Mini Review - Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne (out Jul 28) is the 5th film in the long-running franchise. Director Paul Greengrass uses exciting, elaborate chase sequences to compensate for the weak, not-so-interesting narrative. Many sequences will provide adrenalin to action junkies but the cyborg-like Bourne, void of any weaknesses, is becoming a tired character. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Embrace Of The Serpent
Embrace of the Serpent (out Jul 28) is the first film from Colombia to be nominated at the Academy Awards for best foreign language film. It's a beautifully shot drama inspired by the travels of two explorers who befriended a group of Amazonian tribes during the early 20th Century. Providing a voice to a group of people seldom seen on the big screen, this is a must-see. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Lights Out
Lights Out (out Jul 21) is a creative, effective horror film about a paranormal being terrorising a family. It is scared of light and so it will do whatever is necessary to make sure the lights are indeed out. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond (out Jul 21) is a mixed bag. You know the characters are going to survive but the bleak scenario will still leave you asking the question - “how the hell are they going to get out this?" Unfortunately, the film weakens in the second half with a standard action finale and little character progression. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship (out Jul 21) is based on one of Jane Austen's lesser known works. This is a delightful, entertaining comedy filled with wonderful dialogue. Some characters are manipulating, some characters are being manipulated, and some characters are powerlessly watching the manipulation unfold. Kate Beckinsale & Tom Bennett are the pick of the cast. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Swiss Army Man
Swiss Army Man (out Jul 14) is a peculiar drama about a man on a deserted island (Paul Dano) who befriends a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that washes up on the beach. It wins points for being different but it's a story that I didn't find particularly fulfilling. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Sing Street
Sing Street (out Jul 14) is set in 1985 and follows a high school student from a poor neighbourhood in Dublin who forms a band to win the affection of a girl. This is a simple, funny, sweet, beautiful film. Directed by John Carney (Once), it's filled with great 1980s music and a bunch of new songs that I'm still humming. A movie for anyone and everyone. Grade: A.
Mini Review - Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters (out Jul 14) is no masterpiece but it's a still an enjoyable comedy that pays homage to the original while also creating a bunch of new characters. The biggest surprise is that the lesser known Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones outshine both Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. 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 21 Jul 2016|
|- Reviewing Love & Friendship & Star Trek Beyond|
|Podcast from 14 Jul 2016|
|- Reviewing Ghostbusters & Our Kind Of Traitor|
|Podcast from 7 Jul 2016|
|- Reviewing Goldstone & The Legend Of Tarzan|
|Podcast from 30 Jun 2016|
|- Reviewing The BFG & Central Intelligence|
|Podcast from 23 June 2016|
|- Reviewing Independence Day: Resurgence & Everybody Wants Some|