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Review: ‘Any Day Now’ (M)*** and a half

LIFE hasn’t done any favours for 14-year-old Marco (Isaac Leyva). His mother (Jamie Anne Allman) is a junkie sex-worker servicing clients in a run-down apartment. Marco has no friends. Marco has Down syndrome. Along the hall, Rudy (Alan Cumming) faces eviction for unpaid rent. Rudy earns a pittance as a member of a cross-dressing trio […]

Review: ‘Divergent’ (M)***

THIS futurist drama originates from the pen (keyboard?) of Veronica Roth, who has two more “young adult” novels (“Insurgent” and “Allegiant”) in the pipeline for cinema release in 2015 and 2016. Following a cataclysmic war a century hence, behind a high fence around Chicago the law-givers have established a system for young adults to decide […]

Review: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ (G)*** and a half

THEY’RE having a good time touring Europe until Constantine, a criminal doppel-ganger for Kermit, joins forces with their agent Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) in a plot to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London. That necessitates, at the beginning of a tour westward through Europe, getting Kermit sent to the Gulag on a […]

Circus film shows strength, skill and confidence

A film about 15 young women with disability who learnt to perform with Canberra’s Circus Warehouse was unveiled yesterday as part of International Day of People with Disabilities. “Strong Women: Circus Sisters,” directed by Marcus Freeman, documents the rehearsal journey of the Women with Disabilities ACT’s Strong Women, Circus Sisters Troupe, as they learn a […]