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Author: Alaina Dean

Alaina Dean is a writer who lives by the ocean.

Deserted Island Movie Collection: Any film featuring Tom Burlinson and a horse.

Best Movie Snack: Sweet and salty popcorn.

‘Pain and Glory’ Offers a Profound Insight Into a Talented Mind – Review

A rumination on youth, success, relationships, paralysis and fading, Pain and Glory offers a poignant insight into the life of an acclaimed, aging director. Pedro Almodóvar directs Antonio Banderas in a self-modelled role to explore with great subtlety the reflectiveness evoked when an individual’s physical impasse is reached.

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Maleficent Returns with a Vengeance in Disney Sequel ‘Mistress of Evil’

When we last saw Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) and her fairy godmother Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), they had completed their fairy-tale arc and were destined to live happily ever after on the beautiful Moors. However, in the years since our last visit to the magical Disney kingdom, evil and mistrust have returned to the land. Maleficent’s redeeming role in waking Aurora from her curse has been forgotten and she has been rebranded as the Mistress of Evil. Maleficent has once again retreated from civilisation, spending her time hunting human trespassers on the Moors.

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Scary Stories Come to Life in ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ – Review

Alvin Schwartz’s ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ made waves in the 80s, introducing a generation of teens to spooky urban myths, legends and classic campfire stories. The twisted stories, which were banned by The American Library Association in the 1990s, are now making their debut on the big screen under the talented direction of Norwegian André Øvredal.

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‘Good Boys’ Break the Rules in Hilarious Seth Rogen-Produced Film

This decade’s answer to Superbad (2007), Good Boys is everything you would expect out of a child-led film produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It’s crude and it’s crass but it’s also sweetly innocent and hopeful.

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‘The Australian Dream’ – Adam Goodes Documentary Pulls No Punches

Every Australian knows who Adam Goodes is – even this NSW native who has only ever watched one game of AFL in her life. Goodes’ name and image were splashed across the nation’s tabloids for years during his career with the Sydney Swans – all because he took a stand against the racist abuse he experienced from spectators while playing AFL at a professional level.

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Scandinavian Cinema Stuns Again with ‘A White, White Day’ – Review

Visually arresting and equally enthralling, Scandinavian cinema is continuing to cement itself as a major player on the global circuit. Hlynur Palmason’s A White, White Day is an impressive addition to the growing Scandi film canon and has already garnered significant praise.

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