249: Lady Bird

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In the last review we will release prior to the Oscars ceremony, we take a look at one of the contenders: Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut LADY BIRD. Set in 2002, and based on Gerwig’s own life, it definitely hits close to home for us, and we have been waiting impatiently for its Australian release.

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247: I, Tonya

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A biopic like nothing you’ve ever seen before, based on interviews with the (unreliable) protagonists of one of the biggest sporting scandals of all time. Before she was a punchline, Tonya Harding was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it in the class-conscious world of figure skating.

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246: The Post

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This movie is being advertised by its big names (Streep, Hanks, Spielberg), but don’t think for a minute that the legends are phoning it in. The best Oscar movie to take your parents to, THE POST is also the story of legendary Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, and her editor Ben Bradlee, as they wrestle over the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

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245: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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We weren’t originally going to watch this surprise Christmas hit, but then it became a surprise Christmas hit and, you know, The Rock. Like most people who grew up in the 90s, were were raised on the Robin Williams classic, but we braved it anyway.

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244: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Frances McDormand is once again up for an Oscar for her turn as a mother using any means necessary to get the local police to work harder to solve her daughter’s murder. Sam Rockwell offers sterling support in an ambitious film that takes a compassionate look at bigotry, ableism and cycles of violence.

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243: The Greatest Showman

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PRO: Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron are back doing a musical! Zendaya! Pasek and Paul!

CON: Heavily fictionalised version of the life of a man who did some really bad stuff in his time.

Our love of musicals won out on this occasion, and we decided to review the film as presented, but read up on PT Barnum and his life (including slave-owning and exploitation of disabled children) and watch with that in mind.

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242: The Shape of Water

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Otherwise known as “the Guillermo del Toro fish romance”, The Shape of Water is garnering all sorts of awards season buzz. On New Year’s Eve, we got a little buzzed and went to see it.

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241: Call Me By Your Name

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This sweet coming of age gay love story has been generating serious buzz for months, and after waiting impatiently we finally got to see it on Boxing Day. Does it live up to the hype? How many times do we plan to watch it again? Are Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet allergic to shirts?

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240: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Star Wars season! Following the raging success of THE FORCE AWAKENS in 2015, LOOPER director Rian Johnson takes on the legendary franchise with this packed instalment. General Organa has her work cut out for her keeping Poe Dameron in check, while Rey has gone to make a mentor out of the grizzled loner Luke Skywalker. Meanwhile, Finn meets the irrepressible Rose Tico.

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