All posts by Grant Watson

Grant Watson is an Australian film critic and writer. He lives in Melbourne.

REVIEW: The Gift (2015)

Sales executive Simon Callem (Jason Bateman) and his interior designer wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) have only recently returned to Los Angeles when they bump into Gordon Mosely (Joel Edgerton), a former high school classmate. Gordon seems harmless enough, albeit a little awkward, but when he imposes himself on Simon and Robyn's hospitality a little too ...

REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016)

Talented surgeon Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) suffers irreperable damage to his hands in a car crash, ending his career in the process. When conventional medicine fails him, Strange follows a lead to Kathmandu and to an organisation of sorcerers defending the world from inter-dimensional attack. Marvel Studios represent the great commercial success story in ...

REVIEW: T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Nostalgia can be a killer. It makes you look back on the past with a false, rosy glow. It can make things seem happier than they were. Nostalgia can make you less driven to find a better future, in the false belief that things used to be much better beforehand. It can also be the ...

REVIEW: Blue Ruin (2013)

Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) is a homeless man living in a run-down blue sedan by the beach. A police officer tracks him down to inform him that Wade Cleland - the man who murdered Dwight's parents, is to be released from prison on parole. Dwight immediately collects his belongings and drives home to Virginia on ...

REVIEW: Planetarium (2016)

Laura (Natalie Portman) and Kate (Lily-Rose Depp) are sisters performing a seance act in a Parisian nightclub when they are picked up by film producer Andre Korben (Emmanuel Salinger). After experiencing a supernatural presence at a private session Korben grows obsessed with capturing the phenomenon on screen, catapulting Laura towards movie stardom while he undertakes ...