Mini Review - Love The Coopers
Love The Coopers (out Nov 26) is a disappointing, unnecessarily complex Christmas drama-comedy structured around an extended family that is difficult to like. They talk a lot but rarely say anything of significance. The odd visual triggers to the past are of little value. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Creed
Creed (out Nov 26) is an enjoyable boxing drama that sees Sylvester Stallone reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa. This time around, he's serving as the coach and mentor of a young boxer (Michael B. Jordan) trying to find his place in the sport. Both leading performances are great and it culminates with a worthy bout. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - By The Sea
By The Sea (out Nov 26) is a long, tedious drama about a couple (played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) who are trying to get their marriage back on track with a trip to a seaside town in Malta. The lack of detail offers intrigue early but there's very little pay off as their repetitive quarrels unfold. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 (out Nov 26) is an unadventurous, moderately likable sequel to the 2012 original. Dracula works hard to prove that his half vampire / half human son has the ability to fly. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Crow's Egg
The Crow's Egg (out Nov 26) is an Indian comedy about two brothers from a poor family who are looking to taste pizza for the first time. It paints an interesting picture of India but it's a battle to drag this idea out to the film's 90 minute running time. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - 99 Homes
99 Homes (out Nov 19) is an American drama about two men who evict people from their homes, on behalf of banks, in pursuit of profit. It's repetitive in places but the messages are important and the performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon are impressive. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Program
The Program (out Nov 26) is a drama that chronicles how Lance Armstrong created the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Told also from the perspective of an Irish sports journalist (who is the more interesting character), the film highlights that money and power in sport often leads to corruption. Don't ignore it. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (out Nov 19) isn’t offering much in terms of new storylines. It asks a few interesting questions (e.g. is it worth sacrificing civilian casualties in pursuit of a greater good?) but is unwilling to provide meaningful answers. Suzanne Collins's final novel didn't have the same sense of urgency and excitement as its predecessors. My thoughts on this final movie are essentially the same. 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 19 Nov 2015|
|- Reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 & Secret In Their Eyes|
|Podcast from 12 Nov 2015|
|- Reviewing Spectre & He Named Me Malala|
|Podcast from 5 Nov 2015|
|- Reviewing Freeheld & Man Up|
|Podcast from 29 Oct 2015|
|- Reviewing The Dressmaker & The Last Witch Hunter|
|Podcast from 22 Oct 2015|
|- Reviewing Bridge Of Spies & Burnt|