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Feb 22, 18 Game Night

IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 22

SYNOPSIS:

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

Thanks to Roadshow

#GameNight

REVIEW:

Nerida

Game Night may not be a great film by any stretch of the imagination – to be granted I wasn’t expecting much heading in…but it’s definitely a fun and an entertaining ride from beginning to the very end. Lamorne Morris and Billy Magnussen are some of the obvious standouts among the film’s enjoyable cast of characters, but Jesse Plemons is the true MVP, stealing every single one of his scenes with ease. The film isn’t without its problems, with the convoluted third act jumping the shark almost to the point of parody, and not all of the jokes land (although most do thanks to the cast’s great comedic timing), but nonetheless Game Night makes for a perfectly fun time at the movies.

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Black Panther

Feb 19, 18 Black Panther

IN CINEMAS NOW!

SYNOPSIS:

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Thanks to Marvel Australia & New Zealand

#BlackPanther

REVIEW:

Nerida

Going into this film I just assumed that this would be your average Marvel superhero film with some social commentary tacked on, but i was actually pleasantly surprised. This is a film that, for a superhero film, is fairly unique whilst still familiar to what we love about Marvel – the plot points are pretty much stock standard.

On the whole, the film is an enjoyable experience. The effects are brilliant, but not too in-your-face (except maybe in the last fight scene, where they did get a bit over the top), and this is a much more human film than a lot of other superhero movies, with lots of character interaction and bonding. The social commentary on race is well inserted and doesn’t feel too overbearing in the film. The acting is superb all around, as are the overall characterisations, and overall I found it fairly difficult to really fault the film. Special shout out to the costuming department – Black Panther’s new suit, and the different tribal dress were amazing.

However, whilst it does a lot of things very well, there is nothing that it does exceptionally. At no point in the film did I think ‘wow, this is the best thing ever’, more ‘yeah this is pretty good’. Whilst a fun film to watch, it isn’t really one I would watch again or remember watching in the future.

Overall I would definitely recommend this film, even if you aren’t a big Marvel fan, as it is a well written, well acted movie that can make for thought-provoking movie – just don’t go in expecting to see the greatest movie ever made.

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Lady Bird

Feb 14, 18 Lady Bird

IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 15

SYNOPSIS:

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mUm (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia

#LadyBird

REVIEW:

Nerida:

Every one of us can remember their senior year of high school. For some of us, it was great, for others it wasn’t. No matter what the quality of that year was, we all experienced adulthood for the first time and prepared for our lives to change forever. Lady Bird tells this exact story through the eyes of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson as she tries to carve her own path while also trying to navigate the pressures of her final year in high school.

The story is very relatable and filled with emotion – perhaps too much so being someone who graduated from a all-girls catholic high school in 2003. The connections between characters are stunning and give the film a very authentic feel. We witness Lady Bird’s story from beginning to end, letting us as the audience relive our senior years as she is living hers.

The film does follow into small traps when it comes to introducing and dealing with its characters. Some are given too little screen time to make a big enough difference, and some are given too much screen time and end up making up no difference. There is also some conventional/predictable moments that should have been changed or omitted in order for the film to distance itself more from the coming of age genre, and also story lines and characters that you don’t see the resolve to.

The greatest contributor to this film is Great Gerwig as both the writer and director. She expertly knows how to write authentic dialogue for teenagers. None of it sounds fake or written by an adult trying to emulate what teens sound like. She also uses the camera to make the film have a grounded and time appropriate look to it.

This film is littered with great acting in both large and supporting roles. Saoirse Ronan knocks it out of the park as the titular lead. She plays the role with command and confidence, which translates well into her best scenes, all of which come when Laurie Metcalf is present. Metcalf is brilliant as the constrained mother that’s trying her best to keep the family afloat during tough times. She shares excellent chemistry with Ronan and the two of them make for one of the best mother-daughter stories in film.

Other great performances come from Tracy Letts as Lady Bird’s father who is the reserved figure in a house occupied by two women with “strong personalities.” Lucas Hedges follows up his great performance last year in Manchester By the Sea with another respectable turn here as Lady Bird’s first boyfriend, Danny.

Lady Bird is a film that doesn’t invent anything new in the teenage coming of age story genre, but it greatly improves on everything before it. Wonderful performances all around and great directing make this a must-see during the crowded awards season.

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Finding Your Feet

Feb 06, 18 Finding Your Feet

I have 10 double passes for the preview screening of FINDING YOUR FEET, 6:30pm, Tuesday 13 February, at New Farm Cinemas

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

“What is your favourite song to dance to?”

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

In Cinemas FEBRUARY 22
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling.

But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet… and romance.

Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, FINDING YOUR FEET is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018

Thanks to EOne ANZ

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I, Tonya

Jan 30, 18 I, Tonya

IN CINEMAS NOW!

SYNOPSIS:

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Thanks to Roadshow

#ITonya

REVIEW:

Nerida:

The trailer for this film did its job and wow did this film not disappoint on what was pitched in those trailers. I personally did not know the whole story in-depth of Tonya Harding primarily because I was only young when “the incident” happened -however after watching this I am intrigued with her story, even if its from many unreliable view points.

Firstly the directing in this film is fantastic from start to finish, Craig Gillespie has done a brilliant job with this film there is not a fault with it. He has managed to capture the high intensity of the skating scenes which a brilliantly shot to the much more slow paced character moments. Neither type of scene seems out of place, rushed or to slow. He as a director is definitely on my radar!

The Cast is brilliant all around however I’m going to focus on the three main players of the film. Firstly Margot Robbie, who is time and again proving that she is a fantastic young actress and will go on to do great things in the future. Her performance is fantastic, its so good that you very quickly get over the fact that its her and you accept that its actually Tonya there. She embodies the character extremely well and leaves and ever last impression, you feel almost sympathy to her as if she is actually the victim? It is her best work to date. Next Allison Janney, now this actress does not get enough big roles for me, she is extremely underrated and deserves much more praise then she get. This is her best performance that I’ve seen, even though she is playing and extremely horrible person. Coupled together with the dialogue and the ridiculous outfits, that are perfect, she is a shining light in the film and 100% deserves some type of award absolutely brilliant. Lastly is Sebastian Stan who is again brilliant and even though he portrays a man that does terrible things, you again feel a strange sympathy towards him because he didn’t mean it to happen, well he says he didn’t but we should take that with a pinch of salt. Stan is fantastic!

Overall I wasn’t expecting much from this film even though the trailers looked promising, I was blown away by this film it is extremely good and it has a great re-watachability to it. This film is very good, extremely funny at times but does a serious side to it at times and so it should. With all the awards talk, it’s definitely worth checking out to see for yourself!

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Good Morning Vietnam

Jan 25, 18 Good Morning Vietnam

I have 1 double pass for the special screening of GOOD MORNING VIETNAM as part of the IN THE HOUSE CULT FILM CLASSICS, 7pm, Friday 2 February, at Event Cinemas, Myer Centre

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

“What’s your favourite Robin Williams film and why?”

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

ONE NIGHT ONLY ON THE BIG SCREEN!

SYNOPSIS:

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

As part of the In The House Classics Festival, For Good Morning Vietnam there a photo booth set up in the foyer to get photos with, along with a little trivia game before the film starts and a few giveaways in cinema! It’s going to be such a fun night and a great start to the season!

https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/InTheHouseCultFilmClassics

Thanks to Event Cinemas Myer Centre

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