Spotlight (2015)

Real life doesn’t fit a movie narrative – real life rarely accommodates twists, dramatic speeches, or neat climaxes. In Spotlight, an excellent return to form for writer-director Tom McCarthy, a true story is presented exactly as it (presumably) happened, for better …and sometimes for worse. Spotlight follows four journalists (Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton,…

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is, for better or worse, the culmination of Marvel Studios’ approach to commercial cinema. By this stage, their much-discussed directorial departures – Patty Jenkins from Thor: The Dark World, Edgar Wright from Ant-Man – and the homogeneity of their output make it clear that this is about as far from auteurist…

Giveaway: Win Passes to Infinitely Polar Bear [COMPLETED]

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution Australia, ccpopculture has 5 buy-one-get-one-free passes to Infinitely Polar Bear, releasing in Australian cinemas Thursday March 26th, along with a DVD drama pack featuring Dan in Real Life, The Burning Plain, Last Chance Harvey and The Beaver. “Fresh from his much lauded performances in Foxcatcher and TV’s The Normal Heart,…

Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

There’s something incredibly endearing about Infinitely Polar Bear’s unostentatious simplicity. Constructed on familiar indie tropes – a hand-made, whimsical aesthetic, a period setting, a family unit defined equally by conflict and closeness – the film sidesteps cliché to conjure an utterly charming experience. Infinitely Polar Bear’s impossibly twee title is paraphrased from Faith Stuart’s (Ashley…