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The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie is receiving terrific reviews (it’s currently 97% on Rotten Tomatoes) and I recently caught up with Chris McKay (the film’s editor and animation director) to talk about the film. You can check it out by clicking here.
 

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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 17 April 2014
- Reviewing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & The Invisible Woman
Podcast from 10 April 2014
- Reviewing Muppets Most Wanted & The Grand Budapest Hotel
Podcast from 3 April 2014
- Reviewing The Lego Movie & Captain America: Winter Soldier
Podcast from 27 March 2014
- Reviewing Noah & Mr Peabody And Sherman
Podcast from 20 March 2014
- Reviewing Wadjda & Cuban Fury
 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out Apr 17) is poor. Almost every subplot is underdeveloped. The villains are confusing with no real plans. Emma Stone, who had plenty to do in the 2012 reboot, feels like a token love interest this time around. It culminates with a big action finale that is just a mess of sound and visual effects (with an overuse of slow motion). A shame. Grade: C+.

 

The Invisible Woman (out Apr 17) is scrutinises the relationship between a 45-year-old Charles Dickens and an 18-year-old woman named Ellen Ternan. This is a satisfying romantic drama that explores a very complex relationship. Did they have any chance at a happy ending? Grade: B+.

 

Only Lovers Left Alive (out Apr 17) stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston has two vampire lovers trying to conceal their identity while ensuring they enough blood for the next meal. It was a little slow for my liking but seeing these two great actors have fun with the premise makes it worth your attention. Grade: B.

 

Chinese Puzzle (out Apr 17) is the third film in the "Spanish Apartment" series and its by far the weakest. Xavier travels to New York in search of inspiration and also to spend time with his two children (currently living with his ex-wife). These characters were more interesting as youngsters and the subplots in this installment didn't offer much. Grade: C+.

 

Any Day Now (out Apr 10) is set in the 1970s follows a gay couple's attempts to adopt a disabled child. A few scenes will pull at the heartstrings but there are some moments which feels a little too manipulative, one-sided. A great leading performance from Alan Cumming. Grade: B-.

 

Divergent (out Apr 10) is set in the not-too-distant future where citizens are categorized into groups and then controlled by an interfering government. I don't mind the idea but I struggled to buy into this world. Too many gaps, too many elements that didn't ring true. Grade: B-.

 

Muppets Most Wanted (out Apr 10) centres on an evil frog and his submissive henchman who use try to frame the Muppets in "greatest robbery of all time". The musical numbers aren't as memorable and it lacks the charm of Amy Adams and Jason Segel. I still had fun though. Tina Fey is a welcome inclusion. Grade: B+.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (out Apr 10) will be familiar to any Wes Anderson fan because of its quality cast, quirky storyline and distinctive style. I'm describing it as a screwball crime caper with a layer of sentimentality. Quaint, charming and poignant. A film to be enjoyed multiple times. Grade: A-.

 

The Missing Picture (out now) is a creatively told documentary that uses a mix of video footage and clay models to recount the atrocities that took place in Cambodia in the late 1970s under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Nominated at the Academy Awards for best foreign language film. Grade: B+.

 

The Lego Movie (out Apr 3) is one of the most creative animated features in recent years. The cute story serves as a metaphor for life, the characters offer laughs for all-ages, and the animation is superb (generated with a computer but looks like stop-motion). Grade: A-.

 
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