Mini Review - Deadpool
Deadpool (out Feb 11) has come along like a breath of fresh air. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen from the Marvel franchise before. It’s rude, it’s crude, and it’s politically incorrect. In the leading role, Ryan Reynolds is the master of insult delivery. It doesn’t matter if you’re his friend or his enemy, he’s going to be sending a few barbs your way. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Zoolander 2
Zoolander 2 (out Feb 11) is dreadful. It's a shame because the original was so entertaining. The characters are trying far too hard to make these jokes work. Even the surprise cameos feel uninspired. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Brooklyn
Brooklyn (out Feb 11) is set in 1952 and follows a young Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) who immigrates to the United States. Battling homesickness, she meets an Italian guy determined to win her affections. This is a sweet, moving, gorgeously-shot tale that has the perfect balance of comedy and sentimentality. The characters are honest and genuine too. Will there be a better film this year? I don't think so. Grade: A+.
Mini Review - The Choice
The Choice (out Feb 4) is a dreary romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It's hard to say too much without giving away plot details but it's about two unlikely people who fall in love and have to overcome adversity. It's the kind of movie where everything feels forced. Grade: C-.
Mini Review - Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs (out Feb 4) is structured as a three act play. It follows Jobs as he prepares for the public launch of three products - one in 1984, 1988 and 1998. By taking this approach, writer Aaron Sorkin has created something that feels staged and unrealistic. It’s as if every key person in Steve Jobs’ life wants to complain in the half-hour leading up to each launch. The good performances can't quite compensate. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Anomalisa
Anomalisa (out Feb 4) is a rarity - a stop-motion animated feature pitched at adults. It's no surprise that it's come from the creative mind of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). The film follows a depressed writer travelling to Cincinnati for a public speaking event. It's a great conversation generator and I’m still reflecting on its style and themes. Grade: A.
Mini Review - Dirty Grandpa
Dirty Grandpa (out Jan 28) is crude, politically incorrect, and not much else. Some will laugh at the film's continual offensiveness but the thin plot feels like it was constructed as an afterthought. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Looking For Grace
Looking For Grace (out Jan 28) is an Aussie drama centred around 2 teenage girls who run away from home. The film follows multiple characters - some interesting, some not so much. It doesn't all come together in the end but the style should maintain your interest. 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 Feb 2016|
|- Reviewing Brooklyn & Deadpool|
|Podcast from 4 Feb 2016|
|- Reviewing Anomalisa & Steve Jobs|
|Podcast from 28 Jan 2016|
|- Reviewing Spotlight & Room|
|Podcast from 21 Jan 2016|
|- Reviewing The Danish Girl|
|Podcast from 31 Dec 2015|
|- Reviewing The Peanuts Movie & Point Break|