Mini Review - Lucy
Lucy (out Jul 31) stars Scarlett Johansson in a film that (1) asks philosophical questions about the value of life and our place in the universe, and (2) has car chases and guns and stuff. It's an odd combination that doesn't always work... but it's still nice to see an action film that is very different from the standard mould. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Keeper Of Lost Causes
The Keeper Of Lost Causes (out Jul 31) is disjointed in the way it tries to tell two stories concurrently... but I'm a sucker for crime stories and this one isn't too bad. We see things from the perspective of a troubled police detective and also from the kidnapped woman he is trying to locate. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - These Final Hours
These Final Hours (out Jul 31) is the story of a young Perth guy who must decide what to do with his final 12 hours on earth (an apocalypse is nigh). There are a few credibility issues but it's nice to see an action film that asks questions (what would you do in the same situation?) Nathan Phillips a good fit in the leading role. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Mrs Brown's Boys D'movie
Mrs Brown's Boys D'movie (out Jul 24) is a film spin-off from the popular TV series and follows a cigarette-loving, foul-mouthed grandmother trying to save her small business from a money hungry property developer. Making some odd style choices (the film is bizarrely self aware of itself), this is a comedy absent of laughs. Grade: C-.
Mini Review - Hercules
Hercules (out Jul 24) is a functional action flick. The story is bland, boring but there are some engaging action pieces (that aren't overdone with special effects) and some light comic relief from Ian McShane (who needed more screen time). Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Once My Mother
Once My Mother (out Jul 24) is an Australian documentary that follows director Sophia Turkiewicz and her attempts to piece together her elderly mother's upbringing in Poland before she passes away. The narration is a bit heavy at times but it exposes an interesting piece of history and highlights the value of passing on stories from generation to generation. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From Evil (out Jul 24) is a standard, no frills exorcism film that doesn’t offer much in the way of scares or surprises. It may sound hard to believe but this is based on a real person and actual events. I've got my doubts though and director Scott Derrickson struggled to win me over. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Still Life
Still Life (out Jul 24) follows a middle-aged council employee charged with the responsibility of organising funerals when a person has died with no friends or family. This is an immensely warm-hearted drama that is dripping with poignant moments. Eddie Marsan is fantastic is the leading role. There aren’t many films that have reduced me to tears but Still Life can now be added to that short list. Grade: A.
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 24 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Still Life & Deliver Us From Evil|
|Podcast from 17 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Sex Tape & Words And Pictures|
|Podcast from 10 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes & The Lunchbox|
|Podcast from 3 Jul 2014|
|- Reviewing Jersey Boys & Calvary|
|Podcast from 26 Jun 2014|
|- Reviewing The Last Impresario & Transformers: Age Of Extinction|