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Onward

Mar 17, 20 Onward
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SYNOPSIS:

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. The film also features the voices of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe and Ali Wong. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

IN CINEMAS MARCH 26

Thanks to Disney Australia & New Zealand

REVIEW:

Nerida

Back in the 90s, I absolutely loved the Toy Story films and I’ve been able to see almost every Pixar film in cinemas since then. Even sitting through cash grabs like Cars 2, I knew there would always be originality from them on the horizon. From Monsters Inc. to Coco, this is a company that knows how to tug at your heartstrings in all the right ways, working nearly every time in my opinion. Onward in their latest theatrical release and I believe they’ve done it again. Although I wouldn’t put it in the conversation of being one of their top five movies, that’s also a very difficult list to crack, so I’ll just have to settle with calling this one great instead of amazing. Oh, what a pain.

This is a story that has been done many times in different ways, so you may find the ending slightly predictable, but how they showcase the climactic events actually surprised and impressed me. Nothing really went exactly how I thought it would, but it was all very effective, fun, and incredibly emotional. If for nothing else, I praise this film for winning me over on multiple occasions. I found myself latching onto these two brothers and I was in tears by the final act. As I said, Pixar knows how to tug at your heartstrings, but it is usually always earned, and Onward is no exception.

Director and co-writer Dan Scanlon is really the reason this film exists in the first place. His actual father in real life passed away when he was very young and he has no memory of him. This fact actually made me like the film even more, because it really did feel like it was coming from a real place. The way this film wraps up, even with the mythological aspects at play, felt very real and was shown as if what they were doing was actually possible. I found how everything played out to be incredibly moving.

Overall, Onward may not be one of Pixar’s very best movies, but it’s still a great, moving film that I will probably recommend as one of the better movies of 2020 later in the year. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are very enjoyable as the voice leads and the animation is stellar as always. It almost seems pointless to talk about how great the visuals are in these movies when reviewing it because you just know Disney won’t release anything that isn’t top-notch in terms of animation. Onward is a film that is aimed at a younger audience, but it really is an adult story through and through. I might not be able to call it amazing or refer to it as a masterpiece, but I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say that I absolutely loved watching it. This one gets a big recommendation from me.  



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The Wishmas Tree

Feb 14, 20 The Wishmas Tree

I have 5 double in-season passes to THE WISHMAS TREE!

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

“What would you wish for if you had a Wishmas Tree?”

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

In Cinemas FEBRUARY 27

SYNOPSIS:

Boasting a wonderful cast, including award-winning Australian actress Miranda Tapsell (Top End Wedding, Sapphires, Love Child), international comedian Ross Noble (Freewheeling, MindBlender) and Brisbane’s Kate Murphy (Space Chickens in Space, Shopkins Wild), The Wishmas Tree follows a young possum (Tapsell) whose misguided wish for a white Wishmas not only freezes her entire hometown of Sanctuary City, but also threatens the lives of all who live there. Before the magical Wishmas Tree dies, she must undertake a perilous journey into The Wild; battling self-doubt, ghostly predators and ultimately, Extinction itself, to reverse the damage she has caused and save her city!

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The Call Of The Wild

Feb 13, 20 The Call Of The Wild

I have 5 Family Passes (admit 4) to the preview screening of THE CALL OF THE WILD, Sunday 16 February at 9:30am at Event Cinemas, Garden City

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

“What calls you into the wild?”

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

In Cinemas FEBRUARY 20
But see it first at the preview screening

SYNOPSIS:

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.

Thanks to Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox

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Fantasy Island

Feb 05, 20 Fantasy Island

I have 10 double in-season passes to FANTASY ISLAND!

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

“What would you wish for on your fantasy island?”

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

In Cinemas FEBRUARY 13

SYNOPSIS:

In Blumhouse’s new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia

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Andre Rieu – 70 Years Young Screening

Feb 03, 20 Andre Rieu – 70 Years Young Screening

I have 10 double passes to the special screenings of ANDRE RIEU’S 70 YEARS YOUNG, This coming weekend only, February 8 & 9 at Event Cinemas.

For your chance to win a double pass, answer one of the questions below:

“What do you wish to achieve by 70 years young?” OR “What is your greatest achievement in your life if you are more than 70 years young”.

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the #AndreRieu70yrsYoung, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

ONLY IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 8 & 9

SYNOPSIS:

André Rieu is celebrating a landmark birthday and is inviting Event Cinema audiences to his party!

70 YEARS YOUNG is curated by the Maestro himself – André has personally selected concert highlights from his wonderful career to create the ultimate André Rieu concert experience for his fans to enjoy. This unique anniversary celebration will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world, with some of Andre’s most memorable and beloved concert performances including Schönbrunn Vienna, Radio City Music Hall New York and the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam in their full glory on the cinema screen.

As part of the celebration, André Rieu reminisces with cinema host Charlotte Hawkins about his life, love and music, while taking his cinema audience on an exclusive tour of his home in Maastricht.

Thanks to Event Cinemas

Tickets available now!
https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/Andr%C3%A9Rieu70YearsYoung?source=toast

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A Hidden Life

Jan 29, 20 A Hidden Life

SYNOPSIS:

A HIDDEN LIFE is a cinematic event from master filmmaker Terrence Malick who brings us an extraordinarily powerful and profound true story of resistance, hope and love.

The three-time Oscar nominated director is back in sublime form and delivers a truly cinematic experience with breathtaking visuals and outstanding performances.

Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE, is the story of an unsung hero who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War Two.

When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and love for his family that keep his spirit alive.

A HIDDEN LIFE releases exclusively at Palace Cinemas on
JANUARY 30.

Thanks to Fox Searchlight Pictures

REVIEW:

Nerida

I have never seen a film like A Hidden Life. Terrence Malick is known for his unique style, but this is something else. It is one of the most grim, harrowing, mournful films I have ever seen and it is absolutely masterful. I can’t even find words to properly describe it. This is a film that you enter, that you experience, you almost feel like you’re watching a documentary.

Malick’s direction is absolutely one of a kind, brilliant, almost spiritual. The acting is phenomenal-August Diehl is terrific, and Valerie Pachner is spectacular, along with excellent supporting performances from all. The cinematography is astounding; jaw-droppingly gorgeous (either this or 1917 for best cinematography of the year), and James Newton Howard’s score is beautiful. But what sets this film apart is its emotional brutality- it is heartbreaking, grim, and absolutely brutal. And yet, throughout all of this, the courage, faith and bravery of Franz and his wife, not to mention their three little girls and Franz’s mother-is incredibly overwhelming.

The film is not without flaws-it’s needlessly too long, with some repetitive shots-but that does not take away from the fact that it is fantastic. An incredible film.

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