Jewish International Film Festival Returns to the Big Screen

From star-studded features, gripping historical dramas, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the Jewish International Film Festival (February 17 – March 24) returns for another year of spectacular Jewish cinema from around the world. Featuring 51 films from 19 countries, the Festival builds on over 30 years of bringing the best of Jewish cinema to Australia, presenting 29 features, 19 documentaries, and episodes …

Hulu Review – ‘The Sister’

Intriguing British murder mystery 'The Sister' plays like a typical thriller, but quickly starts to test its limits when some inexplicable elements get pulled in to make the story divert from its rather standard plot. Based on the book 'Burial' by Neil Cross, who also wrote the script for this adaptation, the Hulu Original mini-series …

Hulu Review – ‘The Ultimate Playlist of Noise’

Hulu's John Green-esque 'The Ultimate Playlist of Noise' is a sound design marvel with charming performances from its young ensemble that puts recent YA-romance movies to shame. It all revolves around Marcus (Keean Johnson - 'Euphoria'), an audio-obsessed high school senior, who learns he must undergo brain surgery that will render him deaf, and decides …

Review – ‘The Elfkins: Baking a Difference’

German animated film, The Elfkins: Baking a Difference is a bland blend of Gnomeo & Juliet and The Smurfs, and strictly made for pre-teens, with a very on-the-nose message on capitalism and finding one's purpose in the world to keep this somewhat manageable for parents forced to sit through this. In true Elfkins of Cologne …

Review – ‘White Lie’

We’ve all been made aware of the various dangers that are attached to social media platforms. In films, we usually get to see the side of the ones affected by the lies and schemes of some unknown online assailant. ‘White Lie’ decides to take the risk and switches the roles on us. Katie Arneson (Kacey …

Netflix Review – ‘Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer’

Gil Carrillo (LA Sheriff Homicide Detective) in episode 4 “Manhunt” of Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer. Cr. NETFLIX © 2021 Netflix is known to have some high quality true crime docu series, such as Don't F**k with Cats and Tiger King. Their first new limited series of 2021 only mentions feline in …

Review – ‘Dreambuilders’

Dreambuilders is a computer-animated movie where the humans look cute but hide an ugliness that comes from suppressed emotions. It’s not entirely clear what this movie is trying to do, though it has some intriguing moments. It feels like this should've been a live action movie, but by turning it into an animated feature, the crew was …

Review – ‘Mogul Mowgli’

It’s still unclear how the coming awards season is going to look in 2021 but I know one thing for sure: if it isn’t raining accolades for Riz Ahmed, the whole thing is rigged. As if one tour de force in Sound of Metal wasn’t enough, Ahmed delivers again and then some in Mogul Mowgli. …

Review – ‘Skyfire’

I've always been a sucker for disaster movies. In walks 'Skyfire', a disaster movie so wild and ridiculous, it combines cliché genre tropes from the biggest blockbusters and runs a marathon with it. This first ever volcano themed Chinese film is set on a tropical island at the “Ring of Fire”. Ever since volcanologist Meng …

into:screens’ Top 20 films of 2020

2020 has been a serious ride filled with ups and downs. Cinema on its own had to deal with their own set of challenges as movie theatres all over the world were shut down and studios had to find a way to get their content to the public. Some succeeded, some seriously failed. But what …