Aussie Ed Oxenbould on 'Alexander'
|13-year-old Ed Oxenbould is the star of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and I was fortunate to speak with him recently about what is his breakout role in Hollywood. You can check it out by clicking here.|
Mini Review - Annie
Annie (out Dec 18) is a mess. The songs have been overproduced and the writers have failed miserably in their attempts to take this classic tale, which was originally set in the Great Depression, and adapt it to a current day setting. You'll need thick rose-coloured glasses if you're to like any of these characters. Grade: C-.
Mini Review - St Vincent
St Vincent (out Dec 26) stars Bill Murray as a grumpy old man who drinks, smokes and gambles. He goes through somewhat of a transformation thanks to a shy, insightful kid who has moved in next door. The script is jumbled (some subplots go nowhere) but this poignant mix of comedy and drama will win over most audiences. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Folies Bergére
Folies Bergére (out Dec 11) is a French romantic drama about a middle aged woman who goes in search of other loves after becoming bored with her husband. The fact that her character behaves in such a goofy fashion tends to distract from what this film is getting at. Not sold on the ending either. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Paddington
Paddington (out Dec 11) follows the much loved Peruvian bear as he moves to London and goes in search of a new life and a new family. The special effects are superb (seamlessly mixing animation with live action) and the film's heart is squarely in the right place. Not fully sold on Nicole Kidman as the villain but the remaining cast are terrific. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Horrible Bosses 2
Horrible Bosses 2 (out Dec 11) can be summed up by doing a "cut and paste" job from my review of the 2011 original. It's a far-fetched comedy that works because (1) it is so over-the-top, (2) it has great comedic chemistry between its three leads - Jason Bateman, Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis, and (3) the supporting cast steal the show at any opportunity. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Green Prince
The Green Prince (out Dec 4) is a documentary about the son of Palestinian leader who became a valuable Israeli spy. It's an interesting story but with a lack of available footage, the film relies too much on "talking heads" and recreations. Grade: B.
Mini Review - The Captive
The Captive (out Dec 4) is a pathetic thriller about a father trying to track down his abducted daughter. The film's fragmented timeline appears to only serve one purpose - to try to hide the many plot holes. Why are the abductor's plans so elaborate? Why are the police so incompetent? Why are the issues of rape and torture skirted around? Grade: C-.
Mini Review - Exodus: Gods & Kings
Exodus: Gods & Kings (out Dec 4) will rival Noah as this year's most "biblical" release. It follows Moses (back in 1300BC) as he freed his fellow Hebrew slaves from their tyrannical Egyptian masters. It's heavy going (the 2.5 hour duration doesn't help) and feels more like a dry bible reading in places than an engaging, epic motion picture. 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 11 Dec 2014|
|- Reviewing Horrible Bosses 2 & Paddington|
|Podcast from 4 Dec 2014|
|- Reviewing Alexander & My Top Films Of 2014|
|Podcast from 27 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing Nightcrawler & Men, Women & Children|
|Podcast from 20 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay & The Dark Horse|
|Podcast from 13 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing Let's Be Cops & The Drop|