Mini Review - Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 (out Nov 26) is an unadventurous, moderately likable sequel to the 2012 original. Dracula works hard to prove that his half vampire / half human son has the ability to fly. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Crow's Egg
The Crow's Egg (out Nov 26) is an Indian comedy about two brothers from a poor family who are looking to taste pizza for the first time. It paints an interesting picture of India but it's a battle to drag this idea out to the film's 90 minute running time. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - 99 Homes
99 Homes (out Nov 19) is an American drama about two men who evict people from their homes, on behalf of banks, in pursuit of profit. It's repetitive in places but the messages are important and the performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon are impressive. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Program
The Program (out Nov 26) is a drama that chronicles how Lance Armstrong created the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Told also from the perspective of an Irish sports journalist (who is the more interesting character), the film highlights that money and power in sport often leads to corruption. Don't ignore it. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (out Nov 19) isn’t offering much in terms of new storylines. It asks a few interesting questions (e.g. is it worth sacrificing civilian casualties in pursuit of a greater good?) but is unwilling to provide meaningful answers. Suzanne Collins's final novel didn't have the same sense of urgency and excitement as its predecessors. My thoughts on this final movie are essentially the same. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Absolutely Anything
Absolutely Anything (out Nov 19) is a silly, poorly thought out comedy about a man (Simon Pegg) who is given the power to do anything and uses it to seduce a woman in his apartment building (Kate Beckinsale). It marks the final film of Robin Williams (he plays a talking dog) but I can't think of another reason to see it. Grade: C.
Mini Review - Secret In Their Eyes
Secret In Their Eyes (out Nov 19) is based on the superb Oscar winning Argentinean film, El secreto de sus ojos. It’s nice to see the story told again but this remake can’t match the power of the original. The ending is over dramatized and the film's romantic angles are hard to buy given the stiff dialogue. This is still an engaging thriller though and offers much to think about in terms of grief and ethics. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Knight Of Cups
Knight Of Cups (out Nov 12) is from reclusive director Terrence Malick and is about planes, helicopters, water, plants, architecture, whispering, narration and a silent Christian Bale. Make of it what you will. Would love to slip this into the hard drive of cinemas showing Spectre to see how mainstream audiences would react. Grade: C+.
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 19 Nov 2015|
|- Reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 & Secret In Their Eyes|
|Podcast from 12 Nov 2015|
|- Reviewing Spectre & He Named Me Malala|
|Podcast from 5 Nov 2015|
|- Reviewing Freeheld & Man Up|
|Podcast from 29 Oct 2015|
|- Reviewing The Dressmaker & The Last Witch Hunter|
|Podcast from 22 Oct 2015|
|- Reviewing Bridge Of Spies & Burnt|