Mini Review - Florence Foster Jenkins
Florence Foster Jenkins (out May 5) is based on the true story of the infamous singer who rose to fame in the 1940s because of her awful voice. Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are fine but relative unknown Simon Helberg steals the show as Jenkins' nervous/giggly pianist. A lot lighter than the similar Marguerite released last month. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Mia Madre
Mia Madre (out May 5) is a French film about a director trying to finish a movie while spending time with her terminally ill mother. It's a peculiar style from director Nanni Moretti that blends comedy, drama and fantasy. I struggled to believe most of it until the final scenes where a few heartfelt moments finally seep through. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - The Man Who Knew Infinity
The Man Who Knew Infinity (out May 5) is an interesting tale on paper but Matt Brown struggles to bring that same sensation to the screen. It's the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who challenged numerous theorems during the early 20th Century. It's too repetitive but both Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons are nice in the leading roles. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Mother's Day
Mother's Day (out Apr 28) is a ridiculously simplistic comedy about a group of women dealing with problems. These cliché-laden films have become tiring and despite best intentions, there's nothing remotely uplifting about them. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War (out Apr 28) feels like the first episode in a lengthy mini-series. It sets the stage, offers a few surprises, and teases audiences with a glimpse of what lies ahead. The political elements grabbed me most but there are still plenty of laughs for those looking for light hearted entertainment. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - A Month Of Sundays
A Month Of Sundays (out Apr 28) begins with an odd plot device (a wrong phone call) but once you get past that, it develops into a solid Aussie drama about two unlikely people in search of a connection. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Midnight Special
Midnight Special (out Apr 21) is an intriguing drama about a boy with unusual powers and a range of people trying to understand why. Not all of the character actions make sense but I was still intrigued from start to finish. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Marguerite
Marguerite (out Apr 21) is a French film set in the 1920s about a wealthy socialite who believes she has a beautiful singing voice. Unfortunately, no one is prepared to tell her the truth. The novelty gets a bit thin in the later stages but star Catherine Frot has created a character that is both sad and endearing. 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 28 Apr 2016|
|- Reviewing A Month Of Sundays & Captain America: Civil War|
|Podcast from 21 Apr 2016|
|- Reviewing Eddie The Eagle & Marguerite|
|Podcast from 14 Apr 2016|
|- Reviewing The Boss & Wide Open Sky|
|Podcast from 24 Mar 2016|
|- Reviewing A Bigger Splash & Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice|
|Podcast from 17 Mar 2016|
|- Reviewing The Daughter & Zootopia|