Mini Review - This Is Where I Leave You
This Is Where I Leave You (out Oct 23) is the lighter version of August: Osage County in that it centres on a group of siblings forced to live under one roof for a few days following the death of their father. The conversations drag on too long and most of the jokes fall flat. A disappointing effort. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Pride
Pride (out Oct 30) is set during the 1984 UK miners’ strike and follows a group of gay & lesbian activists who help raise funds for the miners to help further their own cause. This is as a warm-hearted, feel-good comedy that embraces its 1980s setting and highlights a small piece of forgotten history. Features a great ensemble cast. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Fury
Fury (out Oct 23) is set in Germany 1945 and follows a tight-knit group of U.S. soldiers as they complete a series of missions (from within their trusty tank). A few parts feel over-dramatised, over-scripted but it's still a strong drama with Logan Lerman stealing the show in the later stages. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (out Oct 23) is a Spanish comedy/drama about three very different people who end up traveling together as part of a road trip. It's a little odd... in both a good and bad way. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Son Of A Gun
Son Of Gun (out Oct 16) is a crime thriller about a teenager caught up in a daring prison break out. Things only escalate from there. It's a familiar tale with familiar subplots (e.g. a love interest threatens to unravel everything). Watchable... but lacking something to make it stand out. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Whiplash
Whiplash (out Oct 23) is a terrific character study about a jazz drummer trying to succeed and his sadistic teacher who keeps pushing him beyond his physical and emotional limits. Winner of the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a powerful film headlined by two passionate performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep (out Oct 16) is the story of a woman with amnesia. She wakes up each morning with no knowledge of the previous day. Why is she like this though? This is a curious thriller where she suspects that not all around her are being truthful. I wasn't fully convinced by the performances and didn't think there was enough material for 90 minutes... but a few twists and the broad nature of the mystery kept me interested. Grade: B.
Mini Review - A Walk Among The Tombstones
A Walk Among the Tombstones (out Oct 16) is a standard but still moderately engaging thriller that stars Liam Neeson as a cop turned private detective who is investigating a murder. It's not an action fest like past Neeson films (Non-Stop, Taken) and that works in the film's favour. It's entertaining watching his character put the pieces of the puzzle together. 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 23 Oct 2014|
|- Reviewing Whiplash & Fury|
|Podcast from 16 Oct 2014|
|- Reviewing Force Majeure & A Walk Among The Tombstones|
|Podcast from 2 Oct 2014|
|- Reviewing Gone Girl & Billy Elliot: The Musical|
|Podcast from 25 Sep 2014|
|- Reviewing The Little Death & The Skeleton Twins|
|Podcast from 18 Sep 2014|
|- Reviewing The Maze Runner & Sin City 2|