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The Disaster Artist

Dec 06, 17 The Disaster Artist

IN CINEMAS DECEMBER 7

SYNOPSIS:

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Thanks to Roadshow

#TheDisasterArtist

REVIEW:

Nerida:

Tommy Wiseau’s move The Room holds a special spot in my heart. Not because it was a cinematic masterpiece, but instead I was able to find entertainment in a constant mess of a movie, especially with the interactive screenings. Over the years, I’ve learned a few quotes from the movie, and looked into the behind the scenes info. I was filled with excitement for seeing The Disaster Artist come to life as a The Room fan but even the curiosity of a solid comedy.

James Franco does a great job as Tommy. A character like Tommy is virtually impossible to play by many people, but he gets as many of his mannerisms, laughs and off beat personality down. As a director, James never lets the movie laugh at Tommy all the time, but he does still inject some empathy for Tommy’s bond with Greg, and when the world pointing at his incompetence. He’s not afraid to call out Tommy either for his questionable decisions on set and how he treated his crew.

As for any setbacks, they mostly fall in a bit of a checklist feel. While it was great seeing iconic moments in the movie played out, a couple moments don’t really connect to the plot as well as others. Also the third act has a bit of a “Hollywood” slight sappy moment that feels a little rushed in emotion.

The Disaster Artist is far from a disaster and I’m happy as The Room fan to say. It’s insanely hilarious, its heart is in the right place, and shows how sometimes our art can take us in places we don’t expect.

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Coco

Nov 25, 17 Coco

We have 4 x  Family Passes (Admit 4) for the preview screening of COCO, 2:45pm, Sunday 26 November, at Event Cinemas, Chermside

For your chance to win a family pass, answer the question below:

“What is your favourite Disney•Pixar movie?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #Coco, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas DECEMBER 26
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).

Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in cinemas everywhere on Boxing Day, 2017.

Thanks to Disney•Pixar

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Paddington 2

Nov 22, 17 Paddington 2

We have 1 Family Pass (Admit 4) for the preview screening of PADDINGTON 2, with activities starting at 9:45am  for a 10:30am screening, Saturday 2 December, at Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What adventure would you like to see Paddington go on?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #Paddington2, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas DECEMBER 21
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

The much anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community spreading joy and marmalade.  While searching for a special gift for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s shop, and embarks on a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, suspicion falls on Paddington, and it’s up to him and the Browns to unmask the real thief, who appears to be a master of disguise….

Thanks to StudioCanal

www.paddington.com/au

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Wonder

Nov 20, 17 Wonder

IN CINEMAS NOVEMBER 30!

SYNOPSIS:

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Thanks to Roadshow

#ChooseKind

REVIEW:

Nerida:

 

Have you ever felt like you were the same as everybody else, but you were also different from the world? 10-year-old Auggie Pullman will tell you that while he feels extraordinary on the inside, outside, he doesn’t feel like that. He feels lonely, invisible to everyone around him. I guess, maybe we all feel like that sometimes. Maybe we’re outsiders trying to leave a mark on the world, just like Auggie. Which is why “Wonder” appeals to the underdogs in all of us. This beautiful book, which came from the riveting and honest imagination of author R.J. Palacio, has touched the lives of millions of readers of all ages (though I haven’t read it….).   I can’t imagine anyone, kid or adult, ever being disappointed with this endearing adaptation of a beloved book that has great messages of never judging a person by their looks and to always choose kind, which is something that we all need to learn from in this day and age.

With convincing prosthetics and makeup that makes look nearly unrecognisable, the Jacob Tremblay  is brilliant as Auggie. “Wonder” is a tough-minded film that reminded so much of how I used to love the classic family films I grew up with. A movie that doesn’t dwell on special effects, talking animals or a big budget, but has deeper thoughts and real themes that enthrals the inner kid in all of us. It’s moving, funny and tenderhearted in an authentic way that shows us that we have to see through the eyes and soul of another person, rather than seeing what that person looks like. It also helps by having a great writer/director and a terrific, well-chosen cast who care for this story that it never goes over the top with the emotions and it never goes down a conventional, melodramatic and saccharine path. Every moment of emotion fits like a puzzle and convincingly flows in every scene.

What I love most about the movie, is the fact that the team from Roadshow have established the #CHOOSEKIND movement which encourages people to create and spread more kindness in the world. The movement hopes to build a positive and inspirational social change across Australia and New Zealand, inspiring people to practice random acts of kindness every day. Head to choosekind.org.au to learn how to ChooseKind every day, and sign the pledge – something everyone should get behind.

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Justice League

Nov 17, 17 Justice League

In Cinemas NOW!

SYNOPSIS:

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Thanks to Roadshow

REVIEW:

Nerida:

DC is cleaning up its past mistakes. This is the filmmakers going away from the gritty modern style established in “Man of Steel” and going back to the classic light feel reminiscent of Rich Donner’s “Superman” from ’78. If you thought “Batman v Superman” was disappointing, then have no fear. Joss Whedon is here to make things more… hopeful… Yeah, that would be word. Hopeful, lighthearted and more like the old classic superhero stories. All the bad decisions made in previous movies are now starting to get undone. And that’s really good. They should have started out this way, but at least they now know what the right direction is. We owe a lot to “Wonder Woman” for that. Too bad the studio told them to not go over two hours with the run-time. Because that’s what ultimately hurt the movie the most. There’s a strange rushed feeling throughout it. Lots of new characters are introduced within a short time and before you notice you are already watching the final fight. That’s the real issue here. It brushes over things quickly and you don’t get much out of it. It’s entertaining but, there’s no weight or a good enough connection to what’s going on. Everything is just decent. But, hey! This is the Justice League! It should be more than just fine… Right? Well, this is what we got. And it could have been way worse. You can watch it and not be too bothered.

I liked the characters. They are all performed well. Flash is the one that I think could have been a little stronger. This is an interpretation of him being awkward and an outcast. He had his moments of being somewhat too weird, but I did laugh at most of it. Aquaman didn’t get enough time, but I’m fine with the direction they went with. It was fun to see the League interact. At times I forgot about the actors and just saw the comic book heroes instead. And that’s a good sign. Still, this movie is messing with me with conflicting thoughts. I liked the characters and many visuals, but the story and overall pacing is rushing instead of being effective. I didn’t feel the important impacts of major scenes. I wish I did. The best fight is actually the one during the beginning bank heist scene. It never got that good again. In the end I’ll say that it isn’t bad. It’s a decent popcorn movie that for once would have benefited having a longer run-time. Just so that we could feel the importance of the Justice League forming for the first time. The good news are that the future of the DCEU might be in good hands now. We’ll see, but I hope so.

 

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Shot Caller & Sweet Virginia

Nov 15, 17 Shot Caller & Sweet Virginia

We have 2 combined prize packs for in-season passes to both SHOT CALLER and SWEET VIRGINIA.

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“Which of the two movies are you more excited to see and why?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (with the hashtag #IconFilmPrizePack, tagging @reviewbrisbane so we see it), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas NOVEMBER 30

SYNOPSIS:

 

SHOT CALLER:

Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a successful businessman, who after a killing a man in a DUI car accident is sent to a maximum-security prison where he soon realises he must adapt or die. SHOT CALLER explores the human condition and how far one man will go to protect his family.

SWEET VIRGINIA:

When former rodeo champ-turned-motel-owner Sam (Jon Bernthal) befriends Elwood (Christopher Abbott), he is unaware that the man is responsible for a spate of violence that has suddenly gripped their small Alaskan town. Two women (Imogen Poots and Rosemarie DeWitt) are widowed, but all may not be as it seems. Written by the China brothers, SWEET VIRGINIA offers a terse and dark journey, filled with haunted souls.

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution

 

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