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Jonathan Empson writes ‘mercifully short reviews’, the best of which we republish here on The Story Department.

Mini Review – Mystery Road


Mystery Road Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Jay (Aaron Pedersen – who else?) is an Aboriginal cop who returns to his country town following detective training, and is thrown immediately into a murder case. A dead Indigenous girl has been found in a culvert; she was a friend of his teenage daughter, who lives […]

Mini Review – Paranoia


Paranoia Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Adam (Liam Hemsworth) is a junior brain at tech company Wyatt Corporation. He and his team are fired by Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) for pitching a product that Wyatt thinks is pointless. I’m with Wyatt on that one. But Wyatt then rehires the cash-strapped Adam to infiltrate Eikon, […]

Mini Review – Kick-Ass 2


Kick-Ass 2 Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Dave/Kick-Ass, the superhero with no actual superpowers, is bored with life now he’s hung up his suit. He tries to persuade Mindy, aka Hit Girl, a one-girl marine corps, to train him up so they can fight crime together. Which she does, but then her guardian persuades […]

Mini Review – Frances Ha


Frances Ha Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Frances (Greta Gerwig, also the co-writer) shares a New York apartment and pursues her dream of becoming a dancer. Bearing in mind Gerwig’s awkward physicality, it’s no surprise to discover that her dream is fading. But she stays chipper, despite having no Plan B for her life, […]