Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017

Aug 29, 17 Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017

 

We have 5 double passes to the preview of the LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017, Thursday 7 September,  6:30pm at Palace Barracks Cinemas, for the film INDIVISIBLE (INDIVISIBILI).

For your chance to win a prize, simply answer the following question:

“What film do you want to see at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017?”

Post your answer on our Facebook page, on Twitter, on Instagram (#ItalianFF, tagging @reviewbrisbane) or below!

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Season runs 20 September – 8 October

Synopsis:

The 18th Lavazza Italian Film Festival (LIFF) screens at Palace Barracks and Centro cinemas from 20 September – 8 October, showcasing a huge program of Italian cinema. LIFF is thrilled to have Milan-born Italian/Australian actor Greta Scacchi on board as this year’s Festival Ambassador.  For the first time, the festival is also honoured to introduce the Bulgari Critics’ Choice Award; a new prize to celebrate Italian contemporary cinema with an exceptional partner emblematic of Italian excellence – Bulgari.

Program highlights include the Opening Night Gala featuring Italian Golden Globes award-winning comedy LET YOURSELF GO! (LASCIATI ANDARE). This year’s Centrepiece is the David di Donatello Award-winning INDIVISIBLE (INDIVISIBILI), the story of conjoined twin sisters who are gifted with beautiful voices. The festival closes with LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (LA VITA È BELLA), an effervescent, uplifting, comedic and tragic film by Italy’s king of slapstick Roberto Benigni.

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Thanks to Palace Cinemas

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Gifted

Aug 23, 17 Gifted

 

In Cinemas AUGUST 31

SYNOPSIS:

Frank Adler’s (Chris Evans) plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

Thanks to Roadshow Films

REVIEW:

Nerida:

Marc Webb is developing a nice little career for himself. Gifted has a keen sense of emotional weight, even if it’s ultimately a tad melodramatic with some clunky dialogue.

 

By far the best thing about ‘Gifted’ are the performances. Amidst the soap opera-ish story are the touching performances from Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace. This story only works if these two have great chemistry and you believe in their relationship. Both of them clearly had a blast filming with each other and developed a sweet back and forth. The one detractor being that the dialogue they are given isn’t all that effective. Tom Flynn doesn’t have a ton of experience working on feature films, and it shows here. I’m also a bit stumped by the use of a shake-cam in some scenes – we’re not filming an action film, or a horror movie here – this just took away from the experience.

 

The film always has good intentions, as do all of the characters, and in that way it feels safe. It’s a predictable story with enough likeable qualities to get by, but it could have probably taken a few more chances here and there. Funny enough, the film is about a young child who’s smarter than she should be, and that’s kind of similar to the film overall. It’s an innocent film that tries to be smarter and more thought provoking than it really has a right to be.

 

However, as I stated before, the film’s heart lies with Evans and Grace. Their comradery is undeniable and thus there are quite a few powerful scenes. With all of his outings as Captain America, you don’t get to see this side of Chris Evans, so I’m grateful this film gave us that. Webb does a nice job of getting an uncharacteristically emotional turn from Evans, and a funny, touching, and surprising turn from the young Grace. Overall, it’s not going to knock anyone’s socks off, but it definitely puts a smile on your face and maybe even gets a few tears out of you.

 

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Girls Trip

Aug 22, 17 Girls Trip

 

 

We have 25 double passes for the preview screening of GIRLS TRIP, 6:30pm, Monday August 28, at Event Cinmeas Myer Centre

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

“Where do you want to go on your next girls/guys trip?”

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

In Cinemas AUGUST 31
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia

www.girlstripmovie.com.au

 

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Aug 22, 17 The Hitman’s Bodyguard

In Cinemas AUGUST 24

SYNOPSIS:

The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.

Thanks to Roadshow Films

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REVIEW:

Nerida:

Do you like Samuel L. Jackson’s “mother-trucker” personae?  Do you enjoy Ryan Reynolds charming-roguish personae?  Do you think it would fun if these two mismatched personas were matched together in a buddy picture?  If so, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the film for you.

Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3), The Hitman’s Bodyguard delivers EXACTLY what you want/expect it to deliver.  A fun, action-y romp with Ryan Reynolds being charming and roguish (and a bit “put upon”) while Samuel L. Jackson chews every scene that he is in while (very) frequently sprinkling in his trademark “mother-trucker” lines in each scene.

There is not much new here.  The plot and destination is irrelevant (and Gary Oldman professionally mails in his “bad guy” role to emphasise just how irrelevant it is).  It is the JOURNEY to the destination that matters and like other “mismatched folks on the run” films like Midnight Run, this one creates a journey that is well worth watching.  The pair in the lead are terrific together, and play off each other well.  The action is “good enough” (but, again, nothing new) and by the end, I found myself rooting for these two – and had a good time along the way.

Special notice should be made of Salma Hayek who does her best Samuel L. Jackson imitation in the role of SLJ’s wife, trying to match him beat for beat (or “mother-trucker” for “mother-trucker”) and, while she doesn’t always succeed, it is fun to watch her try.

A very enjoyable – if forgettable – way to spend a few hours.

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Small Town Killers

Aug 21, 17 Small Town Killers

We have 5 double in-season passes for SMALL TOWN KILLERS

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

“When have you underestimated someone?”

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

In Cinemas AUGUST 31

SYNOPSIS:

Danish comedy SMALL TOWN KILLERS, releasing on 31st August, follows two craftsmen who are tired of their lifeless and sexless marriages. After a fight with their other halves, they drunkenly hire a Russian hitman to kill their wives, planning to live it up afterwards with their secret stash of cash. They badly underestimate their spouses (as husbands often do), and end up being chased by the hired killer themselves.

Thanks to IconFilms

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