Generally speaking, biopics tend to centre around an exceptional person (in one form or another) overcoming an adversity of sorts. And whilst Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? adheres to the formula, her subject – author Lee Israel – is far from exceptional and her challenge to overcome is to not get caught for …

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Still of Boy Erased, upcoming gay conversion therapy drama starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Troye Sivan

There’s no denying that ‘Boy Erased’ is likely to stir up emotions. It centres on the barbaric practice of gay conversion therapy. However, I found the film less effective than expected. I wanted the movie to make me angry but felt actor/director/writer Joel Edgerton focused more on pleasing the masses than fully exposing the despicable …

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Star Rami Malek describes highly-anticipated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody as a celebration of Freddie Mercury but Peter Gray wonders if, despite Malek’s tour de force performance, the movie avoids the authentic Mercury in pursuit of commercial success. Long overdue but not the deeply exposed, warts-and-all- tale that we deserve, Bohemian Rhapsody plays it relatively safe when …

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Chloe Grace Moretz Miseducation of Cameron Post movie still

Although The Miseducation of Cameron Post‘s 1993 setting may have people believe that the gay conversion camps at the film’s centre are a thing of the past – and easy to mock as a symbol of how backwards society’s thoughts on therapy was – this treatment is still sadly legal in a large number of American …

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Crazy Rich Asians

Riding high off positive word-of-mouth and an American box office run that has exceeded expectations, Crazy Rich Asians arrives in Australian theatres to, no doubt, emulate its abroad success. The first studio-financed American film since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club to feature a predominantly Asian cast, this bubbly rom-com appears to have all the ingredients …

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The Wife

As competently handled as Bjorn Runge’s The Wife is, the film ultimately succeeds off the back of Glenn Close’s central performance, with the actress delivering one of the finest of her career. The film begins in 1993 where an early morning phone call awakes celebrated author Joseph Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) and his wife Joan (Close). …

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Promo art for the Australian comedy film The Breaker Upperers

Given that we can almost outsource every chore, errand, and activity that comes our way, it only makes sense that the unfortunate responsibility that is breaking up with someone be a lucrative business too. Enter The Breaker Upperers, a duo of frozen-hearted, screwed-over singletons who appear more than happy to break the heart of someone else’s …

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Still from supernatural lesbian drama film Thelma, screening at Palace Cinemas as part of the Scandinavian film festival

A coming-of-age tale but not as we traditionally know it, Thelma places a fresh, dark twist on the genre to dazzling effect. At the core of Joachim Trier’s seductive film lies a recognisable story – one of sexual awakening and discovering one’s true self – but a haunting supernatural element placed on the material allows …

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Elle Fanning in movie still from Mary Shelley about famous Frankenstein author

Headlined by actress Elle Fanning, directed by Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour (the female helmer behind the coming-of-age tale Wajdja) and written by Brisbane talent Emma Jensen, Mary Shelley is a suitably female-driven production detailing the origins of its titular subject’s greatest work – Frankenstein. As horrific as Shelley’s prose are, as well as the …

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lesbian drama disobedience

A beautifully crafted film that is sure to break your heart in the process, Disobedience honestly and respectfully explores forbidden love, one’s own faith, and the notion of free will. When news travels to New York-based photographer Rhonit (Rachel Weisz) that her long-estranged father Rav Krushka, a beloved leader of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in …

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