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Booksmart Review

Booksmart is a film that we at the Explosion Network had an eye on since its South by Southwest premiere and subsequent trailer was released. The critical acclaim it received after its theatrical release in the US back in May was hard to ignore and made its eventual release in Australia a highly anticipated event. I’m pleased to report that it lives up to the hype and is definitely one of the best films of the year so far.

Rocketman Review

Last year Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was a runaway success that raked in at the box office and was very successful during award season. With that film’s uncredited director Dexter Fletcher, who took over after Bryan Singer was removed from the project, directing this Elton John biopic it is difficult not to see similarities and compare these two films. The one clear difference between the films is that while Bohemian Rhapsody is a film about musicians, Rocketman is a musical about a musician and that makes a big difference.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The first Star Wars spin-off movie is a proving grounds. A lot of the people involved at LucasFilm and Disney often seemed scared of this film, and the tone director Gareth Edwards was shooting for. Can you pull off a darker, more mature Star Wars film not involved in the main storyline? The answer is, of course, yes. Look at the lineage of Star Wars novels since the release of the original movie. But this movie has to hit with the mainstream movie-going audience, and it will.