Mini Review - Banksy Does New York
Banksy Does New York (out Apr 23) is a documentary about an acclaimed graffiti artist who quietly places a series of art pieces across New York City. Asking questions about the value of modern day art, it's a film that provided me with plenty of conversation starters. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (out Apr 23) sees our beloved superheroes create their own villain to defeat. Iron Man is to blame but thankfully the others are willing to forgive and forget. The film takes a long time to establish itself and character development is underdone. The creative action sequences try to compensate. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Boychoir
Boychoir (out Apr 23) is the story of a shy, troubled 12-year-old who joins an elite choir school and becomes their star student. Yes, it's full of clichés. Yes, it's trying too hard to win over the audience. I didn't care though. The honest, heartfelt performances from the whole cast won me over. Newcomer Garrett Wareing is terrific. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Testament Of Youth
Testament Of Youth (out Apr 23) follows a young British college student who finds her life forever changed as a result of World War I. It's based on the acclaimed memoir of Vera Brittain. The performances are adequate but the story has a familiarity that's difficult to shake. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - '71
'71 (out Apr 23) follows a young, inexperienced British soldier who attacked by Catholic protestors in Belfast. Separated from his comrades, he must work out who to trust so as to find a way home. Part historical drama and part action thriller, ’71 makes for gripping viewing. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - The Age Of Adaline
The Age Of Adaline (out Apr 16) is a satisfying fantasy about a 29-year-old woman who has stopped aging. To maintain her secret, she moves around the world and closes her heart to any advancing suitor. Blake Lively gives a beautiful performance in the lead role and helps you appreciate how difficult her life has been. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (out Apr 16) sees Kevin James's character head to Vegas and get caught up in a casino robbery. The story is boring and the opening is too serious. There are a few laughs in the later stages but that's the only recommendation I can offer. Grade: C.
Mini Review - It Follows
It Follows (out Apr 16) is a very effective low-budget horror film about a "presence" that is trying to kill a young college student. The only way she can "pass it on" is to sleep with someone. It doesn't quite stick the landing but it's a cool premise that makes great use of music. 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 23 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing Avengers: Age Of Ultron & '71|
|Podcast from 16 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing The Gunman & While We're Young|
|Podcast from 9 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing The Longest Ride & X+Y|
|Podcast from 2 Apr 2015|
|- Reviewing Fast & Furious 7 & The DUFF|
|Podcast from 26 Mar 2015|
|- Reviewing A Little Chaos & Cinderella|