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Logan Lucky

Aug 08, 17 Logan Lucky

In Cinemas AUGUST 17

SYNOPSIS:

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Thanks to Roadshow Films

#LoganLucky

REVIEW:

Nerida:

 

Steven Soderbergh sure knows how to do a good heist film. Is everyone going to link this to the Oceans 11-13 franchise just like I am? Yes. Does Soderbergh know this? Yes – this is why he even made some jokes about this fact within the film. Does this mean it’s just a reboot and doesn’t bring anything new to the game? I’ll answer “No” with that one.

Logan Lucky brings together performers at the top of their game to give us a is a well constructed, charming, witty, and laugh-out-loud funny film. It really is the actors – Tatum and Driver as fantastic leads – that brings the film together. The central key players are then surrounded by supporting players who are just as critical to the whole feel of the film, showcasing the goofy, but humanly flawed, honest, and real characters. You can’t help but love to hate Seth MacFarlane’s character.

Daniel Craig really needs to be singled out amongst all these amazing performances however. You have NEVER seen Craig like this before – both literally in terms of looks, and in his personality. You get the sense that Craig is actually having fun in this role, being electric charged and bouncy – makes the brooding, ultra-serious Bond feel incredibly lacklustre. It is impossible not to fall in love with him. Soderbergh’s jokey “And introducing …” credit for the actor feels oddly appropriate; this is Craig reborn and renewed.

The film doesn’t take itself seriously – with all the jokes making fun of itself, the genre, the actors, and the director – but I think it adds to the experience that Soderbergh creates. I enjoyed it, and I think you will as well.

 

 

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The Big Sick

Jul 26, 17 The Big Sick

 

In Cinemas AUGUST 3

SYNOPSIS:

When Emily (Zoe Kazan) contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Thanks to Roadshow Films

#TheBigSick

REVIEW:

Nerida:

This film depicts a couple’s challenge in grappling with the cultural differences of their Pakistani and white American families in this portrayal of the protagonist’s real-life relationship. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan are wonderful in their respective performances as the couple that gradually weaves together an amazing story. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are equally splendid as the parents of the girlfriend. In fact, there are no weak links in the cast.

It’s a film that goes from being a diverting portrayal of the life of a stand-up comic to a romance story to an allegory on overcoming cultural barriers in the United States. The tonal shifts might seem extreme at first, but they gradually cement a powerful narrative that makes for a lot of laughs but also becomes bittersweet and endearing without resorting to a hint of sentimentality.

The film takes on a new form when the girlfriend is beset with a severe illness. From there, the comedy aspect gradually becomes something of a supporting part to a deeper character study and exploration of family and cultural pressures even in the face of unanticipated grave events. You will laugh, you will be close to tears and you might engage in your own introspection after watching this film. Brilliantly written and beautifully acted, this one is from the heart. Recommended to the highest degree.

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The Trip To Spain

Jul 25, 17 The Trip To Spain

 

We have 10 double passes for the preview screening of THE TRIP TO SPAIN, 6:30pm, Wednesday August 2, at Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly

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

“What’s your favourite Spanish dish?”

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

In Cinemas AUGUST 3
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

Rob and Steve are back. Six meals in six different places on a road trip through Spain from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast- visiting Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, Rioja, Castile La Mancha and ending in Andalucia.

Steve, now turned 50, is still chasing love – he wants to get back together with his ex-girlfriend Mischa, but she is with another man. Rob’s acting career is going from strength to strength, his family life is fulfilling – he has had another child since Steve last saw him.

Steve has just starred as a chef in a US TV series and is asked to do a set of restaurant reviews in Spain to publicise the show. As usual Rob will write the newspaper articles, this time using Don Quixote as inspiration. Meanwhile Steve is hoping to write a more ambitious book based on this trip and his earlier experiences in Spain. He imagines himself in the tradition of writers such as Orwell, Hemingway, and Laurie Lee. After all, Steve is now an Oscar nominated writer.

Thanks to MadMan Films

http://www.thetriptospain.com.au

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Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Jul 24, 17 Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Celebrations

 

We have 2 double passes for the screening of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, from 6:30 for a 7:30pm screening, Friday 28 July, at Schonell Theatre, St Lucia

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

“What’s your favourite Bee Gees song??”

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

Only ONE screening at the cinema!

SYNOPSIS:

Get down and boogie – celebrate 40 years of the iconic disco movie SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

On Friday 28 July, catch a special screening of the newly-restored Director’s Cut of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Schonell Theatre, St Lucia, Brisbane.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the ‘quintessential’ disco movie is back on the big screen – digitally remastered in high resolution and looking better than ever – with extra footage re-added under the guidance of the film’s director, John Badham. These scenes were removed before the original 1977 premiere.

Arrive from 6.30pm for pre-movie disco dancing with Kristian Fletcher – Brisbane’s Prince of Retro – and relive classic disco hits of the late Seventies.

Following this is a screening of the new Director’s Cut of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at 7.30pm

The plot? A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.

The idea for the film came from an article in New York magazine, and the finished product showcases the music, dancing and subculture surrounding the ‘disco era’.

Starring John Travolta in his breakthrough performance as Tony Manero. With a soundtrack of Bee Gees hits including Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love and many more!

Can you dig it? Prizes for best dressed, so get creative!

Tickets $15 + booking fee (15+ event)

Book your tickets now at www.kristianfletcher.com

 

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Dunkirk

Jul 24, 17 Dunkirk

 

In Cinemas JULY 20

SYNOPSIS:

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Thanks to Roadshow Films

#Dunkirk

REVIEW:

Nerida:

There is no doubt Nolan is a master of his craft. He really flexes his thematic muscles on every project. Amazing imagery and always has an impressive knack for telling a story. Stunning cinematography and A+ acting, easily one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen. The more I recount it tho the more I am sure it was a love letter to the UK, which is a pretty charming sentiment. It seemed like a showcase of Brit grit in the face of overwhelming odds. Honestly at some points I felt I was watching a visual representation of a history textbook. Not really what I was expecting, but immensely entertaining. A very vague plot if one at all, just a series of truly jaw dropping events and character reaction. But maybe that’s the point? Colourful examples of bravery and cowardice in the face of monumental situations; with unfortunately predictable reactions. But what are we to expect from a director who has mastered the alternative mind-bending fiction which has won our hearts for years?

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The Black Prince

Jul 16, 17 The Black Prince

 

We have 10 double in-season passes for THE BLACK PRINCE

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

“What is your destiny in life?”

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

In Cinemas JULY 21

SYNOPSIS:

THE BLACK PRINCE is based on a true story of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the boy King of Punjab before it was annexed by the British Empire in the mid-19th century. He was torn from his throne, separated from his mother, and sent to be raised in England at the age of 15. Now a young man haunted by broken memories of his early past, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in Britain, seeking out his long-lost mother to answer his burning questions. Duleep makes a daring journey of self-discovery in order to reclaim his identity, his faith, and the Kingdom that is rightfully his. Reconverting back to Sikhism leaves him spiritually free, but in the end, he is unable to defeat the mighty British Empire. His struggle inspired Sikhs to continue the fight for freedom until India regained its independence from British Imperialism in 1947 and the Sikh Kingdom was divided into India and Pakistan.

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