd and the hotel is filled with dozens of lonely singles, all playing along with the system, gradually growing more desperate as their days count down. And things do get desperate. Read More ...

 

American Ultra: Movie Reviews on Web WombatAmerican Ultra : Movie Review

I am surprised to see that American Ultra registers at 96 minutes long. After the film had finished, although I enjoyed it, I was aware of holes and seemingly glossed over plot points. With an extra 15-20 minutes, the film might have been a bit sturdier on its feet. But there was enough to like about it too. Called the “Stoner Bourne”, American Ultra follows Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg), a convenience store clerk with a love of the doob. He and his girlfriend Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart) live in a little town and seem happy, and then Mike kills some people and the bloody journey begins. Read More ...

 

The Gift :  Movie Review on Web WombatThe Gift : Movie Review

Talk about intense. Aussie writer/actor Joel Edgerton makes his directorial debut here with this dark, incredibly taut thriller. Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, Iron Man 3) play a married couple, Simon and Robyn, whose move (“a fresh start”) to a new house in a new state kicks off a whole mess of problems, and it all starts when Simon bumps into a guy - we won’t say friend - from high school: Gordon (Edgerton.) Read More ...

 

Ricki and the Flash :  Latest Movie Reviews on Web WombatRicki and the Flash : Movie Review

Screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) is not one to shy away from writing realistic, human female characters. Young Adult in particular, for me, was a powerful and almost upsettingly real portrayal of a fractured woman; Ricki and the Flash nears this territory, but skates by ever so slightly. With director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) in tow, Ricki and the Flash is ostensibly the story of a woman’s redemption and a family’s forgiveness but with such great minds at the helm, it manages more than shlock and “aww”. Read More ...

 

Love and Mercy :  Movie Review on Web WombatLove and Mercy : Movie Review

John Cusack has made some questionable film choices in the last few years (presumably due to tax reasons, much like Nicholas Cage), but Love and Mercy is not one of them. It follows a particular period in the life of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, whose entire life has been fraught with illness, distress and straight-up bad people. Read More ...

 

Wild Tales :  Latest Movie Reviews on Web WombatWild Tales : Movie Review

I love me an anthology film. Much like ABCs of Death 1 and 2, the Argentine-Spanish Wild Tales is a collection of tightly-written, well-paced mini stories about vengeance, revenge and violence. Writer and director Damián Szifrón has created six small but powerful ‘wild tales’ following six unconnected stories. There are some solid and interesting twists in the film, so I won’t give away too much. Sufficed to say, each story follows a line of vengeance, or of a violent power struggle. Read More ...

 

Deathgasm :  Movie Review on Web Wombat Deathgasm : Movie Review

Do you like heavy metal? How about rivers of blood? What about angsty teens, zombies, guts and sex toys? Even if you don’t like all those things, you might as well keep reading ‘cause what else are you gonna do? Deathgasm is a self-aware, upright and sentient beast of a film; it uses heavy metal music and artwork to drive forth the plot which, of course, is about a zombie outbreak/ Satanic uprising in a small New Zealand town. Read More ...

 

Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation :  Latest Movie Reviews on Web WombatMission Impossible: Rogue Nation : Movie Review

Sean Harris, the looming Solomon Lane of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, has a great face for a villain. A frowning scar of a mouth cut into his face and two little ends of the world where his eyes should be. His rasping voice makes his every word sound like a tired sigh before he kills you. One day, he's gonna be the villain in a good movie, and he's going to make you shit yourself. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is not a good movie. Read More ...

 

Insidious 3 :  Movie Review on Web Wombat Insidious Chapter 3 : Movie Review

Ostensibly a prequel, the premise is kept as simple as possible: a teenage girl, Quinn (Stefanie Scott) trying to contact her dead mother invites a malevolent spirit (gross man wearing an oxygen mask). Desperate for help, she turns to the psychic from the first two films, Elise (Lin Shaye). Read More ...

 

Amy:  Latest Movie Reviews on Web WombatMovie Review: Amy

I’m not going to pretend that just by having listened to her music, I somehow knew Amy Winehouse. I loved her music and thought she seemed down-to-earth and funny. Music fanaticism can sometimes take the shape of some delusion that, by virtue of simply supporting an artist’s work, you are owed something by them. Read More ...

 

Inside Out :  Movie Review on Web Wombat Movie Review: Inside Out

Inside Out is a beautiful story of the emotions that live in and control our brains: there’s Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Read More ...

 

Unfriended:  Movie Review on Web WombatMovie Review: Unfriended

We watch as she does what most of us do on our computers at night- scroll through Facebook, chat to mates, listen to music ...the whole time wasting experience. Read More ...

 

Infinitely Polar Bear :  Movie Review on Web Wombat Movie Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

This is a low-key, gentle film where the point isn’t so much the drama of the situation as it is how everyone manages to muddle through ok. Read More ...

 

Project Almanac :  Movie Review on Web WombatMovie Review: Project Almanac

There’s no reason why a found footage time travel movie couldn’t work, but Project Almanac doesn’t exactly set out a strong case for why one should. Read More ...

 

Kidnapping Mr Heineken :  Movie Review on Web WombatMovie Review: Kidnapping Mr Heineken

We never get much of a sense as to what motivated the characters past financial desperation and given a couple of them ended up as major organised crime figures once all this was over, this lack of insight into their characters seems a serious oversight. Read More ...

 

Inherent Vice :  Movie Review on Web Wombat Movie Review: Inherent Vice

If it thinks it’s a film about creepy right wing conspiracies, without realising that it’s really full of even creepier attitudes towards women; you may not enjoy everything about it, but it’s a hard film to not at least admire. Read More ...

 

A Most Violent Year :  Movie Review on Web WombatMovie Review: A Most Violent Year

It's1981, the place suffering through all this violence is New York, and for Abel Morales, the owner of up and coming heating oil company Standard Oil, things are about to get hectic. Read More ...

 

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel : Movie Reviews Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The film continues the story of a group of British pensioners who have moved to a retirement hotel in India, run by a young and eager manager. Read More ...

 

Boyhood -  movie reviewMovie Review: Boyhood

Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Read More ...

 

Birdman - movie reviews Movie Review: Birdman

A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Read More ...

 

Rod Taylor - movie reviewMovie News: Rod Taylor Dies

He was good in a fight (and in bed with the ladies) playing roles that centred around the rough but likeable rogue. Read More ...

 

Golden Globes - movie reviews Movie News: Golden Globes - 2015 Nominations

Birdman leads the way in film, nabbing seven noms, followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game with five each. Read More ...

 

nightcrawler - movie reviewMovie Review: Nightcrawler

A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Read More ...

 

Independant Spirit Awards - movie reviews Movie News: Independent Spirit Awards : 2015 Nominations

Celebrating its 30th year, this years Film Independent Spirit Awards hightlights a stellar array of films which includes Birdman and Nightcrawler. Read More ...

 

fury - movie reviewMovie Review: Fury

April, 1945. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Read More ...

 

Before I Go To Sleep  - movie reviews Movie Review: Before I Go To Sleep

In this psychological thriller based on the best-selling novel, director Rowan Joffe weaves a terrifying tale of a woman that is struggling to piece together her life and find out who she can trust. Read More ...

 

this is where i leave you - movie reviewMovie Review: This Is Where I Leave You

A Jewish family that isn't used to observing their faith's traditions is forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit Shivah together and confront their problems. Read More ...

 

pride  - movie reviews Movie Review: Pride

The incredible true story of a Welsh mining community struggling to make ends meet during the 1984 miners' strike, when hope arrives with the unlikeliest of allies. Read More ...

 

marvel phase 3 - movie reviewMovie News: Marvel Phase 3 Revealed..

Marvel unveiled a slate of nine movies set to hit screens between 2016 and 2019 which include Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Black Panther. Read More ...

 

interstellar  - movie reviews Movie Review: Interstellar

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Read More ...

 

kill the messenger - movie reviewMovie Review: Kill The Messenger

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing drugs into California. Read More ...

 

life of crime  - movie reviews Movie Review: Life Of Crime

Ordell and Louis are criminals with a grand plan - to snatch the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and collect some easy ransom money. Read More ...

 

obvious child - movie reviewMovie Review: Obvious Child

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. Read More ...

 

the equalizer  - movie reviews Movie Review: The Equalizer

A former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters. Read More ...

 

the little death - movie reviewMovie Review: The Little Death

The Little Death is a truly original comedy about sex, love, relationships and taboo. In a multi story narrative, we peer behind the closed doors of a seemingly normal suburban street. Read More ...

 

 

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