Mini Review - Spy
Spy (out May 21) is the best mainstream comedy we’ve seen so far in 2015. Melissa McCarthy stars as a CIA operative who, after years of sitting at a desk, finally gets a chance to prove herself in the field. The screenplay is crammed with hilarious insults and the superb cast (headed by Rose Byrne and Jason Statham) have created a fun group of eccentric characters. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Woman In Gold
Woman In Gold (out May 21) tells the true story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) and her efforts to reclaim a famous painting that was stolen by the Nazis from her home in Vienna. The film’s 1930s narrative resonates strongly but the current day story lacks credibility and doesn't ask enough hard questions of the characters. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road (out May 14) is one of the more creative action films that we’ve seen in recent years. It begins with a well-choreographed chase sequence that never really stops. Except for a handful of very short detours, this is two hours of unrelenting warfare. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an action film with less dialogue. Intense and easily to follow. This is great stuff. Grade: A.
Mini Review - A Royal Night Out
A Royal Night Out (out May 14) is a fictitious comedy that follows princesses Elizabeth and Margaret as they take to the streets of London and celebrate V.E. Day in May 1945. Production values are strong but the comedic moments are too far-fetched. Most characters come across as bumbling fools. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - The Clouds Of Sils Maria
The Clouds Of Sils Maria (out May 7) is about the curious relationship between a renowned actress (Juliette Binoche) and her hard working assistant (Kristen Stewart). Performances are great but the intrigue built in the early stages fizzles with a slow, drawn out finale. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2 (out May 7) is a safe follow up to the 2012 original that sees the same characters delivering the same types of jokes. With a limited, Step Up-like storyline and not much to add in the way of character development, the film uses music to fill the remainder of the two hour running time. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Ex Machina
Ex Machina (out May 7) is an unsettling drama about a reclusive scientist who creates a robot with artificial intelligence and then enlists the help of a young computer guru to see if passes the Turing Test. The more you think about it, the less sense it makes. Still, it finishes on a high and makes a strong point. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (out Apr 30) is based on an urban legend and follows a 29-year-old Japanese woman who watches the movie Fargo and then travels to America in search of hidden treasure. Not sure about the ending but it's got a superb leading performance from Rinko Kikuchi as the troubled, puzzling Kumiko. Grade: B+.
Matt's Weekly 612ABC Podcast
You can hear me review the latest movies every Thursday at 6:40am with Spencer Howson on 612ABC Brisbane. We're Brisbane's highest rated breakfast show! My latest podcasts are below.
|Podcast from 21 May 2015|
|- Reviewing Spy & Woman In Gold|
|Podcast from 14 May 2015|
|- Reviewing Mad Max: Fury Road & A Royal Night Out|
|Podcast from 7 May 2015|
|- Reviewing Pitch Perfect 2 & Ex Machina|
|Podcast from 23 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing Avengers: Age Of Ultron & '71|
|Podcast from 16 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing The Gunman & While We're Young|