Embrace (2016)

Aussie doco looking at body image: the shaming,

Low self-esteem, bullying and blaming …

RE: the illusive search for perfection.

An often-powerful, timely reflection

On attitudes that need an urgent reframing.

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High-Rise (2015)

Despite a talented cast and visual work that’s often strong,

Many elements don’t work (and just feel wrong).

Quite a few scenes are a mess:

Unfocused, lacking finesse.

Some tangents not explored, and other parts drag on too long.

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Ghostbusters (3D) (2016)

Posted in Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi by - Jul 12, 2016

Abby and the team are out to give ghosts a whack.

They hire Kevin (a twist on the old hot but slack).

Naysayers may shun,

But it’s a big heap of fun.

The highlight is McKinnon, who’s an absolute cack!

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The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Posted in Action, Adventure by - Jul 06, 2016

In the jungle, John becomes an orphan boy.

The love of his adopted ape mum gives him joy.

Later he’s back, after Old Blighty …

(Cliched white savour, oh so mighty)

Sluggish storytelling, and not much to enjoy.

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Love & Friendship (2016)

Period comedy: Stillman (Whit), after Austen (Jane).

Lady Susan has plans (and much to gain).

Of financial security she’s dreaming.

It’s lots of fun to watch her scheming …

A charming, disarming, duplicitous campaign.

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

Posted in Documentary by - Jun 28, 2016

Ode to nonagenarian TV maverick Mr Lear

(He of 6 shows in the top 10 one year).

He bought us Bunker, J.J., Maude …

His social satire had folks floored.

A candid look at the work of a prodigious pioneer.

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Finding Dory (2016)

Posted in Adventure, Animated, Comedy by - Jun 28, 2016

From Baby Dory’s eyes to Hank’s version of ranting,

It’s full of delights. Also, expertly implanting

Messages re: disability; inclusion.

Many visual treats? Yes, a profusion.

It’s a sequel that’s quite charming and enchanting.

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Weiner (2016)

So Weiner accidentally tweeted out his junk.

His initial dilemma: admit or try to debunk?

The hubris: often stunning.

A fascinating insight into running

A campaign when the candidate could get sunk.

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White Girl (2016)

Tough neighbourhood: Two new girls move in.

Soon Leah’s life goes into spin.

Repetitive whining, fucking and scoring

Actually gets pretty boring

When the rest of the film’s pretty thin.

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Life, Animated (2016)

Owen: unable to communicate with his fam.

Then a Disney revelation, and WHAM! …

There opens a door

And the chance to soar.

Exceptional doco about an extraordinary young man.

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