Molly’s Game

Jan 10, 18 Molly’s Game

I have 10  double passes for the preview screening of MOLLY’S GAME, 6:30pm, Monday 22 January, at New Farm Cinemas

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

“What’s your favourite game to play?”

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

In Cinemas FEBRUARY 1
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

Starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly’s Game tells the thrilling true story of Molly Bloom, the mastermind behind a glamorous, underground poker empire whose players included the rich, famous and most powerful men in America. In a career-best performance, Chastain portrays Molly as she transforms herself into the “poker princess”, running high-stakes games in LA and New York. But Molly’s world comes crashing down when the FBI come after her, suspecting ties to the Russian mob.

Academy Award winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) delivers a quick-witted, fiery directorial debut with this riveting portrait of a smart, talented young woman who gambled everything, won big, then lost it all.

Thanks to EOne ANZ

www.MollysGame.com.au

REVIEW:

Nerida:

It’s no shock that Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut has one of the best screenplays and one of the most fast-paced but intricately thought out plots of the year. Molly’s game not only is a fascinating biopic but an impressively acted piece all around, but particularly with Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain.

Molly Bloom, a former olympic worthy skier, became the leader of the world’s most exclusive and underground poker game in the world. That in itself is a fascinating story worthy of sort sort of film. But couple that with the fact that the poker players included some of the most famous actors, athletes, musicians, and Wall Street representatives in the world makes Molly’s Game addicting to watch. It’s hard to take your eyes off the events as it never seems to let up. Even if it’s over 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film never stops being interesting.

That’s in large part thanks to Sorkin’s direction of the lengthy dialogue scenes, particularly the sequences involving Elba and Chastain’s back and forth in an office. Sometimes all it takes to progress the plot and provide a jolt of energy is putting two incredible actors in the same room. Yes, those scenes are impeccably written, but it also brings this larger than life story back to reality and adds humanity to the main character of Molly.

Complementing those scenes are a few involving Molly’s father played by Kevin Costner. It’s an impressive feat to get a grown man to tear up and feel emotion towards a person who’s out of the realm of relatability, but that’s not the case at all. Molly Bloom goes through quite the arc in this film, and it all comes back to the incredible adaptation that Sorkin does with this screenplay. Performances, writing, and a brilliant direction from Sorkin makes Molly’s Game a thrilling, yet also emotionally satisfying piece of cinema.

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The BBQ

Jan 09, 18 The BBQ

I have 5 admit-4 passes for the preview screening of THE BBQ, 6:00pm, Wednesday 17 January, at Event Cinemas Myer Centre

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

“What is your favourite BBQ food?”

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

Laid-back suburban everyman Darren “Dazza” Cook loves to entertain his friends and neighbours with his weekly backyard barbecues, utilizing the ancient rum-barrel barbecue that family legend prescribes as having come from Captain James Cook’s Endeavour.

Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight by his employer when an International BBQ Festival comes to town, Dazza needs to sharpen up his act, so enlists the guidance of the mysterious Scottish chef known only as “The Butcher”.

As Dazza hones his chops perfecting the perfect steak, his 12-year-old son Jayden, is challenged to prove the dubious Cook family ancestral link, with unexpected results.

Thanks to  Label Distribution and Madman Entertainment

https://www.thebbqmovie.com/

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Lord of the Flies

Jan 08, 18 Lord of the Flies

I have 1 double pass for the opening night of LORD OF THE FLIES, 7:30pm, Friday 19 January at Beenleigh Theatre Group, Cnr of Kent & Crete St, Beenleigh

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

“What three things would you want with you on an uninhabited island?”

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

SEASON FROM 19 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY
But see it first at the opening night!

SYNOPSIS:

A tale of endurance, masculinity and mateship, ‘Lord of the Flies’ is set to pack a punch as it crash lands into Beenleigh this January. Starting the New Year with a bang, this production will explode onto stage, thrilling audiences like never before.

True to William Golding’s classic novel that has left an undeniable impact, ‘Lord of the Flies’ has been adapted for stage by Nigel Williams, ready for new spectators. When a group of schoolboys survive a catastrophic plane crash, they find themselves deserted on an uninhabited island without adult supervision. As the group struggles to take control, leaders emerge, testing friendships, mortality and superstitions.

Performance times vary between Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings,
with shows commencing at 7:30 pm (Friday and Sunday) and 6:30 pm (Sundays).

Tickets are valued at $25.00-$35.00 

http://beenleightheatregroup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BeenleighTheatre/

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Swinging Safari

Jan 05, 18 Swinging Safari

I have 5 double in-season passes for any screening of SWINGING SAFARI!

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

“What do you think was the best part of the 1970s?”

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

In Cinemas JANUARY 18
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in their lives.  Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of a quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution.  It’s a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times. And like the rotting whale, it’s all about to go spectacularly wrong.

Thanks to Becker Film Group

https://www.swingingsafarimovie.com/

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The Commuter

Jan 04, 18 The Commuter

I have 10 double passes for the preview screening of THE COMMUTER, 6:30pm, Monday 15 January, at Event Cinemas Indooroopilly

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

“What is your favourite Liam Neeson film?”

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

In Cinemas JANUARY 18
But see it first, at the preview screening!

SYNOPSIS:

In this action-packed, high-concept thriller, Liam Neeson playMichael, an insurance salesman whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he soon realises he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers.

Thanks to StudioCanal

http://www.thecommutermovie.com.au/

REVIEW:

Nerida:

The story puts Liam Neeson through his violent paces for a fourth time, swapping out Non-Stop’s plane for a commuter train and tossing in some financial anxiety for motivation. It’s funny in a way, but packed with a lot of adrenaline and action scenes. The mystery is less a whodunit than a whogotit, the “it” being a bag containing something stolen that the owner is desperate to recover. If you don’t think too hard about why Neeson gets brought in or how the baddies operate or what the point is, you may be able to enjoy it. At least until the final act, when the film goes off the rails.  Liam Neeson is good at what he does best as an aging action star. Vera Farmiga did well as the main villain with a mastermind plan that is setting everything in motion. Patrick Wilson was also decent as Neeson’s friend and an officer. What I did not like about the film is the conspiracy plot seems familiar. A little too familiar like Liam Neeson’s previous films. Overall the plot’s unlikelihood is really excessive but acting is pretty good, as usual when Neeson is involved.

 

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