Film Review: ‘Casting JonBenet’ is an ingenious, instant classic

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How do you make a documentary about a murder case when nobody knows who did it? Filmmakers sometimes put inverted commas around ‘guilty’ and frame their investigations from the perspective of proving a wrongly convicted person innocent, or possibly innocent – recently in the popular Making a Murderer, but more memorably in Errol Morris’ The

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13 reasons not to watch Netflix’s offensive series ’13 Reasons Why’

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Netflix is accustomed to launching watercooler programs: binge-worthy series such as Stranger Things or House of Cards that get tongues wagging. But its controversial new mystery/drama 13 Reasons Why, adapted from a 2007 novel of the same name, is sparking conversation for the wrong reasons. The series tells the story of high school student Hannah

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Do we still feel for Darryl Kerrigan in a housing affordability crisis? Tell him he’s dreamin’

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Did Darryl Kerrigan negatively gear his holiday house in Boonie Doon? A ridiculous question, of course, given negative gearing applies to rented properties – not vacant pied-à-terre’s built for the purposes of serenity-filled weekends away. Unless the blue collar battler dabbled in some Dennis Denuto-enabled tax rorts (which, let’s face it, is a possibility) it

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Ghost in the Shell movie review – with full body whitewashing

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Allegations of whitewashing have dogged Ghost in the Shell – a remake of, until now, a thoroughly Japanese franchise – since news circulated that Scarlett Johansson had been cast in the lead role. But nobody said anything about full body whitewashing. As an arse-kicking cyborg protagonist known as Major, Johansson runs around in a tight,

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Life movie review: alien blockbuster loses its course

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“Calvin” is an awful cute name for a tiny alien blob that comes alive and embarks on a murderous rampage; I would have preferred “Norman” or “Hagetha.” In space nobody can hear you scream, so the saying goes, though initially Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s containment thriller Life – with the aforementioned Calvin as a terrifying

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