Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Céline Dion
Director: Jim Strouse
Synopsis: In this enchanting romantic comedy, Mira Ray copes with her fiancé’s loss by sending romantic texts to his old number. Little does she know, the number now belongs to journalist Rob Burns, who is captivated by the heartfelt messages. A connection blossoms, setting the stage for a tale of love that defies all odds.
“Love Again does exactly what it says on the tin. Fluffy, cheesy and nary a sense of ingenuity, the film can be seen as a throwback to the plentiful romantic comedies of yore.”The Au Review
“Love Again is going to be a firm favourite with the rom-com fan club. You can watch this one to cheer yourself up while eating ice cream from the tub.”Brisbanista
Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange
Director: Neil Jordan
Synopsis: In the captivating noir crime thriller set in late 1930s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck detective Philip Marlowe is hired to find the former lover of a glamorous heiress. As Marlowe delves deeper, he uncovers a web of lies, embarking on a dangerous investigation where everyone has something to hide.
“The plot is messy and the double-crosses abound, but the seedy uncertainties of the private investigator game never land anywhere new. Even the lines only ape the genre. “I hope the lady looks good in black” announces a death, while “We’re all lookin’ for something” signifies life in Tinseltown.”InDaily
“The movie industry inspires a wealth of sly inside jokes, many of them involving Clare’s mother, Dorothy Quin Cannon (Jessica Lange), a former movie star whose fractious relationship with her mysterious financial adviser adds another dimension to the plot.”Sydney Morning Herald
Cast: Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, John Cena, Jason Momoa, Jason Statham
Director: Louis Leterrier
Synopsis: Fast X, the tenth installment of the Fast & Furious Saga, kicks off the climactic chapters of one of cinema’s most beloved and enduring franchises. Dom Toretto and his family face their most formidable adversary yet. A vengeful figure from the past seeks to annihilate everything Dom holds dear, driving him to confront impossible challenges and put his loved ones at risk — scattered across the globe, united by new alliances and haunted by old enemies. Brace for a high-octane journey spanning continents.
“Irrespectively, the action scenes, humour and strong performances of cast members make up for any obscurely included history and its completely unrealistic plot … For a spot of escapism on these cooler nights, Fast X is a perfect indulgence.”Glam Adelaide
“The return of Charlize Theron as Cipher, John Cena as Jakob and Jason Statham as Shaw are excellent, as are the cast of supporting characters played by Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel and Tyrese Gibson.”News.Com.Au
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina
Director: Chris McKay
Synopsis: Evil endures with a little help. In this modern monster tale, Renfield, Dracula’s loyal servant, longs for a life beyond Count Dracula’s demands and bloodshed.
“Renfield is plenty gory but the frequency and scale of it tips into cartoonish, so if you have a decent constitution for screen violence, it might make you wince, but it probably won’t put you off your dinner.”News.Com.Au
“Not that Renfield ever entirely manages to crawl out of his master’s shadow. While Hoult is protagonist and voice-over narrator, the main attraction is Nicolas Cage’s barnstorming performance as Dracula, played mainly for laughs yet indicating careful study of his many predecessors in the role.”Sydney Morning Herald
The Little Mermaid
Cast: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem
Directors: Rob Marshall
Synopsis: Dive into the enchanting world of The Little Mermaid, a captivating live-action retelling of the beloved award-winning animated musical classic. Follow the spirited and adventurous Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, as she yearns to explore the world beyond the sea.
“If you’re a fan of the animated Little Mermaid, this remake isn’t about to replace the original in your affection. But – and I know this might come as a shock – not everything is made for you. For some kids, it may just be their new favourite thing, and a film that opens them up to a world of cinema, music, and fantasy.”ABC.net
“[Halle Bailey] has already proven her singing chops in the music industry and now in film, her vocal talent has soared even higher, dispelling any doubt as to why she was selected as the iconic Disney princess.”ScreenHub
Maybe I Do
Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Keaton, William H. Macy, Emma Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Luke Bracey
Directors: Michael Jacobs
Synopsis: Michelle and Allen, a couple in a relationship, decide to introduce their parents to discuss marriage. However, it turns out their parents already know each other well, leading to conflicting views on the subject of marriage. Expect a delightful exploration of family dynamics in this heartfelt story.
“In some ways it’s almost refreshing that Maybe I Do opts for an emotional reaction rather than situational humour, but it also results in the film hardly raising enough laughs and interest to keep us entirely on board.”The Au Review
“Having four big stars – well, three and Macy, a superb character actor – as the parents gives their stories more weight, but that’s there from the beginning – they have more to deal with, having spent a lot longer in their marriages than their kids have been together.”Canberra Times
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac
Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Synopsis: Miles Morales returns in the next chapter of the Spider-Verse saga. Transported across the Multiverse, he joins forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People. Together, they face an unprecedented villain of immense power. Prepare for an epic adventure like no other.
“#SpiderManAcrossTheSpiderVerse is yet another resounding win for the Lord Miller-produced universe. Hailee Steinfeld really comes into her own as Gwen Stacy, and her scenes with Shea Whigham’s Captain Stacy are truly special. It’s darker and sadder than I expected, but necessary.”Brian Davids of The Hollywood Reporter
“#SpiderManAcrossTheSpiderVerse is a stunning achievement. Yes, it’s visually dazzling, with expansive, expressive new realms (Gwen’s world is my favorite). But the movie’s real superpower is its emotional depth and its beautiful, melancholic tone.”Drew Taylor of New York Times
Cast: Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, Marin Ireland, Madison Hu, LisaGay Hamilton, David Dastmalchian
Directors: Rob Savage
Synopsis: Experience terror like never before. The Boogeyman, a horror-thriller adapted from best-seller Stephen King’s novel, follows Sadie and Sawyer, sisters grappling with their mother’s death. When a desperate patient brings forth a malevolent entity that feeds on suffering, their family’s darkest nightmares come to life. Get ready for a terrifying journey into the unknown with this spine-chilling tale.
“Bolstered by Patrick Jonsson’s classy score, Savage crafts some efficient jump scares, milking the basics of small-hours whispers, half-open doors, under-bed areas and blind corners for tension.”GamesRadar
“This isn’t a drama about coping with loss — it’s a full-on spook picture, which wrings scares and shivers out of an almost indecently basic premise (a monster in the closet) and delivers enough disturbing imagery to give audiences the jitters for a couple of months.”Empire
Cast: Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Michael Keaton, Ezra Miller, Michael Shannon
Director: Andy Muschietti
Synopsis: Prepare for an epic collision of worlds. Barry Allen uses his super speed to alter the past, inadvertently creating a world without superheroes. When a world conqueror returns threatening annihilation and no heroes to turn to, Barry must race for his life to save the future.
“It’s a successful mix of heartfelt coming-of-age components, stellar action (really loved the style of Flash’s powers & the creativity in those scenes), and a whole bunch of BIG laughs. The comedic timing and delivery are on point.”Perri Nemiroff of Collider
“#TheFlash is pretty great, and it makes sense to me now why DC didn’t shelve this one. Michael Keaton is … chef’s kiss. I didn’t realize how much I needed Keaton’s Batman in my life again. Some really emotional moments here. Sasha Calle is awesome – I want to see more of her!”Jenna Busch-Henderson of /Film
Cast: Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen, Innocent Ekakitie, Leah Lewis, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara, Shila Ommi, Mason Wertheimer
Director: Peter Sohn
Synopsis: Set in a realm where residents embody fire, water, land, and air, the story revolves around Ember, a spirited and sharp-witted young woman. Her friendship with Wade, a carefree and easygoing individual, challenges her perception of their shared world.
“Elemental offers beautifully rendered visuals, most notably in an underwater trip to visit a rare flower. Vocally, Athie is a comic delight as Wade; a character prone to bursting into tears, his flashback to a terrifying encounter with a sponge is a particular joy. And there are gags aplenty – including a game of tag played out in Wade’s watery home by two relatives, Marco and Polo (geddit?).”GamesRadar
“Like Inside Out, this is a film aimed at older children about to embark on relationships, while dealing with parental conflict.”Yahoo!