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Tully Posted by on Apr 23, 2018

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Apr 09, 18 Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

I have 1 double pass for the opening night of SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEETH DOLL, 7:30pm, Friday 13 April at Beenleigh Theatre Group, Cnr of Kent & Crete St, Beenleigh

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

“What is your favourite memory of the Summer?”

Put your answer on Twitter (with hashtag #SummerOfThe17thDoll), Facebook, or below!

But see it first at the opening night!


Come experience the seventeenth lay off season in the Leech residence in Ray Lawler’s groundbreaking Australian classic, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll this April.

Each summer for sixteen years Roo (Andrew Alley) and Barney (Ian Johnson) have flown down from the cane fields of North Queensland to the city streets of Carlton, Melbourne to spend the layoff with their sweethearts Olive (Julia Lefik) and Nancy. But on the seventeenth summer everything has changed. Tensions are high when the men arrive after a particularly trying season and Olive has recruited her respect-able work mate Pearl (Clare Wigley) to replace a recently married Nancy. These new circumstances will put their relationships to the test and force them to question the past sixteen summers.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is Beenleigh Theatre Group’s third production of their 2018 season and one you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are valued at $25.00-$35.00 

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

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Love, Simon

Mar 28, 18 Love, Simon




Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Directed by Greg Berlanti (TV’s Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (TV’s This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Thanks to 20th Century Fox Australia




This film is about so much more than coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation. In fact, what makes this movie so special is the universal theme of how to be who you truly are and live with integrity, even when you might be subject to adversity because of it. It’s a film about finding the courage within yourself to be who you truly are no matter what. This is precisely what makes the film relatable to anyone who watches it.

The theme may sound serious and heavy, but director Greg Berlanti skilfully balances humorous entertainment with real, vulnerable, and sensitive emotion. I heard this from many who watched the movie: never before has a movie made them laugh and cry so much in the span of a couple hours.

All the acting was great and nuanced, and you will definitely walk away relating to many of the characters because of it. The music was fantastic. Don’t be surprised if many of the songs are stuck in your head afterwards. And the script and dialogue will stay with you for long after you watched the film. There are some REALLY powerful moments!

I highly suggest you watch Love, Simon as soon as you can! This film has already become a cultural phenomenon of sorts, and deservedly so.

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A Wrinkle In Time

Mar 27, 18 A Wrinkle In Time



Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just want to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.

Thanks to Walt Disney Studios Australia




Children’s books will never be easy to adapt for new generations. Not just because of generational gaps of the state of mind when it was written, but also the expectation of holding filmmakers to the standard that a book indirectly sets (even if it doesn’t translate to film). While in recent years, Ava DuVernay has established herself directing impressive urban dramas (Selma, Middle of Nowhere) and finds herself stepping into the Disney fantasy land, and while young children can have fun in her world, adults may find a few more wrinkles than expected.

Ava DuVernay is very much staging an ambitious world visually, and while it’s interesting to view, it doesn’t allow enough on the surface or even depth to understand how the “wrinkles” operate. While I’m okay with the idea of the children going into a world unlike their own, I found myself asking “what is anything and why doesn’t it click like it should?” We are told many times on screen that Meg and her brother have great minds, but we never really get to see what makes them so brilliant like the film says they are. For a film that’s trying to really inspire young minds into STEM, I really feel that this wasn’t explored enough. There’s points when Meg’s brother becomes the central focus and he goes from over his years to unexplainably odd and it becomes hard to digest on screen. And as for Oprah playing the witch, it just sounds like Oprah talking like Oprah. Take what you can from that.

It’s not all bad within the world though. There’s enough colorful elements that I could see young children finding enjoyment in the fantasy world. The set pieces have some interesting ideas and surreal moments in visual repetition and ever changing geography.

A Wrinkle in Time sadly has too many wrinkles to give it a recommendation, but I wouldn’t tell people run away either. It has interesting ideas, but trouble connecting it altogether. Colourful, but maybe too intense to the eye. The heart and soul is very much seen in Ava’s work, but I feel the heart wasn’t in the right direction.

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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Mar 26, 18 The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, 6:30pm, Tuesday 10 April, at New Farm Cinemas

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

“What book would you love to discuss in a literary club?”

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

In Cinemas APRIL 19
But see it first, at the preview screening!


London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer, receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.

Thanks to Studiocanal

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Pacific Rim: Uprising

Mar 23, 18 Pacific Rim: Uprising



Jake Pentecost is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father’s legacy.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia




The movie has the robots, the badass fight scenes, the enjoyable cast of characters and all the makings of a fun time. For most part, it is. However, when compared to the first it lacks that certain reverence for its inspiration which shows most apparently when watching the action.

Character scenes aside, since the first was no winner in this department either, what Pacific Rim did amazingly well was craft gargantuan mechs and monsters that we can remember. Uprising almost feels like the director was following a checklist, but forgot to watch the first one to see how Del Toro put it all together to make it special. The result is a ‘cool’ and ‘badass’ robot v monster fight scene collection that ultimately fails to resonate.

As a sequel, it also fails to cover any new ground. This is most likely due to having to basically cast a whole new group of characters, give them scenes rather than simply starting off where the last left it. Consequently we don’t really get too much more info in terms of what or how or why things happen, only that the Kaiju are coming again and we gotta stop them.

Pacific Rim Uprising fixed the pacing issues from the original, but that’s about it. Otherwise, more doesn’t always equal better sums it up pretty well. It IS still a fun watch, especially if Jaeger v Kaiju action was what you’re looking for in the first place.

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Walking Out

Mar 19, 18 Walking Out

We have 5 double in-season passes for WALKING OUT

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

“At 14, how did you show strength and resilience?”

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

In Cinemas APRIL 5


Based on the “American Short Story Masterpiece” by David Quammen, WALKING OUT tracks fourteen-year-old David’s (Josh Wiggins) Annual visit to rural Montana to see his brooding, off-the-grid father, Cal (Matt Bomer). Separated from the comforts of home, David is reluctant and resentful as Cal plans the boy’s first big game hunt. As the pair ascend into the wilderness, Cal tried to connect with David by recounting the story of his own first kill, on his last hunting trip with his now long-dead father (Bill Pullman). After their trip is disrupted by a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, a wounded Cal realises they must both rely on David’s strength and resilience to survive.

Thanks to Icon Film Distribution

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