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Ashley is a Melbourne-based uni student. She may have a degree in neuroscience but you can catch her at a cinema the moment class is over (or even between classes!). A life-long lover of film, she recently started putting finger to keyboard to start reviewing films she loves and sharing her thoughts with the world.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Tame Impala, Taylor Swift, Radiohead
TOP 3 MOVIES: La La Land, Whiplash, First Man (Damien Chazelle is my one true love)
BEST CONCERT: Tame Impala at Laneway 2017
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Seeing 'Anastasia' with my cousins and hiding under my chair during the frightening Rasputin scenes.

Easy A - Top marks for the teen comedy on its 10th anniversary
EASY ATop marks for the teen comedy on its 10th anniversary
After 10 years, this is a teen comedy classic that's also an incredibly important look into how female sexuality can be controlled and governed by others from teenagerhood.
Spree - A flawed but fun black comedy
SPREEA flawed but fun black comedy
On the surface, it's an equally fun and bleak look at a young man driven to insanity by his own hubris. It's just a shame the surface is all there is to it.
Becky - Bloody fun with untapped potential
BECKYBloody fun with untapped potential
An unlikely mash-up of 'John Wick'-style violence and 'Home Alone' hijinks, one that's best enjoyed when common sense is left at the door. If only its writing and plot were as well done as its gore.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always - The film every teenager needs to see
NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYSThe film every teenager needs to see
A heartbreaking and powerful experience that should be considered one of the year's most essential watches. Its commitment to authentically tell an all-too-common story only adds to its power.
Babyteeth - A frustrating but funny Australian teen dramedy
BABYTEETHA frustrating but funny Australian teen dramedy
Its cast and crew are at the top of their game, resulting in a film that's just as heartbreaking as any other teen cancer film, but elevated through a humour and cynicism.
Endings, Beginnings - Star-studded sex drama lacks substance
ENDINGS, BEGINNINGSStar-studded sex drama lacks substance
Despite committed work from Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan and an interesting concept, it's an incredibly dull and forgettable romance.
Waves - High school misery porn drowned by its aesthetic
WAVESHigh school misery porn drowned by its aesthetic
While ambitious, it's so busy trying to be a future indie classic with its camera acrobatics and needle drops that it forgets to give any impetus to care about its supposedly profound stories.
The Assistant - Meek and mad
A film that demands full attention from its audience to tell a frustratingly normalised story of frustrating normalised harassment. It's a quiet film brimming with power, one that is not to be missed.
The High Note - A mid-tempo comedy romp
THE HIGH NOTEA mid-tempo comedy romp
You could do a lot worse than 'The High Note' for a light two hours when there's nothing else to watch; it's just unfortunate that its charismatic cast can't save an off-pitch script.
Scoob! - Mystery swapped for money-hungry mayhem
SCOOB!Mystery swapped for money-hungry mayhem
Yet another classic franchise getting pumped through the modern machine, a bland and unremarkable caricature of what was once a fun and quirky story.
The Lodge - An insult to the horror movie genre
THE LODGEAn insult to the horror movie genre
It wants so badly to be considered a highbrow horror film, but it forgets completely to try and be compelling, riding on flimsy attempts at a creepy tone and calling it a day.
The miraculous rise of Saoirse Ronan - Ranking the actress’ best performances on her birthday
THE MIRACULOUS RISE OF SAOIRSE RONANRanking the actress’ best performances on her birthday
Saoirse Ronan is something special - and as she turns 26, we've ranked the Oscar nominee's top 10 best performances.
Kristen Stewart: From 'Twilight' to Arthouse - Celebrating a career as unique as the actress herself
KRISTEN STEWART: FROM 'TWILIGHT' TO ARTHOUSECelebrating a career as unique as the actress herself
As Kristen Stewart turns 30 this week, we look back at her career which took her from box office hit 'Twilight' to passion projects for the actress.
How to Train Your Dragon - An animation that reached new heights
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONAn animation that reached new heights
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this film manages to craft the beginning of what is one of the most heartfelt and inspired coming-of-age tales in recent years.
Queen & Slim - A worthwhile tale with bumpy storytelling
QUEEN & SLIMA worthwhile tale with bumpy storytelling
The film features some pretty stellar performances and great camerawork but has to work against the mammoth influence of its writing and pacing to make something memorable, and ultimately fails.
Honeyland - Believe the buzz
HONEYLANDBelieve the buzz
A thoughtful and compassionate exercise in exposing a lifestyle many have long ago abandoned, and one that deserves a place in the public consciousness.
The Peanut Butter Falcon - Wholesome and heartfelt
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCONWholesome and heartfelt
It's a comedy that is as sweet and unique as its main star, and points towards a bright future for disabled inclusivity in film.
The Truth - A well-intentioned trip down a well-worn path
THE TRUTHA well-intentioned trip down a well-worn path
If 'Shoplifters' was a beautifully-crafted painting, this would be stick figure doodles. Catherine Deneuve gives the best performance, with Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke criminally underutilised.
Love, Antosha - A star taken too soon
LOVE, ANTOSHAA star taken too soon
It manages to capture the essence, cheek and love Anton Yelchin brought into the world, and the of heartache his passing. It may be a very long time before we see a talent like his again.
Marriage Story - Simply extraordinary
MARRIAGE STORYSimply extraordinary
It's shocking that a film so simple can be so nearly flawless. As an ugly portrait of two flawed people it's never easy to watch, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences in years.
The Irishman - Kissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
THE IRISHMANKissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
This isn't telling one story, but a number of stories spanning decades with same dangerous gangsters, sharing the same threads of beautiful cinematography, great visual effects and patient editing.
Little Monsters - No brains, all heart
LITTLE MONSTERSNo brains, all heart
If you’re looking for a zombie film with a little more meat on the bone, look elsewhere; however, if you’re after a heartwarming 94 minutes that just so happens to involve zombie decapitation, this is for you.
In My Blood It Runs - An eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
IN MY BLOOD IT RUNSAn eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
The documentary excels in never sensationalising any aspect of Dujuan's story for dramatic effect; simply capturing Dujuan's daily life is enough to make blood boil and tears fall.
The Art of Self-Defense - A satire as pitch-black as a karate belt
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSEA satire as pitch-black as a karate belt
A truly funny, dark experience that will polarise audiences, hopefully leaving most of them satisfied. Just try not to think about it too much.
Swing Kids - A war film in its own league
SWING KIDSA war film in its own league
The film should be commended for its ambition, even if it doesn’t always manage to juggle all its balls as well as wants to. It's a breath of fresh air for a film set in wartime.
Young Ahmed - A disappointment from a world of talent
YOUNG AHMEDA disappointment from a world of talent
There's just an inherent "something" missing here that could be blamed on a number of factors, all of which stem from behind the camera.
The Day Shall Come - A hilarious take on a flawed system
THE DAY SHALL COMEA hilarious take on a flawed system
While never takes its scathing satire to its limits, it’s an enjoyable romp that’s sure to divide audiences as much as it makes them laugh.
Take Me Somewhere Nice - The road less travelled
TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICEThe road less travelled
It's not the first coming of age film and certainly won’t be the last, but by looking at a lesser-explored side of the genre with its unique aesthetic, it is able to carve out its own place.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Very furious, not so fast
FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAWVery furious, not so fast
By this point in the franchise, ‘Fast & Furious’ fans will know exactly what to expect from ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, and there’s just enough here that's fresh enough to warrant taking another ride.
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
THE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
A guilty pleasure disguised as an arthouse film, it won't be for everyone, but going in aware of the experience you’ll have, along with its eye-pleasing cinematography, may just be its saving grace.
The Public - Hot idea, chilly execution
THE PUBLICHot idea, chilly execution
It’s obvious that Emilio Estevez has crafted something he's passionate about, but the script is so entry-level that it struggles to challenge audiences, preferring to aim for universal appeal.
When Harry Met Sally... - 30 years ago, a boy met a girl
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...30 years ago, a boy met a girl
The film doesn’t feel dated in the way that a film released 30 years ago might - which speaks to not only to how enjoyable it is, but to how integral it is to making sense of friendship and love.
The Beach Bum - Mayhem with Matthew McConaughey
THE BEACH BUMMayhem with Matthew McConaughey
An incredibly enjoyable 95-minute exercise in escapism, love, and the unprecedented pleasures life can bring, with an incredibly charming performance from Matthew McConaughey.
Defend, Conserve, Protect - Guardians of the ocean
DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECTGuardians of the ocean
A riveting documentary that celebrates the bravery of the Sea Shepherd crew, but to open eyes to the urgency needed to end whaling once and for all. Prepare to leave the cinema inspired and moved.
Forged from Fire - A touching look at an Australian tragedy
FORGED FROM FIREA touching look at an Australian tragedy
A powerful and hopeful look into how people cope with tragedy and, from the literal ashes, how something beautiful is created.
The Notebook - Your break-up best friend for the past 15 years
THE NOTEBOOKYour break-up best friend for the past 15 years
15 years after its release, its impact on the romance genre is undeniable. It managed to become a model and the antithesis for romantic dramas that followed, and a film whose success is to be envied.
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
THE THIRD WIFEArtistic, painful and beautiful
May’s story as a pregnant 14-year-old bride is handled with such grace and delicacy - it’s an intoxicating, heart-wrenching experience.
Happy As Lazzaro - More than meets the eye
HAPPY AS LAZZAROMore than meets the eye
The film comes and goes like an airy fable but doesn’t make as much of an impact as it wants to. Its ambition is to be commended, but as a whole is just verging on greatness.
Mean Girls - 15 years of fetch
MEAN GIRLS15 years of fetch
‘Mean Girls’ has reached the heights of pop culture impact that most teen films can only dream of. 15 years later, we delve into this high school horror show to find out why.
Her Smell - She's off the deep end, watch as she dives in
HER SMELLShe's off the deep end, watch as she dives in
The supporting cast performances, like their characters, are overshadowed by the larger-than-life Becky, a tornado of hysteria and booze, brought to life with a performance that reeks of excellence.
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