Mini Review - Things to Come
Things to Come (out Apr 27) is a meandering French drama about a middle aged mother who finds her life coming to a crossroad. I didn't take as much from Mia Hansen-Løve's film as others have but it's hard not to be impressed by Isabelle Huppert's leading performance. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (out Apr 27) keeps the franchise on the right track. The story isn't that memorable but it's still fun to watch given the continual insults shared between the characters and their obvious lack of social skills. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Raw
Raw (out Apr 20) is a wonderfully messed up French horror film about a vegetarian teenager who develops a love for human flesh during her first year at college. Some scenes are "hard to stomach" which makes it all the better. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Table 19
Table 19 (out Apr 20) is a comedy about a group of "randoms" seated in the far corner table at a wedding reception. They open up about their respective backgrounds and problems. There’s a lot of talk at Table 19 but there weren’t many laughs in Cinema 4. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Going in Style
Going in Style (out Apr 20) is an uninspired, unfunny comedy about three 70-something-year-old guys who plan on robbing a bank to pay for their retirement. None of the characters demonstrate any intelligence and it looks like they wrote the script as they went along. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Their Finest
Their Finest (out Apr 20) is a fictitious WWII comedy-drama about a young Welsh woman (Gemma Arterton) who finds herself making propaganda films to help lift the spirit of the British public. I was disappointed by the final act but this is still a likeable crowd-pleaser that offers drama, comedy and romance. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Berlin Syndrome
Berlin Syndrome (out Apr 20) is based on the novel by Melanie Joosten and is about young Australian woman living in Germany who is abducted and kept captive by a sinister man. I wasn't 100% sold by the finale but it's a tense thriller in the lead up. It asks the question - "what would you do in the same situation?" Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Country Doctor
The Country Doctor (out Apr 13) is an odd French drama about a sick doctor who is training an assistant. It meanders along and then culminates with a rushed finale that feels out of place. Grade: C+.